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Dr. William’s Video on Hip-Hop Health

It’s Not All about Health 2.0 and Technology

By Ann Miller; RN, MHA

Nearly 144,000 people die each year from stroke in the United States, making it the third leading cause of death in the country, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC].

The Founder

Olajide Williams MD is the founder and director of the Hip Hop Public Health Education Center at Harlem Hospital, a series of health awareness programs that use music to teach pre-adolescents about strokes.

To combat these statistics, Williams and his staff host two-day sessions at Harlem elementary schools, coaching students through music about the warning signs and proper response to a stroke. Each student is then tasked to share what he or she learned with a parent or guardian at home.

Unique Business Model

Through a unique blend of community involvement and advocacy, Williams has proved that Health 2.0 technology isn’t the only solution to the pressing problems of health and wellness. The fact is, sometimes rap music and creativity are the best prescriptions.

Assessment

The center’s sponsors include GE, the New York City Council, and the National Stroke Association. Similar programs are being developed for obesity and cardiovascular health.

Link: http://www.healthymagination.com/stories/hip-hop-health/

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Protected Health Information Data Breaches

Affecting 500 or More Individuals

[By Staff Reporters]

As required by section 13402(e)(4) of the HITECH Act, the Secretary must post a list of breaches of unsecured protected health information affecting 500 or more individuals.

The following breaches have been reported to the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS].

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This link was sent in by our own investigative reporter Darrell K. Pruitt, DDS.

Link: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/administrative/breachnotificationrule/postedbreaches.html

Assessment

Shall we await a response from Kathleen Sebelius, who was sworn in as the 21st Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on April 28, 2009?

Currently, she leads the principal agency charged with keeping Americans healthy, ensuring they get the health care they need, and providing children, families, and seniors with the essential human services they depend on. She also oversees one of the largest civilian departments in the federal government, with nearly 80,000 employees.

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Dr. Mark Leavitt says “Trust me”

On eMRs – Just Go for IT

By Darrell K. Pruitt; DDS

Neil Versel, a frequent contributor to FierceEMR, posted an article titled “CCHIT’s Leavitt: Don’t wait for final rules to proceed with EHR.”

http://www.fierceemr.com/story/cchits-leavitt-dont-wait-final-rules-proceed-ehr/2010-02-18#comment-778

Half-Baked Ideas 

Even though many states are spending eHR stimulus bucks as fast as they can on half-baked, expensive ideas that enrich HIT stakeholders, most physicians and most all dentists are delaying investing tens of thousands of dollars in HIT fantasy until HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius gets her act together. Sebelius is in way over her head. She hasn’t even settled on the definition of “meaningful use” for crying out loud.

Soon to Be Former CCHIT Leader 

Foot-dragging upsets the soon to be former head of CCHIT Dr. Mark Leavitt. He says doctors should put caution aside and just go for it.

“We believe that it’s risky for providers to wait until all the federal rules are final. If you wait to purchase an eHR until the rules are final and the accreditation process for certifying bodies is complete, I will put my reputation on the line and say that you will not achieve meaningful use in 2011.”

Assessment 

So, Dr. Leavitt, even as you are no longer wanted at CCHIT and are leaving in less than six weeks, you promise American doctors that your reputation is like (stimulus) money in the bank. Will you co-sign loan agreements? Talk is cheap, Dude.

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About the County Health Rankings Project

Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health

By Staff Reporters

The County Health Rankings projects aims to demonstrate that where we live matters to our health.

For example, the health of a community depends on many different factors – ranging from individual health behaviors, education and jobs, to quality of health care, to the environment. This first-of-its-kind collection of 50 reports – one per state – is reported to help community leaders see that where we live, learn, work, and play influences how healthy we are and how long we live.

And – perhaps ever more importantly, the type and quality of the medical care we receive.

A Collaborative

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is collaborating with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to develop rankings for each state’s counties. This model has been used to rank the health of counties in Wisconsin for the past six years.

Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health 

The County Health Rankings are a key component of the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) project. MATCH is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The Website

The project’s web site provides access to the 50 state reports, ranking each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county’s health. Each county receives a summary rank for its health outcomes and health factors and also for the four different types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Each county can also drill down to see specific county-level data (as well as state benchmarks) for the measures upon which the rankings are based.

The Ratings and Rankings

It is hoped that the Rankings will serve as a real “call to action” for state and local health departments to develop broad-based solutions in their community so all residents can be healthy. The Rankings team works with health departments to help take advantage of the discussions and opportunities that will arise from the release of the Rankings.

But, efforts must also be made to mobilize community leaders outside the public health sector to take action and invest in programs and policy changes that address barriers to good health and help residents lead healthier lives. This includes education officials; elected and appointed officials, including mayors, governors, health commissioners, city/county councils, legislators, and staff; businesses and employers; the health care sector, and others.

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The founders believe that the County Health Rankings web site will serve as a corner stone of the project, a place where people from all these sectors can find Rankings data, as well as action steps and the latest news about the multiple factors that determine our health.

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And so, your thoughts and comments on this ME-P are appreciated. Give em’ a click and tell us what you think: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org How similar, or dissimilar, is the 20 year old Dartmouth Atlas Project that has documented glaring variations in how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The DAP uses Medicare data to provide comprehensive information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as individual hospitals and their affiliated physicians? http://www.dartmouthatlas.org

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The Almost Brand New Obama Healthcare Reform Proposal [Again]!

Fallback Version Now More Likely than Ever

By Staff Reporters

President Barack Obama put forward a nearly $1 trillion, 10-year healthcare reform bill compromise yesterday that would allow the government to deny or roll back egregious insurance premium increases that infuriate consumers. Of course, all ME-P readers are aware of the recent Wellpoint scenario, and Anthem rate increases at such an inauspicious time. Nevertheless, it is unlikely that such sweeping political legislation can pass.

Bi-Partisan Opposition Brewing

Most political pundits view Republicans as opposing the new Obama plan along with some Democrats who previously supported healthcare reform and are having second thoughts in an election year. And so, after a year in pursuit, Obama may still have to settle for a crippled fallback version of what once was his top domestic priority.

Assessment

Feel free to review the attached summary report [The President’s Proposal – February 22, 2010 – Puts American families and small business owners in control of their own health care].

This revised Obama health plan costs $1 trillion. No public option is proposed to cover 31 million uninsured, or limit health insurance rate hikes.

Link: summary-presidents-proposal

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Health Care and the Economy

The National Governors Association Meeting

By Staff Reporters

The National Governors Association (NGA)—a bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors—promotes visionary state leadership, shares best practices and speaks with a unified voice on national policy.

Healthcare Politics

The nation’s governors gathered this weekend to address critical issues, including health care reform and the economy. The Governors met with President Obama, members of the Administration, business executives and other experts for discussions on a host of issues and challenges facing states.

Opening Session

This 2010 winter meeting began with a robust opening plenary session highlighting the role states can play in improving health care delivery systems to provide cost-efficient and effective health care to all Americans.

http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.b14a675ba7f89cf9e8ebb856a11010a0

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