Increase in emergency department visits persists following Medicaid expansion

first_img Read Full Story Visits to hospital emergency departments (EDs) not only jumped by 40% in Oregon after Medicaid coverage was expanded there in 2008—but the increase persisted for at least two years, according to a new study led by health economists at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.The study also found no evidence that the newly insured are more likely to substitute doctor’s office visits for trips to the ED; rather, it found that Medicaid makes it more likely that individuals will use both types of care.The study will appear in the Oct. 20, 2016 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.“Our finding that Medicaid increased ED visits generated a lot of debate about whether this might just be a temporary spike; now we know that the increase in ED visits persisted for at least the first two years of Medicaid coverage,” said Amy Finkelstein, the John and Jennie S. MacDonald professor of economics and co-Scientific Director of J-PAL North America at MIT, who led the study with Katherine Baicker, C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics at Harvard Chan School.The researchers examined new evidence from the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, a unique, randomized controlled evaluation of the effects of Medicaid expansion. Oregon’s lottery provided an unprecedented opportunity to separate out the effects of Medicaid from confounding factors to assess the impact of coverage on a wide range of outcomes, from health care use to financial security to mental and physical health.last_img read more

My First Two Months at Dell EMC

first_imgFour months ago I started working as a graduate at one of the most important technology companies of the market and I am so glad of being part of the team of Dell EMC Spain.Due to some work experience and some studies, I realized how important the technology is and how it is changing our ways of life, and I started to have interest about the movement of data that is generated nowadays and how it is managed, so for that, Dell EMC was the perfect company to develop my career in this industry. Dell EMC is not just a company that helps its customers to manage their information and helps them to transform their business, it also helps their employees to grow, personally and professionally.Every week in Dell EMC is more interesting and we have tons of events, in each one, we learn something new. My first event at the company was a meeting about the importance of cyber safety and how we must manage our social networks, especially in a professional way, to become more attractive to users.Session of Cybersafety and LinkedinA few weeks later, we had another event organized by Dell for Entrepreneurs about virtual reality. We had testimonies of three different companies that were devoting themselves to help users (companies, hospitals, employees, patients…) with the most advanced technology.For example, one of them was helping people to overcome their fears through virtual reality glasses. It was not as good for me, because testing the glasses made me discover I’m afraid of heights!But the event of the year was yet to come: Dell EMC Forum Spain held on December 12th. A technology journey developed for professionals of the IT sector to discover new strategies, acquire innovative perspectives and explore new solutions that the company offers. There were around 1.500 participants!!It was a great opportunity for me (mostly because I had only been working for the company for a month at that time) to meet some clients, partners and especially, colleagues at Dell EMC.And also to know the new technologies of the market, the most amazing products of the company and how is Dell EMC introducing and modernizing the technology in this digital age.It was a very interesting and entertaining day since where we didn’t stop learning, and connecting with a lot of people.Dell EMC Forum SpainWe also had another gathering about the tendencies of employment nowadays and the new options and opportunities we have inside and outside the company and how we can collaborate to improve them. We have English lessons every week for free, we also had a session about financial planning and a contest about some associated products to Dell EMC.Undoubtedly, we do not get bored at the company, we have a lot of interesting activities that are managed by the different organizations (Employee Resources Groups) such as Conexus, Genext, Planet, Pride, True Ability or Woman in Action dedicated to support different groups with events and activities.To sum it up, Dell EMC is a great company to develop yourself both personally and professionally. Thanks to the events that the company holds you have the opportunity to grow up both, individually and also as a team.last_img read more

Derek Hough & Martin Short Join NBC’s Hairspray Live!

first_img View Comments Derek Hough & Martin Short(Photos: Caitlin McNaney) Don’t change that channel, because this casting is timeless to us! Derek Hough and Tony winner Martin Short are on board to star in NBC’s Hairspray Live!. The duo of Emmy winners will play Corny Collins and Wilbur Turnblad, respectively. They join the previously announced Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein, who take on the roles of Motormouth Maybelle and Edna Turnblad. The telecast is set for December 7 on the Peacock network.This is kismet for the Broadway-bound Hough, who told exclusively in March that he would “love” to take part in the live event. “I think it’s wonderful that musicals are being brought to television,” Hough said.Additional casting, including the lead role of Tracy Turnblad, will be announced at a later date. The telecast, helmed by Kenny Leon and with live TV director Alex Rudzinski, will air from Los Angeles. This is a first for NBC: Their recent musical events, The Wiz, Peter Pan and The Sound of Music, were shot in New York.Hough is a six-time winner of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and took home two Emmy Awards for his choreography on the show. He is set to star in Broadway’s Singin’ in the Rain next year, having previously performed its title number in Radio City Music Hall’s New York Spring Spectacular. His additional credits include Burn the Floor on Broadway, Footloose in the West End and Nashville on the small screen.Short, who starred on Broadway last year in It’s Only a Play, won a Tony Award for his performance in Little Me. He won an Emmy with John Candy, Andrea Martin and more for their writing on SCTV and one for AFI’s Lifetime Achievement tribute to Mel Brooks. He also appeared on Broadway in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and The Goodbye Girl. His screen credits include Father of the Bride, Mars Attacks!, Three Amigos and Saturday Night Live.The tuner features music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan. Hairspray follows plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she attempts to become a cast member of The Corny Collins Show, a popular local dance TV series. Tracy soon finds herself leading a civil rights campaign to integrate the show.Hairspray, based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, opened on Broadway on August 15, 2002 and ran for 2,642 performances. The Fierstein and Marissa Jaret Winokur-led show took home eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It was subsequently made into a movie, starring John Travolta and Nikki Blonsky, in 2007.last_img read more

