HHS and Health Care Update

US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell has established a new infrastructure for the Marketplace and Healthcare Reform starting with a new positions - CEO and CTO who will be leading the effort to educate Americans about how to apply for affordable health care insurance.

Immigration and the Great Increase of Children of Central America crossing the US-Mexico Border - President Obama announced last Monday he will take executive action on immigration and this issue later this summer, including the expansion of the program that allowed undocumented immigrants brought by their parents into the country as children to stay here legally.

STEM and Medicine Pipeline Development Update

NHMA met with the White House Office of Science and Technology on the recommendations of the NHHF STEM Summit on Health Professions Diversity and received encouragement and sent to meet with the NIH and NSF leaders of the reorganization effort for the President’s STEM Initiative. Of note, President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget is focused on building diversity STEM pathway as a priority to be able to have future workforce that is more globally competitive.  NHMA next step is to meet again with Congressman Hinojosa, Chairman, Congressional Hispanic Caucus to plan policy efforts for 2015.

Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, Confirmed as the next Secretary for the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development HUD Dept. -  NHMA looks forward to working with Julian Castro on the programs to improve the health of public housing residents across the nation and prevention programs and environmental health that need to target Hispanics.


NHMA Congressional Briefing on Nutrition June 12Dr. Rios presented recommendations from our Kellogg Foundation Summits on Hispanic Early Childhood Obesity, Dairy Council presented their Fuel Up to 60 Program that will soon focus on Hispanic schools, Dept of Agriculture focused on their Food Programs progress made to feed eligible children at schools, women through the WIC program and issues for Hispanic enrollment and request for education in our communities; and researcher from Ohio State University discussed lactose intolerance and dairy/yogurt.  Partners were Dairy Council and Dannon and the Kellogg Foundation.

NHMA ASTHO Immunization Project - A new survey that will assess Hispanic physician attitudes, behaviors and suggestions for immunization education has been developed by the NHMA Advisory Committee and has been reviewed by NHMA Staff Team and the CDC and ASTHO representatives. This summer, NHMA will provide new knowledge and will be continuing the effort to build its Campaign to educate physicians who care for Hispanics to raise the immunization rates.

NHMA “Covered Hispanics Campaign” – we are encouraging organizations and individuals to donate to our efforts to deploy speakers to discuss the ACA enrollment in health insurance as key for improving health in our communities, in addition to education about the concept of investment in disease prevention services that are free under Essential Benefits in the ACA insurance requirements.  Johnson and Johnson company, Janssen Pharmaceuticals is a first company to express interest in our Initiative –

-  Media Network to be activated and expanded from the partners – UNIVISION, Telemundo, CNN en Espanol, CNN Latino, Fusion, Impacto Latino, Hispanic Link,  Latina Style, and more

- Media Team with healthcare professionals - doctors, nurses, dentists and others

NHMA Regional Forums on the ACA – Los Angeles, Chicago, San Antonio, Atlanta, New York City and Washington, DC –NHMA garners support from MidAtlantic Kaiser Permanente and our Corporate Advisory Board Members – we will announce the speakers later during the summer. See the website www.nhmamd.org home page for dates. We hope you join us and let other community healthcare leaders know to network with the NHMA, HHS and Marketplace leaders discuss Hispanic programs in the ACA.


Hispanic Health has become a stronger interest of demands to NHMA members as speakers across the nation

NHMA Council of Young Physicians starts holding Region Event:

– TEVA supporting the  West Region Young Physicians - Daniel Lloveras Turner, MD hosting a dinner at Mas Malo Restaurant in Los Angeles in June with 25 participants networking with each other and physician leaders from NHMA.

- JOIN JP Sanchez, MD and Vanessa Salcido, MD at the NE Regional Event – July 17th from 6:00-10:00 pm at La Marina, 348 Dykman St, New York City, NY 10034.  RSVP by clicking the following link: https://docs.google.com/a/nhmamd.org/forms/d/1dM84efaYSq28KEuZasN9xSQtnv6iu6ftd7p_GZF6fNA/viewform

NHMA Board of Directors Chairman, Sam Arce, MD participates on a panel at the White House discussing the importance of health disparities for men and boys as the White House conference focuses on African American Initiative. NHMA staff also participated in the workgroups to provide strategies from our efforts to improve health equity.

The Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School with Maria Soto Greene, MD and Ana Natale-Pereira, MD on June 6th hosted 100 faculty, students and health leaders on a Health Disparities Conference.  Dr. Rios was a speaker on the ACA focus on prevention and the need to focus on Obesity education of young children and families and the need for health workforce and the importance of STEM pathways.

