Grause: Health care reform is moving forward

first_imgby Bea Grause Vermont’s regulators have just about finished their annual review and approval of hospital budgets, so naturally there has been a lot of dialogue about the work hospitals are doing to create a system where everyone gets care they can afford, from the hospital and doctor of their choice. Vermont’s hospitals are doing what Vermonters have asked them to do. We’ve held spending growth to historic lows for the third consecutive year.  We are improving the delivery and coordination of care within hospitals and throughout our communities. And we are ensuring access for everyone – regardless of ability to pay.  RELATED STORY: Vermont hospital budgets up 3.5 percent for FY2016But there’s more work to do to make care, and insurance, affordable for everyone.Advancing payment reform and building community partnerships are top priorities for Vermont’s hospital leaders. They are figuring out how to change how providers are paid in order to realign our health care systems’ incentives away from intervention and toward prevention. It’s a win-win for Vermonters – better health and healthcare, and reduced costs over time.   Community-based efforts to improve health and access to primary care will help decrease the need for hospital care. Payment reform will support this work and will also ensure that our hospitals can continue to serve Vermonters whenever they are needed.  We believe this simultaneous effort is the way forward, and that it is the best way to help Vermont contain growth in health care spending to a level that is consistent with growth in the economy.As caregivers, we are pushing ahead on these reforms because we understand that Vermonters need relief from rising health care costs – now.  The complexity and magnitude of these efforts cannot be an excuse for inaction because we simply cannot afford to wait. Creating lasting improvement in the health of Vermonters begins with shared leadership in our communities – a responsibility we take seriously.  Earlier this year, the Prevention Institute, a national nonprofit focused on community health, compared healthcare delivery and payment reform efforts in Vermont communities with national case studies. In their findings, they noted that the leadership of Vermont’s hospitals is unique among states working to reform health care through community prevention efforts. “Unlike the national case studies, it is notable that Vermont hospitals frequently serve as the integrator and not merely a… participant.” We understand that addressing the unique health needs of our largely rural state will require the leadership of many health care and community leaders.  We are learning from them and want to support the work we need to do together.In Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, Northwestern Medical Center is helping to tackle obesity through a community partnership called Rise Vermont. The hospital has deployed health advocates throughout the community, leading exercise groups and helping businesses; schools and municipalities adopt healthy practices and start their own health programs. It’s just one example of how hospitals are working as community partners to improve health.Health challenges like obesity have to be tackled locally in order to reduce the incidence of other costly diseases like diabetes and heart disease.  The challenge we face as a state is that we need to bring health care costs down by getting healthier ourselves. Support for healthier choices must exist in our homes, schools, our offices and our hospitals. There’s no other way.Our approach is uniquely Vermont – everyone is at the table. We need to stay on this course over the coming months and years, as we work together to improve health, expand coverage, reduce costs, and maintain access to hospitals and doctors of choice for every Vermonter.Bea Grause, President and CEO of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS)last_img read more

Club ‘reconnected’ with Chelsea player’s agent to find out if there’s…

first_imgOlivier Giroud came close to leaving Chelsea in January, but his exit from Stamford Bridge stalled after the Blues failed to bring in a replacement for the striker. Lazio were one of the clubs interested in the 33-year-old and he’s back on their transfer agenda for this summer.That’s according to La Lazio Siamo Noi, who claim it’s necessary to understand if he would be an alternative to James Rodríguez or compliment the Real Madrid player. The Colombian has also emerged as a target for the Rome based club.Earlier in May, Frank Lampard’s side exercised the option to extend the former Arsenal man’s contract until 2021.Despite extending the contract, the report states the Blues are ‘willing to talk about’ the Frenchman because they will have Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham to lead their strike-force next season.Embed from Getty ImagesIt’s claimed the Premier League club will ‘ask about €7-8m’ for the World Cup winner and the price quoted is affordable for Lazio.La Lazio Siamo Noi explain the Italian club have ‘reconnected’ with Giroud’s agent Michael Manuello to find out if there is ‘room to convince’ the striker to leave Chelsea for Lazio this Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayHero Wars根本不可能获得这个宝藏!来证明我们错了Hero WarsUndoForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoInvest With VICShe collects rental-like income every month! See how she does it!Invest With VICUndoDBS”I had S$9 left in my bank account”DBSUndoWealthMastery.asiaThis Singaporean Couple is Disrupting A $3 Trillion IndustryWealthMastery.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoSingtelGet 30GB for $25 on SG’s #1 network.SingtelUndoGOMO by Singtel.Switch to GOMO. 40GB for $20 for 12 months!GOMO by Singtel.UndoSingtel PowerInstant savings and a $50 rebate.Singtel PowerUndolast_img read more

