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Federal health officials are seeking physicians and other health professionals for a program to develop leaders in health care innovation.Continuous. Never-ending. Infinite.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Oct. 17 announced the Innovation Advisors Program, which will accept up to 200 people in its first year. Advisers will develop projects and processes in their home regions that achieve the goals of bettering population health, improving health care delivery and lowering costs through continuous improvement. They will focus on Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.
Outraged by the arrest of two nurses and a union organizer volunteering at the Occupy Chicago protest over the weekend, National Nurses United is planning a protest at Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office Monday.But pictures from the event in Chicago and elsewhere where the group was protesting suggests another more subliminal story line. In this picture the Twitter stream from the National Nurses United union, the police appeared restrained and tolerant of the protestors:
The group, the nation's largest union of registered nurses, is calling on its membership in Chicago to picket City Hall on Monday morning to demand that misdemeanor trespassing charges against the nurses and all of the protesters be dropped.
The two nurses arrested were among a larger group marching with Occupy Chicago protesters and later set up a tent to provide first aid.
"It was the wrong move," RoseAnn DeMoro, the group's executive director, said Sunday. "We were there to make sure if the occupiers get harmed, they have first aid."
The Energy Star system is a model because it’s simple and easy to use, and also because it’s gained traction with industry, which now develops products with the rating in mind, committee members said.Except that this rating system hasn't gained traction with industry:
But the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Food Marketing Institute announced their own front-of-the-pack system, called Facts Up Front, in January. It gives information on calories, saturated fat, sodium and added sugars but doesn’t rate foods according to those components.This is a smackdown, ladies and gentlemen.
In a statement today, the GMA said it has “concerns about the untested, interpretive approach suggested by the IOM committee” and that “consumers have said repeatedly that they want to make their own judgments, rather than have government tell them what they should and should not eat.” The FMI said in an emailed statement that it believes the Facts Up Front program “utilizes the guiding principles recommended by IOM.”
Hey Mildred, can I have one of those '0-star' cherry pies for my breakfast? And while you're at it, grab a pack of Marlboro Lights, will ya?Once again, Joe Worker fails to appreciate that the gurus at the institute and food industry are only trying to save him from himself.
Using wooden sticks, Niehoff and Evans touch the bars where they want Kwashi to place his hands. The gorilla complies.-Wes
"Good boy," Evans says, slipping grapes into the gorilla's mouth.
Evans applies conductive gel to the tip of a small wand that emits high-frequency sound waves. Then, with grapes in his left hand, Evans moves the wand in his right hand toward Kwashi's chest, being careful not to place the instrument completely through the bars.
This is where an important part of Kwashi's training kicks in. The gorilla leans forward slightly until his chest rests against the bars. He holds that pose - and continues gobbling grapes - as the wand touches his chest.
A few feet away, Jenny Schaaf stands at a state-of-the-art cardiac ultrasound machine on loan to the zoo from Toshiba. The monitor shows the gorilla's beating heart, which Schaaf, technical director of the echocardiography lab at Christ Hospital, captures for later analysis.
"Tilt up a little bit," she says, directing Evans on how to position the wand. "Little bit more. That's perfect."
"Good boy!" Evans says, as Kwashi holds his pose.
A few minutes later, though, Kwashi grunts. Evans recognizes the sound as the "cough vocalization."
"That's a warning that, 'I don't like what you're doing.' He doesn't like his chest being touched."
Will it be Door #1, Door #2, or Door #3?"So I asked the medical assistant, "Who's next?" and she pointed me to Door #2.
PCORI responds to a widespread concern (eds note: emphasis mine. Really? What about the internet?) that, in many cases, patients and their health care providers, families, and caregivers do not have the information they need to make choices aligned with their desired health outcomes.We should recall that there is an agency in the federal government that already does this called the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ). The mission statement of this agency reads:
PCORI funding is set at a total of $210 million for the first 3 years and increases to approximately $350 million in 2013 and $500 million annually from 2014 through 2019. With more than $3 billion to spend between now and the end of the decade, PCORI will support many studies encompassing a broad range of study designs and outcomes that are relevant to patients, aiming to assist people in making choices that are consistent with their values, preferences, and goals.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Information from AHRQ's research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.Ahem. Could someone please tell me why there are two agencies doing the same thing and how on earth they're different?
(From another page on the same website:
AHRQ Agency Staff: Approximately 300.
Fiscal year 2010 Budget: $372 million.
Fiscal year 2011 Budget Request: $611 million
Research: Approximately 80 percent of AHRQ's budget is invested in grants and contracts focused on improving health care.
"You know what's been strange? Sometimes at dinner he/she just looks down at the plate for a second and doesn't respond, then asks 'What are you yelling at me for?'"Here's what the full-disclosure patch-monitor recording from Day 8 from meal time:
RFID badge scanning technology will be utilized at ACC.12 to better understand attendee/delegate educational interests and preferences to assist with future planning. No personal information is stored in the RFID badge, only an ID number. Exhibiting companies that choose to rent RFID readers to analyze attendee movement in their booth will NOT be provided with attendee names or personal contact information. Only organizational affiliation, clinical focus, and city/state/country information will be provided.So don't be concerned. After all, this year there's something more that's even better!
A provision (Editor: Caution - 323 pages!) within the 2010 federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires healthcare companies to disclose any transfer of value to a healthcare provider to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services beginning in 2012. The ACC requests its U.S. healthcare provider attendees supply their publicly-available NPI number so that companies may comply with the above provision.So companies will have your individually-identifiable Medicare NPI number anyway. You, dear doctor, will be tracked, courtesy of the US government, RFID tag or not.
Are US taxpayers aware they are funding this type of activity?Well if they weren't, they certainly are now.