David Reynolds named deputy commissioner of BISHCA

first_imgDavid Reynolds, Senior Policy Advisor for Health to United States Senator Bernie Sanders, will join BISHCA as Deputy Commissioner of Health Care Administration.  The Health Care Administration oversees hospital budget review and the certificate of need process, maintains health care data bases, oversees quality reporting by hospitals and health insurers and supervises external claim reviews.  HCA is also responsible for liaison between BISHCA and the Green Mountain Care Board.  Reynolds will begin work at BISHCA in early December. ‘David Reynolds brings a rare combination of policy knowledge and on the ground experience in the delivery of health care to our work implementing health care reform in Vermont,’ said BISHCA Commissioner Steve Kimbell.  ‘I am very glad to have him join our team at BISHCA,’ he continued. David Reynolds holds a doctorate in Health Policy from the University of Michigan and brings to his new position extensive career experience in health care programs and policy and in federal and local government.  He is a resident of St. Johnsbury. BISHCA 11.8.2011last_img read more

45 suspected, probable cases test negative for COVID-19

first_img“Konbag-o ang test kits, they have to do parallel testingto ensure the quality of the test results. Pagkataposang result sang parallel testing gina-submit sa RITM for validation,” said Pulmones. This was the third consecutive day thatWestern Visayas recorded no new COVID-19 cases. The tests were conducted at the WesternVisayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao district here. Out of these tested specimens, 1,344 werenegative of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus while 37 were positive.Pulmones said the WVMC testing laboratory recently recalibrated its PolymeraseChain Reaction machines to ensure quality testing. DOH has now transitioned to three new terms:“suspect case”, “probable case” and “confirmed case”. * all SARI (severe acute respiratory infection) cases where noother etiology fully explains the clinical presentation She also said the WVMC testing laboratory isusing new testing kits. The island province of Guimaras remained freefrom COVID-19. COVID-19 cases in Iloilo province remained at15; Bacolod City, seven; Aklan, seven; Iloilo City, five; Capiz, four; Antique,two; and Negros Occidental, one. * a suspect case whom testing for COVID-19 isinconclusive Of these cases, 12 remained in hospitals while14 were on home quarantine. Seven recovered from the illness while seven died. ILOILO City – All the 45 specimens taken fromsuspected and probable cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testednegative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, announced the Department of Health (DOH)Region 6 yesterday. A “suspect case” is a person who is presentingwith any of the conditions: In COVID-19 Case Bulletin No. 20, DOH-6 statedthat the region’s confirmed COVID-19 cases remained at 40. “Ininga procedure gina-obraregularly sang aton mga laboratoriesto ensure nga quality ang ginapagwa nila nga results. Ikaduha, may gin-recommend nga bag-o nga testing procedure orprotocol ang Research Institute forTropical Medicine (RITM) kon sa diinginsunod ina sang aton subnational reference laboratory,” said Pulmones. To further widen mass testing for COVID-19,DOH on April 13 started adopting new “surveillance definitions” in thereporting of cases that for several weeks it had been calling as persons underinvestigation (PUI), persons under investigation (PUM) and positive cases. A “confirmed case” is “any individual,irrespective of presence or absence of clinical signs and symptoms, who waslaboratory-confirmed for COVID-19 in a test conducted at the national referencelaboratory, a subnational reference laboratory, and/or officially accreditedlaboratory testing facility.” A “probable case” is a suspect case whofulfills anyone of the following: * suspect case for whom testing could not beperformed for any reason * individuals with fever or cough or shortnessof breath or other respiratory signs or symptoms fulfilling any one of thefollowing conditions: aged 60 years and above; with a comorbidity; assessed ashaving a high-risk pregnancy; health worker./PN * suspect who underwent testing for COVID-19but not conducted in a national or subnational reference laboratory orofficially accredited laboratory for COVID-19 confirmatory testing * ILI (influenza-like illness) cases with anyone of the following:  with no otheretiology that fully explains the clinical presentation and a history of travelto or residence in an area that reported local transmission of COVID-19 diseaseduring the 14 days prior to symptom onset, or with contact to a confirmed orprobable case of COVID-19 during the 14 days prior to the onset of symptoms According to Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, DOH-6spokesperson, the WVMC subnational laboratory hads so far tested or ran a totalof 1,517 specimens since it started operating late last month. last_img read more

