NHMA Supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform that includes Healthcare Benefits
Immigration Reform is expected to be announced after the Easter Break in the House and the Senate and is anticipated to be bipartisan. Immigration advocates hope to see a path to citizenship. NHMA and health professional leaders sent President Obama, and the Senate and House leaders about the importance of including health care for any sector included in the legislation. We are working with the Hispanic Congressmen champions for immigrants.
Affordable Care Act
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced new funding to help more uninsured Americans enroll in new health insurance coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act. Approximately $150 million will help community health centers provide in-person enrollment assistance to uninsured individuals across the nation. About 1,200 health centers operate nearly 9,000 service delivery sites nationwide and serve approximately 21 million patients each year.
Medicare Provider Charge Data
As part of the Obama administration’s work to make our health care system more affordable and accountable, data are being released that show significant variation across the country and within communities in what hospitals charge for common inpatient services. The data provided here include hospital-specific charges for the more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals that receive Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) payments for the top 100 most frequently billed discharges, paid under Medicare based on a rate per discharge using the Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Group (MS-DRG) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. These DRGs represent almost 7 million discharges or 60 percent of total Medicare IPPS discharges. Hospitals determine what they will charge for items and services provided to patients and these charges are the amount the hospital bills for an item or service. The Total Payment amount includes the MS-DRG amount, bill total per diem, beneficiary primary payer claim payment amount, beneficiary Part A coinsurance amount, beneficiary deductible amount, beneficiary blood deducible amount and DRG outlier amount. For these DRGs, average charges and average Medicare payments are calculated at the individual hospital level. Users will be able to make comparisons between the amount charged by individual hospitals within local markets, and nationwide, for services that might be furnished in connection with a particular inpatient stay.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that the application for health coverage has been simplified and significantly shortened. The application for individuals without health insurance has been reduced from twenty-one to three pages, and the application for families is reduced by two-thirds. The consumer friendly forms are much shorter than industry standards for health insurance applications today.
In addition, for the first time consumers will be able to fill out one simple application and see their entire range of health insurance options, including plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and tax credits that will help pay for premiums.
See cciio.cms.gov for the new applications.
White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics has a new director:
Alejandra Ceja, from the Office of the Undersecretary of Higher Education, Dept of ED, OMB White House and Capitol Hill. She has a BA from St mary’s College in California, MPA from CUNY’s Baruch College, national Urban Fellow, Preiden Management Fellow. She is from Huntington Park, CA
NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE
NHMA Regions 2013: This is to announce the 6 Regions across the US: West, Midwest, Southwest, Northeast, DC Metro Area, and Southeast with Annual Fall Regional Events
Resident Mentoring Meeting followed by Networking Reception with the White House Speaker on the ACA Update
San Antonio: September 7th; Los Angeles: September 21st; New York City: September 26th; Washington, DC: October 3rd; and Atlanta and Chicago will be in October.
NHMA’s Foundation, National Hispanic Health Foundation’s Galas for the “National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship” – Application will be available June 1st
NHMA Congressional Briefing - September, Capitol Hill, Date TBD
“Latinos, the ACA, and Investing in Prevention to reduce Chronic Disease" - Hear experts discuss educating policy makers about the importance of prevention priorities among Latinos to decrease chronic diseases such as obesity and cancer with a focus on cultural competence prevention education.
NHMA Leadership Fellowship supported by HRSA
10 Fellows - Mid career physicians from across the nation discussed policies and programs developed since the 1960s with history of health disparities; discussed what the Division of Medicine does at HRSA to increase diversity and primary care training; how laws are developed and the importance of Medicare and Medicaid; the role of the Institute of Medicine and leadership styles and skills-building
NHMA Resident Mentoring Program for 30 participants from the NHMA Council of Residents at the conference – with mentoring discussions with physicians from four career pathways: Academic Clinical; Academic Research; Clinical Practice; and Administration
NHMA Medical School Recruitment Program at the NHMA Conference with lectures from Board Members and LMSA medical student panel. Partners include the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and the AAMC. About 100 students attended and NHMA will provide a mentor to the college students who are applying to medical school and track the progress of their application.
