Florida: Teachers Are Leaving in Droves Due to Low Salaries, Testing, Mandates — Diane Ravitch’s blog

I was just having this conversation about the teaching profession with a loved one. Part of the my post-graduate educational experience involved teaching and learning type classes @ Ashford University. Now when I take this information in a per-application discussion with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools I might has well be from outer space. That in a nutshell is part of the problem (not that I would have gotten the job anyway, but it’s like, why bother). As in some of the comments should you read that far, this is not limited to Florida. North Carolina don’t value teachers either, and the local district linked above is one of the higher paying ones.

Wake up, Florida! Years of so-called “reform” are driving out teachers and principals. Can you have good education of you can’t hold on to successful teachers? The Orlando Sentinel reports on the crisis level exodus from teaching: Noah David Lein has always loved teaching. And if you believe the state of […]

via Florida: Teachers Are Leaving in Droves Due to Low Salaries, Testing, Mandates — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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Providers Collect More Revenue Due to ACA Medicaid Expansion

What really gets me is that the economics is cut and dried, but dislike for the current President trumps reason. That is the only way I can explain this. Now we have proof that should quiet the doubters, that is if they open their mind.

Due to Medicaid expansion, low income populations with coverage have less unpaid non-medical bills that they owe to collection agencies.

Source: Providers Collect More Revenue Due to ACA Medicaid Expansion

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State Medicaid Expansion Should Reduce Emergency Room Visits

This would seem to be a no-brainer to me, but what do I know? I am not in government. If you are North or South Carolina, as an elected body, the hate for the “player” i.e. President Barack Obama has overshadowed the hate for the “game” i.e. Obamacare/ACA. The state will pay for everyone’s healthcare at some point. It would seem to be cheaper to keep them out of Carolinas Medical Center ER as the most costs are borne there.

‘The Affordable Care Act called on for Medicaid expansion among the 50 states.

Source: State Medicaid Expansion Should Reduce Emergency Room Visits

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Tech can help the elderly…if they use it…CNET

It is nice to see that the AARP generation, of which I am a part of, is getting some attention in the tech community. However, with other mundane issues involving healthcare such as the lack of expansion of Medicaid in certain states, including the state I live in (NC) and all that touch it, this is all a moot point because when the premiums and deductibles are not afforded, Medicare in NC is only good to keep the Affordable Care Act penalties away. That doesn’t help anyone, but TPTB could care less because they “got theirs”, want more, and have no concern for those not so fortunate.

A growing number of apps and devices are designed to help manage care of older patients, but the nagging reality is that they’re going unused. At least for now.

Source: Tech can help the elderly…if they use it

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Meet the man who says he’s got a solution to MMA’s injury epidemic

This is one of the first forays from this blog into expanding the definition of healthcare, which is the recent focus of this blog. Anyone who knows me and has seen me would not equate me to any faction of MMA life except for interest in the sport [certain don’t look the part]. However, if this reduces injuries and recovery time in a physical violent sport, that cannot be all bad.

MMA fans wince when they hear news of their favorite fighter pulling out of a heavily anticipated matchup with a training injury. One fan winces more than most – and he believes he can stop it. …

Source: Meet the man who says he’s got a solution to MMA’s injury epidemic

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Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of heart attack, stroke – CNN.com

Out of the items listed, I do Broccoli, Olive Oil, Eggs, Beans, and Spinach. Working on the others.

A study found that the Mediterranean diet — high in fruits, vegetables and fish — is linked to a lower risk of heart attack and stroke in people with heart disease.

Source: Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of heart attack, stroke – CNN.com

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Nokia to buy digital health firm Withings for $191 million | Re/code

Nokia rises from the “American Dead” after all.

The maker of digital scales and fitness trackers will form the basis of a new Nokia digital health business.

Source: Nokia to buy digital health firm Withings for $191 million | Re/code

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Crazy Eddie’s HIPAA & Swap Shop

HIPAA compliance is not optional or dependent on the size of the business. In spite of some best efforts, the data host chosen, do so carefully. Or you could end up like Metro Chicago Hospital Council (MCHC) as a non-profit, has a Health Information Exchange (HIE) that is subcontracted. What happens if your provider leaves the market and takes its data store with it? Fortunately for them, they got a judge to be on their side long enough to ensure a proper transition. A federal judge ordered Sandlot Solutions Inc. [what a name for a medical company] not to destroy the data without court approval. It was ordered to provide the raw data to MCHC as well as a “virtual” copy as soon as possible. The HIE was ordered to bear the cost of hardware, personnel and other expenses necessary to do so, and also to post bond of $25,000 (Susan D Hall, 2016, para. 5). Sandlot Solutions was out of Irving TX, website is down, obtained through LinkedIn. A simple Dun & Bradstreet report may have flagged this company, but it does not hurt to check. An analogy would be to put the hands of deciding a game in an official making a call, Golden State Warriors found out the “hard way” about that.

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Health Records 101

Most every topic imaginable has a report, think tank, or field study attached to it. That is just the way it is. “Sophisticated” technology will be necessary to make sure that patient records are unique. Many moons ago when I was active in IT, I was always taught to normalize data by creating rules to stop most bad data from entering the system. Errors such as leading a required field blank or a Social Security Number not entered should NEVER happen. The fix is simple, make the fields required, and stop processing until they are filled and properly formatted. In the 2016 version of the web, this can happen with web-based, app-based, or other forms, and it is a no-brainer. Patient name misspellings cannot be eliminated totally, but greatly reduced if a simple crosscheck query of name fields that correspond with SSN numbers or other information that can verify results. The report wants to make it sound or in practice be harder than it really is, but that is why they get “the big bucks”. “Creating policies and procedures for front-end and back-end staff to follow is foundational for the overall data integrity process” (Katie Dvorak, 2016, para. 8).When you hang around any industry long enough, what is old is new again to different generations. 


Katie Dvorak. (2016, April 20). Report: Providers must adopt sophisticated tech, stronger policies to prevent duplicate patient records. Retrieved April 21, 2016, from http://www.fiercehealthit.com/story/report-providers-must-adopt-sophisticated-tech-stronger-policies-prevent-du/2016-04-20

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