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Pennsylvania está Reforzando el Sistema de Cuidado de la Salud Para Luchar Contra el COVID-19

first_imgPennsylvania está Reforzando el Sistema de Cuidado de la Salud Para Luchar Contra el COVID-19 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Español,  Press Release,  Public Health Todas las dispensas de licenciamiento de cuidado de la saludPuesto que todos los trabajadores de la línea de frente del cuidado de la salud de Pennsylvania se ocupan incansablemente de los pacientes en medio del brote de COVID-19, el Estado está actuando para reforzar la cantidad de trabajadores y suministros del sistema de cuidado de la salud. En los últimos días, el Estado ha realizado un streamline en el proceso, para que los médicos, enfermeros, alumnos de medicina, farmacéuticos y otros trabajadores del rubro retirados puedan trabajar en Pennsylvania, con telemedicina expandida, y lanzó un portal para adquirir suministros.“Pennsylvania está reforzando las categorías de nuestros medicos, enfermeros y otros proveedores del cuidado de la salud durante esta emergencia”, dijo el gobernador Wolf “Hemos hecho un proceso de “streamline” para que los trabajadores retirados del cuidado de la salud regresen a trabajar y brinden alivio para que las personas que están en la línea de frente puedan concentrarse en ocuparse de los pacientes. También estamos extendiendo el uso de telemedicina y apoyando y protegiendo a los trabajadores de la salud, ayudando a comprar los equipos y suministros necesarios que ellos necesitarán”.“Todos estos pasos apuntan a salvar vidas y a darle tiempo a nuestro Sistema de cuidado de la salud para prepararse para el incremento previsto de pacientes. Agradezco a todos los trabajadores de la salud de todo nuestro Estado por su dedicación al servir y cuidar a los demás en estos momentos sin precedentes”.El Departamento de Estado anunció una serie de dispensas transitorias para los profesionales de la salud y otros durante la declaración del desastre del COVID-19. Las dispensas reducen barreras administrativas para apoyar al sistema de salud y para que puedan realizar su trabajo sin cargas innecesarias.Las dispensas de licencia transitoria para los trabajadores de la salud incluyen:Profesionales del cuidado de la salud:Reactivación de las licencias para que vuelvan a su campo los médicos, osteópatas, ayudantes de medicos clínicos, terapistas respiratorios, perfusionistas, enfermeros certificados, especialistas en enfermería clínica, enfermeros practicantes matriculados y farmacéuticos, y se han recibido 119 solicitudes en las últimas tres semanas.Permitir que los profesionales de la atención médica proporcionen servicios vía telemedicina.Permitir que los medicos con licencias institucionales trabajen en más de 2 instalaciones.Alentar el uso del acceso a la telemedicina para el uso de opioides en pacientes de Centros de excelencia.Enfermeros:Permitir que más de 14.000 enfermeros practicantes matriculados ayuden en respuesta al COVID-19 levantando el requisito en el cuál practican dentro de una especialidad.Extender límites de las licencias, permisos de enfermería temporarios y permisos para graduados.Permitir que algunos graduados de la escuela de enfermería apliquen para un permiso inmediato de graduación.Farmacéuticos:Permitir que farmacias de fuera del Estado envíen mercancía a Pennsylvania.Permitir una licencia expedida temporaria para determinados farmacéuticos o farmacias.El Departamento de Estado cuenta con una página web especial con información sobre todas las dispensas de licencia temporarias.Para reforzar los sistemas de cuidado de la salud, el Gobernador Tom Wolf firmó una ley ayer para destinar hasta $50 millones con el objeto de adquirir equipos y suministros médicos, como más camas, respiradores y equipos de protección personal para hospitales, geriátricos y trabajadores de emergencias con el fin de ayudar a combatir la pandemia del COVID-19.La administración Wolf también está agilizando la compra de suministros méticos críticos para el Sistema de salud con un nuevo portal de adquisición de suministros médicos críticos Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal. Un esfuerzo conjunto entre la Agencia de Manejo de Emergencias de Pennsylvania, el Departamento de Salud, el Departamento de Servicios Generales y el Departamento de Desarrollo comunitario y económico. El portal es para fabricantes, distribuidores y otros proveedores que informen el estado de los suministros que rápidamente pueden adquirirse para proveedores medicos, quienes se ocupan de emergencias y profesionales de la salud.El gobernador anunció hace casi 3 semanas que todos los principales aseguradores de la salud que dan cobertura médica abarcativa aquí, cubran los tests de diagnóstico adecuados médicamente de COVID-19 y su tratamiento relacionado para los consumidores y se han comprometido a renunciar a cualquier distribución de costos para los exámenes.Hoy temprano, el Departamento de Salud anunció 533 casos adicionales positivos de COVID-19, alcanzando un total en el Estado de 2.751 en 56 condados. El departamento también informó 12 nuevos fallecimientos con casos positivos, llevando el total del Estado a 34.Para estar absolutamente actualizados con información del COVID-19, los residentes de Pennsylvania deberán visitar pa.gov/COVID-19.Ver esta página en inglés.center_img March 28, 2020last_img read more

