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PracticeUpdate

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Provider: Elsevier
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Descriptions: PracticeUpdate incorporates the former OncologyStat! with other modules on Primary Care, Eye Care, Cardiology, Dermatology and Urology. This resource requires free registration and the creation of a brief user profile, which enables emailed content feeds tailored to the user's own interests. There is an editorial board for each discipline. Features for which one can opt in or out by discipline include conference coverage, editors' picks, CME alerts and breaking news. For more information on this resource, read its About information.
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INAHTA – International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment

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Provider: International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA)
Descriptions: INAHTA has 46 member agencies in 26 countries in North and Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The members are non-profit organizations producing Health Technology Assessments, and are linked to regional or national government agencies. Member agencies engage in joint projects to evaluate medical technologies of mutual interest. INAHTA produces regularly published Briefs, in which member agencies present overviews of recently published systematic reviews, linked to the full text; HTA (Health Technology Assessment) Checklists, and a newsletter that reports on, among other things, developments and trends in health policy research. Member agencies engage in joint projects to evaluate medical technologies of mutual interest.
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HSTAT – Health Services/Technology Assessment Text

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Provider: National Library of Medicine and National Center for Biotechnology Information
Descriptions: HSTAT is “...a free, Web-based resource of full-text documents that provide health information and support health care decision making. HSTAT's audience includes health care providers, health service researchers, policy makers, payers, consumers and the information professionals who serve these groups… Citations within HSTAT documents that also have a PubMed or PubMed Central record are hyperlinked accordingly from the reference list.” AHRQ evidence reports and reviews, documents from the National Guideline Clearinghouse, NIH reports, and Reports of the Surgeon General are some of the documents accessible from this website.
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HealthCare.gov

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Provider: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Descriptions: HealthCare.gov is a one-stop shop for learning about available health insurance coverage, based on location, state of health, and other criteria. It includes links to healthcare facilities that accept the uninsured-- "self-pay" patients and those who cannot afford to pay. HealthCare.gov is also a place to check for answers to questions about the Affordable Care Act, and to use an interactive timeline detailing the implementation of its most important provisions. Different topics under "Comparing Care Providers" link to the Medicare website, to other sections of this site, or to the DHHS website, where users can learn about physicians or types of healthcare facilities.
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Effective Health Care Program – AHRQ

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Provider: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
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Descriptions: First funded by Congress in 2005, the Effective Health Care Program funds and synthesizes the findings of teams of researchers and clinicians across North America, to identify ways to improve the quality of health care through evidence-based decision-making. Research summaries are available for consumers (many with Spanish translations), clinicians and policy-makers. Also for patients, short videos on treatment options, helpful comparative charts on the effectiveness of different treatments for various conditions. Many resources in various formats are provided. The Program invites comments and topic research/review suggestions, and data deposit by medical professionals. Links are provided to plug-ins for viewing video content.
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Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)

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Provider: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Descriptions: The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) is a suite of healthcare databases and related software tools developed through a Federal-State-Industry partnership to build a multi-state system of healthcare databases supportive of research and decision-making. HCUP databases contain a core set of clinical and non-clinical information found in a typical patient discharge abstract: listed diagnoses and procedures, status at time of discharge, patient demographics, and charges regardless of payer (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, or uninsured.) The information is translated into a single format to facilitate both multi-state and national-to-state comparisons. HCUP is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as part of its mission to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. healthcare system.
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Health Reform in Action

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Provider: WhiteHouse.gov
Descriptions: This page at the White House's website outlines the President's health care agenda.
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Global Health Library

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Provider: World Health Organizationv
Descriptions: A virtual platform pointing to reliable health collections and systems with a particular focus on developing countries. Contains links to searchable "libraries," or portals, of health, agricultural, earth and environmental science, social science and other categories of information arranged according to World Health Organization regional offices. Searches may return full-text articles from open-access journals in various languages (including English); grey literature; WHO reports and other WHO publications; and some proprietary content not accessible from this site to users in the United States, such as the Cochrane database. The WHO regions covered are: Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Meditteranean, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.
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Wing Of Zock

