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Volume 8, Number 17Space holderApril 30, 2004


NIH grants $7 million to UW for muscular dystrophy research

muscular dystrophy image
The UW has been awarded a five-year, $7 million grant to study molecular and cellular therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. (Full Story)

UW researchers are studying muscular dystrophy, a muscle wasting disease caused by a lack of the protein dystrophin. This image shows a comparison between normal muscle cells (top) and muscle cells without dystrophin (bottom).

Images courtesy of Stanley Froehner

UCSF bestows medal on medical geneticist Mary-Claire King

Mary-Claire King, the American Cancer Society Professor of Genome Sciences and of Medicine in the Division of Medical Genetics, has received the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medal. (Full Story)

Larson to chair Board of American College of Physicians

Eric Larson, clinical professor of medicine at the UW and director of the Center for Health Studies at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, is the new chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians (ACP). (Full Story)

Washington Health Foundation honors two medical faculty members

The Washington Health Foundation has honored two UW faculty members as Heroes of Health Care. (Full Story)

UW Medicine reaches settlement with government on billing issues

The UW physician practice plans have reached a settlement with the federal government to resolve issues related to billing documentation provided under federal health care programs.

Under the settlement, UW Medicine will pay $35 million. No state appropriations will be used to pay any part of the settlement.

During the federal investigation of Medicare and Medicaid billing practices at the UW, UW Medicine administrators recognized that billing errors were made and immediately took steps to enhance the compliance program. UW Medicine is committed to business practices that match the high quality of the organization's teaching, research, and patient care, according to Paul Ramsey, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.

For more information, please visit the following Web page: http://depts.washington.edu/hsnews/settlement