Deal struck on EMT reviews

first_imgAB 941 aims to fix those problems, according to its co-sponsors, Sens. Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles, and Roy Ashburn R-Bakersfield. The lack of uniform standards has been a source of frustration for firefighters, who may face separate punishments from their employer and the certifying county. Ridley-Thomas said AB 941 would guarantee fairer treatment. “This represents a big step in the right direction for (emergency medical services) governance and public and patient protection in California,” said Bruce Lee, emergency medical director for Santa Clara County and chairman of the task force that drafted the deal with input from employers, administrators and unions. Assembly Bill 941, expected to go to the Senate on Monday, reflects months of talks and bitter recriminations about how to fix the state’s patchwork certification system for emergency medical technicians. The bill, however, is a political setback for EMSA and its director, Dr. Cesar Aristeiguieta, which had hoped to assume control of certifying and disciplining EMTs. The new bill would require: The legislation was prompted by a Bee investigation earlier this year that highlighted flaws in the state’s EMT system. Legislators and key players in California’s emergency medical services world hammered out a deal Friday to require rescuers to undergo mandatory criminal background checks. Ridley-Thomas praised the deal, backed by the California Ambulance Association, ambulance giant American Medical Response, the California Fire Chiefs Association and others. “This bill prevents EMTs who were fired from simply moving to another county where they can keep their past hidden,” Ridley-Thomas said through a spokeswoman. “Californians will be much safer.” Background checks for all 70,000 EMTs in California, including FBI and state Department of Justice criminal records checks before an EMT card is issued or renewed.EMT certifications to be issued to applicants only in the county where they work — or live, if they are not yet employed — to prevent EMT certification shopping.A centralized database of all certified EMTs and their disciplinary records to be created by the state Emergency Medical Services Authority, which already licenses and disciplines paramedics. The bill does not provide money for the registry, and terms of discipline would continue to be handled by counties and employers.Statewide certification and discipline standards to be created by the state EMSA. However, in a little noticed clause, AB 941 would make it harder for the public to learn of the very abuses that led to the measure. The bill seeks to make private the information that EMT employers provide state or county authorities about misconduct and wrongdoing.center_img Terry Francke, general counsel for Californians Aware, which promotes open government and accountability, criticized the clause. The Bee reported that paramedics stripped of state licenses after being found guilty of sexual misconduct or patient neglect had obtained county-issue EMT cards and returned to jobs in ambulances, hospitals and fire departments. Counties, The Bee found, did not always run background checks, and communication among them was spotty at best. EMSA spokeswoman Shirley Tsagris declined to comment.About the writer:The Bee’s Andrew McIntosh can be reached at (916) 321-1215 or amcintosh@sacbee.com. “We identified a problem and I’m thankful we all got past our egos and worked hard to fix it,” Stone said. “Given that this issue wouldn’t even have risen to legislators’ attention without research by The Bee, it’s ironic to see a purported solution include a measure making it much harder to find out about these problems,” Francke said. “Secrecy is never part of the solution.” California is the only state that lacks statewide EMT licensure and mandatory background checks, an omission that The Bee found also let EMTs with serious criminal pasts retain their credentials. If the Senate approves the legislation, it must return to the Assembly before going to the governor’s desk. That proposal was attacked by the firefighters’ union and ambulance industry representatives, who said EMSA already was struggling to keep abreast of troubled paramedics. Lew Stone, a vice president of the California Professional Firefighters union, also praised the deal, saying the tough new rules will increase public confidence in rescuers.last_img read more

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Jimmie Johnson to shift offseason approach, ‘buckle down’ for 2018 turnaround

first_imgRELATED: Recap Johnson’s 2017 season | Jimmie through the yearsLast year as a newly crowned seven-time champion, Jimmie Johnson spent much of the offseason at his new home in Colorado – skiing, getting his young daughters up on snowboards and generally enjoying the good times and just rewards of having cemented his legendary status in the sport.This offseason, following a 10th-place finish in the points standings, will feel and look much different Johnson said last week during NASCAR’s Champion’s Week in Las Vegas.“Last year we knew was pretty unique in being able to spend five full months out there [in Colorado] in a row,’’ Johnson said. “This year we won’t do that, we’ll just go out for holiday seasons and maybe West Coast swings, things like that.“I’m sad I won’t be there as much but it was a lot easier last year after a championship. With the poor finish we just had, we need to buckle down and get to work.’’A tough second half of the season relegated the 2016 champion to an early exit from the ’17 playoffs. His last top-10 finish of the year came at Charlotte (seventh) with six races remaining in the schedule and he closed out the season with a highly uncharacteristic stretch of 27th, 39th and 27th–place finishes – ultimately placing the No. 48 team at the bottom of the top 10 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings.Although he started the season strong, leading the series with three wins by spring, 2017 marked the first time in Johnson’s 16-year full-time career he did not win a race after the start of summer. His 217 laps led marked a career low.“I feel like the way the last quarter of the season went for us was below our expectations and certainly our fans and probably even the people reporting on the sport,’’ Johnson reflected. “It is unfair to always expect us to win a championship but I think being competitive and leading laps and challenging for wins … that’s a fair expectation and we just didn’t do that at the end of the year.“That wasn’t easy to deal with. I had a good couple weeks, kinda relaxing after Homestead but then next week will be a work week, time to get back in the shop. I’m ready to get back to work.”As Johnson spoke with reporters, the disappointment was palpable, but so was the passion to return to the winning ways modern NASCAR has become accustomed to seeing out of this No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet team. It’s hard to consider it an “off year” with three wins in that column, but the expectations here are different. So re-grouping, re-energizing and re-evaluating it is.“Every offseason has different effects,’’ Johnson said. “This one is much more about letting go of stress and tension and relaxing. Last year after winning the championship it was being on top of the world and celebrating and trying to get to Colorado as fast as I could to ski as often as I could. This year is a lot different“This year I’m kind of licking my wounds in a sense. Trying to think through what we could have done better in ’17. As the month moves on start thinking of ways we could communicate better, put a better product on the track.”Johnson is convinced that his Hendrick Motorsports team will be putting a better product on track next year.“I’m optimistic about 2018 and the new Camaro,’’ Johnson said, his face lighting up in enthusiasm. “From an aerodynamic standpoint the Chevrolets have not had an update since we went to this generation of car. For us to finally have an update the car will produce more downforce, be more efficient, definitely more competitive on the downforce tracks.”When you have won 83 races and seven Cup championships, it’s easy to feel optimistic and confident. Johnson has not only won a race in all 16 full Cup seasons, he has won multiple races every year and has top-five finishes (222) in an amazing 38 percent of all Cup races (579) he’s competed in. It’s safe to say Johnson knows how to maintain both good perspective and high motivation. “Change is good,’’ Johnson said smiling. “No one is ever really in the same place individually, collectively or as a group. You’re either growing together or growing a part.  Some change is always happening, so I think the change taking place for us is change in the right direction, will bring the company closer together and produce a better product, more competitive cars.”“Our goal is to be in that (Championship 4) and compete for a championship.”last_img read more