German Pensionskassen, BaFin in ‘uncharted territory’ over solvency

first_imgThe German pension fund for a Catholic aid organisation in Cologne is one of three Pensionskassen in talks with the country’s regulator BaFin regarding the potential impact of 2017 losses.The €546m Caritas Pensionskasse (Caritas PK) is currently discussing its 2017 balance sheet “in close coordination with the actuary, the accountants and the BaFin”, the pension fund told IPE in a statement.Last week, BaFin issued a statement saying it had banned Caritas PK from taking on any new business since May, after finding that its recovery plan for meeting its solvency requirements was “inadequate”.It is the first time BaFin has issued a Pensionskasse with such a ban. However, over the past year the regulator has frequently issued warnings to insurance-based pension funds regarding their funding structures. BaFin’s office in BonnA detailed account of the solvency issues will only become available once the annual reports for both pension funds have been approved. A spokesperson for Caritas PK told IPE that its annual report would only be published once the general assembly had approved it. However, the general assembly was not due to hold another meeting this year, the spokesperson said.Industry sources told IPE that it was unlikely the Caritas PK would take on new business any time soon.Kölner PK blames rulebookThe Kölner PK is also currently not taking on any new business as it lacks funding to continue operations under the regulatory framework for mutual insurance companies.If this situation continues, the fund will have to start planning for internal runoff.In its 2016 annual report the Kölner PK’s board blamed – in part – “nonsensical measures” deriving from regulation for starting the fund’s solvency problems.Some regulatory requirements had forced the fund to sell off assets at the wrong point in time, the pension fund said, while some money put aside for the Zinszusatzreserve – the interest rate buffer – could have been better spent on filling the funding pool. Germany’s Bundesrat building in BerlinThe regulatory burden and reporting requirements for Pensionskassen and other German pension vehicles are unlikely to reduce any time soon.Germany’s lower chamber of parliament, the Bundestag, this month approved the government’s draft rules implementing the EU’s IORP II pension directive, known as the EbAV II.The pension fund association aba said “there is hope” that its objections to the prospect of EU-wide harmonisation for occupational pension funds had been heard.The draft bill has to be passed by the upper chamber of parliament (the Bundesrat) in a vote scheduled for today, with BaFin then due to issue circulars and guidelines on the actual implementation and industry-specific issues.What is already certain, however, is that the EbAV II will mean more reporting and internal risk assessment requirements for pension funds.“Overall the requirements for providers will increase significantly,” said Michael Hoppstädter, managing director of consultancy Longial.– Barbara Ottawa Earlier this year Caritas PK and its affiliated pension fund, the €329m Kölner Pensionskasse (Kölner PK), informed members about difficulties regarding the funding situation and possible cuts to pension payouts. Cologne’s Caritas and Kölner Pensionskassen face solvency problemsBoth the Caritas and Kölner funds are structured as mutual insurance companies – Versicherungsverein auf Gegenseitigkeit (VVaG) – which brings with it certain solvency and interest rate “buffer” requirements.The talks with BaFin now fall under the remit of Olaf Keese, who takes over joint management of the Caritas and the Kölner Pensionskassen this month. As a result of his appointment Keese will resign his seat on the board of the Peugeot pension fund in Germany at the end of the year.Tax consultants’ fund talking to BaFinFunding problems have also been reported at the pension fund for German tax consultants, the €992m Steuerberater Pensionskasse VVaG, with BaFin involved in negotiating a recovery plan. The fund itself declined comment.“All this is completely uncharted territory for the industry and the regulator,” one source told IPE.Insurance-based Pensionskassen had been performing well in Germany despite the funding requirements placed on them by their guarantees, but a mix of the low interest rate environment, challenging demographics and regulatory requirements has caught up with them.Some providers have chosen to sell their Pensionskassen business to run-off companies, with Frankfurter Leben having bought two funds earlier this year, from AXA Germany and Cofra Group.More regulation incoming as Bundestag passes IORP II billlast_img read more

