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Calendar for Safety

Safety topics from the National Safety Council, are organized by season. Check out Agricultural Safety during planting and harvest seasons, or the other categories: Healthy Living (includes Halloween safety), Environment, On the Road (including Cell phone safety, Distracted Driving), and School Bus Safety

CDC Injury Facts - CDC Injury Center

Traumatic brain injury/concussion (2.5 million TBI-related ER visits each year), prescription drug overdose (opioids killing more than 33,000 people in 2015), falls, mass casualties, alcohol-related injuries, teen drivers and car accidents, motor vehicle crashes, poisoning, suicide, and violence, and prevention opportunities and more

Falls Can Kill Seniors - CDC facts

Falls caused about 2.5 million trips to the ER, and over 700,000 hospitalizations for older people. Find out steps you can take: home safety, exercise, eye exams, and medicine use. Unintentional fall death rats have been rising in the last 10 years (see graph)

Flu - Preventing Seasonal Flu (Influenza)

CDC's guide for preventing the flu, including who should get the flu shot, and how vaccination is the single best way to prevent the flu

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2015  Editor's Pick

Recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for 95 Screening tests, Preventive Medication, and Counseling activities. Sample Topics: Screening Mammography at age 50, Cancer (e.g. which is more cost effective - colonoscopy or fecal occult blood testing for colorectal cancer?), recommended screening for bladder cancer or skin cancer, Heart Disease (including aspirin for prevention), smoking cessation, screening for depression in children, diabetes screening, folic acid supplements, glaucoma screening, osteoporosis, COPD and spirometry

Men: Checklist for Staying Healthy at Age 50+

Find out what steps are recommended to stay healthy at age 50 and older. Includes list of screening tests and preventive medicine for men. AHRQ at US Dept. of Health and Human Services March 2014 now archived

Prevention Makes Common "Cents"

Detailed report by US Department of Health and Human Services (September 2003) addressing the cost of disease and illness. Specific sections are included on Overweight and Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease, Asthma, and Tobacco Use. Metabolic Syndrome also discussed

Prevention Priorities

Rankings of preventive services. Partnership for Prevention, a nonpartisan organization of business, nonprofit and government leaders working to make evidence based disease prevention and health promotion a national priority

Suicide Prevention: Crisis - Call 1-800-273-TALK

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached toll-free at 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255. There are over 160 crisis centers across the country, and you will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. Special Hotlines for Veterans, Native Americans, LGBTQ and others. Provided by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services

Women: Checklist for Staying Healthy at Age 50+

Find out what steps are recommended to stay healthy at age 50 and older. Includes list of screening tests and preventive medicine for women. AHRQ at US Dept. of Health and Human Services April 2014 now archived

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AMA: 271 Clinical Performance Measures for Physicians, 2012 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

The American Medical Association's Consortium for Performance Improvement has agreed on 271 measures in 42 clinical topics, that are supported by evidenced-based clinical guidelines. Topics include diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart care, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, stroke, pneumonia, emergency care, prenatal testing, cancer screening, smoking, prostate cancer care, ear and eye problems, depression, surgical infection prevention, GERD, end-stage renal disease, chronic kidney disease, substance abuse, wound care and more. Written for medical professionals, but consumers might learn something about appropriate physician care

Average Medicare Payments for Hospital Outpatient Services

Average 2014 Medicare costs for certain outpatient procedures commonly performed in hospitals, listed by county and state, as well as US overall average Medicare payment. Files are detailed and complicated, not user-friendly.

