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About 70 hospital staffers involved in care of Dallas Ebola patient

Source: www.pbs.org – Monday, October 13, 2014
Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., died Wednesday, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas confirmed. Photo by Mike Stone/Getty Images BREAKING: Records given to the AP show about 70 hospital staffers involved in care of Dallas Ebola patient. — The Associated Press (@AP) October 13, 2014 About 70 staff members at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital were involved in taking care of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient to die in the U.S., according to the Associated Press. The medical team’s involvement included drawing Duncan’s blood, putting tubes down his throat, wiping up his diarrhea, analyzing his urine and wiping his saliva. Among the group was Nina Pham, the 26-year-old nurse who contracted Ebola while taking care of Duncan. AP says Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not established the exact number of people who had contact with Duncan. During a press conference earlier today, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said: “If this one individual was infected — and we don’t know how — within the isolation unit, then it is possible that other individuals could have been infected as well. We do not today have a number of such exposed people or potentially exposed health care workers. It’s a relatively large number, we think in the end.” The post About 70 hospital staffers involved in care of Dallas Ebola patient appeared first on PBS NewsHour .

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Owning a mobile phone in once-reclusive Myanmar is about to get a lot easier and cheaper


The mobile revolution in Myanmar, a country that was once one of the most reclusive in the world, is kicking up a gear after Telenor confirmed it will launch its much-anticipated mobile service in the country this weekend. The Norway-headquartered company is the highest profile operator to enter Myanmar (also known as Burma) since the country ended decades of military rule in 2012. Telenor’s entry represents another important step towards democratizing mobile phones in Myanmar. SIM cards once cost $ 200 (or upwards of $ 1,500 during military rule) making them too expensive for most of the population. Qatari firm Ooredoo introduced $ 1.50-priced SIMs in August, prompting…

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Stop giving people the ‘click-flu’: When to start giving a damn about your content

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Jake Athey is the Marketing Manager for Widen Enterprises. The internet is ballooning with fluff, and bad content marketing is to blame. In our obsession with “engaging” our “audience” in “real-time” with “targeted content” that goes “viral,” we are driving people insane. The deep feeling of disappointment and nausea that comes when you fall for click-bait and regret your decision? Let’s call it “click-flu.” Marketers create content because they want people to care about their brand, but giving people click-flu does the opposite. Failing to meet someone’s expectation is a terrible first impression. The Web is being diluted by crappy content…

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The 8 Biggest Myths About ObamaCare: NCPA Report

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) May 29, 2014

While millions of Americans have already lost their health coverage due to ObamaCare, many more will see their health care disrupted as the new law changes the American health system, according to a new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis that debunks eight of the most pervasive myths surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

“Two months after ObamaCare’s open-enrollment finished, the cracks are showing,” says NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham. “Millions of people have lost their health benefits and have signed up for ObamaCare plans in health-insurance exchanges. They are discovering that they have limited access to care, and were even misled about which doctors are in their provider networks. Medicare, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home-health care were raided for billions of dollars to pay for this new health program, which is already broken.”

For example –

Myth: If you like your health plan, you can keep it.

    Actually, 6 million people have had their insurance policies canceled, and another 19 million are enrolled in private health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act’s requirements.
    Business’ employee health plans were supposed to be grandfathered into the law, but they lose that protection when small changes — such as a change in the deductible — occur.
    A government memo predicts that up to two-thirds of Americans with employer-provided health insurance will have to switch to more expensive, regulated plans and that, eventually, all plans will lose their grandfathered status.

Myth: If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.

    In reality, many exchange plans have narrow networks that limit a patient’s choice of doctor. In fact, a staggering 70 percent of California physicians are not in California’s exchange networks.
    Without an influx of new doctors, there is no realistic way to meet the demand that will be created by 26 million newly insured who seek to double their health care consumption. By 2015, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a shortfall of 21,000 primary care doctors.

Myth: There is an employer mandate to offer affordable coverage.

