Top 100 Hospitals Record Higher Profits, Lower Costs Under ACA – The Minute

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In this new era of healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals are working hard to improve outcomes, both for patients and for their bottom lines. There are two main drivers for change. One is negative: financial penalties, such as the one percent cut in Medicare payments under the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Hospital-Acquired Reduction Program, which penalizes poor performing hospitals. This year, 724 hospitals will be penalized for failing to meet new standards. The other driver is positive: the opportunity for increased profitability.

The annual Truven Health Analytics list of the One Hundred Top Hospitals for 2015 evaluates 2,787 institutions. Performance is measured across more than a dozen categories, including mortality, complications, length of stay, readmissions, patient satisfaction and spending per beneficiary. In terms of financial performance, the top-rated hospitals had an average operating margin of 14.4 percent, compared with 3.6 percent for the peer group. Inpatient expenses per discharge were three percent lower, and the Top One Hundred also saw two percent lower costs per episode in treating Medicare patients. Lower costs and higher performance equals better business for hospitals and better outcomes for their patients.

I’m John Howell for 3BL Media. 

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TUNE IN on Google Hangouts: “The Importance of Partnership” on SDG #17

Join PYXERA Global LIVE, Thurs, 3/12, 11:30 – noon ET

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Date: Thursday, March 12
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On March 9, the U.S. State Department kicks off Global Partnerships Week, in collaboration with USAID and Concordia.  Join PYXERA Global for a Google Hangouts conversation on “The Importance of Partnership” Thursday, March 12 at 11:30 EST.

To move the needle on any of the Sustainable Development Goals, we need “tri-sector partnerships” championed by tri-sector leaders.  How can the global engagement community create, maintain, and capitalize on the power of this kind of partnership? Join Deirdre White, CEO of PYXERA Global as she speaks with leaders, CEO of PeaceTech Lab, Sheldon Himelfarb and CEO of PSI, Karl Hofmann to talk about how their commitments to partnership makes game-changing social impact  possible.  You’ll find out how you can drive for tri-sector partnership at your organization.

About SDG #17
Goal #17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (as currently drafted) is to, “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.” This goal is a methodology at the core of PYXERA Global’s approach and is key to achieving the worthy aspirations of the SDGs.

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Karl Hofmann (@KarlHofmannPSI) is the CEO of PSI (@PSIimpact), a global health organization that works alongside local and global partners to create enduring and impactful health solutions. The organization works with governments and corporations to foster thriving partnerships that break through the conventional framework and bring development and business together to ensure prosperity in both health and wealth.

Sheldon Himelfarb (@shimelfarb) is the President & CEO of PeaceTech Lab (@PeaceTechLab), which works at the intersection of technology, media, and data to devise means of reducing violent conflict around the world. It is a collaborative space where experts in technology work with experts in conflict management – and with fellows from the conflict zones themselves – to imagine, develop, and deploy new tools for the field.

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Deirdre White (@deirdrewhite) is a globally recognized leader in building tri-sector partnerships to address the world’s most pressing challenges. As CEO of the international NGO, PYXERA Global (@PYXERAGlobal), she has led the transformation of the organization to one that maximizes impact through strong and strategic partnerships. PYXERA Global does this through cutting edge programming in the fields of Global Pro BonoLocal Content Development, and Integrated Community Development.

 

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2015 marks PYXERA Global’s 25th anniversary.  Join us in a year-round celebration of 25 years of impact. Click here to join the community and learn how you can get involved. PYXERA Global leverages the unique strengths of corporations, governments, social sector organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to enhance the abilities of people and communities to solve complex problems and attain mutually beneficial goals.  The PYXERA Global team is passionate and dedicated to navigating challenges and pinpointing purposeful global engagement opportunities for its clients and partners. Initiatives include a wide range of services from local content development to global pro bono programs and integrated community development efforts that transform lives and livelihoods.

