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Kaiser Permanente Extends COVID-19 Cost Waiver Through Dec. 31, 2020

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:30am

OAKLAND, Calif., May 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente has announced that it will extend its waiver for most member out-of-pocket costs for inpatient and outpatient services related to the treatment of COVID-19 through December 31, 2020.

Key Points: 
  • OAKLAND, Calif., May 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente has announced that it will extend its waiver for most member out-of-pocket costs for inpatient and outpatient services related to the treatment of COVID-19 through December 31, 2020.
  • It will apply for all dates of service from April 1 through December 31, 2020, unless superseded by government action or extended by Kaiser Permanente.
  • Kaiser Permanente suspended all terminations for nonpayment of premium or out-of-pocket expenses from March 15 through May 31.
  • In May, Kaiser Permanente further extended the suspension of terminations for nonpayment through June 30 for Kaiser Permanente for Individuals and Families and small group members.

Announcing the Winners of the 2020 "IndieReader Discovery Awards"

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 9:00pm

Best First Book (Non-Fiction) - Augustine Sheriff, L.A. Mitchell / The Nature of Shadows: An African Memoir

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  • Best First Book (Non-Fiction) - Augustine Sheriff, L.A. Mitchell / The Nature of Shadows: An African Memoir
    Anthology - Keren Taylor/ This Moment: Bold Voices from WriteGirl
    Children's (Early to intermediate readers) - D.L.
  • Murphy / The Warrior Princess
    Historical Fiction - Kenneth D Tentarelli / The Advisor: Intrigue in Tuscany
    Memoir - Mary Dunnewold/ Fine, Thanks: Stories from the Cancerland Jungle
    Politics/Current Events - Cary D. Lowe/ Becoming American: A Political Memoir
    Pop Culture - Brandy Isadora/ Tattle Tales: Tattoo Stories and Portraits
    Psychology/Mental Health - Eli N. Weintraub / Frida and Me
    Religion - Anthony Maranise / Cross of a Different Kind: Cancer & Christian Spirituality
    Religion - Solomon Katz/ Where Thoughts and Stories End: Verses on Eternal Truth
    Sexuality/Relationships - Paul Gaughan/ Romance... Push The On Button
    The top 6 winning titles will be submitted to Dystel, Goderich & Bourret for representation consideration

Catalytic Data Science Joins the XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance to Combat COVID-19

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 4:46pm

Pandemic Alliance members can access the Catalytic Platform by visiting https://edu.catalyticds.com , clicking Get Started and entering COVID19Alliance in the coupon section of the XPrize login.

Key Points: 
  • Pandemic Alliance members can access the Catalytic Platform by visiting https://edu.catalyticds.com , clicking Get Started and entering COVID19Alliance in the coupon section of the XPrize login.
  • The XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance was launched, in collaboration with Anthem, to call on the global community to unite, collaborate and share information to address immediate needs and find long- term durable solutions to pandemic threats.
  • "We welcome Catalytic Data Sciences, in partnership with AWS, to the XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance and look forward to their contributions and continuing together this important work that will help accelerate solutions."
  • Anthem and our other Alliance members welcome Catalytic Data Sciences and AWS to this effort and know their contributions will significantly help us in this battle."

Kaiser Permanente honored for medication safety excellence

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 6:45pm

OAKLAND, Calif., May 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --For the tenth year in a row, Kaiser Permanente has earned the Pharmacy Quality Alliance Excellence in Quality Award for high achievement in medication safety and appropriate use.

Key Points: 
  • OAKLAND, Calif., May 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --For the tenth year in a row, Kaiser Permanente has earned the Pharmacy Quality Alliance Excellence in Quality Award for high achievement in medication safety and appropriate use.
  • The Excellence in Quality Award was presented to Kaiser Permanente Medicare health plans serving members in the states of California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C.
    "We prioritize medication quality and effectiveness in all the care we provide our members," said Amy Gutierrez, PharmD, senior vice president and chief pharmacy officer for Kaiser Permanente.
  • The Kaiser Permanente Medicare plan in the Northwest earned 4.5 out of 5 stars, CMS' second-highest rating.
  • Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.

Kaiser Permanente Releases COVID-19 Playbook to Help Businesses Plan for the Future

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 5:00pm

As the nation's largest nonprofit, integrated health system serving 12.4 million members, Kaiser Permanente provides health coverage to approximately 14,400 large and 74,000 small businesses.

