Governor Wolf Joins Federal, State and Local Officials to Open New Lower Hill Infrastructure in Pittsburgh

first_imgGovernor Wolf Joins Federal, State and Local Officials to Open New Lower Hill Infrastructure in Pittsburgh SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 07, 2016center_img Infrastructure, Press Release Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined federal, state and local officials, along with the Sports and Exhibition Authority and Urban Redevelopment Authority, to officially open new streets in the Lower Hill Infrastructure Project in Pittsburgh.“Through our work with the public and private sector on this project, we are working to correct a mistake made almost 70 years ago,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This project begins to right that wrong, and will help to redevelop the lower hill area in a way that will not only bring value and enrich the land, but will link the Hill District to downtown and provide real benefits to this community.”Today’s event marked the completion of the first portion of the project that included the construction of a new Fullerton Street that connects Bedford Avenue to Centre Avenue, along with a portion of Wylie Avenue joining Fullerton Street to Crawford Street.Funding for the work was provided through an $11.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant and $1 million of Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding.The infrastructure project has been designed, and is being constructed, as part of a planned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Neighborhood Development certification. It includes energy efficient street lighting, stormwater planters and street trees. Additionally, the design includes pedestrian and traffic safety improvements, upgrades to storm and sanitary lines, and improved bicycle connections.In the mid-1950s, the Lower Hill District was declared blighted resulting in 1,300 buildings on 95 acres being cleared, displacing over 8,000 people and 413 businesses. The ambitious plans for urban renewal never fully materialized and what was once a thriving community became mostly surface parking.The Lower Hill Infrastructure Project will help to repair the mistakes of the 1950s and extend the economic strengths of Downtown to the Hill District. When complete, the development is projected to create 2,948 permanent jobs.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

ACR cautions policymakers that reducing EM services can compromise patient access to

first_img“The ACR remains dedicated to ensuring that rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals have the resources they need to provide patients with high quality care and will continue to advocate for payment reforms that reflect the way practices treat patients,” Dr. Daikh said. “We look forward to serving as a resource for CMS as it develops and implements its final 2019 Physician Fee Schedule rule.” Source:https://www.rheumatology.org/About-Us/Newsroom/Press-Releases/ID/949/Rheumatology-Leaders-to-CMS-EM-Service-Cuts-Would-Compromise-Patient-Access-to-Care-and-Exacerbate-Workforce-Shortage Maintain the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) small practice bonus at 5 percent of the final score rather than move it to the quality performance category as is currently proposed. Not move forward with a proposal to increase the weight of the cost performance category to 15 percent in the 2021 MIPS payment year. The ACR also urged CMS to use the best 90 days in the Cost category when calculating MIPS payment bonuses rather than the entire calendar year and exclude Part B medication costs from the cost performance category. Provide physicians with more credit for participating in specialty clinical data registries under MIPS, such as the ACR RISE Registry which uses electronic health records to improve patient care, outcomes, and practice efficiency. Rely on input from all stakeholders about inappropriate and excessive reduction in practice expense reimbursement for diagnostic ultrasound and other services.center_img Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 10 2018In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) cautioned policymakers against implementing a proposal to reduce physician reimbursement for evaluation and management (E/M) services, arguing that doing so could severely compromise patient access to care and further exacerbate the growing rheumatology workforce shortage.”While we applaud CMS for taking steps to reduce provider documentation and reporting burdens, we have serious concerns about the impact these cuts will have on patient access to rheumatology care,” said David Daikh, MD, PhD, President of the ACR. “A one-size-fits-all approach to reimbursement is not the way to move forward, and cuts of this magnitude will not only force physicians to spend less time with patients but could also dissuade medical students from pursuing careers in rheumatology and other specialties that treat a high volume of patients with complex needs.”CMS’ proposal, which would create a flat payment for all E/M visits regardless of complexity, would result in significant payment cuts for treating patients with complex care needs – penalizing doctors who treat sicker patients or patients with multiple chronic conditions. These cuts also go against the recommendations of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which earlier this year found that E/M services are undervalued relative to other physician services and recommended that reimbursements be increased rather than cut. The ACR recommends that CMS implement only the documentation relief elements of the E/M proposal, while delaying the payment changes so CMS can work closely with physicians and all stakeholders to identify alternative approaches that would ensure physicians are appropriately reimbursed according to the level of care required by each individual patient’s condition.Related StoriesStudy shows link between BMI and disease severity in psoriatic arthritisFirst treatment approved by FDA for chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polypsFDA expands approval of cystic fibrosis treatment to include pediatric patients as young as 6 years oldThe ACR also expressed concern that CMS’ proposal to reduce reimbursements for procedures performed on the same day and billed as a separately identifiable E/M visit could reduce quality of care and lead to higher co-pays for patients by requiring them to return on a different day for minor procedures.Additionally, the ACR urged CMS to:last_img read more