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News Article | May 11, 2017
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FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ICF (NASDAQ:ICFI), a consulting and technology services provider to government and commercial clients around the world, was selected to compete for up to $1.2 billion in new contracts under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract. “At ICF, we see firsthand the incredible impact SAMHSA has on preventing suicide, promoting mental health, preventing and treating opioid and other substance misuse and improving the overall public health and well-being of individuals,” said Christine Walrath, senior vice president for ICF. “We look forward to supporting the agency as it continues this great work and confronts today’s most pressing behavioral health challenges.” ICF has a 20-year history of supporting SAMHSA in its efforts to improve the behavioral health of the nation. The firm brings a full spectrum of capabilities—from data analytics to innovative research methods to advisory services and program support to IT infrastructure and communications—to support the agency’s offices, centers, divisions and branches in achieving their individual missions. The five-year, multiple-award IDIQ, which was awarded in the first quarter, allows SAMHSA programs to access ICF’s services and expertise across all of these areas and more. The firm holds prime positions on four domains and is eligible to compete across all six domains. ICF (NASDAQ:ICFI) is a global consulting and technology services provider with more than 5,000 professionals focused on making big things possible for our clients. We are business analysts, policy specialists, technologists, researchers, digital strategists, social scientists and creatives. Since 1969, government and commercial clients have worked with ICF to overcome their toughest challenges on issues that matter profoundly to their success. Come engage with us at icf.com. Statements that are not historical facts and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may concern our current expectations about our future results, plans, operations and prospects and involve certain risks, including those related to the government contracting industry generally; our particular business, including our dependence on contracts with U.S. federal government agencies; and our ability to acquire and successfully integrate businesses. These and other factors that could cause our actual results to differ from those indicated in forward-looking statements are included in the "Risk Factors" section of our securities filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements included herein are only made as of the date hereof, and we specifically disclaim any obligation to update these statements in the future.


News Article | May 9, 2017
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iPatientCare, Inc., a pioneer in ambulatory EHR and Revenue cycle enhancement solutions, announced a special session under its MACRA eLearning webinar series where a guest speaker from CMS will share information on Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The session is scheduled on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST. iPatientCare's MACRA eLearning session mainly focuses on disseminating knowledge about various aspects of MACRA and educating the healthcare professionals on how to utilize the innovative tools and resources to participating in the Quality Payment Program in the most efficient manner. This session of MACRA eLearning series will focus on Advanced APMs. Advanced APMs is alternate pathway to MIPs and rewards high performing providers for participating in risk-bearing arrangements with CMS and other payers. Qualifying Participants would receive 5% lump sum incentive. In this session, we will also cover Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) which is one of the Advanced APMs for 2017. Benjamin Chin is a graduate from Rutgers University and is currently a policy analyst specializing in health care policy working for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Prior to joining CMS, Ben worked at the Thailand Institute of Justice in Bangkok, Thailand as a Henry Luce Scholar where he conducted research on alternatives to incarceration for drug involved offenders throughout the ASEAN region. Ben has also worked for Abt Associates and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration prior to working for CMS. “It has been our endeavor to keep our users updated on the latest developments in HealthCare IT. The overwhelming response of MACRA eLearning series has encouraged us to invite expert from CMS to impart more specific session on Advanced APMs,” said Arnaz Bharucha, Senior Technology Officer, iPatientCare. She further added, “We are excited to serve the healthcare professionals and provide them with the much needed assistance through a group of talented individuals, who collectively bring broader and deeper healthcare industry experience and a diverse set of skills and knowledge." iPatientCare, Inc. is a privately held medical informatics company based at Woodbridge, New Jersey. The company’s unified product suite includes ONC Certified Electronic Health/Medical Record and integrated Practice Management/Billing System, Patient Portal/PHR, Health Information Exchange (HIE), and Mobile Point-of-Care Solutions for both Ambulatory and Acute/Sub-acute market segments. iPatientCare has been recognized as a preferred MU partner by numerous Regional Extension Centers (REC), hospitals/health systems, and professional academies. iPatientCare is also known for its Revenue Cycle Enhancement services that provides domestically outsourced, technology-enabled and process-driven solutions for patient access, denials management, HIM/billing and coding, and Lean Six Sigma dashboard-based analytics. iPatientCare has been helping healthcare providers dramatically reduce A/R days and improve collections rates, reduce billing costs, eliminate the burden of repeatable, high volume work on their internal teams, and plug gaps in staffing and internal bandwidth.


