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POLITICO New York Health Care, presented by PhRMA: Debating AEDs on the ballfield; New York-Presbyterian has change of heart

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ADMINISTRATION RAISED CONCERNS OVER AED BILL — In 2005, Rob Newman — then counsel to the City Council's contracts committee — was working on a bill, sponsored by Jimmy Oddo, to require automatic external defibrillators in certain public spaces. Ten years later, his 15-year old son Elijah collapsed while trotting to first base after a pitch hit him in the chest when he tried to bunt during a high school game. Elijah and the two coaches who saved his life testified Tuesday at a City Council hearing on a new bill that would require AEDs at all baseball fields that are used at least 30 days per year by youth baseball leagues not sponsored by public schools — more than 450 fields. The de Blasio administration opposes the bill, citing concerns about how to secure the devices. Read my story here:

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REVERSING COURSE — New York-Presbyterian Hospital has reversed its decision to end its family residency program, which provides primary and specialty care to the Washington Heights neighborhood. But a hospital spokeswoman did not rule out changes in the coming years that could spell the end for the community health center's residency program in its current form. Medical students, faculty and administrators expressed surprise on social media about the decision to close the program, which first became public Monday night. In an email obtained by the International Business Times, Dr. Lisa Mellman, the dean of student affairs at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, told her students ending the residency program was a hospital decision she only learned of at the end of last week. Read my story here:

NOW WE KNOW — Women have a broader definition of infidelity than men, according to a study published in Personality and Individual Differences. Women are more likely to consider an emotional relationship with another woman as cheating, whereas, for men, it’s really about sex. That’s because of evolution. Men want to be sure whose child they are rearing. Women, who are sure of their maternity, want to know their man will be there for them, according to the research.

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STOP IT — Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz called on the state Education Department to stop granting non-medical exemptions for immunizations. In August, state education commissioner MaryEllen Elia allowed a Russian Orthodox mother to forgo vaccinating her autistic son based on her religious objection to abortion. Dinowitz has introduced a bill that would toughen the state’s vaccination law. POLITICO New York’s Keshia Clukey has more.

HHC HAS 12 DAYS CASH ON HAND — "It certainly isn't where we'd like to be," Marlene Zurack, chief financial officer for the Health and Hospitals Corporation, said during Tuesday's meeting of HHC's finance committee. "It is where we are projecting we will be at the year end."

HHC is expecting two large payments from the federal government at the end of this month that will boost its cash reserves, but those are the last large payments the corporation expects this year. The first payment is $120 million for outpatient services the corporation has been owed since 2011. The second is a $250 inpatient payment owed from 2014.

MAKING ROUNDS — Dr. Alec Kimmelman has been named Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at NYU Langone Medical Center, effective February 1. Kimmelman comes to the Perlmutter Cancer Center from the Departments of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School and its major teaching affiliates, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In the last few months, NYU has also hired Dr. Jeffrey Weber, Dr. Andrew Chi and Dr. Shohei Koide.

DON’T DO THAT — McKnight’s reports that Medford Multicare Center for Living, a nursing home in Riverhead, has admitted to tampering with records in an attempt to cover up the circumstances of a resident's 2012 death.

ACROSS THE RIVER — Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday signed several bills into law, including one that prohibits the sale of certain types of cold medicines to children and teenagers.


-WHAT’S A WOMAN TO DO? — Kaiser Health news explores the debate over whether women should receive an annual pelvic exam. “A controversial recommendation last year by the American College of Physicians, which represents the nation’s internists, strongly urged that doctors stop routinely performing the invasive exam on women without symptoms and who are not pregnant. … The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly endorsed it, citing the ‘clinical experiences of gynecologists.’. … The debate over the pelvic exam exemplifies the thorny process of distinguishing effective care from that deemed by some experts to be ‘low-value,’ an issue facing all specialties as medicine becomes increasingly evidence-based. The controversy also underscores the difficulty of changing long-established clinical practice and raises questions about the role of reimbursement in shaping physician behavior.”

-JEB’S HEALTH CARE PLAN — Jeb Bush, running for the Republican presidential nomination, put out a detailed health proposal on Tuesday. Here are some key points to consider: It would repeal and replace Obamacare. Bush wants more people to have catastrophic coverage. Bush would repeal the so-called Cadillac tax and instead limit the amount of tax-free health benefits that employees can receive from employers, capping the value at $12,000 a year for an individual and $30,000 for a family. Here is how The New York Times reported it: Here is a summary of Bush’s plan:

...POLITICO reminds us that Bush’s cousin, Jonathan, is the CEO of athenahealth, a $5.5 billion company whose directors aspire to disrupt the entire electronic health record market and the health care system, to boot.

-BUILDING BOOM BACK — The Wall Street Journal writes that speculative projects for medical office buildings are once again taking off after being put on hold during the recession. “To be sure, bullishness isn’t the prevailing view just yet. Experts say having the right location and demographics are major keys to the viability of any speculative project. If those factors are present, developers ‘may be in a good spot to attract a large user and may find someone before they even break ground,’ said John Wilson,president of HSA PrimeCare, a Chicago developer and manager of build-to-suit medical office buildings. Another factor that could affect the success of a speculative project is the Affordable Care Act. As the law spurs changes in the industry, speculative developers run the risk that they might complete a building that isn’t specialized enough for the medical tenants they are targeting, said Mr. Wilson.”

-HEADLINE OF THE DAY — Goes to the good people at for this gem: “Dr. Oz’s new season features more science and less bullshit”

-YEP, SODA TAXES WORK — Margot Sanger-Katz looks at the evidence for and against soda taxes. She finds they do appear to curb drinking.

TODAY'S TIP — Comes from Montefiore Health System, which reminds us that October is health literacy month. “When health literacy precautions are used, medical adherence increases.”


-SCREEN TIME FOR KIDS — The American Academy of Pediatrics is considering revising its guidelines for the appropriate amount of screen time for children, according to the Wall Street Journal. The researchers want to differentiate between staring at the television and video-chatting with grandma.

** A message from PhRMA: Every day in New York, countless people fight life-threatening diseases. Their bravery inspires countless researchers and scientists across the country in their quest to develop medicines that help patients live longer, healthier lives. Here in New York, the biopharmaceutical industry has invested more than $553 million during the 2,476 clinical trials that took place in 2013 alone. Each step brings us closer to a cure. To learn more, please visit **

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