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At White House opioid commission meeting, insurance industry gets a scolding

first_img Next in line as Trump’s drug czar? Names of possible contenders start to circulate Insurance groups sought to highlight their own progress against the opioid crisis, citing efforts to bring prescription practices in line with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reduce stigma surrounding substance use disorder, and grow networks for delivering medication-assisted treatment.“Cigna came out 18 months ago and was proud to make a commitment to reduce commercial opioid use by 25 percent,” said Dr. Douglas Nemecek, Cigna’s chief medical officer. “Within the first year we were successful at getting halfway there, and we’re getting close to that full 25 percent reduction already. But that’s only the first of some of our goals.”Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, another member of the opioid commission, expressed frustration with comments by the insurance industry.“I didn’t hear anybody talk about recovery coaches,” Baker said. “I didn’t hear anybody talk about how long you think somebody needs to be in treatment.”Missing from the conversation, Baker said, was discussion of “how we’re keeping score and keeping track of how we’re actually doing.”At a meeting last month, the opioid commission heard from representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, who have also shared blame for their role in the opioid crisis but who largely escaped the same scolding delivered to the insurance groups.The only non-industry testimony at that hearing came from Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The NIH and NIDA have worked this year to partner with industry groups on those efforts.The meeting Friday was also attended by three cabinet secretaries: Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric Hargan, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who appeared at Christie’s request to address his department’s role in enforcing parity law for insurers. Tags addictioninsuranceopioids New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the Republican who chairs the panel, later confirmed what the representatives from insurers including Cigna, Aetna, Anthem, Kaiser Permanente, and Blue Cross Blue Shield had likely already learned they should expect from the commission’s final report, due Nov. 1.“It’s going to be, so you’re prepared, a real call to action for all of you,” Christie told the insurance executives. “And that’s not to say that you’re not acting now. … But when 64,000 people died last year, it’s not enough. And I heard you all say that, too. But we now have to turn those words into action.”advertisement Patrick Kennedy, a member of the president’s opioid commission, said insurers “have treated mental health and addiction as if it’s something other than the rest of medicine.” Andrew Harnik/AP Please enter a valid email address. Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. About the Author Reprints Privacy Policy Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences.center_img Leave this field empty if you’re human: Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, also attended. While he mainly addressed the Justice Department’s efforts to curb fentanyl trafficking from China, Rosenstein also carefully addressed a recent Washington Post/“60 Minutes” report that resulted in Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) asking President Trump to withdraw nomination for drug czar.That report said legislation that Marino pressed on Capitol Hill weakened the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to crack down on suspicious shipments from drug distributors.“Just to clarify,” Rosenstein said, “that publicity last weekend concerned DEA’s administrative authority to suspend shipments of pharmaceutical drugs, so that has not impacted our ability to prosecute criminal violations, including fentanyl [trafficking].”He did not refute the report’s assertion that the legislation hampered other areas of DEA enforcement.Much of the discussion surrounding the government’s response to the epidemic in recent months has focused on the potential for an emergency declaration, which President Trump on Monday said he would deliver next week.While none of the cabinet secretaries or commission members addressed that prospect explicitly, Kennedy became animated late in the meeting when speaking of the need to deliver more overdose reversal drugs to communities and for more doctors to prescribe medication-assisted treatment like methadone and buprenorphine.“We ought to be treating this like a FEMA response and getting the necessary medication,” Kennedy said. “If this were Ebola, we would be getting it out there to every practitioner in this country. We’d waive all the rules and we’d say get it done and start saving lives.”“That’s what we’ve been saying,” Christie concurred. @levfacher Related: Lev Facher By Lev Facher Oct. 20, 2017 Reprints HealthAt White House opioid commission meeting, insurance industry gets a scolding WASHINGTON — Patrick Kennedy, it seemed, had been waiting for a public opportunity to speak directly to the nation’s health insurers.“The historic treatment of addiction and mental illness has been a separate and unequal process,” the former Rhode Island congressman and a member of the president’s opioid commission told a group of insurance executives on Friday. “All of you, as insurers and payers, have treated mental health and addiction as if it’s something other than the rest of medicine.”The in-your-face scolding, delivered during a commission meeting, centered on the disparities between insurance coverage for addiction and other medical conditions. It underlined concern among other members of the commission that the insurance industry needs to take stronger action to help address the nation’s opioid crisis.advertisement [email protected] last_img read more

