Motor vehicle deaths up 8% in 2015

2015 was the deadliest year on US highways since 2008, with 38,300 deaths and 4.4 million serious injuries, according to preliminary numbers from the National Safety Council. That number is 8% higher than the 2014, compared to an increase of less than 0.5% from 2013 to 2014. The NSC blamed lower gas prices, resulting in a 3.5% increase in miles driven in 2015. Motor vehicle deaths, injuries and property damage were estimated to cost the US $412.1 billion in 2015 in medical expenses, wage and productivity losses, administrative costs, employer costs and property damage. Deaths on ERC states’ roads in 2015 varied from 30% growth in Vermont to 2% reduction in New Jersey. It is important to note that both New Jersey and Pennsylvania were well below US average increases for both 2014 and 2015. Smaller states saw significant variability, likely due to small numbers, but Rhode Island enjoyed substantially fewer motor vehicle deaths across both years. The NSC offers important recommendations for safe driving.

 

  Motor vehicle deaths 2015 % change 2014 to 2015 % change 2013 to 2015
US total 38,300 8% 8%
Connecticut 283 14% 3%
Delaware 130 4% 30%
Maine 156 16% 8%
Maryland 508 12% 12%
Massachusetts 354 2% 6%
New Hampshire 114 24% -16%
New Jersey 553 -2% 1%
New York 1,090
Pennsylvania 1,205 -1% 0%
Rhode Island 45 -13% -32%
Vermont 57 30% -19%

 

Medicare members from ERC states have saved $5.6 billion on prescription drugs under the ACA; over 8.8 million received free preventive care in 2015

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enacted into law in 2010, millions of elderly and disabled Medicare beneficiaries in CSG-ERC states have saved billions of dollars on prescription drugs and free preventive care, according to new numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The ACA includes increasing discounts for Medicare Part D beneficiaries on their prescription drugs. By 2020, the Part D “donut hole” in coverage will be completely closed. To date, ERC residents covered by Medicare Part D have saved just over $5.6 billion on prescription costs, averaging $1,127 each just last year. The ACA also eliminated copays and deductibles for preventive care in Medicare such as an annual wellness visit and many cancer screenings. Almost 9 million ERC state residents benefitted from that provision just last year.

 

  Medicare beneficiaries who received free services, 2015 Total Medicare Part D savings, since ACA enacted Average Part D discount per beneficiary, 2015
Connecticut 470,712 $285,575,635 $1,174
Delaware 146,150 104,814,736 1,180
Maine 218,651 65,763,201 986
Maryland 640,956 335,674,454 1,158
Massachusetts 915,557 325,401,667 1,039
New Hampshire 191,570 75,747,530 1,047
New Jersey 1,128,614 1,046,592,817 1,241
New York 2,387,501 1,602,170,651 1,195
Pennsylvania 1,839,835 1,268,425,686 1,053
Puerto Rico 674,848 390,389,684 952
Rhode Island 147,550 60,306,034 912
Vermont 94,324 41,117,399 1,102
Virgin Islands 11,008 4,555,013 1,082

 

Three in four US physicians had an electronic health record in 2014; ERC states vary widely

In 2014, only 74.1% of US office-based physicians had a certified electronic health record (EHR) system, up from 67.5% the year before, according to a new CDC brief. ERC states varied considerably with Connecticut lowest in the region at 67.5% and Vermont highest at 85%, significantly higher than the US average. However while most US physicians have EHRs, only 33.7% of those with EHRs share patient information outside their practice. Again ERC states varied widely from Massachusetts at 48.7% (statistically above the US average) to New Jersey at 17.7% (statistically below the US average). Nationally only about one in ten physicians with an EHR shared patient information with home health, long term care or behavioral health providers. Electronic health records are key to improving care decisions and safety, consumer engagement and participation, care coordination, evaluation, research and better health planning. The federal government provides substantial funding to promote electronic health records.

 

(2014) % physicians with EHRs % physicians with EHRs who share patient information with external providers or unaffiliated hospitals
CT 67.5 33.7
DE 67.6 34.5
ME 68.3 29.8
MD 75.7 26.6
MA 76.6 48.7
NH 72.9 37.3
NJ 72.1 17.7
NY 75.5 29.9
PA 76.2 43.2
RI 61.8 31.1
VT 85.0 44.9
US average 74.1 32.5