News Article | May 22, 2017
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Keys to Successful Supply Chain Strategy Suman Sarkar Partner Three S Consulting.com New York, NY Technology and new business models are disrupting industries. Strategies must change. Sarkar is available to discuss how companies can use supply chain and sourcing to compete in these disruptive times. Says Sarkar: "When CEOs think about the supply chain, it's usually to cut costs. But the smartest leaders see supply chain and sourcing for what they can be: hidden tools for outperforming the competition. Across a range of industries, once-leading companies are in trouble: Walmart, IBM, Pfizer, HP, and The Gap to name a few. But others thrive. While competitors were shutting stores, Zara's highly responsive supply chain made it the most valued company in the retail space and its founder, the richest man in Europe. The success of TJX, Amazon, Starbucks and Airbus is fueled by supply chain and sourcing." Sarkar is the author of The Supply Chain Revolution: Innovative Sourcing and Logistics for a Fiercely Competitive World (AMACOM), and is available for interviews in English and Hindi. Website: www.three-s-consulting.com The Effectiveness of Worksite Programs in Reducing Opioid Abuse Dr. Joel Bennett CEO and Founder Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems, Inc. (OWLS) While the opioid and prescription drug epidemic has received considerable attention given the over 300,000 people it affects annually, relatively few realize the impact it's also having on the nation's workforce. It's become increasingly commonplace for employees to use prescription medication outside of intended use to improve job performance, overcome lack of sleep, or to alleviate pain. Although 70% of employers are negatively impacted by Rx abuse, less than 25% educate workers on prevention. Thirty percent do not provide access to alternative treatments. Says Dr. Bennett: "Employers are starting to realize the negative effects of Rx abuse on employee readiness, morale and productivity. But prevention programs can be a hard sell -- it's a challenge to demonstrate a concrete business return. Employers need to know that worksite awareness and education programs can be very effective in engaging people at the earliest stages of their Rx use and in a non-threatening way, steer them to safe alternatives. SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has laid out criteria and guidelines for evidence-based programs that produce positive outcomes; if properly implemented at the worksite, these programs have the potential to effectively educate a sizeable portion of at-risk employees who are otherwise hard to identify, let alone reach." Dr. Bennett is a widely sought-after speaker, consultant, and source on issues pertaining to evidence-based wellness. He has also published in a broad variety of academic, industry and business publications and consults internationally. Website: http://organizationalwellness.com Contact: Charles Epstein, che@backboneinc.com Why All Workplaces Need an Onsite Coach/Psychologist Michael Klein, PsyD Psychologist, Principal MK Insights LLC "The key to staying on track at work is managing internal roadblocks and reacting thoughtfully to external ones. While a few industries understand the benefit to the bottom line in having highly trained, in-house coaches and advisors available, most haven't caught on yet. This is not about providing therapy at work but, rather, applying sound psychological insights and tools to help successful (and often narcissistic or sociopathic) leaders perform at peak capacity based on their own need to do well and manage critical blindspots." Dr. Klein is available to speak about the use of in-house psychiatrists and psychologists as consultants when a deeper understanding of mental health and personality is required. As a psychologist, he can address how personality, emotional intelligence, and motivators impact decision-making, management style, and potential "de-railing" behaviors. He is the author of "Trapped in the Family Business: A practical guide to understanding and managing this hidden dilemma," and is approaching 20 years of experience as a human resources professional, psychologist, and organizational consultant. Book: www.trappedinthefamilybusiness.com Website: www.mkinsights.com AI and Machine Learning in Medical Imaging Martin Hedlund Chief Technology Officer ContextVision "The concept of AI and machine learning has the potential to change the game of medical imaging. We can train neural networks with much more data than humans experience during a lifetime. This means that we can reproduce the competence of the best experts, or even outperform them! We can guarantee reproducibility in exams and diagnosis, and avoid human subjectivity and variations. With active learning models, results can continuously be improved. With better ground truth, i.e. data from different sources, time or outcome, AI can make better predictions, solve more complex tasks and make new discoveries." Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Hedlund is the chief technology officer and one of the founders of ContextVision. He finished his M.Sc. degree of Technology followed by further studies and research in image processing and GOP theory at Linköping University. He was R&D and site manager in Linköping until 1999 and has since served as CTO by focusing on strategic product and business development. Hedlund is spearheading the research and development of ContextVision's first AI-based imaging technology. By using algorithms, the product will be able to evaluate and enhance image quality automatically without the direct involvement of a clinical expert. This will improve workflow and improve diagnosis, and ultimately aid both patients and radiologists. Website: www.contextvision.com Contact: Stephanie Ross, sross@mower.com Following are links to job listings for staff and freelance writers, editors and producers. You can view these and more job listings on our Job Board:https://prnmedia.prnewswire.com/community/jobs/ Following are links to other news and resources we think you might find useful. If you have an item you think other reporters would be interested in and would like us to include in a future alert, please drop us a line at profnetalerts@prnewswire.com PROFNET is an exclusive service of PR Newswire. 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News Article | May 19, 2017
