In another key step to further states’ role in developing a robust US health information technology (HIT) infrastructure, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that Vermont’s Medicaid program will receive federal matching funds for state planning activities necessary to implement the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). Vermont will receive approximately $294,000 in federal matching funds.EHRs will improve the quality of health care for the citizens of Vermont and make their care more efficient. The records make it easier for the many providers who may be treating a Medicaid patient to coordinate care. Additionally, EHRs make it easier for patients to access the information they need to make decisions about their health care.The Recovery Act provides a 90 percent federal match for state planning activities to administer the incentive payments to Medicaid providers, to ensure their proper payments through audits and to participate in statewide efforts to promote interoperability and meaningful use of EHR technology statewide and, eventually, across the nation.“We congratulate Vermont for qualifying for these federal matching funds to assist its plan for implementing the Recovery Act’s EHR incentive program,” said Cindy Mann, director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations at CMS. “Meaningful and interoperable use of EHRs in Medicaid will increase health care efficiency, reduce medical errors and improve quality-outcomes and patient satisfaction within and across the states.”Vermont will use its federal matching funds for planning activities that include conducting a comprehensive analysis to determine the current status of HIT activities in the state. As part of that process, Vermont will gather information on issues such as existing barriers to its use of EHRs, provider eligibility for EHR incentive payments, and the creation of a State Medicaid HIT Plan, which will define the state’s vision for its long-term HIT use.Additional information on implementation of the Medicaid-related provisions of the Recovery Act’s EHR incentive payment program may be found at: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/Recovery/11_HealthIT.asp#TopOfPage(link is external)# # #
Pfizer and BioNTech said on Monday their Covid-19 vaccine is more than 90% effective at preventing trial participants from contracting the coronavirus, sending parts of the stock market soaring. Traders are riding the rally through certain exchange-traded funds and stock plays.Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 hit intraday all-time highs on Monday. The move higher on Monday was characterized by a rotation out of Big Tech names and companies that had benefited from people staying at home and into beaten-down cyclical names that were hit hard by the coronavirus.That rotation was continuing Tuesday with Dow futures higher and Nasdaq futures lower. A medical worker stands at the entrance to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on the first day that traders are allowed back onto the historic floor of the exchange on May 26, 2020 in New York City.Spencer Platt – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 24, 2015 Holidays, Proclamations, Videos Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf delivered the following Christmas message:“Each year, Christmas is an opportunity for families across Pennsylvania to come together and share in their holiday traditions. This year, I’m looking forward to having time together as a family around our Christmas tree, a tradition some say was first brought to America by Pennsylvanians from Germany.“As we share in the warmth of the holidays, we also must remember those who do not have the fortune of having family close by, a roof over their heads or a hot meal to share. Each year around the holidays, Frances and I take time to support our local soup kitchen and food bank. This year, I’d ask each of us to consider how we can help their fellow Pennsylvanians who may not be as fortunate.“Too often, we can be so busy and distracted that we overlook all we have to be fortunate and all those important to us. I hope this Christmas gives all of you the opportunity to share quality time with those you care most about. On behalf of the Governor’s office and the Wolf family, I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas.”To read Governor Wolf’s Christmas Day proclamation, click here.# # # VIDEO: Governor Wolf Wishes Pennsylvanians a Merry Christmas
October 25, 2019 Press Release, Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today encouraged Pennsylvanians to gather unused or unwanted prescription drugs to be returned to one of the state’s 877 drug take-back box locations on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, October 26. New this year, the national Drug Enforcement Agency announced it will also allow for vaping cartridges and electronic, or “e-cigarettes,” to be collected at any of its locations during tomorrow’s event.During the event, individuals may drop off unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications at any of the locations in the state’s 67 counties. The service is free and anonymous. Many drop-off locations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week“Part of our continued fight to battle the opioid crisis is encouraging