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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.

DERBY, Conn.—

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.

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