AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2012 Aug 6

Here are the latest news updates from the AAMC. Among the highlighted stories:

The new issue of The New Yorker features a lengthy story by Dr. Atul Gawande titled, “Big Med.” He explores efforts by restaurant chains, specifically the Cheesecake Factory, to combine quality control, cost control, and innovation. He explores whether medicine can do the same. After discussing a successful effort to improve ICUs and knee replacement surgeries, he concludes his article, “The critical question is how soon that sort of quality and cost control will be available to patients everywhere across the country. We’ve let health-care systems provide us with the equivalent of greasy-spoon fare at four-star prices, and the results have been ruinous. The Cheesecake Factory model represents our best prospect for change. Some will see danger in this. Many will see hope. And that is probably the way it should be.”

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/08/13/120813fa_fact_gawande <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193774:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

A new InfoBrief from the National Science Foundation presents data on the amount of total expenditures for research and development that universities pass through to others, including both academic institutions and other entities. The NSF suggests that this data is a measure of research collaboration involving multiple institutions. The InfoBrief reports that, “These pass-through funds represented 7% of total academic R&D expenditures in FY 2009, compared with 5% in FY 2000…”

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf12325/nsf12325.pdf <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193782:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

Click the link below to see the full list of stories.

The IOM on July 31 announced the provisional appointment of 21 members of the committee for a study titled “Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education.” The committee, which will hold its first meeting Sept. 4-5, will “assess current regulation, financing, content, governance, and organization of U.S. [GME] and recommend how to modify GME to produce a physician workforce for a 21st century U.S. health care system that provides high quality preventive, acute, and chronic care, and meets the needs of an aging and more diverse population.” The committee is co-chaired by Donald M. Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., FRCP, and Gail R. Wilensky, Ph.D.

http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/CommitteeView.aspx?key=49470 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193769:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

Dr. Donald Liu, the chief of pediatric surgery at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, died Sunday morning while saving two children from drowning in Lake Michigan. Dr. Liu was 50 and is survived by his wife, Dr. Dana Suskind, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Comer, and three children, ages 7, 10, and 12.

http://tinyurl.com/99vpdm4 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193770:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news%2Flocal&id=8762505 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193771:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

Temple University Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick J. O’Connor announced on Friday that Neil Theobald, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Indiana University, is the sole finalist to become Temple’s 10th president. If approved by trustees on Tuesday, Dr. Theobald will assume his new role on Jan. 1, 2013.

http://tinyurl.com/crlxsbe <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193772:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

The new issue of Crain’s Chicago Business contains a strong and pointed response by Dr. Kenneth Polonsky, dean of the Division of the Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine and executive vice president for medical affairs at University of Chicago, to a story in last week’s edition of Crain’s. Dr. Polonsky wrote that the paper “tried to twist one aspect of the Fitch report…making implications about our reputation that even its own sources did not support.” He also said that another aspect of the story represented “low and irresponsible journalism.” Dr. Polonsky concluded, “Through a difficult economy, University of Chicago Medicine has never wavered from its plans to build a state-of-the-art hospital facility on Chicago’s South Side, and we remain committed to making significant investments to better serve our patients, our students, our scientists and the future of the city of Chicago.”

http://tinyurl.com/8v5hmcz <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193773:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

The new issue of The New Yorker features a lengthy story by Dr. Atul Gawande titled, “Big Med.” He explores efforts by restaurant chains, specifically the Cheesecake Factory, to combine quality control, cost control, and innovation. He explores whether medicine can do the same. After discussing a successful effort to improve ICUs and knee replacement surgeries, he concludes his article, “The critical question is how soon that sort of quality and cost control will be available to patients everywhere across the country. We’ve let health-care systems provide us with the equivalent of greasy-spoon fare at four-star prices, and the results have been ruinous. The Cheesecake Factory model represents our best prospect for change. Some will see danger in this. Many will see hope. And that is probably the way it should be.”

