Comparing procedure costs impacts patients’ health facility choice

first_imgConsumers who used a health insurance plan’s cost-comparison tool to find out sleep study costs and imaging costs chose medical facilities that charged lower prices for the procedures, according to a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study. However, only a small number of the plan members studied used the tool.The Research Letter was published online Oct. 24, 2016, in JAMA Internal Medicine.“Engaging patients with price information will be important to allow patients to better anticipate and plan their medical spending and to achieve a broad impact on health care spending,” wrote the authors, who were led by Anna Sinaiko, research scientist in the Department of Health Policy & Management at Harvard Chan School.Read an Oct. 26, 2016 article on Searching for Price Info Affects Choice of Health Care FacilityRead an Oct. 24, 2016 interview with Sinaiko on Very Few Patients Take Advantage of Health Care Pricing Tools Read Full Storylast_img read more

Brisbane showstopper’s sale

first_img4 Ivy St, Indooroopilly sold in January.AN Indooroopilly house designed by renowned Brisbane architect Justin O’Neill has changed hands.Surrounded by multi-million dollar mansions, 4 Ivy St sold last month for $1.5 million. 4 Ivy St, IndooroopillyO’Neill, principal of O’Neill Architecture, has won more than 60 awards for his work and was the chair of Brisbane Powerhouse from 2011 to 2016.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:33Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWeekend Wrap: 18/2/17-19/2/1700:34His project at 4 Ivy St was built in 1999 but is timeless in design, with an extensive amount of glass used to enhance natural light and frame garden views. 4 Ivy St, IndooroopillyThe two-storey three bedroom home, cladded in western red cedar, is on a 609sq m block with dual street frontage.Lori Jones, of Lori Jones Prestige – Indooroopilly, was responsible for the marketing campaign.Ms Jones said the buyers were a couple based in Toowong who had inspected the property three times before signing the contract.“They fell in love with the gardens and the house,” she said.“The brilliance of that property is it’s got beautiful architecture, it’s amazing.“It’s all glass so the gardens are inside the house.”It’s a very unusual house and it really catches your eye.”last_img read more

No Case Against Keita

first_imgGrand Gedeh County District#2 Rep. Morais Waylee at the center of the alleged rape of a 13-year old childLawmaker backs off By Abednego Davis The Monrovia City Court yesterday dropped criminal coercion charges brought against child rights activist Abraham M. Keita by Grand Gedeh County District #2 Representative Morais Waylee.Keita was charged with criminal coercion after Rep. Waylee claimed the child rights advocate organized a protest at the Capitol Building where he called on lawmakers to have Waylee investigated on allegations that he raped and impregnated a 13-year old girl.Waylee had earlier sworn that he would pursue the criminal coercion case to prove his innocence.Criminal coercion involves making threats or using force with the purpose of unlawfully restricting someone else’s freedom to engage in or refrain from engaging in a certain act.Meanwhile, dismissing Waylee’s criminal coercion lawsuit, Magistrate Kennedy Peabody said the lawmaker admitted that he was finding it difficult to prove his case against the child rights activist, and declared it “nolle prosequi” in Keita’s favor.“The statement is an admission that the charges cannot be proven. Because of this, we are discharging defendant Keita from further answering to the charges,” Peabody declared yesterday, and issued a Clerk Certificate to Keita declaring his innocence.“Nolle prosequi” means “we shall no longer prosecute,” which is a declaration made to a judge by a prosecutor in a criminal case (or by a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit) either before or during trial, meaning the case against the defendant is being dropped.“This was not because of any lack of effort on the side of the prosecutors in developing a case against Keita, but there was no physical evidence from Waylee’s testimony for us to pursue the lawsuit against the child rights activist,” said a state lawyer.By law, the prosecution of criminal cases falls in the purview of the government, of which criminal coercion is no exception.It can be recalled that at a press conference, Keita challenged Rep. Waylee to prove his allegation against him, because he (Keita) had “done nothing wrong.”“What I find unfathomable and unthinkable is the charge of criminal coercion against me for calling for his recusal, arrest and investigation of rape allegations,” Keita said in a press release.“If the lawmaker thinks and feels that a lawsuit will stop or intimidate me from standing up and speaking out for the rights of women and girls and against rape, he is wrong,” he said, while vowing to fight injustices.“I will continue to be a voice for justice and to champion the rule of law…the lawmaker will not be allowed to use the justice system or our courts to frighten me and other advocates.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

IntelliMime Drives Down Costs and Increases Efficiency

first_img in Headlines, journal, News, Technology Concentrance Consulting Group, Inc., a small minority-owned business founded in 2000, has rolled out a new version of its technology that automates the compliance review process of MBS Issuers who collectively hold over $1 trillion in outstanding issuance.The compliance-as-a-service technology, powered by IntelliMime, ensures step-by-step guide review consistency, and enables real-time government agency management complete with a browser view of each compliance review while in process. The system does all of this in a hosted, cloud-based, data-secure environment consistent with Federal Government requirements.“The technology has a depth to it that is unique,” said Allen Jones, Principal of Concentrance, who went on to say, “IntelliMime takes very complex routines and automates them with reporting, analytics, and dashboards. The system is user friendly and scalable and through workforce optimization can drive down costs and create efficiencies.”The premise of IntelliMime is to “think-in-sync” so that your best employee’s work is replicated by software in a codified, methodical manner that ensures consistency, protects data security, and enables the optimization of workforce management.In building out the IntelliMime system, Concentrance envisions a workforce of talented and aspiring employees who may not be presently employed in financial services. With limited training, the IntelliMime technology can offer an entrée to a broader and more diverse workforce.The Concentrance management team has a 2020 goal to launch its first full production office in Memphis, Tennessee, near both public housing and the home where Concentrance President Karmen Carr was raised.While Carr succeeded in building a successful career in mortgage finance in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., she intends to launch a workforce in Memphis using the IntelliMime software.“When you have the opportunity to achieve success and then return to your roots and help others gain financial skills they might not otherwise have had access to—well, it’s very rewarding,” said Carr.Carr went on to say, “Our work for private sector clients and the federal government is just beginning. We have big goals and our software is applicable to any industry. Give us your most complex process and your most talented employee and we’ll codify and productionalize it. We can then manage it or license the software.” IntelliMime Drives Down Costs and Increases Efficiency Sharelast_img read more