California - 2016-17 HMO, PPO, & Medical Group Ratings Report Card  Editor's Pick

Compare 10 largest California HMO health insurance plans: Aetna Health, Anthem Blue Cross HMO, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente Northern and Southern CA regions, Sharp, United Healthcare and Western Health Advantage. Compare 5 PPOs: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, United Healthcare. Clear, simple star system used for overall rating. In addition, get more details about member satisfaction, complaint rates, asthma, cancer screening, child/adolescent health, diabetes, heart care, maternity care, mental health, back pain, immunization, and smoking cessation. More than 200 Medical Group ratings also provided by county for the larger groups of doctors. Prepared by the California state Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA), using 2015 data (reported in 2016)

CDC Vaccine Contract Price List

If you're interested in knowing the cost per dose for pediatric or adult influenza vaccines (contract price to CDC or private sector), this website has the list. Shows manufacturers Sanofi, Novartis, GSK Glaxo Smith Kline, CSL Biotherapies, and MedImmune. No swine flu vaccine yet. Prices do not include doctor's office visit cost

Colorado Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2014

Compare CO health plans on consumer member satisfaction (CAHPS) and clinical scores (HEDIS) for Heart, Diabetes, Blood pressure, BMI-Obesity care, Cholesterol, Cancer screening, prenatal care, immunizations, mental health. HMO and PPO Plans: Aetna, Anthem HMO, Cigna, HMO Colorado HealthOP, Kaiser Permanente, Rocky Mountain HMO and PPO, and UnitedHealthcare PPO. Click on Health Plan Edition of the Quality Reports. Published by Colo. Business Group on Health (CBGH) 2014 report uses 2013 data.

Florida Health Insurance Plans - Quality Ratings & Satisfaction  Editor's Pick

Member Satisfaction and quality ratings for cancer screening, diabetes, asthma, well child care for HMOs, Medicare HMOs and Medicaid. Aetna, Amerigroup, Av-Med, Better Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield (Health Options), Capital, CarePlus, Cigna, Clear Health Alliance, Community, Coventry, Florida Health Care, Freedom Health, Golden Rule, Health First, Humana, Magellan, Molina, Neighborhood, Positive, Prestige, Simply, Staywell, Sunshine, United Healthcare, WellCare. Data collected in 2016. Search by county. Easy to read

Georgia Health Insurance Plan Ratings and Comparisons 2016

Compare quality ratings and member satisfaction scores for Medicaid, Amerigroup, WellCare, PeachState and PeachCare in GA. Covers access to care, dental visits, ADHD medications, ER visits, diabetes care, postpartum care, provider satisfaction, member opinions and more for 2015-2016. View one plan at a time. Released by Georgia Dept. of Community Health at dch.georgia.gov

Maine Doctor and Medical Group Ratings, 2014

Maine Patient Experience Matters from the Maine Quality Forum coalition. Compare health center, doctor & clinic ratings (primary care, specialists and pediatrics) for patient satisfaction, getting timely appointments and communication. Percent positive understates what is shown. In the fine print, it says these are Top Box scores, which means the percent of people who gave the highest possible ratings of 9 or 10. Scores from Aug. 2014 to Feb. 2015. Partners include Maine Health Management Coalition, DHSS, Maine Quality Counts, & Muskie School of Public Service

Maryland HMO & Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2016

Compare Aetna, CareFirst BlueChoice, CFMI & GHMSI; Cigna, Coventry, Kaiser Permanente, KPIC, MAMSI, MD-IPA, Optimum Choice and United Healthcare on member satisfaction (CAHPS), getting appointments, and HEDIS measures such as immunizations, children's health, cancer screening, flu shots, heart and diabetes care, ADHD & mental health behavioral care, and more. Check both Consumer Ratings & Clinical Ratings. 2016 Performance Report by Maryland Health Care Commission uses 2015 data

Massachusetts Primary Care Clinic Ratings and Patient Satisfaction  Editor's Pick

Compare adult and pediatric clinical quality and patient experience among primary care medical groups in Massachusetts. Must choose location first. Includes medical clinics that have 3 doctors or more. Patient satisfaction (willingness to recommend the clinic, ability to get a pediatric or primary care appointment and more) is measured statewide. Quality ratings on cancer screening, lower back pain, diabetes tests, medication management, depression, ADHD, strep throat, asthma care, well child visits, and more. Healthcare Compass MA site by Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) shows 2014 scores