Next Recruitment events will be:
NHMA/NHHF and State Legislative Latino Caucuses - EARLY CHILDHOOD OBESITY POLICY SUMMITS, supported by Kellogg Foundation, New York Academy of Medicine on FEB. 8th; California Endowment, Sacramento, CA, March 19. RECOMMENDATIONS to be presented in a Report soon, Supported by the WKKellogg VP and to be disseminated with our National Media Advisory Committee.
NEW NHMA CME Online Program. We have all 2016 Sessions on the website for CME Credits. Tell your Colleagues about this opportunity. Paid members – Free CME from Morehouse School of Medicine.
NHMA Board of Directors is proud to announce that we have reached the 12,000 member mark. We are proud to have medical students, residents, and physicians nominated to
Dr. Sam Arce represented NHMA at the annual PhRMA Conference in San Diego, CA. And our Chairwoman, Dr. Kathy Flores, represented NHMA on the Commission to End Health Care Disparities (with the AMA and NMA) in Denver, CO. Dr. Rios attended the Latina Research Round Table Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) on April 10, 2013. Several members attended the NHMA White House briefing on April 24th to hear updates from HHS Office of Civil Rights, EPA, and the White House Office of Personnel. NHMA was encouraged to request for members resumes to be nominated to federal boards and commissions.
If you are interested in joining NHMA please sign up by going clicking on the following link: http://nhmamd.org/index.php/membership-31/membership-options/individual-memberships.
NEW NHMA/NHHF SINGLE DONOR CAMPAIGN -started to provide tax deductible contributions to $5 million NHMA and NHHF Operations through the NHMA's Foundation, the National Hispanic Health Foundation. Go to www.NHMAfoundation.org today to support the NHMA and NHHF or make a general contribution. We will recognize all supporters on the website.
National Health Service Corps Scholarships and Loan Repayment Program now open to Medical Students or Physicians interested in primary care careers in underserved areas for 2-4 years service in return for the scholarships or loan repayments:
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is ranked as the 18th best medical school in the country by US News & World Report. The Department of Medicine is the largest academic department in the school and the Division of General Medicine is the largest division within that department.
DIVISION CHIEF – GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE
The Division Chief of General Internal Medicine will be responsible for the administrative, clinical, research and educational aspects of the division. In this highly visible role, you will recognize the unique position of the division with its focus on medical education and its relationship to the community as primary care providers all while supporting the research endeavors of its faculty. You will also have an understanding of the changing landscape of health care and how it affects delivery and primary care at academic medical institutions like Mount Sinai.
Responsibilities will include:
Qualified candidates should be Board Certified in Internal Medicine with preference given to those with advanced degrees. Experience in management of faculty and clinical practice development and an established academic track record are highly desired as well. Faculty appointment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is available at the Associate Professor or Professor Rank and commensurate with experience and achievement.
We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. . Interested candidates should contact the Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Mount Sinai Medical Center is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We recognize the power and importance of a diverse employee population and strongly encourage applicants with various experiences and backgrounds.
Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity
Office of the Director, National Institutes of
Health Department of Health and Human Services
Are you a top-level Scientific Researcher or Scientific Administrator seeking a career at one of the preeminent bio-medical research institutes in the nation and the world? This position offers a diversity and promoting equity in the bio-medical research enterprise, including NIH and other health and medical research entities. This position is expected, through the development of new programs, policies and practices and through cultural change, and shared responsibilities, to positively impact both the government and non-government work forces. The Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity serves as a member of the NIH Director’s senior leadership team and will also serve as the co-chair to two newly formed Committees.
We are looking for applicants with a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead within a dynamic and diverse organization. Applicants must possess an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a scientific field related to biomedical research, plus expert stature in their discipline as demonstrated through their publication history and other contributions to their field. The strong candidate will have evidence of managerial, administrative, and mentoring ability. The full list of qualifications required can be found on the vacancy announcement located at http://www.jobs.nih.gov/vacancies/executive.htm.
The successful candidate for this position will be appointed at a salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments, and full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.
OB/Gyn Department Chair
The University of Connecticut School of Medicine seeks an energetic and visionary leader to chair the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The ideal candidate is one with a proven clinical and administrative background and skills required to ensure vigorous departmental growth, both academically and clinically. The successful applicant will be a skilled practitioner with a commitment to clinical excellence, teaching and education at all levels, and academic scholarship. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology includes Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology Oncology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, and General Obstetrics and Gynecology.
UCHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/PwD