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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Housing Instability and Homelessness Endangers Emancipated Foster Youth

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), together with the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA), has released a report titled “The Housing Status and Well-Being of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care in Washington State.” This study recounts the housing outcomes of 1,116 youth that graduated from the foster care system…

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Family Group Decision Making: A Quantitative Analysis of the Impact on Out-of-Home Placement

In 1999, Allegheny County became the first county in Pennsylvania to implement Family Group Decision Making (FGDM), an intervention designed to improve safety and permanency for maltreated children. FGDM involves bringing a family’s natural support system to the table with the formal child welfare system when making critical decisions, including placement decisions. In 2011, with…

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