Consumer and Employer Leadership Explored at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Issues Conference

first_imgConsumer and Employer Leadership Explored atBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Issues ConferenceBurlington, VT — Employee health incentives, better management of chronic illnesses, new provider payment structures, and integration of mental and medical health care were among a variety of strategies proposed Wednesday by a panel of national experts who met in Burlington to discuss ways to improve health care and at the same time hold down health care costs.The experts highlighted a half-day conference held as part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermonts annual health issues symposium series. Nearly 300 Vermonters attended, including employers, health care providers, legislators and consumers.Keynote speaker Ian Morrison, an internationally known author, consultant and futurist specializing in long-term forecasting and planning, addressed the changing environment surrounding consumer involvement in health care. Morrison explained that information necessary for useful provider quality ratings is inadequate today but will improve dramatically in the next five years. Morrison cited pay for performance as holding great promise as a reimbursement strategy for improving our health care system. Morrison also identified e-business as a key factor in system improvement in the future.Other panelists included Michael Samuelson of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Islands Health and Wellness Initiative, Alex R. Rodriguez, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Magellan Health Services, Sharon Moffat, Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health, and Harvey Yorke, President and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care.Michael Samuelson focused on the role of the individual in partnership with employers, providers and health plans. He effectively used personal experiences to illuminate trends in health care that rely on greater personal involvement.Dr. Rodriguez outlined the role that depression plays in overall heath status, and the importance of mental health care as a priority in any effective health care system.Harvey Yorke described a useful and innovative strategy for employers to emphasize preventive health while simultaneously holding down costs. Yorkes hospital has created and implemented an incentive program for its employees that rewards employees financially for incorporating self-responsibility for practicing healthy behaviors. The incentive, Yorke told conference participants, is to decrease the amount that the employee contributes to the cost of the health insurance premium as the employees level of compliance with health criteria increases.Sharon Moffat concluded the conference agenda with an overview of key initiatives the states health department is pursuing to improve health status. Foremost among those projects is a chronic care initiative underway to reform the way the health care system approaches chronic illness.The program was moderated by WCAX-TV Channel 3 news co-anchor and medical reporter, Sera Congi. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont President and CEO William R. Milnes, Jr. welcomed the conference participants and introduced the program.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more

U.S. Elected To UN Human Rights Council For The First Time

first_imgBy Dialogo May 15, 2009 Today the United States was chosen for the first time to be a member of the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC), a body that monitors the human rights situation in the world and which up until now had been ignored by Washington. The UN General Assembly elected the U.S., Norway, and Belgium to fill three seats on the group of Western European and Other States, while Cuba, Mexico, and Uruguay succeeded in being re-elected to the Latin American and Caribbean bloc. These six countries had secured their election because they did not face any competition for the three seats available to each group. A similar situation occurred for the five seats for Asia, in which China, Bangladesh, and Jordan managed to be re-elected, while Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan were elected to be part of the body. Furthermore, in the group of Eastern Europe, Russia and Hungary managed to secure the two available places at Azerbaijan’s expense. In Africa, the other bloc with more candidates than open seats, Senegal, Nigeria, Mauritius, Djibouti, and Cameroon won more votes than Kenya. The U.S. ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, was pleased by the support obtained in the General Assembly for Washington’s decision to “again play a meaningful leadership role in multilateral organizations.” “Although we know that the Human Rights Council is a flawed organization which has not complied fully with its mission, we intend to work with other countries to reform it from within,” said the diplomat at the end of the meeting. Rice said that the Council members are elected for terms of three years, and, therefore, the winners of these elections will have the opportunity to participate in the review of the body’s structure and procedures to be held in 2011. The administration of President George W. Bush flatly refused to participate in the HRC, which has its headquarters in Geneva, and voted against its creation in May 2006, considering it to be dominated by countries that violate human rights. The Mexican ambassador to the UN, Claude Heller, also welcomed the election of his country for another three-year term. The endorsement made in the General Assembly “confirms the important role that Mexico has played in the Human Rights Council and its strong commitment to human rights,” he added. The HRC was created on March 15, 2006 by the UN General Assembly to replace the Commission on Human Rights, which was abolished after 60 years of work due to the crisis of legitimacy that had risen due to decisions that were seen by as prejudiced, unbalanced and politicized. The Council is an intergovernmental body that is part of the United Nations system and is composed of 47 member states responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights in the world.last_img read more

