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2/19/2018

There are several levels of questions to ask that can dig into root causes and help improve understanding and outcomes, Bruce Court writes. These include basic fact-finding questions, queries that seek to understand thought processes and queries that push back on what's known, such as, "What happens if nothing changes?"

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2/19/2018

President Donald Trump said his administration would focus on mental health and school safety following a school shooting in Florida last week, but the White House budget proposal released earlier last week would slash funding in those areas. The administration's fiscal 2019 budget request would cut a school safety grant program by about $25 million next year, and spending on Medicaid, a major source of public funding for mental health care, would be cut by around $1.4 trillion over 10 years.

2/19/2018

Preschoolers who underwent cardiac surgery as babies were 20 times more likely to develop hearing loss compared with the general population, with confirmed genetic anomaly, gestational age younger than 37 weeks and longer postoperative length of stay being possible risk factors, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers also found worse language skills, lower IQ test scores, and reduced executive function and attention among those with hearing loss.

2/19/2018

In response to rising drug prices, at least four states are pushing for changes that would allow them to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada for distribution to their state health care systems. Supporters say the plans could save hundreds of millions of dollars and would be safe because many drugs sold in Canada are manufactured in the same facilities as those sold in the US, but the measures could face an uphill battle considering that HHS has never acted on a provision in a 2003 law allowing the agency to approve drug importation programs.

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2/19/2018

More than half of people surveyed by LendEDU said they will use extra income related to the tax law to pay down debt, save more for retirement or invest. Additionally, nearly 48% of respondents said they think they will be able to retire sooner due to the changes in the tax law.

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2/19/2018

Milwaukee-area employers are bringing in companies that provide on-site nutrition, fitness and other wellness programs for employees. The wellness team at Bader Rutter & Associates organizes and promotes events, such as boot camp workout classes and a free massage day, based on survey results that showed employees value nutrition, fitness, mental health, financial health and helping others.

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BizTimes Milwaukee
2/19/2018

The Health Enhancement Research Organization and Mercer launched their HERO Scorecard Engagement and Retention Study, which will look at how six areas, including company culture and wellness initiatives, affect turnover. "This study will get us closer to understanding this relationship and how employers can influence the situation by looking specifically at the impact workplace well-being programs and best practices have on engagement," said HERO CEO Paul Terry.

2/19/2018

A former professional football player turned Maryland lawmaker is sponsoring a bill in the state Legislature that would require 90 minutes of physical education per week in public schools. The Student Health and Fitness Act, which also would give elementary students an added hour of recess per week, is not supported by Montgomery County Public Schools, which requires between 30 and 60 minutes of physical education a week.

2/19/2018

The Workman Sports and Wellness Complex's free "Walk with a Doc" program promotes community wellness in Effingham, Ill. Dr. James Graham says the program also makes physicians more visible and encourages people to ask them questions while getting some exercise.

2/19/2018

Paterson, N.J.-based Mission Health Coordinated Care, St. Joseph's Health's accountable care organization, will participate in the CMS Next Generation ACO model to coordinate care for more than 8,000 Medicare beneficiaries in the state. The ACO will be of particular benefit to patients with multiple or severe chronic conditions, says Mission Health Medical Director Michael DeLisi.

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NJBIZ (New Jersey)