August 25, 2014

1. In the Nation: FDA Strengthens Prescribing Rules for Painkiller
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration tightened the rules for prescribing hydrocodone, the generic version of Vicodin, to help dampen the widespread abuse of the painkiller. The new rules will prevent doctors from calling in prescriptions for the drug and disallow refills on the same prescription. Nationally, more people die from prescription drug overdoses than from heroin and cocaine combined.

2. In the State: Health Transformation Director Presents on State’s Plan for Reforming Payments in Health Care
Greg Moody, director of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation (OHT), presented the state’s plan to reform how hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers are paid for services. After receiving federal funding to develop this plan, the state has applied for a second round of funding to support the implementation. The plan rewards the value of health care services, rather than rewarding for the number of visits and services. Starting this fall, Ohio's four largest commercial health insurance plans and five Ohio Medicaid health plans will begin reporting provider performance on six high cost episodes of care.

3. In the Region: Saint Luke’s Foundation Has a New CEO & President

Anne Goodman, former CEO of the Greater Cleveland Foodbank, is the new president and CEO of the Saint Luke’s Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in Northeast Ohio. About two years ago, the foundation narrowed its mission to focus on three priorities: healthy people, strong communities and resilient families. 

4. At Community Solutions: New Report Explores MyCare Ohio

The new edition of State Budgeting Matters explores MyCare Ohio, a new approach to integrating medical care, long-term services and supports, and behavioral health services for Ohioans eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Look for it online on Thursday.

5. This Week's CCS Infographic:

In Cleveland, 26 percent of African Americans are unemployed compared to 12 percent of Whites, and 42 percent of African Americans live in poverty. Last week, CCS hosted Ta-Nehesi Coates to talk about race, the contribution of federal policy to racial disparities, and the case for reparations. Listen to his remarks from the City Club’s Friday forum here.

8252014 Infographic Racial Disparities

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Check out last week's "High On Ohio" featuring Joseph Mas, former executive director, Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs



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