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January 2014 Congressional Resources

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For those interested in following the congressional proceedings, please access the U.S. House or Senate by way of the following links: U.S. House of Representatives: House website U.S. Senate: Senate website ADEA-AGR Twitter Account: ADEAAGR For the latest information on issues affecting dental education and dental and craniofacial research in Washington and the state legislatures, please follow us on Twitter at ADEAAGR. There is much to “tweet” about.

December 2013 Congressional Resources

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For those interested in following the congressional proceedings, please access the U.S. House or Senate by way of the following links: U.S. House of Representatives: House website U.S. Senate: Senate website For the latest information on issues affecting dental education and dental and craniofacial research in Washington and the state legislatures, please follow us on Twitter at ADEAAGR. There is much to “tweet” about.

Government Accountability Office Issues Report on Electronic Health Record Payments

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on October 24, 2013, which found a large increase in electronic health record (EHR) Incentive Program payments to eligible hospitals (EHs) and eligible professionals (EPs) in 2012 compared to 2011. GAO reported that EHs and EPs were awarded $6.3 billion in Medicare EHR Incentive Payments during 2012, twice the $2.3 billion awarded to hospitals and professions in 2011. Click here to read the report.

New Health Equity Resources Available

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Health equity resources are now available on the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website. These include citations for newly published research and news of funding opportunities, upcoming meetings and other initiatives related to health equity. Visitors to the site can sign up for regular updates in their areas of interest. “To support our members’ efforts and build their capacity to move their communities and our nation toward health equity,” the website states, “AAMC has compiled these pages to disseminate solutions-focused research, funding and training opportunities, and constituent best-practices in health equity research and policy.”

Congressional Resources November 2013

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For those interested in following the congressional proceedings, please access the U.S. House or Senate by way of the following links: U.S. House of Representatives: House website U.S. Senate: Senate website ADEA-AGR Twitter Account: ADEAAGR For the latest information on issues affecting dental education and dental and craniofacial research in Washington and the state legislatures, please follow us on Twitter at ADEAAGR. There is much to “tweet” about.

Congressional Budget Office Reports on the Effects of the Sequester

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The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that keeping the spending cuts from sequestration in place through FY14 would cost up to 1.6 million jobs. On the other hand, cancelling the cuts would yield between 300,000 to 1.6 million new jobs, with the most likely outcome being the addition of 900,000. 

National Institutes of Health Announces Grants to Strengthen Biomedical Researchers

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is making available almost $100 million in grants over the next four years to strengthen the power of biomedical researchers to make clinical advances by helping them to crunch “big data.” The NIH announcement noted that biomedical research is increasingly data-intensive, “with researchers routinely generating and using large, diverse datasets.” But the ability to manage and analyze the data is often limited by a lack of tools and training, NIH said. NIH is calling its program the “Big Data to Knowledge Initiative. “ NIH will award $24 million in grants per year for four years to establish six to eight “Big Data to Knowledge Centers of Excellence.” NIH plans an informational webinar for prospective applicants on September 12, 2013. Grant applications are due November 20, 2013.

Emergency Room Visits Due to Dental Problems on the Rise

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The number of emergency room visits due to dental problems nearly doubled in the United States in a 10-year period, according to a report by the American Dental Association.

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