CMS awarding $40M to reduce preterm births; New Jersey courts limit physician assistants' scope of practice;

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is awarding $40 million in grants to reduce preterm births, the agency announced last week. Meanwhile, home births have increased 29 percent between 2004 and 2009 despite medical concerns, noted Kaiser Health News.

> Hospitalization for heart failure--the frequent cause for readmissions--is stabilizing, according to the American Heart Association. The association said advanced technologies and higher quality of care helped improve heart failure outcomes. Press release

> The National Health Service Corps is giving $9.1 million to fourth-year medical students who are committed to careers in primary care, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced yesterday. The grant comes as the industry faces a shortfall of 29,800 PCPs. Statement

> Accountable care calls for a changed hospitalist role, which doesn't focus on length of stay but rather keeping patients out of the hospital altogether, the Society of Hospital Medicine president wrote in The Hospitalist. Article

> New Jersey courts have limited physician assistants' scope of practice, not allowing them to perform needle electromyography tests, according to American Medical News. Article

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