Washington Update

Congress Wraps Up the Budget for Fiscal Year 2015

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On December 14, 2014, Congress passed H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 2015. The bill passed by a vote of 219-206 in the House and 56-40 in the Senate. The legislation contains language to fund the federal government through September 30, 2015. The funding provisions of H.R. 83 are referred to as the... Click Here To Read More

Senate Votes to Confirm New Surgeon General

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In December, the Senate voted to confirm physician Vivek Murthy as the next surgeon general, despite considerable opposition from Republicans and a few Democrats. Critics objected to the 37-year-old’s relative inexperience as well as his outspoken support for the Affordable Care Act and advocacy of gun control as a means to limit the health... Click Here To Read More

Letter to Senate Subcommittee Warns Against Cutting Pell Grant Funding

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The American Dental Education Association was among nearly three dozen higher education groups that signed on to a letter sent to the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, expressing “strong opposition” to taking money from the government’s Pell Grant account... Click Here To Read More

Congress Demands Action to Ensure Interoperability of Health Record Technology

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Congress has instructed the Office of the National Coordinator for Information Technology (ONC) to ensure that ONC recognizes as certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) only those products that allow for “meaningful use” of the data they collect. 

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Federal Health IT Strategic Plan Released

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A draft version of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 released last month emphasizes, among other things, that new information about health care delivery be shared “quickly, securely, and efficiently.” ... Click Here To Read More

New CMS Rule Could Improve Accountable Care Organizations

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking public comment on five adjustments the agency wants to make to the Shared Savings Program used by Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). 

The changes would involve the following:

New Report on Interprofessional Primary Care Delivery

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A new report by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) examines efforts to train health professionals to provide team-based care in the context of the patient-centered medical... Click Here To Read More

Public Comment Requested on GME Financing

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In light of a 2014 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report that recommends broad changes to graduate medical education (GME) financing and program design, a bipartisan group of lawmakers have asked stakeholders for... Click Here To Read More

Canadian White Paper Advocates Greater Primary Care Role for Dental Hygienists

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A white paper recently released by the College of Dental Hygienists of Nova Scotia (CDHNS) argues for fully integrating dental hygienists into Nova Scotia’s universally accessible primary care system. According to the... Click Here To Read More

Save the Date: Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, April 14, 2015—January 2015

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ADEA invites you to make your voice heard during ADEA/AADR Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. This one-day event is co-hosted with the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and provides members of the dental education and research communities the opportunity to speak with their Members of Congress in... Click Here To Read More