New Mexico Delegation Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort In Project ECHO To Expand Telehealth Care

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) led a group of 39 lawmakers Wednesday in calling on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to support Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), a telehealth mentoring model developed in New Mexico that enhances health care and workforce capacity in underserved areas. Project ECHO provides community-based primary care teams with the evidence-based knowledge and training needed to manage patients with complex conditions. Specifically, the New Mexico delegation encouraged HHS to use existing authorities under Medicare and Medicaid to expand Project ECHO’s reach nationwide. “The Department of Health and Human Services has identified value-based care as one of four core priorities to improve the health and well-being of the American people. In order to achieve that worthy objective, we must identify and support new and emerging health care delivery models in Medicare and Medicaid,” wrote the lawmakers. “We believe that Project ECHO, and technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity-building models more generally, help to move us closer to this goal.” In addition to being a successful tool for tackling hard-to-treat diseases, the Project ECHO model has been used to treat behavioral health issues, improve patient care and satisfaction, increase knowledge and reduce isolation for providers, and improve retention rates for physicians in rural, underserved areas. Project ECHO is also looking for innovative ways to democratize information so medical professionals can get the support and professional development they need to keep up with the rapidly changing world of medicine. “Despite growing interest and some financial support from the federal government and specific states, no ongoing funding streams exist to support Project ECHO, and technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models more broadly.  We respectfully request your consideration of the below actions—using existing authorities—that could accelerate ECHO’s integration into the health care delivery system, and, in doing so, advance federal and state efforts to provide value-based care,” the lawmakers wrote. The full letter can be found below and HERE.center_img “We’re grateful for the bipartisan support from Congress for using technology enabled collaborative learning to get better care to people in rural and underserved parts of the country who need it most,” said Dr. Sanjeev Arora, founder and director of Project ECHO. “Guidance from CMS on financing strategies through Medicaid and Medicare will make it easier for states to start up or expand existing ECHO projects. It will help keep people in their communities getting good care from providers they know and trust.” Congressional Delegation News: Project ECHO is a telehealth model that was developed in New Mexico and connects primary care physicians in rural or underserved areas with specialists to provide coordinated care and improve outcomes for patients, particularly in communities with limited access specialty care services. Originally designed to combat the Hepatitis-C epidemic in New Mexico, Project ECHO now enables patients to get treatment for a diverse array of disease conditions from various levels of health care providers, and it has grown to serve communities nationwide and internationally. The letter was also signed by U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Angus King (I-Maine), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), & Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), David McKinley (R-Ore.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Pete Stauber (D-Minn.), Josh Harder (D-Calif.), Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), Kim Schrier (D-Wash.), Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah), Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), Kevin Hern (R-O.K.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), & Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)last_img read more

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Panama Canal: LNG to be priced based on cubic meters

first_imgThe Panama Canal Authority made a proposal for a new toll structure, following more than a year of informal consultations with representatives from various industry segments.The proposed restructuring calls for each segment to be priced based upon different units of measurement, while aligning with customers’ needs and requests, and modifying pricing for all canal segments. For instance, LNG will be based on cubic meters.Pricing for containers will be measured and priced on TEUs, dry bulkers will be based on deadweight tonnage capacity and metric tons of cargo, passenger vessels will be based on berths and tankers will be measured and priced on Panama canal tons and metric tons.The new structure will apply to the existing canal as well as the new lane of traffic when the expansion project begins operation in 2016. The new locks will allow shipping lines to transit the canal with larger ships, providing greater economies of scale. Moreover, the expansion will open new global shipping routes and allow the transit of non-traditional commodities through the waterway, such as liquefied natural gas.[mappress mapid=”16418″]LNG World News Staff; Image: Panama Canallast_img read more

