PA prescription drug database bill advances; NIH awards $79M to study scientific health discoveries;

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>  A bill that would create a statewide prescription drug database to help thwart "doctor-shoppers and pill mills" passed the Pennsylvania state House on Monday, according to "If we can get this bill enacted and signed into law, it is absolutely going to save lives across the state of Pennsylvania," said state Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, a key collaborator on the legislation, according to the article. Article

> The National Institutes of Health has announced more than $79 million in fiscal 2013 funding to support 15 Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA). "Science and technology are progressing at an unprecedented pace, and the CTSA program--which represents NIH's largest single investment in clinical research--is helping researchers harness these innovations and deliver improved diagnostics, treatments and cures for disease," said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., in the announcement. Announcement

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> Healthcare currently leads all other industries in the number of job openings, and healthcare providers represented one-third of the top-posting companies in September, according to a new report from Simply Hired. Article

> Oral nutritional intervention can reduce 30-day readmissions among older patients, according to a new Abbott-supported study. The oral nutrition supplements--dietary food that provides calories and nutrients, often in liquid form--were associated with a decreased probability of 30-day readmission among Medicare patients, according to the study announcement. Article

Practice Management News

> Recognizing that patients come to their offices with diverse, overlapping needs, some practices are becoming one-stop shops in which patients can see primary care physicians and mental health professionals during the same visit. In Oregon, for example, Mosaic Medical Clinic is part of a state pilot that puts psychologists on staff in doctor's offices, NPR reported. Article

And Finally... #You'reFired #MajorFail #KeepTheSnarkDown. Article

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