Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center announced plans for a $112.3 million outpatient facility in Harrison, N.Y. The hospital must first receive state approval for the project and has filed a request. If approved, the 114,000-square-foot outpatient cancer center would provide medical, neurologic and radiation oncology; generic and surgical counseling; screening and imaging, according to the 434-bed hospital. The three-year renovation project is expected to begin in early 2012. The $122 million price tag includes costs to renovate an existing building and equipment, a Memorial Sloan-Kettering spokeswoman said in an e-mail. The Harrison outpatient center’s staff will total 140 workers.
The federally funded YaleGriffin Prevention Research Center launched an online regional database of public health programs. The initiative—the Promising Health Interventions Inventoried by a Network of Diverse Experts for Regional Application—allows for searches by multiple categories, according to the website. Programs are organized by primary and secondary conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and weight loss; setting; intervention approach; achieved outcomes; target age group; and cost to purchase. Health commissioners in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont partially funded the database, which includes programs from New England health departments and schools, the CDC-funded Yale-Griffin center said, announcing the project.
An advisory committee appointed by Pennsylvania’s governor failed to reach a consensus on the body to run the state’s health insurance exchange. The majority of the 47-member Commonwealth Health Care Reform Implementation Advisory Committee said the exchange should have authority to negotiate and should be an independent public agency or authority. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 requires health insurance exchanges to be operating by 2014. The committee recommended a single insurance application and an exchange consumer call center and Web portal. Finally, the committee recommended the state overhaul reimbursement to replace pay based on the amount of service provided with pay based on efficiency and quality.