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Minister: Singapore to be ready for LNG bunkering by 2020

first_imgLNG World News Staff For Illustration only (Image courtesy of Singapore LNG)Singapore aims to be liquefied natural gas (LNG)-bunker ready in the next three years, according to the country’s Senior Minister of state for Trade and Industry, Koh Poh Koon.The minister said this at an LNG bunkering demonstration held at Jurong Port on Tuesday by Pavilion Energy’s unit, Pavilion Gas. Pavilion Gas and FueLNG are the only two companies licensed as LNG bunker suppliers in Singapore.The chilled fuel was supplied by a truck-to-ship method. According to the minister, this is the first time that LNG has been supplied to a ship from a port in Southeast Asia.LNG bunkering is poised to grow in line with international developments in the maritime industry, in particular the decision by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) last October to limit global sulphur emissions to 0.5% from 2020, Koh said at the ceremony.“We plan to be LNG bunker-ready as early as 2020, and today is an important milestone in this journey,” he said.“For example, the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has a programme to co-fund up to S$2 million for LNG-fuelled harbour craft. I am excited that five such harbour craft will be coming on stream from 2018 onwards.”The five harbour craft include tug boats and bunker tankers from Keppel SMIT, Maju Maritime, Harley Marine and Sinanju Tankers, Koh said.Following the award of LNG bunkering licences to Pavilion and FueLNG last year, the MPA will embark on a three-year LNG bunkering pilot program this year.“This will allow us to test operational protocols, gain operational experience and beef up Singapore’s capabilities to ensure that LNG bunkering is carried out safely, efficiently, and reliably,” he stressed.The MPA has also recently launched Singapore’s first LNG bunkering standard which provides technical framework for conducting LNG bunkering operations in the country.Singapore currently imports the chilled fuel via Singapore LNG Corporation’s terminal on Jurong Island, the only such a facility in the country.“Its present throughput capacity of 6 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) will be raised to 11 Mtpa when construction of additional regasification facilities is completed this year,” Koh said.In addition, a fourth tank would be completed by the first quarter of 2018, increasing the terminal’s storage capacity to a total of 800,000m3, he added.last_img read more

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Hinkley delivery is key to nuclear renaissance

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Retrofit work looks set to bump along the bottom …

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OMA appoints two

first_imgNeale joins the OMA Group with extensive experience of shipping and logistics in West Africa. He previously headed up GAC’s Ghana office and has also helped set up partner agreements for GAC on the West African coast.Neale Proctor.Forster also brings over 18 years of industry experience to OMA Togo, having worked in South Africa, East Africa and Denmark, focusing on bulk, breakbulk, containerised, project and heavy lift cargoes, as well as offshore and logistics support services.Desmond Vorster.www.omagroup-wa.comlast_img read more

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Industry News in Brief

first_imgCorus announced on June 15 that it will invest £20m in its Scunthorpe steelworks in the UK. Addition of a second degassing unit and a third ladle furnace will increase production of rail bloom to 500000 tonnes a year. All bloom for the company’s rail mills at Workington and Hayange will be produced at Scunthorpe from 2006.Bharat Earth Movers of India is to produce stainless steel air-conditioned metro rolling stock under a co-operation agreement with Rotem of South Korea.Fare collection supplier Cubic Transportation Systems has set up a subsidiary company in China to be known as Cubic Transportation Systems (Beijing) Co Ltd.Visual Simulation Technologies Ltd and CCL have formed a strategic alliance called Rail Simulation Solutions to design, supply and manage cab simulators for driver training.India’s Rail Wheel Factory in Bangalore is to increase its production capacity to 115000 wheels and 50000 axles a year.Voronezh Aircraft Co is planning to set up a plant to manufacture aluminium-bodied passenger coaches and freight wagons for Russian Railways.Faiveley reports an operating margin of 9·2% on its rail business in 2003-04 thanks to contracts in Germany and the UK. More than 80% of the company’s €312m turnover is related to the rail business.Orders at MTU Friedrichshafen were up slightly at €1·3bn for the 2003 financial year. The Industrial Vehicles division saw strong growth, with ’on-going high sales’ in the rail sector.Pfleiderer AG has announced pre-tax earnings of €11·3m for 2003. Sales at the Track Systems division rose 20% to €129·7m. More Industry News on pp 431 – 435last_img read more

