UVM Medical Center releases tax form

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center today released its Form 990 for fiscal year 2017. The annual filing, which is required for all nonprofit organizations, includes information about community benefit investments and other details about the UVM Medical Center’s governance. The form includes revenue and expense figures, compensation of top wage earners and provides a glimpse into the organization’s work to fulfill its mission as the region’s only academic medical center, Level 1 trauma center, children’s hospital and the community hospital for Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties.In FY 2017, the UVM Medical Center’s community benefits totaled $193 million – up approximately $20 million from FY 2016 – and includes free care, grants to community organizations, and underpayments in Medicaid and other programs. This represents approximately 16.2% of total expenses.Total revenue was $1,320 million, up about $32 million ($1,288 million).“The information released today includes an accounting of much of the work we do and the investments we make in our community to ensure all of our patients and families have access to care,” said Scottie Emery-Ginn, chair, University of Vermont Health Network Board of Trustees. “We are committed to transparency as part of our mission to provide high quality, affordable health care to our community.”As part of the filing, organizations are also required to disclose the salaries of officers, directors, key employees, and other highly compensated employees. The highest compensated employee is John Brumsted, MD, CEO of the UVM Medical Center and president and CEO of the UVM Health Network. Brumsted’s base salary, set by the UVM Health Network Board of Trustees, is $1,024,108. The hospital said in a statement that this is approximately the midpoint of salaries for health care executives with similar responsibilities, and a 4.6 percent increase over the previous year. Total compensation for calendar year 2016 is approximately $2.1 million and includes incentives, health insurance, disability insurance, and retirement benefits. This is down from $2.2 million the previous year ($2,100,191 vs $2,186,275).UVMMC President and COO Eileen Whalen, who has been leading management in negotiating a new contract with the nurses union, made a total of $1,062,462 ($866,693 previous year).Compensation has been a significant issue in the nurses negotiations. Nurses want a new contract with a significant increase in wages. Nurses maintain they are not compensated at the level of nurses at similar hospitals, while, in contrast, upper management is compensated at competitive levels.Nurses have asked for a 23 percent raise over three years, while the hospital has countered with an average 13 percent increase. The difference for RNs, for instance, would result in an average wage of about $84,000 under the hospital’s proposal and $92,000 under the union’s.“Our approach is to compensate employees at all levels of the organization fairly, using benchmarks and market analysis to hire and retain the best people possible,” Emery-Ginn said. “John continues to provide great leadership ensuring the organization can balance the need to be financially strong, offer competitive wages to all, and carry out its mission of improving the lives of the people we serve through important community benefit programs.”The fiscal year reported ended September 30, 2017.Form 990 first page and compensation tables: About the University of Vermont Medical CenterThe University of Vermont Medical Center (link is external) is a 447-bed tertiary care regional referral center providing advanced care to approximately 1 million residents in Vermont and northern New York. The University of Vermont Medical Center also serves as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. The University of Vermont Medical Center is a member of The University of Vermont Health Network(link is external).For more information visit www.UVMHealth.org/MedCenter(link is external)Source: The University of Vermont Medical Center 8.15.2018last_img read more

VAHHS health care legislative wrap up, so far

first_imgHealth Care Provider Stabilization Program: The Vermont Legislature unanimously passed H.965(link is external), which would create a $275 million Health Care Provider Stabilization Program. Once the measure is signed into law by the governor, the Agency of Human Services would administer the program through a needs-based application process. Health care providers can request funding for COVID-19-related costs and lost revenue. The legislature directs AHS to consider grant applications based on:Impact on applicant’s sustainabilityDegree to which CRF grant would go toward services that would otherwise become limited or unavailable and/or would enable applicant to stay in businessDegree to which applicant maintains participation in value-based payment arrangements, if applicableDegree to which applicant can make appropriate and efficient use of CRF fundsFinancial assistance received from other sourcesThe bill also includes $28 million for a Front-Line Employee Hazard Pay Grant Program. This program provides $1,200 to $2,000 to eligible employees working in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, and other health-related organizations. Employers may deduct payroll taxes from the hazard pay.   In addition to extending regulatory flexibilities, the bill also creates a workgroup to make coverage recommendations for health care services delivered by telephone and requires health insurers to eliminate prior authorization requirements that do not justify administrative costs as well as pilot a “gold card” program to exempt certain providers, including primary care providers, from prior authorization or otherwise streamline the prior authorization process.   Finally, the bill also includes a Mental Health Integration Council to ensure that the all sectors actively participate in mental health integration. Last Week by Devon Green, VAHHS Vice President of Government Relations Everything about the legislature has changed, but one thing remains the same—just when it seemed impossible for all the necessary bills to pass before “leaving town,” it all came together, including a $275 million package for Vermont’s health care providers and an extension on COVID-19 regulatory flexibilities. The legislature has adjourned for now, but they will be back in August to pass the remaining three quarters of the FY 2021 budget and examine and adjust the disbursement of Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF).   COVID-19 Regulatory Flexibilities Extended: The legislature also passed H.960, which extends many of the COVID-19 regulatory flexibilities set out in Act 91 to March or June of 2021, regardless of Vermont’s State of Emergency. Extended regulatory flexibilities include licensure, telehealth and AHS waiver of rules.  Source: VAHHS Montpelier 6.29.2020last_img read more

