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Author Archives: Daniel Leaderman

Daniel Leaderman covers health care, higher education, and technology.

UM nursing school gets $5.24 million gift

The University of Maryland School of Nursing will give full scholarships to 157 new students thanks to a $5.24 million donation. The gift is the largest in the school’s history and will support the expansion of its Bachelor of Science ...

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Health-care advocates report success in legislative session

Advocates say there were several victories for health care in this year’s General Assembly session, but they worry that some much-needed changes won’t ultimately get funding from the governor. The final fiscal 2016 budget passed by lawmakers April 13 included ...

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Illness-avoiding app expands to Apple Watch

Want to avoid getting sick?  Check your watch. The Baltimore-based Sickweather, Inc. is now offering its illness-alert app for the Apple Watch, giving users access to both a real-time map of people who feel sick in their area and a ...

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Hopkins faculty, staff report possible identity theft

Faculty and staff at Johns Hopkins University and the Hopkins health system appear to have been targeted in an identity theft scheme in which phony tax filings were made on their behalf. Hopkins officials say there's no evidence of a security breach in their systems but note that a nationwide identity theft scheme has been targeting physicians and medical professionals.

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Pilot program for improved primary care shows early results

A pilot program aimed at improving primary medical care by increasing cooperation among doctors and more closely managing patient care has produced positive results, according to a preliminary briefing given to the Maryland Health Care Commission Thursday. The three-year Multi-Payer Patient Center Medical Home Program sought to move primary care providers across the state towards the patient-centered medical home model, which focuses on giving patients more team-based care in order to better manage chronic illness and reduce hospitalizations.

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Budget crunch for universities, but capital projects move on

William Kirwan

Maryland's fiscal 2016 budget could have been much worse for the state's higher education facilities, officials say, but the University System of Maryland will still feel the squeeze of a $47 million shortfall. As a result, institutions in the system can expect to face hiring freezes, larger class sizes and other service reductions in the coming year, said William E. "Brit" Kirwan, chancellor of the university system. The budget adopted by lawmakers Monday made no cuts to what Republican Gov. Larry Hogan proposed for the university system in January — for which officials were thankful, Kirwan said — but carried over $40.3 million in cuts made by outgoing Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley in early January.

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Schmoke wants to draw more veterans to UB

Former mayor and current University of Baltimore President Kurt L. Schmoke wants the school to appeal to more military veterans. Many people who went into the military expecting to have 20-year careers are being discharged sooner than expected due to downsizing, said Schmoke, whose formal investiture as university president is scheduled for Tuesday. In addition to attracting more veterans, Schmoke said he also wants to increase the university's endowment to $100 million by 2025, about double what it is now.

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