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A new screening program available to eligible Medicare and Medicaid patients of Waianae Coast

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 24 aprile 2019

Comprehensive Health Center, Kalihi-Palama Health Center and The Queen’s Medical Centers aims to address critical gaps between clinical care and social services. Funded by a five-year, $4.5 million award from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to UnitedHealthcare, in partnership with the Hawaii State Department of Human Services, the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Model was created by CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).UnitedHealthcare has implemented the Accountable Health Communities Model, which includes self-administered screenings – completed by using a computer tablet – to help identify and address the health-related social needs of eligible Medicare and Medicaid recipients, thereby improving their experiences and reducing inpatient and outpatient utilization, while reducing total health care costs. These health-related social needs can include employment, safe housing, reliable transportation and financial stability. The award to support program activities was provided to UnitedHealthcare; however, patients do not need to be enrolled in a UnitedHealthcare Medicare or Medicaid managed care program to participate. UnitedHealthcare is further supporting the program with an additional $6.4 million investment.“Social barriers, such as housing instability and quality, food insecurity, personal safety, and lack of transportation and affordable utilities, affect people’s ability to maintain their health and well-being,” said Katherine Keir, UnitedHealthcare Hawaii state director. “This award will enable UnitedHealthcare and our clinical partners to identify the needs of some of our most vulnerable residents and connect them to community-based organizations that can help them live healthier lives.” In addition to the partner clinical sites, several community-based organizations are working to implement the program. These include Aloha United Way, The Institute for Human Services, Catholic Charities Hawaii, Child & Family Service, Parents and Children Together and Hawaiian Community Assets.The award also funds a team of navigators who will assess the results of the screenings, make referrals, coordinate services and perform ongoing follow-up to help resolve an individual’s social needs. Since October 2018, the clinical partners have offered the comprehensive screening to more than 7,700 Medicare and Medicaid recipients. The goal is to reach 75,000 comprehensive screenings per year.An advisory board of local stakeholders helps oversee program implementation, encourage partner participation, ensure that social services are available and aligned to patients’ needs, and assess the results of the model. The advisory board includes representatives from the Governor’s office, DHS Med-QUEST administration, state government agencies, health care providers and social service organizations.

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Deal on revision of EU Border and Coast Guard Agency backed by Civil Liberties MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 aprile 2019

Civil Liberties MEPs confirmed the agreement reached with EU Council on new measures strengthening the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in a vote on Tuesday.
The changes to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) aim to remedy the current shortcomings and better respond to the present needs in security and migration.
The revision of Agency includes setting up a new standing corps to support EU countries on the ground in border control and return tasks as well as in the fight against cross-border crime. Starting with 5 000 operational staff in 2021, the standing corps would be fully operational by 2027 with 10 000 staff.Civil Liberties MEPs backed the deal in a vote by 33 votes in favour, 13 against and no abstentions.The agreed text now needs to be formally approved by the Parliament as a whole and the Council of the EU before entering into force.

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EU Border and Coast Guard: new corps of 10 000 border and coast guards by 2027

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 aprile 2019

New measures strengthening the European Border and Coast Guard to secure the EU’s borders were agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators, on Thursday.
The provisionally agreed changes to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) aim to remedy the current shortcomings and better respond to the present needs in security and migration.The negotiators agreed on setting up a new standing corps to support EU countries on the ground. The new corps could, at the request of a member state, carry out border control and return tasks as well as fight cross-border crime. It would also include a rapid reaction pool for rapid border interventions.Starting with 5 000 operational staff in 2021, the standing corps would be fully operational by 2027 with 10 000 staff. Currently, the Agency relies solely on member states’ contributions.The updated Agency would be able to support return procedures in member states, for example by identifying irregularly staying non-EU nationals and assisting national authorities in obtaining travel documents. The new rules would also strengthen the cooperation with the EU Asylum Agency.EP and Council negotiators agreed that cooperation with non-EU countries needs to be strengthened. MEPs managed to introduce several safeguards to ensure respect for fundamental rights and protection of personal data is included in such cooperation.
Inter-parliamentary cooperation in the supervision of the Agency
To ensure effective scrutiny by the EP of the Agency and by the national parliaments of national authorities, the agreement introduces greater inter-parliamentary cooperation. The Agency’s management will be required also to attend joint meetings of the European and national parliaments.The agreed text now needs to be formally approved by the Civil Liberties Committee, Parliament as a whole and the Council before entering into force.

