(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. 5.6.2010
SAN JOSE — In terms of adversity, this is nothing.For a Sharks team that’s already stared down three elimination games, being tied 2-2 in their second round series with the Colorado Avalanche — and having home ice advantage at the moment — isn’t a bad place to be compared to where they were just two weeks ago against the Vegas Golden Knights.“Let’s be honest, I don’t think anyone was thinking we were going to come here and sweep both games,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said after his team’s 3-0 …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is no doubt that the production agriculture sector is going through a tough financial period. In particular, low crop prices and low milk prices are severely impacting row crop and dairy producers. Financial stress in the farm business often equates to stress within the farm family and can extend to farm employees. Harmful stress needs to be recognized and managed for personal health, family health and health of the farm business.Some stress is a normal part of life. Stress can motivate us to get things done or to make adjustments in our life that balance the stress or maybe remove the stress. However when stress events begin to add up or stress events are added that don’t allow us to adjust or that are beyond our resources to adjust then stress begins to be harmful. Symptoms of harmful stress as well as mechanisms and the ability to cope with stress will vary depending upon the individual. It is important to recognize some common symptoms of stress and if these symptoms continue for prolonged periods of time, to devise a plan to manage stress.Some common symptoms of stress include: feeling tired all the time, inability to relax, disrupted sleep pattern, irritability, anger, problems getting along with people, anxiousness, feelings of being overwhelmed, emotional outbursts, trouble concentrating, headaches, frequent illness, increased alcohol or tobacco use, and withdrawal.Developing and maintaining avenues of communication can help farm families cope with stress during tough financial times. Communication is vital to help relieve the burdens of financial stress and to help generate ideas for problem solving, how to cut production costs, and/or how to increase efficiency or productivity. Regular communication during stressful financial times can help to reduce a negative environment and to prevent finger pointing and blaming. It is natural to look for a source to blame, but in the current farm economy low prices are not the fault of any farm manager, family member or farm employee. In addition, it is known that often just being able to talk about financial problems or feelings of frustration, helplessness and anxiety can be helpful to mental and emotional health.In a family farm situation, it may take an extra effort to maintain communication during stressful financial times. Try to put some “structures” in place that will help facilitate regular communication. An example of this is regularly scheduled family or farm business meetings. Meetings should have planned agenda items and a set starting and ending time. Some ground rules should be in place that provide opportunity for everyone to speak and that prevent any kind of personal attacks or blaming. The focus should be on the farm business. One of the topics on the agenda might be an update of the current farm financial situation. This update allows all family members and farm employees to understand the current farm situation, can squash any rumors that may have started, and can help family members and farm employees understand why repairs instead of new purchases are being made, why withdrawals for family living are being maintained or decreased, and why employee raises may be delayed or decreased. Sharing financial information within this type of business meeting structure can empower family members and employees to feel valued as a team member and new ideas about how to meet financial challenges may be generated.Communication is vital during times of financial stress and in addition to communicating with family members and farm employees, the farm owner or manager should have a support network that understands the farm’s financial situation. Someone who can look at the farm situation from a non-personal perspective and that is not as emotionally invested in the farm operation can provide some clearer thinking and/or information that can be helpful in making decisions. People in this support network may also provide a sympathetic ear that allows some of the financial stress burden to be shared. These are people that want to see your farm succeed and be passed on to the next generation. This support network can include your lender, equipment dealer, seed/fertilizer dealer, financial advisor, nutritionist, veterinarian, Extension educator, tax preparer, or other trusted advisors.For more information about communication during stressful financial times go to the Dairy Issue Briefs section of the OSU Extension dairy web site at: http://dairy.osu.edu/DIBS/dibs.html.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s dairy farmers do more than just produce milk — they create jobs, contribute to their communities and help drive Ohio’s economy. The total economic impact of dairy products produced and sold in Ohio is $23.44 billion.Food and agriculture is the number one contributor to Ohio’s economy, and farming provides one out of every eight jobs in Ohio, according to the Ohio Livestock Coalition.In Ohio, dairy farming families milk more than 261,000 dairy cows on about 2,200 dairy farms. As milk makes its journey from farm to table, it employs farm workers, trucker drivers, construction workers, factory workers, retailers and more.Ohio’s dairy industry provides 114,053 jobs for Ohioans, based on a 2018 report by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA). Nationally, said IDFA research, the dairy industry creates nearly 3 million U.S. jobs and has an overall economic impact of more than $628 billion. Ohio exports $144 million in dairy products each year, generating $418 million in economic impact and creating 2,030 jobs that help lift the state’s economy.This information was shared during the American Dairy Association Mideast’s Evening on the Farm event. The event, hosted with Columbus Business First, brought together more than 70 central Ohio business leaders and dairy farmers at Shipley Farms in Newark, Ohio to learn about today’s dairy farming practices.“It was a wonderful evening connecting business leaders with local dairy farmers. We were able to share how dairy farmers care for their cows, the land and the environment, and the important role they play in Ohio’s economy,” said Scott Higgins, CEO of the American Dairy Association Mideast.
