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Eshoo, Pallone campaign for key committee spot with contributions to other lawmakers
By Paul Demko | July 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Reps. Frank Pallone and Anna Eshoo continue to dole out contributions to their colleagues in hopes of bolstering their own chances at landing the top Democratic slot on the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee.
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CDC faces torrent of criticism over anthrax, other mishaps
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Wednesday called incidents involving the mishandling of dangerous biological materials at federal research laboratories a “pattern of safety issues” that was missed and vowed to correct the...
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A dubious healthcare app raises FDA regulatory questions
By Darius Tahir | July 16, 2014
Industry website iMedicalApps has uncovered a medical app with a tenuous relationship to accuracy: One that purports to use the iPhone's camera lens to reveal a patient's blood pressure. Big deal, you might say—the App Store is full of dubious treatments in app form.
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Reform Update: CMS creates fund to seed state-based Medicaid innovation
By Virgil Dickson | July 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS is setting aside more than $100 million over the next five years to help states develop and test new Medicaid payment and delivery models.
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Extent of ACA outreach effort during first open-enrollment period impressive: Kaiser
By Paul Demko | July 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
An extensive system that included more than 28,000 outreach workers helping an estimated 10.6 million individuals find information about healthcare coverage options was created for the first Obamacare open-enrollment period, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis.
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Senators want answers about Sovaldi's price tag
By Paul Demko | July 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), chairman of the Finance Committee, and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking minority member of the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter Friday to the chairman and CEO of Sovaldi manufacturer Gilead Sciences with questions about how the drug's price was determined.
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Reform Update: Hobby Lobby bills fuel Dems stance that GOP wars against women
By Paul Demko | July 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Congressional Democrats' efforts to essentially negate the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling via new legislation are almost certainly dead on arrival in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Republican-controlled chamber has no interest in trying to restore the contraceptive coverage mandate...
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Anthrax, bird-flu scares shut two CDC labs
By Steven Ross Johnson | July 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Operations at two government research laboratories in Atlanta have been shut down and the transfer of biological materials in or out of other laboratories has been halted in response to a slew of recent missteps in the handling of potentially deadly pathogens.
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Koh departing Obama administration
By Paul Demko | July 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Howard Koh is stepping down as assistant secretary for health at HHS after five years in the post. Koh's primary focus was disease prevention, including oversight of the Office of the Surgeon General.
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Medicare's audit contractors are failing, say lawmakers and hospitals
By Virgil Dickson | July 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Providers and members of Congress are pushing the CMS to rethink its tactics for reducing the number of improper Medicare claims.
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