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MP calls for local government body in Wotten Waven

first_img 83 Views   2 comments Tweet Share LocalNewsPolitics MP calls for local government body in Wotten Waven by: – June 8, 2017 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Valley Constituency, Dr. Colin McIntyre (Photo credit: Office of the Prime Minister)Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Valley Constituency, Dr. Colin McIntyre has called on constituents to form a local government body. Dr McIntyre made that call at a town hall meeting held at the Wotten Waven Resource Centre on Wednesday 7 June 2017. “We have to reestablish a local government in Wotten Waven. We have had some issues, so we will fix them up and we will get that program going,” he said. According to the Ministry of Social Services, Family and Gender Affairs’ website, which manages the operations of local government bodies in Dominica, the active participation of citizens in the development of a country has been promoted as a prerequisite for any meaningful democratic system. It adds that it is in this context that a Local Governmental system which provides valuable opportunities for popular participation and responsibility to Local Authorities for local development management is seen as being significant to the development of Dominica.McIntyre noted that having a local government authority in a community is “very critical” as it improves communication between the community and central government.“It existed before, and anytime you have a strong local government from the people of the village, partnering with the central government, that my friends, is the best formula for development for the village,” he stated. McIntyre added that establishing a local government arm will be beneficial to every resident of the village. “So, I would like to make sure that very soon from now, we can look at our development program, but we first have to establish our local government, and that local government will be for everyone, single one of you, and the residents of the village in general,” Dr McIntyre further stated.last_img read more

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Give All Saints University ‘due credit’ for staying in Dominica

first_img Tweet BusinessEducationLocalNewsTertiary Give All Saints University ‘due credit’ for staying in Dominica by: – August 13, 2018 Share Share Sharecenter_img 651 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring! Dr Clayton Shillingford (file photo)The All Saints University School of Medicine should be given credit for keeping its operations here, following Ross University’s decision to leave, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr Clayton Shillingford has said.The All Saints University School of Medicine has been operating here since 2006 and relocated temporarily to St. Vincent and the Grenadines following the passage of Hurricane Maria.The school returned its operations here in April 2018 after effecting repairs necessary after the passage of Hurricane Maria.“I have to say at the outset that I was pleasantly surprised that All Saints, as a Dominican institution, decided to stay the course and to stay here as a major partner with the Dominican government and to provide education to students who are interested in becoming doctors,” Dr. Shillingford said.He was speaking at the thirty-fourth white coat ceremony of the All Saints University School of Medicine on 11 August 2018.Dr Shillingford said any institution that is making a contribution to the number of doctors available to provide health care is admirable as “we need a lot of doctors all over the world” to provide medical health care to citizens of the world.Speaking briefly on the incidents of Hurricane Maria, Dr. Shillingford said the All Saints University remained here while the Ross University School of Medicine made a different decision, “for whatever their particular business reasons were, they elected that they could not stay here anymore”.“All Saints is here, you stayed the course and for that particular decision the government and the people of Dominica must give the owners and the leadership of All Saints due credit,” Dr. Shillingford stated. “Due credit is also due to the faculty who are here and who also made the decision to stay the course and to provide the services that you the students would require,” Dr Shillingford added.last_img read more

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RF Channel Emulator Enables Advanced MIMO OTA Testing

first_imgAnite has announced that its industry leading Propsim F32 Channel Emulator supports advanced MIMO OTA mobile device testing using a Multi Probe Anechoic Chamber (MPAC) methodology as recommended by 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project is a collaboration between groups of telecommunications associations). This innovative test environment enables users to verify that mobile devices with the latest technology features, including multiple antenna configurations and carrier aggregation, perform as expected.Anite has been an integral part of 3GPP since the start of the study on test methodologies for advanced MIMO OTA testing. All major test system integrators have benefited from using Anite’s Propsim F32 Channel Emulator to provide results to the standards community. In September last year, Anite also announced that it had helped to accelerate the initial release of the CTIA standardised MIMO OTA performance test plan.The Propsim F32 is a single unit channel emulator that supports eight dual polarized antennas for MIMO OTA testing in an anechoic chamber. It can be expanded to support 16 dual polarized antennas (required for testing larger devices), making it a future-proof solution for upcoming technologies and device formats.last_img read more

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