Federal Agency Updates

CDC Issues Report on Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response
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In January, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (COTPER) released its inaugural report on CDC activities in public health emergency preparedness. The report explains the key role CDC plays in preparing the public health infrastructure to respond effectively to all types of hazards, and provides an overview of the broad range of preparedness activities receiving Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response (TPER) funding. The report also details how CDC is addressing challenges to achieve its overarching public health preparedness goal, to prepare people for emerging health threats.

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GAO Report on FDA High-Risk Devices
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Report Highlights
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report, FDA Should Take Steps to Ensure That High-Risk Device Types Are Approved through the Most Stringent Premarket Review Process (GAO-09-190) on January 15, 2009.
CMS Coding Policy Manual and Change Report for 2009
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted its annual National Coverage Decision Coding Policy Manual and Change Report for 2009. Included in this report is an updated lab code list.

HHS Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a plan that establishes a set of five-year national prevention targets to reduce and possibly eliminate health care-associated infections (HAIs). 

HHS Launches National Clearinghouse for Health Workforce Information
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration has launched an online repository of information and resources about the healthcare workforce. The Health Workforce Information Center, operated by the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, provides the latest information on health workforce programs and funding sources; workforce data, research, and policy; educational opportunities and models; and news and events.