Health Department Attributes Declining COVID-19 Death Rate to Community Members, Health Care Workers

first_imgCommunity News Health Department Attributes Declining COVID-19 Death Rate to Community Members, Health Care Workers By DAVID CROSS Published on Thursday, June 4, 2020 | 2:58 pm STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPriyanka Chopra’s 10 Year Challenge Pic Will Surprise YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 26 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment More Cool Stuff Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Huntington Hospital healthcare workers wave to police and firefighters last April 9 when the first responders paid a visit to the hospital to show their thanks to doctors and nurses. Photo by James CarboneIn response to the city’s declining Coronavirus death rate and the slowing case count, the city’s Director of Public Health Dr. Ying-Ying Goh told Pasadena Now a group effort by stakeholders and medical officials has led to the decline.“The actions in the past weeks by community members following the Safer at Home orders have resulted in a decline in new cases and deaths,” Goh told Pasadena Now. “In addition, the intensive efforts of long-term care facility, staff/residents/their families, the CA Department of Public Health, Pasadena Public Health, the CA Office of the Ombudsman, and many other partners (state and local EMS, hospitals, community doctors, etc.) have helped to slow the spread of COVID-19 in congregate living facilities.”As of Wednesday, 83 local residents have died from 943 cases. New numbers were expected on Thursday afternoon.Since the Safer at Home order was passed in March, the city has averaged 1.07 deaths per day. But only three people have died from the virus since March, with zero deaths this month.Most of the city’s deaths came from the city’s long term health facilities.But recent protests have led to new concerns. Thousands of people assembled at Pasadena City Hall on two separate occasions to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.Although some of the protesters wore masks to the events, Goh said they still run the risk of catching the virus.“We will continue to monitor and publish COVID-19 indicators to see what the impact of reopening activities and recent gatherings will be,” Goh said. “People who are within six feet of others, even with face coverings, may be exposed to COVID-19.”The city’s health order is still in effect calling for anyone exposed to someone with COVID-19 quarantine for 14 days, even if they get a COVID-19 swab test and are negative, Goh added.“People can develop COVID-19 any time up to 14 days after being exposed, and if they do, they can spread it to others. A negative test before 14 days of quarantine are completed does not release someone from quarantine. We encourage community members to contact their healthcare providers with any concerns or testing needs, and also to check the city website for additional testing resources.”last_img read more

Exclusive Preview: Brian Montgomery to Discuss COVID-19, CWCOT

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Tagged with: Brian Montgomery COVID-19 cwcot podcast Home / Daily Dose / Exclusive Preview: Brian Montgomery to Discuss COVID-19, CWCOT Subscribe Share 1Save About Author: David Wharton Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago April 21, 2020 1,662 Views Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Hon. Brian MontgomeryThis Thursday, April 23, DS News will present an exclusive podcast conversation between The Hon. Brian D. Montgomery, Assistant Secretary for Housing–Federal Housing Commissioner, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Ed Delgado, President and CEO of Five Star Global.Commissioner Montgomery and Delgado will discuss updates related to the COVID-19 National Emergency Standalone Partial Claim, default rates and support for borrowers, Claims Without Conveyance of Title (CWCOT) updates, and HUD and FHA’s priorities in the short- and long-term as the mortgage industry recovers responds to the national health crisis.The discussion will be available as an exclusive podcast interview this Thursday. Check back here, or watch your DS Daily Dose for the link.The conversation will also touch on how the priorities at HUD and the FHA have shifted in the midst of this health crisis, and the Commissioner will also be giving updates on recent important changes to the CWCOT program.FHA’s CWCOT program pays insurance benefits to a mortgagee after the sale of a property to a third-party after the foreclosure of the FHA-insured mortgage or through a second-chance sale. There is no conveyance of the property to HUD with CWCOT in exchange for payment of mortgage-insurance benefits. The program also expedites the disposition of foreclosed properties and reduces the amount of time a property sits vacant. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Brian Montgomery COVID-19 cwcot podcast 2020-04-21 David Wharton The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Exclusive: Brian Montgomery Talks COVID-19 Next: Investment Update: Single-Family Rents on Upward Trend Exclusive Preview: Brian Montgomery to Discuss COVID-19, CWCOT The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Hopes that extra Gardai coming to Donegal for ‘right reasons’

