“Chicago is set to become the first major American city to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places. Chicago’s City Council will be asked today to consider a proposal to prohibit the use of battery-operated smoking devices anywhere that the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products are already forbidden, according to Chicago Health Commissioner Dr. Bechara Choucair.”
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“The primary aim of the Affordable Care Act is to reduce the number of uninsured Americans. Even if the new federal health law accomplishes that goal, states still must grapple with the relatively high cost and low quality of U.S. health care…Under the current “fee-for-service” system, health care providers are paid per office visit or procedure performed. The key to cutting costs and improving quality, many experts believe, is to reward health care providers for keeping their patients healthy and keeping costs down, instead of giving them a financial incentive to provide as many services and procedures as possible. That’s where states come in.”
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“Buying cigarettes in New York City is about to become a lot harder for young people, as lawmakers on Wednesday adopted the strictest limits on tobacco purchases of any major American city. The legal age for buying tobacco, including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos will rise to 21, from 18, under a bill adopted by the City Council.”
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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) just released the report, Population Health Implications of the Affordable Care Act summarizing the June 2013 workshop, which examined the impact of the Affordable Care Act on population health improvement. The workshop brought together stakeholders from the public and private sectors involved with health and health care delivery. In an effort to move outside of status quo understanding of population health, this report discusses three core issues:
- Supporting fruitful interaction between primary care and public health
- Strengthening governmental public health
- Exploring community action in transforming the conditions that influence the public’s health.
Other IOM reports can be found here.
Jim P. Stimpson, PhD, Associate Professor in COPH and Director of the Center for Health Policy gave a keynote address titled “Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice” at the Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes Summit held March 13-14 in LaVista, NE. The main message of Dr. Stimpson’s address, which was attended by public health leaders, is that public health interventions should be evidence-based, reach a broad audience, reduce inequality, and be sustainable and cost effective. The Center for Health Policy and the Nebraska Health Policy Academy are local resources available to assist public health leaders implement policy, systems, and environmental changes in their community.