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Escape Fire: Health Care Documentary to Screen at Johns Hopkins Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m.

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Baltimore couple and community dynamos Erwin Greenberg and Stephanie Cooper-Greenberg saw the above documentary about the American health care system at the Nantucket Film Festival in June and were moved to action. Now it’s screening at Hopkins tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Where the Jobs Will Be in 2020 (Hint: Baltimore!)

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If the economy has had you feeling grim, just be patient. Wait around a few years, and things will look better — especially around the Baltimore area, it seems.

So says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which released its employment projections through 2020 last week. With professional services, health care, and education slated to be the sectors with the most potential for growth in the next decade, the Baltimore area is poised for increased job creation.  In fact, the Baltimore-Towson area is the ninth-best metro area for projected job growth by 2020. And there’s good news for our neighbors as well — the DC/Arlington/Alexandria area comes in at number one, with Bethesda/Rockville/Frederick in second place. (Other potential winners? Colorado Springs, New York, El Paso, and Baton Rouge.)

And you can once again thank your higher power that you’re not living in Gary, Indiana; Salt Lake City; Cincinnati; or Greensboro, North Carolina — all cities at the bottom of the list.

Daily Record Announces Maryland’s Most Influential

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The Daily Record announced yesterday its 2012 Influential Marylanders. Since 2006, the Daily Record has honored people who have each made a significant impact in their fields and who continue to be leaders in the state. The honorees are selected by the Daily Record’s editors.

This year’s winners will be recognized at a reception March 29 at The Grand Lodge in Cockeysville.

The winners are:

Civic Leadership
Donald C. Fry, Greater Baltimore Committee (Circle of Influence Inductee*)
Frank Gunther Jr., The Leadership
Kirkland J. Murray, Anne Arundel County Workforce Development Corp.
Kaliope Parthemos, City of Baltimore
Gustavo Torres, CASA de Maryland

Communications
Tim Kurkjian, ESPN
Laura Lippman, Author
Andy Malis, MGH Inc.
Myron Randall Jr., The Frederick News-Post
Stan Stovall, WBAL-TV 11

Education
Andres Alonso, Baltimore City Public Schools
Freeman A. Hrabowski III, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Mary Pat Seurkamp, Notre Dame of Maryland University
Michelle Shearer, Urbana High School
Martha A. Smith, Anne Arundel Community College

Finance 
Andrew Bertamini, Wells Fargo
Patrick Kerins, NEA
Raymond A. “Chip” Mason, Legg Mason Inc.
Mary Ann Scully, Howard Bank
Rod Staatz, SECU

Freestyle
R. Neal Black, Jos. A. Bank
Brenda Frese, University of Maryland Women’s Basketball
Spike and Amy Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen
Leighton Moore, Seacrets
Gary Vikan, Walters Art Museum

Healthcare
Benjamin S. Carson Sr., MD, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center (Circle of Influence Inductee*)
Peter Greenleaf, MedImmune
Elijah Saunders, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Maryland Heart Center
Cornelia Trimble, MD, Johns Hopkins Center for Cervical Dysplasia
H. Thomas Watkins, Human Genome Sciences

Law
Theodore M. Flerlage Jr., Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos
Michael Greenberger, University of Maryland School of Law, Center for Health and Homeland Security
Wilhelm H. Joseph Jr., Legal Aid Bureau Inc.
Mitchell Y. Mirviss, Venable LLP
Sheila Sachs, Gordon Feinblatt LLC

Philanthropy
James Piper Bond, Living Classrooms Foundation
Eddie and Sylvia Brown, The Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation Inc.
Deborah Flateman, Maryland Food Bank
Sen. Francis X. and Janet Kelly, Kelly & Associates Insurance Group
William J. McCarthy Jr., Associated Catholic Charities Inc.

Real Estate
Thomas S. Bozzuto, Bozzuto Group
A. James Clark, Clark Enterprises Inc.
Erwin J. Greenberg, Greenberg Gibbons Commercial
Willard Hackerman, Whiting-Turner
Dianna Wilhelm, Wilhelm Business Enterprises

Technology
Gen. Keith B. Alexander, NSA/U.S. Cyber Command
Brianna Bowling, Zekiah Technologies
Adam G. Riess, Johns Hopkins University
Robert A. Rosenbaum, Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO)
Maurice B. Tosé, TeleCommunication Systems Inc.

The Way Forward: In Roland Park, Kathleen Sebelius Advocates for Healthcare Reform

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Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, listened carefully and spoke personally to a small group of women Wednesday at a private home on St. Johns Road in Roland Park. Slim and striking with silver hair, black pantsuit and an entourage of press, security staff and television cameras, Ms. Sebelius was there to advocate for the American Health Care Act, also known as health care reform, the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare.

The ACA officially went into effect on March 23, 2010 and parts will have to wait until 2014 to be enacted. The act has its detractors, but in this Roland Park living room the consensus was thumbs up. The women present were Marylanders whose lives have dramatically and positively been affected by the new health care measures. “As a consumer, I think women have the most to gain by the new health care laws,” said Sebelius.

