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Utilizing the Social Security Administration’s Disability Analysis File

Since 2011, the Social Security Administration has offered its Disability Analysis File (DAF) on an annual basis, compiling data from a range of internal and external data sources into one cohesive database with additional composite variables. With historical data reaching back to 1994, these files contain data on all those individuals with disabilities below retirement age who have received...

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CMS’ New Case Study Showcases Successful Community Advisory Board Collaboration

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a case study highlighting Health Net of West Michigan, an organization participating in CMS’ Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model. The AHC Model seeks to identify if healthcare costs and utilization can be impacted by the identification and subsequent mitigation of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries’ health-specific social...

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Census Releases Demonstration Data and Progress Metrics for New DAS

BETHESDA, MD – The Census Bureau continues to roll out data and information from the 2020 census. On April 28, it provided information about a new cryptography-inspired disclosure avoidance system (DAS) to protect the privacy of respondents. Using data from the 2010 census for demonstration purposes, Census has released several files of data to solicit feedback from users. The bureau hopes users...

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The State Data Resource Center’s Recommendations to Support Vaccine Equity

BETHESDA, MD – As of April 26, 29 percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated. Vaccines are now available to all U.S. adults, and 2.6 million doses are being administered in the United States every day. As vaccination rates continue to increase, it is important that vaccine distribution is monitored to ensure that vulnerable populations are reached. Ensuring equitable access to the...

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Suez Blockage Highlights Need for Transportation Network Vulnerability Tools

BETHESDA, MD – The recent blockage of the Suez Canal delayed worldwide shipping and caused billions in damages. A Bloomberg analysis reported that the grounding of the Ever Given held up as much as $9.6 billion in cargo per day, and The New York Times reported that it could take years to sort out all of the costs of the blockage. The blockage highlights the need for transportation network...

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