YLD to study Art. V funding

first_img December 15, 2002 Regular News The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division’s January Governmental Symposium will focus on the impending state takeover of funding for trial courts.“Imagine going to your courthouse on Thursday, July 1, 2004, only to find that it now closes two days per week as part of a draconian cost reduction program,” said YLD Representative John Stewart of Vero Beach, who is chairing the symposium. “Or, you or your client seek the assistance of a court-funded victim assistance program only to find that the court made an across the board 40 percent reduction in its work force as part of another severe cost reduction program.”Stewart said those are some of the ideas floating around as the state prepares to take over as the major funding source for the trial court system.“Young lawyers have a stake in this debate and should use every opportunity to talk about the issue before its implementation,” Stewart said.That’s why the YLD has organized a symposium to discuss Article 5, Revision 7, which is set for January 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ponte Vedra Inn near Jacksonville.Bar President-elect Miles McGrane will provide the opening remarks and then Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, will moderate a panel discussion on court funding featuring Bar President Tod Aronovitz; Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., of Orange County; John Ricco of the Florida Association of Counties; and Kent Spuhler, executive director of Florida Legal Services.Those interested in attending the symposium should contact Stewart at (772) 231-3500, or jms@st-ev.com, by January 3. Attendees will be awarded 2 hours of intermediate CLE credit. YLD to study Art. V fundingcenter_img YLD to study Art. V fundinglast_img read more

Joe Biden wins Minnesota

first_imgThe Trump campaign really, really wanted Minnesota, one of Trump’s narrowest 2016 losses. So much for that. After leading in Minnesota polls, Joe Biden has won the state’s 10 electoral votes.- Advertisement –last_img

London cooling

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Semarang fish market closes down after 26 people test positive for COVID-19

first_imgHe added that the task force would rearrange the layout of the stalls to comply with physical distancing measures.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo asked mayors and regents to forcibly close shopping centers including malls, supermarkets and traditional markets that did not apply strict COVID-19 precautions.“We don’t want any more clusters from shopping centers. So I hope regional heads would not hesitate to close any shopping center that does not adhere to the health protocol,” Ganjar said. According to the official government count as of Friday, there are 1,234 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Central Java, with 70 deaths. (aly)Topics : The Semarang city administration in Central Java has temporarily shut down the Kobong traditional market as 26 people tested positive for COVID-19 after rapid tests were carried out in the market.Semarang COVID-19 Task Force spokesperson Fravarta Sadman said the market would be closed for six days starting Saturday.”We will disinfect and sterilize the market. We hope the market will be free from contamination by the time we reopen it,” he said.last_img read more

Whelan suffers injury blow

first_img Whelan sustained the injury during the Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Germany in Gelsenkirchen on October 14, forcing him off after 54 minutes of the Euro 2016 qualifier. The 30-year-old subsequently missed Stoke’s 2-1 victory over Swansea on Saturday, and is now unlikely to return until early December. Press Association Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a fracture of the right leg. center_img It means Whelan will also miss Ireland’s group game with Scotland on November 14, along with a number of Stoke fixtures. City manager Mark Hughes said: “He got a kick on the outside of his leg, and there is a slight fracture there. “He’s not been put into a plaster cast. We’re going to try and manage it without that because Glenn feels he’ll get back sooner. “But the likelihood is he’s going to be out for four to six weeks I’d imagine, which is a blow for Glenn obviously because he is a big part of what we’re doing, and we’ll miss him. “He’s been playing really well of late, but we’ll get him back as soon as we can. “As for Ireland, knowing Glenn he’ll try and make himself available, but my feeling is the game will be too soon for him. “You have to let nature take it course. With fractures you have to give them enough time to heal.” last_img read more

