Medicare awards $50,000 grant to Vermont Senior Medicare Patrol program

first_imgThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the award of a $50,000 grant to help the Vermont Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program fight Medicare fraud. The grant went to the Community of Vermont Elders and it is part of President Obama’s mandate to educate seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries about how to prevent fraud in Medicare.‘This grant is one of more than 50 awarded throughout the country to put more feet on the ground in the fight against Medicare fraud,’ said CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D. ‘We are concerned about Medicare fraud and activity by criminals seeking to defraud seniors ‘ and we want to ramp up our local community resources to educate seniors and people with Medicare about how they can help us stop it.’The grant will provide additional funds to increase awareness of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries of health care fraud prevention, identification and reporting through expansion of SMP program capacity. States identified as high-fraud areas received higher amounts to support additional targeted strategies for collaboration, media outreach and referrals. The Administration on Aging will administer these grants in partnership with CMS.‘Unfortunately, scam artists are using the new health care provisions of the Affordable Care Act as an opportunity to scare and steal from seniors,’ said Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee. ‘Additional funding for the Senior Medicare Patrol in Vermont will help us significantly increase our outreach and education to people with Medicare. We applaud CMS for its commitment to fighting Medicare fraud.’SMP volunteers work Vermont to educate Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, family members, and caregivers about the importance of reviewing their Medicare notices to identify billing errors and potentially fraudulent activity. Program volunteers also encourage seniors to make inquiries to the SMP Program when such issues are identified, so that the project may ensure appropriate resolution or referral.Since 1997, HHS and its Administration on Aging have funded Senior Medicare Patrol projects to recruit and train retired professionals and other senior volunteers about how to recognize and report instances or patterns of health care fraud. Close to 3 million Medicare beneficiaries have been educated throughout the country since the start of the program, and more than 1 million one-on-one counseling sessions have taken place with seniors or their caregivers. The SMP program funds projects in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.http://www.stopmedicarefraud.gov/(link is external) or http://www.cms.gov/FraudAbuseforConsumers/(link is external)last_img read more

Palm Beach Legal Aid honored by Bar General Practice Section

first_img October 15, 2002 Regular News Palm Beach Legal Aid honored by Bar General Practice Section Palm Beach Legal Aid honored by Bar General Practice Section The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc., was recently selected as this year’s recipient of the Bar’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Pro Bono Award.The Legal Aid Society was recognized for its “outstanding service and significant accomplishments” in providing pro bono legal aid to the indigent, according to Jerry Curington, chair of the section’s Pro Bono Award Committee.The two runners-up were the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program and Community Law Program.The first place award comes with a $3,000 grant and the runners-up receive $1,000 each. In the past these grants have been used by the pro bono organizations to acquire computers and software, to conduct legal clinics, to recruit and train volunteer lawyers, to create and produce forms, manuals and video tapes, and to otherwise serve the legal needs of Florida’s poor. Since the inception of the award in 1990, the section has awarded a total of $39,500 to the different winners and runners-up.The pro bono award was established in recognition of Bill Jacob, a former General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section chair and long-time member of its executive council.last_img read more

Angels relievers will be looking for strikeouts in extra innings with new rule

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ANAHEIM — When the Angels sent their high-leverage relievers out to pitch in Saturday’s intrasquad game, they did so starting each inning with a runner at second base.It was part of their preparation for the new extra innings rule this year, which is intended to prevent games from going too long.Obviously, starting an inning with a runner at second will put an increased emphasis for pitchers on getting strikeouts, and Manager Joe Maddon feels that could be a strength for the Angels.“I think we do have some strikeout ability,” Maddon said Sunday. “Of course, that’s what you’re looking for, but I’ll take the ground ball to third or the popup on the infield, too.” TROUT, OHTANI HOMERMike Trout smoked a line drive over the fence down the left field line against Matt Andriese in his first at-bat of Sunday’s intrasquad game, which featured all of the position players expected to be on the Opening Day roster.Shohei Ohtani also hit a homer and singled. Ohtani had been out a few days with a stiff back, but he’s now hit in intrasquad games two days in a row and he is scheduled to pitch on Monday.Related Articles Last year Hansel Robles (9.3 strikeouts per nine innings), Ty Buttrey (10.5), Noe Ramirez (10.5) and Cam Bedrosian all struck out more than a batter per inning. Keynan Middleton, who barely pitched last season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, has a career rate of 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings.“Getting that first out without permitting the runner to advance is pretty large if you can do that,” Maddon said.Obviously, even if the runner does get to third with one out, a strikeout for the second out would also prevent the run scoring.The new rule opens up a variety of situations for the offensive manager. On the road, the manager will have to decide whether to sacrifice to play for a single run or try for a bigger inning. At home, the manager’s decision will obviously be dictated by whether the visiting team scored.“Interesting,” Maddon said. “Absolutely. It’s new for all of us.”center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “I thought he looked really good yesterday,” Maddon said before Sunday’s game. “I loved that he took some swings yesterday after he threw. I thought he felt really good about himself. He had a lot of baseball confidence out of yesterday’s event.”Andrew Heaney, who was named the Opening Day starter, faced 21 batters in five trips to the mound. He struck out five and walked one. He gave up eight hits, including the Ohtani homer.Andriese, who is vying for a spot in the rotation, also took five turns on the mound. He struck out two and walked one.ALSOMaddon still has no update on Julio Teheran, who told ESPN last week that he was at home in Atlanta awaiting results of a coronavirus test. “Honestly, crickets,” Maddon said of the lack of an update on Teheran. “I have not heard anything new from the beginning. I don’t anticipate bad, because I’m not hearing either right now. He’s still not here and we’re still eagerly awaiting his arrival.”…Tommy La Stella said he would not have a problem moving over to first base if Maddon asked him, even though he has barely worked out there at all this year. “I’ve been there before,” La Stella said. “I feel comfortable.” The Angels need someone to play first when Albert Pujols has the day off or is at DH.Matt Thaiss, one of the players who had not yet begun working out, arrived in camp on Sunday. The Angels still have six players, including Teheran, who have been unable to work out so far.The Angels have been playing most of their regulars for two out of three days early in the intrasquad games. They all played on Sunday, and were expected to play again on Monday, before getting Tuesday off. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lefty, Furyk lead Pebble Beach