first_img Previous articleThree people due in Donegal court over major drug seizureNext articleCouncil urged to consider establishing more car charging facilities News Highland Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Hopes that extra Gardai coming to Donegal for ‘right reasons’ Twittercenter_img By News Highland – March 11, 2019 Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic There’s been a cautious welcome to news that the greater, Newtowncunningham, Killea and Carrigans area are to get extra Gardai. It’s understood that one Sergeant and a number of Gardaí will be deployed to the border area in the coming weeks.Local Cllr Paul Canning says the town lands in question have seen a major spike in crime over the past few months and hopes that the new Gardai will be addressing that as opposed to manning a potential hard border:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/canninghgfhghgfggardai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Scientific Drilling of Lake Sediments at Darwin Crater, Tasmania

first_imgA 70 meters long continental sediment record was recovered at Darwin Crater in western Tasmania, Australia. The new sedimentary archive includes a pre-lake deposit and the complete lake sediment succession accumulated over several glacial/interglacial climate cycles in the ~816 ka meteorite impact crater. A total of 160 meters of overlapping sediment cores were drilled from three closely-spaced holes. Here we report on the drilling operations at Darwin Crater and present the first results from multi-sensor whole core logging, sediment description and multi proxy pilot analysis of core end samples. The multi-proxy dataset includes spectrophotometry, particle size, natural gamma ray, paleo- and rock-magnetism, loss-on-ignition and pollen analyses. The results provide clear signatures for alternating glacial and interglacial sediment facies. The succession returns a minimum of seven inferred glacial cycles. Initial paleomagnetic analysis indicate reversed magnetic polarity in the deepest sediments drilled at Hole B. If geomagnetic in origin, this result constrains the sediment 2.5 m below commencement of lacustrine deposition to an age between ~816 ka and the Matuyama-Brunhes geomagnetic reversal ~773 ka, which is consistent with the interpretation of seven glacial cycles. High-resolution analysis and detailed multi-disciplinary studies are underway with a primary focus on dating, paleomagnetism, and paleoclimate.last_img read more

Library Media Adjunct

first_imgPosition Overview:Note: Adjunct positions at UCO are part-time teaching positions.This posting is to create a pool of interested applicants fromwhich the Department may draw as sections become open at any pointin the current academic year. This posting may or may not result inthe hiring of adjuncts. Adjunct Faculty – provides a qualitylearning experience for students on a semester basis. Adjunctfaculty reports to a dean or chair and performs instruction-relatedduties and responsibilities in a timely manner and in accordancewith the mission, policies and procedures of the college. Therelationship of the adjunct faculty member to the student is one ofteacher and facilitator of learning.College/Department Overview:The College of Education and Professional Studies currently has 100full-time and over 100 part-time faculty organized in sevendepartments. The college offers 23 undergraduate majors and 28graduate majors. All teacher education programs are CAEPaccredited. Other programs are recognized at the state and nationallevels with accreditations by the American College of SportsMedicine (ACSM), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), theAmerican Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), the NationalAssociation for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), theNational Council on Family Relations (NCFR), and the OklahomaEducational Quality and Accountability Commission (OEQA). UCO’sCollege of Education and Professional Studies has an enrollment ofnearly 4,800 students, about one-fourth of whom are graduatestudents. For further information see our website athttp://www.uco.edu/cepsDepartment Specific Essential Job Functions:Teaching introductory and graduate courses in Library Mediaprogram.QualificationsExperience Required:Possesses at least a master’s degree in the field specified in theposition announcement (exceptions require Academic Affairsapproval). Possesses excellent communication, problem-solving, andorganizational skills.Experience Preferred:Master’s or Doctorate in Library Media, Library InformationSciences, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, orSecondary Education. Three years teaching experience and/or highereducation teaching experience.Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:Ability to provide a quality learning experience for students.Adjunct positions at UCO are part-time, in-classroom teachingpositions on a semester by semester basis.Physical Demands:Repetitive movement of hands and fingers – typing and/or writing.Frequent standing, and/or sitting. Occasional walking, stooping,kneeling or crouching. Reach with hands and arms. Visuallyidentify, observe and assess. Ability to communicate withsupervisor/students/colleagues. Regular physical attendancerequired. The physical demands and work environment characteristicsdescribed here are representative of those that must be met by anemployee to successfully perform the essential functions of thisjob. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADArequirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals withdisabilities to perform essential functions.last_img read more

