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May 24, 2013 

United States Congress

House appropriators approve FY14 allocations: The House Appropriations Committee, on Tuesday, voted in favor of the 302b allocations for the subcommittees for FY14. The total funding for the allocations is capped at $967 billion as authorized by the House budget. The Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations subcommittee will have $121.8 in new budget authority to appropriate across all the programs within its jurisdiction. The FY13 302b allocation for this subcommittee was $144.4 billion.

In his remarks to the committee, House Appropriations Chairman, Harold Rogers (R-KY), stated, "This is in no way ideal, but this is the hand sequestration has dealt us. We crafted these allocations with sharp scissors and clear heads, but also with an understanding of the unfortunate sacrifices that must be made. We are targeting funding in areas with the highest national priority, and where it will be most efficiently used to preserve our security and our economy."

Administration

Dept. of Ed delays state authorization: On Friday May 17, 2013 the United States Department of Education published a Dear Colleague letter stating the delay of enforcement of 34 CFR 600.9 (a) and (b). This delay in enforcement overrides the July 1, 2013 deadline for these rules established in the final rule published in the October 29, 2010 edition of the Federal Register. 34 CFR 600.9 is the rule implementing State Authorization. This rule has two components:

1. the authority to operate in a state through establishment in charter, statute, constitutional provision or other action (600.9 (a) and (b)); and

2. the distance education rule, requiring an institution to obtain authorization from each state in which it offers postsecondary education through distance or correspondence.

The distance education rule was overturned by a US court and is not being enforced by the Department. It is expected that the Department will appeal this decision and pursue enforcement in the future.

Notice of the Department’s decision to delay enforcement of the 34 CFR 600.9 (a) and (b) was published in the May 21, 2013 edition of the Federal Register. Institutions that are not currently authorized by the appropriate state agency to maintain a presence in that state are required to continue to seek that authorization. The May 21 notice states:

"In order for an institution that cannot demonstrate it meets the State authorization requirements under the Department's regulations to receive an extension until July 1, 2014, to implement Sec. 600.9(a) and (b), the institution must obtain from the State an explanation of how an additional one-year extension will permit the State to modify its procedures to comply with amended Sec. 600.9. This explanation must be provided to Department staff upon request."

The State Higher Education Executive Offices Association (SHEEO) has a state authorization page available on their Web site that includes state agency contact information for institutions seeking state authorization. The list is NOT always complete or current, but provides one of the few documents with this type of information available to the public.

Dept. of Ed releases new report: The United States Department of Education has released its latest review of education in the United States. "The Condition of Education 2013" is a compendium of data and information from the National Center for Education Statistics. The review spans the education spectrum from elementary through higher education.

New patient safety resource: Nearly 20% of Medicare beneficiaries discharged from the hospital are readmitted within 30 days. The number one cause of that readmission…an adverse drug event. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new patient safety primer outlining the many problems that hospitals should pay attention to and resolve using the recommendations presented in "Adverse Events After Discharge." One significant root cause for readmissions is poor communication among providers at transitions of care. One recommendation for reducing adverse medication events during transitions is for the hospital to have in place a formal medication reconciliation process.

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