Updated Legislative Dashboards Include ‘Housing Security’ Metrics

VHHA’s Community Health Legislative Dashboards, which track key health care metrics in localities corresponding to the Commonwealth’s 100 House of Delegates and 40 state Senate districts, have recently been updated online. A previous Research Corner column introduced “food security” as a new metric to provide a more complete picture of community health. This week’s Research...

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VHHA Community Health Legislative Dashboards Now Include Food Insecurity

VHHA’s Community Health Legislative Dashboards, which track key health care metrics in localities corresponding to the Commonwealth’s 100 House of Delegates and 40 state Senate districts, have recently been updated online. The dashboards have a new look, incorporate newly elected members of the Virginia General Assembly, and feature some new health metrics, one of which...

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Opioid Prescription Volume Declining

Awareness of prescribing behavior across the Commonwealth is a key first step in understanding opioid availability. Due to the availability of prescription claims data1 in the Virginia All-Payer Claims Database, we can answer questions about prescription volume, refills, and which clinical specialty areas are responsible for dispensing the greatest volume of opioids. And with the...

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Availability of Robotic Surgery Linked to Population Concentration

The first robotic surgery on record was performed in 1985 when a robotic arm was used to take a brain biopsy. In the 30-plus years since, robotic surgical systems have evolved from computer-assisted models to modern controller-controlled robotic systems that replicate the surgeon’s exact movements through robotic instruments working on a patient. Robotic surgery has...

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Virginia Hospitals Exceed $3.25 Billion in Community Benefit

Virginia’s hospitals and health systems provided more than $3.25 billion in community benefit and other types of community support in the Commonwealth in 2016, according to data provided by 94 Virginia hospitals that has been analyzed by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA). The amount of community benefit provided by Virginia’s tax-exempt hospitals exceeded...

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Behavioral Health Ambulance Calls

The prevailing conventional wisdom about ambulance service calls is that most trips involve transporting people with major trauma wounds, or those needing immediate emergency care for serious conditions like cardiac arrest. Despite those perceptions, the data tells us the reasons for calls to emergency squads for transportation are quite varied. And if national statistics are...

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Community Services Boards’ Mental Health Partnership with Hospitals

Virginia’s publicly funded mental health services are available through its 40 Community Services Boards (CSB) that serve the Commonwealth’s 133 counties and cities. CSBs are agents of local governments but work under contracts with Virginia Department of Behavior Health and Developmental Services. By statute, CSBs are single points of entry and major resources for people...

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