AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2012 September 18

Here are the highlights from the current issue:

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Friday issued a report mandated by the Sequestration Transparency Act (STA) on the impact of January’s schedule sequestration. OMB estimates that under the assumptions required by the STA, the sequestration in January would result in a 9.4 percent reduction in non-exempt defense discretionary funding and an 8.2 percent reduction in non-exempt nondefense discretionary funding. The sequestration would also impose cuts of 2.0 percent to Medicare, 7.6 percent to other non-exempt nondefense mandatory programs, and 10.0 percent to non-exempt defense mandatory programs. Medicaid is exempt from the sequester. Dave Moore in AAMC government relations further reports:

+According to OMB, Medicare will face a reduction in $11.1 billion (an estimated $554.3 billion in Medicare spending is subject to the 2 percent reduction).

+For NIH, the report indicates that $30.711 billion in discretionary budget authority would be subject to the 8.2 percent sequester, equal to $2.518 billion, and an additional $150 million in mandatory budget authority (for diabetes research) would be subject to a 7.6 percent cut, equal to $11 million. The total cut to NIH would equal $2.529 billion.

+Funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is exempt from the sequester since it is provided through the evaluation tap as opposed to direct appropriations. However, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (which funds the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) would be subject to a 7.6 percent cut, amounting to $30 million from the $390 million fund in FY 2013.

+Funding for the VA Health Administration is exempt from sequestration.

A full report on the OMB estimates will appear in the next issue of AAMC Washington Highlights, posted on Friday afternoon.

http://tinyurl.com/8jes4hv <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775752:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

https://www.aamc.org/advocacy/washhigh/ <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775753:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal reported on “bioprinting,” noting that “about a dozen major university and corporate laboratories, biomedical engineers are working on ways to print living human tissue, in the hope of one day producing personalized body parts and implants on demand. Still far from clinical use, these tissue-engineering experiments represent the next step in a process known as computerized adaptive manufacturing, in which industrial designers turn out custom prototypes and finished parts using inexpensive 3-D computer printers. Instead of extruding plastic, metal or ceramics, these medical printers squirt an ink of living cells.”

http://tinyurl.com/9l5kpky <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775758:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

The American Cancer Society on Monday released new data on cancer mortality and survivorship in the Hispanic community. Their data shows that cancer is now the leading killer of Hispanics, while heart disease remains the leading cause of death among whites and blacks. The report found, “Although Hispanics have a lower risk than whites or blacks for the most common types of cancer (lung, breast, prostate, and colon), they have a higher risk for cancers related to infectious agents…” The diversity of the Hispanic population is highlighted in the report.

http://tinyurl.com/9bqea2t <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775766:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

The New York Times on Monday reported on an on-line mentorship program intended to help guide women into the sciences.

http://tinyurl.com/8jvgshe <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775767:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

The full list of announcements is below.

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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Friday issued a report mandated by the Sequestration Transparency Act (STA) on the impact of January’s schedule sequestration. OMB estimates that under the assumptions required by the STA, the sequestration in January would result in a 9.4 percent reduction in non-exempt defense discretionary funding and an 8.2 percent reduction in non-exempt nondefense discretionary funding. The sequestration would also impose cuts of 2.0 percent to Medicare, 7.6 percent to other non-exempt nondefense mandatory programs, and 10.0 percent to non-exempt defense mandatory programs. Medicaid is exempt from the sequester. Dave Moore in AAMC government relations further reports:

+According to OMB, Medicare will face a reduction in $11.1 billion (an estimated $554.3 billion in Medicare spending is subject to the 2 percent reduction).

+For NIH, the report indicates that $30.711 billion in discretionary budget authority would be subject to the 8.2 percent sequester, equal to $2.518 billion, and an additional $150 million in mandatory budget authority (for diabetes research) would be subject to a 7.6 percent cut, equal to $11 million. The total cut to NIH would equal $2.529 billion.

+Funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is exempt from the sequester since it is provided through the evaluation tap as opposed to direct appropriations. However, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund (which funds the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) would be subject to a 7.6 percent cut, amounting to $30 million from the $390 million fund in FY 2013.