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 ----

NHMA welcomes PARTNERS to work with NHMA -- Services to convene Congressional Briefings on Hispanic Health Issues; to Advisor on Policy Summits related to Hispanic Health; to Advertise on our PORTAL, NEWSLETTER, WEBSITES, Provide Events and Awards to Sponsor at our Annual and Regional Conferences and National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program.  Call Dr. Elena Rios at 202-628-5895.

We urge you and your colleagues to DONATE to NHMA to continue to build the Hispanic medical workforce pipeline and advance our members’ leadership careers to be part of the national agendas to include healthcare that impacts the health of Latinos!


Quinnipiac University, Frank H Netter MD School of Medicine

Has several programs that are looking for physicians interested in working with or at Frank H. Netter School of Medicine. I talked to Dr. Todd Cassese and he pointed out that he has two opportunities as well. One is as FCC preceptor and the other as MeSH preceptor. Here you will see a web link to the FCC job opportunity and a pdf with the MeSH preceptor brochure.


For more information: Victor Francone, MD, Assistant Professor, 275 Mt. Carmel Ave., N3-MED, Hamden CT 06518, 203-582-6577 , 203-582-1418 – Fax, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 were 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

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ASPE 6th Report on Enrollment with Marketplaces that are Federally Run ---

Key Marketplace Enrollment Statistics

Over 8 million people have selected a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace (State Based Marketplace -SBMs and Federaally Facilitated Marketplaces -FFMs) through March 31st (including additional special enrollment period (SEP) activity reported through Saturday, April 19th).

 2.2 million (28 percent) of the people who selected a Marketplace plan during the initial open enrollment period were young adults between the ages of 18 and 34. A total of 2.7 million (34 percent) were between the ages of 0 and 34 (including additional SEP activity reported through Saturday, April 19th).

Nearly 3.8 million people selected a Marketplace plan during the March enrollment surge at the end of the initial open enrollment period, including nearly 1.2 million young adults (ages 18-34), or 31 percent of the total surge, who selected a Marketplace plan during March (including additional SEP activity reported through Saturday, April 19th).

47 percent of the total number of people who selected a Marketplace plan and 52 percent of the young adults (ages 18-34) who selected a Marketplace plan did so during the last month of the initial open enrollment period (including additional SEP activity reported through Saturday, April 19th).

The number of young adults who selected Marketplace plans doubled during the last month of the initial open enrollment period, from nearly 1.1 million (during the first 5 months) to more than 2.2 million (including additional SEP activity reported through Saturday, April 19th). Over the course of the initial open enrollment period, consumer interest in the Marketplace was high, as measured by 98 million website visits and 33 million calls to the call centers (FFM and SBMs combined, including additional SEP activity reported through Saturday, April 19th).

Percentages are out of the total 3.8 million persons who selected a plan through the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) and reported race/ethnicity. Of the total 5.4 million who selected a plan through the FFM, 31.1 percent did not report race or ethnicity.

For Covered California, 35 percent of the persons who have selected a Marketplace plan are White; 28 percent are Latino; 21 percent are Asian; 6 percent are of mixed race; 4 percent are of unknown race (non-Latino); 3 percent are African-American; 3 percent are of Other races; and less than 1 percent each American Indian and Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander.

Bridge Clinical: Improving Minority Participation in Clinical Trials – September 26-27, 2014 - Houston, TX

Though minority populations continue to carry the burden of chronic disease, they are grossly underrepresented in clinical research. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to increase and strengthen its guidance around diversifying clinical trials and pharmaceutical companies are more focused on the market opportunity of minority populations. Physicians, clinical researchers and graduate students are invited to join us for a Friday evening dinner meeting where we will have an in depth discussion on increasing minority participation in clinical trials. On the following Saturday, join us to learn strategies to address these issues and successfully enroll minorities. Physicians new to research are encouraged to attend the workshop all day Saturday, while seasoned investigators can join in the afternoon. Participants are eligible to receive one (1) AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit for Friday and up to seven (7) AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits for Saturday.

For more information and to register, please click here: www.bridgeclinicalresearch2014.eventbrite.com

Position Announcement: Assistant or Associate Professor Department of Public Health Sciences

The University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences invites applications for a faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with expertise in molecular nutritional epidemiology teaching and research, with an interest in nutrition and epigenetics in relation to early childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This is a full-time, state-supported, tenure track appointment. An M.D./M.P.H and/or a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD or DrPH) in a relevant field is required. Experience with population-based nutritional epidemiologic research, particularly with interactive genetic and epigenetic effects in relation to early childhood neurodevelopmental disorders is necessary.

The mission of the Department of Public Health Sciences is to improve the health of people through population-based approaches by developing and evaluating educational programs, conducting epidemiologic research, engaging in public service and developing policy. The focus of our department is on health promotion and disease prevention, occupational and environmental health, health care policy, aging, ethical issues, reproductive, women’s, children’s, rural, minority and international health.

