Legislation Introduced on the Hill

On May 28th, the House Energy and Commerce Committee unveiled draft legislation to repeal the current Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) system and replace it with a stable system of physician payment in the Medicare program. The Subcommittee on Health has scheduled a hearing on the draft legislation on June 5. (more…)

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University Fostering Entrepreneurs

Moving ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace can be difficult. That is because federal research dollars typically don’t support the proof-of-concept studies needed to demonstrate the feasibility of a promising new technology or diagnostic test. Also, very often scientists have to struggle to develop a successful pitch or execute a business plan. (more…)

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HIE Benefits Western NY

Since the Western New York (WNY) Beacon Community has been connecting to HEALTHeLink, clinical outcomes and patient safety have improved. In 2010, the Western New York community with HEALTHeLINK as the lead grantee received a $16.1 million award, one of the largest Beacon community awards in the country. (more…)

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DRDC to Help the Disabled

Today, birth defects, developmental and other disabilities, healthcare disparities in disability, and health and wellness for people with disabilities are not commonly noted in medical health education and services programs. (more…)

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News from Georgia

Researchers at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University along with partners at Georgia Tech received a $4 million grant from NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The funding  will be used to establish the “Health and Exposome Research Center: Understanding Lifetime Exposures” to be referred to as the HERCULES Center located at Emory. (more…)

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Evolving Regulatory & Legal Issues

Key executives and leaders with related interests in the health technology field presented their ideas on evolving legal and federal regulatory requirements, lessons learned from real life experiences, and thoughts on privacy issues and rules. Neal Neuberger, Executive Director for the Institute for e-Health Policy welcomed the speakers at the Congressional Steering Committee on Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics luncheon briefing held May 22nd on Capitol Hill.  (more…)

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Improving Medicaid Efficiency

In Alabama, Medicaid reform legislation to ultimately restructure the state’s healthcare delivery system for low-income citizens was approved in the Alabama Senate and delivered to the Governor for his signature. The legislation is based largely on the earlier recommendations of the Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission’s recommendations that Alabama be divided into regions with a community-led network established to coordinate the healthcare of Medicaid patients in each region. (more…)

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