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News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas and current Twitter comedian, is back with another pitch-perfect burn — this one aimed at CNN in the aftermath of President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey. No one is safe from Huckabee's famous spoofs, goofs, and gags. The bigwigs at CNN are surely reeling from this one. SEE ALSO: I am Donald Trump's history tutor and everything is going great Before we get to the joke, let's set the stage. President Trump fired FBI director James Comey on Tuesday, in the midst of a criminal investigation by the FBI into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Here's where Huckabee comes in, pulling no punches, not afraid to offend or ruffle some feathers. After more than two hours, Huckabee's immaculate quip is still on Twitter. And why wouldn't it be? There is nothing wrong with it. It is one of the best jokes that has ever been written. A perfect joke. Perhaps the perfect joke. Nothing to see here — nothing to talk about at all. CNN is now the Cardiac Care Network, because their ppl are having heart attacks. CNN = Cardiac Care Network. Let that sink in. That is now fact throughout this land.


News Article | May 9, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Arizona Mother-Baby Care offers concierge-type care that combines the unique expertise of specialists around Arizona to provide exceptional services for mother and baby. The program utilizes evidence-based treatment protocols to guarantee a greater patient experience while also focusing on reduction in preterm delivery and superior quality outcomes. "Maternal fetal medicine and pediatric providers in the program offer excellent pre- and post-natal care for mothers all within their network," added Robert L. Meyer, President and CEO of Phoenix Children's Hospital. "Working together with top-rated pediatricians and specialists, this program ensures that babies and mothers receive excellent care and a streamlined, consistent experience throughout the process." The network brings together nearly 1,500 clinicians practicing in obstetrics, perinatology, neonatology and pediatrics, offering expectant mothers access to an extensive group of doctors and specialists throughout pregnancy and ensuring a seamless transition to pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists after their babies are born. "Our priority is to provide exceptional coordinated care for mothers and their babies. The Arizona Mother-Baby Care alliance gives our patients greater access to highly qualified specialists who provide personalized care and advanced medical services,'' said Frank Molinaro, Abrazo Community Health Network Market CEO. "Through the use of evidence-based clinical practices and quality standards, we will provide the best outcomes for patients.'' "Our goal is to build a center of excellence that will become the preeminent choice for expectant and new mothers, referring physicians, employers and health plans," said Linda Hunt, Senior Vice President of Operations for Dignity Health in Arizona. "We believe we can have great impact on quality outcomes for mothers and infants." For high-risk and complicated pregnancies, there are no better options than Phoenix Children's Hospital and Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital. Both offer Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units, which is the highest level in the state. Among other services available through Arizona Mother-Baby Care, mothers experiencing high-risk pregnancies work directly with care coordinators who help them schedule specialist consultations, ensure they understand diagnoses and treatment options, and provide ongoing support throughout pregnancy and after birth. To learn more about Arizona Mother-Baby Care, visit arizonamotherbaby.org or call (602) 933-BABY. Phoenix Children's Care Network is a physician-led, pediatric-focused and clinically-integrated organization that represents a valuable alliance between and among community pediatricians and subspecialists, with the collective focus on improving quality of care while effectively managing associated costs. It is the first pediatric network in the U.S. to achieve Utilization Review Accreditation Committee (URAC) accreditation as a clinically-integrated network. With more than 1,000 providers, it is the largest pediatric clinically-integrated organization in Arizona. A total of 85 percent of specialists and 65 percent of primary care providers in the state participate in the care network. For more information, visit www.pccn.org. Arizona Care Network is a physician-led and governed accountable care organization, with more than 5,000 clinicians providing a broad range of clinical and care coordination services to adult and pediatric patients in Maricopa and Pinal counties. ACN is a partnership between Dignity Health and Abrazo Community Health Network, and also includes Phoenix Children's Hospital, one of the largest children's hospitals in the nation, and Maricopa Medical Center, part of Maricopa Integrated Health System. The network is comprised of primary care and specialty physicians, along with skilled nursing and home health agencies, imaging centers, retail clinics, urgent care and emergency centers, two children's hospitals, and 14 acute care and specialty hospitals. For more information, visit www.azcarenetwork.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/arizona-mother-baby-care-offers-streamlined-services-300452665.html