+Funding for the VA Health Administration is exempt from sequestration.

A full report on the OMB estimates will appear in the next issue of AAMC Washington Highlights, posted on Friday afternoon.

http://tinyurl.com/8jes4hv <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775752:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

https://www.aamc.org/advocacy/washhigh/ <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775753:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

An Associated Press article distributed this weekend reported, “The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s two hospitals in Omaha stand to lose millions of dollars in federal aid under the new federal health care law unless the state expands Medicaid coverage, and administrators said those cuts could mean problems for academic programs that rely on the hospitals for revenue.” The article discussed how Medicare expansion and the loss of disproportionate share hospital payments would affect the institution.

http://tinyurl.com/94uuc97 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775754:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

A three-part series began in Sunday’s New York Times on the progress being made in the regenerative medicine and tissue engineering fields. The three articles were titled, “A First: Organs Tailor-made With Body’s Own Cells,” “Human Muscle, Regrown on Animal Scaffolding,” and “One Day, Growing Spare Parts Inside the Body.”

http://tinyurl.com/9bytclz <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775755:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

http://tinyurl.com/8nmfclx <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775756:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

http://tinyurl.com/8mb8flg <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775757:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal reported on “bioprinting,” noting that “about a dozen major university and corporate laboratories, biomedical engineers are working on ways to print living human tissue, in the hope of one day producing personalized body parts and implants on demand. Still far from clinical use, these tissue-engineering experiments represent the next step in a process known as computerized adaptive manufacturing, in which industrial designers turn out custom prototypes and finished parts using inexpensive 3-D computer printers. Instead of extruding plastic, metal or ceramics, these medical printers squirt an ink of living cells.”

http://tinyurl.com/9l5kpky <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775758:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

The Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety has announced its initial staff appointments and launched its web site. ACRES is “a non-profit organization, promoting multi-sector collaborations to address the dysfunctions and inefficiencies in the clinical trials system globally through more effective integration of the core processes and cultural transformation involved in clinical research.” Co-founder Dr. Greg Koski is serving as President. He is the former director of the HHS Office for Human Research Protections. ACRES co­founders Andrew Olmsted and Beat Widler will assume roles as Vice­President for Informatics and Vice-President for Quality Management, respectively.

http://www.acresglobal.net/ <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775759:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

Saturday’s Washington Post reported on continuing efforts by the NIH Clinical Center to combat an outbreak of the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae that arrived in August 2011. A seventh patient died on September 7th from the antibiotic-resistant “superbug.”

http://tinyurl.com/8u84nsk <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775760:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

The Houston Chronicle on Monday reported on conflict of interest policy waivers being sought by the leadership of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

http://tinyurl.com/9k7ql7b <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775761:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

The Associated Press on Tuesday reported, “The new leader of the LSU health care system slammed Gov. Bobby Jindal earlier this year for slashing funding to public hospitals, months before he assumed the role that has him working with the administration on more funding cuts.”  Dr. Frank Opelka’s very pointed letter appeared in Baton Rouge’s The Advocate newspaper in February.

http://tinyurl.com/97grszs <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775762:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

http://tinyurl.com/98sypzc <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775763:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that “California’s attorney general has launched a broad investigation into whether growing consolidation among hospitals and doctor groups is pushing up the price of medical care, reflecting increasing scrutiny by antitrust regulators of medical-provider deals.”

http://tinyurl.com/9xx46w6 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775764:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette on Tuesday reported on the intense competition between UPMC and Highmark for private physician practices in the western Pennsylvania region.

http://tinyurl.com/8nveyae <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775765:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

The American Cancer Society on Monday released new data on cancer mortality and survivorship in the Hispanic community. Their data shows that cancer is now the leading killer of Hispanics, while heart disease remains the leading cause of death among whites and blacks. The report found, “Although Hispanics have a lower risk than whites or blacks for the most common types of cancer (lung, breast, prostate, and colon), they have a higher risk for cancers related to infectious agents…” The diversity of the Hispanic population is highlighted in the report.