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Mary Kay Global Day of Beauty – New York City Event

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Participants receive Mary Kay skin care and cosmetics at the Mary Kay Global Day of Beauty. The event provide beauty and pampering to survivors of domestic abuse in New York on March 5, 2015.

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Mary Kay Global Day of Beauty – Washington, DC Event

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KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Business & Trade, Mary Kay, Global Day of Beauty, Don’t Look Away

  

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Fair Trade Industry Thrives in US as Sales Flop in UK

By Emily Crowe

SOURCE: Fair Trade USA

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For the first time in its 20-year history, the fair trade movement in the United Kingdom is on the decline. Thanks to a growing consumer interest in responsible food sourcing here in the United States, however, the certification is seeing growth across many categories, and is expected to continue its forward trajectory.

The U.K.’s Fairtrade foundation, which works to protect and empower farmers in developing countries, recently reported a 3.7 percent decrease in sales of certified goods.

Much of the decrease is being attributed to lower grocery sales caused by cash-strapped consumers, and a move toward cheaper chain supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl, which carry fewer fair trade items. A general drop in sales of tea and sugar in the U.K. is another reason for the slip, with sales of fair trade tea falling by 1 percent.

That dip in sales hasn’t extended stateside. In fact, Fair Trade USA has seen growth in fair trade cocoa, sugar, produce, apparel, and even home goods, chief impact officer Mary Jo Cook told Specialty Food News.

Fair Trade USA does not track sales, but it reported 350 new fair trade products were released across consumer packaged goods and apparel in 2013. That number jumped almost 30 percent to 450 new products released in 2014, a positive signal for the market.

A general desire for responsible, transparent product sourcing is expected to continue driving demand for even more fair trade products, especially among a younger group of consumers.

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Fair Trade USA
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KEYWORDS: Ethical Production and Consumption, Business & Trade, fair trade, specialty food, Retail, sales, fairtrade foundation, Fair Trade USA, United Kingdom (UK)

 

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Study Links Conflict in Syria to Climate Change

by RP Siegel

SOURCE: Justmeans

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There has been speculation and concern among many factions, including the US security community, that the onset of climate change will usher in economic, political and social unrest, leading to additional conflicts around the world. In a report released last fall, the DoD referred to climate change as a “threat multiplier.”

Now, a new report just released in the proceedings of National Academy of Science claims that climate change was a key factor leading up to the current conflict in Syria.

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RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post.

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Tails from Guatemala

SOURCE: Goldcorp

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The number of sustainable initiatives introduced by Goldcorp to benefit the people and communities around Marlin Mine in Guatemala continues to grow – literally.

Since 2010, the Sustainable Development Department has completed more than 813 projects for the 40,000 inhabitants of San Miguel Ixtahuacán, San Marcos, and 15,000 people in adjacent areas, including building schools, a medical centre, computer labs, recreation halls, sports fields, and a tree and plant nursery.

Many more initiatives are ongoing. For example, a dairy business which started with 20 cows now has 72, with beef cattle added to the operation, all managed by local employees who have been trained by field experts. Another enterprise cultivating coffee, corn, tomatoes and other crops as a sustainable food source has become a community revenue stream through sales to regional markets, restaurants and occasionally an urban Wal-Mart.

“Our goal has been to create different programs that are going to be sustainable and create jobs once the mine is gone,” says Peter Hughes-Hallett, Environmental Director for Central & South America. “The agricultural program started with a small group in 2011, and it went to a bigger scale. So far it has been a huge success.”

Seen and Herd
The latest project is an eco-initiative of the mine’s flora and fauna conservation program to replenish the white-tailed deer population which has been decimated by hunting over the years. The breeding and feeding process is arduous with these timid creatures, which typically weigh about 60 kilograms, but the Goldcorp team’s labour of love is proving worthwhile.

This past December, a new family member was born healthy and hearty, bringing the herd up to 23. Affectionately named Bambi by Gustavo Gomez, Chief Environmentalist for Marlin, and members of the Technical Closure Department, the fawn took its first steps before the eyes of a proud crew.

