Monthly Archives: June 2011

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National Library of Medicine launches MedlinePlus Connect:  Free tool links patient portals and EHRs to consumer health information The National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has formally launched MedlinePlus Connect. This free service allows health organizations and health information technology (HIT) providers to link patient portals and electronic health record (EHR) systems to MedlinePlus.gov, a trusted source of authoritative, up-to-date health information for patients, families and health care providers. MedlinePlus brings together information from NIH, other federal agencies, and reputable health information providers. MedlinePlus covers a wide range of health conditions and wellness issues, and includes key resources to inform patients about their health. Patients using portals […]

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Service up to $500 million in Partnership for Patients funding will be available to help hospitals, health care provider organizations and others improve care and stop millions of preventable injuries and complications related to health care acquired conditions and unnecessary readmissions

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the following news release on June 22, 2011: Up to $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding will help health providers improve careThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that up to $500 million in Partnership for Patients funding will be available to help hospitals, health care provider organizations and others improve care and stop millions of preventable injuries and complications related to health care acquired conditions and unnecessary readmissions. This funding, made available by the Affordable Care Act, will be awarded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center through a solicitation and other procurements for federal contracts announced today. “Since the Partnership for […]

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AARP Florida: Governor Rick Scott’s Veto of Meals on Wheels Volunteer Bill Baffling

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Florida’s AARP ripped Governor Scott’s veto of SB 1992, which would have lifted the burden of statutory fingerprinting costs and thus freed up desperately needed funds from charities such as Meals on Wheels, which provides meals for needy seniors.  The 2010 Legislature passed a bill in 2010 mandating that all volunteers working with seniors be fingerprinted at Level 2 Security.  However, doing this for each volunteer who is never alone with, or has access to the seniors’ information can cost an agency a lot of money.  Each fingerprinting costs $60.  To make matters worse, many of the seniors who volunteer have compromised fingerprints anyway.  An agency such as Broward Meals on Wheels has at least 1,000 volunteers, which equates to a huge […]

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Florida Senator Nan Rich Asks Feds to "Just Say No" to Florida’s Failed Medicare Overhaul

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The Florida Current reported last week that, in an effort to stop the State of Florida’s plan to force seniors, disabled and poor into an HMO plan that has already failed, State Senator Nan Rich sent a two-page letter to U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking that the federal government “reject any requests submitted by the state of Florida to implement statewide managed care of Medicaid.” To send your support for Senator Rich’s letter to your state and federal legislators, as well as to Secretary Sebelius, see the hyperlinks below: Email for Secretary Sebelius:  [email protected] Find your Florida and Federal Legislator:  http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find Above: State Senator Nan Rich speaks out against Florida’s failed policies against seniors (Photo Credit: Ana […]

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Mercer Edges Milliman For $2 Million Florida Agency for Health Care Administration Contract To Implement Medicaid Overhaul

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The Florida Current reports that Mercer Edged Milliman to get the $2 million Florida Agency for Health Care Administration contract to implement the State’s Medicaid $22 billion overhaul: AHCA signs $2 million Medicaid contract Christine Jordan Sexton, 6/24/2011 Mercer Health & Benefits edged its only competitor and will earn $2 million to help the Agency for Health Care Administration implement a new overhaul of its $22 billion Medicaid program. Mercer will be required to provide staffing in Tallahassee to assist the agency in securing the required federal waivers needed to implement its massive Medicaid overhaul passed by the Legislature this spring. The contract was inked June 23 and ends June 30, 2012. It requires Mercer Health & Benefits to use […]

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