Synchronous Fireflies Spotted in Pennsylvania

first_imgEvery June, more than 10,000 people descend upon Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Elkmont Campground to see a miracle of nature: a rare species of synchronous fireflies that flash in unison. Visitors stand in line for hours to be shuttled in and out of the campground, which sits in a river valley on the western edge of the park. The Elkmont fireflies are the most well documented and stunning example of synchronic bioluminescence in the U.S., but the Smokies doesn’t have a monopoly on in-sync bugs. Another population of synchronous fireflies was recently discovered in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest.The fireflies found in both the Smokies and Allegheny flash several times in unison, go dark for several seconds, then flash again in harmony. “They look the same, act the same, have the same DNA,” says Lynn Faust, leader of the team that studied the Pennsylvania lightning bugs in 2012.Faust, a Tennessee native, was responsible for bringing the Smokies’ population of fireflies to the attention of the scientific community in the 1990s. She has spent the last 22 years traveling the world to study fireflies of all kinds. “It’s a hobby that went nuts,” she says. Faust wasn’t surprised to see the fireflies in Pennsylvania and says, historically, the lightning bugs have been seen throughout the Southern Appalachians.“I have scientific papers that date back to the 1850s that mention reports of the synchronicity. I’m surprised we don’t have more reports from other parts of Appalachia.”She’s personally seen them in several locations outside of the Smokies. Just don’t expect any other show to be quite as spectacular as what’s found in Elkmont.“The show in Allegheny is impressive, but the fireflies are more spread out,” Faust says. “In Elkmont, thousands of them can be found in a condensed area. I’ve seen fireflies all over the world, but you can’t beat the show at Elkmont on a peak night.”See For Yourself The synchronous fireflies typically peak in mid-to-late June, depending on the weather patterns leading up to their mating season. In Elkmont, you’ll have to register for a shuttle to see the lightning bugs. In Allegheny National Forest, the Allegheny Defense Project is organizing a Firefly Festival this year to celebrate the bugs on June 21-23. Find out more at alleghenydefense.orgOr head into the woods to discover a colony of synchronous fireflies of your own. Synchronous fireflies only live above 1,600 feet in elevation and prefer elevations between 2,200 and 2,400 feet. They are typically found near rivers in older forests without a lot of understory, so they can see each other.last_img read more

Beyond the pandemic risk series [Part 1]: Pandemic-related lending portfolio risks

first_img This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » Is your credit union worried about how to handle the uptick in uninsured collateral and delinquencies? Hear how to adopt proactive, borrower-friendly strategies to better predict and manage these pandemic-related portfolio risks.Key Takeaways:[08:05] The most critical data that you can get your hands on would be any data that would provide you early indicators that there is going to be a delinquency issue. [10:35] One non-negotiable is that credit unions have a monitoring program that allows them to understand your risk exposure at any point in time. [13:57] Right now we can’t under-score social media; because we all interact virtually, there is a lot of good analytic and trending data that can be provided via social media. As long as you are doing that in a compliant and appropriate manner. center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PFA hires former spin doctor to lobby against regulatory ‘tsunami’