News Article | May 16, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

"PMHC has consistently condemned fraud, abuse, and neglect and has called for targeted and enforceable measures to strengthen program integrity.  In our letter to the Secretary, we urged the adoption of reforms that we believe would do much to strengthen the integrity of Medicaid home-based care and safeguard those who receive and depend upon it.  Specifically, we recommend Medicaid program improvements that relate to the newly-enacted Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) system, direct care safeguards, and payment integrity reforms. "We are confident that these targeted policies will protect Medicaid consumers, taxpayers, and providers while also improving our nation's ability to prevent fraud and abuse before it occurs." The Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care (PMHC) is comprised of organizations representing providers, associations, payers and business affiliates who have come together to improve the quality and integrity of Medicaid funded home- and community-based services (HCBS).  Recognizing the integral role of home- and community-based care in the Medicaid program, PMHC is dedicated to advancing and supporting public policies that bring accountability to and secure the Medicaid program for care recipients and taxpayers alike. Members of the Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care include Addus HomeCare, Inc., All Metro Health Care, Anthem, BAYADA Home Health Care, CareCentrix, Caring Associates, Inc., CellTrak Technologies, Inc., Centene Corporation, Consumer Direct Care Network, Council of State Home Care Associations, HHAeXchange, Home Care Association of America, Interim HealthCare Inc., LHC Group, Inc., Molina Healthcare, Inc., ResCare Home Care, Sandata, Sutter Care at Home, VNA Health Group, and WellCare Health Plans. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pmhc-supports-attorneys-general-call-for-program-integrity-action-300458537.html


Attendees span the leading payers and providers, systems and hospitals, urban and rural delivery system organization across all provider types and all payer lines of business including representatives from Abbeville General Hospital, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Baptist Health, BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan, BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, BlueCross BlueShield of North Dakota, BlueCross BlueShield of Rhode Island, Bright Health, Independent Health, Carle, Cambia, CareMore, Carolinas HealthCare System, Centene Corporation, Central Georgia Medical Care Network, FullWell, Gateway Health, Geisinger, George Washington University, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Care Service Corporation, The Health Collaborative, Health Net, Humana, Indiana University Health, Johns Hopkins Medicine, KentuckyOne Health, Mercy, MetroHealth, Molina Healthcare, MVP Healthcare, Norton Healthcare, Navient Health, BlueCross BlueShield of Nebraska, Northwestern Medicine, Ochsner Health System, Passport Health Plan, Quartet, Quest Diagnostics, Rothman Institute, SIH Medical Group, Spectrum Health, St. Joseph Health, St. Jude Children's Hospital, Urgent Care Association of America, United Healthcare, and U.S. News and World Report. The May session of the Institute for the Delivery of High-Value Care Best Practice Vignettes cover success stories and challenges in delivering high-value care in the realistic operating environments and include the topics: "The Mandate: Payment Vs. Know-How"; "Clinician to Clinician: A High-Value Conservation"; "System Frenemies? Hospitals Vs. Groups"; "Flowing Downhill: PCPs Vs. Specialists"; "West Coast Vs. Fly-over Country"; "Mandate: Market and Momentum"; "Clinician to Clinician: High-Value Hang Ups and Solutions"; "Tying the Knot: High-Value Care Model as a Payer Strategic Advantage"; "Commercial Vs. Government Programs"; and "The Tactics: Competition Vs. Tough Cultures". Interactive Game-Based Workshops feature payers and providers across functional areas working together to better understand, communicate and operationally support the delivery of high-value care and include the topics: "Moneyball: An MBA for Healthcare"; "Comm. 101: Culture and Consensus"; "Clinicians to Clinicians: Behind Closed Doors"; "Comm. 101: Talking to Physicians"; "Translation: Talking to Clinicians"; "Comm. 101: Talking to Actuaries"; "Comm. 101: Talking to Analysts"; "Healthcare and/Vs. High-Performing Leadership"; "Hot Takes and Trends: Real Vs. Hype"; "Behind Closed Doors: Clinicians to Clinicians"; "Comm. 101: Talking to Your ELT"; "Comm. 101: Talking to Sales"; and "Pulling This All Together: What Are We Doing Here and What Are You Going to Do About It on Monday." For more information, please see https://instituteofhighvaluecare.org/. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/leaders-across-the-country-embark-on-high-value-care-with-the-institute-for-the-delivery-of-high-value-care-300458766.html