Memory Screening: Who Participates in Screening Events and Why (pdf)

Memory Screening survey by MetLife for institutions and people concerned about Alzheimer's disease. No outcomes or referral rates appear to be included in the study, but report describes who attends these screenings and how they learn about the screenings. Report dated October 2006

Minnesota, ND, SD, WI - Physician Clinic Ratings - HealthScores  Editor's Pick

Compare side-by-side (3 at a time) over 500 participating medical groups, hundreds of clinic locations and urgent care centers in Minnesota, Fargo, Grand Forks, Sioux Falls, and some WI communities for diabetes, vascular care, and mental health (depression). Some clinics also have patient satisfaction scores. Medical groups include Allina, Altru, Apple Valley, Aspen, Avera, Brainerd, Children's Physician Network, Dakota Clinic, Edina, Fairview, Fergus, Grand Itasca, Gundersen, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Lakewood, Mankato, Mayo Clinic, MeritCare, Innovis, North Memorial, Northstar, Olmsted, Osceola, Park Nicollet, Regina, Ridgeview, Sanford, St. Cloud CentraCare, St. Luke's, St. Mary's Duluth Clinic (Essentia), Stillwater, United, University of Minnesota, Winona Clinic, and more; OB-GYN clinics, Urgent care such as Express, MinuteClinic, Priority Pediatrics. Separate Disparities report shows additional clinic ratings for Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care patients for cancer screening, controlling high blood pressure, heart (coronary artery) disease, asthma, immunization, appropriate care for children with colds and sore throats and more. Report by MN Community Measurement (founded by the MN Medical Association and seven non-profit health insurance plans). Uses 2014 data. Interactive easy-to-use format

MN Physician fees, office visit cost, colonoscopy, more

Find how much physicians charge for 105 professional services in Minnesota, ND, SD, WI through Minnesota HealthScores' Cost Report feature. Compare prices over 150 participating medical groups, and hundreds of clinic locations in Minnesota, and some border communities, for doctor office visits, lab tests, colonoscopy, endoscopy, minor office surgical procedures such as ear wax or wart removal; immunization, psychotherapy. Obstetric services, including inpatient delivery. Medical groups include Allina, Altru, Apple Valley, Aspen, Avera, Brainerd, Children's Physician Network, Dakota Clinic, Edina, Fairview, Fergus, Grand Itasca, Gundersen, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Lakewood, Mankato, Mayo Clinic, MeritCare, Innovis, North Memorial, Northstar, Olmsted, Osceola, Park Nicollet, Regina, Ridgeview, Sanford, St. Cloud CentraCare, St. Luke's, St. Mary's Duluth Clinic, Stillwater, United, University of Minnesota, Winona Clinic, and more; OB-GYN clinics, Report by MN Community Measurement. Does NOT include facility charges which are in the thousands for colonoscopy or childbirth. Interactive easy-to-use format. Costs shown are what BCBS, Health Partners, Medica, and Preferred One PAID in 2008, after their discounts. Consumers should assume 2011 prices are higher

New Jersey 2015 HMO Performance Report - Compare plans

Compare six health insurance companies (HMO/POS and PPO/EPO) from Aetna, AmeriHealth, CIGNA, Horizon, Oxford and United, on quality ratings related to asthma, COPD, cancer screening, heart care, hypertension, diabetes, new moms, immunizations, mental health; frequency of imaging tests for lower back pain, cardiac cath and tonsillectomies; more. Easy to read; fast response. Pub. by NJ Dept. of Banking and Insurance, March 2016

New Mexico Medicare Advantage Insurance Plan Ratings

Compare 10 health insurance Medicare Advantage plans in New Mexico. Provided by Consumer Reports in 2013. Unclear what year(s) the data and rankings were based on. Go to NCQA to see detailed reports and more current information