http://tinyurl.com/9bqea2t <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775766:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

The New York Times on Monday reported on an on-line mentorship program intended to help guide women into the sciences.

http://tinyurl.com/8jvgshe <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775767:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

Oregon Health & Science University on Monday announced a gift of $125 million from Nike co-founder and Chairman Phil Knight and his wife Penny “to advance OHSU’s world-class programs in cardiovascular medicine and research.” The gift is the largest in OHSU history and is the Knights’ second large gift to OHSU, following a 2008 pledge of $100 million that advanced the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. OHSU leaders said the gift will establish the OHSU Cardiovascular Institute, “an integrated center for translational research, clinical care, professional training and outreach in all aspects of heart and vascular disease.” Albert Starr, M.D., and Sanjiv Kaul, M.D., will co-direct the new institute.

http://tinyurl.com/94jcj6x <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775768:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

Tuesday’s issue of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that St. Louis University officials have dropped a proposed post-tenure review proposal in the face of strong faculty opposition.

http://tinyurl.com/8h5mc32 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775769:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

Dr. Holden Thorp, Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, announced on Monday that he intends to step down at the end of the academic year. Dr. Thorp is the former chair of the department of chemistry at UNC and will rejoin the faculty. He has served as chancellor since July 1, 2008.

http://www.unc.edu/campus-updates/Thorp-announces-plans-to-step-down <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775770:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

The University of Arizona College of Medicine recently announced the appointment of Samuel Keim, MD, MS, as Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Director for the Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center. Dr. Keim succeeds Harvey Meislin, MD, who led emergency medicine at the University of Arizona for over thirty years. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Keim served as interim head of the Department of Emergency Medicine since July 2011 and was residency program director at University of Arizona for 21 years.

http://tinyurl.com/9xv6nr5 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775771:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

Erin S. DuPree, MD, was recently named Chief Medical Officer of the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Prior to her appointment, Dr. DuPree served as Mount Sinai’s Vice President for Patient Safety, Vice Chair of Quality for Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

 

Judith Gasson, Ph.D., assumed the position of Senior Associate Dean for Research in the David Geffen School of Medicine, effective September 17, 2012. Dr. Gasson, who is Professor in both the Departments of Medicine and Biological Chemistry, will continue as Director of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC), which she has been leading for the past seventeen years. She is succeeding Dr. Leonard Rome in the research dean role. Dr. Rome is a former chair of the AAMC Group on Research Advancement and Development (GRAND).

 

Glenn George was named Chief of Staff for the UNC Health Care System and the UNC School of Medicine, effective Monday, Sept. 17. In addition to her new role as Chief of Staff, Ms. Glenn will continue to serve as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the UNC Health Care System. She succeeds Kevin FitzGerald, UNC Health Care’s and School of Medicine’s previous Chief of Staff, who was appointed as UNC System Chief of Staff by President Thomas Ross earlier this month. Ms. George has served as General Counsel for UNC Health Care since December 2011.

http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2012/september/george <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775772:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

Dr. Arvind Agnihotri, director of minimally invasive and robotic heart surgery at Mass. General, has been named head of cardiac surgery at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, a unit of Steward Health Care.

http://tinyurl.com/9u9qts2 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775773:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

Dr. Carmel B. Dyer has been named chief of staff for Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, part of the Harris Health System. She is professor and director, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine and associate dean, Harris County Programs for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

http://tinyurl.com/8o37pq8 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775774:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

Mark P. Doescher, MD, MSPH, has been named head of the Cancer Health Disparities Research Program at the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center, a part of the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. Dr. Doescher comes to Oklahoma from the University of Washington where he served as the Director and Principal Investigator of the Washington-Wyoming-Alaska-Montana-Idaho (WWAMI) Rural Health Research Center and the UW Center for Health Workforce Studies and as the Associate Director of the WWAMI Area Health Education Center.

http://www.ouhsc.edu/news/templates/?a=801 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17775775:20408849653:m:1:1612442508:08ADD88719BDE512A4A531DEFABD6451:r>

 

Tony Mazzaschi

AAMC

 

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