CMS Increases Public Access to Medicaid and CHIP Data

first_imgThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released for the first time its research-ready Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) data. Today’s release reverses years of a lack of access to Medicaid and CHIP data. These data provide key information, including information on utilization and spending under Medicaid managed care, and are needed to enable research and analysis to improve quality of care, assess beneficiary care costs and enrollment and improve program integrity. External researchers can obtain access to T-MSIS data by submitting a request to the CMS Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC) and signing a CMS data use agreement containing strict beneficiary privacy and data security requirements.  To learn more visit the ResDAC website: “The research community and stakeholders will have a powerful tool to provide creative solutions on Medicaid and CHIP healthcare delivery, outcomes, and financing,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Image above shows a screen grab from the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services website. Over the last five years, CMS and states have worked to improve the quality and integrity of the data states submitted to T-MSIS. The federal agency said this “historic” data release is a milestone in CMS’s commitment in promoting transparency and accountability in the Medicaid program.last_img read more

Edna “Merle” Broyles

first_img Next Up Survivors include her son, Robert Broyles and his wife, Debbie; grandson, Frank Broyles; and granddaughter, Rebecca Broyles, all of Battleground, Washington. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer “Bubba” Broyles; and sister, Beve Lovell.A gathering of Mrs. Broyles’ family and friends was held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Friday, November 4, 2016, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Her graveside service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 5, 2016, at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, 101 Block Street, Port Neches.Complete and updated information may be found at: Edna “Merle” Broyles, 95, of Battle Ground, Washington, formerly of Nederland, died Wednesday, October 26, 2016. She was born on June 25, 1921, in Port Arthur, to Maude Landry Root and Charles B. Root.last_img read more

Farewell to Starstuff! Peter and the Starcatcher Sets Closing Date Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows View Comments Peter and the Starcatcher will close on January 12, 2014. The show began off-Broadway, transferred to Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where it played from April 2012-January 2013, and then transferred back off-Broadway to New World Stages in March 2013. At the time of its closing, the production will have played a combined 645 performances on and off-Broadway. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 12, 2014 Peter and the Starcatcher, which won the 2012 Audience Choice Award for Favorite New Play and five Tony Awards, is an imaginative prequel to the story of Peter Pan. Directed by Alex Timbers and Roger Reese and written by Rick Elice, the play with music features a company of 12 actors playing more than a hundred unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?center_img Peter and the Starcatcher The current cast of Peter and the Starcatcher features Rick Holmes (Black Stache), Nicole Lowrance (Molly), Jordan Geiger (Boy), Edward Baker-Duly (Lord Aster), Matt D’Amico (Slank), Kevin Del Aguila (Smee), Jimmy Keiffer (Alf), Josh Grisetti (Fighting Prawn), Alex Hernandez (Captain Scott), Nate Miller (Ted), Andrew Mueller (Prentiss), Jon Patrick Walker (Mrs. Bumbrake), Joanna Howard, Evan Johnson, José Restrepo and Graham Stevens. “In the current Broadway landscape, a nearly two year run of a new American play is rare,” lead producers Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price and Tom Smedes said in a statement, “so we’re grateful to the show’s many fans for embracing us like they have.”last_img read more