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Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) adjusts his mask during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in New York. The Celtics won 109-102. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK—Kyrie Irving really dislikes having to play in a mask.On the other hand, he loves what comes next: Boston putting its 13-game winning streak on the line against the NBA champions.ADVERTISEMENT 3 UCLA players face punishment at home after China incident Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “It’s definitely an incredible streak we’re on, and now comes the whole media frenzy of will the streak end, and what’s going to happen on Thursday and the Golden State Warriors coming to Boston,” Irving said. “So I’m looking forward to all that hoopla.”Irving returned to the lineup and scored 25 points while wearing the mask, and the Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-102 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten since an 0-2 start.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarcus Morris added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum scored 19 points for the Celtics, who have the NBA’s best record. Golden State is next at 11-3, and Boston got good preparation for the game against a persistent Brooklyn team.“The way that they converted on us in transition after our mistakes tonight, you can’t have that against Golden State. You just get blown out of the gym,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “We just have to play really solid on both ends and do what we do as well as we can and see where we stand.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The Celtics started 7 of 9 from the field to lead 17-4, but the Nets jumped ahead in the second quarter and countered every time Boston threated to pull away until the final minutes.“I thought guys competed,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We just have to do it in long stretches.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ LATEST STORIES Irving missed one game with a minor facial fracture after he was hit by teammate Aron Baynes on Friday. He fiddled with the mask frequently, but it didn’t seem to affect his play much. He made a jumper with 3:40 left after the Nets had closed within four points and drove for another basket about 35 seconds later.“Today, just finding his way and doing what he does, making big plays for us, coming through and sealing the game,” said Celtics center Al Horford, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds.Boston then finally put it away with Jaylen Brown’s alley-oop feed to Tatum before Irving hit two free throws to make it 106-96.Joe Harris scored 19 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, who are without leading scorer D’Angelo Russell because of a bruised left knee. Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert added 15 points apiece.Irving has had to play in a mask before, and he’s done it well. He scored a then career-high 41 points in a loss at New York on Dec. 15, 2012, while with Cleveland. But he described it like having foggy blinders, restricting his peripheral vision.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
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Lauderhill (USA): Senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is happy with the coming up of bright prospects like Navdeep Saini and says he’s always ready to guide the youngsters when they come in to the national team. The 29-year-old Bhuvneshwar took two wickets for 19 runs to play an important role in India’s four-wicket win against the West Indies in the first T20 International here on Saturday. “As a senior player you always want to perform. Even you could not perform you have to contribute to the team. That is the first thing I want to do and luckily I did that,” Bhuvneshwar said at the post-match press conference. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “When young players like Navdeep Saini does well and Khaleel (Ahmed) does well, you want to always talk to them. You want to make them comfortable. That is the first thing I want to do and I always guide them,” he added. Bhuvneshwar was all praise for Saini who starred in the India’s win with figures of 3/17 in his India debut match. “Just before coming into the team he played for India A against West Indies A in West Indies. That is why he did well. When you do well at international level, it gives you a lot of confidence,” said the senior pacer. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “He has bolwed really well. The most important thing is, he has proved in different stages. He plays so much of cricket, in IPL and for India A. So when he came into the (senior national) team he was very confident.” Asked about the switching from ODI cricket to T20 format, he said, “Not really mental adjustment because T20 and ODI are the same, not the same format but you have to bowl deck bowling in ODI and T20 as well. “It is only that T20 is a shorter format and when you go to ODI, it takes more load on the body. This is something we always take care of.” He said the pitch used for the first T20 International match was a bit sticky as it was under cover in the last two days, and was not easy to bat on. “The ball was not really coming onto the bat, it was a bit difficult for the batsmen. In the morning, it was a bit moist but got better in the second innings as the sun was out by then.”