The birth is a positive sign of a successful mating season and coming months of optimistic anticipation for the 17 other pregnant females. After seven months of gestation, a doe can potentially give birth to as many as three fawns. If, as hoped, each female delivers two or more offspring, the size and health of the herd will make great strides.

Goldcorp employees distribute 25 pounds of concentrated food per day throughout the ecological park at a cost of GTQ 195 per quintal (~100 pounds). The deer also graze on natural vegetation, including tree and shrub foliage, buds, indigenous grasses, seeds, berries and even mushrooms. 

The goal of the Marlin eco-park team is to maintain and sustain a thriving habitat for the herd, with diverse plant and tree species to meet their nutritional needs and woodland preservation for their safety and survival.

This is yet another example of Goldcorp’s passion to leave behind a legacy long after the life of mine in the areas we operate.

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Goldcorp, Marlin mine, white-tailed deer, breeding programs

 

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Buenas noticias desde Guatemala

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El número de iniciativas sostenibles de Goldcorp en beneficio de la gente y las comunidades en torno a la Mina Marlin en Guatemala continúa creciendo, literalmente.
 
Desde 2010, el Departamento de Desarrollo Sostenible ha completado más de 813 proyectos para los 40,000 habitantes de San Miguel Ixtahuacán, San Marcos, y para las 15,000 personas en las zonas adyacentes, incluyendo la construcción de escuelas, un centro médico, laboratorios de computación, salas recreativas, campos deportivos y un vivero de plantas y árboles.
 
Muchas otras iniciativas están en marcha. Por ejemplo, un negocio lechero que comenzó con 20 vacas ahora tiene 72, y también se agregó ganado de vacuno a la operación, todo ello gestionado por empleados locales que se han formado por expertos en el terreno. Otra empresa que cultiva café, maíz, tomates y otros cultivos como fuente de alimentos sostenibles se ha convertido en un flujo de ingresos para la comunidad mediante las ventas a los mercados regionales, restaurantes y en ocasiones a un Wal-Mart.
 
“Nuestro objetivo ha sido crear diferentes programas que van a crear empleos sostenibles una vez que la mina ya no esté”, dice Peter Hughes-Hallett, Director de Ambiente para Centro y Sudamérica. “El programa agrícola comenzó con un pequeño grupo en el año 2011 y ha crecido a una escala mayor. Hasta el momento ha sido un gran éxito”.
 
Visto y Escuchado
El proyecto más reciente del programa de conservación de la fauna y la flora de la mina es una iniciativa ecológica para mejorar la población del venado de cola blanca que ha sido diezmada por la caza en los últimos años. El proceso de reproducción y alimentación es difícil con estas tímidas criaturas, que suelen pesar unos 60 kilos, pero el amor al trabajo del de Goldcorp está dando frutos.

El pasado mes de diciembre, un nuevo miembro de la familia nació sano y salvo, con lo que el rebaño aumentó a 23. Gustavo Gómez, Jefe de Ambiente de Marlin, y los miembros del Departamento Técnico de Cierre, lo llamaron cariñosamente como Bambi. El cervatillo dio sus primeros pasos ante los ojos de un orgulloso equipo.

 
Estenacimiento es una señal positiva de una exitosa temporada de apareamiento y un panorama optimista en los próximos meses para las otras 17 hembras embarazadas. Después de siete meses de gestación, una cierva puede dar nacimiento posiblemente a un máximo de tres cervatillos. Si como se espera, cada hembra tiene dos o más crías, el tamaño y la vitalidad del rebaño tendrán grandes progresos.

Los empleados de Goldcorp distribuyen 25 libras de alimento por día en todo el parque ecológico a un costo de 195 quetzales por quintal (~100 libras). El ciervo también se alimenta de vegetación natural, como del follaje de árboles y arbustos, de los pastos naturales del lugar, de las semillas, de las bayas e incluso de las setas. 