SECAUCUS BRIEFS

first_img ×The Secaucus Board of Education officially hired seven new teachers and three staff members at their June 15 meeting. (See briefs for more information.) Pictured, top row: Huber Street School Principal Linda Wilhelm, Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani, Secaucus Middle School Principal Robert Valente, Secaucus High School Assistant Principal Jeffrey Case, Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Robert Beckes, Director of Special Services Susan Smahl, Network Technician Justin Estrich, Secaucus Education President Nancy Lynch, and Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knopps. Bottom row: Secaucus High School chemistry teacher Brian Carson, Secaucus Middle School language arts teacher Julia Moore, Speech Therapist Olivia Wilson, Director of Curriculum Dr. Daniela Riser, Secaucus Middle School guidance counselor Samantha Boczon, Secaucus Middle School STEM teacher Antonia Ricciardi, and Speech Therapist Sammantha Griffin. Fourth of July Celebration will be July 3The mayor and Town Council invite residents to the annual Fourth of July Celebration on July 3 at 4 p.m., at the Secaucus Swim Club, 145 Front St. Food, amusements, fireworks, and entertainment will be available for Secaucus residents and their guests only. Contact (201) 330-2000 for more information.Mayor Gonnelli congratulates Mrs. Earth 2017Mayor Michael J. Gonnelli has announced that Paris Keswani was crowned Mrs. Earth 2017. She is based in New York and not from Secaucus, but has been involved in town issues. Gonnelli extended his gratitude for Keswani because of her involvement with the town. She has been working with Mayor Gonnelli to support environmental projects and help children with special needs. She previously chose Secaucus to help her reach her goal of planting 10,000 trees worldwide.She plans to launch a new jewelry line made out of 100 percent recycled materials.The annual Mrs. Earth and Ms. Earth Pageant is the elite international pageant system for diverse and poised women and was held from June 8-12, at South Point Casino in Las Vegas. Thirty-eight women from different countries competed for the title of Mrs. Earth and Ms. Earth 2017. American Dream will proceed after completing $2.77B financingAmerican Dream developer Triple Five has announced Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have sold $1.1 billion in tax-exempt bonds required to fully finance the project in East Rutherford, according to NJBIZ.com, a real estate website.The sale was completed almost one month after Triple Five closed a $1.67 billion construction loan provided by JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs.“The now-completed financing allows Triple Five to proceed with full construction of this unprecedented project, which will create tens of thousands of jobs, bring millions of tourists and billions of dollars in economic growth annually to Bergen County and the state of New Jersey,” Triple Five President Don Ghermezian said. “We look forward to unveiling American Dream to the world in March 2019.”The Triple Five president thanked the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, state Economic Development Authority and borough of East Rutherford for their help during the bond sale. New staff added by Board of Education At the Board of Education meeting on June 15, the board approved the hiring of seven new certificated staff members, a full-time network technician, and two full-time custodians.Bryan Carson, a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Forensic Science with a concentration in Molecular Biology, will assume the position of chemistry teacher at Secaucus High School.Joining the Clarendon School and pre-school communities are Speech Therapists Sammantha Griffin and Olivia Wilson.Griffin received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology from LaSalle University and her Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Old Dominion University.For the past two years she has been employed as speech teacher with the Elizabeth school district.Wilson received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University, and obtained her Masters of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She has been employed as speech teacher with the Elmwood Park school district over the past two years.Four new certified staff members joined the Secaucus Middle School faculty. Julia Moore will assume the position of Language Arts teacher. Moore earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and her Masters in English Education from Rutgers University. She completed a successful student teaching experience as a language arts teacher at the Herbert Hoover Middle School in Edison Township.Appointed as new STEM Teachers were Antonia Ricciardi and Marissa Capobiano. Both are recent graduates of the College of New Jersey, where they received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Elementary Education and iSTEM. Ricciardi completed her student teaching experience at the Indian Fields School in Dayton, and Capobianco at the Bear Tavern School in Hopewell.Assuming the position of guidance counselor at Secaucus Middle School will be Samantha Boczon.Boczon is a graduate of Montclair State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Advocacy and her Masters in School Counseling from Montclair State University.Boczon completed internships at the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health in Montclair and at Glen Ridge Middle School.Also appointed at the June 15 meeting was Justin Estrich, who moves from part-time to full-time network technician. He is a graduate of Secaucus High School and is currently enrolled at the New Jersey Institute of Technology where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Information Technology with a specialization in Network Security and Information Systems.Furthermore, two individuals, Cosimo Landolfo and Michael Sanzari, were appointed to the position of full-time custodians. Previously Landolfo had been in the district as a part-time custodian, and Landolfo as a per diem custodian.center_img The Secaucus Board of Education officially hired seven new teachers and three staff members at their June 15 meeting. (See briefs for more information.) Pictured, top row: Huber Street School Principal Linda Wilhelm, Clarendon School Principal Steve Viggiani, Secaucus Middle School Principal Robert Valente, Secaucus High School Assistant Principal Jeffrey Case, Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Robert Beckes, Director of Special Services Susan Smahl, Network Technician Justin Estrich, Secaucus Education President Nancy Lynch, and Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knopps. Bottom row: Secaucus High School chemistry teacher Brian Carson, Secaucus Middle School language arts teacher Julia Moore, Speech Therapist Olivia Wilson, Director of Curriculum Dr. Daniela Riser, Secaucus Middle School guidance counselor Samantha Boczon, Secaucus Middle School STEM teacher Antonia Ricciardi, and Speech Therapist Sammantha Griffin.last_img read more

