Perfect Arrangement Rounds Out New Primary Stages Season


first_img View Comments The New York Premiere of Perfect Arrangement, written by Topher Payne, will play Primary Stages off-Broadway this fall. The comedy joins the previously announced Informed Consent, The Body of an American and Exit Strategy. Performances will begin on a September date to be announced. Michael Barakiva will direct.The play takes place in the midst of the Red Scare, in which the worlds of I Love Lucy and Edward R. Murrow clash as a U.S. State Department worker disrupts the corny and complacent lives of the Martindales and the Baxters. The play received th 2014 American Critics Association Osborn New Play Award.The season begins in August with Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Informed Consent, directed by Liesl Tommy. Jo Bonney will direct Dan O’Brien’s The Body of an American in February 2016, and Ike Holter’s Exit Strategy will begin the following month under the direction of Kip Fagan.last_img read more

Vermont patients benefit from federal EHR incentive program


first_imgVITL Middlebury, Vt. (August 12) – Vermont patients are beginning to see results from a $27 billion federal program that offers incentives for physician practices and hospitals to use electronic health records systems, according to US Senator Patrick Leahy. Those benefits include Vermonters receiving more reminders about important preventive care. Senator Leahy spoke during a visit to Middlebury Family Health Friday, the first Vermont physician practice to meet all of the federal program’s criteria for improving patient care using its electronic health records system.”I am delighted that this targeted federal investment has enabled Middlebury Family Health to become the first Vermont practice to receive incentive payments from Medicare for using an electronic health record system,” Leahy said. “Better records mean better patient care and patient safety for Vermonters.  With breakthroughs like this, we are beginning to shift to a higher gear in health reform. The federal partnership with Vermont Information Technology Leaders and local physician practices has the potential to benefit every Vermonter.   Vermont has been in the front ranks of health care reform, and Middlebury Family Health’s adoption of an electronic health record system is an excellent example of this leadership.” As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Congress appropriated $27 billion to fund the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs. To participate in either of the programs, eligible health care professionals must use federally-certified EHR technology, and meet a number of criteria for becoming “meaningful users” of EHRs and improving patient care. Once documenting that they have achieved meaningful use, eligible professionals receive up to a total of $44,000 in incentive payments from Medicare over the five years they choose to participate in the program or up to $63,750 in incentive payments from Medicaid over the six years they choose to participate in the program.  Hospitals may also participate in the programs, receiving incentives based on a number of factors, beginning with a $2 million base payment.All four physicians at Middlebury Family Health recently achieved meaningful use of their EHR, and each has received the maximum first year incentive payment of $18,000 from Medicare, making them the first eligible professionals in Vermont to do so. The physician practice will use the federal funds to pay for the EHR technology and to continue to make investments in improving patient care.  “Our electronic health records system has streamlined communication in the office between physicians, nurses, and other staff,” said Eileen Doherty Fuller, MD, a partner at Middlebury Family Health. “We’ve also greatly enhanced communications with our patients. Using the EHR, we can better track which patients are overdue for physicals, mammograms, and checkups for high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.” When the electronic health records system flags an overdue preventive service, Middlebury Family Health contacts the patient to schedule an appointment. “Often patients don’t realize it is time for them to come in, so we are able to be more proactive about reminders,” Dr. Fuller said.Other general criteria for meaningful use that directly affect patient care include: eprescribing and the ability to immediately check drug-to-drug and drug allergy interactions; maintaining up-to-date patient medical problem lists and medication lists; and providing patients with a clinical summary of their visit, including any changes to medications, instructions and other relevant information.  One feature of Middlebury Family Health’s electronic health record system that has been particularly beneficial is its ability to track whether ordered lab tests were actually completed, Dr. Fuller said. If a patient fails to show up for a scheduled test, the EHR will alert physicians who can follow up with the patient.Middlebury Family Health has also met the standards for being a patient centered medical home, and attained the highest level status in that National Committee for Quality Assurance program, Dr. Fuller noted. As a result, Middlebury Family Health will receive the highest level of payment for participating in the Vermont Blueprint for Health program. “Without the EHR, we could have never done that,” she said.”Middlebury Family Health worked with VITL and the state of Vermont using collaborative workgroups for meaningful use and the medical home. We included four staff members and two doctors to learn and implement this system. Joining me on this team were Dr. Linn Larson, Medent Specialist Michelle Clark, and Office Manager Stacy Ladd. They kept the staff involved and excited throughout the process. In addition, Christine Fuller and Connie Billings were an important resource to the team. The efforts of all our employees and this core team were critical to our success,” Dr. Fuller said. The other two physicians in the practice areJean Andersson-Swayze, MD, and Dayle Klitzner, MD. Assistance from VITLPhysician practices and hospitals around the country receive assistance in implementing EHR technology and achieving meaningful use from 62 non-profit regional extension centers funded by the federal government. Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL), an independent non-profit organization based in Montpelier, is the only such center serving Vermont.VITL’s staff worked with Middlebury Family Health to implement its EHR system and connect it to the Vermont Health Information Exchange, a secure statewide health data network operated by VITL. Middlebury Family Health’s four physicians received information and guidance from VITL on achieving meaningful use and qualifying for federal incentive payments.”VITL congratulates Middlebury Family Health for being the first Vermont practice to achieve meaningful use. While you are in the vanguard, there are many other practices following in your footsteps,” said David Cochran, MD, VITL’s president and CEO. “We’re working with more than 750 of the state’s 1,000 primary care providers and expect that Vermont will have one of the highest percentages of health care providers in the country achieving meaningful use. That’s great news for Vermont patients and the state’s health care reform efforts,” he said.The transition to advanced electronic health records systems is also happening in the state’s 14 hospitals, Dr. Cochran noted. Copley Hospital in Morrisville announced on June 29 that it was the first hospital in Vermont to achieve meaningful use. VITL is working with Copley and the rest of Vermont’s hospitals on meaningful use and health information exchange.VITL assisted Porter Medical Center with implementation of the hospital’s new EHR system, which went live on August 1, as well as the installation of a lab system interface to the Vermont Health Information Exchange so that Middlebury Family Health and other physician practices in the hospital’s service area can receive lab results immediately in electronic format.”Through the efforts of Porter Medical Center and area physician practices, including Middlebury Family Health, Addison County is well on the way to becoming one of the most connected communities in Vermont for medical records,” Dr. Cochran said. “Patients in the Middlebury area will experience better health care because of the increased use of health information technology, everything from smoother check-in at the front desk to greater information sharing among authorized providers, which will result in fewer duplicated tests and quicker diagnoses of medical problems.” last_img read more