    Actually, an employer is fined $ 2,000 for each employee if he refuses to provide health coverage. $ 2,000 is generally cheaper than the cost of health benefits, so many employees will stop offering health insurance.
    Moreover, the Affordable Care Act incentivizes self-insured employers to offer very expensive coverage and require their employees to pay up to 9.5 percent of their wages in premiums and the full cost of coverage for their families. If an employee turns down this offer from his employer, he is not entitled to subsidies in the exchanges.

Myth: Health reform will lower the cost of health insurance by $ 2,500 a year per family.

    In fact, coverage will become more expensive for everyone outside of a small portion of older, low-income adults who have access to highly subsidized exchange coverage.

Graham also said, “The myths peddled by the Administration to sell ObamaCare are not harmless fairy tales, they have resulted in a program that is harming people’s access to health care.”

Full text: The Biggest Myths of ObamaCare: http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/ib144.pdf

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Apple releases information about iOS in response to claims of a ‘backdoor’ for data collection

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Apple has published new information about the diagnostic capabilities of iOS, in what appears to be a response to suggestions that it includes a ‘backdoor’ that could enable governments and other third-parties to access user data. The controversy arose after security consultant Jonathan Zdziarski documented a vulnerability that could leave usage data on iOS device exposed. Rebutting subsequent reports that linked the vulnerability with government data collection, Apple told iMore that it has “has never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services.” In addition to detailing the capabilities of three diagnostic features in its new document, the…

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These drawings tell us a lot about children’s attitudes to technology

How can we deal with the growing problem of waste and pollution? That’s the question that research firm Latitude asked 270 children aged 8 to 13. The results may not give environmentalists much to work on but they certainly tell us a lot about how kids think about technology and the world around them. Below are some of our favorite solutions devised by the children. You can find the full ‘Trash to Treasure’ report here [PDF]. Today’s children will one day live in a world where robots do many forms of menial and manual labor. This girl won’t be phased by that. If a forthcoming…

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Medicaid Compliance…(But Were Afraid to Ask) [A Special Lunch & Learn Series]

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Medicaid Compliance…(But Were Afraid to Ask) [A Special Lunch & Learn Series]
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Medicaid Compliance…
(But Were Afraid to Ask)

A special four-part NYCON “Lunch & Learn” Webinar Series brought to you by the Experts
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Medicaid Compliance… Medicaid Compliance Plans … Medicaid Self Auditing…Medicaid Self-Disclosures… Medicaid Audits … Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse…Office of the Medicaid Inspector General … OMIG…

If these words and phrases are part of a typical day at your nonprofit, we have designed the perfect series of webinars for you. In four 90-minute sessions we will be covering:

  1. Medicaid Compliance 101 & the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG)
  2. Knowing Thy (Compliant) Self: How to Conduct a Medicaid Self Audit
  3. Self-Disclosure is Not a Four Letter Word!: Protocols & Procedures of Medicaid Self Disclosure
  4. Preparing For, and Surviving, an OMIG Medicaid Audit

Participants will hear directly from experts in the field (including David Ross, former Acting Medicaid Inspector General for the State of New York, and David Rottkamp, CPA and leader of Grassi & Co.’s not-for-profit practice area) and get the practical information they need to provide appropriate oversight and management of Medicaid-funded programs, understand the role of the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, and much more. See detailed session descriptions below:

  1. APRIL 9th, 2014
    Medicaid Compliance 101 & the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG)
    Changes to the oversight of the Medicaid program led to the creation of the OMIG. Learn about the OMIG’s powers and duties, as well as its requirements for compliance plans and annual compliance certification for certain types of providers. Also learn about the importance of compliance and other compliance-related issues. Join our experts to hear about reducing Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse before the Medicaid program is billed, and how to have systems that will identify when errors are made so that corrections can be initiated and made by providers. Provider misconduct, also known as “unacceptable practices,” will be illustrated along with the various sanctions available to the OMIG, including exclusion from the Medicaid program and enrollment termination. A question and answer period will be provided.

