Indian Health Service Seeks Comments on Draft Strategic Plan
Comments due August 23.
As described in a Federal Register Notice, The Indian Health Service (IHS) is developing an agency-wide Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018-2022, and is seeking public comment on its Draft Plan. Comments may be submitted per the instructions in the Notice.

CMS Tribal LTSS Program Survey
This survey is being conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help them develop a list of tribally operated long-term services and supports (LTSS) programs across Indian Country. The results will enable the sharing of LTSS best practices across Indian Country. Tribes and tribal organizations may provide these services directly, or through a contract or agreement with an outside organization.

Research Survey for Caretakers of Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
A researcher at Brandeis University is conducting a study on sexual and reproductive health care for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is seeking family caregivers of such women to complete an online survey. The goal of the survey is to understand the perspectives and experiences of family caregivers about sexual and reproductive health care for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Opioid Use Disorder Documented at Delivery Hospitalization — United States, 1999–2014
(Morbidity and Mortality Weekly, 8/10/18)

Tapered to Zero: In Radical Move, Oregon’s Medicaid Program Weighs Cutting Off Chronic Pain Patients from Opioids (STAT, 8/15/18)

Enrolling Americans in Medicaid Is Now Cheaper Than Subsidizing Their Obamacare Coverage (Slate, 8/10/18)

The Health 202: Medicaid Advocates Now Have Two More Studies to Back Them Up (Washington Post, 8/7/18) – One study indicates that Medicaid expansion does not result in fewer doctors taking Medicaid patients; another shows that, in states that expanded Medicaid, there was a 40 percent increase in patients filling their diabetes prescriptions.

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