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National Prevention Week: The Effectiveness of Worksite Programs in Reducing Opioid Abuse Dr. Joel Bennett CEO and Founder Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems, Inc. (OWLS) While the opioid and prescription drug epidemic has received considerable attention given the over 300,000 people it affects annually, relatively few realize the impact it's also having on the nation's workforce. It's become increasingly commonplace for employees to use prescription medication outside of intended use to improve job performance, overcome lack of sleep, or to alleviate pain. Although 70% of employers are negatively impacted by Rx abuse, less than 25% educate workers on prevention. Thirty percent do not provide access to alternative treatments. Says Dr. Bennett: "Employers are starting to realize the negative effects of Rx abuse on employee readiness, morale and productivity. But prevention programs can be a hard sell -- it's a challenge to demonstrate a concrete business return. Employers need to know that worksite awareness and education programs can be very effective in engaging people at the earliest stages of their Rx use and in a non-threatening way, steer them to safe alternatives. SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has laid out criteria and guidelines for evidence-based programs that produce positive outcomes; if properly implemented at the worksite, these programs have the potential to effectively educate a sizeable portion of at-risk employees who are otherwise hard to identify, let alone reach." Dr. Bennett is a widely sought-after speaker, consultant, and source on issues pertaining to evidence-based wellness. He has also published in a broad variety of academic, industry and business publications and consults internationally. ProfNet Profile: http://www.profnetconnect.com/joel_bennett Website: http://organizationalwellness.com Contact: Charles Epstein, che@backboneinc.com AI and Machine Learning in Medical Imaging Martin Hedlund Chief Technology Officer ContextVision "The concept of AI and machine learning has the potential to change the game of medical imaging. We can train neural networks with much more data than humans experience during a lifetime. This means that we can reproduce the competence of the best experts, or even outperform them! We can guarantee reproducibility in exams and diagnosis, and avoid human subjectivity and variations. With active learning models, results can continuously be improved. With better ground truth, i.e. data from different sources, time or outcome, AI can make better predictions, solve more complex tasks and make new discoveries." Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Hedlund is the chief technology officer and one of the founders of ContextVision. He finished his M.Sc. degree of Technology followed by further studies and research in image processing and GOP theory at Linköping University. He was R&D and site manager in Linköping until 1999 and has since served as CTO by focusing on strategic product and business development. Hedlund is spearheading the research and development of ContextVision's first AI-based imaging technology. By using algorithms, the product will be able to evaluate and enhance image quality automatically without the direct involvement of a clinical expert. This will improve workflow and improve diagnosis, and ultimately aid both patients and radiologists. Website: www.contextvision.com Contact: Stephanie Ross, sross@mower.com The Most Important Body Part You're Not Working Out Jonathan Jordan Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach and Fitness Blogger Jonathan Jordan Fitness "As a successful personal trainer for Equinox in San Francisco, I've worked with hundreds of clients. They want to be lean. They want to be strong. They want to be healthy. But no one ever says, 'I want strong feet and mobile ankles.' Yet weak feet are often the biggest roadblocks to achieving their health goals. The ankle is one of our most important and commonly overlooked joints. Pain and injuries in the knees, hips and lower back can often be traced to issues at the ankle joint. Think of how often and how many ways we use our ankles: walking, running, biking, squatting, yoga, balancing, dancing -- you get the idea. If the muscles acting on your ankle are chronically tight or if the joint itself is jammed or lacks proper mobility, the impact can be painful and damaging, as the body will compensate at other joints to accommodate movement." Jordan recently wrote a blog post (see link below) that goes deep into the anatomy of the foot and includes an interview with physical therapist Dr. Sarah Jay. He has also included videos for his three favorite ankle mobility drills. He is available for interviews to help your readers, listeners, or viewers improve their ankle mobility, reduce pain and improve performance in their workouts Blog post: http://www.jj-fit.com/blog/ankle