CA Access News

June 2012

    


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One Million Lives: Cancer in California

By Jennifer Joynt
California HealthCare Foundation Almanac, June 11, 2012

More than one million Californians alive today have a history of cancer. In 2009, more than 55,000 Californians died of cancer, and more than 147,000 new cases were diagnosed. Cancer treatment represents $125 billion in health care spending nationally. The good news is that cancer mortality rates have fallen 22% since 1989 and rates of new cancer diagnoses have dropped 9%.

The bad news is that while we know a great deal about who gets cancer and who dies from it, we do not know much about the quality of the care provided or its cost. The delivery of cancer care is complex, with teams of professionals providing care in a variety of settings and systems, from community practices to large-scale, comprehensive cancer centers. Among these providers, recommendations differ on the best approaches to and the timing of cancer screening and treatment. Significant racial and ethnic disparities also exist for both cancer incidence and mortality in California.

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More Than 900 Medicines and Vaccines in Clinical Testing Offer New Hope in the Fight Against Cancer

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Partner Spotlight

The Development of Independent Living Goals

By John Kehoe

In looking at the evolution of the policymaking to frame the support for seniors, even Alex Trebek might overlook one of the big landmarks which is supporting the Independent Living Goals of our older population. The original act, known as the Older Americans Act was signed into law by the late President Lyndon B. Johnson. He chose the Truman Presidential Library for the signing ceremony on July 14, 1965.

In signing this law, President Jonson said:" No longer will this nation refuse the hand of justice to those who have given a lifetime of service and wisdom and labor to the progress of this progressive country." The delivery mechanism for the services of this program is left to the Area Agencies on Aging.

In California there are thirty-three area agencies. The governing mechanism varies. For example, the area agency for Butte County is a non-profit organization, namely the Foundation of the State University. Area four which serves counties around Sacramento is governed by joint powers agreements. Nineteen of these units are extensions of the local political landscape. But in each, there is a rich involvement of participatory democracy by way of advisory groups. This ensures that the needs for the local seniors are being met, because they are involved in in-home living, caregiving, nutritional needs, transportation, housing and related vital services to assure the voices of those served are being heard. It is clearly a view of how the 21st Century will be ruled by the new old, living in their own homes, not institutions.

Calendar

Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!


Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Jason Dumont at jason@perrycom.com to help advertise your upcoming event.

Welcome New Partners

Khmer Parent Association

13 Individual Partners

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Do you know a group who would be interested in joining CPAT? Please send your referrals to:

Northern California - Contact Jason Dumont at jason@perrycom.com

Southern California - Contact Brandon Stephenson at brandon@cerrell.com

In the News

Integrating Health Care and Long-Term Care

By Howard Gleckman
Forbes, June 6, 2012

Let me tell you about Frank. At 86, he has heart disease, diabetes, and kidney failure. He lives at home but struggles with the 16 medications he must take every day. He could also use some social support–maybe an adult day program, help shopping, or just somebody to keep him company.

What Frank needs most of all is somebody who can help organize all of his medical and personal care. It is complicated and much more than he can manage on his own. And when things go wrong, Frank lands in the hospital. Three times in just the past few months–with a fall, an infection, and with breathing problems.

His Medicare pays for doctor visits and all those drugs. Because he is very poor, also receives Medicaid, which provides him with a home health aide for a few hours, five days a week. Medicaid is the joint federal/state insurance program for low-income people that has become the nation’s biggest payer of long-term care services.

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Food Allergies Affect More City Kids Than Rural Ones

By Ryan Jaslow
CBS News, June 8, 2012

Food allergies are more common in kids who live in a city than those who live in more rural areas, according to new research.

The new study is the first to map children's food allergies by where they live in the United States, according to the researchers. They surveyed parents of nearly 38,500 kids younger than 18, asking for their zip codes and details on their child's food allergy.

The researchers determined that in urban centers, almost 9.8 percent of children had food allergies, compared with 6.2 percent of children in rural communities. Specifically, city children were twice as likely to have peanut (2.8 percent compared to 1.3 percent) and shellfish allergies (2.4 percent compared to 0.8 percent) compared to their rural counterparts. Based on the survey, the states with the highest prevalence of food-allergic kids were Nevada, Florida, Georgia, Alaska, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

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Self-Injury Practices Found in Younger Children

By Lara Salahi
ABC News, June 11, 2012

Self-harm practices such as cutting and hitting can begin in children as young as age 7, according to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, reported to be the first to look at self-injury in children younger than age 11.

Research suggests that many adolescents and adults engage in self-injury as a means to self-medicate for stress and depression.

But findings from this study now warn to look out for these behaviors as early as elementary school.

"For a parent, for a teacher and for a medical professional, part of the message is to recognize that kids at younger ages are harming themselves," said Benjamin Hankin, associate professor of psychology at University of Denver in Colorado.

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Interesting Information

Study: Little Experience Coordinating Care for Dual Eligibles Warrants Caution

By Sabrina Rodak
Becker’s Hospital Review, June 8, 2012

Due to states' little experience coordinating care for people who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, policy makers should use caution when making changes in this area, according to a study in Health Affairs.

The authors studied public data on how services are provided to dual eligibles receiving benefits from both programs. They found that enrollment in Medicare and Medicaid managed care is low but increasing and varies widely across states.

The authors said few states or health plans have experience coordinating care for dual eligibles in an integrated plan and there are gaps in data on dual eligibles. They suggested policy makers use caution when considering giving states responsibility for dual eligible care coordination.

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Script Your Future Campaign Addresses Critical Public Health Issue Affecting All Americans

By Elaine Linn

The National Consumers League (NCL), the United States Surgeon General, and health care allies are celebrating the first anniversary of the national medication adherence campaign, Script Your Future, launched in May of 2011. The Script Your Future campaign addresses the need for tools and resources to support improved medication adherence across the country and to open dialogue between health care professionals and patients about the health consequences of non-adherence.

Poor medication adherence is a $290 billion problem annually, with three out of four Americans reporting that they do not always take their medication as directed, and causing more than one-third of medicine-related hospitalizations and nearly 125,000 deaths in the United States each year.

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Script Your Future Sacramento Coalition Meeting & Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, July 11th
12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (lunch will be served)
California Northstate University
College of Pharmacy
10811 International Drive, Rancho Cordova

Please RSVP to Elaine Linn at elainelinn02@yahoo.com

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