Most Veterans who served on active duty for at least 24 continuous months and who were released under conditions other than dishonorable are eligible to enroll in the VA for health care . Check out this map that shows the percent of Veteran Enrollees by County for the Fiscal Year of 2015.
By Julia Watson
Today’s map of the day shows the prevalence of obesity in the United States by county. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a person with a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 is considered obese. From the map, we can see there is a higher prevalence of obesity in the southeast and midwest regions as well as the state of Oklahoma.
By Michael J. Paul
Medicare beneficiaries have the option of enrolling in Medicare Part D to get assistance with covering the cost of their prescriptions drugs. Medicare Part D is not automatically include and is available in two ways, if you have Medicare Part A or Part B. Check out this map that shows the Medicare Part D opioid prescribing rate in Tennessee for the year of 2014 at the zipcode level.
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By Julia Watson
Check out this map that shows physicians authorized to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine by state as of 2017. From the map we can a large clusters of practitioners providing buprenorphine treatment practice in the southern and eastern states and in western states such as California. Why might this be?
By Julia Watson
Check out this map that shows where licensed and practicing physicians that have graduated from Meharry Medical College are practicing medicine in the state of Tennessee. The map also shows health professions shortage areas (HPSAs) by county for the state of Tennessee. From the map we can see are large amount of Meharry educated physicians practicing in HPSAs such as Shelby County and Davidson County, TN.
By Michael Paul
Opioid usage has become a country wide epidemic with overdose rates consistently increasing. Not only are the overdose rates increasing, but the rate of physicians overprescribing those same opioids is on the rise. Could the problem also be the solution? Though your friendly street and online dealers pose a threat to individuals selling them the real and or the fake, the biggest culprit may be the healthcare physician. Overprescribing multitudes of opioids keeps the individuals coming back for more. Will the practice of physicians monitoring and decreasing their prescriptions decrease and end our opioid epidemic? Click here for more information.
By Domonique Early
The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program is a program that supports registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses and nurse faculty by paying up to 85% of their student dept. Check out this heat density map which shows the number of active NURSE Corps Loan Repayment sites as of 2017. Nurses that work at these sites are eligible to have some of their student loans forgiven. From the map we can see some highly concentrated areas in the Northeastern states.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Data Warehouse. Accessed on 10/11/2017 https://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/tools/DataPortalResults.aspx