ProfNet Profile: http://www.profnetconnect.com/jonathan_jordan Website: http://www.jj-fit.com Expert Contact: jj@jj-fit.com Can Stress Actually Kill You? Dr. Frieda Birnbaum Research Psychologist, Psychoanalyst Stress may take a toll on your mind, body, and heart, according to a new study from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Researchers observed a strong correlation between activity in the amygdala -- the part of the brain activated by stress -- and subsequent cardiac events, such as heart attack, stroke, and angina. Says Dr. Birnbaum: "Our bodies are constantly reacting and responding to how we are thinking. If we stay locked into a state of high stress and anxiety for a prolonged period of time, our physical health will be affected for the worse. Yes, stress can kill you. However, there are many things a person can do to help manage their stress or remove it all together. One of the first things is to get to the root cause of the matter and resolve it, especially if it has something to do with guilt. Guilt is a powerful negative emotion that can prolong stress. If your boss or fellow employees have become a cause of stress, do whatever you can to be as far removed from them as possible, even if it means leaving your job. Any form or daily meditating or walking is another means of quieting your mind and opening doors of inner peace. Listening to peaceful music is also helpful. Stress is reactionary -- and you have the power to change how to react." Based in the New York metro area, Dr. Birnbaum is author of "Life Begins at 60: A New View on Motherhood, Marriage, and Reinventing Ourselves." She's an expert on depression, women's issues, and attaining happiness. Website: http://www.doctorfrieda.com Contact: Ryan McCormick, ryan@goldmanmccormick.com Showtime's 'Billions' Predicts the Future Michael Klein, PsyD Psychologist, Principal MK Insights LLC Dr. Klein is available to speak about the relevance of the TV character Wendy Rhodes, an in-house psychiatrist in the fictitious firm of Axe Capital, as well as the history and trends behind this role. As a psychologist, he can address how personality, emotional intelligence, and motivators impact decision-making, management style, and potential "de-railing" behaviors: "It is impossible to work effectively in any job without running into roadblocks periodically. In-house psychiatrists and psychologists don't provide therapy at work but, rather, apply sound psychological insights and tools to help employees and managers be effective at work based on their own interest in achievement and managing psychological barriers." Dr. Klein is a psychologist, workplace coach, and in-house performance consultant. He is also author of "Trapped in the Family Business: A practical guide to understanding and managing this hidden dilemma." Book: www.trappedinthefamilybusiness.com Website: www.mkinsights.com Expert Contact: mklein@mkinsights.com Fireworks Safety Jenny Ziembicki, M.D. Medical Director, UPMC Mercy Burn Center Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Faculty Member, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine "Each year, around 4th of July celebrations, we treat many people, especially children and teens, who have been injured by fireworks. Many of those injuries involve an amputation of a limb or loss of vision. We want to remind everyone that fireworks should only be handled by professionals and enjoyed at a safe distance." Dr. Ziembicki has a special interest in the development of the comprehensive outpatient burn therapy program at UPMC Mercy, which allows patients a more expedient return to a productive lifestyle. She also is a dedicated advocate in burn injury prevention, especially in the geriatric and pediatric population. Bio: http://www.mirm.pitt.edu/our-people/faculty-staff-bios/jenny-ziembicki-md/ Contact: Stephanie Stanley, stanleysl@upmc.edu Skin Damage and Car/Home Windows Darrell Smith Executive Director International Window Film Association "Whether you're spending the summer on the road or enjoying the warm sunshine streaming through your home's windows, you may be doing serious damage to your skin without even realizing. The average window only blocks about 25% of UV rays from passing through and car windows aren't much better -- blocking about 40% of UV rays. In America, nearly 53% of skin cancer cases occur on the left, or driver's side, of the body. Why? Because, we enjoy sunshine but aren't fully protected against damaging UV rays -- and spend a lot of time in the car! Professionally installed window film can help block up to 99% of UV rays from passing through a window, ultimately protecting your skin and eyes from cumulative damage." Website: www.iwfa.com Contact: Amber Joy Dempsey, amber@warnerpr.com Fabric and Clothing Tips for Summer James Pruden Senior Director Cotton Incorporated Pruden can provide expert summer safety tips when it comes to anything and everything summer clothing, including what to wear for the best UV protection; what fabrics keep you cooler during the warm summer months; and the health benefits of natural fibers vs. synthetic fibers. Says Pruden: "All apparel provides some degree of UV protection. UV protection in apparel is dependent on a variety of factors, including thickness of fabric (thicker fabrics absorb more UV rays), tightness of construction and the fabric's color (darker colors provide more UV protection)." Pruden is senior director of public relations at Cotton Incorporated, where he oversees brand image management for the not-for-profit company. Contact: Caleb Fernandez, caleb.fernandez@fleishman.com Pool Safety Tips for Parents, Children and Pets Tom Casey Vice President of Sales Anthony & Sylvan Pools Casey