Cuba Gooding Jr. has been indicted by a grand jury on new charges

first_imgiStock/Pattanaphong Khuankaew(NEW YORK CITY) — Cuba Gooding, Jr. was indicted on new charges by a grand jury in New York City court today.The latest charges will remain sealed until Tuesday, October 15, when Gooding returns to court.The actor previously pleaded not guilty to one misdemeanor count each of forcible touching and sexual abuse in the third degree. The charges stem from the 51-year-old actor’s alleged groping of a woman’s breast inside Manhattan’s Magic Hour Rooftop Bar on June 9.Attorneys for the Oscar-winning Jerry Maguire star had previously sought to dismiss the case, arguing that a video of his encounter with the woman in question shows that he didn’t grope her.The judge declined to dismiss the case.The complaint itself asserts that Gooding, “forcibly touched the sexual and other intimate parts of another person for the purpose of degrading and abusing such person, and for the purpose of gratifying the defendant’s sexual desire; the defendant subjected another person to sexual contact without the latter’s consent.”Gooding has denied the claim.  Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Stock Car regional crown puts Westin Abbey in IMCA history book

first_imgAfter back-to-back rookie of the year campaigns, Westin Abbey (left) was champion of the EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. He is pictured with IMCA President Brett Root.  (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)COMANCHE, Texas – After earning rookie of the year awards each of the last two seasons, Westin Abbey took the logical step up in 2016.The 16-year-old from Comanche, Texas, became the youngest driver to win a regional IMCA championship, topping the EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.Abbey, the youngest of four brothers to have made names for themselves on Lone Star State dirt ovals, won 14 of his 54 starts this season. He was eighth in the national points race with Boyd Raceway track and Allstar Performance State championships to his credit.“We didn’t plan on racing for points but we got caught up in it,” said Abbey, a junior at Comanche High School. “The second year of experience really made a big difference.”The regional Hobby Stock rookie of the year in 2014, Abbey had won three features in his first Stock Car campaign. He won six straight times between June 4 and June 24 this season.“This was a great year. It was pretty cool to win 14 times compared to last year,” said Abbey, also first to the checkers in the post-point season Showdown special at Kennedale Speedway Park.His three older brothers are best known for their Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center success, Steven as a rookie of the year, Dean as a two-time national champion and Jeffrey as this year’s national and IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s champion.Westin, however, won’t be making the switch to an open-wheeled division in the near future.“I like the Hobby Stock and the Stock Car better. The Stock Car races smoother than a SportMod. It just handles way different,” Abbey stated. “I drove a SportMod in the middle of the year and didn’t like it as much.”He usually traveled with Jeffrey – they won features on the same night seven times this year – and Abbey is looking forward to his second Super Nationals.“This year was the first time I’d ever been to Super Nationals and it was a lot of fun, even with all the rain,” he said. “It was fun being one of the faster cars there.”Starts: 54Wins: 14Additional Top Fives: 23 HIS CREW: Father Randy and brothers Dean and Jeffrey.HIS SPONSORS: Abbey Racing of Comanche; TM Racing of Keller; Swenson Shocks of San Antonio; 517 Designs of Whitney; Tumbleweed BarBQue of Stephenville; KS Engineering of Albert Lea, Minn.; and Dynamic Drivelines of Des Moines, Iowa.last_img read more

Business Business Three-peats Disc Break 2017

first_img BBQ Dads (Kelowna) Fiesta (Spokane) Lit (Calgary) Homegrown (Nelson) Business Business, a team consisting of players from Edmonton & Vancouver, captured the top prize for the third consecutive season.Rogue Hippo of Edmonton finished second with Saskatoon’s Bunny Thugs third.Nelson’s Homegrown, which defeated Business Business during the weekend, finished in seventh spot.More than 250 players attended the two day event.Final Top Ten Standings Include: Business Business (Edmonton/Vancouver) Mental Toss Flycoons (Missoula) Mastadon (Vancouver) Rogue Hippo (Edmonton) Dorkel (Vancouver) Bunny Thugs (Saskatoon) There were frisbee flying all over the Lakeside playing fields this past weekend as 17 teams took to the Heritage City to compete in Disc Break 2017.The annual tournament attracted players from Saskatoon to Seattle  and Missoula, Montanta to Edmonton.last_img read more