NCH has seen a 40 percent drop in the number of work days lost due to injuries from 2015 to 2016. During that same time period, 25 percent of NCH well-being program participants saw a positive change in nutrition score and 34 percent saw their BMI shift positively. Part of that success is due to work being done in NCH cafeterias, which are quickly becoming some of the healthiest places to eat in Southwest Florida. Healthy foods are marked with blue stickers while unhealthy impulse buys have been removed from checkout stands. In 2016, NCH also removed all sugar-sweetened beverages from its cafeterias and vending machines, a forward-thinking improvement not seen in many other health systems. This change is resulting in an estimated 500 pounds of sugar not consumed each month. Taking on the Blue Zones Project challenge was a natural next step for NCH, whose system-wide well-being efforts date back to 2009. In that time, NCH has seen a decrease of 54 percent in healthcare expenditures, resulting in a $27 million savings in the past three years alone. One of the changes included tobacco policy updates in 2009 that designated NCH a smoke-free campus and a new policy in 2011 to no longer hire smokers. NCH continues to see a drop in its employee smoking rate, falling from 2.8 percent in 2015 to 1.3 percent in 2016. The smoking rate in Florida for the same time frame was 18 percent. "NCH has expanded on its record of bold and innovative preventative efforts with this accomplishment," said Michael Acker, general manager, Blue Zones Project. "In just one year, NCH saw well-being rise in each of the five elements measured by the Well-Being 5 survey and saw a nearly three-point overall increase in well-being. The results are clear that this investment is paying off." More than half of the hospital's employees, a total of 2,150 people, took the Blue Zones Personal Pledge to improve their well-being. More than 4,000 volunteer hours were logged by employees in one year following a push for employees to give back, and more than 1,000 employees joined a Walking or Potluck Moai group, building strong social connections and bonds among employees. Moai is a concept from Okinawa, Japan – one of the original Blue Zones areas – that roughly means coming together for a common purpose. The groups are made up of five to eight people who meet once a week to walk or enjoy a healthy meal together and socialize. To become a certified worksite, NCH implemented a customized pledge designed to enhance employee health and well-being, implemented evidence-based practices, and demonstrated measureable improvement in the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being 5 survey during a more than year-long implementation. Blue Zones Project is a community-wide well-being improvement initiative designed to help people live longer, healthier lives. NCH demonstrates its commitment to community-wide well-being through its continued sponsorship of Blue Zones Project for the entire community in Southwest Florida. The Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island metro area has ranked first in the country for well-being for the past two years in the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index™, a scientific survey instrument that tracks and reports on the well-being of individuals and organizations. About NCH Healthcare System The NCH Healthcare System is a not-for-profit, multi-facility healthcare system located in Naples, Florida, United States.  The System is more than just two hospitals (referred to as the NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, and NCH North Naples Hospital) with a total of 716 beds.  The NCH Healthcare System is an alliance of 775 physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations throughout Collier County and southwest Florida. The services offered by the NCH Healthcare System are extensive.  Inpatient services include:  medical, surgical, cardiac, orthopedic, obstetric, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric, oncology, emergency treatment, and diagnostics.  Outpatient services include:  rehabilitation, home care, urgent care, wound healing, and more.  This year the System had 39,000 admissions, 111,000 emergency room visits, 3,600 births, 405 open heart surgeries, 11,800 surgical procedures, and 4,300 employee colleagues. NCH is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. NCH's mission is to help everyone live a longer, happier, healthier life.  NCH is sponsoring the Blue Zones Project for Southwest Florida. For more information, visit NCHmd.org. About Blue Zones Project Blue Zones Project® is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to a city's environment, policy, and social networks. Established in 2010, Blue Zones Project is inspired by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author who identified five regions of the world—or Blue Zones®—with the highest concentration of people living to 100 years or older. Blue Zones Project incorporates Buettner's findings and works with cities to implement policies and programs that will move a community toward optimal health and well-being. Currently, 42 communities in nine states have joined Blue Zones Project, impacting more than 3.3 million Americans nationwide. The movement includes three beach cities in California; 15 cities in Iowa; Albert Lea, Minnesota; the city of Fort Worth; and communities in Southwest Florida, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Blue Zones Project is a division of Sharecare. For more information, visit bluezonesproject.com. About Sharecare Sharecare is the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place. The Sharecare platform provides each person – no matter where they are in their health journey – with a comprehensive and personalized health profile, where they can dynamically and easily connect to the information, evidence-based programs and health professionals they need to live their healthiest, happiest and most productive life. With award-winning and innovative frictionless technologies, scientifically validated clinical protocols and best-in-class coaching tools, Sharecare helps providers, employers and health plans effectively scale outcomes-based health and wellness solutions across their entire populations. To learn more, visit www.sharecare.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nch-healthcare-system-first-employer-to-achieve-certified-blue-zones-worksite-status-in-florida-300462904.html