is available to share pool safety tips for parents, children, and pets: "Pools are fun for the whole family, and pool safety is crucial when it comes to enjoying your pool to its fullest. By following just a few safety tips, you'll be sure to keep this season fun and safe." Casey is vice president of sales for Anthony & Sylvan Pools, the leading swimming pool and spa builder in the U.S. Contact: John Reynolds, john.reynolds@buchananpr.com Tips for an Injury-Free Summer Dr. Benjamin Domb "As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, adults and kids alike love to engage in outdoor sports and fitness activities. This increase in physical activity can lead to an increased risk of injury." Through his experience working with athletes, both professional and amateur, as well as fitness enthusiasts like CrossFitters and runners, Dr. Domb is available to provide effective tips for an injury-free summer. Dr. Domb is a nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the hip, shoulder and knee. Website: http://www.benjamindombmd.com Contact: Rachel Prude, Rachel.prude@allisonpr.com Summer BBQ Safety Tips Peter Duncanson Director, Disaster Restoration Business Operations ServiceMaster Restore Duncanson is available for interviews on summer BBQ safety tips, including proper charcoal grill safety, how to use a gas grill wisely, and how to practice good grilling habits: "Set your grill up at a safe distance from structures and overhangs, including your main building, shed, garage, trees and other potentially flammable objects. Never use your grill inside, in a tent or under an outdoor awning or carport. Doing so can pose a serious fire hazard and potentially cause carbon monoxide poisoning if you're using a gas grill. Light your gas or charcoal grill using special long-length lighters or long matches to avoid getting burned. Keep all ignition sources out of the reach of children. Never leave an actively burning grill unattended, and let your grill fully cool before you cover or store it. Clean your grill thoroughly and often to reduce flammable buildup inside." Contact: Bristol Whitcher, bwhitcher@conecomm.com Summer Safety Jared Staver Attorney Staver Law Group. P.C. Staver is available to discuss various summer safety topics, including sun glare accidents, motorcycle safety, pool/water safety, heat exhaustion and more. On motorcycle safety: "During the summer months, drivers and motorcyclists should take extra precautions to avoid accidents. Statistics show that more than 50% of motorcycle accidents involve riders with less than five months of riding experience. To minimize the risk of accidents, motorcyclists should always wear protective gear including proper eyewear and helmets. Make sure your bike is properly maintained before taking it out for the first summer ride and keep a toolkit on your bike at all times. Mechanical defects can contribute to road crashes." Staver is a Chicago personal injury attorney and owner of Staver Law Group, P.C. His practice focuses on representing people seeking compensation after being hurt in the Chicago area, whether by a car accident, slip and fall, workplace accident, dog bite, or from an act of medical malpractice. An experienced and dedicated litigator, Jared has recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients. Bio: https://www.chicagolawyer.com/about-staver-law-group/jared-staver/ Website: https://www.chicagolawyer.com Contact: John Branham, jb@chicagolawyer.com How to Stay Safe on the Job/Keep Employees Safe David Quezada Vice President of Loss Control EMPLOYERS "Working in hot and sunny environments or near heat sources all day can wear employees down. To help employees rest and recharge, encourage them to take regular breaks in the shade or other cool environments. Build break times into employees' schedules to help enforce the practice. Make sure employees know how to recognize the signs of heat-related illness and the immediate steps they need to take to help themselves or their co-workers. In the event of a medical emergency, contact 911 immediately, but also train employees so they can be proactive before professional help arrives. Fostering a safe and comfortable work environment is an important commitment every day of the year, but especially when new risks, such as extreme heat, are introduced." EMPLOYERS is a specialty workers' compensation insurance carrier. Website: www.employers.com Contact: Alexandra Gardell Kreuter, EmployersInsurance@allisonpr.com Managing Medications During the Summer Jon Michaeli EVP of Marketing and Business Development Medisafe Michaeli is available to discuss the importance of managing your medications during the summer months, whether it's during vacations or ensuring that your children are keeping up with their medications while they're at summer camp. Managing medications essentially helps you to manage your conditions, resulting in improved outcomes. Contact: Kendra Lee, medisafe@racepointglobal.com What to Do During a Power Outage Keith Pinkerton Owner Mr. Electric, Huntsville, Ala. Pinkerton is available to discuss weather precautions and backup generators during storm season. He can advise homeowners what to do when there is a power outage and how to ensure electrical safety around the house in general. He is the owner of the Huntsville, Ala., branch of Mr. Electric, a national brand of electrical installation and repair centers. Website: https://mrelectric.com/huntsville Contact: Elise Rose, erose@fishmanpr.com Safety When Completing House Projects J.B. Sassano President Mr. Handyman Sassano is available to discuss safety when completing house projects, such as using power washers, power drills, climbing on ladders for gutter cleaning, etc. He is president of Mr. Handyman, the nation's leading home repair and maintenance franchise. Website: https://www.mrhandyman.com Contact: Elise Rose, erose@fishmanpr.com Injury Trends Darshan Patel, M.D. Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maria Fareri Children's Hospital Dr. Patel can provide commentary on a wide variety of summer conditions and their recommended treatment, as well as injury trends. As Section Chief, Dr. Patel serves as head of the Pediatric Emergency Department. He and his team are the first line of care for children in needing immediate care after injuries or at the onset of illnesses. Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, is the Level 1 pediatric trauma center for a region with more than 3 million people. In the past, Dr. Patel has been a media resource for summer safety topics, including ATV and water safety, as well as injuries caused by trampolines and fireworks.  He has also contributed to reports regarding dehydration and heat stroke. He has television, radio and print media experience, and is adept at breaking down complex medical topics for families. He is available for media interviews when requests do not interfere with patient care. Contact: Andy LaGuardia, andrew.laguardia@wmchealth.org Water Safety Tips Ann Marie Buerkle Acting Chairman U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Buerkle is available to discuss the many steps that parents can take to improve safety in and around water. As acting chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Buerkle offers a unique perspective into the importance of safety in and around water. One of the national public education campaigns the Chairman oversees is the Pool Safely campaign, which is aimed at reducing child drownings and non-fatal submersions, as well as entrapments in public swimming pools and spas. The campaign was launched in 2010 and has a network of over 1,000 partners that are dedicated to promoting and benefitting from the campaign. Website: https://www.poolsafely.gov Contact: Christina Saull: Christina.Saull@finnpartners.gov Following are links to job listings for staff and freelance writers, editors and producers. You can view these and more job listings on our Job Board: https://prnmedia.prnewswire.com/community/jobs/ Following are links to other news and resources we think you might find useful. If you have an item you think other reporters would be interested in and would like us to include in a future alert, please drop us a line. PROFNET is an exclusive service of PR Newswire. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/profnet-experts-available-on-summer-safety-opioid-abuse-stress-more-300460792.html


News Article | May 16, 2017
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Heroes in Recovery, a movement celebrating the heroic efforts of those who seek addiction and mental health treatment, is returning to Memphis for their annual 6K run/walk. The race is a 6K, not a 5K, which not only represents the six letters in the word “HEROES,” but also symbolizes the extra distance people in recovery go to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Heroes in Recovery was ignited by Foundations Recovery Network (FRN), a family of treatment centers, which includes local location The Oaks at La Paloma. The Heroes race in Memphis will also benefit local charity Grace House of Memphis. Grace House’s mission is to empower women and families by removing barriers and restoring hope. Grace House provides a full continuum of gender-specific, long-term residential and outpatient treatment services to women whose lives have been negatively impacted by alcohol or drug use, co-occurring mental disorders, trauma and incarceration. “This is the perfect opportunity for the women we serve and their loved ones to see they are not alone on this journey in recovery," said Charlotte Hoppers, Executive Director of Grace House. “We are very grateful for this partnership. All of the generosity and support will truly help those in need.” The Heroes 6K will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 8:00 am in Overton Park. The race starts and finishes in the park’s Old Forest State Natural Area and takes participants on a scenic 6K (3.728 mile) looping course. All registered participants will each receive a race tank, finisher’s medal, reusable bag and souvenir bib. This is a family friendly event and will include post-race food, entertainment, kids activities, cash prizes for placers and raffles for participants and spectators. Pre-race registration is $35, and day-of-race registration will be $40. For more information and to register for the event go to: http://www.heroes6K.com. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 23 million people needed treatment last year and only three million sought help. Ten million Americans did not receive needed mental health care. The stigma associated with substance abuse and mental health disorders creates a significant barrier that keeps individuals and families from seeking help. Heroes in Recovery is a grassroots movement intended to remove the social stigma associated with people who are in recovery, to recognize the heroic effort it takes to overcome the obstacles in seeking help and to celebrate the act of preventing the past from kidnapping the future. While the movement initially focuses on persons recovering from addictive behavior, it is meant also to recognize heroes recovering from many other types of disorders and trauma that can often accompany an addiction. Each Heroes in Recovery 6K race serves as an educational tool for the community and also reminds individuals who are on a personal journey of recovery that many others are on that road with them.


