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

Acting transportation minister cancels Jakarta’s policy to suspend interprovincial buses

first_imgActing transportation minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan has indefinitely postponed the Jakarta Transportation Agency’s policy to temporarily halt interprovincial bus operations to slow the spread of the coronavirus.Luhut, the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister, sought to have an assessment on the economic impact of such a policy, which might prevent Jakarta residents from going to their hometowns for mudik (exodus), according to the Transportation Ministry’s spokeswoman Ardita Irawati..“According to [the minister’s] instruction, the implementation of the operational ban is suspended while waiting for a comprehensive assessment of the economic impact, in line with the President’s instruction in a meeting [on Monday morning],” Ardita told The Jakarta Post on Monday.The ministry, therefore, is dealing with the fast-spreading COVID-19 by spraying disinfectant on public transportation facilities, providing hand sanitizer, scanning the temperature of staff members, offering masks to passengers showing symptoms such as cough and arranging the seats so as to maintain a safe distance between passengers.Read also: Recovered COVID-19 patient in Central Java urges people not to ‘mudik’The Jakarta Transportation Agency initially planned on Sunday to suspend operations of interprovincial and intercity buses starting from Monday to stop the coronavirus from spreading further outside the capital, as Jakarta residents recently left the capital for their hometowns.COVID-19, a respiratory illness first discovered in Wuhan city in Hubei province in China, has infected 698 people in Jakarta as of Monday. The capital, which the government named the national epicenter of the outbreak, recorded 74 deaths and 48 recoveries.Thousands left the capital last week, suggesting the government’s warning to discourage them from mudik was barely effective. In neighboring Central Java, for example, Jepara recorded 1,776 arrivals as of March 24, Purwokerto recorded 2,323 arrivals and Wonogiri recorded 2,625 arrivals.Central Java recorded 81 people with COVID-19, the fifth-highest number of confirmed cases in the country. Of them, seven people have died, while no recoveries have been reported yet.The government reported on Monday 129 new people with the contagious disease, bringing the national number of confirmed cases to 1,414. (dfr)Topics :last_img read more

Health Ministry says COVID-19 bed capacity still ‘sufficient’ nationwide

first_imgHe said 839 of 2,900 hospitals in Indonesia were COVID-19 referral hospitals. A total of 132 hospitals were national referral hospitals and the other 707 were regional referral hospitals, he added.Abdul, however, did not provide a breakdown of the bed occupancy rate in each region.Read also: Patients occupy over 50% of Jakarta hospital bedsPreviously, COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said the bed occupancy rate for COVID-19 hospitals in Jakarta, the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, was “no longer ideal”. Despite recent reports of overwhelmed COVID-19 hospitals in several regions, the Health Ministry has claimed that the nationwide capacity was still sufficient to accommodate patients.“The capacity is considered sufficient for the time being, and the bed occupancy rate has only reached 42.3 percent,” the ministry’s acting director general of health services, Abdul Kadir said in a virtual discussion on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.Abdul said the institutions claiming that COVID-19 hospitals had been fully occupied were spreading a hoax.  He said Jakarta currently had 67 official COVID-19 referral hospitals and 170 hospitals providing services for COVID-19 patients.However, he added, the occupancy rate for isolation rooms in Jakarta had reached 69 percent and that for intensive care unit (ICU) beds had reached 77 percent. “This is not an ideal situation,” Wiku said on Monday.Wiku said the rate should drop to 60 percent to reduce the burden on healthcare workers.“Patients with moderate and mild symptoms would be transferred to the Wisma Atlet Kemayoran [emergency COVID-19 hospital in Central Jakarta],” he said.Read also: Restriction relaxation leads to increase in Depok household clustersIn Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, the number of patients has reportedly exceeded the isolation room capacity of eight hospitals in the city. “I ask for understanding from the public, as the number of people being treated has exceeded the capacity of the hospitals,” Balikpapan Mayor Rizal Effendi said in a press conference on Monday, as broadcasted by KompasTV.Rizal said there were 221 cases currently under treatment at eight hospitals in Balikpapan. “Our hospitals have only 212 [isolation rooms]. So, you can imagine that,” said Rizal.Due to the limitation, Rizal said, the hospitals would be more “selective” in accepting COVID-19 patients.As of Monday, 1,814 cases in COVID-19 infection have been confirmed in Balikpapan, with 1,069 people having recovered and 126 having died, while another 398 patients are undergoing self-isolation at home. Nationwide, Indonesia reported 2,775 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the total tally to 177,571. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

Rodgers is a great inspiration to me, says Iheanacho

first_img Iheanacho, who has scored twice in his last three games, has urged his side to remain focused in order to win their remaining four league games and finish in top-four at the end of the campaign. “It’s been great, I’ve really enjoyed it. We worked hard in training before the restart on getting our fitness right,” he continued. “It was a bit different because, normally when the season finishes, you come back after a holiday or travelling, but when you’re just inside for three months, it’s hard. “Now, we need to keep our standard high and keep the philosophy that we’ve had since the start of the season. We just need to finish these four games well. “It needs focus to get it done and dusted. We’re ready, we’re focused, and we’re trying to get there.” The forward also congratulated his teammate and England international Jamie Vardy, who recently reached the 100-goal mark in the Premier League. read also:Leicester/Palace: Iheanacho, Ndidi monitor United’s victory in dressing room“Jamie is a top striker. He’s one of the best in the Premier League, so congratulations to him. It’s been great working with him and I’ve learned a lot from him,” he added “Most importantly, he’s a great guy and he’s funny, so I’m happy learning from him.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Iheanacho has revealed his delight to play under Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers. The Northern Irish tactician was appointed in February 2019, replacing Claude Puel and has been the driving force behind the success of the team. The King Power Stadium outfit is close to realizing their Champions League target, considering their current fourth position on the table. Iheanacho has endured mixed fortunes since teaming up with the Foxes from Manchester City but he is gradually becoming a key member of the team. The forward has bagged 10 goals and provided four assists in all competitions this season and he has explained how the Northern Irish tactician has been motivating him as well as his other teammates. “He’s a different class. He speaks to everyone and motivates and encourages them. He got me going, to be fair,” Iheanacho told the club website. “He got everyone going. Whenever I’m playing, I’m free to express myself, so long as I stick to the plan, and it’s just a joy to play under him.” The Foxes were third on the Premier League table before the outbreak of coronavirus which forced football activities across the world into a hiatus. The King Power Stadium outfit has, however, been able to secure only one win in their last five games since the restart of the English top-flight. Loading…last_img read more