Archive for May, 2013

Makes you want to scratch

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health report they have discovered in mouse studies that a small molecule released in the spinal cord triggers a process that is later experienced in the brain as...

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Sunshine Act — OPEN PAYMENTS WEBSITE

http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/National-Physician-Payment-Transparency-Program/index.html The National Physician Payment Transparency Program (OPEN PAYMENTS) creates greater transparency around the financial relationships of manufacturers, physicians, and teaching hospitals. OPEN PAYMENTS requires that the following information is reported annually to CMS:...

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Physicians Sunshine Act — effect on Health Care Providers

The new Physician Payments Sunshine Act requires public reporting of payments to physicians and teaching hospitals from pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as reporting of certain ownership interests The Sunshine Act —...

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Sunshine Act

Sunlight as Disinfectant — New Rules on Disclosure of Industry Payments to Physicians Meredith B. Rosenthal, Ph.D., and Michelle M. Mello, J.D., Ph.D. N Engl J Med 2013; 368:2052-2054May 30, 2013DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1305090 “After extensive...

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Standard of care at issue in healthcare fraud case

Virginia Lawyers Weekly News Stories Standard of care at issue in healthcare fraud case By Correy E. Stephenson Published: May 27, 2013 “Doctors worried about drawing medical malpractice suits with any deviation from standards of care...

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Idaho State University Settles HIPAA Security Case for $400,000

Idaho State University (ISU) has agreed to pay $400,000 to the U.S. Department of Health Human Services (HHS) for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule.  This...

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Electronic Healthcare Data in Pharmacoepidemiologic Safety Studies

Recent technological advances now allow investigators to efficiently assemble electronic  healthcare data and, relative to alternative approaches, rapidly conduct pharmacoepidemiologic studies of drug safety issues in real-world healthcare settings and with large numbers of...

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VCU professor convicted

Former VCU dental professor convicted of embezzling more than $100,000 A retired Virginia Commonwealth University dental professor almost got away with stealing more than $100,000 from the VCU Dental Faculty Practice Association, authorities said....

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Genetic Information

EEOC files, settles first GINA suit May 17th, 2013 · http://valawyersweekly.com/vlwblog/2013/05/17/eeoc-files-settles-first-gina-suit/ “Employers need to be aware that GINA prohibits requesting family medical history,” David Lopez, EEOC general counsel, said in a press release about the...

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Electric stimulation of brain = Math whiz?

Trouble With Math? Maybe You Should Get Your Brain Zapped by Emily Underwood on 16 May 2013, 2:35 PM “If you are one of the 20% of healthy adults who struggle with basic arithmetic, simple tasks like...

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