Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
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  • Awards

    We are honored to announce the winners for the 26th Annual Health Care Research and Journalism Awards. This year’s awards are virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet we invite you to meet the winners and learn about their award-winning work. NIHCM is also announcing the largest grant program in our history — $1 million to support work in journalism and research.

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  • Data Insights

    This infographic highlights the health challenges faced by the homeless community and outlines short and long term solutions to improve the health and well-being of these individuals, through social, economic and housing interventions.

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  • Data Insights

    This new Data Insights highlights the rapid rise in overdose deaths involving cocaine and methamphetamine, illustrates the geographic variations in utilization and death rates, and quantifies the increasing burden that these drugs are placing on the hospital system.

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  • Data Insights

    This infographic delves into an emerging public health emergency involving rapidly rising rates of stimulant use and related overdose deaths, which has been occurring in the shadow of the opioid crisis.

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  • News

    NIHCM would like to provide you and your organizations with a list of resources concerning COVID-19 and vulnerable populations. We will continually update this list.

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  • News

    To help you find answers to questions concerning COVID-19, NIHCM is providing you with links to expert sources that are frequently updated. We will continually update this list.

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Events

June 24, 2020
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This COVID-19 Webinar Miniseries synthesizes the information in the headlines to provide cohesive insight into the status of the response and remaining gaps in the system that must be addressed to limit the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.

June 18, 2020
Homelessness Webianr Graphic

This webinar looked at the state of homelessness in the US and provided strategies to improve outcomes for homeless individuals both in the short term and in the long term.

In the News

July 2020
Population Health Spotlight
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Improving Access to Integrated Palliative Care

September 10, 2014 | 09:00 AM
10:30 AM ET

An increasing number of Americans are living with serious and chronic illness—20% of Medicare beneficiaries now have five or more chronic conditions and two-thirds of Medicare spending goes to cover their care. Palliative care, which offers personalized, coordinated treatment for patients with serious illness, has been shown to reduce health care spending while improving quality of life. However, access to palliative services continues to be limited by low levels of physician referrals, workforce shortages and reimbursement challenges.

This webinar explored ways to improve access to palliative care, including the following:

  • the key benefits of team-based care with both curative and comfort goals, and the obstacles posed by fee-for-service
  • a scalable model for outpatient palliative care that, in early evaluation, has reduced hospitalizations by 50 to 70 percent
  • strategies for moving palliative care into a wider variety of settings, such as nursing homes and community-based clinics
  • a training program that’s helping hospitals build proficiency in evidence-based palliative care practices

Speakers

Senator William Frist
United States Senate; Aspire Health
Brad Smith
Aspire Health
Andrew Lasher
Aspire Health
Diane Meier
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Opella Ernest
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Carol Wilhoit
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Presentation Slides

The Challenge
Aspire Health's Approach to Palliative Care
Optimizing Care for the Seriously Ill
Collaboration to Increase the Availability of Palliative Care Services in Illinois

Additional Resources

Events

June 24, 2020
Alliance-covid19-webinar-image

This COVID-19 Webinar Miniseries synthesizes the information in the headlines to provide cohesive insight into the status of the response and remaining gaps in the system that must be addressed to limit the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.

June 18, 2020
Homelessness Webianr Graphic

This webinar looked at the state of homelessness in the US and provided strategies to improve outcomes for homeless individuals both in the short term and in the long term.

In the News

July 2020
Population Health Spotlight
Newsletter-July-Graphic

Grants

Journalism GrantsJournalism Grant Program

The 2020-2021 round of grant making for this program is now underway. Letters of Inquiry will be due by July 27, 2020.

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Investigator-Initiated Research Grant Program

The 2020-2021 round of grant making for this program is now underway. The deadline to submit Letters of Inquiry has been extended to July 20, 2020.

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Awards

The 26th Annual Research and Journalism Awards

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We are honored to announce the winners for the 26th Annual Health Care Research and Journalism Awards.

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