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April 20, 2018

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  • Professional Women in Healthcare announces the Anne Eiting Klamar Leadership Award of Distinction
  • From the Publisher

  • How a 25% tariff on medical devices affects us all
  • Manufacturer News

  • Hill-Rom enhances Spot Vision Screener to serve senior population
  • Fresenius, American Nephrology Nurses Association announce recipients of nursing educational scholarships
  • Tips for Greater Success

  • My Time With Barbara Bush
  • Government News

  • NIH to fund gun research consortium of 12 universities, health systems
  • Hospital and IDN News

  • UMass Memorial Health to close Medicaid-heavy clinic as part of $50M cost reduction plan
  • ACO News

  • Emory Healthcare to launch ACO, bundled payment program with Walmart
  • News of the Weird

  • It's (another) boy! Michigan family with 13 sons gets No. 14
  • The poop train's reign of terror in small-town Alabama has ended
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    Professional Women in Healthcare announces the Anne Eiting Klamar Leadership Award of Distinction
    Professional Women in Healthcare (PWH) (Alexandria, VA) announced the Anne Eiting Klamar Leadership Award of Distinction, an award that recognizes a woman who has experienced significant growth as a leader. A woman who has catapulted her career, scope of responsibility and professional development. She exudes confidence, integrity, and is well respected by the industry, her peers and her subordinates. She is committed to giving back and is a leader that others desire to follow and be mentored by. This award is in honor of Anne for her wisdom in recognizing the need for PWH, her inspiration and determination to start the organization, and her leadership and mentorship to so many. The 2018 award recipient will be announced at the PWH Leadership Summit. To nominate someone for this award, please click here. The deadline for nominations is May 15, 2018.
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    From the Publisher
    How a 25% tariff on medical devices affects us all
    The Office of the United States Trade Representative issued a notice of determination, request for comments, and notice of public hearing outlining possible products from China which may be selected to receive an additional duty of 25%. A sample of health and dental products that are candidates for an additional future tariff include:
    • Syringes and needles
    • Sterile surgical catgut, suture materials, tissue adhesives for wound closure
    • MRI machines
    • Defibrillators
    • Artificial joints
    • Pacemakers
    • Malaria diagnostic kits
    • Dental equipment such as drills and burs

    Adding a 25% tariff to these products runs counter to our goals of reducing healthcare costs for all patients. Listen to this 20 minute Podcast between Repertoire’s Scott Adams and HIDA’s Linda Rouse O’Neill to hear what we all need to be doing to prepare for this proposed tariff on China.

