AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2012 October 5

The current issue of AAMC News and Leadership Announcements includes the following stories that may be of particular interest at City of Hope:

The CDC reports that as of Friday morning, an outbreak of a rare type of meningitis, linked to spinal injections for back pain, is growing and has killed five people and sickened at least 30 others in five states. The New York Times reported, “The patients are thought to have been infected by a steroid drug contaminated with a fungus, Aspergillus. The drug may have been shipped to 23 states, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said…The drug under suspicion is methylprednisolone acetate, and health officials confirmed on Wednesday that all the infected patients had been treated with a brand of it produced by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass.”  Friday’s New York Times features an article about the regulation of compounding laboratories.

http://tinyurl.com/bmw2n47 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035914:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035915:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

http://tinyurl.com/9nndjht <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035916:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2013 has been posted. It provides brief descriptions of activities that OIG plans to initiate or continue with respect to HHS programs and operations in fiscal year 2013. Numerous studies related to Medicare and Medicaid payments are listed. New and continuing studies related to NIH include: equipment claims by grantees, human subjects protection practices of National Cancer Institute extramural grantees collecting biospecimens, extra service compensation payments made by educational institutions, and cost sharing claimed by universities. Another new study listed in the report will examine the Office for Human Research Protections’ (OHRP) oversight of institutional compliance with Federal requirements designed to protect human research subjects.

http://tinyurl.com/9cms3vs <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035918:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

An article in the new issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, reports, “A detailed review of all 2,047 biomedical and life-science research articles indexed by PubMed as retracted on May 3, 2012 revealed that only 21.3% of retractions were attributable to error. In contrast, 67.4% of retractions were attributable to misconduct, including fraud or suspected fraud (43.4%), duplicate publication (14.2%), and plagiarism (9.8%). Incomplete, uninformative or misleading retraction announcements have led to a previous underestimation of the role of fraud in the ongoing retraction epidemic. The percentage of scientific articles retracted because of fraud has increased ~10-fold since 1975. Retractions exhibit distinctive temporal and geographic patterns that may reveal underlying causes.”

http://tinyurl.com/8wozu5g <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035921:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

The National Science Foundation has issued a revised “Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide,” which will become effective on January 14, 2013.

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf13001/nsf13_1.pdf <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035927:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

The full list of announcements is below.

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Quinnipiac University’s Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine announced on Wednesday that the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) has granted the medical school preliminary accreditation. In addition, the Connecticut State Board of Education approved the university’s medical degree program, clearing the way for the School of Medicine to begin recruiting its first class for fall, 2013. Dr. Bruce Koeppen is founding dean of the medical school, which is located in Hamden, Connecticut, a suburb of New Haven.

http://tinyurl.com/9knwml6 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035909:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

George Halvorson, chairman and chief executive officer of Kaiser Permanente, announced on Thursday that he will retire in December 2013. Mr. Halvorson has served as chairman and CEO since 2002.

http://tinyurl.com/9jxjczo <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035910:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

An AAMC-sponsored webinar, “The People Make the Place: Leveraging Your Most Valuable Strategic Resource,” will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2:00-3:30pm (EDT). AAMC Board of Directors Chair-Elect Valerie N. Williams, PhD, MPA, Vice Provost for academic affairs and faculty development, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Peter Buckley, M.D., Dean, Medical College of Georgia; and a panel of other experts will discuss innovative approaches to attracting, engaging, and retaining the high quality workforce needed to ensure academic health centers are successful. The session also will feature new data on workforce perceptions of their academic health centers and an informative and timely discussion of the effective policies and practices that will help institutions more effectively manage their workforce talent.

http://tinyurl.com/9ajt34r <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035911:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

DePaul University and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science have announced a new “Alliance for the Health Sciences,” an effort to address “the challenges of an increasingly collaborative and rapidly evolving field.” According to the Chicago institutions, the Alliance for Health Sciences is designed to: establish curricular pathways for DePaul students to graduate professional degree programs at Rosalind Franklin; expand and strengthen academic programs at both schools; foster collaboration between faculties of the two institutions; and create additional research opportunities for students.

http://newsroom.depaul.edu/NewsReleases/showNews.aspx?NID=2501 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035912:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

http://resources.depaul.edu/alliance/Pages/default.aspx <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035913:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

The CDC reports that as of Friday morning, an outbreak of a rare type of meningitis, linked to spinal injections for back pain, is growing and has killed five people and sickened at least 30 others in five states. The New York Times reported, “The patients are thought to have been infected by a steroid drug contaminated with a fungus, Aspergillus. The drug may have been shipped to 23 states, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said…The drug under suspicion is methylprednisolone acetate, and health officials confirmed on Wednesday that all the infected patients had been treated with a brand of it produced by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass.”  Friday’s New York Times features an article about the regulation of compounding laboratories.

http://tinyurl.com/bmw2n47 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035914:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/outbreaks/meningitis.html <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035915:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

http://tinyurl.com/9nndjht <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035916:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

