John C. LaRosa, MD, FACP, President of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has stepped down after 13 years in the position. After a year’s sabbatical, Dr. LaRosa plans to return to his faculty duties and continue his scholastic career in medical education. According to the school, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher “confirmed that a search for an acting president is underway. Until a candidate is selected, Ian Taylor, MD, PhD, Dean of Downstate’s College of Medicine and Senior Vice President for Biomedical Education and Research, has been appointed to serve as Officer-in-Charge.”
AAMC Government Affairs reports that the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY 2013 spending bill on Tuesday afternoon. According to a summary released by the subcommittee, “The bill provides $30.723 billion, an increase of $100 million, to fund biomedical research at the 27 Institutes and Centers that comprise the NIH.” The summary also notes, “The bill includes $40 million, four times the fiscal year 2012 level, for the Cures Acceleration Network at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help speed the translation and application of discoveries that have shown signs of success at the laboratory level but have not advanced far enough to attract significant investments from the private sector.” The $100 million increase is a boost of 0.3 percent. According to subcommittee chair Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the full Appropriations Committee will consider the bill on Thursday, June 14. Full details on the bill will be included in Friday afternoon’s issue of AAMC Washington Highlights.
“Among elite medical researchers in the prime of their careers, those who are female are paid about $12,000 less per year than their male counterparts,” according to an analysis of survey results published in JAMA on Wednesday. JAMA reported, “This disparity persisted even when the authors of the analysis adjusted for factors such as hours worked and the specialty of the researcher.” The study is based on 800 respondents to a survey of NIH K08 or K23 recipients between 2000 and 2003 actively practicing at US academic institutions.
A new report from CMS actuaries, posted by the journal Health Affairs on Tuesday, reported, “For 2011–13, US health spending is projected to grow at 4.0 percent, on average—slightly above the historically low growth rate of 3.8 percent in 2009. Preliminary data suggest that growth in consumers’ use of health services remained slow in 2011, and this pattern is expected to continue this year and next. In 2014, health spending growth is expected to accelerate to 7.4 percent as the major coverage expansions from the Affordable Care Act begin. For 2011 through 2021, national health spending is projected to grow at an average rate of 5.7 percent annually, which would be 0.9 percentage point faster than the expected annual increase in the gross domestic product during this period. By 2021, federal, state, and local government health care spending is projected to be nearly 50 percent of national health expenditures, up from 46 percent in 2011, with federal spending accounting for about two-thirds of the total government share.”
The HHS Office of Inspector General on Wednesday issued a letter report on “Coverage and Payment for Genetic Laboratory Tests.” The report presents information provided to the OIG through surveys and interviews on coverage policies, payment methods, and payment rates for genetic tests.
Wednesday’s San Francisco Chronicle reported, “Children’s Hospital Oakland, which has had its share of financial and other troubles in recent years, may soon be joining forces with UCSF’s Benioff Children’s Hospital. In a letter to the medical staff of the 190-bed Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland last week, CEO Bertram Lubin said talks, initiated by UCSF, ‘have progressed with great enthusiasm and respect on both sides.’ ” According to the article, “Mark Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center, said the two organizations are ‘engaged in discussions to develop a stronger affiliation between Benioff Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. The specific structure is still under review by both organizations.’ ”
An article distributed by a Michigan news service explains why new medical schools in the state may not result in additional resident slots. The article (titled ‘Michigan Gets Med-School Boom, Doctor Bust’) reports, “More than 400 young doctors — 429, to be exact — are working as residents and fellows at hospitals in Royal Oak, Troy and Grosse Pointe, making Beaumont, until recently, the largest training hospital in the country without its own medical school, according to Jeffrey Devries, director of graduate medical education at the Southeast Michigan medical system. Beaumont’s status changed, though, when 50 fresh-faced medical students walked through the doors of the shiny new Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine last fall. Eventually, the school plans to graduate 125 doctors per year. But despite co-founding a medical school, Beaumont isn’t likely to have any additional residents in its hallways. The reason: money.”
On Friday, the specific terms of the agreement between the University of Colorado Health system and Memorial Health System, owned by the city of Colorado Springs, were released. According to press reports, the total price tag of the agreement is nearly $1.9 billion and involves the University of Colorado Health leasing the Memorial Health System for 30 years. The agreement also calls for UC Health to commit to providing $3 million a year for 40 years to help create a branch of the Univ. of Colorado Medical School in Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs is the second largest city in the state, with a metro population of nearly 650,000. It is located 68 miles south of Denver.
