Monthly Archives: January 2011

New funding opportunities: Nurse Faculty Loans and Health Insurance Exchanges (round 2)

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Nurse Faculty Loan Program: Section 5311 of the Affordable Care Act Provides funding to schools of nursing to support the establishment and operation of a distinct, interest-bearing Nurse Faculty Loan Program loan fund.  Participating schools of nursing make loans from … Continue reading

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The new reality: doing less with less

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Kristen West, Executive Director of CHOICE Regional Health Network, was asked to speak at the Senate Ways & Means Committee Work Session and Public Hearing on January 24, 2011, to “put a face” to cuts facing the health care safety … Continue reading

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New funding opportunity: Health Center Planning Grants

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) has announced the release of Funding Opportunity Announcement HRSA-11-021: Health Center Planning Grants.  Health Center Planning Grants (HCPGs) help develop viable proposals to establish new health centers … Continue reading

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Health reform: keeping an eye on the scales

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Even as we move quickly to address urgent cost and quality issues with the healthcare delivery system, it’s important to take time to recognize and avoid potential unintended consequences of any reforms we undertake. For instance, Robert Pear’s article in … Continue reading

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Two takes on ACOs

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Check out Chasing Unicorns: The Future of ACOs by Ian Morrison in Hospitals & Health Networks magazine for an insightful and entertaining look at that big new (but in some ways not so new) idea, Accountable Care Organizations. He explains … Continue reading

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Adjusting to the new reality

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In the wake of the Governor’s remarks that drastic cuts in the state budget will require all of us as a community to step up and help out, the Olympian published a story with the headline “Charities not likely to … Continue reading

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