Archive for March, 2014

NATIONAL NANOTECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE STRATEGIC PLAN

http://nano.gov/sites/default/files/pub_resource/2014_nni_strategic_plan.pdf   The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is the U.S. Federal Government’s interagency activity for  coordinating research and development (R&D) as well as enhancing communication and collaborative  activities in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The...

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NIH opens research hospital to outside scientists

Ten projects that will enable non-government researchers to conduct clinical research at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. were announced today. Through these three-year, renewable awards of up to $500,000...

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Florida Hospital System Agrees to Pay the Government $85 Million to Settle Allegations of Improper Financial Relationships with Referring Physicians

Halifax Hospital Medical Center and Halifax Staffing Inc. (Halifax), a hospital system based in the Daytona Beach, Fla., area, have agreed to pay $85 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims...

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Jury Convicts All Seven Defendants in $97 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

A federal jury in Houston today convicted two owners of a former Houston mental health care company, Spectrum Care P.A. (Spectrum), several of its employees and the owners of certain Houston group care homes...

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NEJM Perspective — 23andMe and the FDA

23andMe and the FDA George J. Annas, J.D., M.P.H., and Sherman Elias, M.D. N Engl J Med 2014; 370:985-988March 13, 2014DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1316367 “Because of the company’s aggressive marketing and refusal to resolve outstanding data...

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Accelerating drug discovery

The Lancet, Volume 383, Issue 9917, Page 575, 15 February 2014 doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60202-6Cite or Link Using DOI Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved. Accelerating drug discovery The Lancet “The phrase “drug discovery” conjures up a light...

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HIPAA violation costs county almost $2 per resident!

Skagit County, Washington, has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules.  Skagit County agreed to a $215,000 monetary settlement...

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A minority-owned corporation may establish an “imputed racial identity” for purposes of demonstrating standing to bring a claim of race discrimination under federal law.

CARNELL CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION Plaintiff – Appellee,2 v. BLAINE SQUARE, LLC Defendant – Appellant, and DANVILLE REDEVELOPMENT & HOUSING AUTHORITY Defendant, Fourth Circuit No. 13-1239, March 06, 2014. Virginia contract for public housing. The court...

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Guidelines for Patentable Subject Matter Eligibility

On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a guidance memorandum (the “Guidance”) to the Patent Examining Corps providing guidelines for analyzing subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. Section 101...

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NEJM — Global Supply of Health Professionals

Nigel Crisp, M.A., and Lincoln Chen, M.D. N Engl J Med 2014; 370:950-957March 6, 2014DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra1111610 “Innovations in Learning We are at the leading edge of a wave of innovations in the education of...

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