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  • Senate Committee Advances Rural Health Care Connectivity Act
    Healthcare Informatics: The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation last week passed a bipartisan bill that would enable rural nursing facilities to tap into funding from the government’s Universal Service Fund for telecommuni…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Nov 15, 1:07am -
  • USDA increases rural telehealth funding
    Healthcare IT News: U.S. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced the expansion of the USDA Rural Development's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program with $23.4 million in additional funding for 75 new projects in 31 states.
    - 2 days ago, 25 Nov 15, 1:07am -
  • GOP Sets Senate Push Against Health Law, Planned Parenthood
    ABC News: Congressional Republicans hope a post-Thanksgiving drive to obliterate President Barack Obama's health care law and block Planned Parenthood's federal funds will spotlight their fierce support for top-tier conservative causes. The certain v…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Nov 15, 1:06am -
  • O'Malley wants other states to implement Maryland's global budget plan
    Modern Healthcare (complimentary online subscription): Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley has released a health policy plan that focuses on bringing down prescription drug prices and continuing to reduce the number of uninsured.The can…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Nov 15, 1:05am -
  • Payers say HHS rules protecting transgender people will not speed coverage
    Modern Healthcare (complimentary online subscription): Every morning, Sion Jesse gets up and tightly wraps cloth around his chest.It has been 12 years since he transitioned from being a woman, but he has not yet been able to afford a mastectomy. His…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Nov 15, 12:28pm -
  • What New Orleans Healthcare Leaders Understood—and What HCI’s Innovator Awards Winners Are All Doing
    Healthcare Informatics: The old adage about necessity being the mother of invention couldn’t possibly be furnished with a better example than the healthcare delivery landscape in New Orleans. That city and metropolitan area, devastated by Hurricane…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Nov 15, 12:27pm -
  • NIH kicks off cohort grants for precision medicine
    Government Health IT: The National Institute of Health advanced President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) with Director Francis S. Collins announcing its first set of funding opportunities.
    - 2 days ago, 24 Nov 15, 12:27pm -
  • After California, Assisted Suicide Group Plans for More State Fights
    Governing: Fresh off a political triumph in California, the nation’s chief advocacy group for physician-assisted suicide laws is mobilizing for many more battles on behalf of terminally ill patients.
    - 2 days ago, 24 Nov 15, 12:26pm -
  • DoD on interoperability requirements: mission accomplished
    Healthcare IT News: In a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives this past week, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall wrote that DoD "has met the interoperability requirements" of the National Defense…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Nov 15, 12:26pm -
  • Administration Is Seeking Ways to Keep Prescription Drugs Affordable
    The New York Times: WASHINGTON — The Obama administration began building a political case Friday for government actions to protect people against high pharmaceutical costs, saying millions of Americans were unable to afford lifesaving prescription…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Nov 15, 11:51am -