VA Medical and Health Centers to Receive ARRA Funding

President Obama and Vice President Biden today released a plan to create or save more than 600,000 jobs over the next 100 days by accelerating implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Roadmap to Recovery plan includes a Department of Health and Human Services project to enable 1,129 health centers to expand access… Read More


Senator Feingold Introduces Bill to Help Displaced Workers

Senator Feingold on Helping Displaced Workers Find Health Care Jobs Wednesday, June 3, 2009 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Russ Feingold introduced legislation today to help displaced workers in communities hit hard by the tough economy retrain for high-demand health care jobs. Feingold’s Community-Based Health Care Retraining Act specifically targets communities that have suffered job… Read More


Congressman Reichert Recognizes UW School of Medicine on House Floor

UW SCHOOL OF MEDICINE                                 HON. DAVID G. REICHERT of washington in the house of representatives Thursday, April 30, 2009 Mr. REICHERT. Madam Speaker, today I rise in recognition of the University of Washington School of Medicine and their incredible standing as one of the best medical schools in the world. According to US News &… Read More


Senate Finance Committee Releases Options to Improve Patient Care and Reduce Costs

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have released a set of policy options for transforming the health care delivery system to improve patient care and reduce health care costs. Among other options, their proposals would: Establish a Medicare value-based purchasing program for hospitals and begin to pay hospitals… Read More


Conflict of Interest Rules Proposed for Medical Research

A recent report from the Institute of Medicine recommends that researchers and medical faculty members decline all gifts from medical companies and refuse to publish or present material that is ghostwritten for such companies in order to avoid real or perceive conflicts of interest.   The recommendations also suggest broader reporting requirements of researchers’ ties to… Read More


Senate Confirms HHS Chief

Today, the United States Senate confirmed Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services on a 65-31 vote. The confirmation comes at a critical moment, as the Obama administration deals with swine flu emergency that has surfaced in the past week. The confirmation completes President Obama’s cabinet and adds a voice to… Read More


President Obama Makes Remarks to National Academy of Sciences

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ____________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2009   Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery National Academy of Sciences Washington, DC April 27, 2009   It is my privilege to address the distinguished members of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as the… Read More


Sebelius Nomination Draws Fire but Advances

The nomination of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) advanced out of the Senate Finance Committee yesterday, leaving only a vote of the full Senate. What was once expected to be a rather comfortable confirmation has evolved into a rather partisan debate over President Obama’s intentions… Read More


President Obama Creates White House Office on Health Reform

On April 8th, President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing a White House Office of Health Reform. The new office will provide leadership to the executive branch on federal health reform efforts. Nancy-Ann DeParle, who ran the Health Care Financing Administration under President Clinton, will direct the new office. The order also directs the Secretary… Read More


Senator Murray Will Introduce Bill to Aid Trauma Centers

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) held a press conference today to announce the introduction of the National Trauma Center Stabilization Act.  She was accompanied by two representatives from the National Foundation for Trauma Care, Dr. Ronald Maier from Harborview Hospital in Seattle, and trauma surgeons from the Medical College of South Carolina, Ohio State University, University… Read More