[STK][IN] EDU HED[SU] PER-- WITH PHOTO -- TO EDUCATION, AND NATIONAL EDITORS:UC's National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement selectsexecutive directorIRVINE, Calif., April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A civilrights advocate and scholar with more than a decade of experienceadvancing free speech as an attorney and instructor has been named thefirst executive director of the University of California'sNationalCenter for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.Michelle Deutchman will join the center from the Anti-DefamationLeague, where she serves as national campus counsel. In this role, sheprovides guidance to ADL's 24 regional offices on matters related tospeech on college campuses. She assumes her new role on May 29 andwill report to University of California, Irvine Chancellor HowardGillman, who - as co-chair of the center's advisory board - providesadministrative oversight of the center."Michelle has extraordinary experience addressing issues of freeexpression and campus … [Read more...] about UC’s National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement selects executive director
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the announcement of CY 2014 payment rates on April 1, which included its change in position regarding the assumption of the "doc fix" in estimates of Medicare Program growth, providing welcome relief for MA Organizations facing new medical loss ratio requirements, sequestration cuts and new premium taxes in 2014. CMS simultaneously released the Final Call Letter, addressing various program policy and operational changes for CY 2014 affecting health plans, their contractors and providers.On April 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Announcement of Calendar Year (CY) 2014 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment Policies and Final Call Letter (the Announcement). In it, CMS for the first time assumes Congress will enact a “doc fix” in the agency’s estimate of the Medicare Program growth rate, which affects the Medicare … [Read more...] about The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Announces CY 2014 MA and Part D Rates with Change to Growth Rate Estimates
In an attempt to further its goal of creating a more transparent, patient-centric health care delivery system, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released data related to Medicare provider charges for certain inpatient hospital services and outpatient procedures. These releases have sparked substantial discussion in various industry and political circles surrounding the actual usefulness of the data released. While the usefulness of the raw data may be subject to debate, in combination with other metrics and quality scores, the data and further transparency will force providers to react, as quality of care and efficiency are linked to payment. CMS has collected information related to these charges for years, it only recently decided to make these data public. In releasing the hospital inpatient data, Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius explained, “Currently, consumers don’t know … [Read more...] about How Important is Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Recent Release of Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Charges Data?
The signs of segregation were ubiquitous when John Lewis was growing up on his family’s farm in Pike County, Ala. Whether they hung over separate drinking fountains, washrooms, restaurant entrances or other public facilities, they always read the same: “white” and “colored.”“I would ask my parents and grandparents, ‘Why segregation?’ ” recalls Lewis, now 65. “They would say, ‘That’s just the way it is. Don’t get out of line. Don’t get in the way.’ ”Lewis didn’t listen to his elders, though. He got in the way. Today he sits in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represents Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District, which covers Atlanta and parts of surrounding communities. Lewis’ presence on Capitol Hill is due in no small part to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As a young man, Lewis played a pivotal role in securing passage of the act. The law enforces the … [Read more...] about New Fight for Voting Rights
In This “Appeal” Of Whole Foods’ No-Action Letter Isn’t Very Appealing, I wrote about Jim McRitchie’s attempt to “appeal” the staff’s decision with respect to the exclusion of his proxy access proposal to Whole Foods Market, Inc. The staff had concurred in Whole Food’s position that it could exclude the proposal under Rule 14a-8(i)(9). Mr. McRitchie “appealed” directly to the SEC even though there is no formal procedures for such an appeal.Recently, the National Center for Public Policy Research tried a different avenue for “appeal” a disappointing staff response. The NCPPR had submitted the following proposal to the Walt Disney Company: … [Read more...] about Proxy Access Proposal: ‘Tis A “Bootless Labour” To Ask The Staff To Appeal Its Own No-Action Advice