HHS and Health Care Update

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a new, Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who will be leading the effort to educate the new insured Americans about how to use health care insurance and seek quality medical care, prescription services, preventive services and more.

Because of the Affordable Care Act, 10.2 million uninsured Latinos have new opportunities for affordable health insurance coverage. The majority, 8.1 million of eligible uninsured Latinos may qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or lower costs on monthly premiums through the Marketplace.

Physicians need to be prepared to educate new insured patients on the use of the healthcare system and on education about healthy lifestyle choices, as in reducing child obesity. NHMA is focused on increasing the discussion about obesity among providers of Latino families to do our part, in collaboration with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Visit HealthCare.gov to learn more, or CuidadoDeSalud.gov if you prefer Spanish.

Veteran’s Health

There is a window of opportunity to assess what went wrong and put in place measures to eliminate the waiting lists and address underlying management and leadership issues in the Department of Veterans Affairs. There may also be a rare opportunity to act with bipartisan support. But windows of opportunity to shake up entrenched bureaucracies or come up with new resources–if they are needed–don’t stay open long. President Obama has made a real and very personal commitment to veterans.  NHMA is proud to be working on a project with the Urban Health Plan of the Bronx, New York and the VA and the Congress to develop community health centers as a key site for veteran’s healthcare in our urban and rural communities.


NHMA convenes a Hispanic Health Congressional Briefing for Congressional staffers, national advocates, and federal representatives to review NHHF’s State Summits Recommendations on Early Childhood Obesity with the ACA opportunity to instruct more Latino families and children about increased nutrition and physical activity at schools, communities, on media and business partners as well as in the health care system.  The Summits were supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2013. Other presenters included Jesus Mendoza (Acting Administrator for Western Region, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture).  Jean Ragalie-Carr, RDN (President of the National Dairy Council), and Robert Murray, MD (Professor of Human Nutrition at The Ohio State University and consultant for Dannon Company).

NHMA GE Mentoring and Leadership Program for medical and public health students continues to build network of NHMA among students who are more committed to primary care and community health.  Of note, the students and their physicians mentors have provided very positive feedback on their experiences during this first program of its kind for Latino students. 

NHMA Summer Intern Program to have Medical Student along with Undergraduate Students this summer ---building our health policy research and advocacy as well as assisting with the NHMA Leadership and Mentoring Programs and NHHF Scholarship Program

NHMA Regional Forums on the ACA garner support from Kaiser Permanente and our Corporate Advisory Board Members – we will announce the speakers later during the summer. If interested contact John Aguilar in our office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NHHF SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ON www.nhmafoundation.org - for Medical, Nursing, Dental, Public Health, Policy, Podiatry, Physician Assistant and  Pharmacy Students (All graduate students except for BS Nursing).  Scholarship Galas: JW Marriott LA LIVE, Nov. 20th and NY Academy of Medicine, Dec. 4th.  For more information call: (202) 628-5895.


Latinos became California’s largest ethnic group in March 2014 (39 percent compared to the Caucasian population of  38.8 percent)---and now New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado Latino levels are returning to their population levels from the 1900s. Healthcare systems need to prepare for the Latino population growth across the nation.   NHMA President  Elena Rios, MD to be a speaker in South Carolina on Latino population and preventive heathcare and at the US Department of Health and Human Services this month about the importance of the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and healthcare programs for Latinos.

Sam Arce, MD, NHMA Board Chairman in San Francisco for the American Diabetes Association Board of Directors Meetings and attending the White House Conference on Fatherhood representing NHMA.

Angela Diaz, MD, MPH becomes health advisor to the NYC Commissioner of Health

Jose Arevalo, MD, President, Latino Physicians of California holds a CME Conference with Kaiser Permanente speakers discussing primary care issues for physicians in the Bay Area, California.

George Zeppenfeldt, President Association of Health Executives holds annual NYC Awards Dinner and has NHMA representatives at the event at the New York Academy of Medicine on June 16th.

John Paul Sanchez, MD publishes papers on LGBT Healthcare in the literature to add valuable insights for physicians caring for gay and lesbian patients – thanks JP for your efforts.

Teresa Chapa, PhD, NHMA Executive Director attends key meetings to represent Latino health strategies for Federal government ---attending the Advisory Task Force for Dr. Yvonne Maddox ---Eunice Kennedy Schriver National Institute on Child Health Development and meetings to build our NHMA Partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency with Dr. Rios.

NHMA in the News:  Environmental Health and the Need to Decrease Carbon Emissions and Decrease Asthma:  Blog of the Administrator, EPA, Radio Interviews for Voces Verdes of the National Resources Defense Council, Press Release by NHMA and from the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, and on Child Obesity Recommendations for Latino Constituents of Business, Health Care, Government, Schools, Media ---Press Release from NHMA, Article in Latina Style Magazine; Prevention Policy for Congress Scoring Blog of Health Affairs; USA Today Article on Asthma and Latinos.

NHMA welcomes members to join our Efforts to Share Latino Health Strategies on National Boards and Commissions of our nonprofit, corporate and government sectors ----please go to www.nhmamd.org today ----and also consider DONATING to NHMA to continue to advance our members careers and information about national agendas of importance to healthcare and Latinos!


The Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act) requires manufacturers of drugs, medical devices and biologicals that participate in U.S. federal health care programs to report certain payments and items of value given to physicians and teaching hospitals.