Prescription Drug Abuse - Kids  Editor's Pick

Excellent videos and practical advice for parents who want to prevent problems of kids - teenagers and children - misusing prescription drugs. A growing problem addressed by the nonprofit organization Partnership for a Drug-Free America

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in US Health Care - Chartbook 2008 (pdf)

Excellent but dated, comprehensive chartbook by The Commonwealth Fund showing differences by race and ethnicity in health status, life expectancy (mortality), health insurance coverage, access, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, asthma, mental distress, screening tests and much more. Discusses value of Medical Homes. Top notch charts, with most recent available data. Pub. March 2008

Rhode Island - Top Ratings for Health Insurance Plans (NCQA)

Tufts had two plans that earned the top 5.0 rating from NCQA. Based on Quality, Member Satisfaction and accreditation results. Published Sept. 2016

Texas - Guide to Texas HMO Quality 2016 (OPIC)

Lengthy (252 pages) but valuable report showing detailed clinical quality comparisons between HMO health insurance plans for indicators such as asthma, childhood immunizations, cancer screening, heart care, high blood pressure, diabetes care, prenatal care, mental health care, flu shots, ER visit rates, rates of physician board certification, and more. Pub. by TX Office of Public Insurance Council Nov. 2016

Utah HMO Health Insurance Plan 2015 Ratings

Compares Utah HMOs - health insurance plans Aetna, Altius, Cigna, Educators Mutual EMI, Humana, PEHP, Regence Blue Cross BS, SelectHealth, Tall Tree, United Healthcare, and Medicaid plans (Healthy U, Molina, SelectHealth CHIP) on member satisfaction, back pain, cancer screening, and high blood pressure; diabetes, mental health, prenatal & maternity, preventive care, well-child visits & immunizations, and more. Shows actual performance rates. 2016 Performance Report published by utah.gov using 2015 data

Vermont - Compare Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2014 (pdf)

Compare Blue Cross Blue Shield of VT, CIGNA, MVP, and The Vermont Health Plan BlueCare on consumer and patient experiences; how well the plans do cancer screening, flu shot and other immunizations, antibiotic use in kids, prenatal care, asthma & bronchitis care, mental health treatment, back pain evaluation, alcohol dependence and COPD care. State report by Dept. of Banking, Insurance uses 2014 CAHPS and 2013 HEDIS data; 4 pages

Virginia - Compare HMOs (Quality and Satisfaction)  Editor's Pick

Easy to use tool to compare insurance plan ratings: Aetna, CareFirst BlueChoice, Coventry, HealthKeepers (Peninsula & Priority), Innovation Health Plan, Kaiser Mid-Atlantic, Optima, Optimum Choice, United Healthcare MidAtlantic and River Valley. Choose measures for access, asthma, ADHD, heart, diabetes, arthritis, immunizations, medications, mental health, preventive care, spirometry for COPD, prenatal, maternity and newborn care; weight assessment, well child visits and childhood illnesses, member satisfaction for 2015 and more. Also includes Board certification rates for some types of physicians, number of enrollees, and financial data

Wisconsin Collaborative (WCHQ) - Physician Group Ratings  Editor's Pick

Compare WI physician clinics on measures related to Appointment availability (time to schedule a doctor's appt.), Diabetes, heart care, Hypertension, Cholesterol management, smoking & osteoporosis screening, pneumonia shot, patient satisfaction with clinics, and screening for Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer & Colorectal Cancer. Includes Affinity, Aurora, Bellin, Columbia St. Mary's, Dean, Franciscan Skemp, Gundersen Clinic, Luther Midelfort, Marshfield Clinic, Medical College Physicians, Mercy, Prevea, ProHealth, ThedaCare, UW Health and Wheaton Franciscan. Some info for Monroe Clinic, West Bend, and LakeShore Medical. The Sort-by-Rank option helps you see better performers on the top of your list for some items. Easy to read reports by WI Collaborative for Healthcare Quality; 2009 and 2010 data

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