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POLITICO New York Health Care: Mayor announces Zika plan; Francis on consolidation

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ZIKA PLAN — With temperatures in the 70s and mosquito season about to begin, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday announced a three-year, $21 million plan to prevent the Zika virus from becoming widespread in New York City. The city has so far seen 40 cases of Zika virus, all of which were contracted outside the country. Of the 40 cases, six were found in pregnant women. http://politi.co/1WCg4WF

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ADMINISTRATION THINKING — Paul Francis, deputy secretary of health and human services for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, spoke at the New York Academy of Medicine on Monday night. A Couple points from Francis worth noting:

-On the role of community based organizations in the state’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program: “One of the challenges with the construct of DSRIP and community based organizations is what it is really focused on is social determinants of health that can have an identifiable impact on reduction in costs. … This is a five year laboratory.” I’ve written about this topic here: http://politi.co/1KGUOVw and here: http://politi.co/1QtVraV

-On hospital consolidation: “Like most interesting problems, there is a tension. On the one hand individual hospitals cannot solve these problems alone. The scale, the systems, both clinical systems and operational systems, are such that there is tremendous need for there to be some level of scale and that tends to drive toward consolidation. … So that brings a tension, which is how does that increase price, how does that reduce innovation. I guess I take some comfort from my business experience, which is that the economy has a way of disrupting. Whether it is private practices that backward integrate into higher levels of care or it’s the purchasing of services, telehealth and the like, the economy has a way of upsetting natural monopolies, natural oligopolies.”

BIG WINNER — Northwell Health on Monday announced 3D bioprinting the winner of its $100,000 medical innovation contest. The prize was awarded to Drs. Todd Goldstein of Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and Lee Smith, chief of pediatric otolaryngology at the health system’s Cohen Children’s Medical Center. The technology produces “bioprinted” implants that use a patient’s own living cells, according to a press release from Northwell. There were 487,761 votes cast during the month-long contest. Read more here: http://bit.ly/1SWfvBt

NOW WE KNOW — This is not a medical product but some budding entrepreneur has created cannabis infused vodka. “With an alcohol percentage of 40 and THC at only 0.3, you’re far more likely to feel a buzz from the alcohol than the hemp infusion.” http://bit.ly/1WC8yem

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MEASURING UP — The United Hospital Fund found that Medicare ACOs in New York aren't saving as much money compared to the national average, but they're outperforming on quality. Read the report here: http://bit.ly/1VyaAx7

NYC SAFE — The Associated Press examined the NYC Safe program, and wonders whether the city is curtailing civil liberties.” http://wapo.st/1Qj1MCT

THE CASE FOR CONSOLIDATION — The Albany Times-Union makes the case for why Albany Medical College and the University at Albany should affiliate or merge. http://bit.ly/1ShtG4b

FOR SALE — Crain’s reports: “The Brooklyn Hospital Center is closing in on a deal to sell a large medical building on its campus next to Fort Greene Park for more than $100 million.” http://bit.ly/1SW96WM

GRANT LAND – Northwell Health’s Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric HIV Care received a five-year, $2 million grant from the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute to be used for HIV prevention with PrEP.

FINANCES — Buffalo Business First reports: “For the second consecutive year, Kaleida Health is reporting gains on its operations, ending 2015 with a surplus of $23.2 million on revenue of nearly $1.4 billion.” http://bit.ly/1QiZ14c

ACROSS THE RIVER: New Jersey Assembly Democrats tried to drill down on hospital finances during Monday’s budget hearing on the state Department of Health, but acting commissioner Cathleen Bennett gave broad answers and declined to discuss specifics. POLITICO New Jersey’s Katie Jennings has more: http://politi.co/1MEB4Kb

PHARMA REPORT: Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into whether Theranos misled investors about the state of its technology and operations, according to the Wall Street Journal, which also reported that Walgreens Boots Alliance and the New York State Department of Health received subpoenas seeking documents and testimony about statements made to them by the high-profile blood-testing startup. http://on.wsj.com/1WCkUmF

WHAT WE’RE READING:

-SALT WARS — House appropriators are encouraging the Food and Drug Administration to hold off on its salt reduction recommendations until the Institute of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can update the Dietary Reference Intake for sodium, according to POLITICO.

...Why does this matter? Remember, one of the arguments the National Restaurant Association is making in its case against the city’s sodium warning mandate is that the science is still up for debate.

-TWO MIDNIGHT RULE — The Obama administration has backed off plans to impose a payment cut through the contested Two-Midnight Rule as it issued its proposed inpatient payment system for 2017, according to POLITICO. http://bit.ly/1VfcsdE

DON’T DO THAT — Parkland Memorial Hospital doctors left an 8-inch catheter in a patient’s aorta, according to the Dallas Morning News. “It’s unclear when Parkland doctors realized the broken catheter was there, though it was first visible on a November 2007 X-ray, hospital records show.” http://bit.ly/1pcJyN9

TODAY'S TIP — Comes from the Wall Street Journal, which reminds us how to wash our hands. http://on.wsj.com/1YEaeCG

STUDY THIS:

-SAVINGS — STAT reports: “By switching to the latest version of the Gardasil vaccine, which can thwart a virus that leads to cervical cancer, the nation’s health care bill could drop by an estimated $27 billion over the next 35 years, according to a new study published on Monday.” http://bit.ly/1rd1F7v

-WHERE HAVE ALL THE EAR INFECTIONS GONE — The New York Times tries to figure out why pediatricians are seeing fewer ear infections. http://nyti.ms/1U3ThT5

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