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/08/13/120813fa_fact_gawande <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193774:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

Dr. Atul Grover, AAMC Chief Public Policy Officer, appeared on C-SPAN on Sunday and discussed the current doctor shortage and the impact the Affordable Care Act will have on physician supply trends and in turn, patient health.

http://tinyurl.com/8fpje6q <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193775:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>  (Select Dr. Grover’s segment from the video playlist on the right side of the page.)

A new issue of AAMC Analysis in Brief used the AAMC’s 2009 Survey of Primary Care Physicians to determine the number and characteristics of hospitalists in practice within the United States. The results confirm previous estimates of approximately 30,000 hospitalists. According to the study, the greatest number of hospitalists specialize in general internal medicine and are under the age of 45. Hospitalists in this age group are also 1.5 times more likely to be male. The authors, from the AAMC Center for Workforce Studies, suggest that hospitalists contribute to increased patient satisfaction, but additional coordination may be needed to ensure continuity of care between the hospital and a patient’s primary care physician.

http://tinyurl.com/d3hojhk <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193776:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

Cass Sunstein is stepping down from his post as the administrator of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He will return to Harvard Law School, where he was the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law before joining the administration in 2009. Harvard Law School has announced that upon his return he will become the director of the School’s new Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/08/03/statement-president-departure-cass-sunstein <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193777:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

http://tinyurl.com/ckzeyyf <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193778:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

The Government Accountability Office on Friday issued a report, “HHS Has Taken Steps to Address Unsafe Injection Practices, but More Action Is Needed.” GAO recommended that HHS (1) resume collecting data on unsafe injection practices that will permit continued monitoring of such practices, (2) use those data for continued monitoring of ambulatory surgical centers, and (3) strengthen the targeting efforts of the One and Only Campaign for health care settings not overseen by CMS. HHS agreed with GAO’s recommendations.

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-712 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193779:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

NYU Langone Medical Center on Friday announced the recruitment of two new leaders to support the medical center’s growing clinically integrated network. Effective July 9, 2012, Gary Kalkut, MD, MPH, was appointed senior vice president of network integration and associate chief clinical officer. An infectious disease specialist, Dr. Kalkut was senior vice president and chief medical officer at Montefiore Medical Center and also the CMO of the Bronx Accountable Healthcare Network, Montefiore’s Pioneer ACO. Also joining NYU Langone is Donald E. Casey, Jr., MD, MPH, MBA, appointed vice president of network integration and medical director of NYU Langone’s clinically integrated network. Dr. Casey was chief medical officer and vice president, quality at Atlantic Health in Morristown, NJ, since 2005, as well as an associate professor of medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

http://tinyurl.com/d89kfd3 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193780:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

The Austin American-Statesman reported on Monday, “A proposed University of Texas medical school [in Austin] would start with a relatively modest annual budget of $23 million and grow in 12 years to a $510 million enterprise, according to cost estimates the American-Statesman obtained under the Texas Public Information Act. The figures include debt financing of $233 million to build and equip a medical school campus with a classroom-administration building, a research facility and a unit for experiments involving mice and rats. All told, the cost of the school for 12 years would be $4.1 billion.” The proposed school currently is not listed by the LCME as either an Applicant or Candidate School.

http://tinyurl.com/cfkossz <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193781:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

A new InfoBrief from the National Science Foundation presents data on the amount of total expenditures for research and development that universities pass through to others, including both academic institutions and other entities. The NSF suggests that this data is a measure of research collaboration involving multiple institutions. The InfoBrief reports that, “These pass-through funds represented 7% of total academic R&D expenditures in FY 2009, compared with 5% in FY 2000…”

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf12325/nsf12325.pdf <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193782:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

A recent editorial in Minneapolis Star Tribune expressed concern about federal support for medical research. The editorial said, “Major federal budget decisions aren’t likely until after this fall’s election. But disturbing recent moves in Washington, D.C., suggest that policymakers are willing to potentially delay medical advances and risk the country’s leadership position in global research by inadequately funding the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other critical initiatives.”

http://tinyurl.com/8hb6a4p <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193783:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