  2. May 15th, 2014     11:00am to 12:30pm
    Knowing Thy (Compliant) Self: How to Conduct a Medicaid Self Audit
    Part of any provider’s compliance program is their compliance plan, and the key part of any compliance plan is the concept of risk assessment and self auditing. This means identifying where errors are most likely to be made, and then reviewing your Medicaid claims and documentation for compliance with applicable requirements. Hypotheticals for risk assessment and self audit will be discussed. As participants will hear, self auditing can be the best preventative medicine. A question and answer period will be provided.

  3. June 5th, 2014  11:00am to 12:30pm
    Self-Disclosure is Not a Four Letter Word! Protocols & Procedures of Medicaid Self Disclosure
    Under Obamacare, providers are required to report, repay and explain all Medicaid overpayments received. Learn what “overpayments” are, the sixty day rule, and the federal False Claims Act, which imposes potentially severe civil liability on providers for failing to self report, repay and explain overpayments received. Learn how to handle routine overpayment situations and also when to seek advice on non-routine matters. A question and answer period will be provided.

  4. June 19th, 2014   11:00am to 12:30pm
    Preparing for, and Surviving, an OMIG Medicaid Audit
    This workshop will provide you with an overview of how an OMIG Medicaid audit is conducted and how the audit process works. Learn how to prepare for the audit, how to interact with the auditors when they arrive, and when to seek counsel. Potential defenses to audit findings will also be briefly covered. A question and answer period will be provided.

About our Speakers

David Ross, Esq. O’Connell & Aronowitz
David has been in private practice since 2007 and is a shareholder (partner) of the firm. His practice concentrates on Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance audits & investigations, Health Law including fraud and abuse, governmental investigations of all kinds, criminal defense, administrative hearings, Medicaid compliance issues, and Article 78 cases against the government. Prior to joining O’Connell and Aronowitz, David had a number of high ranking positions within New York State government. Former Governor George Pataki appointed him General Counsel of the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) when the OMIG was created in 2005 in response to widespread public concern about Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse. In addition to serving the OMIG as General Counsel, David was the Deputy Medicaid Inspector General for Audits and Investigations and directed a statewide staff of 364 auditors, investigators and private contractors. In that capacity, he oversaw all audits and investigations involving Medicaid providers. He also worked extensively with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General’s Office on many cases of criminal fraud. Under former Governors Pataki and Spitzer, David concluded his career in state government as the Acting Medicaid Inspector General. As the head of the OMIG, he was responsible for all statewide operations and 584 people in seven offices. David is a frequent speaker at various provider conferences throughout the state. From 2007 to 2008, he was a live, weekly on-the-air Legal Analyst for the Capital District radio talk show Talk1300 AM hosted by Paul Vandenburgh. He currently appears on Talk1300 on an occasional basis.

David M. Rottkamp, CPA, Partner
David has more than 26 years of experience providing audit and advisory services to the not-for-profit industry. David focuses on not-for-profit organizations serving individuals with special needs, religious organizations, educational institutions, social service providers, and the arts and culture world. Since beginning his career, David has advised some of the area’s most successful not-for-profit organizations in areas such as: financial reporting systems, compliance with the NYS Nonprofit Revitalization Act, implementation of the “new” IRS Form 990 guidelines, internal control reviews, developing financial forecasts, and providing quality board education and governance advice. David is an active member of the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA), where is the Chair of the Not-for-Profit committee. David has also chaired the statewide Not-for-Profit Conference for the NYSSCPA for the past four years. An authority in the industry, David has presented on a variety of not-for-profit topics to the Financial Managers Association (FMA), Interagency Council of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc. (IAC), the New York State Society of CPAs Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE), and the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) Camp Finance. David is also an adjunct professor at New York University (NYU) in Manhattan.To give back to the industry in which he serves, David is on the board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Long Island Chapter, as immediate past chairman. Beyond his local work, David is a member of the National Board of Directors of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is chair of the National’s audit committee. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and graduated from Pace University, with a BBA in Accounting.
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