CASH criticises retailers on high festive salt levels

first_imgConsensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) has slammed supermarkets, coffee shops and sandwich chains for selling Christmas bakery products that contain high levels of salt.  The pressure group, which argues that salt is responsible for raising blood pressure and increasing the risk of strokes and heart disease, surveyed 87 products in seasonal ranges. These included sandwiches, salads, pies and desserts. The highest salt product found on the high street was the Christmas Full Works Sandwich from EAT, which contained 4.2g salt per portion, over two-thirds of the daily maximum salt intake for adults. Other sandwiches with high salt levels included Marks & Spencer’s Three Wise Sarnies (3.07g), the Co-op Festive Triple (2.6g) and Subway Chicken and Stuffing (2.5g).CASH was also critical of some sweet treats, pointing out that a Costa Christmas Chocolate cake had 0.94g salt per portion – the equivalent of nearly two packets of crisps. “The huge level of salt seen in some of the products is particularly shocking when you consider that many children may be eating these products,” said Katharine Jenner, nutritionist and CASH campaign manager. “To offer new high-salt options on the menu, when the nation is trying to reduce its salt intake, is quite simply irresponsible.”last_img read more

Strange Machines Adds Baker’s Dozen Late-Night With Eggy

first_img[Video: mkDevo]Tickets for Strange Machine’s Baker’s Dozen late-night performance are currently on sale and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page. You can also check out Live For Live Music’s official guide to Phish Baker’s Dozen’s late nights here, which will give you the lowdown on who to see after Phish’s other MSG performances this July and August.Eggy performing “Graceless” from Brooklyn’s The Knitting Factory this past January.[cover photo courtesy of Sobokeh]Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 20, 21, & 22 – Twiddle @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT)July 23 – Circles Around The Sun (early brunch show) @ Brooklyn Bowl (tix)July 25 – Turkuaz @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 26 – Strange Machines w/ Egggy @ DROM (tix)July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 28 – James Brown Dance Party  – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *July 29 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theatre (tix) *July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 –  “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 –  Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (SOLD OUT)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents) Boston, MA-based quartet Strange Machines is joining in on the Phish Baker’s Dozen late-night fun this summer with their own performance at New York City’s DROM on Wednesday, July 26th. The group, who has been accruing quite a rabid fanbase since their inception back in 2011, will keep the vibe going into the early-morning hours with special guest Eggy, the funky crunchadelic act out of New Haven, CT.Strange Machines seamlessly blends rock and reggae with elements of funk and livetronica, making for a captivating live performance that is sure to keep you in the right head space following the massive event hosted by Phish and happening just up the road at Madison Square Garden. The band, made up of Mike McDonald (guitars, vocals), Christian Perron (keys), Isaac Civitello (drums, vocals), Craig Holland (bass), and lighting designer Matt Calabrese, recently came off a huge Spring tour, which saw the band support the likes of Twiddle, Dopapod, TAUK, and Kung Fu. On the heels of this major tour, Strange Machines is currently getting ready to release their first full-length album, which is due out this coming fall.Take a listen to Strange Machines going on a solid run of “Little Monster, Shape of Things > Cocaine Blues > jam > Shape of Things” from their show at Cambridge, MA’s The Sinclair this past April. last_img read more

