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National Viral Hepatitis Webinar

  National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable All Member Webinar
The Affordable Care Act & Viral Hepatitis: Opportunities and Challenges

Thursday, June 27, 2013
 3 pm – 4 pm Eastern

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https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3559547199927998976

All are welcome to participate!

Expansion of health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act begins on January 1, 2014. Many states are well underway with developing their programs, while some states haven’t even agreed to expand Medicaid to serve low-income people. This webinar will provide an update on ACA implementation, some key things viral hepatitis advocates need to know to help ensure the ACA provides access to hepatitis B and C testing, care, and treatment services, the role of state-level advocacy, and useful ACA implementation resources.

Moderator:
Martha Saly, Executive Director, National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable

Presenters:
Malinda Ellwood, Health Law and Policy Clinical Fellow, from Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School
Isha Weerasinghe, Hepatitis B Policy Fellow, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
Heather Lusk, Executive Director, the C.H.O.W. Project and Hep B Free Hawaii
Ryan Clary, Director of Public Policy and Programs, National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable

NVHR thanks AIDS Foundation of Chicago and HIVHealthReform.org for hosting this webinar.
 

Now accepting 2013 Membership awards

2013 Membership Awards Available

The Awards Committee is asking you to nominate a colleague that deserves recognition for achievement, leadership qualities, and contribution to the profession. CSAOHN has the following annual awards to enable a deserving member to be recognized. Instead of nominating a colleague, you may apply for recognition and support for your

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Please read about the specific awards and their criteria listed below:

Forms

CSAOHN offers assistance to chapters to promote leadership development among its members. Stipends are available to assist with attendance at Conference of Leaders, the Annual State Conference and certain legislative events. Presidents please download the eligibility criteria and application above and submit to the awards committee by August 1st, 2013 . (Note change in submission deadline)

Hepatitis Awareness Month

NVHR NEWSLETTER – Hepatitis Awareness Month
National Viral Hepatits Roundtable
Hepatitis Awareness Month is an important time of the year for viral hepatitis education and advocacy, and this year’s second annual Hepatitis Testing Day, May 19, offers many opportunities to reach the millions of Americans who do not know they have hepatitis B or C. This special NVHR newsletter spotlights Hepatitis Awareness Month and Testing Day activities that NVHR and some of our members are organizing. If you would like to list your organization’s activity or event on our website, please send details to info@nvhr.org. Please also visit the CDC’s Hepatitis Awareness Month’s website for more information about activities taking place across the country.

As always, thank you for all you do each day to fight the viral hepatitis epidemic.

Congressional Hepatitis Testing Event

On May 23, NVHR and our partners, along with the Congressional Hepatitis Caucus, will host a Viral Hepatitis Testing and Awareness Day at the Capitol in Washington, DC. For more information about this and other hepatitis awareness month events go here for more details.

Groups Partner for Testing and Awareness Events in San Francisco, LA, and New York

San Francisco Hep B Free and AsianWeek Foundation are working in partnership with CBS HealthWatch, NVHR, and many community based organizations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City on a Viral Hepatitis testing and awareness campaign. Hepatitis B and C testing and media events, led by local organizations, will take place in New York on May 14, Los Angeles on May 17, and San Francisco on May 18. Televised CBS HealthWatch spots about Viral Hepatitis began airing on May 8 and are scheduled to run through National Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19th.

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As part of Hepatitis Awareness Month, NVHR sent a letter signed by more than 110 organizations around the country urging HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to ensure Medicare provides hepatitis C testing in the Welcome to Medicare exam and the annual wellness visit.

Berkeley Free Clinic to Provide Hepatitis Testing

On Saturday, May 18th, the Berkeley Free Clinic will provide free hepatitis C testing and vaccinations for hepatitis A and B. Visit their website for more information.

Chicago Hepatitis Awareness Event

There will be an Asian Heritage Month Hepatitis Awareness event at Daley Plaza in Chicago on Friday, May 17th from noon to 1 pm. Go here for more information.

Asian Health Coalition Hepatitis B PSA

The Asian Health Coalition has produced a public service announcement highlighting the need for hepatitis B testing and vaccinations in the Asian American community. You can view the PSA here.

CalHEP Legislative Briefing

On Tuesday, May 14th, the California Hepatitis Alliance is hosting a viral hepatitis legislative briefing at the State Capitol in Sacramento to educate lawmakers about the need for increased leadership and funding for hepatitis B and C services. You can view the agenda for this event here.

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The AAOHN Board of Directors is looking for volunteers for its committees. The responsibilities of the committees are defined by the Board of Directors and aligned with the AAOHN strategic business plans. Committee terms are two (2) years; taskforces and project teams’ terms are defined by need and intensity of the work. All work is done virtually.