2012 USA Triathlon Art & Science of Triathlon International Coaching Symposium

first_img Related Registration is now open for the 2012 USA Triathlon Art & Science of Triathlon International Coaching Symposium, which is slated for 25-27 October in San Diego, California.Designed as a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity for triathlon coaches, the semi-annual event features a dynamic lineup of US and international multisport experts. This year’s event will be held at San Diego’s Hyatt Regency La Jolla.Scheduled presenters include: Robbie Ventura, Istvan Balyi, Dr Genadijus Sokolvas, Melissa Mantak, Dr Massimo Testa, Ian Murray, Bob Seebohar, Sage Rountree, Bobby McGee, Brad Carlson, Gordo Byrn, Duston Morris, Julie O’Neill and more.The Symposium will feature two presentation tracks based on coaching experience. One track will focus on experienced coaches working with advanced and ITU athletes, while the other track will focus on coaches working with beginner and youth athletes.Topics will include ‘Sports Nutrition’; ‘Run Mechanics and Drills’; ‘Yoga,’ ‘Preparation for Competition to Maximize Performance’; ‘Paratriathlon Classifications and Training’; ‘Secrets to Speed on the Bike’; ‘Youth Participation and Research’; ‘Mental Skills’; ‘Periodization’; ‘Advanced Swimming Techniques for Elite Athletes’; ‘Testing, Interpretation and Application’; and many more.USA Triathlon-certified coaches earn 15 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for attending the entire conference.The cost of the Symposium is US$499, which includes lunch and snacks on Friday 26 October and Saturday 27 October. All meals will be served at the Symposium site. The Symposium fee also includes a group run and yoga class, vendor expo, Friday night reception, the keynote presentation and a complimentary cycling jersey.Check-in for the Symposium will begin Thursday, 25 October at 16:00. The Symposium will begin at 09:00 on Friday 26 October and will conclude at 17:00 on Saturday 27 October. A reception will be held on Friday 26 October for all Symposium attendees at the host hotel.A full schedule of events, including the keynote speaker, will be posted at usatriathlon.org when available.www.usatriathlon.orglast_img read more

2015 British Triathlon and Triathlon England Major Events bidding now underway

first_img Related British Triathlon and Triathlon England are inviting bids from event organisers in England, Scotland and Wales to host Championship and GB Age-Group Team Qualifier events in 2015.The annual bidding process gives event organisers of permitted or sanctioned triathlons, duathlons and aquathlons across the Home Nation Associations the opportunity to host events that make up the British Triathlon Age-Group Major Events programme, and organisers of events in England the opportunity to host Triathlon England – National Championships.As noted by British Triathlon, events that are successful in their bids represent the very best Great Britain has to offer. So far, in 2014 Championship and GB Age-Group Team qualification, events have on average a 95% satisfaction rating from participants.The following British Championships are included in the bidding process:British Age-Group Sprint Distance Triathlon ChampionshipsBritish Age-Group Middle Distance Triathlon ChampionshipsThe following Triathlon England – National Championships are also included in the bidding process:Triathlon England – National Duathlon ChampionshipsTriathlon England – National Sprint Distance Triathlon ChampionshipsTriathlon England – National Standard Distance Triathlon ChampionshipsTriathlon England – National Middle Distance Triathlon ChampionshipsTriathlon England – National Aquathlon ChampionshipsTriathlon England – National Cross Duathlon ChampionshipsIn addition to these championships, 26 GB age-group Team Qualifiers are also included in the bidding process. Details of all events that are included in this bidding process and a bidding application form can be downloaded from the event organisers section of the British Triathlon website: events.britishtriathlon.org.Jon Ridgeon, British Triathlon Board Director for Major and National Events said “Qualification for the GB Age-Group Team is the focus for many multi-sport athletes each year, many of whom travel the length and breadth of the country to achieve just that, so it is important that organisers of the very best events from across the country put themselves forward to host these prestigious qualification events.“There is also the opportunity to host prestigious British and English Championship events, so we hope to receive many high quality bids from right across the country, particularly from organisers who have not bid before.”Duncan Hough, Triathlon England Board Director for Events, Rules and Technical said “We are excited to again partner with British Triathlon, to invite tenders to host Triathlon England National Championships and Major British Triathlon events, whether they be Qualifiers or Championships. We are looking to work with Event Organisers who can deliver a quality event in England, that they feel is suitable to host one of Triathlon England’s National Championships.”He added, “We want the events to excite those with a competitive edge, but yet also be accessible and welcoming for the more novice or inexperienced competitor where this may be their first experience of triathlon, and will leave the right first impressions of how enjoyable the sport can be.”Other British Championships to be held in 2015 will be organised by British Triathlon, include the British Age-Group Standard Distance Triathlon Championships and British Age-Group Duathlon Championships.Further bid documentation including bidding guidelines and submission templates can be downloaded from the event organisers section of the British Triathlon website: events.britishtriathlon.org.The closing date for applications is 09:00 GMT, 1 August 2014.www.britishtriathlon.orgwww.triathlonengland.orglast_img read more