Dodgers enabled by 10-day disabled list rule

first_imgIn the beginning, God put in a six-day work week, followed by a day of rest.Was there a disabled list at the time? Heavens no. He called it Sunday.Adam and Eve were essentially the first to go on the DL, with whatever misdirect was given to biblical scribes. God didn’t have to use the term “upper body injury” in his PR release, but knowledgeable fact-checkers later confirmed it stemmed from an error in judgment that resulted in a bruised ego and a strained relationship. No irony in the fact that today, almost every device created by Apple can net the same result.Man’s own brilliance and ingenuity has created so many things since then that have been essential to his own well being. But more so than traffic lights, emergency phones in public elevators or even the printing press (which is still up to debate), the simple wisdom of the disabled list is transcendent. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Sports seems to be the only entity that officially recognizes such a thing, In the secular world, the HR department may frame it as extended leave, a sabbatical, or a furlough. Shave all the fur off it, and it’s just a permission slip to skip out on P.E. that generally doesn’t require a doctor’s note. Your word and ethical standing is all we need.And with that frenetic philosophy, the bend-but-don’t-break-the-news Dodgers are on their way to the World Series?• Major League Baseball’s revised 10-day disabled list rule wasn’t meant to be a way station for creative injury victims. The spirit was giving teams the ability to greater protect a player from harming himself more as he may be trying to grind through an injury and fear that 15 days was just too long to be absent.The Dodgers’ magnificent manipulation of that loophole is exceeding everyone’s expectations in how to operate a functional seven-man starting rotation while adhering to Clayton Kershaw’s need to pitch every fifth day.Is it now obvious why the Dodgers sign so many post-Tommy John surgery pitchers? Their pre-existing condition comes with reams of paperwork that imply they will never be in tip-top shape. Just look at their medical files. Oh, so you know more than Dr. ElAttrache about the lifespan of someone’s elbow reattached with a cadaver’s tendon?center_img There are all sorts of collateral damage that can come from this, and how it affects future free agents, collective bargaining and even jersey sales.There will always be wiggle room on a pitcher’s extended warranty for repairs and diagnostic needs without having to sound guilty by presenting some an extensive explanation. Pick the time frame that works for you. What could possibly go wrong?• Inspired by The Dodgers Way, I’ve been putting myself on 10-hour disabled lists, whenever the need calls for it.Wife: Can you handle this load of laundry?Me: Sorry, I just went on the DL. I’m rehabbing until midnight.A simple thank you is in order as we run down the list of the Dodgers’ front-office directory of deviousness – Stan Kasten, Andrew Friedman, Farhan Zaidi, Alex Anthopoulous, Gerry Hunsicker, Alex Tamin … sure, throw in Ned Colletti.Rest assured, our new 10-hour DL policy has been a life changer.Check off any of these if they apply, because surely they are among the medical-sounding verifiable excuses the Dodgers can pick from when trying to sell to New York why Kenta Maeda, Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Rich Hill or even Chris Hatcher aren’t up to par:A soft-tissue contusion: We had this happen recently when we discovered there was no more Charmin left on the roll and could not stretch far enough to reach the replenishment basket under the sink.A lumbar-joint dysfunction: More commonly known as a lower-back sprain, often brought upon while twisting to find the tweezers that you just dropped while trying to pop a vesicle blister on your non-throwing hand.A medial periostitis of the tibia: A basic shin split, something Maeda could have incurred from sprinting between the mound and dugout when he nearly threw a complete-game victory that resulted in a DL designation.Lateral epicondylitis: It’s basic tennis elbow. If McCarthy has that on his chart, it’s not from picking up a racket, but overuse of his Twitter account.In other news this week• It was touch and go for a while, but USC could not have crash landed a more perfectly thought-out PR strategy than its partnership with United Airlines in a high-fare naming rights deal to tarnish the venerable Coliseum.Four years ago, we spent a column presenting the most apropos, and alliterative, alternatives. The Costco Coliseum. The CashCall Coliseum. The Rick Caruso Coliseum.But USC instead unites behind a company (with a Trojan grad as its CEO) that continues to be a late-night punchline and now wants to dump $70 million in damage control instead of saving those funds for future lawsuits?The new seat that they’ll be giving displaced season-ticket holders at the Coliseum cannot be used as a flotation device, but there will be plenty of room underneath to stow your complaints.And so when United goes bankrupt, does USC get bumped down to another second-class airline?• Does the rain-delayed construction of the Inglewood Football Stadium that will house your Rams, your Chargers and your Super Bowl LV in 2021 mean the water tables are so high now in the area that there’s no need for a fancy new sprinkler system? This just whets our appetite on the potential of seeing a monster truck pull take place in the Manchester Mud Pit this fall.last_img read more