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Provider: AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges)
Descriptions: Wing of Zock is a blog from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC.) It provides a new forum for faculty, residents and administrators at U.S. academic medical centers to share best practices in the new health care environment. Posts are to discuss issues in patient safety, innovations in the delivery of care, technology, quality of care, payment reform and other topics affecting patient treatment and medical education.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Provider: United States Environmental Protection Agency
Descriptions: This website emphasizes the Environmental Protection Agency's pledge to "protect human health and the environment." The latest EPA news is featured here, but more importantly, the site provides numerous in-depth topic sections: acid rain, asbestos, global warming, hazardous waste, human health, oil spills, etc.. Click at upper right to read the EPA's website in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese or Korean. Some topics include links to the text of relevant laws and regulations.
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Texas Recovery Act (ARRA) Funding

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Provider: National Institutes of Health/U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
Descriptions: This NIH/DHHS page lists the categories of grant funding available to the State of Texas from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
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HealthCare.gov

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Provider: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
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Descriptions: This is the U.S. government location that helps you put the Affordable Care Act into practice. Here you can shop the health insurance marketplace, find the plan that best fits your situation, and enroll for coverage. Information provided is available in English and Spanish, with some resources available in Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Creole and Polish. Find plans for individuals and families, and plans for small businesses. Read about your rights and protections. Fill out information that the site will use to guide you toward the benefits you're qualified for. Get your questions answered using the Search box. Open enrollment will begin annually in October. In the first enrollment period that started Oct. 1, 2013, the open enrollment period does not end until March 31, 2014.
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Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform

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Provider: The Brookings Institution
Descriptions: The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. The Brookings Institution seeks to present innovative and practical recommendations for public policy based on independent research. As a part of the Brookings Institution, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform "provides practical solutions to achieve high-quality, innovative, affordable health care with particular emphasis on identifying opportunities on the national, state and local levels."
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CMS.gov: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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Provider: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Descriptions: This informative website's resources may be designed for use by various categories of healthcare provider, but it contains information interesting and useful to consumers as well. Under the Research, Statistics, Data and Systems tab, for instance, in Medicare Provider Charge Data, one can explore comparative data like the often stunning disparities in rates charged by different hospitals within a single city, or by hospitals across the country, for treatment of a selection of 100 common diagnoses. It also provides links to detailed information about individual states' Medicare and Medicaid policies and programs.
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Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

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Provider: University of Oxford
Descriptions: University of Oxford's CEBM (Centre for Evidence Based Medicine) is "a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the practice, teaching and dissemination of high quality evidence based medicine to improve healthcare in everyday clinical practice." On its website, CEBM provides open-access PowerPoint files of lectures and workshops; a YouTube Channel page featuring descriptions and links to instructive videos on the elements or steps in an evidence-based process, and on how to teach evidence-based practice; links to events and conferences; and links to other EBM-related resources and tools, such as medical calculators and critical appraisal worksheets.
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Center for Studying Health System Change

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Provider: Center for Studying Health System Change
Descriptions: The mission of the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) is to inform policy makers and private decision makers about how local and national changes in the financing and delivery of health care affect people. HSC strives to provide high-quality, timely and objective research and analysis that leads to sound policy decisions, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of the American public. The Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) is a nonpartisan policy research organization located in Washington, D.C. HSC designs and conducts studies focused on the U.S. health care system to inform the thinking and decisions of policy makers in government and private industry. In addition to this applied use, HSC studies contribute more broadly to the body of health care policy research that enables decision makers to understand change and the national and local market forces driving that change.
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Better Data, Better Health

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Provider: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Descriptions: This website contains data sets, reports and rankings that include information on the quality of care delivery, patient outcomes, and patient feedback on physicians, hospitals, and cost. A "data hub" provides interactive graphics of state populations broken out by ethnicity, educational attainment, and age group for a number of healthcare measures, such as rates of the uninsured, portion of state budgets spent on healthcare, healthcare quality, and more. The focus of this website is discussion and demonstration of how "big data" can serve to improve health care in the United States.
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

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Provider: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Descriptions: This area of the RWJF site is devoted to current healthcare issues. Of particular interest is its clear and timely information about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
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RAND COMPARE

