Monday, May 04, 2015

Twirling the May Pole at COP 24/7

Fifty Shades of the GOP

Here we go! They are piling is as fast as they can find anyone who will listen, donate or give them a whimper of reason why they should be the next POTUS! Ladies and Gentlemen the clown car is
tightening as today Dr. Ben Carson and Carla Fiorina found a seat with our own Mike "God's, Gay's and Gravy," Huckabee elbowing his way in on tomorrow!

Yes! The former Governor will follow the heard with a video roll out talking about his "glory days" as Arkansas Governor and just what he can do for the rest of the country.  The GOP has always talked about having a "big tent" to get all those conservatives types into one space. Amazingly so, this year's field is the by far the most diverse which begins to mirror how the country as a whole has been trending. Now what we will be faced with is 6 talking heads trying to make the case that they are the "one" that we want as the next leader of the free world. Let the games begin!!!!

Affordable Care Act payment model saves more than $384 million in two years, meets criteria for first-ever expansion

Pioneer ACO Model advances quality and value in health care
Today, an independent evaluation report released by the Department of Health and Human Services showed that an innovative payment model created as a pilot project by the Affordable Care Act generated substantial savings to Medicare in just two years. Additionally, the independent Office of the Actuary in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has certified that this patient care model is the first to meet the stringent criteria for expansion to a larger population of Medicare beneficiaries.

The independent evaluation report for CMS found that the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model generated over $384 million in savings to Medicare over its first two years – an average of approximately $300 per participating beneficiary per year – while continuing to deliver high-quality patient care. The Actuary’s certification that expansion of Pioneer ACOs would reduce net Medicare spending, coupled with Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s determination that expansion would maintain or improve patient care without limiting coverage or benefits, means that HHS will consider ways to scale the Pioneer ACO Model into other Medicare programs.

“This is a crucial milestone in our efforts to build a health care system that delivers better care, spends our health care dollars more wisely, and results in healthier people,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “The Affordable Care Act gave us powerful new tools to test better ways to improve patient care and keep communities healthier. The Pioneer ACO Model has demonstrated that patients can get high quality and coordinated care at the right time, and we can generate savings for Medicare and the health care system at large.”

Upcoming PPPHW Webinar: Healing Hands and the Role of Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Globally

May 5 at 9:00 AM EST (New York Time)
Register here today!

May 5 is the call to action day for WHO's SAVE LIVES: Clean your Hands campaign, addressing the issue of hand hygiene in healthcare. 

The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing is taking this opportunity to host a webinar discussing the importance of hand hygiene in healthcare, the challenges of achieving good hand hygiene, and lessons for improving hand hygiene in healthcare. 

Hear from experts from the World Health Organization, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Johns Hopkins University on: 
  • Why hand hygiene is so important in healthcare 
  • The state of hand hygiene in healthcare facilities around the world 
  • Hand hygiene lessons from Ebola 
  • How to achieve hand hygiene behavior change: lessons from outside healthcare
The READ is ready to serve you some advertising opportunities for our May Anniversary Issue! Call us at 501-349-7777 for more information on how your company, firm or organization can get some special pricing. Do it today!!  Anticipated street date: 5/15/2015.

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