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  • newMost States Let Medicaid Doc Pay Hikes Lapse
    (MedPage Today) -- Just six states and the District of Columbia will use their own money in 2015 to sustain the federal Medicaid pay raise to primary care doctors, which was a key provision of the Affordable Care Act.
    - 11 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 9:04pm -
  • newFDA to Expand Reach on Diagnostic Tests
    (MedPage Today) -- SILVER SPRING, Md. -- The FDA plans to take over regulation of "home brew" diagnostic tests developed and used within individual clinical laboratories, agency officials said Thursday.
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 4:42pm -
  • Calif. Considers Bilingual Drug Labels
    (MedPage Today) -- This week California?s Board of Pharmacy will discuss new regulations that would require all pharmacies in California to provide translated labels on prescription drug bottles.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 7:37pm -
  • Compromise Reached on Vets' Healthcare
    WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- Congressional leaders appear to have reached a compromise on a bill to improve healthcare for military veterans, many of whom have been struggling with long waits at Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities.
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 10:27pm -
  • IOM Wants Big Change in Doc Training
    (MedPage Today) -- An expert panel recommended Tuesday completely overhauling the way government pays for the training of doctors, saying the current $15 billion system is failing to produce the medical workforce the nation needs.
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 7:56pm -
  • FDA OKs Imbruvica in Tough-to-Treat Form of CLL
    (MedPage Today) -- The FDA has expanded the approved use of ibrutinib (Imbruvica) in chronic lymphocytic leukemia to include patients with a chromosome 17p deletion, the agency announced today.
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 8:25pm -
  • Medicare Pressed to Bargain on Drug Costs
    (MedPage Today) -- Medicare could save billions if Congress overcame its reluctance to anger the drug industry and allowed the program to demand rebates or negotiate prices, according to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).
    - 6 days ago, 26 Jul 14, 4:30pm -
  • Three Strikes: Time to End Lethal Injection?
    (MedPage Today) -- The third botched execution of a death row inmate in a year should serve as proof enough that lethal injection won't work as an execution modality, according to one expert.
    - 6 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 8:00pm -
  • Pay and Practice: Kennedy Stirs Thimerosal Debate
    (MedPage Today) -- Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is putting out a book on the dangers of thimerosal in vaccines, raising an issue that many in the medical and scientific communities hoped was long settled.
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:07pm -
  • Flonase Goes OTC
    (MedPage Today) -- The FDA has approved over-the-counter sales for Flonase (fluticasone propionate), the nasal spray for allergies, its manufacturer said.
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 8:59pm -

i360 Gov - Healthcare Policy & IT News

  • newRushed HHS Let Contractors Fumble Obamacare Website, GAO Says
    NBC News: A rushed team at the Department of Health and Human Services failed to plan properly or watch over contractors hired to set up and run the online health insurance exchange, setting it up for its spectacular blowout when it rolled out last O…
    - 20 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 11:56am -
  • newInvestigators Warn of Possible Perils in Fall With Health Site
    The New York Times: WASHINGTON — The federal health insurance marketplace, a centerpiece of President Obama’s health care overhaul, still suffers from serious problems, raising questions about whether it will be ready to enroll millions more peop…
    - 20 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 11:31am -
  • newWhat's in bill to overhaul VA
    ABC News: Congress is set to adopt a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them and make it easier to fire senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department. The House approved the b…
    - 20 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 11:31am -
  • newVA compromise bill would bolster telemedicine, scheduling software
    Government Health IT: The proposed $17 billion legislation that would overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs gives weight to two significant information technology initiatives long sought by its proponents.
    - 20 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 11:30am -
  • newHouse Approves Bill to Expand Veterans’ Access to Care
    The New York Times: WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation to expand veterans’ access to health care, acting on bipartisan outrage over long waiting lists, falsified reports of health care improvement and a crush…
    - 20 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 11:29am -
  • newN.C. HIE Extending to Skilled Nursing Facilities
    Healthcare Informatics: One of the country’s greatest healthcare communications challenges involves patients moving from one level of care to the next — for instance from a hospital to a skilled nursing facility. To ease that transition, the Nort…
    - 20 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 11:27am -
  • OVERNIGHT HEALTHCARE: HHS touts O-Care drug cost savings
    The Hill: The Obama administration says cost-saving measures in ObamaCare have reduced the burden of prescription drug coverage and saved seniors and people with disabilities $11.5 billion since 2010.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:34am -
  • Why Don't We Have an Ebola Vaccine Yet?
    NBC News: At least four vaccines are being developed to protect people against Ebola, including one that protects monkeys completely against the deadly virus. Several groups are also working on treatments, but one of the most promising is stuck in sa…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:33am -
  • FL: Do You Own a Gun? In Florida, Doctors Can’t Ask You That
    The New York Times: A few weeks ago, I had my yearly physical. As part of her history-taking, my doctor asked if I was sexually active with my wife. Then she asked if I was sexually active with anyone other than my wife. She does this every year.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:33am -
  • Where HHS 2015 IT budget is headed: Data
    Government Health IT: The sprawling IT budget at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) makes it one of the most heavily funded civilian organizations in the federal government. And almost all of that money is being laser focused on data,…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:32am -