Weekly Dose of Health News July 7 – 11, 2014
Questions about a potential AIDS cure and progress in the battle against childhood obesity were among the topics that made health news in the past few days. Read about them and more in our Weekly Dose!
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed medical marijuana legislation into law this week.
The New York Times writes on a form of addiction treatment that is an alternative to the traditional Alcholics Anonymous approach.
Hip Hop Public Health is rolling out an anti-obesity campaign in 18 cities across the country to deliver healthy eating messages to children through music.
The New York Times’ Opinion Page wrote on the dangers of drug-resistant tuberculosis in the U.S. It is most prevalent in poor communities and among the incarcerated. More funds are needed to cover the cost of treatment, to better locate and monitor tuberculosis patients and to support localities who currently bear the responsibility.
The New York State Department of Health announced that 22 safety net hospitals will receive $462 million in Interim Access Assurance Fund dollars under the state’s Medicaid waiver. These funds are designed to help struggling hospitals until they become Performing Provider Systems (PPS) under the state’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Program, or DSRIP.
The SUNY Health Network of Excellence received $900,000 for six SUNY institutions for projects related to antibiotic development, tuberculosis treatment, aging, electronic health records data and organ transplant.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation announced innovation grants for New York designed to improve health delivery, improve care and decrease costs for populations enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and Child Health Plus. New York recipients will develop projects to decrease unnecessary hospitalizations, increased medication adherence and better manage care for persons living with Hepatitis C.
The NYS Department of Health recently held a webinar to explain the community needs assessment process for Perming Provider Systems in the Design Incentive Reform Incentive Program or DSRIP. DSRIP is funded through the $8 billion Medicaid Redesign Team federal waiver.
The obesity rate for New York City public elementary and middle school children has dropped according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The New York Times writes about a problem in federal law that prevents expansion Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act from paying for residential treatment for addiction.
A baby thought to be cured of HIV is now showing sign of the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has closed its flu and anthrax labs due to a series of recent accidents, including the exposure of 75 employees to live anthrax.