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Government Affairs News – Winter 2012-2013

 

Pam Dannenberg says farewell as the CSAOHN Board Director for Government Affairs as newly-elected Katy Lind Evelyn begins her two-year term on 1/1/2013.  Pam says “thanks so much for being with me in this marvelous journey in Government Affairs” and please also “Welcome and support Katy as she begins her term”.

 

CSAOHN had an exciting conference this year in San Diego, and the Government Affairs Happy Hour discussion was well attended.  OHNs filled out a survey to indicate what they would like to help with during 2013.  If you did not have the opportunity to fill out the survey, please go to www.csaohn.org to get a copy and email it to Katy Lind Evelyn at katylindevelyn@gmail.com or you may fax it to Pam Dannenberg at 415-643-6775.

 

In December CSAOHN sent comments to the Dept. of Workers’ Compensation as they have been promulgating the regulations to implement SB 863, California’s Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill.  We commented on the Independent Medical Review (UR, RFA, IMR) and Independent Bill Review sections of SB 863.  Various parts of this bill are going into effect on 1/1/2013, 7/1/2013 and 1/1/2014.  More information is available at the Division of Workers’ Compensation under Workers’ Comp at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/dwc_home_page.htm.  Members who participated in these discussions include Mary Hale, Mary Gene Ryan, Julie Rochefort, Susan Hazy, Lori Douglass, Anna Reilly, Katy Lind Evelyn, Margie Matsui, and Pam Dannenberg.  Thanks to each of you for taking the time to study SB 863 and to prepare comments.  Additionally CECRAOHN held an educational talk on SB 863 at their November member meeting.  This presentation is posted on the CSAOHN website.

 

We have also begun a working group for the Cal/OSHA discussions on Housekeeping in the Hotel and Hospitality Industry.  One conference call was held and more work will be done by this group to give feedback to Cal/OSHA.  If you wish to participate in these discussions and were not on the first conference call, please let Katy Lind Evelyn know.

 

The home page for Cal/OSHA is now under Workplace Safety at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh1.html

The Cal/OSHA Advisory Committee info is at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/doshreg/Cal_OSHAAdvisoryCommittee.html

The Cal/OSHA Rulemaking Committee meetings are at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/DoshReg/advisory_committee.html

 

As of 1/2/2012  no Cal/OSHA meetings are scheduled for 2013, but sometimes this changes suddenly so we will try to keep you posted, and you may also check the schedules by accessing the above websites.

 

 

 

The CSAOHN Legislative/Regulatory Agenda for 2013 includes these items:

 

SB 863 – Workers’ Comp Reform Bill – Regulations being developed; some are finalized; give further input as needed

Cal/OSHA Lead Standard Revisions

Cal/OSHA First Aid Standard Revisions

Cal/OSHA Regulations for the Safe Patient Handling Standard

Cal/OSHA Discussions on Housekeeping in the Hotel and Hospitality Industry

 

Bisphenol A (BPA) – we have an informational piece on the website and have suggested that Cal/OSHA put this on the agenda of the Health Expert Advisory Committee

Hepatitis B and C – we have informational links on the website

Cal/OSHA Advisory Committee and Subcommittee meetings

 

Future of Nursing Campaign for Action

Inadequacy of Ergonomics Standard 5120

Safe Cosmetics Legislation

ACA and Health Exchanges – access to nurses (NPs) for health care

Pipeline for Occupational Health Professionals and Mentoring for CSAOHN and GA Activities

Continuing Battle for Funding the ERC’s and Ag Centers – need funding for 2013

 

Other Items

 

Heat Stress Illness Survey Monkey – do this in Jan/Feb?  Information on the Heat Illness Standard and Multi-lingual Educational Pieces are on the Cal/OSHA website.

 

 

CSAOHN is continuing to partner with WOEMA (Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association).  When WOEMA or CSAOHN has a concern about a legislative or regulatory item, we share it with our partner and when possible present a collaborative position to the appropriate legislative or regulatory body.  We also invite each other to our annual conferences.

 

The CSAOHN Gov’t Affairs Committee encourages OHNs to build relationships with your Senators and Assembly Members in Sacramento and Congressional Reps. in Washington DC with periodic contact via email, letter, fax and phone calls.  “In person” visits with member anecdotal stories are the best, most influential thing we can do.  Then when topics come up, you will know your congressional leaders and they will also know you so your visits/calls will help influence the legislator.  To find your federal legislators, go to http://capwiz.com/aac/dbq/officials/  and this link will list your Senators and US Representative.   For your California state legislators go to http://senate.ca.gov/senators and http://assembly.ca.gov/assemblymembers.