The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), in partnership with the Providers’ Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT), is now offering continuing nursing education which will help expand patients’ access to treatment for opioid use disorders. Two free online courses, 24 hours in total, meet the educational requirements for Advanced Practice Nurses to obtain waivers to prescribe medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid disorders. By completing this training and obtaining waivers, APRNs will be able to provide treatment desperately needed in communities across the country. Under the 2016 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) APRNs are now eligible to obtain a MAT waiver after completing 24 hours of approved coursework. All healthcare providers must obtain MAT waivers from the Drug Enforcement Agency in order to prescribe buprenorphine, one of three FDA-approved medications for treating opioid use disorders. This continuing nursing education is offered free of charge through funding by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). “Nurses can and do play a critical role in turning the tide of the opioid epidemic,” says Matthew Tierney, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC, Chair of the APNA Addictions Council. “Empowering APRNs to prescribe medication for the treatment of opioid use disorders will expand access to this much needed treatment across the country. This free training supports nurses and removes barriers to treatment for our patients.” The training is available in two parts: an 8-hour training and a 16-hour training. Both are eligible for continuing nursing contact hours, 21 of which are in pharmacology. Upon completion of the training, nurses will receive instructions on how to apply for their DEA MAT waiver. For more information about the APNA and PCSS-MAT waiver training, visit http://www.apna.org/PCSSMAT. The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is a national professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. APNA’s membership is inclusive of all psychiatric-mental health registered nurses including associate degree, baccalaureate, advanced practice (comprised of clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners), and nurse scientists and academicians (PhD). APNA serves as a resource for psychiatric mental health nurses to engage in networking, education, and the dissemination of research. The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. PCSS-MAT is a national training and mentoring project developed in response to the prescription opioid use disorder epidemic and the availability of FDA-approved pharmacotherapies to address opioid use disorder. The overarching goal of PCSS-MAT is to make available the most effective medication-assisted treatments to serve patients in a variety of settings, including primary care, psychiatric care, substance use disorder treatment, and pain management settings. Support for the Program: Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Providers' Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (grant no. 1U79TI026556) from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


News Article | April 27, 2017
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Many Americans have trouble recognizing the signs of  anxiety and substance abuse, a new national survey on mental-health literacy suggests. “Our work is designed to help communities think about how to address behavioral health challenges as they emerge, whether that’s drug abuse, anxiety, or other issues, and the challenges such as suicide that can accompany them,” says Mark Skidmore, a Michigan State University professor and coinvestigator on the project. The national survey examines mental health literacy on four major issues: anxiety, depression, alcohol abuse, and prescription drug abuse. Skidmore says the web-based survey—which involved nearly 4,600 total participants—aims to give health officials and policymakers a better understanding of where to target education and prevention efforts for major societal issues such as prescription drug abuse. Public health officials are calling the opioid epidemic—which killed more than 33,000 people in 2015—the worst drug crisis in American history. According to the survey, 32 percent of all respondents were unable to identify the signs of prescription drug abuse (taking higher doses than prescribed, excessive mood swings, changes in sleeping patterns, poor decision-making, and seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor). Those percentages were even more concerning for people aged 18–34 (47 percent) and among all men (44 percent). Other findings of the survey include that less than half of Americans can recognize anxiety. Most people don’t know what to do about depression even when they spot it, the survey shows. Nearly 8 in 10 don’t recognize prescription drug abuse as a treatable problem. “Although great strides have been made in the area of mental health literacy in recent decades,” the authors write, “the discrepancies in mental health knowledge, helping behaviors, and stigma show the importance of continuing to educate the public about mental health issues.” The research comes as public health officials and advocates prepare to observe Mental Health Month in May. The US Department of Agriculture and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services funded the work. The study was administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, within the Agriculture Department.


News Article | April 17, 2017
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FEI Behavioral Health, a social enterprise with a 35-year history and a leader in workforce resilience from workplace violence prevention and crisis management to EAP and organizational development, will present a session at the Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC) 61st Annual Conference, running April 25-28, 2017, in Portland, Oregon. FEI Business Solutions Engineer Raquelle Solon will be presenting an engaging poster session, “Safety, Connections, Managing Emotions: Creating a Trauma Informed Environment,” on April 25, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. PDT. This session will discuss strategies to fully incorporate a trauma informed approach to an organization’s policies, procedures and practices. Using the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) key principles of a trauma informed approach, the poster session will explore practical application and takeaways for: In addition to presenting, Solon will also be exhibiting at the conference. Solon is responsible for helping organizations determine and implement a holistic crisis management system. She also is responsible for the delivery of workplace violence prevention, leadership development, and crisis management trainings, and is experienced in reviewing current training and policies and procedures to identify gaps and work with clients towards a solution. Solon was named “Woman of the Year” for 2012-2013 by the National Association of Professional Women. To learn more about the ACRC 61st Annual Conference or FEI’s presentation, visit http://togetherthevoice.org/annualmeeting/2017.


