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Tenet Healthcare Corporation and Vanguard Health Systems, Inc. on Monday announced they have signed “a definitive agreement whereby Tenet will acquire Vanguard for $21 per share in an all cash transaction. The acquisition is valued at $4.3 billion including the assumption of $2.5 billion in Vanguard debt.” Vanguard owns hospitals in Texas, Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts and Arizona. Among the Vanguard teaching hospitals is Detroit Medical Center.
An Associated Press story that ran in several papers this weekend discussed how increased access due to the Affordable Care Act will exacerbate the primary care shortage. The article discussed some state initiatives aimed at addressing the crisis.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sunday ran a lengthy story titled. “Tight budgets put the squeeze on promising medical research.” The article highlighted the impact the fiscal crisis in research is having on younger researchers and the potential that the US will lose an entire generation of life scientists.
The Institute of Medicine in May released a new report on the consumption of sodium. An article in Roll Call on Friday discussed efforts to clarify the interpretation of the report. Three panel members wrote a commentary in JAMA on the report and the president of the IOM wrote to the HHS Secretary to restate the report’s findings. Dr. Fineberg said that “some press coverage misstated the conclusions of the report.”
Thomas Pearson, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., has been named executive vice president for Research and Education at the University of Florida Health Sciences Center. He is currently senior associate dean for Clinical Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center, director of the University of Rochester Clinical and Translation Science Institute (CTSI), and director of the Rochester Prevention Research Center.
The University of California has issued a report highlighting recent trends associated with the rapid growth in health professional schools and enrollment. The report, “A New Era of Growth: A Closer Look at Recent Trends in Health Professions Education,” reviews the seven fields in which UC has health professional schools. The report also identifies trends and provides information by profession about the number of schools and enrollment in California and nationally.
NASA earlier this month announced a new group of potential astronauts “who will help the agency push the boundaries of exploration and travel to new destinations in the solar system, including an asteroid and Mars.” Among the eight candidates selected to be NASA’s newest astronaut trainees: Jessica U. Meir, Ph.D., currently an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital; and Andrew R. Morgan, M.D., a Major, U.S. Army, who earned his MD from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, has experience as an emergency physician and flight surgeon for the Army special operations community, and currently is completing a sports medicine fellowship.
A new blog posting by Dr. Sally Rockey, deputy director of NIH for extramural research, discussed percentiling, the process by which the relative ranking of an application is calculated within a set of applications.
The San Jose Mercury News and the Oakland Tribune on Sunday featured an article on the impact of the 1996 state Proposition 209, which banned racial preferences in public university admissions and financial aid. The article reported that after Proposition 209, “Latino and black students saw a precipitous drop in their admission rates to UC Berkeley, one of the UC’s most competitive campuses.” There were drops in admission rates in the UC system as a whole as well.
The New York Times on Sunday ran a “Sunday Dialogue” feature on physician supply issues, especially in light of increased access resulting from the Affordable Care Act.
JAMA on Thursday announced that it will now “…evaluate and consider for publication clinical trials that are analyzed by statisticians employed by or contracted by the study sponsor, without requiring independent statistical analysis by an academic biostatistician.” The Journal said, “Advances over the past decade in standards of clinical trial reporting, enhanced understanding of the threats to validity of clinical research, increasing data transparency, and our experience support the change in policy.”
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), authored a posting on the Huffington Post on Thursday titled, “The Supreme Court’s Gene Patenting Decision Was Personal.”
Dr. William (Bill) McGinnis, a distinguished professor of cell and developmental biology at UC San Diego, has been named the Dean of the UCSD Division of Biological Sciences. Dr. McGinnis served as the interim dean of the division during the past year.
The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) invites nominations for the 2014 John P. Hubbard Award, which recognizes significant and sustained contributions to the pursuit of excellence in the field of evaluation in medicine. The deadline for nominations is September 12.
The National Pharmaceutical Council has released its annual survey “of health care stakeholders and their opinions of comparative effectiveness research (CER) and the environment for decision-making…”
Dr. Anthony Senagore, professor in the Keck School and chief of colorectal surgery at Keck Medical Center of USC, has been named chair of surgical disciplines at Central Michigan University School of Medicine.
Joseph H. Laver, MD, Executive Vice President at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has been named Chief Medical Officer of Stony Brook University Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics in the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, effective Sept. 3. Prior to joining St. Jude’s, Dr. Laver served as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.
The 6th Annual National CTSA Community Engagement Conference will be held August 22 – 23, in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference will assess the state of the science of community engaged research and develop a plan for the future. The poster proposals deadline is July 21.
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