She was speaking at the home of Lynda Burton, A Roland Park resident whose daughter Alice works in health care policy in Maryland. According to Burton, Alice heard that Sebelius was looking for a place to host the event, and offered her childhood home. “I was thrilled,” said Burton. “Access to healthcare feels like such an essential thing for a person to have.” 

Sitting on sofas and folding chairs in the Burton’s living room, young mothers with severely ill children told of health care hospitalization bills over $100,000 per day. Re-living fears that providers would stop paying their expenses, they expressed profound relief that their children’s pre-existing conditions will no longer prevent them from being covered, and that insurance companies are blocked from denying coverage for having reached their lifetime limit. “What we need to realize,” Sebelius responded, “is that we are all vulnerable.”

Older women spoke of being denied coverage when their husbands died or lost their jobs, and of not being able to afford coverage for their own illnesses or for those of their college-age children. “I was just so afraid the system would fail me,” is a common refrain. Children up to age 26 are now covered under the new reform laws.

A young doctor told how the National Heath Service Corps was allowing her to pay off medical school debts by working in a community health center in the neighborhood where she grew up. The ACA has doubled the size of the NHS Corps in an effort to staff community health centers for the uninsured. 

Women are more likely than men to be uninsured or under-insured, and to have responsibility for children with health issues, Sebelius reminded the group. She pointed out that, incredibly, 60 percent of health care plans don’t cover maternity care. Under the old system, rape, domestic violence and even caesarean sections were sometimes considered “pre-existing conditions” that were used to deny women life or health insurance. This will no longer be possible under the ACA. “Companies now will have to compete on price and service,” Sebelius said, “They can no longer cherry-pick the consumer.” She went on to point out that a government website, healthcare.gov, had recently been created to help consumers understand the new reforms and compare options in healthcare providers.

While America waits for a Supreme Court decision (expected in late June 2012) on whether the  ACA’s “individual mandate” -– every American required to participate –- is constitutional, Ms. Sebelius is quietly moving forward with its implenentation. If her audience on St. Johns Road was an indicator, The American Heath Care Act is already working.  A much larger audience watched Ms. Sebelius’ interview on Monday with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, where she didn’t get off quite as easily. 

Baltimore Named Top City for Hospital Care

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Courtesy of Citybizlist – Baltimore was named the top city for hospital care in a report that examined patient death and complication rates at approx. 5,000 hospitals.

To arrive at its rankings, HealthGrades, which compiled the report, said that it looked for hospitals performing in the top five percent nationwide across 26 different medical procedures and diagnoses, then ranked cities by the highest percentage of those hospitals.

Nine Baltimore hospitals made the cut:

– Carroll Hospital Center, Westminster
– Franklin Square, Baltimore
– Good Samaritan, Baltimore
– GBMC, Baltimore
– Harbor Hospital, Baltimore
– Northwest Hospital Center, Randallstown
– St. Joseph, Towson
– Sinai, Baltimore
– Union Memorial

Baltimore was followed by Phoenix, Az., Cedar Rapids, Ia., and Richmond Va.

The full report can be found herehttp://tinyurl.com/7j3uatz

HHS Secretary to Come to Baltimore to Discuss Women’s Health

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Courtesy of Citybizlist – (BUSINESS WIRE) On Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 10:45 a.m., Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will gather with women to hear their stories as the economic decision-makers for their families and highlight how the Obama Administration is working to ensure that middle class families get a fair shot in today’s economy. Each day, women seek answers to critical questions for themselves and their families:

• If I switch jobs, will my family keep its health insurance coverage?
• Will my health coverage be there when my child gets sick?
• How can I find a job in the growing health field?

Secretary Sebelius will participate in a conversation at the residence of Lynda Burton with women and mothers to discuss how the Obama Administration is ensuring that health insurance companies play by the same rules of fairness that families do. The Secretary will discuss the protections contained in the Affordable Care Act, that curb insurance industry abuses, including preventing discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions, eliminating lifetime coverage limits, and allowing young adults up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ insurance plan.

WHO: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

WHEN: Thursday, January 26, 2012
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM (EST)

WHERE: Residence of Lynda Burton
3 St. John’s Road, Baltimore, Maryland

CONTACT: Keith Maley, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, [email protected]

Event is open to credentialed members of the media only.

Medicare and Medicaid Cuts Bring Financial Woes To…

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Health care reform and cuts to Medicaid and Medicare have really hit — wait for it — doctors hard. Physicians are probably not the first people you think of struggling from cuts to social programs, but with a little imagination it’s not hard to see how their practices could be adversely affected.

The major issue is that Medicare and Medicaid have been paying out less in reimbursements to physicians. A large percentage of physicians say they lose money treating patients on Medicare or Medicaid, and 40 percent plan to “drop out of patient care in [the] next one to three years in response to reform.”  It’s already caused many doctors to either restrict the number of Medicare/Medicaid patients they accept or sell their practices.

What does a less profitable medical profession mean for us here in Hopkinsville, I mean, Baltimore?

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