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Provider: RAND Corporation
Descriptions: COMPARE (Comprehensive Assessment of Reform Efforts) is a project of RAND Health, a division of RAND Corporation (a private, nonprofit research company.) COMPARE provides "...information and tools to help policymakers, the media, and other interested parties understand, design, and evaluate health policies." COMPARE synthesizes existing knowledge, delineates the policy options already on the table, and analyzes and creates projections of proposed policies' effects, whether intended or unintended, on our healthcare system.
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PRIM&R: Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research

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Provider: Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research
Descriptions: Via publications and press releases, accreditation, education and networking activities funded through memberships, this organization promotes the ethical treatment of human and animal research subjects. Some of the white papers and general information are freely accessible, but much of the site is restricted to PRIM&R members.
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American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)

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Provider: AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association)
Descriptions: This organization "...is dedicated to promoting the effective organization, analysis, management, and use of information in health care in support of patient care, public health, teaching, research, administration, and related policy." Some resources here are for members only. The Education section includes links to podcasts and mp3 files of informatics classes and recorded conference proceedings, many of which are free.
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New York Academy of Medicine Library Grey Literature Collection

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Provider: New York Academy of Medicine
Descriptions: The Gray Literature Report is a part of the New York Academy of Medicine Library's website. "The Grey Literature Report is a bimonthly publication of The New York Academy of Medicine Library alerting readers to new grey literature publications in health services research and selected public health topics." Search by title, author, or keyword. Many of the retrieved publications are freely available online.
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Grey Literature Report

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Provider: New York Academy of Medicine
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Descriptions: The Grey Literature Report provides links to publications, primarily reports and surveys, generated by government departments and agencies as well as non-governmental organizations worldwide. These publications cover timely and important issues in healthcare, health policy and public health. "The Report encompasses un-indexed materials that are not produced by commercial publishers and are unavailable through normal, commercial distribution channels."
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FDsys

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Provider: U.S. Government Printing Office
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Descriptions: FDsys is the new Government Printing Office (GPO) site, incorporating all information from the old GPO site and upgrading it with features-- like the single search box for searching all content. This is also the first-hand location for access to Congressional bills, hearings, reports, other miscellaneous documents from Congress, the Congressional Record, and Presidential documents.
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Mental Health America

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Provider: Mental Health American (formerly National Mental Health Association)
Descriptions: From the website: Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.
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Kaiser Health News

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Provider: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Descriptions: Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a nonprofit news organization committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. KHN is a project of the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)

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Provider: JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations)
Descriptions: Established in 1951, the independent, non-profit Joint Commission provides accreditation and certification services for health care facilities-- hospitals, nursing homes, laboratories, home health care providers, etc. and in diverse specialties ranging from critical care to behavioral health. The JCAHO "...seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value." To that end, it produces standards, goals, certifications, awards, quality reports and consumer resources. Standards address levels of performance in areas such as patient rights, patient treatment, medication safety and infection control. JCAHO publishes reviews, white papers, reports including an Annual Report, National Patient Safety Goals, its Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, and numerous newsletters, some of which are freely accessible here.
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EBook Collection – EBSCOHost (EBooks on EBSCOHost)

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Provider: EBSCO
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Descriptions: An expanding collection with more than 100,000 titles in trade, reference, science, technology, medicine and literature. Some content is out of copyright, free with subscription; some is licensed by the Texas State Library for TexShare; and some is provided by the University of Texas at Austin.
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PsycInfo

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Provider: Ovid
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Descriptions: PsycInfo provides citations with abstracts covering the peer-reviewed literature of psychology and psychiatry, as well as related material in the social, behavioral and health sciences. Provides selective coverage of approximately 2,500 periodicals and 3 million records from books, journals and other publications. Some of the literature cited and abstracted here date back to the early 1800's.
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AARP (American Association of Retired Persons)

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Provider: AARP (American Association of Retired Persons)
Descriptions: The Health section of AARP's website provides very user-friendly coverage of health care issues like Medicare and other insurance, health care reform, drug costs, and how to talk to one's physician. It contains tools for checking drug interactions, a pill identifier, information on diseases, conditions, signs and symptoms, caregiving, brain health (including brain games) and more.
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