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German authorities are working on
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like Amazon’s Alexa or smart fridges to help them fight
crime, a spokesman for the interior ministry said on Wednesday.


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Leading health care systems partner to increase access

PORTLAND, Ore. — Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Legacy Health, PeaceHealth and Providence Health & Services have partnered to create the Health Systems Access to Care Fund for community-supported clinics in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

While the Affordable Care Act helped provide more access to insurance, it didn’t alleviate the need for community-supported or free clinics. The $ 1.2 million, multiyear fund is held by the Oregon Community Foundation. By providing both funding and technical assistance, these investments will strengthen the clinics’ capacity and infrastructure as they adapt to the evolving needs of their patients. Factors such as ongoing health care reform, Medicaid transformation and increasing pressure on the health care safety net all have an impact on the clinics.

Community-supported clinics provide a variety of primary care services, often through volunteer physicians and nurses working at evening clinics to serve low-income, uninsured people. While each clinic is unique, they all have one thing in common — they exist because of the support they get from the local community.

“The most typical patient profile for our clinic is a low-wage worker with no health insurance, often working two or more jobs to support their families,” said Martha Spiers, LCSW, executive director of Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine. “They defer their own care in order to maintain housing and other essentials for their families and are often just one medical bill away from homelessness, and months away from disability or the need for emergency room care.”

Spiers adds that “Like our patients, CVIM is often unsure of how we will pay the bills from month to month. This initiative is providing us with critical technical and financial support to create a business plan and ongoing stability for our organization, so we can focus on the needs of our patients.”

The clinics below will be the first to receive grants from the fund; they’ll each receive a $ 100,000 grant over a two-year period:

  • Battle Ground Health Care in Battle Ground, Washington, will develop a sustainable business plan that allows for increased access to health care for uninsured and underinsured people in Clark and Cowlitz counties.
  • Borland Free Clinic in Tualatin, Oregon, will hire a part-time clinic manager and a bilingual lifestyle coach to support the medical director and increase the number of medical clinics and bilingual education opportunities provided to low-income people in Clackamas and Washington counties.        
  • Clackamas Volunteers in Medicine in Oregon City, Oregon, will hire a development director to cultivate support to implement and maintain clinic operations and no-cost patient services in Clackamas County.
  • Free Clinic of Southwest Washington in Vancouver, Washington, will improve its volunteer program and expand its volunteer base, increase awareness to broaden its funding base, and implement a needs assessment of focus populations in Clark County.
  • North by Northeast Community Health Center in Portland, Oregon, aims to grow its patient population by 30%, expand Medicaid contracts and secure funding commitments from key partners.
  • Portland Adventist Community Services in Portland, Oregon, will use the grant to build capacity for business planning, market analysis and partnership outreach and expand the impact of the newly renovated dental clinic for adults living on low or moderate incomes in Multnomah County.
  • Salem Free Clinics in Salem, Oregon, will increase awareness of the clinic’s services to low-income populations in Marion and Polk counties, expand strategic partnerships, and improve the clinic’s newly established Patient Navigation Services.
  • Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Springfield, Oregon, will use the grant to support delivery of primary and behavioral health services to low-income, uninsured or underinsured Lane County adults with a specific focus on increasing oversight of diabetic patients, instituting a vision services program, outreaching to the Latino community, and improving intra-clinic operations and communication.           

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.4 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. 

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debbie.a.karman@kp.org
503-813-4060