Manufacturers were required to collect and track payment, transfer and ownership information beginning Aug. 1, 2013. Manufacturers will submit the reports to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on an annual basis. In addition, manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) must report certain ownership interests held by physicians and their immediate family members.

The majority of the information contained in the reports will be available on a public, searchable website. Physicians have the right to review their reports and challenge reports that are false, inaccurate or misleading. The AMA offers the following toolkit so you can make sure you’re prepared when it’s time to review your 2013 financial data before it’s published online this year. http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/advocacy/topics/sunshine-act-and-physician-financial-transparency-reports.page

Physician Portal – Steps to Register, Review, and Dispute Reports

CMS is required to provide information on the annual transparency reports to physicians before the reports are made public. Physicians are strongly urged to register to receive reports. There are three steps physicians must complete to obtain their individual report.

STEP 1: Beginning June 1, 2014, physicians will be able to register with the CMS Enterprise portal. (Many physicians may have already completed this step as this portal allows access to a number of CMS programs.)

STEP 2: Sometime in July 2014, physicians will be able to request access to the Open Payments system through the CMS Enterprise portal.

STEP 3: After registration and sometime in July or August 2014, physicians who have completed the first two steps of registration, will receive a notice that their individual report is ready for access and review.

·         Physicians will have at least 45 days once CMS provides access to individual physicians’ consolidated industry reports via an online portal to challenge reports.

·         Access will not occur until after the calendar year has come to a close. The portal will allow physicians to contact the manufacturer(s)/GPO(s) that submitted inaccurate, misleading, false information in order to resolve disputed submissions.

·         If a physician and manufacturer(s)/GPO(s) cannot resolve the dispute, they are provided an additional 15 days before the report is made public to try to achieve resolution.

·         If resolution is still not reached, the disputed information will be flagged, but the report will be posted on the public webpage CMS develops for such reports.

·         Physicians are also able to seek correction or contest reports for two years after access has been provided to a report with disputed information.

·         Once CMS establishes the online portal, physicians will be urged to sign-up in order to receive direct notice when the reports are made public.

·         You should check with any manufacturer from which you have received payment or any item of value to see what information they are tracking and intend to report.

·         If you hold any ownership interests in a manufacturer or GPO, you should also check to ascertain what ownership interest(s) they intend to report. (Ownership or investment interests in publicly traded security and mutual funds are excluded from reporting.)


University Hospitals Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University are currently inviting candidates for the position of Chairman of the Department of Surgery. 

The Department of Surgery was founded in 1834 and enjoys a rich and illustrious history including several notable Chairs. The Chair of the Department of Surgery oversees faculty in 10 Divisions including Cardiac Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic and Esophageal Surgery, and Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy both at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and within a 14 hospital system throughout northeast Ohio. The Department has a strong tradition of surgical education, and longstanding educational collaborations with Metrohealth Medical Center and the Louis B. Stokes VA Medical Center.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished surgeon with National and International recognition and a vision and drive to navigate the complexities and changes of our modern healthcare environment. 

University Hospitals (UH), is a comprehensive health care system with $3.5 billion in annual revenues, almost 25,000 employees, and a national reputation for providing the highest-quality health care.  UH is an integrated system with 14 medical centers, 26 outpatient health centers, eight urgent-care centers and more than 230 physician offices across Northeast Ohio.

The system’s flagship hospital is UH Case Medical Center, one of only 18 hospitals in the nation on the prestigious U.S. News & World Report 2013-2014 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. This 1,036-bed academic medical center is the primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. UH Case Medical Center also earned the 2012-13 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize – the most prestigious national award for leadership and innovation in quality improvement and patient safety. UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, on the UH Case Medical Center campus, ranks among the country’s Best Children’s Hospitals, according to U.S. News and The Leapfrog Group.

UH’s reputation for clinical breakthroughs, community engagement and patient-centered care of the highest quality have inspired 65,000 individuals, corporations and foundations to provide more than $1.1 billion in philanthropic support to Discover the Difference: The Campaign for University Hospitals over the past eight years.

Interested individuals are invited to send a letter of interest and CV (electronic submission preferred) to:

Warren R. Selman, M.D.

Harvey Huntington Brown Jr., Professor and Chairman

Department of Neurological Surgery

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, University Hospitals

Director, UH Neurological Institute

11100 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44106

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In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Excellent Outpatient Primary Care Opportunities – Memorial Hermann Medical Group!

The Memorial Hermann Medical Group provides primary care for thousands of Houston area families. Currently, the Group is seeking both Family and Internal Medicine physicians to join its network of employed physicians. Serving the Greater Houston area with over 60 clinics, outpatient opportunities are currently available in SW and SE Houston. Spanish speaking preferred.

Benefits of employment include comprehensive practice management services and a competitive production based compensation package. In addition, you will receive assistance with the following:

• Billing and Collections

• Insurance Contracting

• Sophisticated EMR

• Branding/Marketing

• Human Resource/Staffing Support

• Leading-edge Information Technology

Why Memorial Hermann?

• Quality/Patient Safety Leader in Houston – National Quality Forum

• Market Share Leader in Houston – Inpatient Market Share Data

• Most Preferred Brand in Houston – Market Street Research

• “Best Places to Work” – Houston Business Journal

• Leading Information Technology -- Makes significant investments in an information technology infrastructure to lead in physician integration, customer engagement, and physician satisfaction.

• Memorial Hermann Physician Network (MHMD) – The largest Clinically Integrated physician organization in Texas comprised of more than 3,500 physicians in the network.

For more information, please send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 713-338-6586.


The Latino Coalition


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