U. S. Department of Education Provides Guidance on School Bullying

In a recent survey of 43,321 U.S. high school students, 47 percent of students said that they were bullied last year and 50 percent admitted that they bullied other students last years. The survey was conducted by the Josephson Institute of Ethics and the results were published on October 26, 2010. According to Education Week on October 26, the Institute’s president said that the study shows that more bullying goes on than previously thought and remains extremely prevalent through high school. [More]

New Physician-Owned Hospitals Must Meet Dec 31 Medicare Certification Deadline

The new health care law prevents future physician-owned hospitals from participating in federally financed health programs, unless such facilities are open and operating and certified by Medicare by December 31, 2010. Under the law, expansions of existing doctor-owned hospitals will face restrictions, such as being located in states with a shortage of hospital beds, and in counties that are growing 50 percent faster than the overall state. [More]

New York Presents Health Information Plan to HHS

The New York State Department of Health and the New York eHealth Collaborative presented a comprehensive plan on October 26 to the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) under which New York would use $129 million in state and federal funds to fully implement the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY). [More]

President Extends the White House Commitment to Hispanic Education

On October 19, President Obama signed an executive order renewing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The Initiative was initially started in 1990 by an executive order signed by President George H.W. Bush and was continued by subsequent Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Key Hispanic educational priorities contained in the Obama order include, among other things, improving access to early learning and development programs for children from birth through age five, reducing the drop-out rate, and increasing college access. [More]

School Discipline and Students’ Civil Rights

The October 13 edition of Education Week reports that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is changing its focus in investigating racial disparities in school discipline. A U.S. official who attended an ED conference last month is quoted as saying “students of color are receiving different and harsher disciplinary punishments than whites for the same or similar infractions and they are disproportionately impacted by zero-tolerance policies. [More]

FL Federal Judge Allows Challenge to Health Care Law to Move Forward

On October 14, Federal Judge Roger Vinson (a senior judge who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan) of the US District Court in Florida ruled that some of the legal challenge to the constitutionality of the health care legislation would be allowed to proceed. The Judge voiced particular concern about the mandate that nearly all Americans be required to buy insurance or pay a penalty as well as the required expansion of the Medicaid program imposed upon the states. [More]

Maryland Launches Health Information Exchange

The State of Maryland launched its health information exchange on October 12. Three hospitals and several diagnostic facilities began using the exchange immediately for electronic hospital discharge summaries, laboratory test results, and radiology test results. Forty-eight hospitals (including all 46 of Maryland’s acute care hospitals) have filed letters of intent to participate. [More]

California Legislation Advances Health Care Reform

Governor Schwarzenegger signed legislation on September 30 to establish the California Health Benefits Exchange (CHBE), which will become the centerpiece of California’s implementation of the federal health care reform law. Over 8 million California residents are expected to obtain health insurance coverage through the CHBE when it becomes fully operational in 2014. [More]