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<p><b>ROCKVILLE, Md.</b> — Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest not-for-profit, integrated health care system, opened a new 40,000-square-foot medical center today at The Exchange in the Potomac Yard area of Alexandria, Virginia.</p>
<p>The newly constructed Alexandria Medical Center offers a wide range of primary care and specialty care services, including adult and pediatric care, women’s health, optometry, and physical therapy. Additionally, the one-stop medical center also offers pharmacy, radiology and laboratory services.</p>
<p>“Kaiser Permanente will open three new medical centers in Virginia this year to provide nationally-recognized care to our members and jobs to our communities,” said <a href="https://share.kaiserpermanente.org/bio/kim-horn/">Kim Horn</a>, regional president of Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. “Through these facilities and our advanced telehealth capabilities, Kaiser Permanente delivers high-quality care where, how and when our members want it. We are proud to provide our growing membership with local access to excellent care right here in Alexandria.”</p>
<p>The Alexandria Medical Center accommodates Kaiser Permanente’s robust growth and the continuing demand for its top-rated, integrated approach to care delivery, which combines health care and health coverage in one convenient package. Kaiser Permanente provides its members with convenient care by physicians ranked among the area’s “Top Docs,” online access to appointments and care, and medical centers designed with their needs in mind.</p>
<p>“Our patients expect the best of the best, and that’s what our more than 1,500 Permanente physicians provide,” said Richard McCarthy, MD, associate executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, which provides care for Kaiser Permanente members in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. “Thanks to the exceptional training, experience, and collaboration of our physicians, we earn the highest clinical quality ratings year after year. We are thrilled to bring our award-winning Permanente medicine to Alexandria.”</p>
<p>Located at 3000 Potomac Avenue, the Alexandria Medical Center is Kaiser Permanente’s first medical center in Alexandria, Virginia.</p>
<p>The medical center is located in a 100,000-square-foot building that also serves as the National Industries for the Blind’s new headquarters.</p>
<p>To celebrate the grand opening, Kaiser Permanente is hosting a Community Day on Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Eastern time. Residents are welcome whether they are Kaiser Permanente members or not for a no-cost day of family-friendly fun with wellness activities, a moon bounce, rock climbing wall, spin art bikes, a farmers market, and a live cooking demonstration by Jonathan Till, the executive chef of Evening Star Café. The event will take place at the Alexandria Medical Center, 3000 Potomac Ave., Alexandria, VA, 22305.</p>
<p>Kaiser Permanente is committed to improving the health of the communities where its members and employees live and work. Kaiser Permanente has invested more than $ 4.7 million to increase access to our quality health care for underinsured individuals residing in Alexandria, Virginia. Kaiser Permanente also works to increase access to health care, opportunities for educational and economic fulfillment, and access to healthy fresh foods and physical activity throughout the region.</p>
<p>Kaiser Permanente will open two other new medical centers in Virginia this year. The 38,375-square-foot Colonial Forge Medical Center, which will be located on the Stafford Hospital campus, and the 36,423-square-foot Haymarket Crossroads Medical Center, which will be conveniently located near I-66, will both open later this year. </p>
<p>Kaiser Permanente has been recognized nationally and regionally as one of the top health systems for excellence in patient care outcomes. Out of more than 1,000 health plans evaluated this year, Kaiser Permanente’s Private and Medicare plans in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, all received the highest possible rating (5 out of 5) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The organization’s Medicaid plans in Maryland and Virginia received the highest rating as well. According to the NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2018-19 national report, Kaiser Permanente’s health system in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia is among the top 1 percent of plans in the nation as evaluated by NCQA’s rigorous review process.</p>
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<b>About Kaiser Permanente</b><br>
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health. In the Mid-Atlantic States, Kaiser Permanente provides and coordinates complete health care services for more than 770,000 members through 30 medical centers in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit <a href="https://about.kaiserpermanente.org/">about.kp.org</a> or follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/KPMidAtlantic">Twitter</a>, or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/kpthrive">Facebook</a>.</p>
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Kaiser Permanente<br>
Phone: 202-699-0006</p>
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Tesla is far from a company in disarray, but there’s no denying that Tesla management has waffled on a number of issues with alarming frequency as of late. Just a few weeks ago, for example, Tesla announced that it would be closing the majority of its physical stores, only to backtrack a short while later. Further, some of the pricing schemes and available vehicle configurations offered by Tesla seemingly tend to change with no rhyme or reason.

Keeping this trend going, a new report from Electrek relays that Tesla may bring back free Supercharger access for new purchases as part of a broader effort to boost sales. If you recall, Tesla this past-September ended its free Supercharger program for all new purchases.

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Early Access: Here’s How Star Zachary Levi Thinks You Should Experience ‘Shazam!’ In Theaters

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On March 23, you can be among the very first to see Shazam! when Fandango brings the latest DC Comics movie to theaters nationwide for one day only prior to its official April 5 release. To grab tickets and find out where Shazam! will be screening early by you, fly on over to our Fandango Early Access page right here.

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Building inspectors enter R. Kelly studio to investigate possible code violations

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Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly truly turned R. Kelly’s world upside down. The six-part documentary exposed Kelly’s predatory behaviors towards underage girls and the places where he allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with them is now on the radar of city officials and attorneys. One of these places is a recording studio he rents in downtown Chicago. The space was illegally being used as a living space and the disgraced singer is now under fire for it.

A judge ruled in housing court on February 8th that there can no longer be overnight use of the recording studio, NBC Chicago reports. Use of the second floor is prohibited and he can only use the first floor from 9:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m.

Kelly’s attorney, Melvin Simms III, reportedly tried to argue that “you can’t put a schedule on when a moment of beautiful music comes into your soul,”  but that couldn’t change the judge’s mind.

In January, it was found that the building had 67 code violations and was not safe for occupancy. The violations included an illegal sauna, wobbly staircase and having zero smoke alarms. The judge’s main concern is that no one is living on the second floor where a bed and clothing were found by city inspectors.

