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POLITICO New York Health Care: North Shore-LIJ forms new LLC; deadline day

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TUESDAY’S MUST READ — Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is one of several prestigious medical research institutions that violated federal law by not reporting study results, depriving patients and doctors of complete data to gauge the safety and benefits of treatments, a STAT investigation found.

NEW PARTNERSHIP — North Shore-LIJ is creating a new limited liability corporation with OPKO Health, a biopharmaceutical and diagnostic company that provides genetic testing.

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SURVEY SAYS? — The Healthcare Association of New York State and the Greater New York Hospital Association are surveying their members in an effort to determine how much money has been lost because of the collapse of Health Republic.

NOW WE KNOW —The Washington Post, which recently claimed to be the new paper of record, or No. 1 if you will, asks one of life’s most urgent questions: “When you gotta go, does it hurt to hold it in?” The answer is, you’ll be fine.

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THE GOVERNOR’S VETO — The governor on Friday evening vetoed a slew of bills, including a measure that would have limited the dispensing of opioids that could be crushed and snorted. Abuse-deterrent drugs can be more expensive and the insurance industry thought the bill was “overbroad and [would] result in a dramatic increase in pharmacy benefit costs for both the state Medicaid program and commercial insurance.”

...Cuomo also vetoed a bill that would have required Consumer Directed Personal Assistors to obtain a license from the health department and pay a $2,000 fee.

DEADLINE DAY — Everyone who wishes to be insured on Jan. 1 must choose a health insurance plan by the end of the day.

NEW DASNY RULES — The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York has revised its financing guidelines for hospitals. Read the guidelines here:

BUFFALO TRIAL — Erie County Medical Center will host a clinical trial for AstraZeneca’s new drug to treat head and neck cancer, according to Buffalo Business First.

MAKING ROUNDS — The UJA-Federation of New York announced Monday it has hired Louisa Chafee for the newly created position of senior vice president for External Relations and Public Policy.

DEADLY SERIOUS — Synthetic marijuana use has been linked to six deaths so far this year in Onondaga County and a surge in overdoses, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard.

GO WEST — Crain’s reports: “CityMD said Monday it will partner with CHI Franciscan Health, an eight-hospital, nonprofit health system based in Tacoma, Wash., to open the new facilities.”

SIGNING UP — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that New York has joined the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy PMP InterConnect hub, which aims to prevent prescription shopping across states. Read Cuomo's release here:

STUDY GROUP — The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City has chosen the RAND Corporation and NYU McSilver Institute to evaluate the Connections to Care program, a $30 million effort to help connect low-income residents with mental health services, according to a press release from the administration.

ACROSS THE RIVER — A bill that would require a minimum staffing ratio in nursing homes of certified nursing assistants (CNA) to patients cleared the New Jersey Assembly human services committee on Monday.

PHARMA REPORT: The Food and Drug Administration refuted accusations that it is slow to bring new medical advances to patients, according to POLITICO. See the data:

-MARKET FAIL —Exparel, made by Pacira, combines bupivacaine, an injectable drug, with a proprietary technique for releasing the medicine, but it appears to be no more effective than bupivacaine on its own, according to two studies reported on by Stat’s Ed Silverman. So, why does bupivacaine cost $3 and Exparel cost $285?

-FALSE CLAIM — Merck suffered a serious setback on Monday when an FDA advisory committee ruled that the company should not be allowed to claim that its cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes in patients with coronary heart disease. Reuters has more:


-NURSING HOME DILEMMA — The New York Times has a must-read on why nursing homes are turning some obese patients away. The problem is that Medicaid, which covers more than 60 percent of nursing home residents, does not reimburse for specialized equipment such as motorized lifts, larger wheelchairs, bedside commodes and shower chairs.

-CORPORATE TAKEOVER — ProPublica examines “a string of previously unreported management blunders that have eroded the [American Red Cross’] ability to fulfill its core mission of aiding Americans in times of need.”

-BAD NURSE — A California nurse, working in the maternity wing, may have exposed 350 infants and more than 1,000 people to tuberculosis, The New York Times reports.

-DID YOU KNOW? — Wal-Mart sells insulin without a prescription. That means some patients — roughly 15 percent of people who buy insulin the U.S. — are guessing how much to take.

TODAY'S TIP — Comes from the Cleveland Clinic: “Traveling for the holidays? Best tips when you have diabetes.”


-HALTING TUMOR GROWTH — Researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital found that drugs, which alter cell metabolism also halt tumor growth and extend survival in mice with cancers linked to changes in the same gene, according to a study in Cancer Cell.

-COLOR OF THE SKIN — People with darker skin types are 33 percent more likely to have pigmented lesions on their soles and palms, and should be evaluated to ensure the lesions are benign, according to a study from NYU Langone Medical Center published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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