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New Mammogram Guidelines Already Creating Controversy

10/21/2015 01:00 PM EDT


Doctors at several leading U.S. cancer hospitals say most women should get exams starting at 40, not 45

Study Implicates Nuclear Plants in Workers' Cancer Deaths

10/21/2015 01:00 PM EDT


Long-term exposure to low-level radiation is likely cause, researchers say

Review Finds Fecal Transplants Work Well But Need Tight Regulation

10/21/2015 01:00 PM EDT


Clinical trial halted early because the treatment was effective

Pot Use Doubles Among Americans in Past Decade: Report

10/21/2015 01:00 PM EDT


But some experts say some of the increase may just be more people telling the truth

Magnetic Brain Stimulation Offers Promise for Stroke Victims: Study

10/21/2015 01:00 PM EDT


Noninvasive transcranial therapy had effect on arm movements, researchers say

Coagadex Approved for Rare Clotting Disorder

10/21/2015 01:00 PM EDT


First coagulation therapy sanctioned for Factor X deficiency

Health Highlights: Oct. 21, 2015

10/21/2015 01:00 PM EDT


'Superbug'-Stricken NFL Player Daniel Fells Released From Hospital Oprah Winfrey Buys 10 Percent of Weight Watchers /div

Health Tip: Help Thwart Climate Change

10/21/2015 01:00 PM EDT


For starters, use less energy at home

Health Tip: Help Kids Enjoy Technology

10/21/2015 01:00 PM EDT


Parents should set guidelines

Talk with your child about bullying


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It’s National Bullying Prevention Month! Bullying is when a child tries to hurt another child physically or emotionally. Kids who bully use their power (like being popular or physically strong) to control or hurt others.


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“If someone is picking on you, we can figure out what to do together.”

“In our family, we believe that everyone deserves respect.”

“What would you do if you saw someone getting picked on?”


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Health Tip: What's Polluting the Indoor Air?

10/22/2015 01:00 PM EDT


Smoke, chemicals and vehicle exhaust are common sources

Health Tip: Getting Rid of Mold After a Flood

10/22/2015 01:00 PM EDT


Bleach can help do the job

Common Shoulder Injury Heals Well Without Surgery: Study

10/22/2015 01:00 PM EDT


Nonsurgical treatment brings fewer complications and shorter recovery time, researchers say

Health Highlights: Oct. 22, 2015

10/22/2015 01:00 PM EDT


Sesame Street Debuts New Character With Autism Gene Test Company 23andMe to Resume Giving Health Data to Consumers /div

ADHD May Have Different Effects on Brains of Boys and Girls

10/22/2015 01:00 PM EDT


Study findings might explain different behaviors seen in genders, experts say

Plague May Have Infected Humans Earlier Than Thought

10/22/2015 01:00 PM EDT


DNA evidence suggests deadly germ was around 4,800 years ago

Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? — Clinical Preventive Services


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October 2015


Cancer, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, and infectious diseases have a substantial impact on the overall health of the Nation. As such, the Healthy People 2020 Clinical Preventive Services Leading Health Indicators cover delivery of health care services for these health conditions. Clinical preventive services can detect disease early when treatment is more effective, or prevent them altogether. These services, such as routine disease screening and scheduled immunizations, play a key role in reducing death and disability and improving the health of the Nation.

Learn More About Clinical Preventive Services

Clinical Preventive Services and the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act has expanded key recommended clinical preventive services for adults and children to promote health over the life span. A focus on prevention will not only improve the health of Americans, but will also help reduce health care costs and improve quality of care. By improving access to key clinical preventive services, the Affordable Care Act is helping Americans to be healthier and live longer. To learn more about available clinical preventive services under the Affordable Care Act, please visit

Leading Health Indicators

Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) are critical health issues that—if tackled appropriately—will dramatically reduce the leading causes of death and preventable illnesses. The Clinical Preventive Services LHIs are:

·       Adults who receive a colorectal cancer screening based on the most recent guidelines (C-16)

·       Adults with hypertension whose blood pressure is under control (HDS-12)

·       Adults with diabetes with an A1c value greater than 9% (D-5.1)

·       Children aged 19 to 35 months who receive the recommended doses of DTaP, polio, MMR, Hib, hepatitis B, varicella, and PCV vaccines (IID-8)

Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

From 2008 to 2013, the percentage of adults aged 50 to 75 years who had received a colorectal cancer screening based on the most recent guidelines increased 12%, from 52.1% (age adjusted) to 58.2%, moving toward the HP2020 target of 70.5%.

Over the past decade, blood pressure control increased by 55% among adults aged 18 years and over with hypertension, from 31.6% (age adjusted) in 1999–2002 to 48.9% in 2009–12.

Over the Healthy People 2020 tracking period there was no statistically significant change in the rate of poor glycemic control (HbA1c greater than 9%) among adults aged 18 years and over with diagnosed diabetes (18.0% in 2005–08 and 21.0% in 2009­–12, age adjusted).

The percentage of children aged 19 to 35 months who had received the recommended doses of DTaP, polio, MMR, Hib, Hep B, varicella, and PCV vaccines increased 62%, from 44.3% in 2009 to 71.6% in 2014. In 2014, several population groups in specific demographic categories had the highest rates of receiving all recommended vaccinations, including children whose mothers had an advanced degree, those in families with incomes 400–599% of the poverty threshold, and those with private health insurance.

Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators?

Increasing the Rates of Patients with Controlled Diabetes in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas

 Through diabetes programs at primary care practices, a diabetes education center, and patient outreach, the Rio Grande Valley Accountable Care Organization Health Providers, LLC (RGV ACO) has been working to increase the number of patients who are successfully controlling their diabetes. RGV ACO’s diabetes initiatives aim to help patients understand their disease, encourage lifestyle changes, employ disease management techniques, and connect patients to additional support when needed. Through these initiatives, RGV ACO has seen an increase in the number of patients who were successfully controlling their diabetes, from 23.29% in 2012 to 49.17% in 2014.

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Clinical Preventive Services

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