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PoliticoPRO’s DataPoint publications provide a quick, high-level analysis of the latest data available on issues important to hospitals and the healthcare community:

Feb. 25, 2020
How the drug overdose epidemic is evolving
In a sharp reversal of recent trends, drug overdose deaths in the United States fell significantly in 2018, according to the latest data from CDC.

Feb. 19, 2020
How U.S. primary care doctors compare to international peers
A Commonwealth Fund survey of primary care doctors in 11 selected high-income countries shows that U.S. physicians lag their international peers on several measures of care coordination, but excel on certain measures of health IT.

Feb. 12, 2020
Trump's HHS budget proposes major long-term cuts, but offers few details
President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal 2021 proposes a 9 percent cut to the Department of Health and Human Services, resulting in a total budget of $96.4 billion dollars.

Feb. 7, 2020
New surprise billing proposal by Ways and Means pushes for arbitration guided by median rates
The House Ways and Means Committee has released a long-expected plan to eliminate surprise medical bills, setting up a showdown between several competing proposals.

Jan. 23, 2020
The growing use of buprenorphine to address the opioid epidemic
A new study has calculated for the first time the overall rate of buprenorphine use in the United States, which doubled between 2009 and 2018. The authors call attention to lagging rates of use among young adults.

Jan. 16, 2020
This year’s atypical flu season puts children at greater risk
According to the latest estimates from CDC, this year’s flu season is mild overall but may be affecting young children more than usual due to an unusual variant of the virus circulating this year.

Jan. 10, 2020
Medicaid expansion now covers over two-thirds of potential enrollees
Medicaid expansion is now fully implemented in Idaho and Utah, but has been delayed in Nebraska. A bipartisan deal could bring the expansion to Kansas next.

Jan. 2, 2020
Health disparities between urban and rural areas have grown
According to a new report compiled by researchers from the National Center for Health Statistics and Texas A&M University, differences between urban and rural areas on several key health indicators have increased in the past decade.

Dec. 23, 2019
Record number of rural hospitals closed in 2019
More rural hospitals closed in 2019 than in any other year since 2005, even though the year isn’t officially over yet. Nineteen rural hospitals had closed as of Dec. 22 — a new record since 17 hospitals closed in 2015.