REVEALED: Glanbia Cheese plant to proceed in Laois after objection withdrawn

first_img Council Pinterest Leprino Foods and Glanbia Cheese plant The path is now clear for Glanbia and Leprino Foods to build a €130m mozarella cheese factory in Portlaoise after an objection to the new plant was withdrawn, LaoisToday understands.Speaking at February’s meeting of Laois County Council, Chief Executive John Mulholland informed Councillors that there had been one submission opposing the Glanbia plant in an appeal to An Bord Pleanala.However, LaoisToday now understands that this submission has been withdrawn.Planning permission was approved for the new plant in the industrial estate in September of this year.Elected members of Laois County Council agreed to the disposal of lands at Togher to Glanbia Cheese JV.This followed a decision by the Council to purchase roughly 80 acres of land for the €130 million development at the location in 2017.But the project was then put on hold following the appeal.It is understood that 250 jobs will be created in the construction phase while, when it’s up and running, the facility will support 78 new, high quality jobs in cheese manufacturing.This Glanbia plant is one of two major investments planned for Togher.Supermac’s tycoon Pat McDonagh is also waiting on an Bord Pleanala’s decision over objections to his ‘Obama Plaza-style’ development in the area.Speaking last month, Mr McDonagh revealed how ‘there’s been two appeals to Bord Pleanála. One from a competitor and another is from an individual’.He said that if the application is granted, he estimates that it should be open within a year from beginning the build.Mr McDonagh estimates that around 200 jobs would be created by this project – 100 in construction and another 100 when it is operational.SEE ALSO – The confirmed list of candidates in this year’s Local Elections Pinterest Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 5th March 2019 Facebook Facebook REVEALED: Glanbia Cheese plant to proceed in Laois after objection withdrawn TAGSGlanbiaTogher New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Community WhatsApp Previous articlePoetry continues to rhyme for Portlaoise authorNext articleAll of this week’s Laois GAA fixtures Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home News REVEALED: Glanbia Cheese plant to proceed in Laois after objection withdrawn News Podcasts Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year WhatsApp Twitter Talking Sport Podcast: County finals galore, international call ups and Mike Henchy interviewlast_img read more

Excessive ‘speed battle’ in flood restoration results in continuing failures

first_img News SHARE Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News Excessive ‘speed battle’ in flood restoration results in continuing failures Efforts to rebuild following the floodsthat devastated the city of Rason in North Hamgyong Province this August are goingpoorly, Daily NK’s sources report, due to a push to finish prior to the KoreanWorkers’ Party anniversary celebration that took place on October 10th. Therush to meet the deadline has meant workers are cutting corners on theconstruction of houses and other buildings, resulting in shoddy work. On October 11th, a Daily NK reporter spoketo a source located in North Hamgyong Province over the phone, who spoke aboutthe situation. Several days prior to the conversation, elites from Pyongyangcame down for a photo op in the newly reconstructed houses in Baekhak Districtof Rason; however, the state of the completed houses in Hakdong left much to bedesired. “In some of the houses, the walls have cracksand the floors are coarse and uneven. It’s so bad that they should be rebuilt,”our source said. This information was crosschecked with two other sources in the same province.Families who were displaced by the floodsand who had been living in tents or with relatives were looking forward tomoving into their new homes. However, due to the poor state of the houses, themood quickly turned to one of reluctance. “A war of speed was fought to complete thehomes in time for Kim Jong Un’s visit prior to the Korean Worker’s Partyanniversary. But in the end, the ones who really suffer from the consequencesare the families,” our source lamented. Although North Hamgyong Province is quitechilly, residents fear the walls on the new houses will be too thin towithstand the cold, especially once the temperatures drop below freezing. Residentsare already pointing out the numerous repairs that will already need to be madein the coming year. While it is fortunate that those who were victims of theflooding already have new houses after only a month, with winter fastapproaching, the construction is receiving a lot of criticism. Construction on approximately 1300 housesfor the flood victims began in Baekhak District of Rason at the end of Augustfollowing orders directly from Kim Jong Un. Not long after on October 8th, NorthKorean state media widely publicized the successful completion of the project,built by the “benevolence of the General (Kim Jong Un).” For residents inhabiting these residences,however, there is one significant drawback– the homes are effectively devoid ofvalue. Altering the houses, even slightly, may be viewed as an action thatdisregards the kindness of the ‘General’ and thus a political crime, openingup purported transgressors to a host of formidable repercussions, according to the source.“Swapping, buying, and/or selling them inNorth Korea’s burgeoning underground real estate market would be difficult,” she explained. As such, the joy experienced by theresidents who received the new houses is fleeting in comparison with the addedpressure and worry coupling the residence. However, not everyone is complaining.“There are some people who are very grateful that despite the damage theysuffered from the floods they have been able to move into housing that theynever could have saved up enough money to buy,” she asserted.“Families in Chimsu are very happy aboutthe gifts of televisions and new kitchenware.”center_img Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) By Kang Mi Jin – 2015.10.13 4:00pm NewsEconomy Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] News last_img read more

