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78th EditionSeptember 20, 2019

Federal Update

FY2020 spending negotiations continue to be challenging, forcing consideration of a two-month Continuing Resolution (CR). There are 10 days left before the September 30 deadline to avoid a government shutdown. Despite a fight this week over funding for the President’s border wall, the Senate is expected to pass a CR next week, allowing lawmakers to punt on long-term decisions.  

On September 19, the House passed a two-month CR. In addition to continued spending across the government, the package funds other programs set to expire, such as community health centers, programs to strengthen the primary care workforce, and other Medicaid and Medicare extenders. The House CR also delays a $4 billion cut to hospitals' payments for treating a large share of Medicaid and uninsured patients that is scheduled to take effect October 1.

On September 16, Emory joined over 600 other colleges and universities on an institutional sign-on letter to House and Senate leadership for the second anniversary of DACA’s cancellation, encouraging them to pass legislation to protect DACA recipients.

On September 16, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy publicly issued a letter to the US research community on efforts to ensure openness, transparency, reciprocity, and security in international scientific collaborations. NIH and other federal agencies have been examining concerns about covert foreign government influences on US research. The White House has established a federal Joint Committee on the Research Environment (JCORE), which will hold meetings at academic institutions over the next few months. 

State Update

Dane Peterson, Chief Operating Officer for Emory Healthcare, has been appointed by Speaker David Ralston to the House Study Committee on Exploring a Floor and Trade Charity Care System. The Study Committee, created by HR 584, will explore new ideas to distribute the burden of uncompensated care more evenly across the different types of healthcare providers through a “tradeable credit program.” The committee will discuss indigent and charity programs that incentivize the provision of indigent and charity care outside the emergency room, standardize the methodology used for calculating the amount of indigent and charity care provided; and account for the rapidly changing healthcare environment, including significant changes in the number of uninsured Georgians. The Study Committee will host its first meeting on October 9.

Emory in the Community

Grove Park Groundbreaking

On September 10, members of the OGCA team attended the ground-breaking for the future home of KIPP Woodson Park Academy, a YMCA Early Learning Center and a school-based health clinic in the Grove Park neighborhood. The $51M partnership investment is a significant catalyst to support education, health, arts, equity, affordability and economic mobility in the Grove Park community.  Pictured from left to right: Betty Willis (OGCA), Shan Cooper, Executive Director of Atlanta Committee for Progress (and Emory Trustee), Tjuan Dogan (OGCA) and Alan Anderson (OGCA). For more info on Grove Park Foundation visit www.groveparkfoundation.org. Emory’s Urban Health Initative works in partnership with the Foundation.

DeKalb Integration 

On September 9, we celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Emory Healthcare and DeKalb Medical partnership. We heard from Jim Forstner, CEO of Emory Decatur Hospital, Emory Hillandale Hospital, and Emory Long-Term Acute Care (pictured below) on the updates, expansions, and improvements to the health system.

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