The University of Colorado on Friday announced that Robert N. Miller, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, has been retained “to conduct an independent review in an effort to better understand the procedures and actions taken by the university and its employees in relation to the suspect in the Aurora Theater shootings, a former student on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Miller and his team began their review last week. They have been asked to assess various university systems, procedures and actions related to the suspect.” According to CU, “The internal review is anticipated to take some time and the university has imposed no specific timeline on Miller and his team. The University also has not imposed any restraints upon the scope of Miller’s review and has pledged its cooperation as it occurs.” A separate article in Sunday’s Denver Post focused on the suspect’s neuroscience training and highlighted the competition for NRSA training slots.

http://tinyurl.com/d7jdqq9 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193784:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

http://tinyurl.com/c9l4jgx <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193785:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

In an essay in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Sunday, Dr. J.C. Noreika, a 30-year practitioner in Medina, “wonders if doctors’ higher calling, to do more than just mete out health care on an industrial scale, will survive federal health care reforms.”

http://tinyurl.com/8e6co98 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193786:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

An article in Sunday’s New York Times reported, “Obama administration officials are getting ready to set up and operate new health insurance markets in about half the states, where local officials appear unwilling or unable to do so. The markets, known as exchanges, are a centerpiece of President Obama’s health care law, and running them will be a herculean task that federal officials never expected to perform.”

http://tinyurl.com/9nvabhc <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193787:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

An article in Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer featured a profile of Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, now a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a former NIH and White House official.

http://tinyurl.com/9xbf8cq <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193788:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

The Boston Business Journal reported on Friday, “Partners HealthCare, the parent of Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, reported that operating income for the third quarter of its fiscal year rose 38 percent, driven by higher patient service revenue. Operating income grew to $116 million from $84 million during the corresponding quarter last year. This represents a 5 percent operating margin for the most recent quarter, versus an operating margin of 3.8 percent during the same period in 2011.”

http://tinyurl.com/9kt8v6a <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193789:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

The University of Pennsylvania and Novartis have announced that they plan to open a new research and development facility, the Center for Advanced Cellular Therapies. Novartis is contributing at least $20 million to the initiative. The New York Times reported on Monday that, “Novartis and Penn say the deal will combine the intellectual resources of the university with the commercial wherewithal of the company, a major drugmaker. Penn is granting Novartis an exclusive worldwide license to the technologies, and Penn will receive royalty payments.”

http://tinyurl.com/cjseofy <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193790:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

http://tinyurl.com/bsogs9t <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193791:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette on Sunday reported, “John Paul is putting the band back together. As Highmark Inc. goes about building a billion-dollar hospital and health care network to take on UPMC, Mr. Paul — the leader of Highmark’s new health care provider wing and UPMC’s chief operating officer before departing the system in 2003 — is relying on several former UPMC executives to build and run the new Highmark network.”

http://tinyurl.com/9mw42mm <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193792:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

Two interesting essays were posted on the Wing of Zock innovation blog last week: “Diminish Fears of Failure, Detection to Deter Research Misconduct,” by Donald Kornfeld, MD, of Columbia University, and “Important Quality Initiatives Unveiled in Chicago,” by Susan Pingleton, MD, of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Pingleton references the AAMC’s Integrating Quality meeting in Chicago last month.

http://wingofzock.org/ <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193793:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

Uwe E. Reinhardt, an economics professor at Princeton, this weekend posted a column on the New York Times web site that began, “Last Friday’s exuberant celebration of Britain’s National Health Service during the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics…got me thinking about American attitudes about socialized medicine.” He wrote, “Bashing the N.H.S. has become a favorite ritual during any debate on health care reform on this side of the Atlantic. As the disgraceful treatment of Dr. Donald Berwick, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services, illustrates, any American remarking positively on the N.H.S. runs the risk of being declared unfit to serve in government and vehemently attacked in the blogosphere.” He notes that, “If socialized medicine is as bad as so many on this side of the Atlantic claim, why have both political parties ruling this land deemed socialized medicine the best health system for military veterans?”

http://tinyurl.com/8sh9vh3 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17193794:19960948218:m:1:1612442508:04C9A66B8ECE728998CC46B1CC0445AA:r>

Tony Mazzaschi

AAMC

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