Prevailing wage bill sent to Appropriations in unusual last-minute switch

first_imgby Hilary Niles In a surprise move just before a full House vote Wednesday, a bill to align construction workers’ pay on some state projects with federal wage standards was bumped to another committee.H.878 would replace Vermont’s prevailing wage statute with the federal Davis Bacon Act. State and federal rules apply only to certain government-funded projects. The law does not affect public construction or private enterprises.Lawmakers and their lawyers huddle Wednesday on the House floor when a procedural objection to a labor bill surfaced. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDiggerUnions and labor advocates, backed by the Democratic caucus this session, support the switch. They say adopting the federal standard would “level the playing field” for union shops and contractors who pay benefits.Davis-Bacon wages are set by federal standards for different regions, so the wages in Vermont won’t necessarily match those of, say, California. Even within the state, there would be some variation by area.The federal standard increases labor costs relative to total project costs, rendering them less competitive than employers who pay lower wages or don’t offer fringe benefits. If all contractors had to pay higher wages and benefits, as Davis-Bacon requires, then the higher-paying shops couldn’t be outbid as easily, some unions argued.But the lowest-bidder rule of thumb that drives state contractor choices worries non-union industry trade group Associated General Contractors, which partners with Vermont Independent Electrical Contractors Association.Cathy Lamberton, a spokesperson for the two Vermont associations, said the discussion surrounding Davis-Bacon doesn’t account for non-traditional fringe benefits many contractors provide, such as educational costs, use of vehicles and allowances for work gear.Those fringe benefits will go away if Vermont adopts Davis-Bacon, she says, because employers won’t be able to afford both. But her biggest worry looms more than a year away, with implementation of single-payer health care in Vermont, she said.The Davis-Bacon wages incorporate the cost of health insurance, and the state’s single-payer financing mechanism would be levied on top of the Davis-Bacon wages, she said. That’s like being asked to pay for employees’ health insurance twice, Lamberton says.It’s an argument refuted by David Mickenberg, who represents the Vermont Building and Construction Trades Council.“We fundamentally disagree,” Mickenberg said by email, “with the premise that speculation as to what health care reform may or may not look like years from now should be used to deny Vermont’s construction workers benefits that make their families healthier, increase their training and skills, and provide retirement security.”Rep. John Moran, D-Wardsboro, who was planning to present H.878 to the House on Wednesday afternoon before it hit a procedural roadblock, said arguments can be made on both sides whether Davis-Bacon costs or saves money. For him, it comes down to a matter of fairness.“Vermont (has) the lowest prevailing wage in the entire New England area,” Moran said. “It’s essential we put money into working Vermonters’ pockets.”Rep. Don Turner, R-Milton, objected to the prevailing wage bill because it could cost the state more money, and it hadn’t yet been vetted by the House Committee on Appropriations. House rule 35a requires all bills “carrying an appropriation” to go before that group before they can be considered by the full chamber.Moran confessed to being caught off guard Wednesday by the floor action. He wasn’t the only one who was surprised. Turner’s objection prompted a minutes-long huddle behind the podium of House Speaker Shap Smith, D-Morrisville.Moran said in an interview Wednesday evening that Smith had previously consulted with House Appropriations Chair Martha Heath, D-Westford. The two had determined the bill did not require her committee’s approval.On the House floor, Smith overruled Turner’s objection, but a subsequent motion to move the bill to Heath’s committee won approval with no objections.Jeff Potvin, president of the Vermont Building and Construction Trades Council, heard about the development Wednesday afternoon. He said it seemed like an attempt to throw a roadblock in front of the bill.Potvin, Mickenberg and Moran all say they remain hopeful that the bill will pass. Turner could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more

Gazette reporter wins Bar Council award

first_imgGazette reporter Jonathan Rayner has won the print category of this year’s Bar Council awards for outstanding legal reporting. He received the accolade for a piece published on 5 March that addressed his son’s mental ­illness and journey through the health and ­justice systems.  Bar Council chairman Desmond Browne QC said: ‘The judges felt that Jonathan Rayner’s piece on the difficulties facing those suffering from mental illness gave an insight into a difficult area of the justice ­system, from a very personal perspective.’ Rayner (pictured) received the award from Danny Shaw, home affairs correspondent at BBC Radio 4. The broadcast category was won by Gazette columnist Joshua Rozenberg for Radio 4 programme Top Dogs, which addressed the genesis and role of the Supreme Court.last_img read more

Post-PFD Stay Scam Aware

first_imgMichelle Tabler with the Better Business Bureau said it is important for people to pay attention to how they handle sensitive papers which contain important personal information, especially when disposing of documents. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With this month’s PFD deposit came a host of scams targeting cashed-up Alaskans. Tabler: “You should be shredding any documents that have personal information, old tax returns, credit card statements, old bills, cell phone stuff, we don’t want people to just throw it away because a majority of stolen identity is still occurring by physical means, not just online so we want people to shred.”center_img She also said that it is best to take outgoing mail to the post office versus an unsecured mailbox where a little red flag can indicate when signatures and checks are present.last_img read more