Canadian Western Bank hikes dividend

Laurentian Bank reports $53.1M profit in Q2, beats expectations Canadian Press Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital Canadian Western Bank Group (TSX: CWB) is increasing its dividend to shareholders following a $45-million profit in the fourth quarter of its 2011 financial year, a 15% increase from the year-earlier period. The dividend will rise to 15 cents per common share, payable on Jan. 4, a seven per cent increase from the previous dividend and up 15 per cent than the dividend declared one year ago. Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords EarningsCompanies Canadian Western Bank Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter The Edmonton-based bank’s net income amounted to 54 cents per diluted share, or 55 cents on a diluted cash basis. That’s up six cents per share by either measure from the fourth quarter of 2010 when CWB’s net income was $39.1 million. The bank’s revenue was $121.2 million, up 12 per cent from $108.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. As with other Canadian banks that reported last week, CWB said it faced a decline in net interest margin but more than offset that with higher loan volumes. Its banking and trust segment accounted for $42.3 million of the profit and $117.5 million of revenue, while the insurance segment contributed $2.7 million in net income. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Effective Justice System Critical to Economic and Social Development – Minister Nicholson

first_imgRelatedEffective Justice System Critical to Economic and Social Development – Minister Nicholson RelatedEffective Justice System Critical to Economic and Social Development – Minister Nicholson FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Senator A.J. Nicholson, has said that the reform of the justice system in Jamaica is within the broad context of the nation’s quest for economic and social development.Senator Nicholson, who was making a statement in the Upper House yesterday (March 22) on the status of justice reform in Jamaica, said that “we are cognizant of the fact that no economic or social model will sufficiently advance the prospects of the people of Jamaica if it fails to reflect a deep and profound understanding of the need for a strong, effective and efficient justice system.”“I will go further to advance that this understanding cannot merely be implied, but rather that our model of economic and social development must be predicated on certain foundation of good governance, which cannot be achieved in an environment of weak judicial structures, systems and institutions,” informed Senator Nicholson.He pointed out that it has been universally accepted that there was an “inextricable link between an effective and efficient justice system and economic development.”The Jamaican Justice System Reform Programme began in October 2006 with an initial two-week mission by the Canadian Bar Association, which has been engaged to carry out the reform project.In the meantime the Government of Jamaica will be spending in excess of $1.35 billion to rehabilitate and construct a number of courthouses across the country. Expansion of the Supreme Court in Kingston is set for completion in October at a cost of $110 million, while work on the Santa Cruz courthouse is scheduled for completion in May, at a cost of $10 million.The Minister informed that construction is set to begin on the Balaclava courthouse next month for completion in eight months, at a cost of $43 million. The government has also allocated $50 million for the construction of the Lucea Family Court, while the National Commercial Bank is spending $240 million on the construction of the Port Antonio courthouse.“The designs will give full consideration for access to the physically challenged, security for victims, officers of the court, the jury and witnesses.Provision is also being made for victim services,” informed Senator Nicholson. Advertisementscenter_img RelatedEffective Justice System Critical to Economic and Social Development – Minister Nicholson Effective Justice System Critical to Economic and Social Development – Minister Nicholson UncategorizedMarch 23, 2007last_img read more

Canada Launches Hong Kong Pathway that will Attract Recent Graduates and Skilled Workers with Faster Permanent Residency

first_imgCanada Launches Hong Kong Pathway that will Attract Recent Graduates and Skilled Workers with Faster Permanent Residency From: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship CanadaThe ties that bind Canada and Hong Kong run deep. The first Hong Kong residents arrived here over 150 years ago, contributing immensely to Canada’s economic, social and political life. Canada continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Hong Kong, and is deeply concerned about the new National Security Law and the deteriorating human rights situation there. Against this backdrop, in November 2020, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced several new initiatives to help more Hong Kong residents come to Canada.Today, Minister Mendicino announced that Hong Kong residents will be able to apply for new open work permits beginning on February 8, 2021. Valid for up to 3 years, these permits will allow Hong Kong residents to gain valuable employment experience and make significant contributions to Canada. Hong Kong residents must have graduated with a Canadian post-secondary diploma or degree in the last 5 years, or hold an equivalent foreign credential. A post-secondary diploma program must be a minimum of 2 years.Hong Kong residents currently in Canada temporarily, including visitors, students and workers, can apply online from within Canada. Those applying from abroad remain subject to current travel restrictions and may not be able to come to Canada at this time, unless they have a job offer or meet a travel exemption and comply with all public health requirements. More details will be available on the IRCC website on the launch date. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Canada, citizenship, diploma, employment, Government, Hong Kong, Human Rights, immigration, launch, Minister, online, public health, refugees, security, students, travel, websitelast_img read more