‘Green Machine’ ruggers off to Barbados

first_img… kick off RAN 15s South Zone title defence tomorrowTHE Green Machine, Guyana’s National rugby team, will depart Guyana today via the Eugene F. Correira International Airport on the first LIAT flight out to the Land of the Flying Fish, where they will face the ‘Bajan’ ruggers tomorrow in their opening game of the Rugby Americas North (RAN) 15s Championship.Set for the Garrison Field, Guyana are the reigning RAN 15s South Zone champions, and, according to head coach Kenneth Grant-Stuart, the 23-man squad will be heading to Barbados confident of coming out on top.Guyana defeated Barbados 48-17 last year when the Guyanese were on their way to clinching another title, but this time around, Grant-Stuart is prepared for a tougher time against the ‘Bajan’ side.Grant-Stuart told Chronicle Sport that the team is made up of the familiar faces who helped Guyana to become one of the most feared rugby nations in the Caribbean, especially in the shortest format of the game (Sevens).Guyana will then face foes, Trinidad and Tobago, at the National Park Rugby Field on June 10 in a rematch of last year’s South Zone final. The last time the two countries met, Guyana walked away 23-18 winners.The Green Machine are the current runners-up to Mexico in the Regional RAN 15s Championships as well as current RAN 7s Caribbean Champions.Squad: Ryan Gonsalves (captain), Richard Staglon (vice-captain), Avery Corbin, Peabo Hamilton, Ronald Mayers, Godfrey Broomes, Dwayne Schroeder, Sean Phillips, Vallon Adams, Ahmed Isaacs, Rondel McArthur, Jason Tyrell, Allain Crawford, Kevon David, Jamal Angus, Troyton Braithwaite, Patrick King, Joseph Rahaman, Cyon Kitt, Toby David, Osie Mckenzie, Rickford Cummings and Blaise Bailey.last_img read more

Federal High Court Disowns ‘Writ of Execution’ by Giwa Group

first_imgThe Head of Communication department of NFF, Ademola Olajire, insisted that the Registrar of the Federal High Court, Jos, Mr. Nasiru Gusau monday in said the document circulated in the media lastweek did not emanate from the court.“We did not issue any writ of execution on this matter. What you are saying is strange to me,” Gusau said in a video interview made available to the media lastnight.Gusau explained further: “The Giwa people made an application for writ of execution, which the court declined. The court cannot execute a declaratory judgment or an interlocutory order.“Moreover, if the case is on appeal, how can the High Court issue a writ of execution?”Olajire claimed that the undated and completely invalid ‘writ of execution’ submitted at the NFF secretariat last Friday, by an Executive Officer (Accounts) with the Federal High Court, Jos, Langmbweng Enoch Wupeh.“The ‘writ of execution’ was, strangely, prepared and signed by Plaintiff Counsel (Giwa’s lawyer), and to it was attached only the first two orders made by the court, leaving out the most recent orders that struck out the first two, as well as the Hon. Judge’s clarification. The signature of a ‘Judge’ (no name) was poorly forged,” he explained.After its 25 –minute misadventure at the Glass House, the Giwa group issued a self –deluding statement that it had ‘taken over’ the NFF.The invasion came only 24 hours after a peace meeting ordered by the Nigeria Parliament. Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Sports (which is saddled with the responsibility), Rt. Hon. Anayo Nebe, at the weekend expressed huge disappointment with the Giwa group’s actionIn a related development, the Federal Capital Teritory (FCT) Police Commissioner, Wilson Inalegwu, ymonday summoned both Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa, the two factions claiming the sole of the Glass House.Pinnick and Giwa held separate meeting with the police chief at his office as the crisis assumed a new and dangerous twist, where in trying to reinforce their claim as the NFF President, and they reported at the Glass House at different time.Giwa, accommpanied by Effiong Johnson, Sani Ferma and Yahaya Adama, stormed the Glasshouse few minutes after Pinnick addressed the media and secretariat staff.They were given access by the Divisional Police Officer Wuse Zone 3, Supretendent Irek Sunday after getting clearance from Inalegwu.They later left to inspect the Sunday Dankaro House, the new NFF Secretariat under renovation.Pinnick insisted he was validly elected NFF President. He said his appeal due to be heard on June 28, negated the ruling of the lower court which gave an order that favour Giwa.He also accused the Giwa group of trying to sabotaging Nigeria’s quest to qualify for 2018 World Cup in Russia by using force to take over the NFF office last Friday, a day after the House of Representatives Sports Committee brokered a truce between him and Giwa.He also insisted Giwa remained banned by Confederation of African Football (CAF) which also reserves the right to unban him.” I should not have sat down with him before the House Committee, I only did it out of respect to the lawmakers and Nigerian government. The issue of lifting his ban is a CAF congressional issue and not a decision by NFF board. I remainthe President of NFF as I was elected till 2018.“Aside from that, I was not joined in the court case and can’t be removed from office as ruled by the Supreme Court. The parties joined in the case are Aminu Maigari and Musa Amadu. I remain the President, ” Pinnick said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram GLASSHOUSE TAKE OVERAs FCT police comissiomer summons Pinnick, GiwaFemi Solaja and Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe unending drama in the Glass House took another turn last night as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) produced an evidence from the Federal High Court in Jos that disowned the ‘writ of execution’ being bandied by the Giwa group.last_img read more