In Friday’s Federal Register, the Department of Health and Human Services published its mandated annual review of the list of Select Agents and Toxins as a final rule.  HHS has added Chapare virus, Lujo virus, and SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) to the list of HHS select agents and toxins. HHS has removed other select agents and toxins from the list and made other changes to the regulations, including imposing new security requirements for entities possessing Tier 1 agents.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-05/pdf/2012-24389.pdf <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035917:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2013 has been posted. It provides brief descriptions of activities that OIG plans to initiate or continue with respect to HHS programs and operations in fiscal year 2013. Numerous studies related to Medicare and Medicaid payments are listed. New and continuing studies related to NIH include: equipment claims by grantees, human subjects protection practices of National Cancer Institute extramural grantees collecting biospecimens, extra service compensation payments made by educational institutions, and cost sharing claimed by universities. Another new study listed in the report will examine the Office for Human Research Protections’ (OHRP) oversight of institutional compliance with Federal requirements designed to protect human research subjects.

http://tinyurl.com/9cms3vs <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035918:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has created a new Patient-Centered Medical Home web site, which contains various resources related to this primary care delivery model.

http://tinyurl.com/8zr6vhq <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035919:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

The University of Alabama School of Medicine on Thursday formally announced the creation of its third regional campus, located in Montgomery. Other regional campuses are located in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa. The Montgomery campus will make use of facilities at Baptist Health. Ten third-year medical students will begin taking classes in Montgomery in May 2014; in 2015 the incoming class size will expand to 20.

http://tinyurl.com/8sxhpnx <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035920:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

An article in the new issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, reports, “A detailed review of all 2,047 biomedical and life-science research articles indexed by PubMed as retracted on May 3, 2012 revealed that only 21.3% of retractions were attributable to error. In contrast, 67.4% of retractions were attributable to misconduct, including fraud or suspected fraud (43.4%), duplicate publication (14.2%), and plagiarism (9.8%). Incomplete, uninformative or misleading retraction announcements have led to a previous underestimation of the role of fraud in the ongoing retraction epidemic. The percentage of scientific articles retracted because of fraud has increased ~10-fold since 1975. Retractions exhibit distinctive temporal and geographic patterns that may reveal underlying causes.”

http://tinyurl.com/8wozu5g <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035921:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

The Boston Globe on Wednesday published an article reporting, “Boston area teaching hospitals and universities are bracing for deep cuts in the federal funding that has fueled biomedical research for decades, raising fears that breakthrough work on cancer cures, stem cells, gene therapy, and other research will suffer setbacks.”

http://tinyurl.com/bpv8csz <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035922:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

http://tinyurl.com/9rugcqd <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035923:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

A new video from the Institute of Medicine describes “the clear need for better integration of primary care and public health.” Based on the recent IOM report “Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health,” the video “offers concrete examples to show how primary care and public health can work together to improve health.” It is available to watch online or can be downloaded as slides.

http://tinyurl.com/95ntf8c <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035924:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

Our colleagues at the Association of American Universities (AAU) report that Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), chairman of the House Research and Science Education Subcommittee, on Wednesday asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review “regulatory actions that hinder our nation’s research universities.” Rep. Brooks asked the GAO to address three questions: What federal requirements, not limited to legislative mandates, reporting requirements and regulations create reporting burdens for research universities; how research university requirements under OMB Circulars A-21, A-133 and Federal Acquisition Regulation 4.703 balance regulatory burden with accountability for federal funds; and what might be the potential benefits and disadvantages of modifying requirements, including those “that experts and universities have identified as most burdensome.”

http://tinyurl.com/95skmyg <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035925:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

A new report, “High-Intensity Primary Care: Lessons for Physician and Patient Engagement,” has been released by the Center for Studying Health System Change. According to the report, high-intensity primary care programs “typically focus on a subset of patients with complex or multiple chronic conditions, such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, obesity and depression, providing them with additional care coordination, management and health education far beyond what is offered in traditional primary care practices…A number of factors can foster physician and patient engagement in high-intensity primary care programs, the study found. For physicians, key factors include a say in which patients participate; financial commitment and administrative support from health plans; and well-designed financial incentives for quality and outcome improvements.”

http://www.hschange.org/CONTENT/1316/ <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035926:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

The National Science Foundation has issued a revised “Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide,” which will become effective on January 14, 2013.

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf13001/nsf13_1.pdf <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035927:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

The St. Louis Post Dispatch on Thursday discussed some of the limitations of state medical boards. The article focused on the case of a physician who has opened eight autism treatment clinics promoting hormone therapy. The article reported that the physician’s medical license has been revoked or suspended in nine states, but he is still eligible to practice in others.

http://tinyurl.com/9qw6m24 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035928:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

The Institute of Medicine has posted a discussion paper titled, “Core Principles & Values of Effective Team-Based Health Care.” The paper was developed from discussions of the IOM’s Best Practices Innovation Collaborative. The discussion paper outlines themes to guide the growth of team-based health care delivery. A related viewpoint has been posted by JAMA.

http://tinyurl.com/cwq63vn <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035929:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1367587 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035930:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

George Sledge Jr., MD, has been named the new chief of oncology in Stanford’s Department of Medicine, effective Jan. 14, 2013. Dr. Sledge, a former president of the American Society for Clinical Oncology and a clinician-scientist focusing on innovative treatments for breast cancer, was recruited from the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center. He will replace current chief Ron Levy, MD; Linda Boxer, MD, PhD, senior vice chair of medicine and chief of the Division of Hematology, will serve as the interim chief of oncology until Dr. Sledge’s arrival.

http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2012/october/brief-sledge-1003.html <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/18035931:20603719376:m:1:1612442508:13A6E57F48B7A976E449E540E1CC9419:r>

 

Tony Mazzaschi

AAMC

 

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