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  • As the nation's largest nonprofit, integrated health system serving 12.4 million members, Kaiser Permanente provides health coverage to approximately 14,400 large and 74,000 small businesses.
  • "Kaiser Permanente's goal with this playbook is to provide trusted, expert-informed guidance to help businesses restart their workplaces in a way that best safeguards the health of their employees," said Arthur Southam , M.D., M.P.H., executive vice president for health plan operations at Kaiser Permanente.
  • It also provides details on how Kaiser Permanente will support its members across the health care delivery spectrum.
  • Kaiser Permanente will update its "Planning for the Next Normal at Work" playbook regularly as official guidance continues to evolve.

Toastmasters' 10 Job Interview Preparation Tips

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 1:22pm

Longtime Toastmasters member and career coach Jennifer L. Blanck offers these 10 preparation tips for acing the interview and increasing your chances of getting hired:

Key Points: 
  • Longtime Toastmasters member and career coach Jennifer L. Blanck offers these 10 preparation tips for acing the interview and increasing your chances of getting hired:
    Know yourself.
  • This will help you answer questions, highlight your knowledge of the organization, and show you're interested in the job.
  • For more job interview advice and tips, read Jennifer L. Blanck's " Master the Art of Interviewing " in the Toastmaster magazine.
  • To find a local Toastmasters club where you can practice and develop your job interview skills, go to www.toastmasters.org/findaclub .

XPRIZE Announces New Learning Initiative and Video Game Design Challenge That Invites Next Generation of Global Innovators to Take Control of Their Future

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 1:00pm

The first major XPRIZE Connect initiative will be the launch of Code Games: A Global Game-Making Challenge that invites young people ages 10 to 18 years old to design and/or develop a video game across the themes of Exploration, Environment, and Human Equity.

Key Points: 
  • The first major XPRIZE Connect initiative will be the launch of Code Games: A Global Game-Making Challenge that invites young people ages 10 to 18 years old to design and/or develop a video game across the themes of Exploration, Environment, and Human Equity.
  • Code Games is inspired by a roster of past and current global incentivized competitions from XPRIZE that have accelerated breakthroughs across the industries of private space travel, ocean health, global education, and more.
  • Imagination is the first step in creating change, and Code Games provides competitors a chance to imagine the future they want to create.
  • Most of the trends and critical questions about the future of learning have been accelerated by COVID-19, said Emily Church, Executive Director of Education and Learning at XPRIZE.

Sierra Metals Inc. Announces Appointment of Luis Marchese as New Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") Effective June 1, 2020

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 1:32am

Sierra Metals Inc. (TSX: SMT) (BVL: SMT) (NYSE AMERICAN: SMTS) ("Sierra Metals" or "the Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Luis C. Marchese as Chief Executive Officer, effective June 1, 2020.

Key Points: 
  • Sierra Metals Inc. (TSX: SMT) (BVL: SMT) (NYSE AMERICAN: SMTS) ("Sierra Metals" or "the Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Luis C. Marchese as Chief Executive Officer, effective June 1, 2020.
  • Mr. Marchese is replacing Sierra Metals' current President and CEO, Igor Gonzales, who will resign this position effective May 31, 2020 and his Board seat effective today.
  • In conjunction with his upcoming appointment as CEO, Mr. Marchese will join the Company's Board of Directors effective immediately and will work closely with Igor during this transition period.
  • Mr. J. Alberto Arias, Chairman, commented: "We are delighted to have Mr. Marchese join us as our new CEO and a member of the Board of Sierra Metals.

Calm app available to Kaiser Permanente members at no cost

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 2:00pm

Kaiser Permanente members can now download Calm Premium on their smartphone, computer, or tablet through their kp.org account.

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  • Kaiser Permanente members can now download Calm Premium on their smartphone, computer, or tablet through their kp.org account.
  • The nonprofit integrated health system is the first to offer the app to its members at no cost.
  • The new Calm offering reflects Kaiser Permanente's ongoing commitment to addressing the mental health and wellness needs of its members and communities.
  • To get access to the Calm app at no cost, members must begin registration at kp.org/selfcareapps through a web browser and click on the "Get Calm" button located on the web page.

Word & Brown President Jessica Word Joins CalChamber Board of Directors

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 8:22pm

Word & Brown General Agency announced today that its president, Jessica Word, has joined the Board of Directors at the California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber), the largest broad-based business to government advocacy group in California.

Key Points: 
  • Word & Brown General Agency announced today that its president, Jessica Word, has joined the Board of Directors at the California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber), the largest broad-based business to government advocacy group in California.
  • I am excited to be serving the health insurance industry along with other leaders from firms across the state as a member of this outstanding organization, said Jessica Word, president of Word & Brown.
  • Jessica Word has led the Word & Brown General Agency as its president since 2013.
  • Previously, she was executive vice president of operations for seven years, and vice president of broker services for six years.