Category Archives: The iBau Blog

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Proposed Rule Updating “Common Rule” for Human Subjects Research

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and 15 other federal departments and agencies have jointly published this proposed rule updating the “Common Rule” governing participation in human subjects research.  The current regulations that protect individuals who participate in research, … Continue reading

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Consumer-Purchaser Alliance: Patient-Reported Outcomes

This action brief from the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance describes how patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are increasingly used to measure health care quality performance. While patient experience of care is one of the triple aims, we rarely, if ever, ask patients to report whether … Continue reading

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National Institutes of Health: Administrative Supplements for Research on Sexual and Gender Minority Populations

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced the availability of one-year administrative supplements of up to $100,000 each for research on sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations.  The supplements are available from multiple NIH institutes and offices and for … Continue reading

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President Obama Signs H.R. 2 Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act into Law

On April 16, President Obama signed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2015, into law.  The repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) payment schedule is effective immediately.  The law reauthorizes … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Labor: Implementation of Executive Order 13672 Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity by Federal Contractors

This final rule published by the U.S. Department of Labor implements Executive Order 13672 issued by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2014, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and based on gender identity by all federal contractors and subcontractors. … Continue reading

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Migration Policy Institute: Population Profiles on Unauthorized Immigrants

The Migration Policy Institute has published an online tool that provides state and  county-level data about the estimated 11.4 million unauthorized, or undocumented, immigrants residing in the United States.  Data is available for the 41 states and 94 counties with the … Continue reading

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Presidential Memorandum: Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants

This is the text of the November 21, 2014 Presidential Memorandum outlining executive actions that include establishing a White House Task Force on New Americans.  The Task Force has 120 days to submit an Integration Plan to the President with recommendations for … Continue reading

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Policies to Support Visas and Citizenship

As part of the series of executive actions initiated by President Barack Obama in November 2014, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson directed the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to work with the Department of State to streamline processing for employment-based … Continue reading

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Presidential Memorandum: Modernizing and Streamlining the U.S. Immigrant Visa System

This Presidential Memorandum issued on November 21, 2014 as part of President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy directs the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security, in consultation with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Director … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Executive Actions on Immigration Enforcement

In November 2014, President Barack Obama announced a series of executive actions related to immigration policy.  Among the most important of the executive actions are new guidelines on immigration enforcement and the termination of the Secure Communities program. In this … Continue reading

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