Expertise in nutritional epidemiology is broadly defined to include dietary factors related to individual and population health and disease. Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene activity but not those caused by changes in DNA sequences and may include the study of stable, long-term changes in the transcriptional potential of a cell that may not be heritable. Gene-by-environment interaction implies that individuals with the same environmental exposure may have different health and disease outcomes due to their genetic makeup. Thus, the focus of the person filling this position would include such areas as the influence of nutritional, genetic and epigenetic factors in disparities in early childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, especially ASD. Areas of expertise should include nutritional epidemiology, epigenetics, and design and implementation of community-based and/or population-based research and interventions.

Among other responsibilities, the faculty member hired for this position will:

• Provide intellectual and administrative leadership and promote the efforts and capabilities of nutritional epidemiology, gene-by-environment interaction and epigenetics research in relation to early childhood neurodevelopment in the School of Medicine, and reaching out to include the UC Davis campus faculty, the California public health community, the community at large, and current and potential collaborating institutions;

• Develop and teach courses in molecular epidemiology and epigenetics in relation to nutritional epidemiology and mentor graduate students and trainees in public health, epidemiology and related fields;

• Play a leadership role in growing expertise at UC Davis in epigenetics and gene-by-nutrition interaction in health and disease, particularly regarding neurodevelopment and especially ASD, in the School of Medicine;

• Undertake and facilitate interdisciplinary research and outreach programs;

• Maintain a leadership role in identifying and obtaining extramural funding sources and fostering the development of an emphasis in epigenetics, nutritional epidemiology, and gene-by- environment interaction research focusing on disease and health disparities, particularly regarding ASD, with preparation and submission of grant/contract proposals;

• Participate in service activities including committee appointments, public or community service;

• Play a leading role in outreach efforts with the California Department of Public Health and other state and local health agencies and collaborate with other campus research units such as the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR), Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), Center for Reducing Health Disparities (CRHD) and the Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (MIND);

• Work cooperatively and collegially within a diverse environment;

• Adhere to policies and procedures; leadership experience and abilities.

Candidates will also engage in professional activities at a local, state, regional, and national level and disseminate knowledge through peer-reviewed publications and participation in and presentation at interdisciplinary and scientific meetings.

The successful candidate should have a proven grant and publication track record in funded nutritional epidemiology and epigenetics research related to early childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly ASD. Research experience as a principal investigator and/or extensive experience on funded projects documented by publications and other modes of disseminating research in areas related to nutritional epidemiology and epigenetics for appointment at the assistant or associate professor level is also necessary. The successful candidate should have experience teaching nutritional and molecular epidemiology.

Application Procedure and Deadline:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled through March 1, 2015. However, for full consideration, please go to https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF00305 to submit your letter of application, CV, and names of five references by August 29, 2014. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Mary Wheeler by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or phone (530-752-3627).

For more information regarding the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences, please visit the website at: http://www.phs.ucdavis.edu

The National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke announces a search for a Director of the Office of Clinical Research (OCR).  The NINDS is the major funding agency for clinical research in hundreds of neurological conditions.  The OCR Director makes unique and extraordinarily important contributions to the future neurologic health of the nation.  Additional information about this position including how to apply can be found here http://www.jobs.nih.gov/vacancies/executive.htm

Optum is seeking exceptional Primary Care Physicians in Las Vegas, Nevada on a full-time and per diem basis! 

The successful candidate will be part of a team dedicated to improving the delivery and quality of health care that is patient-centered, safe and effective in a fast-paced environment.

Optum is part of the family of companies that make UnitedHealth Group one of the leaders across most major segments of the US health care system.  If you want more meaning in your career - as a clinician or a business professional - think of Optum as your calling.

Already Fortune 25, we are totally focused on innovation and change. We work a little harder. We aim a little higher. We expect more from ourselves and each other. And at the end of the day, we're doing a lot of good.

We are proud to offer a market competitive compensation and benefits package, including relocation assistance!

For more information please contact:

Kaitlin Osborn, Sr. Clinical Sourcing Strategist

Phone: (952) 936-3888

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Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey (PPCGNNJ) is seeking a Nurse Practitioner (NP) with experience in women's health Under the supervision of the Medical Director, the NP will work independently to provide quality patient care in accordance with the delegated responsibilities and agency policies. Daily responsibilities include the provision of reproductive health services for women and men.



Candidates must be NPs licensed in the state of New Jersey with at least 2 years of experience in the health care of women or reproductive health care. Advanced Practice Nurses must be certified by a national certification body accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties and/or the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Bilingual in English & Spanish is required and experience with ultrasounds is preferred and experiences colposcopy and LEEP is a plus. Flexible hours and occasional Saturday hours are required.



Interested candidates should email their cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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