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HHC DEFICIT ON THE RISE — The Health and Hospitals Corporation's turnaround plan isn't going so well, according to a state audit, which found that gap-closing measures are "falling short." POLITICO New York’s Dan Goldberg has more: http://politi.co/1RT4gNm
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ASSESSING THE HEALTH REPUBLIC COLLAPSE — The New York State Association of Health Underwriters is conducting a survey of its members to determine how much money has been lost because of the collapse of Health Republic. http://politi.co/1RT4sw5
NOW WE KNOW — Colleagues who eat together stay together. A study conducted by Cornell University found that firefighters who eat meals together have better group job performance than those who don’t. http://bit.ly/1RT4DYn
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INCLUSIVENESS — Transgender activists, upset Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s AIDS plan did not speak to many of their unique needs, say the End the Epidemic effort won’t succeed unless the state works with their community. DNAinfo’s Danielle Tcholakian has more: http://dnain.fo/1Nqvnw1
MONTEFIORE NAMES NEW CHAIRMAN OF MEDICINE — Yaron Tomer, an endocrinologist, has been named professor and university chair of the Department of Medicine at Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the health system announced Wednesday.
NOT HAPPENING TODAY — An Assembly hearing on modernizing the state’s health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act has been postponed. A new date has not been announced.
MEDICAID PENALTIES — Kaleida Health and Mercy Hospital, two of the Buffalo region’s major hospital organizations, will each have to pay penalties over the next year for having high rates of infection and for other patient-safety issues, the Buffalo News reports. http://bit.ly/1RT40xH
ACROSS THE RIVER: The New Jersey Senate on Thursday will attempt to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bipartisan bill that would make it easier for people to change the gender listed on their birth certificates. POLITICO New Jersey’s Katie Jennings has more: http://politi.co/1NqwoUR
PHARMA REPORT: Valeant Pharmaceuticals reached a 20-year deal to sell its dermatology and ophthalmology products to Walgreens at a 10-percent reduction. http://usat.ly/1Ny7Cjn
-DEADLINE — Shire, the Dublin-based drugmaker, expects to either strike a deal with U.S. biotechnology firm Baxalta or walk away “reasonably soon,” the Wall Street Journal reports. http://on.wsj.com/1RT3tfn
-DON’T DO THAT — Qualitest Pharmaceuticals will pay $5 million to resolve claims related to the state’s Medicaid program for fraudulently mislabeling vitamins that didn’t have the amount of fluoride advertised. http://politi.co/228vc00
WHAT WE’RE READING:
-WE NEED TO TALK — Sarah Kliff, for Vox.com, writes that 2015 may be remembered as the year the United States finally began talking about death. http://bit.ly/1RT4yUt
-OBAMACARE DELAY — POLITICO’s Jennifer Haberkorn reports: “The budget deal negotiated on Capitol Hill would strike a $35 billion hole in Obamacare's financing, but the real concern that is now scaring economists is that the moratorium on three taxes is just the start of their permanent repeal.”
-LOSING THE CADILLAC TAX — “The White House knew it was in trouble on the afternoon of Dec. 3, when the Senate overwhelmingly voted to repeal the so-called Cadillac tax on pricey health care benefits in a symbolic bipartisan vote,” POLITICO’s Nancy Cook reports. Read more here: http://politi.co/1Ny7VLc
-BOOST FOR NIH — The National Institutes of Health will receive $32 billion in the federal budget, a 6.5 percent increase after a wave of bipartisan support for the medical research agency over the past year, according to POLITICO.
-DO MENTAL HEALTH COURTS WORK? — Kaiser Health News asks that question and discovers the answer is far from simple. “Research is still scant on the courts' effectiveness at addressing offenders' mental health problems or discouraging offenders from relapsing into criminal behavior.” http://bit.ly/1RT46FH
TODAY'S TIP — Comes from the Cleveland Clinic: One tablespoon of fresh basil supplies 85 percent of the daily recommended Vitamin K intake.
-BAD TEETH — Sorry Austin Powers, but American teeth are as bad as British teeth, a study in the British Medical Journal found. http://bit.ly/1NyaU6m
-EXERCISE PROMOTES ENDURANCE — A study by researchers at the University of Iowa and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that exercise in mice causes muscles to release a hormone that builds muscle capacity, allowing for longer more intense exercise. http://bit.ly/1RT3fF4
-INADEQUATE REPRESENTATION — Roughly 40 percent of Americans belong to a racial or ethnic minority, but aren’t represented in clinical trials. Listen to the NPR story here: http://n.pr/1RT5l7L
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