first_imgPFA has created a new department in which Bram Jensen will work, having broadened its public affairs department into the new regulatory affairs department.Back in October, PFA’s chief executive Allan Polack indicated the company was in the process of deciding how its communications and public affairs activities should be organised, following the sudden departure of its director for group communication and public affairs, Morten Jeppesen.Bram Jensen told IPE: “The great tsunami of regulation aimed at the banking sector following the financial crisis has now hit the pension providers.”The Danish FSA (Finanstilsynet) now has an increasing focus on pension providers, she said, adding that new rules now being put in place are aimed at putting the sector into a tighter regulatory framework.“The issue is not only that politicians are currently legislating to bring about these tighter regulatory conditions for the pensions sector but also that the FSA itself is creating more restrictive rules within the mandate it has already been given by Parliament,” she said.Bram Jensen said PFA was one of the first to hire regulatory lobbyists in the Danish pensions sector.“In the banking sector, it is quite normal to have public affairs people who have this role, but here in the pensions sector it is not very widespread,” she said.The increasingly onerous financial regulation affecting pension funds and providers can lead to big costs for the businesses, Bram Jensen said.“Since PFA is the largest pension provider in Denmark, we are in quite a unique position to be able to influence the decision makers who are putting these rules in place,” she said. PFA Pension, the largest commercial pensions provider in Denmark, has hired former government special adviser, or “spin doctor”, Janne Bram Jensen in the newly created role of regulatory affairs director, in a bid to influence regulators increasingly turning their sights towards the pensions sector.Bram Jensen started her new job at PFA Pension in January, having come to the DKK552bn (€73.9bn) mutually owned pensions firm from her role as deputy head of the Mayor of Copenhagen’s secretariat.Before that, she was a special adviser to the Social-Democrat minister for the environment Kirsten Brosbøl.According to PFA, her new role is to professionalise the work with regulatory affairs in PFA, build relationships with politicians, officials and other decision makers in Denmark and in the EU, and contribute to the public debate around change in the legal and regulatory framework for the financial sector. last_img read more

Wade to join Lions squad

first_img England coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We’re delighted for Christian. He’s been in excellent form, played really well on his Test debut against Argentina last weekend and he goes with the best wishes of all the England players and management. “Jonny May comes into the side to win his first cap against the Pumas. He’s been an important part of our squad over the last four weeks, he’s up to speed with everything we’re doing and this is a great opportunity for him.” Wade will depart Buenos Aires on Saturday night and arrive in Australia on Monday. The 22-year-old scored 18 tries in 26 appearances for Wasps last season and claimed a unique double at the Rugby Players’ Association awards, winning both the players’ player and the young player awards. Wade did not score himself on his England debut last weekend but he had a hand in all three of the team’s first-half tries, delivering an eye-catching performance in the process. He has been preferred to the likes of Chris Ashton, who has been rested from England’s summer tour, and Scotland’s Tim Visser to give the injury-hit Lions additional back line options. Lions coach Warren Gatland said: “We have obviously got ongoing treatment of some players so it’s prudent to make sure we have enough backline cover. Christian played well in the first Test against Argentina and is match fit.” There are unconfirmed reports that Saracens and England centre Brad Barritt is also set to join the Lions in Australia. South Africa-born Barritt, 26, would be the obvious injury cover for Roberts. He was among a handful of players rested for England’s current Argentina tour, being joined by the likes of Chris Robshaw, Danny Care, Chris Ashton and Toby Flood. The Lions later said they were “exploring the call-up” of Barritt as cover. They added that a further update would be given a press conference, scheduled for 2350BST in Sydney. Christian Wade has been called up by the British and Irish Lions and withdrawn from the England side to play Argentina in Buenos Aires. The Wasps wing, who made his Test debut in a 32-3 victory over the Pumas in Salta last weekend, has been replaced in the England team by Gloucester debutant Jonny May. Wade is the third England player to be summoned to Australia from England’s South American tour, following prop Alex Corbisiero and centre Billy Twelvetrees. The Lions have concerns over the fitness of wing George North, who has a tight hamstring, while centre Jamie Roberts suffered a leg injury in their victory over the NSW Waratahs. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger backs Theo Walcott to be prolific scorer for Arsenal

first_img Wenger was criticised for refusing to add to his strike options during the transfer window, but both Walcott and his replacement Olivier Giroud were on target at the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners moved second in the fledgling Premier League table. “If Walcott plays and scores everybody says Walcott is good,” Wenger said. “But before the game everybody says ‘why did you not buy a striker?’ “If I bought a striker Walcott would not have played. It’s always a vicious circle. “At some stage you’ve just to believe in your players and give them a chance.” Walcott’s first Arsenal goal of the season, after his double for England at San Marino, came after 31 minutes but he might have had a hat-trick before then. “I believe he can be a prolific goalscorer because you come out of the game and think how many chances he had,” Wenger said. “The bigger the belief he will have to score, the more he will score. He gets in good situations. “He scored a great goal, I must say. He needed technical quality to do it and calm in the finishing. It’s good that Giroud came on and scored as well.” The Gunners poured forwards time and again but could not get the goals their dominant performance deserved. Wenger, though, was never unduly concerned after a third successive clean sheet and a first home win following the opening day loss to West Ham and goalless draw with Liverpool. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Theo Walcott justified his faith in his striking capabilities with a goal in the 2-0 win over Stoke. Press Association He said : “If you want to be a bit critical, you could say there’s too big a difference between number of chances created and number of goals scored but that can come quickly once you win games at home. “We had 30 shots on goal today and continuously we created chances from the first to the last minute. “Players have the quality to score so at some stage that will come. We have stabilised our defensive record.” Walcott may not keep his place in a big week for the Gunners, who begin their Champions League campaign at Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday night and travel to the reeling reigning Premier League champions Chelsea next Saturday. “We play every three days for three weeks,” Wenger said. “I will have to rotate the strikers without letting them drop their confidence.” Stoke manager Mark Hughes rued the result which left his side bottom and still without a win this term. “Today we weren’t good enough to go toe-to-toe with a very good Arsenal team,” he said. “We weren’t bright enough in our defensive work. We allowed good players time and space to create and move. “We just didn’t get to the source of the problem. We didn’t close people down.” There were positives for Hughes in the performance of goalkeeper Jack Butland and the return as a substitute from a serious knee injury of Bojan Krkic. “Jack Butland has shown what an outstanding young keeper he is,” Hughes said. “As the season progresses we fully expect he won’t have as many opportunities to be man of the match. That’s our aim. At the moment he’s having too much to do. “That’s a positive, probably the only other one was the reintroduction of Bojan. We’re delighted to see him back. On a day of negatives, those were the two highs for us.” last_img read more

