Autism Research Grants

NIH announced that over $100 million in “Autism Centers of Excellence Program” grants will be made over five years to provide greater collaboration in research efforts to find the causes of autism and identify potential treatments.

CO-OP Grants

CMS announced that the Massachusetts Minuteman Health organization and the Tennessee Community Health Alliance Mutual Insurance Co. received a total of $162 million in low-interest loans under the PPACA Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program to expand coverage in their areas of non-profit center operations.

IOM Report on Shortfalls in U.S Healthcare

The Institute of Medicine issued a comprehensive report of its 18-member “Committee on the Learning Healthcare System in America” which concluded that “If unaddressed, the current shortfalls in the performance of the nation’s health care system will deepen on both quality and cost dimensions, challenging the well-being of Americans now and potentially far into the future….” The committee found that about 30% of all health spending in 2009, or about $750 billion, was wasted on unnecessary services, excessive administrative costs and fraud, etc. Among the recommendations advanced by the committee’s report was for “an across-the board commitment to transform the U.S. health system into a ‘learning’ system that continuously improves by systemically capturing and broadly disseminating lessons from every care experience and new research discovery.” The report was strong in advocating improved digital infrastructure and the capture and use of health data which could be used to better reward evidence-based medicine.

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