Washington Update

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Ebola Response

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At a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on October 16, Democrats and Republicans alike questioned the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, on the country’s response to the Ebola crisis in... Click Here To Read More

Department of Education Issues Final Rule on Gainful Employment

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The Department of Education (ED) has issued a final rule on Gainful Employment programs.  A quick read of the rules indicates that ED will not use a student’s loan default rate, which was one of two metrics for judging colleges... Click Here To Read More

Department of Education Issues Final Rule on Clery Act

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The Department of Education has issued a final rule on the latest changes to the Clery Act, the federal statute first enacted in 1990 to require all colleges and universities taking part in federal financial aid programs to make... Click Here To Read More

ADEA Signs on to Brief in Munn v. The Hotchkiss School

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ADEA has signed on to the brief of the American Council on Education (ACE), along with several other higher education associations, in the Munn v. The Hotchkiss School case. The case is on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the... Click Here To Read More

CMS Releases Open Payments Data

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In a bid to increase transparency around money and gifts that pharmaceutical and medical device companies pay U.S. physicians and teaching hospitals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its first batch of data from its Open Payment website on September 30, 2014. The term “physicians” includes dentists in... Click Here To Read More

Complaints About Private Student Loans Rise Sharply

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Complaints about student loans rose nearly 40%% in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, according to an annual summary of complaints released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

The CFPB said it... Click Here To Read More

Annual Update Shows Growing Use of Electronic Health Records

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Nearly half of all physicians use basic electronic health records (EHRs), and almost six in 10 hospitals do, according to an annual report released in October by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology... Click Here To Read More

CMS Extends Deadline for Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has extended the period during which professionals and hospitals can apply for a hardship exemption for failing to demonstrate... Click Here To Read More

HHS Issues Proposed Rule to Expand Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule on October 3, 2014, that would amend the safe harbors included in both the anti-kickback statute and... Click Here To Read More

ADEA is Accepting Requests for Advocacy Workshops - November 2014

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ADEA’s Advocacy and Governmental Relations (AGR) portfolio is offering its ADEA Advocacy Workshop series to ADEA members. AGR’s staff of advocacy professionals (who have worked in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress) will travel to your institution to present information on how to become an effective advocate for academic dentistry and... Click Here To Read More

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