CDC to host call for clinicians on retesting patients who received certain lead tests

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a May 24 call for clinicians on its recommendations for retesting certain children and adults who had venous blood lead tests performed using a Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare analyzer. The call will review the recommendations, which patients may be... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physicians, child health, maternal health, infant health, nurses

Governors urge Congress to quickly extend CHIP funding for five years

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The nation’s governors yesterday urged Congress to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years, at the current enhanced federal matching rate. “Certainty of funding in the near-term is needed so that states may appropriately budget and plan for their upcoming fiscal years,”... read more

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

Burgess outlines House health reform bill, other legislative priorities

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Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) today told hospital and health system leaders that the American Health Care Act would give states the flexibility to tailor their medical programs to their most vulnerable residents. As the bill moves to the Senate, Burgess, who is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Coverage, regulation, emergency care

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

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