Five of Vermont’s health care associations today released a joint report outlining their health care reform guiding principles and recommendations for policy makers. This release coincides with the most recent update to the Vermont Health Care Commission by Dr. William Hsiao, the Harvard-based economist who is developing three health system design options for consideration by the General Assembly.The associations identified a number of important themes. These include:1) State health care reform initiatives need to be fully aligned with the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).2) Health care professionals and providers should be full partners with health plans and state government in planning for and implementing new payment methodologies, delivery system reforms and insurance reforms.3) Payment incentives designed to support a re-defined health care system need to promote quality value and improved access..4) The ability to deliver improved health care outcomes requires greater attention to and resources for health information technology, workforce education, recruitment and retention as well as expanded prevention/wellness programs. Keeping Vermonters healthy includes having an adequate supply of primary care clinicians to ensure access to preventive and primary care services.5) Most providers, particularly long term care and home health, face substantial net funding reductions under the ACA that must be considered by state policy makers.“Identifying joint recommendations and guiding principles better prepares us to be engaged in the important discussions ahead,” said Bea Grause, President and CEO of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. “Like Vermont’s previous reform success stories, further health care reform will depend upon the close collaboration of all stakeholders and policy makers, with the interest of the patient as the central focus.”The participating health care associations include Bi-State Primary Care Association (representing community health centers, free clinics, rural health clinics and area health education centers), the Vermont Assembly of Home Health Agencies, the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, the Vermont Health Care Association (representing nursing homes, residential care and assisted living facilities) and the Vermont Medical Society (representing physicians).To read the paper in its entirety visit www.VAHHS.org/pressroom/ReformReadinessPaper.pdf(link is external)Source: Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. 10.13.2010
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]T[/dropcap]alk about a blast from the past, WCWP 88.1 FM, the public radio station at LIU Post campus in Brookville, and the Play Troupe of Port Washington will perform two classics from the golden age of radio—“The Thin Man” and “Casablanca”—at the Hillwood Recital Hall Stage at the Tilles Center for Performing Arts at LIU Post. The community is invited to attend both productions, which will benefit the non-profit station.“Radio plays are a part of radio history and provide entertainment that engages the imagination,” said Dan Cox, director of broadcasting at WCWP Radio. “They are a lot of fun to listen to, but even more fun to see them performed on stage.”First up is the 1940s classic, “The Thin Man,” on Friday, April 25, at 2 p.m. The original series, which was broadcast from 1941 to 1950, features the same savvy duo—the ex-detective Nick Charles and his glamorous, wealthy wife Nora Charles—who were immortalized in the films of the same name. Here on stage they deliver the same style of witty one-upmanship, loving criticism and inebriated insight as they go about their business solving murders that in their heyday earned them top billing as “the happiest married couple in radio.”Then on Friday, May 23, at 2 p.m., WCWP Radio and the Play Troupe of Port Washington perform “Casablanca” the way this World War II romance was originally heard by radio audiences in 1944 as part of the “Lux Presents…Hollywood” series. Like the movie, Rick’s Place never sounded so good.“The Thin Man” and “Casablanca” will be broadcast later.And that’s not all. A benefit concert is also on the spring calendar to help the station.On Sunday May 4, 2014, WCWP Radio and Word of Mouth Studios present John Batdorf with special guest Jim Dawson at 7:30 p.m. in a live performance at the Hillwood Recital Hall on the LIU Post campus in Brookville. The station will air it at a later date.Batdorf was half of the duo, Batdorf and Rodney.“Their song ‘Home Again’ was a huge FM-New York staple for a lot of years in the ‘70s,” says Word of Mouth Studios’ Tony Traguardo, who is co-sponsoring the concert. “The same would hold true for Jim Dawson, whose album ‘Songman’ had a single, ‘City Song/Simple Song,’ that used to get a lot of play.” These artists used to appear frequently at My Father’s Place.On WCWP Traguardo can be heard hosting the “4F” show from 7-9 p.m. on Monday nights.The proceeds from these three upcoming events will help benefit the FM station.Tickets for the radio performances are $10, and $25 for the concert. They are available at www.WCWP.org. If Long Island Press readers add the discount code “wcwpspring,” they may knock $5 off the ticket price for the concert, Traguardo says.