June 28, 2013
By Adam Mingal*
Edited by Amy Kaufman
UT Search Underway for Dell Medical School Dean
The Daily Texan (6/24) reports that the University of Texas is searching for an inaugural dean for its new medical school. The school aims to fill the position by early next year, with the first class of students set to matriculate in 2016.
Study Links Intensity of Medical Instruction to Readmission Rates
Doctors Lounge (6/26) reports that a study to be published in next month's edition of Medical Care correlates the intensity of instruction in teaching hospitals to readmission rates for the most frequent diagnoses for inpatients. The link was especially apparent for safety-net hospitals, or those hospitals that provide a high level of care to uninsured, low-income, or otherwise vulnerable populations.
CMS Issues Key Sunshine Act Guidance
The National Law Review (6/26) reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released guidance on "whether manufacturers have to report transfers of value ("TOVs") to non-physician employees of teaching hospitals." According to this guidance, non-physician employees are not covered recipients for Sunshine Act purposes; thus, "payments or other transfers of value made to these non-physician employees generally do not need to be reported."
Lahey Health to Merge with Winchester Hospital
The Boston Business Journal (6/25) reports that Lahey Health in Burlington, VT, is poised to merge with Winchester Hospital, one of Boston's last independent community hospitals, after Winchester's board of directors approved a letter of intent. The hospitals' partnership will encompass primary care, emergency medicine, cancer care, and women's health. In a statement, Lahey's chief executive officer indicated that the hospitals' collaboration will allow them to "provide greater value to [their] patients where they live and work by enhancing the scope and quality of services."
*We would like to thank Adam Mingal, Esquire (Department on Disability Services, Washington, DC), for providing this week's update. We would also like to thank Amy E. Kaufman, Esquire (Patton Boggs LLP, Washington, DC), for coordinating the weekly update.
Note: The Teaching Hospital Update will not be published the week of July 1-5 due to the Annual Meeting and Independence Day. We will resume publishing the Update the week of July 8.