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What We’re Reading: Oct. 5, 2015

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The Job of the Future Is... Home Health Care
The BLS has projected that by 2022 there will be 1.9 million home health care workers, making it the fastest growing industry in the land over the coming years, just ahead of the not entirely dissimilar categories of individual and family services and outpatient, laboratory and other ambulatory care services. You could say, then, that home health care services is the defining industry of our age. As opposed to, for example, mining. — Justin Fox (Oct. 2)

Huffington Post | The Blog
There is Hope After Addiction
“There is hope after addiction. I wish I knew this in college when I started using heroin. I may have also been an intern at the White House, but I was not immune to addiction. Now my mission is to make sure others understand recovery is the promise of a better future.” — Ivana Grahovac, executive director, Transforming Youth Recovery (Oct. 1)

Los Angeles Times | The Economy Hub
Social Security panel: The crisis in disability is over
The proper way to address the shortfall is via a small reallocation of the Social Security payroll tax to shore up the fund, which would move the exhaustion date back to about 2033 without significantly impairing the Social Security retirement program. That would leave ample time to make carefully considered changes in the program, if necessary, but Republicans have blocked that so they can natter on about undeserving recipients and force hasty changes in Social Security now. — Michael Hiltzik (Sep. 25)
John Oliver: Mental Health Debate Used to ‘Dodge Conversation’ on Gun Control
But, as Oliver proceeded to explain, the aftermath of a shooting may be the “worst time” to talk about this complex issue, because “the vast majority of mentally ill people are non-violent and the vast majority of gun violence is committed by non-mentally ill people.” — Matt Wilstein (Oct. 4)

The Open Mind on NPR
The Human Genome App
An interview with Maria Freire discussing the intersection of technology and health – highlighting new patient engagement techniques or even using an app that would facilitate the use of biomarkers in diagnosing and treating disease. The full interview (video and transcript) is available at the link above. — Maria Freire, president of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (Oct. 4)

Child Medicaid Antipsychotic Prescriptions Lower Among Racial & Ethnic Minorities
Medicaid data from 2005 through 2009 indicates that minority child beneficiaries in eight states were less likely to receive prescriptions for antipsychotics than White children. Across the data set, only 2.4 percent of child beneficiaries between age two and 20 received an antipsychotic prescription. Compared to the probability of an antipsychotic prescription fill for White children, the probability of an antipsychotic fill was 1.8 percentage points lower for African-Americans. — News Report (Oct. 4)

Three Care Coordination Models Emerging in Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services & Supports Programs
The nature of care coordination is changing from case management to three emerging models as state Medicaid programs implement managed long-term services and supports (LTSS). The emerging models are in-house, shared functions, and delegated. The definition of care coordination is expanding beyond the scope of traditional case management to include comprehensive and coordination of services and informal supports received, including health and social services. — News Report (Oct. 4)

The Washington Post
Recovering substance abusers brave stigma by giving up secrecy
With a generation in the grip of an opiate epidemic, many younger activists are publicly acknowledging their addiction and recovery, and encouraging others to do the same. Stepping forward, they say, is the only way to earn social acceptance, political clout and badly needed money for treatment. “So long as we keep ourselves in the shadows, we will remain in the shadows,” said Chris Poulos. — Lenny Bernstein (Oct. 1)

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