‘We’re relishing the challenge’ – Oxtoby

first_img These are the games you want to be a part of as a player, you want to test yourself against the best in the league and the girls will have to be confident that they can go out there and get a result. Tanya Oxtoby City Women’s Manager has urged her players to play without pressure when they face the Manchester City – who currently sit second in the Women’s Super League – at the SGS College Stoke Gifford Stadium on Sunday.Here’s what Oxtoby had to say ahead of the game:“We’ve had a great start to the season, one that’s exceeded expectation but that’s been down to the hard work that everyone had been putting in on and off the field at the club.“It’s been good for the squad to have a break and come back to the second half of the season rested and recharged ahead of what will be a tough game against Manchester City. “These are the games you want to be a part of as a player, you want to test yourself against the best in the league and the girls will have to be confident in themselves that they can go out there and get a result. “Game by game we have been getting better, learning more about ourselves and improving with, and without the ball which should hopefully translate into more results.  “Game by game we have been getting better, learning more about ourselves and improving with, and without the ball which should hopefully translate into more results. “We’re looking for an all-round performance this weekend, we want to make sure that we are solid defensively but when we do have the ball we want to use it and test Man City.“There isn’t as much pressure on us as there is for them, we have picked up result against them previously so the group know they have the ability to compete with them, now it’s just about going out on to the pitch and playing the way we know we can.”Tickets for Bristol City Women’s Women’s Super League fixture against Manchester City are available on the gate at the SGS College Stoke Gifford Stadium from 1:30pm on Sunday.last_img read more

With the SEC Tournament title in hand, Gamecocks want more

first_imgCOLUMBIA – Dawn Staley entered the Southeastern Conference Tournament concerned.Despite a dominant 2014-15 campaign, the South Carolina women’s basketball team entered the event on a low note. Following a regular season-ending double-digit loss to Kentucky on the road, Staley wondered, could history repeat itself?The Gamecocks won the 2013-14 SEC regular season championship only to drop their final contest to Tennessee, also on the road. They lost in the semifinals of the tournament to Kentucky by 10 points and eventually were dropped by North Carolina in the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament.Staley admitted to her concerns before accompanying the Gamecocks to Little Rock, Arkansas for the 2015 SEC Tournament.While there were a few anxious moments in the semifinals against LSU, Carolina methodically made its way through the event, winning all three games by double digits.That ended with a 62-46 win over Tennessee for the Gamecocks first ever tournament title, which came in the program’s initial appearance in the finale.Although USC must wait for a week until discovering the particulars of its fate in the NCAA Tournament, many things are already known.The team will host the first two games of the tournament in the Colonial Life Arena, a building in which it owns a 32-game winning streak.The Gamecocks will find out on Monday whether they will be placed in the Greensboro, North Carolina, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma or Spokane, Washington regional. (No. 1-ranked Connecticut is a lock to be placed in the Albany, New York regional).While USC hopes to remain as close to home as possible, the team proved to itself it is ready to take on any challenge.That doesn’t mean the Gamecocks will eventually win the 2015 national title, but they appear in the right mindset to take advantage of the opportunity if presented.Staley has confidence she can help the Gamecocks claim their first women’s basketball national championship. That hasn’t happened, yet, but they are one of the favorites.The team has so many elite athletes that Staley sends them at opponents in waves which means, sooner or later, they wilt under the pressure.“They are blue collar workhorses,” said Tennessee standout Cierra Burdick who was held to six points in the title game by the Gamecocks. “They continue to sub in and out. They have a revolving door.”Many eyes were raised when Staley opted to make A’ja Wilson – the No. 1 high school player in the nation a year ago – a reserve.Along with 2014 SEC Freshman of the Year and co-6th Player of the Year Alaina Coates, the duo has been devastating to opponents as the Gamecocks’ bench has consistently given the team a lift.Due to the plethora of talented performers, Staley and company proved they have the tools to win in an abundant number of ways.Pack it inside in an attempt to slow down their “bigs” and Tina Roy, Asia Dozier and Tiffany Mitchell are happy to drill 3-pointers.Press the Gamecocks all over the floor, then Khadijah Sessions takes over by running through and around the pressure.Want to play physical against USC? It goes without saying that’s not the way to go.The plan is coming together just like Staley knew it would when she became USC’s coach in 2008.It was a slow process as the Gamecocks were 10-18 overall and 2-12 in SEC play during her first season.The team has improved during every campaign, however, as its 30 overall wins this year is one more than it finished with last season and its 15 regular season victories one more than in 2013-14 as well.“She told me to trust her and her vision,” said two-time SEC Player of the Year Tiffany Mitchell. “I’m glad I did.”After advancing to the Sweet 16 during the last two seasons, Staley and company are looking for more this year – much more.Whether or not the ultimate goal is obtained will only be discovered in time.Buckle your seat belts because it should be an exciting ride.last_img read more

