The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the formation of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC), an interagency initiative to address serious mental illness created under the 21st Century Cures Act. The ISMICC aims to foster coordination of federal agencies’ efforts related to serious mental illness.
By: William Correll and Douglas Stearn We have made dramatic changes in our response to complex, potentially high-risk food safety situations that may be difficult to address quickly. Almost a year ago, we heard concerns that FDA was not doing … Continue reading →
Details the impending closure of the obstetrics department of Calais Regional Hospital in rural Washington County, Maine. Discusses differing opinions in the community and examines this closure as part of a trend of rural obstetric units closing as rural hospitals struggle to stay solvent.
A new study from the University of Iowa found that is a local, rural hospital is part of a tele-emergency room network, it can save patients about $5,600 a year by allowing them to receive care locally. These savings are related to transportation costs, lodging, missed time at work, and other personal expenses.
By: Scott Gottlieb, M.D. As Commissioner, my highest initial priority is to take immediate steps to reduce the scope of the epidemic of opioid addiction. I believe the Food and Drug Administration continues to have an important role to play … Continue reading →
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau today jointly announced the following new residential sales statistics for April 2017.
WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration today announced the proposed 2018 Budget for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Budget reflects the President’s commitment to support HUD’s critical functions that provide rental assistance to low-income and vulnerable households and to help work-eligible families achieve self-sufficiency.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has announced that they will be offering grants of up to $500,000 through their Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program in order to improve rural access to education and healthcare. Special consideration will be given to “Promise Zones,” or areas that have been identified as particularly vulnerable.
Blog post from the Indian Health Service (IHS) highlighting their Tribal Management Grant Program and announcing that they are accepting applications. These grants aim to prepare tribes and tribal organizations to assume all or part of existing IHS programs through the Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act. Applications are due June 7, 2017.
By: Donald Kautter Jr. and Stephen Hughes “We will educate before and while we regulate. “ That’s been a mantra for FDA as the rules that implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have taken shape. Making sure that … Continue reading →
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it reached an agreement with the owner and manager of a California apartment complex, resolving allegations they discriminated against tenants because of their national origin and familial status.
Addresses the growing difficulty of providing food to the hungry in rural communities in Virginia due to decreased donations. In some communities, significant donations came from coal mines that have since closed, leaving more people without income and food banks with less ability to address the increased need. Also highlights partnerships that have developed to address some of the underlying problems, including poverty, unemployment, poor health, and a lack of health insurance.
Details the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Shortage Designation Project, which is an effort to modernize and provide greater transparency to the Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation and scoring process. The National Shortage Designation Update is expected to be released in July 2017 and will not include automatically designated HPSAs.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $700,000 per year for five years for the implementation of suicide prevention and intervention programs for people 25 and older. SAMHSA expects to fund 13 grantees through this Cooperative Agreements to Implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems program. The Zero Suicide model, which would be implemented throughout the grantee’s health system, is a comprehensive, multi-setting approach designed to raise awareness, establish referral processes, and improve care and outcomes for people who are at risk of suicide.
By: Vanessa Burrows Since the discovery of X-rays in the late 19th century, the technology has enhanced health care in a variety of ways. Like many cutting-edge scientific developments, however, it also has inspired uses of uncertain therapeutic value. That … Continue reading →
WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced an additional $163 million to help several state and local communities to recovery from severe flooding that occurred in 2015 and 2016. The grants announced today are provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program.
Highlights the impacts of the University of New Mexico’s Access to Critical Cerebral Emergency Support Services (ACCESS) project, which uses a telemedicine network to connect rural hospitals from around the state to stroke specialists. Being able to assess and treat many stroke patients rather than transferring them to a stroke center means faster care for patients and significant savings for rural hospitals.
Details some of the concerns about a rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requiring 17 types of healthcare providers to set new emergency preparedness policies by November 15, 2017. Small and rural facilities, especially long-term care and hospice facilities, ambulatory surgical sites, home health agencies, and dialysis centers, may struggle to meet the requirements which could result in them being dropped by Medicare and Medicaid.
By: John J. Whyte, M.D., M.P.H. Sometimes a drug can be used exactly as FDA approved it, taken just the way a doctor prescribed it, and a patient can still experience adverse events. When it comes to drugs, not all … Continue reading →
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for April 2017.