Men’s soccer gets ready for Big Ten Tournament

first_imgIn their last chance to prepare for the Big Ten Tournament next week, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team will battle the Drake Bulldogs in the final game of the regular season. Although the Badgers have dominated non-conference play thus far, Wednesday’s match will be anything but easy.The Bulldogs, unlike Wisconsin’s other non-conference foes, have received national attention this year. Until their last match, which ended in a 2-0 loss to second ranked Creighton, Drake was ranked 24th in the NSCAA. Although the Badgers have breezed through the out of conference schedule, they know the Bulldogs present a unique challenge.“They are ranked very highly,” Wisconsin assistant coach Nick Pasquarello said. “I don’t like to get caught up in polls, but when you’re playing an opponent that is ranked higher than you, I think that it’s a little bit easier to use that as motivation.”Although Drake is coming off a loss to Creighton, they have still been successful in recent weeks. Before the match against the Blue Jays, the Bulldogs had been undefeated since Oct. 14. Their last loss came in a double overtime loss to Western Illinois, a team that beat Wisconsin 1-0 on Oct. 1. In addition to facing the Leathernecks, Drake has seen two of Wisconsin’s other opponents, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay. Similar to the Badgers, the Bulldogs recorded victories against both opponents. Their success this season has been noticed by the Badgers.“They can put the ball behind the net, they know how to win,” junior Scott Lorenz said. “We have got to find a way to beat them.”In addition to the success Drake has had against Wisconsin’s opponents, they have also recorded wins against the Badgers. At the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic last year, the Bulldogs defeated Wisconsin 3-1. The Badgers are not only motivated to beat Drake, but a win over the Bulldogs would build the team’s confidence heading into the Big Ten Tournament.“I think they’re a pretty good team; they’re very competitive,” senior forward Victor Diaz said. “To get a win … will give us enough confidence to keep going and do something great this year.”Evening the score against the Bulldogs will be a challenge, especially because they are going against two very successful goaltenders. Starter Michael Drozd had only given up 1.05 goals per game, and backup Jordan Kadlec has allowed a respectable 1.11 goals a game.“I think we’re not going to do anything differently than what we’ve been doing over the past couple weeks, and it’s really helped us,” Pasquarello said. “We’ve had some success over teams that haven’t given up a lot of goals.”The timing of the game will also provide a different matchup for the Badgers. While most of Wisconsin’s games came every three days, the Badgers haven’t played in a week. They will wait another eight days for the Big Ten Tournament to start, but the extra time off will be beneficial to the team in terms of rest.“I think the layoff is ultimately good for us,” Lorenz said. “It gives us a chance to heal some bodies up and really come full strength at Drake tomorrow.”Although a concern may be that the team is looking forward to the Big Ten Tournament, the Badgers know the importance of defeating the Bulldogs.“I think where we are in the season, it’s turned out to be a very important game,” Pasquarello said. “I think all our focus has been on Drake, and there hasn’t been much talk about the Big Ten Tournament, which is good.”last_img read more