Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Occupational Therapy Jobs Arizona Could Benefit from Federal Collaborative Healthcare Initiative

Those with occupational therapy jobs Arizona may benefit from a new collaborative healthcare program set up by the federal government.

A new set of regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services will not only allow people with Medicare to benefit form Accountable Care Organizations, but allow professionals involved in those organizations to reap a number of benefits.

An Accountable Care Organization is a group of primary care doctors, specialists, hospital workers, and other care providers who work together to improve care for Medicare patients. Employees who opt to become part of an Accountable Care Organization will see increased savings from better coordinated patient care, higher-quality care, and the ability to use healthcare dollars more wisely.

"The Accountable Care Organization model of delivering care may not be right for every doctor, practice, clinic, or hospital, but it adds to the extensive menu of options offered through the Affordable Care Act to provide better health, better care, and lower costs not only for Medicare beneficiaries, but for all Americans," HHS notes.

The new regulations establish a voluntary Medicare Shared Savings Program, which aims to help doctors, hospitals, and other providers improve their ability to coordinate care across different healthcare settings.

Healthcare providers who meet a set of quality standards will be able to share in any resulting savings. The quality measures include: patient experience, care coordination and patient safety, preventive health, and caring for at-risk populations.

Essentially, healthcare providers who offer a greater quality of care will receive greater savings, with the potential to earn up to $940 million in savings over the next four years.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Arizona Nursing Jobs to Ultimately Benefit from Dell Cancer Funding

Those with Arizona nursing jobs ( may one day benefit from a new medical study being supported by one of the nation's largest technology companies.

Dell recently announced plans to expand the companies Powering the Possible program to provide funding, employee engagement, and cloud computing technology to support a number of pediatric cancer research programs.

Part of the funding will allow the Translational Genomics Research Institute, the Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Research Consortium, and Van Andel Research Institute to conduct the world's first personalized medicine trial for pediatric cancer.

TGen will use its genomic technology within Dell's cloud to help NMTRC identify a greater depth of personalized treatment strategies for children with neuroblastoma who are already enrolled in an NMTRC clinical trial.

Here are some key facts about neuroblastoma and the funding:
"Even at this earliest moment in genomics-guided therapy, there is universal recognition that the amount and complexity of data is overwhelming," Jeffrey M. Trent, Ph.D., president and research director of TGen and VARI, said in a statement.

"Dell's commitment to helping children with cancer, coupled with its expertise in developing cloud-based solutions for health information, will provide great benefit in terms of helping us manage the massively complex data generated by this clinical trial," he continued. "This will help physicians and scientists share information rapidly, and is designed to help us arrive at the optimal treatment decision for each child battling cancer."


Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Non Profit Jobs Get Advice on How to Increase Donations

Those with non profit jobs are getting some advice on how to bring in more donations.

"Growing Philanthropy in the United States," a new report from Adrian Sargeant and Jen Shang, scholars and teachers at Indiana University, offers a number of ideas on how to increase charitable giving.

During 2010, donations from individual donors increased by 2.7 percent to $212 billion, showing that people were still making contributions despite the down economy. However, that number also is equal to the 40-year average for this figure, which means that giving has essentially remained even over the last several years.

"Encouraging voluntary contributions to fund the work of nonprofits must therefore be a priority," the report notes. "However, the question remains how to best achieve this goal in the face of the stubbornly static  pattern of giving we allude to above. Forty years of increasingly sophisticated fundraising practice, the development of planned giving vehicles, the appearance of the Internet and the rise of new digital channels have done nothing to move the needle on giving."

Here are some suggestions from influential leaders of the nonprofit industry on how to increase charitable giving:

Enhancing the Quality of Donor Relationships
Developing Public Trust and Confidence in the Sector
Identifying New Audiences, Channels, and Forms of Giving with Strong Potential for Growth
Improving the Quality of Fundraising Training and Development



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