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Successful start to 2012 for Operation Ocean Shield

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 febbraio 2012

The first 13 days of January were busy ones for NATO’s counter piracy task force; they successfully stopped and disrupted three separate pirate groups from launching attacks on legitimate maritime traffic. In the first incident on Friday 6 th January the USS CARNEY acting on intelligence from other counter piracy forces intercepted the Indian flagged dhow AL QASHMI off the south western coast of Oman. Once onboard the dhow the USS CARNEY’S Board and Search Team quickly discovered that all evidence of potential piracy had been disposed of and questioning of the dhow’s crew revealed that they had been hijacked with the 9 suspected pirates launching from a different dhow. The 9 suspected pirates were detained. The crew of the AL QASHMI were offered assistance and then allowed to go about their lawful business.
The second incident took place on Saturday 7 th January several hundred nautical miles away to the south west and close to the Somali coast when another dhow, this time of Iranian nationality, was identified as a potential pirate mother ship by the Danish warship HDMS ABSALON. ABSALON’S Board and Search Team were quickly dispatched to the dhow under cover of a helicopter before the suspected pirates were able to dispose of potential evidence linking them to piracy and this was subsequently seized along with the 25 suspected pirates.
Early on Friday 13thJanuary, RFA Fort Victoria along with her embarked helicopter was tasked to intercept a third suspected pirate vessel. A Royal Marines boarding team in fast boats approached the vessel and successfully boarded it. Shortly after the Marines approached, the pirates surrendered moving to the front of their ship with their hands up. A thorough search of the vessel revealed numerous weapons including RPG launchers and machine guns. This demonstrates NATO’s capability to track and stop target vessels by using information from the various maritime counter piracy forces operating in the area.Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1)
Overall in January there were 4 attacks all of which were unsuccessful, 9 disruptions and 4 approaches in the Gulf of Aden / Indian Ocean. In addition, 80 suspected pirates were captured by counter piracy forces of which 59 were captured by NATO ships. 29 of them have already been transferred for prosecution with the position of the others under consideration by nations. In comparison, in January 2011 there were 29 attacks, 10 disruptions, 3 approaches and most significantly 6 ships were pirated. Rear Admiral Hank Ort, MC Northwood Chief of Staff said, “The reduction in pirate success is directly
attributable to military presence and military action. We are not complacent; it is too early to say that we have won the battle of piracy. We know that if the navies go away the pirates will come back. What we can say is that we are making the seas safer for legitimate maritime traffic.”
Naval warships have been in the region constantly since March 2009, providing a visible presence and deterrence while conducting counter piracy operations. The number of successful pirate attacks has dropped dramatically since NATO and other task forces started patrolling the sea lanes. In 2009, 45 ships were hijacked in the region; in 2011, 24 ships were hijacked effectively halving the number of ships taken within 2 years.

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NATO Operation Against Armed Pirates

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 14 aprile 2011

Earlier this month, NATO counter-piracy forces delivered a severe blow against armed pirates off the coast of Somalia by arresting 34 suspected pirates.  The suspected pirates had previously been observed loading up their mother ships and skiffs with fuel and weapons in order to attack merchant ships further out to sea.  In a well-planned operation, NATO warships conducted a night-time strike on the known pirate lairs at sea, close to the coast.  As well as detaining the 34 suspected pirates, 34 innocent hostages, who had been held by the pirates, were freed unharmed by the NATO forces.  Recent months have seen an increase in pirate attacks, particularly in the northern Arabian Sea, and with the monsoon season coming to an end, and the weather improving, it was seen as crucial for counter-piracy forces to strike to help prevent pirates getting out to sea to prey on merchant shipping transiting the area.   Over an extended period NATO warships HNLMS Tromp, HDMS Esbern Snare and USS Halyburton, observed the known pirate camps, supported by Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircrafts from the EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) and various other counter piracy forces.  On Friday, as part of the focussed operation, crew from NATO warship HDMS Esbern Snare boarded a suspicious whaler and found it to be packed with fuel, AK47 machine guns, a ladder and rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) and 3 suspected pirates. The whaler and weaponry were seized by the warship, and after being questioned, the suspected pirates were taken to a nearby beach. On Saturday HDMS Esbern Snare then approached a dhow that was suspected to be involved in pirate activity. As the Danish boarding team investigated, the pirates started firing at them, who then fired back in self defence. In the fire-fight several pirates were wounded and as a result, a medical team from NATO flag ship HNLMS Tromp was quickly sent to the scene to render medical assistance.  NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008.  The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector.  In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own.    NATO has announced its continuing commitment to counter-piracy by extending Operation Ocean Shield to December 2012.

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