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Volume 10

December 7th, 2016

“You treat a disease? You win, you lose. You treat the person? I guarantee you win- no matter the outcome.”
-Robin Williams in 'Patch Adams'

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SIM-Related Stories and News Releases

Principles of Quality and Patient Safety Don't Change Under a Trump Administration, Says Don Berwick
Don Berwick sounded an optimistic note on the future regarding the effort to improve quality and patient safety, in an interview with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's president emeritus and senior fellow at the IHI 2016 National Forum.
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CMS Releases Second Round of Data Showing Racial and Ethnic Differences in Health Care in Medicare Advantage
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) released data detailing the health care experiences and quality of care received by Medicare beneficiaries by racial or ethnic group. The data released today focus on care received in 2014-2015.  Earlier this year, CMS OMH released data on care received in 2013-2014. 
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SIM Resources

SIM Tools and Information 

Urban Social Determinants of Health Toolkit
Georgia State University
Library resources related to urban health and specifically relevant to GSU's Partnership for Urban Health Research. Includes web resources, books, and scholarly articles.

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Where President-elect Donald Trump Stands on Six Health Care Issues
Kaiser Family Foundation
While health care was not central to the 2016 Presidential campaign, the election’s outcome will be a major determining factor in the country’s future health care policy. A number of issues have garnered media attention, including the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), rising prescription drug costs, and the opioid epidemic. President-elect Donald Trump has laid out different approaches to addressing these and other health care issues. Central among these is his position to fully repeal the ACA. See where he stands on six key health policy issues.
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Learning from Others

Model Programs & Promising Practices
2016 Healthcare Quality Conference
Join more than nearly 2,000 thought leaders in American health care quality improvement at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ 2016 Quality Conference. Welcoming attendees from across the health care spectrum, the conference will explore how patients, advocates, providers, researchers, and the many leaders in health care quality improvement can develop and spread solutions to some of America’s most pervasive health system challenges. Stay tuned for more information on sessions that will be available virtually if you’re not attending in-person.
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Where You Live Has An Enormous Impact on Your Life Expectancy. 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
This summer, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), together with Virginia Commonwealth University, published analyses of Mercer County, a prime place to showcase the impact of geography on health. It’s home to both affluent Princeton and economically strapped Trenton. And perhaps not surprisingly, life expectancy reflects the gulf in resources between the two towns. While a person born in Princeton can expect to live 87 years, his or her neighbor in Trenton has a life expectancy of 73 years—a staggering 14 year age gap across only a dozen miles. 

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Calendar and Events

What's going on?

Medicaid IAP Event
Factoring Social Determinants of Health into Strategies for States
December 12, 2016; Online, 1-2pm CST

Measuring Social Determinants of Health among Low-Income Populations: Early Insights from State Initiatives
Center for Health Care Strategies
December 13, 2016; Online, 12-1:30pm CST

Health Equity Implications of Insulin Non-Adherence
Among Diabetic Patients
National Center for Primary Care
December 14, 2016; Online, 1:00PM CST

SIMplify Forum
Addressing Social Determinants of Health
January 19th, 2017

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