Does This Make Me Sound Insecure?

first_imgSlate:Insecurity, like blood, will out. It makes us feel so vulnerable and exposed that we eventually expose ourselves and become vulnerable. Like a scarlet sock in the load of white wash, insecurity has the irksome power to stain our speech and writing, interfering with the immaculate poise we’d like to project.Yet if you know what linguistic tics to look for, you can recognize self-doubt (and perhaps bleach the fuchsia from your pants before anyone notices). Insecurity has several linguistic calling cards, and learning to spot them may help you both assuage others and more skillfully present your self to the world. Below are a few tips for getting the insecurity out of your words—and maybe picking up some confidence in the process. First, beware overcompensation. Nothing announces an inferiority complex like the bugle of self-promotion. In a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science (described by Wray Herbert), researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard report that people at the edges of a given group are more likely to use language that emphasizes their membership in the group. Central figures are less likely to assert their belonging.Read the whole story: Slatelast_img read more

Worries rise over risk of Ebola spread beyond DRC hot zones

first_imgThe World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) top official today said he was “profoundly worried” about the rising threat of Ebola spreading to other parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and to neighboring countries, as the country’s health ministry today reported 23 new cases.On Twitter, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said most operations have resumed in the wake of the most recent attacks, but the disruptions and a testing backlog will lead to a rise in the number of cases reported over the coming days.Since the current outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces began in August, several violent incidents, some with resulting community protest, have disrupted the outbreak response and triggered spikes in new cases.”When we cannot reach people, they do not get the chance to be vaccinated or to receive treatments if they fall ill. The tragedy is that we have the technical means to stop Ebola, but until all parties halt attacks on the response, it will be very difficult to end this outbreak,” Tedros said.He also said major surge in political and financial support from all national and international groups is urgently needed to help stop the outbreak.New probable cases added, UN official visits ButemboIn its daily update, the DRC health ministry said the 23 new cases were from 9 different locations, including 5 from Katwa and 5 from Butembo, two of the main hot spots. Also, officials added 22 more probable cases to the total, which are people in who died in the community between Jan 30 and May 8 for whom it wasn’t possible to get samples but after investigations were found to have links to confirmed cases. The developments push the overall outbreak total to 1,649 cases, 1,561 confirmed and 88 probable.Response teams are still investigating 310 suspected Ebola cases.Nine more people died from their infections, eight of them from six different communities and one in Katwa’s Ebola treatment centers. The fatalities push the death total in the outbreak to 1,105.In other developments, the ministry said Leila Zerrougui, the United Nations secretary-general’s special representative in the DRC and head of the group’s DRC peacekeeping mission MONUSCO, visited response teams in Butembo today to discuss the deteriorating security situation in Butembo and surrounding areas.She reiterated support for the response teams and urged groups to better align their intelligence to respond to challenges and build trust with communities.Public health needs peace negotiatorsYesterday in a New England Journal of Medicine commentary on epidemic preparedness, Jeremy Farrar, MD, PhD, director of the Wellcome Trust, said armed conflicts in unstable parts can fuel disease transmission as people try to move, making safe caregiving all but impossible.He said the northeastern DRC setting for the Ebola outbreak has been tragically unstable for 20 years, and the tragic impact of the instability became clear when the outbreak began last August.The outbreak might be impossible to contain, as long as violence repeatedly cripples the response. “And every day the epidemic continues, the risk of a national and regional health disaster grows,” Farrar warned.New approaches are needed to resolve tensions within and between countries, local communities, armed factions, groups of health and humanitarian workers, and national and international security forces, he said.”Peace negotiators with experience in conflict resolution are needed in public health now. Without their skills, potential pandemics will fester unchecked in vulnerable regions of the world, leading, sooner or later, to catastrophe,” Farrar said, adding that Germany is in a strong position to lead efforts to stabilize global health in insecure situations, given its prioritization of preparedness issues during its G7 and G20 presidencies.See also:May 10 DRC updateTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Twitter feedMay 9 N Engl J Med commentarylast_img read more

Industrial discord spreads to Land Registry

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Self-storage + roadside: Caisson boxes clever

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