The letters went out to governors on March 14, 2017. Seema Verma had recently been appointed by President Donald Trump as the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency within the Department of Health and Human Services that oversees health-care programs for more than 130 million Americans. Verma and then–HHS Secretary Tom Price, also a Trump appointee, wanted to alert state leaders across the nation that a new era was dawning: Some people would be required to work in exchange for Medicaid benefits.Ushering in this new regime was, in some ways, what Verma had spent her entire career seeking to accomplish. In 2001, five years after earning a master’s degree in public health at Johns Hopkins University, Verma founded a consulting company called SVC. The company, which exists now as HMA Medicaid Market Solutions, helps states adjust how Medicaid programs are operated and delivered. (Verma sold the company shortly after becoming CMS … [Read more...] about Should Americans Have to Work for Health Care?
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Lawsuits and family members are raising concerns about a number of veterans' nursing homes managed by an Anderson-based company. A veteran's wife is seeking an investigation into a nursing home run by an Anderson-based company that cares for her husband and 2,000 other aging servicemen and women in South Carolina and three other states. Anne Harrell's husband, James, is a former Air Force master sergeant with Alzheimer's disease. He lives at Veterans' Victory House, a nursing home in Walterboro whose sign says it is the "home of the greatest generations." Since arriving there in September 2015, James Harrell has had repeated infections, several hospitalizations and unexplained bumps and bruises, his family contends. Anne Harrell, who is 86, said she has spoken repeatedly with the staff but believes her concerns are largely disregarded because of her age. "They treat me like I'm crazy," she said. She became so frustrated that she called the White House, she said. Her complaint was … [Read more...] about Lawsuits and settlements put South Carolina veterans’ nursing home care in the spotlight
ASHEVILLE – The foundation that would manage the roughly $1.5 billion in proceeds from the sale of Mission Health says it has added two female members to its board. Dogwood Health Trust announced Wednesday that Vivian Bolanos, a banker from Henderson County, and Jacquelyn "Jackie" Shropshire Simms, a retired hearing educator and administrator from Buncombe County, have joined the board. Critics of Dogwood have said its board, which had nine members before adding Bolanos and Simms, is not diverse enough along the lines of gender, race and geography. Until the appointments announced Wednesday, only two of its members were female and six were from Buncombe County. Mission agreed in August to be sold to HCA Healthcare, for-profit company based in Nashville, Tennessee. The deal is under review by the state Justice Department. Attorney General Josh Stein also said Tuesday he is concerned about how representative of Western North Carolina the Dogwood board … [Read more...] about Dogwood Health board, criticized on diversity, adds two female members
Aaron Peabody was majoring in graphic design and business administration when the pull of the entrepreneur's life led him to bail on college. The Chicago native had already acquired countless hours of hands-on skills building a medical technology platform through his part-time job, so getting a chance to strike out in the business world trumped piling more onto his $20,000 in student loans. "School was getting in the way of my education," Peabody, 23, recalled of dropping out of Indiana Wesleyan University midway through his junior year. It "seemed to deplete my monetary value." Such a brazen repudiation of the value of college no doubt would make the average career academic shudder, but Peabody and his two partners in a new Louisville data and marketing company are on the front lines of a trend that's expanding well-paying opportunities for job seekers in technology. Economists say the tight labor market and increasing demand for computer … [Read more...] about For some professional jobs now, no college degree is no problem
Melba Moore came to town in August to lead the Cincinnati Health Department and shoulder a mountain of challenges, including the primary health care for one of six city residents, the opioid epidemic and a stubbornly high infant mortality rate. But her first major test as the city’s 42nd health commissioner is taking control of the Cincinnati Health Department. Moore’s arrival has triggered the exits of at least five key department leaders, many of whom had lobbied hard against her hiring earlier this year. Among the officials on the way out is Dr. Marilyn Crumpton, retiring from the city after serving as interim health commissioner. Moore, 62, says the staff unrest puzzles her. The St. Louis native brings 15 years of experience running the Missouri city’s health department, and she acknowledges that she’s demanding of managers. As she settles into her Downtown apartment and shakes hands every day meeting dozens of Cincinnati residents, she says she is … [Read more...] about Cincinnati’s new health commissioner says hello. Longtime department workers say goodbye