CMS Releases Medicare Data for Quality-Based Metrics

CMS has released new data on ethnic and racial backgrounds of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, which will allow for analysis related to quality-based metrics within various populations. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is further attempting to innovate and improve medicine through quality-based metrics, as the CMS Office of Minority Health has released new…

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Launching the Data-Driven Justice Initiative: Disrupting the Cycle of Incarceration

Every year, more than 11 million people move through America’s 3,100 local jails, many on low-level, non-violent misdemeanors, costing local governments approximately $22 billion a year.In local jails, 64 percent of people suffer from mental illness, 68 percent have a substance abuse disorder, and 44 percent suffer from chronic health problems.Communities across the country have…

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Laura and John Arnold Foundation launches $15 million competition to use evidence-based programs to “move the needle” on major social problems

HOUSTON, TX—As part of its effort to encourage governments to make decisions based on rigorous research and reliable evidence, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today launched the Moving the Needle Competition, which will provide funding for state and local governments and nonprofit organizations that implement highly effective social programs in an effort to…

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J-PAL Creates Resources on How to Obtain and Use Nonpublic Administrative Data

“Administrative data are information collected, used, and stored primarily for administrative (i.e., operational), rather than research, purposes. These data can be an excellent source of information for use in research and impact evaluation.” “J-PAL North America has developed a guide that provides practical guidance on how to obtain and use nonpublic administrative data for a…

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New Program Aims to Help Reduce Recidivism in Allegheny County

A Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant will fund a new program in Allegheny County aimed at providing affordable housing, employment services and other support for a group of men and women most at risk of returning to jail. The Allegheny County Mental Health and Justice Housing program, an effort of the Allegheny County…

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OMB’s Kathy Stack’s Impact on Government Shouldn’t be Overlooked

Kathy Stack retired after 34 years in government on Feb. 20. Most people probably never heard of her, saw her speak or even understand the impact she had on the management of government. But Stack, who spent the last 28 years at the Office of Management and Budget, was the quiet leader behind the move…

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