November 30, 2015

1. In the Nation: Cost for Medical Records
Ohio is one of 45 states that specify a maximum charge for patients to obtain medical records, and the cost can be as high as $3.07 per page, or $30.70 total for the first ten pages of papers or electronic records. Kentucky law, in contrast, provides that the first copy must be free, and in West Virginia the first ten pages would cost $5.79 total. Charges can vary widely among different providers in the same state.

2. In the State: Home Health Care Agencies Inside Assisted-Care Homes?
The Columbus Dispatch examined the question of whether or not it is a good idea for home health-care agencies to rent space inside of an assisted-living or independent living facility. Sometimes, such an arrangement can reduce expenses and travel for employees. However, experts say that it provides an environment for illegal kickbacks, so agency and organization leaders must be aware of what and is not permissible.

3. In the Region: University Hospitals Level 1 Trauma Center
University Hospitals (UH) will open their Level 1 Emergency Room on Tuesday, December 1, drastically reducing the transportation times to Level 1 care from several communities. UH will remain separate from the Northeast Ohio Trauma System (NOTS), but at the urging of Mayor Jackson, has agreed to have conversations and work closely with other hospitals on how to better coordinate care.

4. At Community Solutions: World AIDS Day is Tomorrow
Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 1, marks World AIDS Day, a worldwide, grass-roots effort encouraging movement towards achieving an AIDS-free generation. Each year, local organizations observe World AIDS Day through a variety of activities that both raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and honor those who have died of AIDS-related illnesses, stressing the importance of getting tested and seeking care for HIV/AIDS. Click here for a list of 2015 World AIDS Day awareness events, which are free and open to the public.

5. This Week's CCS Infographic: Celebrate Generosity with #GivingTuesday
Thanksgiving and the busiest shopping weekend of the year are behind us, but December 1 is #GivingTuesday: a day for giving back. The Center for Community Solutions is proud to partner with wonderful nonprofits in our community that do good work to help those in need. Consider making a donation tomorrow, and join in the social media action by using #GivingTuesday. To view the full graphic and learn more, click here.

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A nonprofit, non-partisan think tank, The Center for Community Solutions focuses on solutions to health, social and economic issues.

We help the people who help people -- human service professionals, civic leaders, and public officials. Our applied research, policy analysis, and non-partisan advocacy are what set us apart. With offices in Cleveland and Columbus, we identify, analyze, and explain key health, social, and economic data and issues, and propose non-partisan solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans. In addition to keeping an eye on emerging issues, we focus on five priorities. They include: 

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