ADEA Washington Update

FDA Releases Proposed Rule on 3D Printing Used in Dental Restorations and Appliances

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a proposed rule on how it will regulate additive manufacturing. Better known as 3D printing, this process can be used to make some types of dental restorations and appliances. The FDA is

CMS Receives Criticism on Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rules

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On Oct. 16, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the finals rules for Stage 3 of the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program. The rules explain and define how medical professionals and hospitals can take pa

President Obama Issues Memorandum on Drug Abuse

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On Oct. 21, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum along with a fact sheet on the subject of prescription drug abuse.  The President’s memo included two important directives Federal departments and agencies are to provide training in prescribing of opioids

FDA Unveils Anti-smoking Campaign Targeted at Hip-hop Youth

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On Oct. 13, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new tobacco education campaign that targets “multicultural youth” in what it calls the “hip hop peer crowd.” The Fresh Empire campaign features trendy teenagers rejecting tobacco usage. According to

HRSA Publishes Brief, “Oral Health: Across the Agency”

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Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released an informational brief, “Oral Health Across the Agency,” which contains information about HRSA’s Oral Health programs as well as selected resources and publications pertaining to oral health.  The information will be especially

GAO Report Highlights Interoperability Challenges of Electronic Health Records

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The non partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report highlighting five of the major challenges to achieving greater interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs). The GAO interviewed 18 non federal groups to understand their biggest concerns about interoperability.

FDA Pressed by State Department to Curb Mercury Dental Fillings

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Sixty United States and foreign environmental groups say the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not complying with an international treaty that calls for curtailing the use of dental fillings containing mercury, and they want the State Department to pressure

FDA Regulation of E-Cigarettes Remains Controversial

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Sept. 1 marked the end of a 60-day comment period on an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) related to nicotine exposure warnings and child-resistant packaging for certain nicotine-containing products, including e-cigarettes.

CMS Proposes Major Updates to Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have released the first major update in more than 10 years to the managed care regulations governing Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

HHS Names Susannah Fox Chief Technology Officer

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has named Susannah Fox as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO), replacing Bryan Sivak, who has been CTO for the past three years.
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