El objetivo del equipo del parque ecológico de Marlin es mantener y sostener un próspero hábitat para el rebaño, con diversas especies de plantas y árboles para satisfacer sus necesidades nutricionales y mediante la preservación de los bosques para su seguridad y supervivencia. 

Este es otro ejemplo de la pasión de Goldcorp por dejar un legado mucho después de la vida útil de la mina en las áreas en las que operan.

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En direct du Guatemala

SOURCE: Goldcorp

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Le nombre d’initiatives en matière de développement durable introduites par Goldcorp au profit des habitants et des communautés autour de la mine Marlin au Guatemala continue d’agrandir, littéralement!
 
Depuis 2010, le service du développement durable a mené à bien plus de 813 projets destinés aux 40 000 habitants de San Miguel Ixtahuacán, San Marcos, et aux 15 000 habitants vivant dans les régions adjacentes. On compte parmi ces projets la construction d’écoles, d’un centre médical, de laboratoires informatiques, de centres récréatifs, de terrains sportifs et d’une pépinière de plantes.
 
De nombreuses autres initiatives sont encore en cours de déploiement. Par exemple, une entreprise de production laitière, qui a commencé avec 20 vaches a maintenant 72, avec les bovins de boucheries ajoutées à l’opération, tous gérée par des employés locaux qui ont été formés par des experts sur le terrain. Une autre entreprise de culture de café, de maïs, de tomates et d’autres aliments durables est devenue une source de revenus pour la communauté grâce à ses ventes dirigées vers les marchés et restaurants de la région et, à l’occasion, un magasin Walmart urbaine.
 
« Notre objectif est de créer différents programmes qui vont être durables et qui créeront des emplois même lorsque la mine cessera ses activités », a expliqué Peter Hughes-Hallett, directeur environnemental de l’Amérique centrale et du Sud. « Le programme agricole a commencé avec un petit groupe en 2011 et a pris beaucoup d’ampleur. Il s’agit d’une belle réussite jusqu’à maintenant. »
 
Une faune en santé

Le plus récent projet correspond à une initiative écologique en lien avec le programme de conservation de la faune et de la flore. Il vise à regarnir la population de cerfs de Virginie décimée par la chasse au cours des dernières années. Le processus d’élevage et d’alimentation est ardu avec ces créatures timides qui pèsent généralement environ 60 kg, mais le dévouement de l’équipe de Goldcorp à cette tâche porte ses fruits.

En décembre dernier, un nouveau membre de la famille est né sain et copieux, ce qui porte le troupeau jusqu’à 23. Affectueusement baptisé Bambi par Gustavo Gomez, spécialiste en chef de l’environnement pour Marlin, et les membres du service de fermeture technique, le petit a fait ses premiers pas devant le regard fier de l’équipe.

 
Cette naissance est encourageante et donne bon espoir pour les mois à venir pour les 17 autres femelles enceintes. Après sept mois de gestation, une biche peut donner naissance à jusqu’à trois faons. Si, comme espéré, chaque femelle donne vie à deux petits ou plus, la taille et la santé du troupeau fera de grands progrès.

Les employés de Goldcorp distribuent 25 livres de nourriture concentrée par jour au parc écologique ce qui représente un coût de 195 GTQ par quintal (environ 100 livres). Les cerfs se nourrissent aussi de la végétation naturelle : feuillage des arbres et arbustes, bourgeons, plantes indigènes, graines, baies et même champignons.

L’objectif de l’équipe du parc écologique de Marlin est de maintenir un habitat prospère pour le troupeau, avec des espèces de plantes et d’arbres divers pour satisfaire leurs besoins nutritionnels et la préservation des forêts pour leur sécurité et la survie.

Voilà donc un autre exemple de l’engagement de Goldcorp à léguer à ces régions un héritage qui survivra de loin à l’exploitation minière. 

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