 

When the state legislature is in session, video streaming is available at www.calchannel.com

 

Info is also available at http://www.workcompcentral.com/

 

When legislators are in their home districts, this is a good time to visit and get acquainted or to update them.  Make it a group effort when possible.  Then when we have important information to give them or send by email, they will remember CSAOHN and our information will be given more consideration and influence future legislation.

 

The CSAOHN Gov’t Affairs Committee encourages OHNs to provide educational seminars for workers and the community/public.  Here are some topics to consider:

  1. Hepatitis – lots of info on the CSAOHN website, such as www.hepc.tv and http://www.youtube.com/hepctv#p/c/BB44534E27D1F38E/0/Zl_kw8qHGTI

Hepatitis C Made Simple: The Basics – an educational video in easy to understand format.  Hep C is curable based on type and with new medications they are seeing cures (it is not 100%). There is an initiative to screen the baby boomer population for Hep C so those who may be positive could receive potential treatment before the disease affects the liver. Need to tell people to ask for screening from their medical provider. Mary Gene Ryan sits on a national board and is our resident expert on hepatitis.

  1. b.     Bone Health – “Fit to a T” on CSAOHN website
  2. c.     Looking for other articles to put on CSAOHN website – send your educational articles to Katy Lind Evelyn.  If you do a seminar or educational workshop at your worksite or in your community, consider sharing it with all of us.

 

Gov’t Affairs Conference Call DATES:

 

January 18 and 19, 2013

March 15 and 16, 2013

May 17 and 18, 2013

July 19 and 20, 2013

Sept. 20 and 21, 2013

Nov. 15 and 16, 2013

 

All CSAOHN Chapter Government Affairs Representatives and the Chapter Presidents are encouraged to attend one of these conference calls every other month so that you can give input and pass information onto your chapters.  CSAOHN Board members are also encouraged to attend.

 

Cal/OSHA Advisory Committee Dates:  None scheduled so far for 2013.  Watch the website.  Most meetings are held at the Elihu Harris Building at 1515 Clay Street in Oakland, CA and usually start at 9:30 or 10 a.m.

 

Let Katy Lind Evelyn know if you are able to attend or wish to attend any of these meetings please!

 

Other Dates to Remember:

 

April 15-18, 2013 – AAOHN Annual Conference with Pre-Conference Workshops April 13-14, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV

 

October 18-19, 2013 – CSAOHN Annual Conference in Sacramento, CA with possible Pre-Conference on October 17, 2013

 

If you have questions about any of the information in this newsletter, please contact Pam Dannenberg at pamdannenberg@msn.com or 415-999-2855, Katy Evelyn at katylindevelyn@gmail.com or contact your local chapter representative who is on the Government Affairs committee.

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California healthcare policy update

California policymakers have been on an aggressive course to expand and improve healthcare and its delivery in the state. Several significant actions were taken this week in furtherance of that effort.

The “Let’s Get Healthy California” Task Force released its draft report with recommendations for how California can move toward becoming the healthiest state in the nation over the next decade. The report identifies six goals under the heading of two strategic directions (Health Across the Lifespan & Pathways to Health) and contains numerous indicators to track the progress of accomplishing the goals. None of the proposed recommendations may require government funding to accomplish.

The Task Force was convened for six months by Executive Order from Governor Jerry Brown. This 23 member board is co-chaired by state Health and Human Services Secretary Diana S. Dooley and Dr. Don Berwick, Founder and former President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. To review the report in its entirety, please click on the link below. The final report will be released on December 19th.

View Task Force Report.

The California Health Benefit Exchange, now known to the public as Covered California, advanced several key proposals at their November 14th Board Meeting.

The Board authorized staff to submit documentation to the federal government that formally announces California’s intention to establish and operate a state-run health insurance marketplace, the Exchange. This “Blueprint” document outlines a dozen or so requirements that demonstrate the state’s readiness to move forward with the Exchange operation.

The Board also granted approval to request additional funding from the federal government for start-up and initial year operational costs. The request for this “establishment grant,” at approximately $706 million, will cover the period from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014, after which Covered California plans to be fully self-sustainable through assessments imposed on the healthcare plans. The federal rules contained in the Affordable Care Act limit the use of these funds to supporting Exchange-specific start-up costs, outreach activities and testing processes. You can view Covered California’s draft Budget Summary Plan here.

Finally, the Board granted approval to move forward with the emergency regulations to govern the solicitation process for Qualified Health Plans (QHP), health insurance plans offered to consumers in the Exchange. These regulations outline the process and standards to be utilized for selecting and contracting with QHPs. The Advance Notice of Intent to File Emergency Regulations can be found

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