Amapakabo Not for Sale, Says Enugu Govt

first_imgEnugu State Commissioner for Sports, Charles Ndukwe, told newsmen that the victorious coach was not available despite the fact that his previous contract ended with the season. He told clubs seeking his signature to look elsewhere.He said the coach would lead Rangers Club to victory in the CAF Champions League.Ndukwe said the state government was not ready to let him go, stressing that it has so much confidence in his abilities to lead the club to victory in the continental championship next season.The commissioner said the state would do all in its power to retain the coach as well as players for the 2016/2017 professional league and other engagements.“Imama (Amapakabo) came as coach in the mid season. He was interviewed as well as other coaches. He signed a one year contract with Rangers. Unless on his own volition makes up his mind that he is no longer with Rangers, all those looking for him are wasting their time.Imama on his own is making arrangements of settling his family here.“Nobody holds the ace alone and there is no success that can come to anybody alone. Imama is a wonderful coach, he is a good guy and I love his stubbornness, he is not somebody you can push around, he does whatever he wants to do. We value him but I don’t know why the media is making it to look as if Imama is indispensable. As you are saying all these, you are making Imama look like someone who does not value what Enugu State Government has done for him.“We appreciate him so much and we want to assure all that he is not going anywhere. We have a player in the hospital and he has been calling to know how the young man is doing. We are aware that it was the national team that took him to Abuja, so when the media is sayinghe has gone to South Africa; he has gone to everywhere, that is not true. Those saying he is former coach of Rangers are doing so to encourage those looking to sign him.“This trophy has eluded us for 32 years. It does not mean that those people who were there did not do their best, only God knows why it has to come now. I am very sure that Imama seeing this trophy here and the team going on continental want to be part of that team that he loves so much. All I want to say is that those looking for Imama should keep their money. Imama is not for sale. He is not available,” stressed Ndukwe.He stated that Rangers remained one of the best motivated club sides in the country, adding that no member of the team was on loan presently.The commissioner said that the desire of the state government was to ensure that the club sustained its winning streak, stressing that the continental championship would push the club to her desired level in football.Meanwhile as part of efforts to harness and groom talents for future sporting events, the state government will on Monday kick start its annual sports festival, tagged “042 Sports Festival” in the three senatorial zones of the state.The festival, being put together in partnership with the Ammjessy Events Nigeria, according to Ndukwe, would see youths competing in twelve games including high and long jump, Golf, Taekwando, Springs, Football for men and woman, Tennis, Traditional Wrestling, Handball, Basketball, Judo among others was a way of harnessing sporting potentials in the grassroots to be retrained for national and international competitions.Ndukwe said the competition, which would hold at the headquarters of the three senatorial zones of the state was the outcome of the sportssummit recently organized in the state, stressing that government was desirous to create employment for her people.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Christopher Isiguzo in EnuguAmidst pressure from some national and international club owners seeking the services Head Coach of Rangers International Football Club, Imama Amapakabo, Enugu State Government yesterday declared its intention to retain the gaffer who led the Flying Antelopes to end 32-year wait for a major title.Rangers won the 2015/2016 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) title in grand style last Sunday after mauling hard-fighting El Kanemi Warriors Football Club of Maiduguri 4-0.last_img read more

Clonmel’s Foley says contract extension allows him to focus on his game.

first_imgClonmel native Foley has made 44 appearances for Munster and earned his first cap for Ireland in a man-of-the-match display against Georgia last month.And the lock says that knowing his future is committed to the province allows him to focus on his performances, starting with this weekend’s game against Clermont.last_img