Tuesday, August 31, 2010
In what may be a one-of-a-kind move, the University of Iowa College of Law is offering all comers the opportunity to attend a free online 14-week course on the nation's new health care reform law. Already, nearly 500 people have reportedly expressed an interest in attending.http://www.uiowa.edu/~ibl/HealthLawColloquium.shtml
The class will be broadcast on Thursday afternoons for those who wish to participate in live sessions of the distance education course and can be seen on video thereafter. A web page at the Iowa Innovation, Business and Law Center provides links to the sessions and the class. "This is a very important piece of legislation, so we thought we would experiment with distance learning," professor Sheldon Kurtz, who developed the course, tells the National Law Journal. "We believe we have an outreach mission that involves informing the public about policy issues."
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Both individually and collectively, we are paying an enormous emotional and financial price for being silenced by our society's taboo against talking about death and dying. Other societies educate their members about the reality of death and the processes of dying and grieving. We do not. We are left to figure it out for ourselves, relying on doctors and funeral directors to tell us what to do once we are face to face with death. We don't know what to say, what to do, how to cope or to grieve. Most of us simply let "the experts" lead us around by the nose -- too stunned to take charge of the situation ourselves. Consider the following observations and facts about the costs we bear for this:
(1) Eighty percent of Americans do not put their personal affairs in order before they die.
(2) In 2009, Medicare paid 55 billion just for doctor and hospital bills for the last two months of patients' lives. That's more than the budget for the Department of Homeland Security or the Department of Education. And, it's been estimated that 20-30 percent of these medical expenses may have had no meaningful impact. Most of the bills are paid for by the Federal Government with few or no questions asked. ("The Cost of Dying," 60 Minutes, 8/8/1)
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law, Bioethics, and Biotechnology at Harvard Law School accepting applications for 2011-13 Academic Fellowship Program starting 9/1
The fellowship is designed for applicants who have the intellectual focus to make top-rate academics in health law policy, bioethics or biotechnology, and who would benefit from time to develop their ideas and writing before they enter the academic job market. Our prior fellows have found homes on the law faculties at Harvard, Berkeley, BU, UCLA, and the University of Arizona. The fellowships include stipends of $60,000/yr for two years, a small research budget and access to the full range of the Center’s and Harvard’s facilities and research resources. If you know of any candidate who might be interested, please direct them to the call for applications available here to learn more:
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Center for Medicare Advocacy to Host webinar on health care reform, Medicare, and people in the community
Wondering how health care reform is going to affect Medicare for people living in the community? Get all your answers at our upcoming webinar Health Care Reform and Medicare for People in the Community. The webinar will be presented by Center for Medicare Advocacy Senior Policy Attorney Vicki Gottlich.
This session will focus on changes to Medicare that affect all Medicare beneficiaries, including:
- Changes to premium and cost-sharing structures
- Changes to Medicare Advantage plans, including reforms to improve benefit structures
- Changes to the Part D program, including closing the Donut Hole
- Improvements to preventive benefits
- Improvements to care for people with chronic conditions
The Seminar is September 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm EST, and will last one hour. Cost is $80.00 per site - so invite your friends!
No other organization will match our depth of information, insider knowledge, and practical tips.
The National Council on Aging’s National Center for Benefits Outreach & Enrollment (NCBOE) has developed a new data mapping tool that allows users to search for information about eligibility and enrollment trends in Medicare and Medicaid benefits programs. The map also provides statistics on the number of individuals eligible for or enrolled in programs such as Medicare Part D Extra Help.
For guidance on how to navigate the map, please go to to http://ssl4.benefitscheckup.org/datamap/
NCBOE also has published a new issue brief called Extra Help to Keep Extra Help: Assisting LIS Beneficiaries Who Lose Their Deemed Status. It offers promising strategies using list-driven communications to help beneficiaries adversely affected by the redeeming process regain and retain the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy.
September Is National Preparedness Month
This September marks the seventh annual National Preparedness Month (NPM). Led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, NPM is a nationwide effort encouraging individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies.
NPM Coalition members will sponsor events and activities throughout the month highlighting the steps that individuals, families and communities can take to prepare. FEMA recently announced that more than 1,900 national, regional, tribal, state, and local organizations and businesses have pledged their support and joined the 2010 National Preparedness Month Coalition. The registration for the Coalition continues through September.
To register for membership in the coalition or to learn more about the Ready Campaign, including how to make an emergency plan and items to be included in an emergency supply kit, please go to http://www.ready.gov/america/npm10/index.html
To download the Ready Campaign widget, please go to http://www.fema.gov/help/widgets/index.shtm#5
Initiated in 2007, The Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver Legacy Award is intended to promote promising practices and stimulate innovation in the field of Alzheimer's caregiving by recognizing and rewarding those efforts which lead the way in addressing the needs of Alzheimer's caregivers. Three awards of $20,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations, government agencies or universities responding to a community need with a program or project which focuses primarily on family/informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. One award will be granted in each of three categories: (1) Creative Expression, (2) Policy and Advocacy and (3) Diverse/Multicultural Communities.The application deadline is 5 p.m. Pacific Time August 12, 2010.
To learn more about this award and to download an application, please go to