IOM Report on EHR Factors

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the second of two reports which in this case describes twelve social and behavioral factors that should be included in electronic health records (EHR) in order for providers to be eligible for incentive payments. The factors are: alcohol use; depression; educational attainment; financial resource strain; intimate partner violence for women of reproductive age; median household income; physical activity; race/ethnicity; residential address; stress; social isolation; and tobacco use.

FDA Study of Advertising Effects

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave notice that the agency is seeking comments on a study of the impact of direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising frequency on the perception by individuals diagnosed with seasonal allergies of related risk and benefit information.

Upcoming Congressional Hearings and Markups

House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee: hearing titled “Update on the U.S. Public Health Response to the Ebola Outbreak.” 1 p.m., 2123 Rayburn; November 18.

House Foreign Affairs Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee: hearing titled “Fighting Ebola: A Ground-Level View.” 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn; November 18.

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee: hearing to be held on VA’s Longstanding Information Security Weaknesses are Increasing Patient Wait Times and Allowing Extensive Data Manipulation; 1:30 PM; 334 Cannon HOB; November 18.

House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee: hearing titled “Examining Medical Product Development in the Wake of the Ebola Epidemic;” 10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn Bldg.; November 19.

House Science, Space and Technology Oversight Subcommittee: hearing titled “The Role of the White House Chief Technology Officer in the HealthCare.gov Website Debacle.” 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn; November 19.

House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health: will hold a hearing on the following health bills: H.R. 4720 (Medal of Honor Priority Care Act); H.R. 4977 (COVER Act – related to mental health issues); H.R. 5059 (Clay Hunt SAV Act - related to mental health and suicide prevention); H.R. 5475 (to improve newborn care); and H.R. 5484 (Toxic Exposure Research Act); 2:00 p.m., 334 Cannon House Bldg.; November 19.

Senate HELP Committee: markup to consider pending health legislation and labor nominations, including S. 2917 — Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act and H.R. 669 — Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act; 10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.; November 19.

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee: hearing titled “Preparedness and Response to Public Health Threats: How Ready Are We?” 10 a.m., 342 Dirksen; November 19.

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee: hearing titled “Veterans’ Mental Health and Suicide.” 10 a.m., 418 Russell; November 19.

Senate HELP Primary Health and Aging Subcommittee: hearing titled “Why Are Some Generic Drugs Skyrocketing In Price?” 1:00 p.m., 430 Dirksen Bldg.; November 20.

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