News Article | May 3, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

"The Medicaid program plays a vital role across our nation, however there are aspects of the program that need modernization and improvement.  Nowhere is this as evident as the bias that still exists within the program for institutionalization of individuals who can be served equally well and at much lower cost in their homes and communities.  The basic structure of the Medicaid program makes access to institutional services the default and services in the home and community the exception.   Indeed, Medicaid often still requires that individuals who want to remain in their homes instead be placed in nursing facilities where they are segregated from their friends and families at greater cost to the Medicaid program and taxpayers. "For that reason, the Partnership is proud to urge legislative and administration action that will improve and modernize the Medicaid program and expand access to home-based care and services.  Among the specific ideas advanced by the Partnership are: "By strengthening Medicaid recipients' access to high-quality, lower-cost, consumer-preferred home and community-based services, we are confident these reforms can improve self-determination, outcomes, along with increased quality of life and satisfaction, and significantly reduce program costs.  We look forward to working with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Congress, and State Medicaid Agencies to strengthen and preserve individuals' access to high-quality, high-value home-based care." The Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care (PMHC) is comprised of organizations representing home care agencies, associations, technology vendors and payers who have come together to improve the quality and integrity of Medicaid funded home- and community-based services.  Recognizing the integral role of home- and community-based care in the Medicaid program, the PMHC is dedicated to advancing and supporting public policies that bring accountability to and secure the Medicaid program for care recipients and taxpayers alike. Members of the Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care include  Members of the Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care include: Addus HomeCare, All Metro Health Care, Anthem, BAYADA Home Health Care, CareCentrix, Caring Associates, CellTrak Technologies, Centene, Consumer Direct Care Network, Council of State Home Care Associations, HHAeXchange, Home Care Association of America, Interim HealthCare, LHC Group, Molina Healthcare, ResCare Home Care, Sandata, Sutter Care at Home, VNA Health Group, and WellCare Health Plans. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pmhc-urges-washington-to-make-home-first-300450792.html


In addition to patient convenience, the device is slimmer than currently available ICMs. The Confirm Rx ICM also offers intuitive one-touch indication-based programming, and remote monitoring via the Merlin.net™ Patient Care Network, making the technology convenient for clinicians involved in procedure and follow up. "The Confirm Rx ICM device will be an important tool for diagnosing patients with suspected arrhythmias, such as those who have experienced fainting or palpitations," said Georg Nölker, M.D., head of electrophysiology at the Herz-und Diabeteszentrum NRW, Ruhr-University of Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. Dr. Nölker was one of the first physicians to implant the Confirm Rx ICM after it received CE Mark. "The simple insertion procedure and small device size make this technology convenient for both patients and providers. Patients can record symptoms directly on their smartphone without the need for a bedside transmitter or separate activator." Christopher Piorkowski, M.D., head of the Department of Electrophysiology at the University of Dresden Heart Center in Dresden, Germany, and one of the first implanters, added: "The Confirm Rx ICM will be particularly useful in monitoring for atrial fibrillation in my patients with paroxysmal AF, following AF ablation and with stroke of an unknown cause. It allows an objective way to quantify AF events to guide treatment decisions. The smartphone compatibility engages patients and allows better compliance to remote monitoring through a simple and intuitive user interface. This allows clinic staff to reduce follow-up burden and focus on reviewing transmitted data for AF." The myMerlin mobile app, available in over 35 languages, makes it easy for patients to stay connected to their physicians. Patients can record their symptoms on their own smartphone and specify events such as fainting or if they experience a fast heart rate. Patients can also confirm their data was transmitted to their physician and get automatic alerts when they have missed a scheduled transmission, saving the clinic from having to follow up with the patient. The device also offers secure transmission of patient data. Recently, Abbott's Merlin.net Patient Care Network received one of the medical device industry's first Service Organization Control certifications (SOC2 certification), further confirming the safety and security of the company's remote monitoring network. "Incorporating wireless technology directly into our devices enhances the quality of remote monitoring and patient compliance," said Mark D. Carlson, M.D., chief medical officer of Abbott's cardiac arrhythmias and neuromodulation businesses. "The Confirm Rx ICM addresses a broad range of indications, such as syncope, palpitations and atrial fibrillation. The technology has been designed with robust data privacy and security measures to ensure peace of mind for both patients and providers." Currently the Confirm Rx ICM is available in select countries in Europe, with full European release expected during the second quarter of 2017.  The device is currently under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The estimated 2017 worldwide insertable cardiac monitor market is approximately $800 million and is growing by more than $100 million a year. About Abbott: At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 94,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve. Connect with us at www.abbott.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Abbott and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/abbott-announces-ce-mark-and-first-use-of-the-worlds-first-smartphone-compatible-insertable-cardiac-monitor-300452673.html


Patent
INC Research, Hitachi Ltd., Care Network and Aska Pharmaceutical Co. | Date: 2013-01-02

Demyelinated axons were remyelinated in the demyelinated rat model by collecting bone marrow cells from mouse bone marrow and transplanting the mononuclear cell fraction separated from these bone marrow cells.

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