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POLITICO New York Health Care: Cyber threat; Hoosick hearing postponed

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CYBER THREAT — Amid a flurry of cyber attacks in which hackers have demanded ransom payments from health systems, a top executive at Northwell Health met with FBI officials and federal prosecutors on Wednesday to discuss how law enforcement can help combat this persistent and growing threat. In New York, home to some of the nation’s largest health systems, most experts agree it is a matter of when, not if, a major breach occurs.

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BURYING THE LEAD — The proposed state hearings on the Hoosick Falls water crisis, which would have likely resulted in numerous unflattering headlines for the Cuomo administration, appear to have been scuttled:

NOW WE KNOW — There is nothing like the perfect cup of coffee. Here’s some science on how to brew that perfect cup.

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SETTLED — Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East approved a three-and-a-half year collective bargaining agreement on Tuesday. Employees will receive an 8 percent pay hike over the life of the contract. The new contract covers 620 staffers, who had been operating without a contract since Dec. 7.

DSRIP — Third quarter results for the state’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program are out. Read them here:

ADDICTION MONEY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that $500,000 will be awarded to expand access to addiction treatment services and family supports in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley.

MAKING ROUNDS — Dr. Dafna Bar-Sagi, senior vice president and vice dean for science and chief scientific officer at NYU Langone Medical Center, has been elected to the board of the American Association for Cancer Research.

ACROSS THE RIVER: New Jersey Democratic Assemblyman Gary Schaer wants to know how the Christie administration plans to achieve $250 million in savings from public employee and retiree health costs, a goal Gov. Chris Christie announced in his budget address earlier this year:

PHARMA REPORT: The Wall Street Journal reports: “Federal health regulators have proposed banning Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes from the blood-testing business for at least two years after concluding that the company failed to fix what regulators have called major problems at its laboratory in California.”


-BIG MOVE — The New York Times tells the story of Ian Burkhart, a quadriplegic who regained control over his right hand and fingers thanks to a chip implanted in his brain.

-MAD SCIENCE — Carl Zimmer writes in STAT about why his daughter’s science fair left him queasy.

-ZIKA THREAT — The New York Times reports: “Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday that there was now enough evidence to definitively say that the Zika virus could cause unusually small heads and brain damage in infants born to infected mothers.”

-TO THE MOON, WITH A STOP AT THE VATICAN — Vice President Joe Biden will visit the Vatican later this month to address his cancer moon shot initiative at a conference on the progress of regenerative medicine, the vice president's office said Wednesday.

-OUT OF POCKET — POLITICO reports: “Out-of-pocket costs for workers with job-based health insurance have gone up much faster than costs covered by insurance companies, the Kaiser Family Foundation said in a new analysis today.”

SODA TAX FAIL — State lawmakers withdrew a bill that would have established a statewide tax of two-cents-per-ounce on sugary drinks. More from the Sacramento Bee:

TODAY'S TIP — Comes from New York City Health + Hospitals: “Ask your doctor or nurse if they washed their hands! Do not be shy.”


-CONNECTION — Professor Melissa Schilling, a strategy and innovation expert at the NYU Stern School of Business, says hyperinsulinemia, which is most often caused by prediabetes, early or undiagnosed diabetes, or obesity, is responsible for almost half of all cases of Alzheimer's disease, according to a study in The Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

-TIMING IS EVERYTHING — POLITICO reports: “Providers who joined Medicare's most popular ACO program in its first year racked up considerably higher savings than those who joined just a year later, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.”

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