The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has issued for public comment a draft report, “Recommended Principles and Practices to Guide Academic-Industry Relationships.” After a review of the comments received, the report will be revised as appropriate. Representatives from the Association of American Universities and the Association of University Technology Managers have reacted negatively to the draft report.
The 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit executive committee has extended the deadline for the Call for Abstracts to Friday, June 29 at 5:00 P.M. Abstracts are invited for oral, poster, and panel presentations focused on integrating science, practice, and policy to build a healthier global society. The committee encourages a wide array of abstracts for consideration under three different tracks, with 16 different themes and numerous topics to choose from related to health disparities. The 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit will convene a diverse group of professionals, advocates, community stakeholders, and leaders in government, academia, business, medicine, science, dentistry, public health, and policy, to participate in discussions on cross-cutting topics in the multi-faceted field of health disparities. The Summit is scheduled for October 31 – November 3, 2012 at National Harbor in suburban D.C.
In an op-ed published by the Columbus Dispatch last Wednesday, Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, chief executive officer of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, discussed mounting medical student debt and its affect on students choosing primary care. He offered ways academic medical centers and the public could help minimize the hardship of student loans and increase the number of primary care physicians. Dr. Gabbe concluded, “None of these is a silver bullet that will solve the physician shortage or student debt issues. But taken together, they will help.”
Wednesday’s USA Today reported, “A $214 million bioterror germ lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has had repeated problems with airflow systems designed to help prevent the release of infectious agents, government documents and internal e-mails show. While the agency says no one has been infected, a biosafety expert says the problems appear to be major violations of laboratory operating standards.” The lab is a Biosafety Level 3 lab.
The HHS Office of Human Research Protections issued a notice on Tuesday regarding the release of a draft guidance document on considerations in transferring previously-approved research projects to a new IRB or research institution. In the same Federal Register, the FDA announced it has released draft guidance for IRBs, clinical investigators, and sponsors on considerations when transferring clinical investigation oversight to another IRB. Comments on both documents are being accepted until August 13th.
The Oregonian newspaper reported on Tuesday that Dr. Michael R. Gottfredson, provost of the University of California, Irvine, is the sole finalist to be the next University of Oregon president. Dr. Robert Berdahl has been serving as interim president since Dr. Richard Lariviere was dismissed in November. Dr. Gottfredson, a criminology professor, has served as UC Irvine’s executive vice chancellor and provost since 2000.
The Chicago Tribune on Tuesday reported, “The University of Washington has admonished a prominent surgeon who told lawmakers questionable stories about burned babies while testifying in favor of flame retardants. A university spokeswoman said Dr. David Heimbach violated school policy by failing to obtain permission before doing consulting work for the Citizens for Fire Safety Institute, a front group for flame retardant makers. The university also concluded that Heimbach violated federal privacy rules by showing photographs of a burned infant at a medical conference without authorization.” Dr. Heimbach retired last year.
Jeffrey M. Lyness, M.D., professor of psychiatry, has been named the senior associate dean for academic affairs for the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, effective July 1. He succeeds Richard I. Burton, M.D., who has served in the position since 2003. Dr. Burton will take a year’s sabbatical to write a book on leadership in an academic medical center.
Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH, has been named the new Director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care. He previously had been deputy director. The director since 2004, Robert Phillips, MD, has assumed the newly created position of Vice President of Research and Policy for the American Board of Family Medicine. The Robert Graham Center and ABFM will share offices in Washington, D.C.
Minesh P. Mehta, M.B.Ch.B., F.A.S.T.R.O., has been named medical director of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Mehta also will serve as associate director of clinical research in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Mehta will join the Baltimore institution on October 22, 2012 from his previous position as professor and co-director of the Radiation Oncology Residency Training Program at Northwestern University in Chicago.
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that “The Nobel Foundation has decided to reduce the prize money of each of the six Nobel awards by 20 percent this year to 8 million kronor ($1.1 million) to help safeguard its long-term capital prospects.”
And finally…Media reports indicate, “Several new studies suggest that mixing National Donut Day and sleep deprivation could be extra unhealthy because sleep-deprived individuals have less resistance to unhealthy foods.” The 2012 National Donut Day was June 1. According to one article, “National Donut Day was born out of the Donut Day event that was launched by the Salvation Army in 1938 to pay tribute to the women who served donuts to troops during World War I.”
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