Statement From The Federation Of Irish Sport In Relation To The €70 Million Fund…

first_imgIssued on behalf of our members, the 81 National Governing Bodies and 29 Local Sports Partnerships that organise sport and physical activity in Ireland Federation of Irish Sport welcomes Resilience Fund for Sport for the survival and reignition of sport organisations nationwide The Federation of Irish Sport welcomes today’s announcement by the Government that a funding package of up to €70 million has been allocated as part of a Resilience Fund for Sport package. The Federation would like to thank the government for their support and is delighted that they have recognised the extremely valuable contribution that sport makes to Irish society.This funding package will support the sport sector through;–   Funding of up to €40m for the three main field sports organisations – the FAI, the GAA and the IRFU–    A Resilience Fund of up to €10m to support the National Governing Bodies of Sport–    A Sports Club Resilience Fund of up to €15m to support clubs–    A Sports Restart and Renewal Fund of up to €5mAs the Federation of Irish Sport noted in its appeal for a Resilience Fund for Sport to the government in May, this financial assistance will go a long way in helping sports organisations who are facing particular financial difficulty to get back to business and to adapt to the new reality as restrictions lift. We welcome the government’s acknowledgement of our call for support, and their commitment to investing in sport at local and national level to help Irish sport through this unprecedented emergency and back on to the road to recovery. The Federation will continue to work with its members and Sport Ireland to maximise levels of physical activity and participation in sport in Ireland. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Vanderbilt Wins Inaugural Southland Bowling League Championship

first_img Sr. The Southland Bowling League was formed earlier this year and by the formalization as a league, the association can qualify for an NCAA automatic bid no later than the 2017 national championship. Until an automatic qualification is provided, Southland Bowling League members will be at-large candidates for the NCAA Championship. A second match was not necessary between Vanderbilt and Arkansas State in the championship round since the Commodores had not lost a match in the tournament. Championship Bracket | Championship Round Replay |  Photo GalleryHOUSTON, Texas – Third-seeded Vanderbilt won the 2015 Southland Bowling League title by defeating top-seeded Arkansas State, 4-2, in the championship match. The sixth-ranked Commodores were undefeated in the inaugural championship, going a perfect 4-0 over the two-day event. Stephanie Schwartz Torrie Decker So. Day Two Results Final Back Draw RoundNo. 1 Arkansas State 4, No. 5 Valparaiso 2(W240, L202, W218, L177, W192, W224) – (L126, W204, L138, W190, L136, L155) Arkansas State earned a 4-2 match victory in the back draw final this morning to advance into the championship round with the Commodores. The Red Wolves were tied at two games apiece with Valparaiso before taking the final two games of the match with scores of 192 and 224. The fifth-seeded Crusaders were eliminated from contention for the title after only scoring 136 and 155 in the final two games. Championship MVB Vanderbilt was outscored in the first two games of the championship match against the Red Wolves before storming back to claim the final four. Arkansas State won the first two stanzas 200-179 and 222-163 but only scored 157 in the third game, while the Commodores had a score of 206. In the fourth game Vanderbilt edged Arkansas State, 185 to 182, before both teams turned it up a notch in the final two games. The Commodores had scores of 224 and 207 to finish the match and clinch the title, while the Red Wolves tallied 200 and 201 points. Class Championship RoundNo. 3 Vanderbilt 4, No. 1 Arkansas State 2(L179, L163, W206, W185, W224, W207) – (W200, W222, L157, L182, L200, L201) Valparaiso Valparaiso Name Sr.            School Nicole Mosesso Sr. Stephen F. Austin Sadie Jasinski The Commodores and the Southland Bowling League teams will now wait for the NCAA championship eight-team selection that takes place this Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT on The NCAA Bowling Championship will be held April 9-11 in St. Louis, Mo. All-Tournament Team Fr. Sr. Giselle Poss Arkansas State Sarah Lokker Vanderbilt senior Nicole Mosesso earned most valuable bowler honors while Arkansas State senior Sarah Lokker, Valparaiso seniors Sadie Jasinski and Torrie Decker, Stephen F. Austin freshman Stephanie Schwartz, and Vanderbilt sophomore Giselle Poss were named to the all-tournament team. Vanderbilt           Vanderbiltlast_img read more

