ACA and the Healthcare Provider – What’s Next?

As the Affordable Care Act continues it’s path of implementation, healthcare providers are left wondering: “What’s next?”  Facing shrinking revenues due to falling reimbursement rates from payers and increasing costs due to increasingly advanced technology & medicines being brought to bear, what can providers do to stem the squeezing and stay profitable?

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Revolutionizing Data Access: HealthData.gov

Check out my talk on HealthData.gov at the D.C. Health 2.0 STAT event this February!

As Todd Park, the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services writes on the inaugural blog post, “HealthData.gov is a one-stop resource for the growing ecosystem of innovators who are turning data into new applications, services, and insights that can help improve health.”

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Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership Announces Summer 2011 Applications for Public Service Internships and Scholarships

If you know any students who are looking for summer internships, please refer them to the CAPAL Summer Internship/Scholarship Program!  More information provided below:
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The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) will help place students in paid internships within federal government agencies in DC, California, Oregon, Washington, as well as other locations nationwide.  Last year, 11 interns were placed.  CAPAL will also be offering two $2,000 scholarships for individuals working in unpaid public service internships (nonprofit/government) this summer in the Washington, DC metropolitan region.  Please go to capal.org for more information and to apply, and access the applications via these links:  internships applicationscholarships application.  More information after the jump.

Application for AANAPISI Designation Open

**Edit: This correction notice was sent out 7/15/2010**

This is a correction to our earlier message with the subject line Application for AANAPISI Designation Open sent on July 14, 2010.

Dear Friends,

Please note that the attached announcement is for the U.S. Department of Education application for Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) funding (under Title III, Part A) and not for the reopening of eligibility for AANAPISI designation. This funding application closes on August 9, 2010. If you applied for designation (opened December 7, 2009 and closed January 6, 2010), you can now apply for funding under this announcement.

Only AANAPISI-designated institutions can apply for funding under this announcement. If you did not apply for designation, but your institution may be interested, we anticipate that the announcement for the reopening of eligibility for AANAPISI designation will be made soon. We will notify you once the announcement is published in the Federal Register.

Please disseminate this correction widely. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you!

This is a correction to our message with the subject line Application for AANAPISI Designation Open sent on July 14, 2010.

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The Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill on AAPI Communities

I’ve included the below post because I feel that it’s critical that we get the word out on the impact of the Gulf Oil spill, especially on the AAPI community that is there in the region.  Many people don’t know that there is a population of AAPI’s living there, mostly South East Asian, and are deeply affected by the oil spill.  Read all about it below.

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Getting a job in the public sector: WLP Resume Panel Review

On Monday, June 21, 2010, the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership held its Washington Leadership Program session “Resume Workshop” on Capitol Hill.   Each year CAPAL hosts this event to assist Asian American and Pacific Islander interns who are interested in careers in the public service to give them some advice from seasoned professionals in the field on how to get a position in Washington, DC, whether it’s with the government, Capitol Hill, or a nonprofit organization.  The speakers of this event were fantastic, and what I wanted to do was to summarize some of their main points for the folks who weren’t able to make it.

Speakers:

Matt Adkins, Job Bank Manager, The Heritage Foundation

Daniel Chao, Chief of Staff, Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano

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Community Health Data Forum: Harnessing the Power of Information to Improve Health

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This is it – it’s time for the Community Heath Data Forum!  Packed house at the National Academy of Sciences with some real heavy hitters in attendance.  Both Secretary Sebelius and Deputy Secretary Corr from the Department of Health and Human Services are here today.  I’m definitely looking forward to the presentations and the Expo afterward.

Dr. Finberg giving the opening talk of this event.  It definitely sounds like this is going to be a great event.

“Community Health Data Initiative is a perfect expression of those ideals of government”

“People in communities can improve the quality of their healthcare and healthcare system if they have the information to do it” – Secretary Sebelius.  This initiative combines two of the most important goals of the Obama Administration.  Transparency and Participation seems to be the key themes around this project and all things going forward.  “Transform fee for survice into a quality purchaser” – this really is where health reform meets open government.  That’s absolutely right, we need to ensure that the American public know what they’re purchasing.

This event is featuring a jab, punch, uppercut combo of Dr. Fineberg, Secretary Sebelius and Dep. Secretary Corr.  In less than 12 weeks a whole new of health applications were put togther: that’s pretty amazing stuff.  I got to say, it’s the video games that I’m most looking forward to!

HHS is planning on launching a data warehouse website that will feature easily downloadable data that can be incorporated into websites and applications.  What really is special is that HHS is letting the innovators take control of the data and do what they want with it.  That is really the value of innovation: letting the entrepreneurs come and try stuff out.

Palantir’s presentation focuses in on Texas’s data.  They’re comparing child poverty data with other data sets that might have relationships to one another.  There is a relationship between child poverty and teen birth rate across the US.  After removing the data, this relationship still holds in Texas.  Palantir is able to search services available to the population.  Amazing – the example shows that the areas with high levels of child poverty have low access to Boys and girls clubs, and also access to hospitals with acute care.

Android decided to mess up.  Pictures will be uploaded later.  As an aside – can’t wait for Froyo…

Bing has incorporated healthcare survey data and patient reports right into their map application and their search applications for hospitals.  This is pretty awesome.  Comparison of the data layer with the location of supermarkets successfully shows areas that might be underserved.

Sonoma County Network of Care utilizes health data to determine how to create a platform for change / health conscious community.