Washington Update

Impact of FY 2014 Appropriations on Academic Dentistry

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On January 17, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, H.R. 3547. The bill provides $1.012 trillion for domestic discretionary programs in FY14. The bill includes amounts to offset the effects of the... Click Here To Read More

Here Comes the Debt Ceiling Debate

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Now that Congress has passed the appropriations bill for FY14, the next immediate gauntlet is the upcoming debt ceiling debate—the posturing has begun. Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) released a Click Here To Read More

Republicans Offer an Alternative to the Affordable Care Act

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Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) have unveiled the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act with the idea of repealing the Affordable Care Act and offering this plan in its... Click Here To Read More

Congress Prepares for Higher Education Act Reauthorization

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The Higher Education Act is due for reauthorization in 2014. In preparation, the relevant committees in the House and Senate have been conducting hearings on various legislative topics including student financial aid, accreditation and measuring an institution’s success in serving students. Congress is expected to conclude the hearings in early... Click Here To Read More

Senators Question Higher Education Accreditation Practices

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Members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee are questioning the effectiveness of higher-education accreditation, indicating the issue will be important in the forthcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

Several Democrats, including HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), used a Click Here To Read More

Obama Administration Addresses College Access for Low-Income Students

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Colleges and organizations participating in a recent White House summit meeting on higher education committed to a range of actions to help low-income students, including providing more scholarships to those pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields.

The Jan. 16 summit was held as part of... Click Here To Read More

National Institutes of Health Program Aims to Diversify the Research Workforce

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced three funding opportunities aimed at transforming the biomedical research community by implementing successful training and mentoring strategies targeting underrepresented minorities. The Click Here To Read More

Department of Education Releases Gainful Employment Disclosure Template

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The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has announced the release of a template, which institutions that offer “gainful employment” programs must use to meet their disclosure responsibilities under regulation... Click Here To Read More

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Issues Request for Information on ACOs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on the evolution of the agency’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiatives. Comments are due March 1.

The Affordable Care... Click Here To Read More

Model Assesses Return on Investment of Electronic Health Records

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With increasing numbers of health care organizations adopting electronic health records (EHRs), the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a discussion paper proposing a model to... Click Here To Read More
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