Pennsylvanians to drop off unwanted and unused prescription drugs at one of the hundreds of secure drop-off locations in the state,” Gov. Wolf said. “Keeping prescription medications out of the hands of those they were not intended for is one more way to save lives and prevent people from suffering from substance use disorder.Since the inception of Pennsylvania’s drug take back program in 2014, Pennsylvania has collected and destroyed 626,853 pounds of unwanted or unused medications. The Pennsylvania State Police has prescription drug take-back boxes at 65 stations that are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year“The prescription drug take-back program is a critical, preventive way for all Pennsylvanians to proactively keep our communities and loved ones safe,” said Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith. “By visiting a DEA sponsored location this Saturday or anytime during the year throughout the commonwealth, we are safely removing medication and now e-cigarettes and vaping cartridges from the hands and mouths of unintended individuals. With the opioid crisis bringing substance use disorder out of the shadows, we can all take these preventive steps to protect our loved ones before falling victim to the disease of addiction.“National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is an excellent opportunity to get rid of unused prescription drugs safely and securely,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Prescription drug misuse and abuse plays a large role in the opioid crisis, but you can help change that. In Pennsylvania there are thousands of locations where unused prescription drugs can be dropped off each and every day, with no questions asked.The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet“Take Back Day is a chance for Pennsylvanians to help prevent drug overdose deaths,” Gov. Wolf said. “I encourage everyone to consider participating.” Gov. Wolf: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Can Save Lives SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
This 650 sqm block of land at 5 Stavely Close, Sinnamon Park, is going to auction. This 405 sqm block of land at 6 Mara Plc, Ashgrove, is for sale for between $565,000 and $645,000.THE cost of land Brisbane has risen nearly 10 per cent in a year — the highest rise of all southeast Queensland council regions, new data reveals.New research from property group Oliver Hume found the price per square metre in Brisbane’s new land market had increased by $83 annually. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:27Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy Spring 2019 is a good time to sell01:27 Median land value rates by LGA. Source: Oliver Hume.Brisbane recorded the highest median value rate at $970 per square metre, while Ipswich is the most affordable southeast Queensland region at $507 per square metre.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago RELATED: Auction action: Going, going, gone! Southeast Queensland median land prices. Source: Oliver Hume.Overall Brisbane had the most expensive median land price, hitting $389,125.The report found that affordability continues to be a major driver of the southeast Queensland market, with 300 sqm to 400 sqm lots the most popular. This 465 sqm block of land at 146 Hawthorne Rd, Hawthorne, is for sale.Sentiment continues to improve, with around 1300 sales recorded during the quarter.“The recent decisions by APRA to lower serviceability requirements and the interest rate cuts by the RBA have spurred renewed interest by buyers, however it will take some time to see the full impact these policy changes make to the market,” the report said. MORE: Are these Australia’s cheapest blocks of land? Median land prices rose over the June quarter for four of the six major growth corridors, while Moreton Bay and Gold Coast median prices softened.
The DILG earlier disclosed that 97 out of over 1,600 local governments failed to comply with the 60-day road clearing operations. MANILA – With some local government units (LGUs) failing to comply with the order to clear roads within 60 days, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to implement another 75-day nationwide road clearing operation. The DILG came up with the memorandum after President Rodrigo Duterte said during his State of the Nation Address last July to clear the major roads from public obstructions./PN “We will launch another one kasi marami pang kalsada na kailangan pang ayusin,” DILG undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said. “Another 75 days of road clearing and we will identify ‘yung mga kalsada na kailangang linisin ng mga LGUs.” Demolition men help dismantle illegal structures that cause sidewalk obstruction along the road. GMA NEWS “The 60-day program was only focused on the major roads and secondary roads, so nakita naman natin na nagsumikap ‘yung mga LGUs. But some did not, so ‘yung mga yun, naissue-han na namin ng show cause order,” Malaya said. On July 29, 2019, the DILG issued Memorandum Circular 2019-121 directing all governors, mayors, and “punong barangays’’ to exercise their powers essential to reclaim public roads, rid them of illegal structures and constructions, rehabilitate them by placing street names and street lights, and carry out strategies to address possible displacement issues.”