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH – Phil Mickelson is so enthused about how well he is hitting the ball that he was looking forward to tough, windy conditions along the ocean Friday at Pebble Beach. He didn’t get what he wanted, and had few complaints. He had chances to score even lower but three straight birdies on the back nine at tame Pebble Beach, and a simple up-and-down for birdie on the par-5 18th, enabled him to catch Furyk and reach 12-under 132. Furyk also was pleased to see the flags drooping instead of flapping when he arrived at Poppy Hills, especially after seeing a forecast of 15 mph wind and heavy rain. The rain was brief and light, and he birdied all but one of the par 5s on his way to a 65. “I think we got out of it pretty good today,” Furyk said. “Hoping for the same tomorrow.” That gave the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am a good 1-2 punch at the top from the two highest-ranked players in the field. Furyk (No. 2) and Mickelson (No. 6) had a three-shot lead over rookie John Mallinger and Kevin Sutherland, who turned in the best round of the dreary afternoon by firing off 10 birdies for a 63 at Spyglass Hill. Sutherland thought briefly about the course record of 62 at Spyglass, just long enough to snap-hook his 3-wood into the trees and out of play on the par-5 seventh. He reloaded with a two-stroke penalty, reached the green in two, escaped with a bogey and didn’t let one bad hole take away from his round. “Spyglass is one of my favorite courses in the world,” said Sutherland, who has played it countless times dating to his amateur days in Northern California. “I’d rather play there than Pebble Beach. But a 63 was not the score I was thinking about when I teed off.” Sutherland plays his best golf on the West Coast – his only victory was the 2001 Accenture Match Play Championship at La Costa – and was in the final group two weeks ago at Torrey Pines until he finished in a tie for 14th. The attention that week was on Tiger Woods, who isn’t at Pebble again. The names atop the leaderboard were still enough to get his attention, especially since Mickelson is a two-time winner at Pebble Beach. “I’m very much aware I need to make a lot more birdies,” Sutherland said with a smile. Davis Love III made a quiet climb into contention with a 67 at Pebble Beach, but perhaps the biggest surprise came from the group behind Mickelson. It contained 57-year-old Tom Watson, playing this tournament for the last time. Watson asked to play with his son, Michael, and the old man showed he still has a few tricks. He birdied three of his first four holes, and showed that he wasn’t out for a few laughs after slapping his thigh in disgust when he missed birdie putts inside eight feet on the sixth and seventh holes. He also made birdie on the par-3 17th, but not with a chip from behind the green, as he did in 1982 when he won the U.S. Open. The flag was on the other side of the green, and Watson only had to make a 15-foot birdie putt. It led to a 68, leaving him six shots behind at 6-under 138. “He’s playing great,” Mickelson said. “I saw him birdie 17, which was nice.” This tournament still won’t come into clear view until after Saturday, when everyone completes the three-course rotation. Mickelson heads to Spyglass Hill, where he opened with a 62 two years ago on his way to a wire-to-wire victory. Furyk takes on Pebble Beach, and he can only hope the wind stays away for one more day. Pebble is a beast when the wind blows, a pushover when it doesn’t. Sutherland gets Poppy Hills, but he pays so little attention to these matters that his only concern is getting on the right shuttle. “Is Poppy notoriously the easiest of the three?” he asked. That’s usually the case, although without the wind, Pebble was the place to be on Friday. It was the only course in the rotation that played under par (71.66), and Mickelson did his best to take advantage. He birdied his first two holes, picking one up on the par-5 second with one of those shots created years ago in his backyard. He had to play a flop shop over the bunker, with the green running away from him and only 10 feet between the fringe and the cup. Mickelson hit it some five feet to the left of the flag, and it spun sideways to about 20 inches. But he missed good opportunities at the fourth, fifth and sixth holes and dropped a shot on the ninth when he missed the green. Then came his three straight birdies on the back, finishing with a slick downhill putt on the 15th that went in from the side. “I probably let a few shots go in the first nine or 10 holes, and I picked up some shots on the last eight or nine holes that I probably shouldn’t have,” Mickelson said. “So it was a good day.” NOTABLE Tom Watson in a tie for eighth among the pros, is tied for second in the pro-am competition with his son. Watson is heavily involved with Michael, coaching him after a duffed chip at No. 6 and picking clubs and yardages for him. “Play it like it’s 95 yards,” he intently told Michael on the seventh tee, and the son obliged by hitting it to four feet. “Atta boy!” Watson shouted, showing that gap-tooth grin. On the next tee, Watson walked up to his son and told him, “It’s 230 yards to the cliffs – hit your hybrid 2, take it just off the right of that tan house,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Mickelson only had to cope with the cold and rain – but not much wind – and that helped him sail to a 5-under 67 and a share of the lead with Jim Furyk at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. “It was a good day. We got a pretty good draw,” Mickelson said. “It was a little windy the last three or four holes, but I’m not going to complain. We had a great day to take advantage of scoring.” last_img read more