In some cases, achieving our strategic goals and objectives may be impeded by factors that are beyond the control of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). For example, national or local economic conditions can influence whether we are successful in helping families on welfare become economically independent. In some cases, there may b
Many programs within the Department have goals, objectives, and target populations that appear similar. Likewise, many Department programs appear to duplicate or overlap programs in other Federal agencies. Many state, local, and private sector programs also have goals, objectives, and target populations in common with Department programs. Because
All over the world, health and disease are monitored. Starting with prenatal observations and birth data, throughout life health-related measurements and observations accumulate. Analyses are made to portray the "natural history" of diseases and disabilities—how they start, progress in a person or spread to others, and run their courses. Also an
Several current changes in the context within which health data are collected and used must be recognized. First, the boundaries between classical medical care and "public health" are becoming ever less distinct. Over the past decades the rubric, "health," has been broadened to include many matters—from hyperactivity in children, to teenagers' n
HHS Strategic Goals and Objectives - FY 2001 . Objective 5.1 - Improve the Capacity of the Public Health System to Identify and Respond to Threats to the Health of the Nation's Population
How We Will Accomplish Our Objective We will upgrade the surveillance, risk assessment, and response capacity of the public health system. Our priorities will focus on investments in infrastructure to improve responses to specific priority needs. These include:
HHS Strategic Goals and Objectives - FY 2001 . Objective 3.6 - Improve the Health Status of American Indians and Alaska Natives
How We Will Accomplish Our Objective We will improve the quality of and access to health services for American Indian and Alaska Native people by: ensuring a supply of qualified, culturally competent health professionals with adequate facilities, equipment, supplies, and training.
HHS Strategic Goals and Objectives - FY 2001 . Objective 3.1 - Increase the Percentage of the Nation's Children and Adults Who Have Health Insurance Coverage
How We Will Accomplish Our Objective We will continue to assist states in their efforts to promote and publicize the opportunity for eligible children and adults to enroll in Medicaid. Our strategy includes asking states to review their computer systems and eligibility processes to ensure that all families that are eligible for Medicaid bene
In a society that is diverse in culture, language, and ethnicity, HHS manages an array of programs that aim to eliminate disparities in health status and access to health services and that increase opportunities for disadvantaged individuals to work and lead productive lives. These programs have strong foundations in basic and applied science, and
 In addition to the reforms noted, as per the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), all health insurance contracts for employer-groups of 2-50 employees must be issued on a guarantee-issue basis.
The previous sections of this report describe some of the types of regulations that states can implement in their governance of the individual insurance market. However, within each of the major areas of regulation there is wide variation in the requirements that have been implemented. For example, within a rating structure that may be imposed
A handful of states have enacted rating reforms for the individual health insurance market, prohibiting or restricting insurers from charging higher premiums based on health status or the risk of having future medical claims. These rating restrictions are generally of two types: rate bands and community/adjusted community rating.
The Regulation of the Individual Health Insurance Market. Factors Utilized in Rating Practices in the Absence of State Regulation
Medical underwriting (examining health status) is the process that insurers use to evaluate an application for insurance.
With some variation, there are two distinct approaches to rating methods, or the process by which insurers calculate policy premiums, allowed by states.
States have sought to improve access to insurance policies through several regulatory approaches.
MEMORANDUM FROM THE SECRETARY August 26, 1998 TO: Heads of Operating Divisions Heads of Staff Divisions SUBJECT: HHS Policy for Changing the Population Standard for Age Adjusting Death Rates
A Description of Board and Care Facilities, Operators, and Residents. 6.5 Health Status and Health Care Use
Over one-third of all board and care residents self-report poor or fair health. As shown in Exhibit 6-6 , the most prevalent health problem was arthritis/rheumatism, reported by 42 percent of residents. High blood pressure (28 percent), diabetes (11 percent), and asthma, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis (11 percent) were other frequently mentione
A Description of Board and Care Facilities, Operators, and Residents. 6.4 Cognitive and Functional Status
6.4.1 Cognitive Impairment In the early 1980s, Dittmar and Smith (1983) found 30 percent of the residents were “confused,” while Sherwood and colleagues (1981) found 24 percent were cognitively impaired ( Exhibit 6-4 ). A prevalence rate of 40 percent with moderate to severe cognitive impairment in this study indicates a significant increase
Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Providers Engaged in Health Information Exchange: Final Report. Appendix L. Standards Available to SUPPORT Health Information Exchange of Long-term and Post-acute CARE Data
TABLE L-1. Standards Available to Support HIE of LTPAC Data