Mile Gully High gets Science Laboratory

first_imgAdvertisements Mile Gully High gets Science Laboratory TechnologyApril 26, 2010 RelatedMile Gully High gets Science Laboratory RelatedMile Gully High gets Science Laboratorycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Science students at Mile Gully High in Manchester now have a laboratory equipment to help them to adequately carry out the practical tasks required to complete their Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) syllabus, as well as general curriculum.At the official opening of the Integrated Science laboratory at the school on Thursday, April 22, Acting Principal, Mr. John Clarke, said the new lab, built with assistance from the Mutual Building Societies Foundation (MSBF), and equipment donated by Food for the Poor, will go a far way in strengthening the school’s performance in science subjects.“We have been seeing improvements in the sciences although the grades are not where we want them to be. But we expect that their (students) performance will improve now that we have a laboratory,” he said.In his remarks, Programme Manager at the MBSF, Mr. Llewelyn Bailey, said he was impressed at the level of dedication shown by the administration, the staff and the student body, to the implementation and success of the MSBF programme. He said the school has set a pace for other schools to emulate, to become a centre of excellence.“We intend to make them (upgraded high schools) functional and reduce the degree of disadvantage that the students in these schools face. This requires partnership, and we thank Food for the Poor for their assistance, and invite other corporate entities to partner with us to improve the delivery of education in our schools,” Mr. Bailey stated.Describing the lab as good stakeholder collaboration, Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Ms. Nordia Birthwright-Hill, said “this is an excellent example of the profound impact of collaboration with the school community, the private sector and the Ministry of Education. This lab will enhance the learning of science here at Mile Gully High, and science must apply to the student’s everyday life, the passing of examinations, and gaining a profession in science,” she emphasised.Science student at Mile Gully High, Rashada White stated that, “we can learn much better, we won’t only see the experiment in our text books, but now we can prove things for ourselves.“I feel excited about it. it will allow students to enhance their learning capacity. Teachers won’t have to do a lot of writing on the boards, they can now use the technology to achieve results,” said another student, Kimai Williams.Mile Gully High is one of six upgraded high schools benefiting from the Centres of Excellence programme established by the MBSF. The programme seeks to boost performance in the sciences by ensuring, among other things, that all six schools have functioning Integrated Science labs. RelatedMile Gully High gets Science Laboratorylast_img read more

Brazil wants to avoid Oi bailout

first_img Previous ArticleFrench watchdog fines Altice for “gun-jumping”Next ArticleViber, TransferTo join forces on remittances Richard Handford The Brazilian government is not currently eyeing a bailout for troubled operator Oi, said Reuters, quoting the country’s communications minister.Government officials are looking at measures to help Oi, which is Brazil’s fourth largest operator as well as its biggest fixed player, to exit from bankruptcy, said Gilberto Kassab, but are not currently comtemplating a direct intervention.“There’s no such intention, we are just preparing ourselves in case of an event that could lead to an intervention,” Kassab said. “But, I can tell you, so far, there’s no reason to intervene Oi. We are doing our part to lend Oi support.”The company filed for bankruptcy protection in June in what was reported to be the biggest case of its type in the country, as it struggles with its debt burden.Kassab said the government wants to find a “market-based solution” so that it will emerge stronger from creditor protection.He also confirmed reports that the government is looking at changing the country’s bankruptcy law to ease the way for Oi. Reports said the move might involve changes to the way operators are regulated.In September, Latin American giant America Movil said it could be a buyer for some or all of Oi’s assets. Telecoms billionaire investor Naguib Sawiris has also gone public with a wish to invest in the struggling firm. America Movil takes $2M Colombia hit Author Home Brazil wants to avoid Oi bailout América Móvil deberá pagar 2 millones de dólares a Colombia Related Vivo shoots for European glory AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 08 NOV 2016 Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more America MovilClaroOiTIMVivo Tags last_img read more

Donegal land prices fall by 20%

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – March 19, 2020 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleGAA Programme – 18/03/20Next articleMan shot in Derry overnight News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th The volume of land recorded on the market in Donegal for 2019 was much higher than in previous years. Some 2,283 acres were offered for sale and almost 40% of those sold.Prices fell by 20% though, the biggest percentage drop in any county.Author of the report Odile (PRON: O-DEEL) Evans says there are a number of factors at play:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Google+ Twitter Donegal land prices fall by 20%last_img read more

SF leader rules out entering Westminster for Brexit vote

first_img Pinterest Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleServing soldier charged with theft from Donegal Town barNext articleNathan Boyle commits to Harps for Premier season News Highland FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest The Sinn Fein Leader has dismissed calls for the party to end it’s policy of abstention from the British House of Commons.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar believes the party should use its votes to boost support for the Brexit deal.A vote on the agreement will take place on December 11th.Mary Lou Mc Donald claims the Taoiseach hasn’t thought through his idea………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter By News Highland – November 27, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty AudioHomepage BannerNews SF leader rules out entering Westminster for Brexit vote Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more