Coventry Health Care will reduce the costs of HIV/AIDS drugs for some Florida residents, the second insurer in two weeks to reach such an agreement with state regulators. The study could have wider wider ramifications given changes in the federal health-care reform law and the move toward accountable care organizations, in which doctors and other providers are encouraged to team up to give coordinated care for a population of people and be paid financial incentives to do so. Nearly nine of 10 American adults say the cost of health care is a serious problem (chart) and about two-thirds of the general public believe that cost has gone up in the last five years. These are the results of a poll released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Harvard School of Public Health and National Public Radio.
The project is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, with support from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and health insurer Kaiser Permanente. For the first time, the average annual costs of workplace-provided health insurance and other costs for a family of four has exceeded $20,000, a new study has found. A recipe for how to improve health at the local level in Kentucky was the capstone of a day-long seminar in Frankfort Monday, with experts stressing that partnerships are key and funding will remain tight.
For children, Davis has six priorities: reduce preterm and low-birthrate babies; improve injury-prevention programs; decrease tobacco use; reduce obesity; increase immunization rates; and improve oral health. Inspections assess a facility on the care of residents and how that care is administered; on how staff and residents interact; and on its environment.
A survey of health departments showed just 46 percent of local boards of health have a vision for the next three years to improve the health status of their community and just 44 percent say they are tracking compliance for the 10 essential services they are charged with providing. While about half of the state’s health departments are committed to working toward achieving national accreditation, only three departments — Franklin, Northern Kentucky and Three Rivers District — have actually applied for it. Journalists who have reported about rural health in the past year should start sifting through their clippings.
Kentucky Health News is a service of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, based in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications at the University of Kentucky, with support from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The information was released by Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform, a nonprofit organization that advocates for nursing home residents and obtains the data regularly through open-records requests to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and distributes it statewide.