New York's public hospitals get $103M in FEMA aid; New HIPAA rule falls short in protecting mobile patient info;

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> The New York Health and Hospitals Corporation will receive approximately $103 million in federal aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced Friday. The FEMA aid will reimburse the public hospitals for repairs made right after Superstorm Sandy hit. Statement

> Medical schools that develop innovative programs promoting patient safety and patient-centered, team-based care could receive part of $10 million in competitive grants,  the American Medical Association announced last week. Announcement

> A new study in the American Journal of Public Health adds to the growing body of evidence that trained nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives can perform abortions just as safely as doctors. Announcement

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> Despite putting together the "most sweeping changes" to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules since they were first implemented, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services failed to sufficiently address mobile security considerations in the new legislation. Commentary

> A computerized physician tool that could help identify heart attack patients at risk for readmissions now has a new use: determining which hospital trauma patients are at the greatest risk to die. Article

> Giving patients the option of undergoing CT colonography--better known as virtual colonoscopy--rather than traditional colonoscopy could improve screening rates for colon cancer, according to a study published this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Article

And Finally… What to do with all your extra change. Article