ILOILO City – A man was shot to death inBarangay San Isidro, Jaro district. The 47-year-old Eljun Ledesma sustainedgunshot wounds on the chest and neck. According to police investigators, the victim was shot by unidentified motorcycle-riding gun men around 5 p.m. on March 13. Ledesma was rushed to a hospital in the city where was declared “dead on arrival.” Officers of the Jaro police station have yet to identify the number of suspects and the motive in the shooting./PN
The historic Valley House in Brookville will soon be under new ownership.Brookville resident George Gillman placed a $23,000 bid on behalf of the Brookville/Franklin County Chamber of Commerce at an auction last weekend.According to the Brookville Democrat, the asking price started at $75,000 but dropped to $20,000 at one point.Gillman’s bid was enough to put the Valley House into the hands of the Chamber.The plan is to remodel the historic landmark with retail units, small shops and a restaurant on the first floor and housing on the upper floors, the newspaper reported.
Mr. James Vernon “Jim” Bladen, age 77, of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on May 20 1942 in Madison, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late Harvey Edward Bladen, Sr. and Julia May (Jones) Bladen. He was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana and was a 1960 graduate of Vevay High School. Jim was inducted into the United States Navy on March 15, 1962 in Vevay, Indiana. He served in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged with the rank of Aviation Maintenance Administration Man Third Class on March 11, 1965 in Norfolk, Virginia. Jim was united in marriage to Lelia Mae “Lillian” Brown on December 26, 1984 in Owenton, Kentucky and they shared 18 years of marriage together until she passed away on January 9, 2002. He was later united in marriage on April 14, 2006, in Buckhorn, Kentucky, to the late, Cynthia Druann “Cindy” Sprague and they shared five years of marriage together until she passed away on August 20, 2011. On April 16, 2016 in Vevay, Indiana, Jim was united in marriage to Pamela Sue Faulk. Jim and Pamela shared nearly four years of marriage together until his death. Jim owned and operated Bladen’s Concrete in Vevay, Indiana. He was employed for the Switzerland County Economic Development Corporation in Vevay, Indiana, for several years and was an electrician. He was also employed for the Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison, Indiana. Jim resided in the Switzerland County community all of his life until moving to the Indianapolis community for two years where he resided until his death. Jim was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 where he served on the Honor Guard. He was also a faithful member of the Switzerland Masonic Lodge #122 F&AM. Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting, farming, playing euchre at the Vevay American Legion and VFW and was always a handyman. Jim passed away at 2:08 a.m., Saturday, January 18, 2020, at the Washington Healthcare Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.James will be missed by his loving wife, Pamela Sue (Faulk) Bladen of Indianapolis, IN; his brother, Steve “Bear” Bladen and his wife, Martha of Vevay, IN; his best friends, Jim and Joan Barry of Vevay, IN and his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey Edward Bladen, Sr., died June 19, 1960 and Julia May (Jones) Bladen, died October 2, 1970; his 1st wife, Lelia Mae “Lillian” (Brown) Bladen, died January 9, 2002; his 2nd wife, Cynthia Druann “Cindy” (Sprague) Bladen, died August 20, 2011; his brothers, Harvey Edward “Bud” Bladen, Jr., died July 3, 1991 and Donald Augustus Bladen, died May 13, 2001 and his sisters, Arvenia (Bladen) Whiteford, died July 9, 1988, Oleta Jane “Janie” Kimmons, died November 2, 1995, Addie Wilena (Bladen) Stewart, died August 25, 1998 and Wanda JoAnn Chipman, died February 27, 2010.Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Switzerland Masonic Lodge #122 F&AM, Vevay American Legion Post #185 & Vevay VFW Post #5396 will conduct services on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow a later date in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to Vevay American Legion Post #185, Vevay VFW Post #5396 or Switzerland Masonic Lodge #122 F&AM. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com