Senate passes FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill

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The Senate today voted 79-18 to pass an omnibus appropriations bill providing discretionary funding for the federal government through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. The president is expected to sign the legislation before the continuing resolution funding the government expires tomorrow night. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, child health, graduate medical education, GME, rural, appropriations

GAO announces new MACPAC members, chair

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The Government Accountability Office today named five new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. They are Martha Carter, CEO of FamilyCare Health Centers in Scott Depot, WV; Frederick Cerise, president and CEO of Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas; Kisha Davis, a family... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage, Medicaid

House passes FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill

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The House of Representatives today voted 309-118 to pass a fiscal year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill providing discretionary funding for the federal government through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. The Senate is expected to pass the legislation before the continuing resolution funding the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, graduate medical education, GME, rural, appropriations

House releases FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill

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The House Appropriations Committee yesterday released legislation that would provide discretionary funding for the federal government through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. The bill includes $73.5 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services, a $2.8 billion increase from FY 2016. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, child health, graduate medical education, GME, rural, appropriations

GAO reports on trauma center availability for children

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An estimated 57% of U.S. children live within 30 miles of a level I or II pediatric trauma center, which can treat all injuries regardless of severity, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. State-level estimates range from zero to more than 90%, GAO said. Pediatric trauma... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: child health, access, emergency care

FDA restricts use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children

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The Food and Drug Administration today announced that it is restricting the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children, as well as recommending against using them in breastfeeding mothers due to possible harm to their infants. The FDA is requiring several changes to the labels of all prescription... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, patient safety, child health, maternal health, regulation

CDC: Diabetes on rise among children, teens

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New diabetes cases among youths increased 4.8% a year for type 2 and 1.8% a year for type 1 between 2002 and 2012, according to a study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. New type 2 cases increased most sharply in Native Americans, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders and African... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: child health, population health, equity, prevention

CMS extends request for comments on draft pediatric care model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended through April 7 its request for comments on a draft pediatric care model concept for children and youth covered by Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. According to the February request for information, “The aim of this model... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Medicaid, Behavioral health

SAMHSA announces grants to integrate primary, behavioral health care

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications for $22.6 million in fiscal year 2017 grants for states to work with qualified community health programs to integrate primary and behavioral health care for adults and children. The agency anticipates awarding 11... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, child health, nurses, Mental health, Behavioral health, clinical integration, care coordination

MACPAC: Disproportionate Share Hospitals still face significant financial difficulties

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The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission today released its March report to Congress, which includes an analysis of the effects of the Affordable Care Act on hospital uncompensated care. According to the report, total hospital uncompensated care for Medicaid and uninsured patients fell by $4.6... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage, Medicaid

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