Boosting STEM participation, Reducing Absenteeism - Susan Dawson, President, E3 Alliance (Austin, TX)

 

Building Readiness - From Cradle to Career By Susan Dawson Susan Dawson is President of E3 Alliance, an Austin Texas-based non-profit organization that uses objective data and community collaboration to align education systems so all students succeed and lead Central Texas to economic prosperity. She contributed this blog entry to Public Consulting Group. About E3 Alliance E3 Alliance uses objective data to identify bright spots of success, and scales them to change entire systems. We work across sectors – collaborating with industry, community-based organizations, higher education, and school districts. We’re committed to helping more students be “future ready” -- to graduate from high school, enroll in college, and complete a post-secondary credential to prepare them for career and life. We work across the cradle to career continuum – from early childhood to middle schools to college persistence and success -- eliminating gaps and raising outcomes for all students. [More]

 

President Obama proposes program for socioeconomic diversity in schools

 

The President’s 2017 proposed budget includes a $120 million competitive grant program to help school districts achieve socioeconomic diversity. The initiative, called “Stronger Together,” would provide funds for five-year projects to help schools devise and implement plans to increase placing rich and poor students in the same classrooms. [More]

 

Raising High School Graduation Rates - Edmund Oropez, Chief Officer for Teaching and Learning, Austin Independent School District

 

In aggregate, a school might appear to be hitting its performance benchmarks, but we all need to look at data more closely to acknowledge performance gaps. For example, although several years ago, the Austin Independent School District had a respectable overall graduation rate, analyzing our data revealed that the male graduation rates for African Americans and Hispanics were below average. [More]

 

Research centers examine national congregate care trends

 

Two research centers, Chapin Hall and the Chadwick Center, recently collaborated to examine nationwide patterns of congregated care placements (i.e., group homes, residential treatment facilities, psychiatric care institutions and emergency shelters). The research findings, which were published in a policy brief titled Using Evidence to Accelerate the Safe and Effective Reduction of Congregate Care for Youth Involved with Child Welfare, are quite timely since the Senate Finance Committee’s legislation addressing congregate care is still in-development. [More]

 

CMS and AHIP announce alignment in physician quality measures

 

On February 16, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) announced multi-payer alignment and simplification of core quality measures to be used in calculating quality-based payments for seven physicians’ services specialties. Multi-payer alignment is expected to reduce the reporting burden for providers and to accelerate the nationwide shift to value-based payment. [More]

 

CMS outlines emerging state strategies to combat opioid abuse

 

On February 2, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a bulletin highlighting state-based strategies to combat the epidemic of opioid-related drug abuse, overdoses, addiction, avoidable hospitalizations, and deaths. Out of 43,982 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2013, 37 percent were associated with prescribed opioid analgesics, such as methadone and oxycodone. Such deaths quadrupled from 1999 to 2011. CMS cites innovative strategies and exemplary practices that are beginning to achieve results in states such as California, New York, Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Vermont. [More]

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ACLU Promotes Legislation on Data Privacy

 

According to a February 10, 2016 Education Week article, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Tenth Amendment Center have joined forces to encourage states to adopt ACLU’s model legislation to protect the privacy of students’ digital data. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia introduced privacy bills based on the model in January; over the past two years, 32 states have enacted data privacy laws of varying strength. [More]

 

CMS proposes changes to Medicare ACO rules

 

On February 3, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed regulations in the Federal Register on Medicare payments to accountable care organizations (ACOs) under the Medicare “shared savings” program (MSSP), which currently includes 434 ACOs, serving 7.7 million Medicare beneficiaries nationwide. Under the MSSP, Medicare Part A and Part B fiscal intermediaries and carriers pay ACOs on a traditional, fee-for-service basis. An ACO may qualify for a “shared savings” bonus if the ACO achieves CMS-specified Medicare savings targets while meeting CMS-specified quality of care performance metrics. [More]

 

Child care expansion and quality improvements bill discussed

 

Last week, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Representatives Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Lois Frankel (D-FL) presented a new child care bill, Child Care Access to Resources for Early Learning Act (Child C.A.R.E. Act), which, if the legislation becomes law, would provide significant investment into child care subsidies improving the quality, the supply, and the workforce. Specifically, the proposed legislation would provide $25 billion in mandatory funding (funding that does not require an annual appropriation) over ten years; result in an additional one million children receiving child care subsidies (doubling coverage) over the next 10 years; and enhance the child care workforce as well as improve the quality of that care. [More]

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Workforce expert: Healthcare jobs will change but the field remains 'hands on'

 

RALEIGH, N.C. — Healthcare workers are hardly immune from the threat of a jobless future as being explored in this week's Emerging Issues Forum "Future Work" conference. But as one of the speakers explains opportunities will remain available for humans in healthcare. Ahead of the Institute for Emerging Issues event, WRAL TechWire sought analysis about how technology continues to disrupt the healthcare industry and what workers today and tomorrow can do to better prepare themselves for future jobs. Reg Javier is associate manager of Boston-based Public Consulting Group. He will be speaking on Tuesday. "Automated records have made file clerk jobs all but disappear," Javier explained. "All across the professional continuum, healthcare now requires tech competency. [More]

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