The ONC, the NIH and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have unveiled a tech challenge that focuses on available applications that leverage evidence-based strategies to help patients manage their behavioral health care. The deadline to submit applications for the Behavioral Health Patient Empowerment Challenge is Sept. 3.
Dr. Mikkael Sekeres, director of the Cleveland Clinic's leukemia program, relates his personal struggle after receiving worrisome results following stress echocardiography. Emotion clouds reason when dealing with health matters, even for physicians, he says, and it's difficult to keep perspective. In Sekeres' case, further exploration revealed he had nothing to worry about, but he highlights a valuable lesson in how patients experience receiving potentially devastating health news.
A proposal by the Obama administration to remove Medicare critical access designations for hospitals within 10 miles of each other drew criticism from Republican and Democratic senators who said the measure was arbitrary and cuts would reduce the quality of care and damage rural economies. A dozen Democrats in the Senate, including Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Al Franken of Minnesota and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, signed a letter to the Senate Finance Committee leadership opposing the cuts.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has granted $14.4 million for the study of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in an effort to identify the highest-risk patients. The University of Virginia School of Medicine and the University of Oxford will lead the effort, which will examine imaging, genetic and other predictive tools as well as demographics and clinical variables.
The FDA is scheduled to conduct a public meeting in Maryland on Sept. 16 to discuss an Institute of Medicine report recommending the replacement of the agency's 510(k) clearance process for medical devices. The agency also set a Sept. 30 deadline for public comments on the IOM's recommendations.