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  • Judge Rules Against Strict Texas Abortion Law
    A U.S. District judge ruled that the law's provision requiring abortion facilities to meet certain surgical standards was unconstitutional.
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 11:09pm -
  • Pennsylvania's Corbett Becomes 9th GOP Governor To Expand Medicaid
    Gov. Tom Corbett reached a deal with the Obama administration to use federal funds to put about 500,000 low-income residents into managed care plans already used by the state.
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 1:15pm -
  • First Edition: August 29, 2014
    Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about the Obama administration and Pennsylvania reaching an agreement to expand Medicaid in that state.
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 11:24am -
  • Pennsylvania Officials Say Medicaid Expansion Talks Are In Final Stage
    But the state offered few details about where the negotiations with the federal government are heading. Also in news about changes from the health law in the states, the Arizona Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of a case that could unravel that…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 1:14pm -
  • Viewpoints: Medicare No Longer 'Busting' The Budget; A 'Nightmare' Trying To Get Coverage In D.C.
    A selection of editorials and opinions on health care from around the country.
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 1:09pm -
  • First Edition: August 28, 2014
    Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about the Congressional Budget Office's latest projections regarding Medicare and Medicaid spending.
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 11:14am -
  • Obama Vows Better Health Care, Other Initiatives, For Vets, Military
    Addressing the American Legion’s national convention, the president announced steps to expand access to mental health care and an initiative to lower home loan costs for military families. He also promised a new "culture of accountability' at the D…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 1:31pm -
  • Ariz. GOP Primary For Governor Won By Treasurer
    Doug Ducey defeated former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith. Smith had the backing of Gov. Jan Brewer after supporting her Medicaid expansion proposal. Also, other Arizona Republicans who backed the Medicaid expansion there withstand challenges from more conse…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 1:30pm -
  • First Edition: August 27, 2014
    Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about Kevin Counihan, the person who take on the challenge of running healthcare.gov.
    - 5 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 11:25am -
  • Report Tallies Funds Committed To Federal Insurance Exchange
    The federal government has committed nearly $800 million to the project, according the Health and Human Services' inspector general. Also in the news, Washington state will have a special limited enrollment period for people who want to shop for cove…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 1:45pm -

MedPage Today - Washington Watch

  • The Week Ahead: ESC, ICAAC, ERS, and FDA on Sunscreen
    (MedPage Today) -- It's a big week for meetings: MedPage Today will bring you coverage of four meetings, as well as an unusual 3-day FDA's advisory committee meeting.
    - 1 day ago, 31 Aug 14, 8:00pm -
  • HHS Mulls Lifting Gay Blood Donor Ban
    WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- The Department of Health and Human Services is now evaluating data that could determine whether to continue a ban that prohibits men who have sex with men from donating blood.
    - 1 day ago, 31 Aug 14, 2:00pm -
  • Firm Date for ICD-10 Switch Still Not Raising Urgency
    WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- Although there is a firm date for the transition to the new ICD-10 coding system -- and it's little more than a year away -- physician practices seem to be in no rush to get ready.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 2:00pm -
  • CMS Shuts Down Sunshine Act Database -- Again
    WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is again taking the Open Payments database, which details payments made to physicians by drug and device companies, offline for more maintenance.
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 9:55pm -
  • More Data to Be Kept from Doc Payments Database
    (MedPage Today) -- Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the upcoming Open Payments database won't include pharma company research grants to doctors through contract research organizations.
    - 3 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 7:00pm -
  • CBO Projects Lower Medicare and Medicaid Costs
    (MedPage Today) -- Reduced costs for medical services and labor have trimmed the 10-year projected cost of Medicare and Medicaid by $89 billion, the Congressional Budget Office said.
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 6:39pm -
  • Critics Slam FDA Plan to Up Minorities in Studies
    WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- The FDA is trying to increase representation of women and minorities in clinical trials, but observers said the agency's latest effort in this area is not sufficient.
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 10:16pm -
  • White House Takes Action on Vets' Mental Health
    (MedPage Today) -- President Obama announced action Tuesday to address veterans' mental health issues as the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs prepared to release a report on problems at the VA's Phoenix facility.
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 8:00pm -
  • Federal Officials Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services
    (MedPage Today) -- The federal government is now requiring state Medicaid programs to cover comprehensive autism services for children, which will bring financial relief for many parents but is making states concerned about costs.
    - 6 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 6:16pm -
  • Morning Break: Money Talks at One Cardio Journal
    (MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff.
    - 7 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 1:45pm -

i360 Gov - Healthcare Policy & IT News

  • U.S. to begin safety-testing Ebola vaccine next week
    Modern Healthcare (complimentary subscription required): The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday that it is launching the safety trial on a vaccine developed by the agency's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Glaxo…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:32am -
  • States Beginning to Give Parents Access to Immunization Records
    Healthcare Informatics: Several states are now piloting approaches where parents get direct access to their children’s’ immunization records as part of the Blue Button Initiative, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announc…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:32am -
  • White House orders U.S. labs to take inventory of infectious agents
    Reuters:  The White House has ordered federally funded labs working with infectious agents to conduct an immediate inventory of the pathogens in their labs and review their safety and security protocols, according to a memo released on Thursday.
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:31am -
  • NIH issues genomic data sharing rules
    Healthcare Informatics: The National Institutes of Health has issued a final policy it hopes will promote genomic data sharing as a way to improve health while still protecting the privacy of research participants
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:31am -
  • FDA lifts partial hold on OncoMed's cancer drug trials
    Reuters:  OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lifted a partial hold on patient enrolments for three trials testing its experimental cancer drug, vantictumab.The drugmaker's stock rose as much 9 percent in early tra…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:30am -
  • HealthCare.gov computing change puzzles IT experts
    Modern Healthcare (complimentary subscription available): The CMS is planning on a change in data-hosting tactics as it seeks a new contractor to run HealthCare.gov. The agency expects the change will help avoid glitches in the exchange site operatio…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 10:35am -
  • DoD calls for best bids on EHR project
    Healthcare IT News: It's official. After 11 months of talk, the Department of Defense is now taking proposals for its electronic health record modernization project, a plan which officials say will eliminate barriers to exchanging the health data of…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 10:34am -
  • The Evolving Case of Analytics in Mississippi
    Healthcare Informatics: The State of Mississippi has approximately 750,000 active Medicaid beneficiaries, roughly 25 percent of the state’s total population. According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, only seven states have a higher perce…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 10:34am -
  • PA: Talks on Pa.'s Medicaid plan said to be nearing end
    PennLive: HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An announcement could be made soon on Gov. Tom Corbett's plan to use billions of federal Medicaid expansion dollars under the 2010 health care law to subsidize private health insurance policies, a spokeswoman said W…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 10:33am -
  • A New Federal Patient Privacy Agenda
    Gov Info Security: The workgroups that advise the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on privacy and security issues are shifting gears as the ONC focuses on building an interoperable, nationwide health IT infrastructure.
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 10:33am -