RTI International led development of this series of fact sheets with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These fact sheets are published here with permission from SAMHSA.

Prescription Misuse Information for Employers—Why employers should care about prescription misuse and what they can do

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina — At the 10th Annual RTI Internship Showcase, held August 2 at RTI International headquarters, more than 30 summer interns, from research units and areas across the institute, volunteered and presented their summer projects to RTI staff, area community members, family members and university partners.

Direct Provider Contracting has been used for decades as a way for employers to arrange for specific health care providers to deliver a defined set of services (such as hip or knee replacement) to their employees at a discounted rate. This arrangement is markedly different than the standard approach of employers paying an insurance company for a broad range of covered health care services, with the insurer in turn reimbursing health care providers and/or employees after care is delivered.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC— RTI International and Geographic Technologies Group (GTG) have partnered to deliver a software package that integrates and analyzes 911 call data with GIS mapping data.

Data suggest that many countries have a large enrollment, often called a “bulge,” of pupils in the early primary grades. This can result in schools with up to 150 students per classroom with only one teacher, which can affect student dropout as well as classroom quality. However, not much is known about what causes this bulge, or what can be done to rectify it.

New research suggests that, among first-time community college students, students working part time while in school may be more likely to complete their degree and maintain employment after graduation than other students.

In late July of 2018, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) made an unexpected announcement: they will be lowering premiums on Affordable Care Act (ACA)-compliant health plans. Specifically, BCBCSNC announced premiums would be on average 4 percent lower in 2019 than they were in 2018 for plans bought on the federal marketplace (an online exchange to compare and purchase ACA-compliant, non-group health insurance plans).

In recent years, efforts have been strengthened to increase the number of women in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Special efforts and initiatives attempt to spark girls’ interest in STEM-related fields at an early age, while universities and industries work to actively recruit women into these fields.

A July 2018 New York Times article reveals that nursing homes have been fudging the numbers on staffing. This article, supported by a Kaiser Health News analysis of data from the new payroll-based journal (PBJ) system, reported that 70 percent of nursing homes had lower staffing than previously thought.

Many are unaware that problems related to public transportation, commuting times, access to food, healthcare conditions, climate change modelling, and much more can be addressed with geospatial analytics. The convergence and integration of geospatial technology with mainstream technologies used by governments and public safety organizations is driving the geospatial analytics market from $40.7 billion to a projected $86 billion by 2023.