Coleman-Lands carries Miami (Ohio) over Cent. Michigan 76-57


first_imgColeman-Lands carries Miami (Ohio) over Cent. Michigan 76-57 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Isaiah Coleman-Lands had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as Miami (Ohio) defeated Central Michigan 76-57 on Thursday night.Nike Sibande had 17 points and nine rebounds for Miami (Ohio) (11-17, 4-11 Mid-American Conference). Milos Jovic added 15 points. Mekhi Lairy had 12 points.Rob Montgomery had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Chippewas (13-15, 6-9), who have now lost seven games in a row. David DiLeo added 10 points. Associated Press February 27, 2020 The RedHawks leveled the season series against the Chippewas with the win. Central Michigan defeated Miami (Ohio) 93-82 on Jan. 4. Miami (Ohio) faces Bowling Green at home on Saturday. Central Michigan takes on Eastern Michigan on the road on Saturday.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

ESM volleyball has 1-2 stretch, beats Utica Proctor


first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CBAESMvolleyball In the last days before the school holiday break, girls volleyball teams from East Syracuse Minoa and Christian Brothers Academy earned victories.The Spartans took on Utica Proctor last Thursday and endured a couple of tough sets, but still swept the Raiders 25-22, 25-16, 25-23 to reach the .500 mark at 3-3.Alana Day led the way as she put together nine assists, four kills and four digs. Olivia Fortuno had eight kills, three blocks and three digs. Skyler Mahoney also got four kills and Morgan Ransom earned six assists, with Helena Scolaro earning four aces and Jazmin Tyo getting four assists.Then ESM visited New Hartford last Monday, and in this Spartan clash the hosts got the best of it in four sets.After dropping the first set 25-18, ESM won the second set 25-20 to pull even. Yet New Hartford absorbed this and controlled the rest of the match, winning the third set 25-10 and the fourth set 25-16.As for CBA, it played last Friday at Cato-Meridian, taking only three sets to put away the Blue Devils 25-9, 25-16, 24. The Brothers improved to 4-1 overall and, after a tournament this Friday at Onondaga, will resume its league slate Jan. 6 at Faith Heritage.Back on Dec. 16, ESM faced Cortland and lost in four sets to the Purple Tigers.Cortland had roared out to a 5-0 start, highlighted by rallying from two sets down to knock off reigning sectional Class B champion Chittenango in five on Dec. 10. Not stopping there, the Purple Tigers swept CBA a day later and then, on Dec. 13, survived a comeback bid from Onondaga to claim another five-set decision.So the ESM match was Cortland’s fourth in seven days, but it jumped all over the Spartans in 25-14 and 25-13 sets.Recovering well from this, ESM did win the third set 25-13 to prolong the match, but with all of its starters back, the Purple Tigers closed it out 25-11 in the fourth.Fortuno produced six kills for the Spartans, adding five assists and five digs. Day had seven assists and 10 digs, with Ransom getting 11 digs and Scolaro and Tyo getting seven digs apiece.To lead Cortland, Grace Call produced 16 assists, her passes often going to Kayci Olson, who had nine kills. Lexi Zacek paced the Purple Tigers’ defense, earning nine digs.ESM plays in  the Watertown Pink-Out Clash this weekend, and goes to another tournament at Mount Markham on Jan. 4 a day after a match against Camden.last_img read more