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White House proposes $215 million, new regs for precision medicine

White House proposes $215 million, new regs for precision medicine

The White House is proposing $215 million in new funds and new regulations in a sweeping effort involving the NIH, the FDA and the ONC to help fulfill the promise of what President Barack Obama has termed precision medicine.

CMS bends on reporting periods for meaningful use

By Darius Tahir  |  January 29, 2015
CMS bends on reporting periods for meaningful use

The CMS announced Thursday that it is considering proposals to shorten the meaningful-use reporting period to 90 days in 2015, something providers and others have been requesting.

Federal health IT coordinator sets 2017 goal for interoperability

By Joseph Conn  |  January 30, 2015

A new report from the federal health IT coordinator calls for most providers to be able to use their EHR systems to send, receive and use “a common set of electronic clinical information ... at the nationwide level by the end of 2017.”


Research

25 largest U.S. teaching hospitals

25 largest U.S. teaching hospitals

A list of the nation's 25 largest academic medical centers, ranked by the total number of residents and interns based on Medicare cost report figures, 2013. Source: American Hospital Directory. Published: Feb. 2, 2015, p. 36.


Government

Partners HealthCare expansion blocked in court

A Massachusetts judge rejected an agreement that would have allowed Partners HealthCare to acquire three hospitals, saying the expansion would allow the Boston-based system, already the largest in the state, "to exact higher prices from insurers for the services its providers render.”

Safety & Quality

Tamiflu controversy reignited by new study

The antiviral medication Tamiflu shortened the length of time patients experienced flu symptoms, and reduced rates of complications and hospitalizations from the virus, a new study finds. But it did not have an effect on those with flu-like symptoms who did not have the flu.

People

Paulk to lead Johns Hopkins Medicine International

Paulk to lead Johns Hopkins Medicine International

Pamela Paulk has been named president of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, a division of the academic medical system that develops international collaborations and provides medical concierge services for patients who come for treatment from abroad.

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