Even among the insured, cost of illness can be devastating

first_img Providers need to understand their patients better, panelists say Related The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Despite the Affordable Care Act’s much-touted expansion of health coverage in the U.S., a first-ever poll of America’s seriously ill demonstrates that insurance alone isn’t enough to protect against the high cost of care.The poll showed that though 91 percent of respondents had health insurance, 53 percent of those with insurance had trouble paying their medical bills.“These are not stories about the uninsured, these are stories about people with an insurance card,” said Professor Robert Blendon, who discussed the poll Wednesday at the Harvard Chan School, which cooperated on the effort with The Commonwealth Fund and The New York Times.“For 50 years in this country, we’ve been debating how to help people who aren’t insured. And the assumption is once you get them the card they are protected for the rest of their lives. [We live] in a world where seriously ill people with insurance, including Medicare, are facing staggering bills.”More than a third of the seriously ill with insurance — 36 percent — used all or most of their savings to pay for care, 21 percent had trouble paying for basic necessities, and 28 percent lost or had to change jobs because of illness.Financial consequences extend to family or friends who take on the role of caregiver once the patient comes home. Twenty-three percent of caregivers developed financial problems themselves, while 21 percent took an income hit due to their caregiver role. The poll, with a margin of error of 3.2 percent, surveyed 1,495 adults or caregivers of adults who faced serious illness in the last three years. It was conducted between July 6 and Aug. 21.Along with Blendon, Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health, the webcast “Being Seriously Ill in the U.S.: Financial and Healthcare Impacts” included comments from Eric Schneider, senior vice president for policy and research at The Commonwealth Fund; Robert Master, founder, former president, and chief executive officer of the nonprofit health plan Commonwealth Care Alliance; and Toyin Ajayi, chief health officer and co-founder of Cityblock, a nonprofit that aims to transform care for underserved urban populations. More than a third of the seriously ill with insurance — 36 percent — used all or most of their savings to pay for care, 21 percent had trouble paying for basic necessities, and 28 percent lost or had to change jobs because of illness. The survey also found room for improvement in quality of care. Nearly one in four respondents, 23 percent, reported a serious medical error, while 61 percent reported one or more problems involving poor care coordination, lack of clarity about services, or lack of responsiveness of staff.Resolving these issues, Master and Ajayi said, goes beyond just focusing on mistake-free processes to both redesigning how we care for the seriously ill and better coordination across the system. One suggestion: a “guided care nurse” who follows a patient regardless of the setting, visiting him or her at home, in the hospital, and in longer-term settings.Another change, Ajayi said, would be for doctors to ask patients about their finances. A seriously ill patient may be faced with a choice between food for his or her children or medication. It’s “tantamount to medical malpractice” to ignore financial constraints in designing a care plan, Ajayi said.Home visits by clinicians can make a difference, panelists said. The visits help providers understand patients’ day-to-day lives and the trouble they may have complying with treatment. The group also emphasized home-based care, which is not only less expensive, but avoids the gaps in care that can occur when patients are transferred from facility to facility.To help the seriously ill at home, Master suggested broader adoption of a Medicaid program that compensates family members for providing care. Government aid that helps home caregivers also helps the seriously ill stay at home, he noted, saving money by keeping them out of a nursing facility.The current health care system seems to be optimized for the healthy 28-year-old, Ajayi said — the patient who has no trouble taking a few hours off work to come in for a primary care visit, and can afford copayments with little trouble. But we’re all just an accident or an unfortunate diagnosis away from joining the ranks of the seriously ill, Ajayi noted, making the case that reform aimed at better care for the seriously ill is in everyone’s interest.Blendon pointed to the marketing of cheaper insurance plans to healthy people with the advice that they buy plans that meet their current needs. The problem with that rationale, he said, is that nobody knows when they’re going to get sick or injured, at which point a bargain-basement plan is inadequate.Health insurance should anticipate dramatically changed needs, he said — for expensive but critical care the policy holder might require next week, next month, or 10 years from now, when serious illness strikes. States hold the power on health care, experts saycenter_img Experts urge vaccination, share ideas for making it better Fighting the flu at less than full strength Vote could set in motion Medicaid expansion The problems with LGBTQ health carelast_img read more

Deer Park Nurse Practitioner Sentenced for Selling Rx

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A nurse practioner was sentenced Tuesday to nine-to-19 years in prison illegally selling prescription painkillers from her Deer Park office in what authorities called one of the largest “pill mills” on eastern Long Island.Ingrid Gordon-Patterson was convicted of criminal sale of a prescription, conspiracy and criminal possession of a weapon at Suffolk County court in June.“She used a pen and prescription pad to make enormous sums of cash over the span of one year—an estimated $1 million paid to her by addicts and dealers who resold the oxycodone pills,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.Prosecutors said the 49-year-old Patchogue woman sold more than 1,100 prescriptions for 30-milligram Oxycodone tablets from June 11, 2011 to June 6, 2012. The street value of the pills at the time was $20 per 30-milligram tablet, according to investigators.Investigators also seized an unregistered, loaded .38-caliber Titan Tiger Revolver when they executed a search warrant on her office, authorities said.Prosecutors had asked Judge Richard Ambro to give Patterson the maximum sentence of 26 years in state prison.last_img read more