News Article | April 27, 2017
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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Less than half of Americans can recognize anxiety. Most people don't know what to do about depression even when they spot it. And nearly 8 in 10 don't recognize prescription drug abuse as a treatable problem. Those are just some of the findings of a new national survey on issues surrounding mental-health literacy by Michigan State University scholars. Their federally funded research comes as public health officials and advocates prepare to observe Mental Health Month in May. "Our work is designed to help communities think about how to address behavioral health challenges as they emerge, whether that's drug abuse, anxiety or other issues, and the challenges such as suicide that can accompany them," said Mark Skidmore, an MSU professor and co-investigator on the project. The national survey examines mental health literacy on four major issues: anxiety, depression, alcohol abuse and prescription drug abuse. The work is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, within Agriculture Department. Skidmore said the web-based survey - which involved nearly 4,600 total participants - aims to give health officials and policymakers a better understanding of where to target education and prevention efforts for major societal issues such as prescription drug abuse. Public health officials are calling the opioid epidemic - which killed more than 33,000 people in 2015 - the worst drug crisis in American history. According to the survey, 32 percent of all respondents were unable to identify the signs of prescription drug abuse (taking higher doses than prescribed, excessive mood swings, changes in sleeping patterns, poor decision-making and seeking prescriptions from more than one doctor). Those percentages were even more concerning for people aged 18-34 (47 percent) and among all men (44 percent). "Although great strides have been made in the area of mental health literacy in recent decades," the authors write, "the discrepancies in mental health knowledge, helping behaviors and stigma show the importance of continuing to educate the public about mental health issues." For more information, contact the researchers involved in the survey: Mark Skidmore, an economist, at (517) 353-9172, mskidmor@msu.edu; Courtney Cuthbertson, a sociologist and mental-health expert, at (517) 884-8667, cuthbe@msu.edu; Scott Loveridge, an economist, at (517) 432-9969, loverid2@msu.edu; or Paula Miller, a post-doctoral fellow with the CAPE Project (Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation), at (517) 353-2134, mille995@msu.edu.


After years of serving those suffering from substance abuse, respected physician takes major step to address the drug abuse epidemic by launching new substance abuse treatment site to educate and improve accessibility to this new treatment form. Wilmington, NC, May 03, 2017 --( Over the past few years, substance abuse and overdose-related deaths have skyrocketed in our city, state, and across the country. North Carolina has seen one of the largest increases in drug-related deaths during this time. This drastic increase has shifted attention to the widespread epidemic of substance abuse. For years now, Dr. Anthony Njapa and his entire staff of Certified Medical Assistance have been working with individuals who struggle with addiction. Through partnerships with rehabilitation centers, Dr. Njapa offers medical-based substance abuse treatment in conjunction with traditional rehabilitation. Research has shown that this combination of rehabilitation services drastically reduce the chances of relapse for the patient. “Addiction is a chronic relapsing disorder that has to be treated with patience and desire,” said Dr. Anthony Njapa. Now, Dr. Njapa has launched this new website to increase the accessibility of medical-based treatment to those in need. The website will also serve as an educational tool for this new method of substance abuse treatment. Through patience, treatment and the proper vehicle, recovery is possible. About Dr. Anthony Njapa As a Certified Prescribing Physician through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Dr. Njapa has been focused on helping individuals battle their addiction to opiates, cocaine, alcohol and other addictive substances for over 7 years. Branching out from traditional substance abuse treatment, Dr. Njapa is leading a new revolution of treatment that uses extremely powerful and highly effective medicine to reverse the debilitating effects of addiction. Wilmington, NC, May 03, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Today, Dr. Anthony Njapa, a Certified Prescribing Physician through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, announces the launch of his new website, www.dranthonynjapa.com, designed to increase the awareness and accessibility of medical-based substance abuse treatment options to those struggling with substance abuse and addiction.Over the past few years, substance abuse and overdose-related deaths have skyrocketed in our city, state, and across the country. North Carolina has seen one of the largest increases in drug-related deaths during this time. This drastic increase has shifted attention to the widespread epidemic of substance abuse.For years now, Dr. Anthony Njapa and his entire staff of Certified Medical Assistance have been working with individuals who struggle with addiction. Through partnerships with rehabilitation centers, Dr. Njapa offers medical-based substance abuse treatment in conjunction with traditional rehabilitation. Research has shown that this combination of rehabilitation services drastically reduce the chances of relapse for the patient.“Addiction is a chronic relapsing disorder that has to be treated with patience and desire,” said Dr. Anthony Njapa.Now, Dr. Njapa has launched this new website to increase the accessibility of medical-based treatment to those in need. The website will also serve as an educational tool for this new method of substance abuse treatment. Through patience, treatment and the proper vehicle, recovery is possible.About Dr. Anthony NjapaAs a Certified Prescribing Physician through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Dr. Njapa has been focused on helping individuals battle their addiction to opiates, cocaine, alcohol and other addictive substances for over 7 years. Branching out from traditional substance abuse treatment, Dr. Njapa is leading a new revolution of treatment that uses extremely powerful and highly effective medicine to reverse the debilitating effects of addiction. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Dr. Anthony Njapa

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