Simms claims that architects have been hired to bring the building back up to code and address building violations that may date back decades.

“We got the best architect that we could find and we are going to be working with him going forward to assess all options at the building.”

Besides use of his studio being limited, Kelly is also banned from the city of Philadelphia, has been dropped by Sony Music, and is being investigated by the District Attorney’s office in Georgia and the FBI.

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The United States on Friday
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Kaiser Permanente Urges DHS to Withdraw Proposed Changes That May Prevent Access to Care and Coverage

This week Kaiser Permanente joined numerous organizations, advocacy groups, businesses, and policymakers in urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to withdraw a proposed rule to expand the definition of public charge, which may prevent legal immigrants and their families from accessing health care and coverage.

Under the proposed rule, the definition of public charge would include the lawful receipt of assistance from several health, nutrition, and housing programs, which were previously excluded from consideration by U.S. immigration officials when determining whether an individual was likely to become a “public charge.”

Kaiser Permanente is concerned that threatening the immigration status of eligible immigrants as a result of their lawful enrollment in public benefit programs would lead to more people being uninsured and negatively affect the health of millions of people. When people lose coverage and access to affordable care, we can anticipate sicker patients, increased use of emergency rooms, and worsening health outcomes for our communities.

Moreover, this policy has far-reaching implications beyond legal immigrants and permanent residents. Nationwide, over 19 million children live in a family with an immigrant parent, and nearly 9 in 10 (86 percent) of these children are American citizens.

In the best interest of our more than 12 million members and the 65 million people residing in the communities we serve, Kaiser Permanente believes that we must continue to support increased access to high-quality, affordable care, and ensure coverage for more — not fewer — people in this country. The proposed rule jeopardizes access to the care that is delivered by Kaiser Permanente’s more than 22,000 physicians every day.

Kaiser Permanente called on the Department to not penalize the individuals who use these important public benefits, to withdraw the proposed rule, and to maintain the Department’s longstanding guidance on public charge.

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More STEM Learning Access for Underrepresented Students

REDMOND, Wash. — Kaiser Permanente today announced that it has joined with Washington STEM to support smart, scalable solutions that lead to opportunities for those students most underserved and underrepresented in STEM fields. Washington’s students — particularly students of color, girls and young women, and students from low-income and rural communities — need access to more STEM learning to ensure they have the skills they need to succeed at high-demand careers and continue growing Washington’s economy. Kaiser Permanente’s 2-year, $ 1.2 million partnership will help fund STEM programs in schools across the state.

“We take pride in joining with Washington STEM to support direct efforts creating equal access to education pathways that will help more than half a million students prepare for the jobs of the future,” said Susan Mullaney, president of Kaiser Permanente Washington.  “A prescription for health includes access to education and career-track jobs, both of which are as critical to the health of a community as exercise, healthy eating and staying active.”

The new investment will build on active partnerships with Washington STEM’s regional networks and dozens of school systems throughout the regions, including the largest systems in the state — Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma.

Kaiser Permanente’s investment in Washington STEM programs will fund an expansion of existing programs in schools throughout the state. The two organizations are supporting smarter, sustainable solutions and look forward to achieving a greater impact together.

“Through our partnership with Kaiser Permanente, we’ll be able to accelerate and expand our impact across the state. Kaiser Permanente shares our belief that our health care and other fast-growing industries will be even more innovative when their workforces reflect the diversity of Washington state,” said Caroline King, CEO of Washington STEM. “It starts with ensuring our earliest learners have fun with math and moves to supporting students year over year to be inspired and prepared to lead in the game-changing STEM careers of today and tomorrow.”

The partnership between Kaiser Permanente and Washington STEM will have real, on-the-ground near-term impacts:

  • Tracking 641 more students to earn credentials and be ready to thrive in STEM careers by age 26.
  • Serving an additional 16,028 children ages 0-8 in Early STEM.
  • Equipping more than 600 additional early educators and parents/family members to support early math learning, especially for children of color and children from low-income communities.
  • Exposing 500,000 students across 45 local school districts in King, Snohomish, Spokane and Pierce counties to high-demand career pathways.

“It is imperative that our schools provide every student with a well-rounded education that affords her or him many options for a successful future,” said Damien Pattenaude, Ed.D, superintendent of Renton School District and Washington STEM board member.  “There are many pathways for success for our students who enter STEM fields. With partners like Washington STEM and Kaiser Permanente, we can continue to ensure there is equity in preparing every student for access and opportunity in choosing those pathways.”


About Washington STEM
Washington STEM is a statewide nonprofit advancing excellence, equity, and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. For more information, go to www.washingtonstem.org.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente and the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington are committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

 

 

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