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Allen Hinkle named Vermont Blue Cross’ chief medical director

first_img(End) Allen J Hinkle, MD, who has developed acclaimed medical quality and cost management programs for several of the region’s largest and most respected health plans, has joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont as it Chief Medical Director. Dr. Hinkle has responsibility for the Plan’s Medical Services Division, and will lead its overall medical cost management programs.“Allen is recognized across the industry as an innovator in helping health plans and employer groups manage their medical costs and improve the overall quality of health care,” said Don George, BCBSVT’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are delighted that he has agreed to bring his experience and his leadership skills to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont.”Dr. Hinkle, who is a board certified pediatric anesthesiologist, most recently served as senior vice president and chief medical officer at Tufts Health Plan, a Massachusetts-based managed care company. He redesigned Tufts’ medical management strategies, achieved significant medical cost reductions and led major improvements in the quality performance of the plan.Prior to joining Tufts in 2004, he served as vice president of health care quality and innovation for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts (2001-2004), and as chief medical officer and senior vice president at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire (1995-2000). Using clinical data to identify and address practice pattern variations and working with providers to implement “best practices” processes, he achieved significant cost reductions and quality improvements at each plan.“As a small, locally based health plan, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has the opportunity to build on the well integrated medical cost management programs that it has in place and work closely with the state’s health care providers to achieve even better results for its customers and members,” Dr. Hinkle said.“It also is engaged in a pioneering partnership with Vermont state government to expand the BluePrint for Health program and improve the way health care is delivered to people with chronic conditions. This is an exciting time for the state and for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, and I’m thrilled to be part of the team here.”Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, providing coverage for about 160,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.Source: BCBSVT. 5.6.2010last_img read more

Smoke alarm compliance mistake

first_imgMake sure someone who knows the legislation is updating your smoke alarmsMs Parsons said many landlords are trying to be proactive by updating their properties to fit the legislation, however many are being caught out, with their updates still not being compliant.“We are already seeing concerning trends with landlords trying to upgrade with third parties,” Ms Parsons said.“They are trying to do the right thing and get an upgrade but 39 per cent are failing to comply.“Almost 50 per cent are failing to comply because the electricians are just putting the wrong alarms in.”She said the average cost for the update was $1200, although many owners were paying more because they were not updated correctly in the first instance.Smoke Alarm Solutions offer a subscription service that checks on alarms regularly and ensures they are up to date with the latest legislation.Most properties built before 2017 will be affected by the changes, as those built after that date should already be compliant.Recent Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Smoke Alarm Solutions data has revealed operational fire alarms within Queensland homes has been on a downhill slide for the past two years.Only 80 per cent of smoke alarms were operational in 2018, down from 84 per cent in 2017 and 87 per cent in 2016. Shockingly, only 28 per cent of 2257 Brisbane respondents had smoke alarms in their main bedroom. Make sure your smoke alarms are in working order this winter.As the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder the dropping temperature serves as a prudent reminder to investors to make sure their rental properties have working smoke alarms.New legislation off the back of an inquest into the deaths of 11 people in a house fire in Slacks Creek 2011 will see all rental properties in Queensland required to ensure their smoke alarm systems are fulfilling new compliancy requirements by January 1, 2022. Avoid this scene at your rental property.This includes having smoke alarms installed in every bedroom; smoke alarms powered by either 240 volt or 10-year lithium batteries, having interconnected and photoelectric smoke alarms, and ensuring smoke alarms meet the Australian Standard 3876:2014.While 2022 still seems a fair distance away, Smoke Alarm Solutions COO Michelle Parsons said from May 1, 2019, a staggering 799 properties a day would have to be upgraded in order for all of the rentals in Queensland to meet the deadlines.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoAt present, smoke alarms are required to be on each storey and in hallways near the bedroom, as well as in clean and working order.last_img read more

Thousands up for grab in NCCU’s Cadence Lypso competition

first_imgLocalNews Thousands up for grab in NCCU’s Cadence Lypso competition by: – June 21, 2012 23 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Gordon Henderson (pictured above) and Exile One band have been credited for creating and inventing cadence music. Photo credit: exileone.comA $15,000.00 grand prize should serve as a good enough reason for one to enter into a singing competition.That’s the opportunity the National Co-operative Credit Union (NCCU) Ltd is offering the winner of a new Cadence Lypso show and competition carded for October 29th at the Newtown Savannah.During a press conference on Wednesday, NCCU’s president, Dexter Ducreay explained that the Cadence competition is geared at exposing persons to a genre of music invented by Dominicans themselves.Ducreay said the show is not about “making a “profit” but the vision is to “ensure” that cadence music lives on.He also noted that there is a need to expose young people to the art form, as he believes this will “encourage” the youth to focus their energies on more “productive” and “meaningful” tasks.The President said, though a budget has not been finalized for the staging of the show, the NCCU is committed to doing what it has to do to stage the event.The competition is opened to every Dominican, and persons are asked to submit songs individually or as a group on CD’s.According to event promoter Leroy “Wadix” Charles, songs can range from any language and any genre of music like reggae, calypso, soul, hip hop or soca but “must” include elements of cadence music.An elimination process will take place where 15 finalists will be selected for the competition.The 1st runner up will take home $5,000.00 while the 2nd runner up will receive $2,500.00The other participants will receive $1,000.00 each.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more