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POLITICO New York Health Care: Diagnostic and treatment center for Staten Island; St. Barnabas deal

07/29/2016 10:00 AM EDT

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COMING SOON - New York City Health + Hospitals will build a $28.3 million diagnostic and treatment center on the northern end of Staten Island, an effort to increase primary care access and reduce emergency room wait times at Richmond University Medical Center. The capital funds were approved during the board of directors' monthly meeting Thursday afternoon. The clinic, expected to be open in September 2017, will be able to see roughly 50,000 patients each year, though it isn't clear if the additional capacity will be enough to mollify local residents who have complained for years that there is a lack of health care access in the only borough without a public hospital. But Ram Raju, president of Health + Hospitals, believes many of the people using the emergency rooms at Staten Island's two hospitals aren't having a true emergency and that they could be better served in a clinic. http://politi.co/2aysBtt

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APPROVED - The New York City Health + Hospitals board of directors approved a six-month, $3.65 million contract with The Boston Consulting Group during its monthly meeting Thursday afternoon.

NOW WE KNOW - Why does beer taste better when you're at a bar or a concert? According to a study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, music can influence how much you like the taste of beer. http://bit.ly/2akBbsq

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BIG DEAL - The Commercial Observer reports: "St. Barnabas Hospital has finalized its leaseback with the developers building two structures on land it formerly owned, property records with the city filed indicate. SBH Health System, the company that operates the Bronx hospital, agreed to pay $13.3 million over the course of 40 years for a two-floor medical center built by a private joint venture, according to a lease agreement signed June 30 and recorded with the city on Tuesday." http://bit.ly/2ayvb2K

BELOW AVERAGE - The Empire Center, a fiscally conservative think tank, reviewed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' star ratings for hospitals and found that just one institution in New York, the Hospital for Special Surgery, received the top ratings of five stars. http://bit.ly/2akR0zE

...Eight Central New York hospitals got below average scores. http://bit.ly/2axX7DN

GRANT LAND - A Montefiore pediatrician received a $4.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the system announced Thursday. Marina Reznik, an attending pediatrician at Children's Hospital at Montefiore and an associate professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will use the money for a five-year asthma study, examining why management guidelines are not being followed.

MAKING ROUNDS - St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center on Thursday announced the appointment of two new medical directors. Dr. Russell Silverman will serve as the medical director of medical cardiology services through May 2017, and Dr. Alan Simon will serve as the medical director of invasive cardiology services through the same time period.

ALSO MAKING ROUNDS - Dr. Joshua Gordon, associate professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, is the new director of the National Institute of Mental Health where he will oversee a $1.5 billion budget. http://bit.ly/2ayvLNU

ADAMS TAKES ON SUGAR,SALT - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams opened up about his recent diabetes diagnosis on Thursday at the third annual "Cut the Salt, Curb the Sugar" event, where he also demonstrated how to make low-sodium and low-sugar meals from a free cookbook with recipes from Brooklyn residents.

AWARDS - Drs. Conrad Fischer, Christos Paras and Niket Sonpal received Laureate Awards from the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians Inc.

ACROSS THE RIVER: Inspira Health Network opened its sixth urgent care center in South Jersey on Thursday. The newest location, in Washington Township, Gloucester County, will be open seven days a week for walk-in treatment and also includes X-ray services.

WHAT WE'RE READING:

-ELEPHANT DRUG - The Associated Press reports: "A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country's heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where authorities say they've found it mixed with or passed off as heroin." http://nyti.ms/2akEKPk

-BLOOD DONATIONS HALTED OVER ZIKA - The Washington Post reports that the Food and Drug Administration is asking blood centers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida to stop collections while the counties are investigating possible local transmissions of the Zika virus. http://wapo.st/2akOk4J

-NO HEAT FOR PHARMA AT DNC - STAT News reports that the pharmaceutical industry didn't come under fire during the Democratic National Convention. http://bit.ly/2afNlrV

-ON THE RISE - According to the CDC, the number of calls to poison control centers stemming from kratom, an Asian plant, has increased tenfold over five years. The leaves are usually crushed or brewed into a tea and used as a painkiller, but can be highly addictive. http://bit.ly/2afNBaf

-ALSO ON THE RISE - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will increase Medicare payments for inpatient psychiatric facilities by 2.2 percent, or by an estimated $100 million, the agency said. http://bit.ly/2aytOkL

-THE SACRIFICIAL MOUSE - Vox has a story on the amount of mice that are "sacrificed" for studies, which can sometimes be flawed. http://bit.ly/2afPaW3

-SETTLED - UPMC, the Pittsburgh-based health system, will pay $2.5 million to settle allegations its neurosurgeons submitted claims to Medicare for surgeries that others performed. http://bit.ly/2afPCn0

-WAIVED - Modern Healthcare reports "for the next four years, California's public hospitals will receive up to $472 million annually to cover hospital visits for the uninsured as part of a waiver meant to reform the state's Medicaid program." http://bit.ly/2afPMur

TRANSATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP - The Wall Street Journal reports that "the U.S. government Thursday announced the formation of a trans-Atlantic, public-private partnership to help stem the tide of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, often called 'superbugs.'" http://on.wsj.com/2afZtcB

TODAY'S TIP - Comes from the Cleveland Clinic. Toss a couple of mint leaves into your water. It acts as a digestive.

STUDY THIS:

-COMMONALITIES - Researchers in Toronto have found similarities in brain impairments in children with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. http://bit.ly/2axFiVu

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