Unhappy shareholders demand progress by GM

first_imgWILMINGTON, Del. – Their proposals all were voted down, but that didn’t stop dissident General Motors Corp. shareholders from grilling Chairman Rick Wagoner over the automaker’s declining market share and plans for the future at the annual meeting Tuesday. Although Wagoner opened the 2 1/2-hour meeting with a speech touting progress the company has made in its turnaround plan and on advanced technology, several shareholders expressed dismay at the pace, saying GM is in crisis and the board has not moved quickly enough to demand change. “In my opinion, this company has turned around so many times, we’re going in circles. And that circle is leading us right down the drain,” said shareholder James M. Dollinger of Flint, Mich. Shareholder John Lauve of Holly. Mich., said time is running out for GM’s comeback. “The board has not demanded the necessary changes now,” he said, pointing out that GM has lost 10 percentage points of market share in the past 10 years. Wagoner told shareholders the company’s North American turnaround strategy is working faster than expected with cost cuts and new products to grow revenue. He said the company has made progress with the United Auto Workers in becoming more competitive, but more needs to be done in upcoming national contract talks this summer. GM, he said, needs to “further reduce our still unsustainable health care bill, which was a staggering $4.8 billion in 2006.” Since 2005, GM has cut $8 billion in annual costs, shed more than 34,000 hourly workers and rolled out more than 20 new models since November 2005 to try to regain sales lost to Asian competitors. Although it earned $62 million overall in the first quarter, the company lost an adjusted $85 million on its North American operations. Last year, it lost $2 billion, an improvement over a loss of $10.4 billion in 2005. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Free Accessibility Webinar: A11yFirst Project or Accessible Authoring

first_imgA11yFirst Project or Accessible AuthoringFunded by the University of Illinois Library Innovation fund, the goal of the A11yFirst project is to provide a rich-text authoring environment using the CKEditor that supports accessibility by default. Using A11yFirst, website authors will be able to write content in a content management system like WordPress or Drupal, without having to know about current accessibility standards or the technology that makes their content accessible.For the webinar, EASI will host Dr. Jon Gunderson, one of the two A11yFirst project leaders at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. Gundersen will discuss the project, progress of the plugins, and demo how A11yFirst works. The free webinar will be held April 26, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time. Register online by submitting your name and email address.SummaryI’ve attended dozens of EASI accessibility webinars over the past eight years, they’re always worthwhile. I always walk away with new techniques to implement and resources to reference. Personally, I’m excited to learn more about A11yFirst and when it might be available commercially. I plan to attend the webinar, hope you’ll join me! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWebinar: Evaluating Organizational Readiness for AccessibilityI get asked these questions all the time at our Refresh Detroit and Metro Detroit WordPress meetup groups: We know our organization needs to improve web accessibility. Where do we start? How do we get a strategy in place? How do we make sure it’s successful? Those aren’t uncommon questions…In “Accessibility”Top Takeaways from Zoom Accessibility WebinarLast week I attended the Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI) webinar on Zoom Accessibility, which included staff from the University of Washington (UW) and Zoom, a video conferencing service. From my past experiences, I knew the majority of video conference services/applications weren’t accessible. So when I heard about…In “Accessibility”Webinar: Digital Accessibility Support – A Guide to Trustworthy Free Online ResourcesImagine you’re a web designer, developer, digital marketer, project manager, or educator ready to learn more about web accessibility. You’ve heard of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) from the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). But you’re overwhelmed by the amount of information available:…In “Accessibility” If you’re a web writer or author that uses visual editors to create content for the web, you’ll want to attend the Equal Access to Software & Information (EASI) free webinar, A11yFirst Project or Accessible Authoring, on April 26, 2018. The webinar is helpful to anyone who:Publishes content on the webIs non-technical and knows little about web accessibilityWants to learn how to create accessible content that everyone can uselast_img read more