Photo gallery: Eighth-grade football jamboree

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Novak Djokovic Returns To World Tennis Summit

first_imgNovak Djokovic today returned to the top of the ATP Rankings for a fourth stint at the summit of men’s professional tennis. Almost two years to the day since Djokovic completed his 223rd and his most recent week at No. 1, replacing Spain’s Rafael Nadal in the top spot.Djokovic is the first player to be ranked outside the Top 20 then climb to No. 1 in the same season since Marat Safin in 2000. Safin was as low at No. 38 as at February 28, 2000, before becoming No. 1 on November 20 that year. When Djokovic fell to No. 22 on May 21, 2018, it was his lowest ranking since he was No. 22 as a 19-year-old on October 2, 2006.“Reflecting on what I’ve been through in the last year, it’s quite a phenomenal achievement,” said Djokovic. “And, of course, I’m very, very happy and proud about it. Five months ago, if you told me that, I would be —  I always believe in myself, but it was highly improbable at that time considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court… I’ll probably be able to speak more profoundly about it when the season is done and hopefully if I get to finish as No. 1.”Djokovic first climbed to the No. 1 spot in the ATP Rankings aged 24 on July 4, 2011, for a total of 53 weeks until July 8, 2012. The Serbian returned to top spot on two further occasions between November 5, 2012, and October 6, 2013 (48 weeks) and from July 7, 2014, to November 6, 2016 (122 weeks).Commenting on the Serb’s recent achievement, Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said, “What Novak has achieved this season has to go down as one of the great sporting comebacks. It’s been a phenomenal return to form that would have been hard to imagine just six months ago. He fully deserves his return to No.1 in the ATP Rankings and should be incredibly proud of his exceptional season.”Djokovic underwent surgery on his right elbow in January after the Australian Open, which was his first tournament in six months. He reunited with long-time coach Marian Vajda at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters in April and entered the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in May with a 6-6 record. Djokovic has since compiled a 43-5 match record, including a 31-2 mark since the start of Wimbledon.The 31-year-old won two Grand Slam championship crowns at Wimbledon (d. Anderson) — which represented his first major title since June 2016 at Roland Garros — and at the US Open (d. Del Potro) for the third time in the same season (also 2011 and 2015). As the World No. 21 at Wimbledon, he was the lowest-ranked major champion since No. 44-ranked Gaston Gaudio at 2004 Roland Garros. He defeated Nadal 10-8 in the fifth set of their Wimbledon semi-final, which lasted five hours and 15 minutes.By beating Roger Federer in August at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Djokovic became the first player to win titles at all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events since the start of the tournament series in 1990. He captured his fourth Rolex Shanghai Masters title (d. Coric) last month and additionally finished runner-up at the Fever Tree Championships at The Queen’s Club (l. to Cilic) in June and at the Rolex Paris Masters (l. to Khachanov) last week.Djokovic and Nadal will now battle to become a five-time year-end No. 1 in the ATP Rankings at the Nitto ATP Finals, the season finale to be held at The O2 in London from 11-18 November.RelatedRafa Nadal Clinches Year-End No. 1 ATP Ranking For Fifth TimeNovember 14, 2019In “Tennis”ATP Ranking: Novak Djokovic Drops Out Of “Big Four”, Murray Retains Top SpotJuly 31, 2017In “Sports”Djokovic Becomes Tennis Number 1 as Nadal Withdraws From Paris MastersOctober 31, 2018In “Tennis”last_img read more