HHS sets new standards to track health care statistics

Tuesday, November 8, 2011The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released new regulations October 31 to improve health care data collection and reporting to identify and improve disparities of services.
New Standards
The 2010 Affordable Health Care Act requires the department to…

CLASS Act on the ropes?

Monday, October 3, 2011The federal Department of Health and Human Services shut down the office in charge of implementing the CLASS Act on September 23, putting in doubt the future of one of the Obama health care bill’s signature programs for dealing with…

“The system is broken”

Saturday, October 1, 2011A recent Los Angeles Times article examines the overwhelming influx of patients with mental disabilities into emergency rooms across California, as the state continues to slash mental health services.
Reduction in crisis services
“There has been a wholesale reduction across…

New disabilities added to fast-track benefits process

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
New conditions fast-tracked
The U.S. Social Security Administration announced July 14 that it is adding 12 new Compassionate Allowance conditions, which are used to determine which conditions are eligible for a fast-track process for approving disability benefits. The administration, which…

Diabetes increases around the globe

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
World Health Organization
The number of people affected by diabetes has doubled worldwide during the past three decades, largely tracking global changes in development and urbanization, according to a new study analyzing diabetes rates in more than 200 countries published…

State insurance plan must cover autism therapy, judge rules

Monday, June 20, 2011
News from Washington (state)
In a victory for people with autism, a King County Superior Court judge ruled June 7 that a  blanket exclusion for a certain type of autism therapy by the state employees’ health care program violates state…

DOJ intervenes in student diabetes case

Monday, June 20, 2011
News from Kentucky
The Department of Justice filed an amicus brief June 7 on behalf of a boy with diabetes who filed a discrimination lawsuit against his school in Kentucky after it refused to train non-medical personnel to assist him…

More than 1 billion people worldwide have disabilities

Monday, June 20, 2011
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization and the World Bank released June 9 the first-ever World Report on Disability. The 349-page publication estimates that more than one billion people worldwide contain a disability, while nearly 200 million of…

Public health emergencies and disabilities

Tuesday, May 17, 2011A new paper, from Wendy Hensel and Leslie Wolf of the Georgia State University College of Law, examines the range of ethical conflicts that arise when health officials have to utilize scarce resources to protect populations in public health…

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