Peak Vista hosting 208 discussion about reform

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Peak Vista Community Health Centers is hosting a meeting with the Senate Bill 208 commissioners about health care reform.
Scheduled for 4 p.m. August 8 at the First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou Street, the meeting will address the work that the commission, established in 2006, has done so far to expand coverage and decrease health care costs.
Call 630-6453 for more information. Reservations are not necessary.

DHS names partner award

The El Paso County Commissioners recognized the Quilters Guild for providing quilts to the county’s foster children. Pictured are: (back row) Mary Weiss, Marian Percy, Commissioner Jim Bensberg, Commissioner Dennis Hisey, Commissioner Wayne Williams, DHS Director Barbara Drake, Roni Spaulding, Maija Scheidel; (middle row) Cory Lyons, Pat Web, Sue Fitzsimmons, Cass Mullane, Beth Clark; (front row) Bobbie Montero, Marie Parker, Shirley Patterson, Carol Hadden, Rebecca Jacobs and Elaine Johnsen.

The Department of Human Services and the Board of County Commissioners have given the first Community Partners — You Make a Difference Award to the Piecing Partners Quilt Guild.
During the past 15 years, the guild has made thousands of quilts for community children.
Every year, one day is set aside to make quilts for children served by DHS. These quilts are given to El Paso County’s foster children, and each quilt carries a message to the child who receives it.
In the fall of 1983, a group of quilters began meeting in each other’s homes to exchange ideas about quilting. The guild has grown to 255 members. For more information about the guild, call 520-3451.

Medicare cancels contract

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has terminated the Medicare Advantage contract for America’s Health Choice of Vero Beach, Fla.
CMS said the company failed to meet the terms of its contract and failed to make services available to its clients — to the extent that “it posed an imminent and serious threat to the health of AHC enrollees.”
The plan had 12,000 members. CMS did not cancel the company’s stand-alone prescription drug contract, which has 500 members.
In order to avoid any lapse in coverage, AHC’s Medicare Advantage members living in Florida have been enrolled retroactively in United Health Care’s Secure Horizons.
Group releases disaster-preparedness plan
Continued education, training and legal protections for first responders are among the recommendations about disaster response released by a coalition of 18 health organizations.
The coalition made 53 strategic recommendations, which it claims will allow health care providers to better respond during a disaster. The American Medical Association and American Public Health Association coordinated the meeting.
“Most disasters are unplanned, but the response shouldn’t be,” said AMA President Ronald M. Davis, M.D. “Whether disasters are natural or man-made, infectious disease pandemics or terrorist attacks, physicians, health care professionals and public health workers must be prepared to respond to emergencies and aid in the recovery efforts that follow. We can’t predict when a disaster will strike, but as first responders, we can better prepare ourselves and others to protect the health and safety of our patients and citizens.”
There are four calls to action:

  • Public health systems must be appropriately funded to adequately respond to day-to-day emergencies and catastrophic mass casualty events.
  • Public health and disaster response systems must be fully integrated and interoperable at all government levels.
  • Health care and public health professionals should maintain an appropriate level of education and training.
  • Health care and public health responders must be provided and assured adequate legal protections during a disaster.

The AMA/APHA Linkages Leadership Summit project was paid for as part of a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Terrorism Injuries: Information Dissemination and Exchange program. For more information or to obtain a copy of the report, visit
Amy Gillentine covers health care for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.