Five Thoughts On Oklahoma State’s 101-85 Win Over Rogers State

first_imgBOX SCOREIt took about 35 minutes, but Oklahoma State finally pulled away from Rogers State late on Wednesday in Gallagher-Iba Arena and went on to win 101-85 against the Hillcats.It was not pretty on the defensive end at times (more on that in a minute), and Rogers shot 57 percent (!) from the field but also turned it over 22 times which led to the eventual mini-blowout.Jawun Evans had 25 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals but was disappointed with himself and his squad.“Get steals and get stops,” Evans told Fox Sports about how OSU won the game. “It took us a long time to do it, but we ended up doing it. I slacked off this game on the defensive end. Coach is going to get on me tomorrow in practice.”Evans isn’t the only one Underwood will get onto. OSU was again terrific on offense, scoring 100+ for the fourth time in seven games. Seven Cowboys finished in double figures including Brandon Averette (15 points), Jeffrey Carroll (11 points, 9 boards) and Lucas N’Guessan (10 points, 7 boards). But it swooned badly on defense at times allowing Rogers State tons of open looks. It was not a performance Underwood will be showing at future summer camps.Brad Underwood: “Awfully glad to escape and that’s what we did tonight.” #okstate— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) December 1, 2016Five thoughts. Let’s go.1. OSU wears lesser teams outOne of my favorite things about this OSU team early in the season is how relentless it is. It just keeps coming and keeps coming and keeps pressuring until opposing squads crack. I think that’s a direct representation of Underwood’s personality, and it seems everyone has bought in. Oklahoma State is going to break the will of a lot of teams this year as it did with the Hillcats on Wednesday when it went on a 23-7 run to shut things down late.Part of this is attitude and philosophy. Creating turnovers and snagging offensive boards will drive any opposing coach insane. But the other part is good rotations for a team that might not have the type of players Underwood would ideally like to use. He was mixing and matching pretty hard on Wednesday. He had Forte-Evans-Averette combo out there for a while that I liked. He had Evans with four freshmen. He played Lucas N’Guessan a lot.OSU did not play its best game (or even close to it), and yet it won by more than it should have. Part of this is because it has Jawun Evans. The other part is because Underwood knows how to wring his team out every game. Show up full, leave empty. Onto the next one.2. Playing bad on offense and still scoring is encouragingHow many good games has OSU played on offense so far? Two? Maybe one? They were not very good again on the offensive end (shooting 44 percent overall and 35 percent from 3-point range and turning it over 10 times). But they took 44 free throws and took eight more shots from the field than Rogers State which will win you a lot of basketball games.Defense creating offense will define the Underwood era in Stillwater just as it did at SFA. The Cowboys were poor overall on the defensive end on Wednesday but disruptive enough to supply the offense with all the juice it needed.3. Big men on offenseI have a feeling Mitch Solomon is the last Mitch Solomon type of player we will see in Stillwater for a while. Underwood’s offense is predicated on big men being athletic rim runners which is not exactly Solomon’s strength. Lucas N’Guessan played terrific on Wednesday, and he played a lot.I’m not sure the uber-thin N’Guessan will hold up during the rugged Big 12 schedule, but his ability to successfully run a pick and roll with Evans left my mouth hanging open. What is this tall shot-blocker doing on offense? Was that a legitimately athletic play by a big man for Oklahoma State?4. We need to talk about this defenseIs Oklahoma State getting a lot of steals? Yes. Is this defense as stingy and as disruptive when it comes to turnovers as we would have hoped? Yes. Oklahoma State is No. 10 in the country in defensive turnover percentage and hit its average on the number on Wednesday when it turned Rogers over on 25 percent of its possessions.At some point, though, we’re going to have to discuss how poorly Oklahoma State defends shots. It came into the game No. 251 in the nation in effective field goal percentage on defense and allowing 57 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point range to Rogers Freaking State is not going to help that.I’m not sure what the issue is here, and I’m sure Underwood will address it (free of expletives of course!), but it is definitely an issue. One that will lose you some basketball games in the Big 12.screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-9-33-27-pm5. Jawun Evans is a closerThe fundamental reality of college basketball is that when the better team has the best player, it is going to win games 95 percent of the time. Evans closed the way a future pro should close, and reminded us that OSU was never going to actually lose to Rogers State. He is an absolute delight to watch, although against lesser teams it sometimes feels unfair. Like he’s playing on the B court at the Colvin when he should be running games on the A court.His creativity on offense, tenacity on defense and ability to overwhelm a college basketball game is undeniable, and I am here for all of it all season long.JAWUN. EVANS. ??Cowboys lead 32-25 with 6:31 to go in the half. #okstate— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) December 1, 2016On to Maryland. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more