Singing superstar Susan Boyle is set to top the charts globally when her extraordinary duet with Elvis Presley is released as a Christmas single to raise vital funds for Save the Children.The Scottish phenomenon has joined forces with the globally respected charity, Save the Children, as an ambassador to support its UK and International work.Her debut into the singles chart with ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’ is especially poignant. She is the first British artist ever to have a posthumous duet with the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll feature on their album and now this pivotal moment in British music will be even more significant as the track is to be released as a single and proceeds will go to children in the UK and across the world.The official charity single will be released worldwide on Sunday 8th December 2013 with proceeds being donated to Save the Children. The single is available to preorder from today on iTunes and Amazon.Susan Boyle said; “Duetting with Elvis was beyond my wildest dreams. And now that this is able to raise money and help children is simply fantastic. I’ve had the privilege of spending time with families from a FAST programme, Families & Schools Together, that is run at a school in Glasgow. To see the money raised in action and the difference it makes to these families is wonderful. It really does help people. The children from the FAST program also joined me for the music video, we had a lovely two days and the children were fabulous. They were all stars!”Justin Forsyth CEO of Save the Children said; “We are delighted to announce the global phenomenon Susan Boyle as a new ambassador for Save the Children and that all profits from her Christmas single with Elvis will help save children’s lives.“Every year, more than 6 million children in the poorest parts of the world die from easily preventable causes like diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia. Some children lose their lives simply because they can’t get the nutritious food that they need. As one of Britain’s most famous talents, whose story has inspired us all, we know that Susan will raise awareness of these important issues as well as funds that will help Save the Children make a difference to stamp out preventable deaths of children across the globe and help poor children in the UK fulfill their potential.” Save The Children began in 1919 and now work in 120 countries around the world. In 2012 alone, the charity helped over 20.6 million children and responded to 45 emergencies. The Save the Children FAST programme, Families & School’s Together, was founded in 2010 in the UK and is an early-intervention programme for primary school age pupils. FAST brings parents, children, schools and the wider community together, to help parents create opportunities for learning and development at home and to make sure children get the support they need to fulfill their potential at school and in life.Known best for her element of surprise and a powerful and heart stopping voice, Susan has become a global top selling artist. The phenomenal album sales, record breaking achievements and multi platinum chart domination – Susan has come a long way from the Britain’s Got Talent stage in 2009.To date her previous four albums, ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ ‘The Gift’ ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’ and ‘Standing Ovation’ have sold over 20 million copies and stormed to the top of the charts in over 38 countries. She has had over 130 platinum and gold albums in four years and two Grammy nominations. Her fifth album “Home for Christmas” is released on Monday 25th November 2013 in the UK and is available for pre order on www.amazon.co.uk.Syco will donate 100% of its profits from the sale of each CD single and download to Save the Children Fund, a registered charity (213890 and SC039570). This will be at least £1 for each CD sold in the UK and at least 20p for each download sold in the UK.