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Delegation Calls For Probe Into NM HSD Suspending Medicaid Payments To Behavioral Health Providers

on February 19, 2016 - 8:58am

Update: Response from Kyler Nerison, HSD spokesman:

“This is nothing more than the same partisan stunt orchestrated by the same Washington politicians more than a year ago. The Feds have extensively reviewed this matter and found that the state acted in accordance with the anti-fraud regulations put in place by the Affordable Care Act. 

The companies in question overbilled the state millions of dollars in Medicaid funding that should have been used to help those in need. That's a fact, and we've already collected more than $4 million on behalf of taxpayers.

Community Resilience Committee Meets Feb. 29

on February 19, 2016 - 7:12am
COMMUNITY News:
 
The Community Resilience Committee will host a quarterly meeting 10-11 a.m., Feb. 29, in meeting room 1 at Mesa Public Library.
 
The Community Resilience Committee is a subcommittee of the Los Alamos Community Health Council.
 
For additional information, to provide input or request minutes, call 505.470.0841.

Blue Sky Pilates Offers Four New Classes

on February 18, 2016 - 12:17pm
Courtesy photo
 
BSP News:
 
Blue Sky Pilates is increasing the number of classes beginning in March. 
 
My goal is to offer a wide variety of classes that can satisfy any one's fitness goal at Blue Sky Pilates,” said Mary Lutes, PMA-CPT, owner of Blue Sky Pilates. This March will bring FOUR more classes to the already large list of classes being offered at the studio.  
 
Get ready for the upcoming golf season by taking the Pilates Golf Prep Class. This class will be offered 5-6 p.m., every Monday, and also 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday. 
 
The class will run the entire month of March, for a total of

Employers Gain Increased Productivity And Engagement With Culture Of Wellness

on February 18, 2016 - 6:39am
HUMANA/EIU News:
 
LOUISVILLE, KY — Employers that establish a defined workplace culture of wellness can achieve widespread positive impact on the health and productivity of their employees while increasing engagement in company mission and goals, according to a study released today by Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
 
The study, entitled “The Wellness Effect: The Impact of Workplace Programs,” explored insight into the scope, reach and impact of workplace wellness programs as well as the challenges and opportunities that continue to shape their development.

Letter To The Editor: Nursing Home From Heaven

on February 17, 2016 - 6:25am
By KEN ROSS
New York
 
I am writing to express my gratitude and appreciation to Sombrillo Skilled Nursing Center in Los Alamos.
 
My mom, who just turned 89 last week, has been living at Sombrillio for the last year and a half. During this time I have been so very impressed with every facet of the facility.
 
I live in New York and even though I come to visit as often as possible, I never have to worry about the care mom is getting. In fact, the staff feels like family to me and when I arrive or when I check in on the phone, everyone is so friendly and helpful.
 
My sister visits mom at least once a

LAMC's Dr. Josiah Child, RN Lori Coffelt Share Latest CPR Procedures With Los Alamos Rotarians

on February 15, 2016 - 7:50am

In recognition of February as Heart Health Month, RN Lori Coffelt, director of emergency services at Los Alamos Medical Center, instructs Rotarian Nina Thayer in new CPR procedures while Rotarian Brian Newnam plays the role of a heart attack victim. Cardiac specialist Dr. Josiah Child, not pictured, joined Coffelt to tell Rotarians about recognizing and responding to heart attacks. Child is the medical director for the LAMC emergency department. Photo by Linda Hull

LANL Virus Expert Gave Early Warning On Zika

on February 11, 2016 - 10:24am
ZIKA MAP Source: Created by Congressional Research Service from Pan American Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control maps of Zika cases at http://www.paho.org and http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html, accessed Jan. 2, 2016.  Courtesy photo
 
BY ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

LANL researcher Brian Foley has worked in bioinformatics since 1984. He has spent 20 years in HIV research at Los Alamos National Laboratory and has published 98 papers currently listed on Research Gate, the science networking site

LANL Microbiologist Brian Foley

A specialist in phylogenetics,

A Global Look At Women And Cardiovascular Disease

on February 11, 2016 - 9:33am

By LORI COFFELT, RN
LAMC Emergency Room Director

The World Heart Federation and the World Health Organization tells us that cardiovascular disease (CVD) – heart disease and stroke – is the biggest killer of women globally, killing more women than all cancers, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. Here are a few remarkable statistics:

Heart disease and stroke cause 8.6 million deaths among women annually-- a third of all deaths in women worldwide.

House Passes Bill To Preserve Access For New Mexico Residents To Out-Of-State Medical Care

on February 10, 2016 - 4:01pm
Rep. Terry McMillan
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  The House of Representatives passed legislation to preserve access to out-of-state medical care for New Mexicans on a vote of 34 to 27. The bill, House Bill 270, is sponsored by Rep. Terry McMillan. 
 
“The uncertainty in New Mexico’s law is jeopardizing medical care for thousands of New Mexicans who rely on out-of-state providers for treatment and services,” McMillan said.

Can’t Breathe Right? The Latest On Treating Asthma And COPD Overlap

on February 9, 2016 - 10:00am

HEART COUNCIL News:

The Los Alamos Heart Council is hosting its 2016 Heart Health Month Seminar at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 23 at the First Baptist Church of Los Alamos, 2200 Diamond Dr.

Dr. James Sussman, a popular location physician with Allergy Partners of NM, will be addressing the overlap of Asthma and COPD illnesses that affect millions around the country, including many patients right here in Los Alamos. If you or someone you know or care for has Asthma - COPD Overlap Syndrome, this seminar is a must see.

Dr.

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