Navy over budget, behind schedule on officer candidate med database; Obama proposes $400B in healthcare cuts to avoid fiscal cliff;

News From Around the Web

> Contrary to a June announcement touting the creation of an online portal for the Defense Medical Examination Review Board--which is responsible for conducting medical exams for all military officer candidates--the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center has developed no such database, Nextgov reports. Rather, SPAWAR is behind schedule and over budget by more than $7 million after underestimating the project's cost. Article

> The Kansas Department of Health and the Environment awarded the Kansas Health Information Network and the Lewis and Clark Information Exchange a combined $7.1 million in performance-based grants, according to a recent KDHE announcement. The grants will go toward the provision of health IT services. Announcement

Health Provider News

> The spotlight on nonphysician practitioners is brighter than ever, as these professionals are increasingly viewed as the solution to improving healthcare access and costs, amid health reform. A recent editorial in The New York Times, for example, ran with the title, "When the Doctor Is Not Needed." Article

> As providers urge Congress to delay the impending fiscal cliff, President Obama made a new offer to House Speaker John Boehner yesterday that included $400 billion in healthcare cuts, The New York Times reported. But Obama's plan also would stop deep cuts to Medicare health providers, which Congress has prevented with temporary "doc fixes" since 2002. Article

And Finally… The headline says it all. Article

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