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today’s news … Sunday, April 1

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2012 at 6:00 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there! 

Quote for today“A library book … is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, is their only capital.” – Thomas Jefferson

  • Wonder which “organizations” really are legally registered as “non-profit?” Check back here tomorrow.
  • An Easter Bunny breakfast! “A pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny will be held 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at St. John’s Community Church, 239 E. Market St., Marietta. Cost is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children ages 5-12. Easter egg coloring will be held at 10 a.m.” – Lancaster Sunday News
  • “In the appropriations bill for 2012, funding for the Women, Infants and Children Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP) was cut by approximately 30 percent. WIC’s FMNP helps provide underserved families across the country with fresh produce, and is not only a critical subsidy for families that might not otherwise have sufficient access to high-quality, nutritious food, but also for the small and mid-scale farmers and farmers Read the rest of this entry »

ProPublica report: “The Best, Most Revealing Reporting on Our Healthcare System”

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, Opportunities on April 1, 2012 at 5:29 am

(SOURCE: ProPublica)

As we wait for the Supreme Court to issue its verdict on the health-care reform law, we rounded up some of the most revealing reporting on the issues. They’re grouped roughly into articles on high costs and those on insurance.

The Cost Conundrum, The New Yorker, June 2009

The article that President Obama made required reading: Atul Gawande’s 2009 piece explores why health-care costs in McAllen, Texas, were higher than almost anywhere else in America. Its citizens weren’t sicker, nor its facilities much better. He concluded that “across-the-board overuse of medicine” was the best explanation for spiraling costs.

In Medicare ’s Data Trove, Clues To Curing The Cost Crisis, The Wall Street Journal, October 2010

One Medicare database, which contains records of every payment the program makes, is “widely considered the single best source of information on the U.S. health-care system.” Yet, thanks to successful lawsuit more than three decades ago by the American Medical Association, this “powerful tool” for sniffing out fraud and abuse can’t be accessed by average citizens. Doctors’ names — and the payments to doctors — are blocked from public view.

A Simple Health-Care Fix Fizzles Out, The Wall Street Journal, February 2010

Studying different medical treatments to see which is most effective may sound like an obvious and promising way to stem America’s rising health-care costs. That’s why the government is now pushing the idea. But the solution is not so simple.

Phantom Firms Bleed Millions From Medicare, Reuters, December 2011

Shell companies have scammed Medicare out of hundreds of millions of dollars, but exactly how much, and how often, isn’t clear. Medicare doesn’t have sufficient resources for targeting fraud. Overall in 2010, Medicare lost nearly 10 percent of total payouts, or $48 billion, to “improper payments.”

The Hot Spotters, The New Yorker, January 2011

Another Gawande gem: Could we lower medical costs by focusing on better care for the neediest patients? The tactic worked on New York City crime, and several pioneering Read the rest of this entry »

Firefighters to take safety program to Head Start classes

In Education, Everyday Living, Opportunities on April 1, 2012 at 4:53 am

In light of a number of recent incidents involving house fires resulting in multiple deaths, Don Konkle, Pennsylvania Emergency Services Institute  (PFESI) Executive Director, released this article which was published in the Chambersburg Public Opinion:

Staff writerpublicopiniononline.com

“FRANKLIN COUNTY — Fire departments across the county are working with the Franklin County Department of Emergency Services to launch a fire prevention program for preschool age children in Head Start programs.

“The ‘Safe Start’ program was developed by the Safe Kids program. It introduces children ages 3 to 5 to fire safety, said Meghan O’Brien, assistant director of Franklin County DES.

“‘What it does, first of all, is it introduces the kids to fire safety, so that when it’s taught at kindergarten, first- and second-grade levels, they already have an understanding,’ she said. ‘At that age, they’re able to comprehend that when the smoke alarm beeps, I need to go outside.’

Chambersburg Fire Department officials are working with Head Start programs in the borough, including Trinity Center, Benjamin Chambers Elementary School, Riley Head Start Center and Thaddaeus Stevens Elementary.

Head Start programs are also in the Waynesboro, South Mountain, Fayetteville, St. Thomas, Greencastle and Mercersburg communities.

Through a book, video, lecture and hands-on demonstration, children are taught what is “hot or not,” said Chambersburg Fire Department Capt. Tim Ebersole.

“‘It’s teaching the kids about things that are hot in the residence and that type of thing,’ he said.

“‘The video is pretty well put together. It goes through each room in the house and shows pictures and they yell out if it’s hot or not.’

The department also brings in a firefighter in their turnout gear to get the children acclimated to what they look like. They also give them a tour of the fire truck, Ebersole said.

Fatal fires with young children, such as Oct. 17, 2011, fire where a 4-year-old boy died after playing with a cigarette lighter, Read the rest of this entry »