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St Louis firm to provide comprehensive correctional healthcare in Vermont

first_imgCentene Corporation (NYSE: CNC(link is external)) of St Louis has announced that Centurion Managed Care, LLC has been notified by the State of Vermont of its intent to award Centurion a contract for comprehensive correctional healthcare services. Centurion, a joint venture between Centene and MHM Services Inc, will provide medical and behavioral health services to offenders and detainees housed at eight facilities throughout the state. The Vermont Department of Corrections is one of six unified state correctional systems in the US that serves the dual purpose as the state’s pre-trial jail and detention service, as well as the state’s prison system for sentenced offenders.”The Vermont DOC sought an integrated delivery approach that blends correctional healthcare services with the broader public health system of Vermont. We look forward to collaborating with the Vermont DOC and other stakeholder groups in Vermont, including the state’s Medicaid plan, Green Mountain Care, to bring our innovative programs, technology, and experience to Vermont’s public health initiatives,” said Steve Wheeler, CEO of Centurion. Centurion currently operates three additional state-wide contracts to provide correctional healthcare services to the states of Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Tennessee. The Vermont award is expected to commence operations in the first quarter of 2015.About Centene Corporation Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading multi-line healthcare enterprise that provides programs and services to government sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Many receive benefits provided under Medicaid, including the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD), Foster Care and Long Term Care (LTC), in addition to other state-sponsored/hybrid programs, and Medicare (Special Needs Plans). The Company operates local health plans and offers a range of health insurance solutions. It also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health, care management software, correctional systems healthcare, in-home health services, life and health management, managed vision, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth services.SOURCE ST. LOUIS, Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Centene Corporationlast_img read more

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Torvec Adds Two to Board of Directors

first_imgROCHESTER, NY — Automotive technology firm Torvec has elected Mary Ho and Philip Fain to its board of directors. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Mary Ho is president of the China Millennium Council, a globally-recognized enterprise dedicated to fostering and developing innovative cultural, educational and community partnerships with China. A renowned expert in international negotiation, Ho has extensive experience in international public relations, corporate strategy development and transition management. Linking clients with their global counterparts in the U.S., China, the Pacific Rim, Central America and Europe, she develops cross-cultural business communication and diversity competency programs for CEO’s of Fortune 100 firms, business executives, governments, health care industries and academic institutions. Noted clients include B. Thomas Golisano, retired chairman and CEO of Paychex, Inc.; Thomas Watson, Jr., retired chairman and CEO of IBM; George M. C. Fisher, chairman of the National Academy of Engineering and retired chairman and CEO of Eastman Kodak; Xerox Corporation and Ford Motor Company. Ho also serves as a research associate professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Business, Center for International Business and Economic Growth. Her research and teaching focus on empowerment and alliances, multinational resolve and arbitration, and global ethics leadership. Philip Fain, Torvec’s CEO, was also named to the board. Fain was appointed CEO on March 3, 2005. For more information about Torvec, go to: www.torvec.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.last_img read more

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Ritblats ready to roll out €4bn fund

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People moves: June 2009

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Obituary: Alan Cherry

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COVID-19 Update Cayman Islands

first_img Oct 16, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 You may be interested in… Oct 15, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak St. Kitts And Nevis Confirms Two COVID-19 CasesNATIONAL STATEMENT ON COVID-19 By the Hon Wendy Colleen Phipps Minister of State with Responsibility for Health March 25, 2020 In my capacity as Minister of State with Responsibility for Health, it is my duty to inform you that as of 11:03 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Federation…March 25, 2020In “CARICOM”CARICOM SG commends regional response to COVID-19CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has commended the health emergency response mechanism engineered by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to keep the Community free of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Secretary-General LaRocque said the inter-agency collaboration that was taking place was another example of the co-ordination required to address the…February 18, 2020In “31Intersessional”Region developing Communications Strategy to Combat Misinformation about CoronavirusHealth Ministers and Officials of the Region have agreed to draft an aggressive communications strategy to combat misinformation on the Novel Coronavirus. The Council for Human and Social Development (Health) on Monday morning held an Emergency Meeting via video conference. It was Chaired by Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Antigua…February 3, 2020In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC St. Lucia records more cases of COVID last_img read more

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