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    Manufacturer News
    Hill-Rom enhances Spot Vision Screener to serve senior population
    Hill-Rom (Chicago, IL) announced new enhancements to its Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener, enabling the device to quickly and effectively screen for vision issues in adult patients with pupil sizes as small as 3 mm. Spot Vision Screener is a handheld, portable device that makes vision screening as easy as taking a picture. The Wi-Fi enabled screener allows clinicians to quickly detect vision issues in patients as young as six months of age through those who are senior citizens. The device was initially designed to improve early detection of amblyopic risk factors that lead to vision loss and blindness in children. The latest software update is available for download at no charge to current device owners. Newly purchased devices will include the updated software.
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    Fresenius, American Nephrology Nurses Association announce recipients of nursing educational scholarships
    Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) and the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) announced five recipients of educational scholarships at ANNA’s 2018 National Symposium in Las Vegas. The five scholarship recipients were selected out of 32 applicants and will receive $4,000 ahead of the fall 2018 academic year. The scholarships were made possible through a $20,000 grant from FMCNA provided to ANNA for the education of its members. Recipients were selected by ANNA based on their academic records, letters of recommendation and essays from each applicant describing their career and educational goals. To see the list of winners, click here.
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    Tips for Greater Success
    My Time With Barbara Bush
    In this week’s Tips for Greater Success, Dan Nielsen, founder of AmericasHealthcareLeaders.com and NIHCL.com, writes, "I met Barbara Bush on a private parking lot of a large convention hotel in Orlando, Florida. I was the lead executive for a large annual national healthcare meeting and we had booked her as a keynote speaker.
    "Secret Service agents had brought her to the hotel after we flew her on a private jet from Houston to Orlando. The minute she stepped out of the back seat of the limousine, her demeanor, warm and gracious style, and her beautiful, sincere smile put me completely at ease. After warm greetings, we walked into a back entrance of the hotel. The Secret Service had already carefully planned exactly where we would walk, the freight elevator we would use, and all other security details. There were 3 Secret Service officers, a young lady who served as an assistant to Mrs. Bush, and of course Barbara and me. Mrs. Bush and I immediately hit it off and begin talking about all kinds of things as we walked in, through the hotel, and onto the freight elevator.
    "As the freight elevator moved up to the floor where she would speak, I felt so comfortable with her that I kiddingly asked the following question: 'Is your son going to run for president?' I kid you not, this is actually what happened..."
    Click here to continue reading this week's Tips.
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    Government News
    NIH to fund gun research consortium of 12 universities, health systems
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded $5 million to 20 researchers across 12 universities and health systems to study gun deaths among children and teens — the largest grant for gun research in two decades. The five-year grant allows for the creation of the Firearm-safety Among Children & Teens Consortium. The money will go toward creating an agenda for research into pediatric firearm injury, generating preliminary data for potential larger investigations, creating a data archive on childhood gun injury, and training new researchers and providing educational resources on gun injury science. To see a list of participating institutions, click here.
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    Hospital and IDN News
    UMass Memorial Health to close Medicaid-heavy clinic as part of $50M cost reduction plan
    UMass Memorial Health Care System (Worcester, MA) is considering a $50 million cost-reduction plan, which includes closing Plumley Village Health Services, a clinic that serves a large portion of low-income residents. The health system will close the clinic, which services about 1,800 patients per year. About 50% of its patients are covered by Medicaid insurance. The patients serviced at this clinic will be directed to other sites, including UMass Memorial's Hahnemann Campus (Worcester), as well as Family Health Center of Worcester and Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (Worcester), which are not part of the health system but are closely linked by its ACO.
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    ACO News
    Emory Healthcare to launch ACO, bundled payment program with Walmart
    Emory Healthcare (Atlanta, GA) and Walmart are partnering on an ACO for Walmart employees based in the metro Atlanta area, as well as a bundled payment program for spine surgeries and joint replacement surgeries. Employees at 55 Walmart, Sam's Club and Walmart Distribution Center locations will have the option to select the Emory Accountable Care Plan and become part of the ACO. They will have access to free preventive care visits and pay standard copays for primary care, specialist, and urgent care. Joining the ACO also provides access to Walmart's bundled payment program. Under Walmart’s Centers of Excellence bundled payment program, designated centers receive fixed payments for care related to spine surgery and joint replacement. Walmart designated Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital and Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center as Centers of Excellence, meaning Walmart employees who have a Walmart-sponsored health plan do not pay anything out of pocket for spine and joint replacement surgeries at those locations. Walmart is also footing the bill for any travel-related costs to Emory locations.
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    News of the Weird
    It's (another) boy! Michigan family with 13 sons gets No. 14
    There will be no shortage of hand-me-downs for this Michigan kid. The Grand Rapids Press reports that Kateri and Jay Schwandt welcomed the birth of their 14th son on Wednesday, five days before he was due. They have no daughters. Local news reports that, at birth, the boy weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 21 inches long. His name wasn't immediately announced. As with their last few children, the couple from Rockford, north of Grand Rapids, didn't want to know the baby's sex ahead of time. Jay Schwandt said earlier this year that he would have loved to have a girl, but didn't think would be in the cards. He was right. Kateri Schwandt has said she's used to large families, as one of 14 children herself. The couple's oldest son is in his 20s.
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    The poop train's reign of terror in small-town Alabama has ended
    It's not often a town of roughly 1,000 makes national news. But then, it's not often a town faces a plight so ripe for media attention as Parrish, Alabama.
    For upwards of two months, a train brimming with sewage sludge has been squatting uninvited near fields used for youth baseball, simmering in the afternoon sun, making its noisome presence known even in the darkness of night. In a word, Mayor Heather Hall told The Associated Press earlier this week, "it smells like death."
    But it appears the tiny town may finally be waking from its long nightmare. "I have wonderful news," Hall announced Wednesday on Facebook, in what one might describe as a remarkable understatement.
    She explained that the containers of excrement aboard that train have been transported to and emptied at their intended destination, the landfill operated by Big Sky Environmental about 25 miles away. A few containers remained at the Parrish rail yard as of Wednesday afternoon, but she reassured her constituents those were just empties, soon to be removed, as well. But one might reasonably ask, what were some 250 tractor-trailer loads (or about 10 million pounds) of poop doing just sitting in a residential area? The more mathematically minded among us have probably already noted that comes out to roughly 5 tons of poop per capita in Parrish, which seems excessive… (click here to keep reading)
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