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As the Greater Philadelphia region's metropolitan planning organization (MPO), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) provides technical assistance and services to its member state, county, and local governments; the private sector; and the public. Delaware Valley Data is our periodic series of free data bulletins, data snapshots, and analytical reports. Data Bulletin #097 provides county- and subcounty-level population estimates as of July 1, 2015, for the 28 counties located within DVRPC's extended data services area, released by the U.S Census Bureau in May 2016. The Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program (PEP) produces July 1st estimates for the years following the last published decennial census and, in most cases, simultaneously revises annual estimates released in previous years. Existing data series such as births, deaths, federal tax returns, Medicare enrollment, and immigration are used to update the base counts from the decennial census. PEP estimates are used in federal funding allocations, in setting the levels of national surveys, and for monitoring recent demographic changes.
As the Greater Philadelphia region's metropolitan planning organization (MPO), DVRPC provides technical assistance and services to its member state, county, and local governments; the private sector; and the public. Delaware Valley Data is our periodic series of free data bulletins, data snapshots, and analytical reports. Regional Data Bulletin #098 presents residential building permit data for 2010 through 2015 in the extended 28-county data services area. Residential construction activity data is derived from current reports and publications compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau's Residential Construction Statistics Division. Municipalities provide the Census Bureau with tabulations of the number of housing units authorized, according to types of structures. In the few cases where municipalities reported building permit activity for some months but not for all 12 months, the Census Bureau estimates the total yearly number of building permits based on past building permit activity.
Spiraling health care costs in the U.S. place untenable burdens on an increasing share of Americans and divert money from education, research, and economic development. In 2010, Stanford University launched its Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC) to develop new ways of delivering health care that might slow this spending growth. "What we want is affordable clinical excellence, and that's what is distinctive about what we're doing," says Arnold Milstein, M.D., M.P.H., CERC's director, who was recruited to lead CERC in part because of his success redesigning ambulatory care for medically fragile patients. The center identifies diseases, conditions, and health care services for which spending could be lowered by 30 percent or more for certain populations while also improving patient health and care experiences.
This case study, Designing More Affordable and Effective Health Care, is part of ongoing research by The Commonwealth Fund to track how health systems are transforming care delivery, particularly to meet the needs of high-need, high-cost patients and other vulnerable populations. The first publication in the series profiled thePenn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.