Government & Policy

Connecticut health literacy app

FH Cost Lookup CT, avaibable in English and Spanish, can direct users to resources for healthcare, transportation assistance and other services. 

By Jeff Lagasse 09:44 am September 07, 2016
Fair Health Cost Lookup CT enables users to estimate costs for medical and dental procedures based on geographical region and it provides resources that explain the fundamentals of health coverage. 
EpiPen generic FDA
By Kaiser Health News 10:25 am September 06, 2016
The FDA has approved more generics the past few years, but a flood of new applications has steadily added to the demand. And critics say getting generic alternatives to the U.S. market for products like EpiPen is still taking far too long.
CMS payment adjustments EHR
By Mike Miliard 02:51 pm September 02, 2016
Eligible hospitals can apply for hardship exceptions for issues related to EHR vendors, infrastructure, natural disasters and more.
Hiring slows August

Source: DFID/Flickr.

By Henry Powderly 12:10 pm September 02, 2016
While hospitals added 10,700 jobs and ambulatory services hired 12,900 new employees, nursing homes shed thousands of workers during the month. 
Richard Hatchett Zika

Richard Hatchett, MD, acting director of BARDA, said that the agency is aggressively pursuing promising vaccine candidates around the world. 

By Bernie Monegain 10:11 am September 02, 2016
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said that if the work advances and is approved quickly clinical trials could begin in the U.S. next year.
DoD delays Cerner EHR
By Bill Siwicki 04:20 pm September 01, 2016
The timeline change stems from issues identified during testing as well as the aggressive nature of the original schedule, DoD Program Executive Officer Stacy Cummings said.

HIMSS CEO Stephen Lieber said that it is vital for CMS to finalize the 90-day reporting rules as quickly as possible. 

By Mike Miliard 03:54 pm September 01, 2016
The industry association calls on CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt to focus on the key issues of data sharing and interoperability and to reduce the need for multiple reports from IT systems.
By Beth Jones Sanborn 12:05 pm September 01, 2016
Kristen Held, MD, cautioned that physicians cannot ethically comply with the rule as it stands today and predicted that many will opt out of Medicare because of it. 
Zika funds CDC
By Jack McCarthy 09:28 am September 01, 2016
Congress is set to vote on a $1.1 billion package the day it returns from summer vacation but whether Democrats and Republicans can immediately compromise remains to be seen. The Zika virus, meanwhile, continues to spread in Florida. 
NIH gender bias

Bibiana Bielekova said that women’s lagging prospects at the NIH are a result of overt and unconscious gender bias. Photo courtesy of Bielekova. 

By Bernie Monegain 08:50 am September 01, 2016
Bibiana Bielekova filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Washington Post reported.

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