Venus reaches Australian Open semi-finals after 14 years

first_imgVENUS Williams reached the Australian Open semi-finals for the first time in 14 years with a straight-set win over Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Williams, the 13th seed, saw off 24th seed Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), in the first of the quarter-finals.The 36-year-old American has never won the title, her best effort a runner-up finish to sister Serena in 2003.She goes on to face unseeded American Coco Vandeweghe, who thrashed Spain’s seventh seed Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-0.Vandeweghe, 25, followed up her win over world number one and defending champion Angelique Kerber with a crushing defeat of French Open champion Muguruza.“I really wasn’t feeling all that great out there, I was feeling kind of nervous,” said Vandeweghe.“I just tried to play my best, stay within myself, keep my patterns. I fought through a few break points on her serve, kept on the pressure in the first set then she finally cracked.“Once I got rolling in the second it was like a freight train. You couldn’t stop it.”“I’d like to be champion” – VenusWilliams, meanwhile, dropped serve four times against Pavlyuchenkova but was much the stronger in the decisive moments, becoming the oldest woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994.“I’m so excited. Today was such a hard-fought match. She never let up,” said the seven-time Grand Slam champion.“It’s wonderful to be here at the start of the year. I want to go further. I’m not happy with this.“I try to believe. Should I look across the net and believe the person across the net deserves it more?“This mentality is not how champions are made. I’d like to be a champion, in particular this year. The mentality I walk on court with is: I deserve this.”Today, Serena Williams will play Britain’s Johanna Konta at about 02:00 GMT, following the match between Czech fifth seed Karolina Plisokva and Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Three takeaways from No. 10 Notre Dame’s win over No. 18 Virginia

first_imgThis is a game the Fighting Irish will look back on with a huge sigh of relief when their season comes to an end.No. 10 Notre Dame took down No. 18 Virginia, 35-20, in South Bend on Saturday to move to 3-1 on the season, but they did it while trailing at the half, failing to recover an onside kick to start the second half and looking pretty lackadaisical for much of the game after losing its first contest of the year to Georgia last week. This was by no means a walk in the park for the Irish, who ran into a team in the Cavaliers (4-1) that looked like the better of the two over the first 30 minutes.But the Fighting Irish pulled away in the second half and that had everything to do with the pass rush. Related News Rondale Moore injury update: Purdue star receiver (leg) carted to locker room We say that to say this: Virginia has a pretty darn good football team, and Notre Dame is also coming off of a very tough matchup with one of the best teams in the country in Georgia.While Notre Dame didn’t play well this week, it doesn’t mean that makes Virginia any less good. The Cavaliers played very well in this game. They made some mistakes but to go into South Bend and push a top-10 team for the better part of three quarters is pretty darn impressive.At the same time, the Irish didn’t look particularly good. Quarterback Ian Book was just OK, the offensive line more or less didn’t look great, and honestly, on a one-game sample size, the Cavaliers appeared to have the better skill-position players. But don’t let either of those storylines warp what this game really told us: Virginia has a good team despite how Notre Dame played. It doesn’t take a lot of evaluation to come to that conclusion so don’t overthink it. Three takeaways from No. 10 Notre Dame’s win over No. 18 VirginiaNotre Dame’s front seven bailed out the IrishThe Irish were by no means leaps and bounds better than Virginia in this game. Cavaliers quarterback Bryce Perkins was really good in the first half as were his wide receivers while the Irish’s offense was really mediocre. But if there was any clear mismatch in this game it was Notre Dame’s front seven vs. Virginia’s pass protection.In the first half, the Cavaliers more or less dominated the game. Their quick passing game consistently moved the chains and their offense controlled the clock at will. But the Irish got a strip-sack in the second quarter which gave the offense a short field and a quick score. Apart from that sequence, the Cavaliers won the first half 17-7.Notre Dame’s Julian Okwara up to two sacks today with #Vikings GM Rick Spielman in the house, per @TJamesNDI. Okwara is a top-40ish prospect. pic.twitter.com/xHJzRNsa2Y— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) September 28, 2019Then in the third quarter, the offense for Notre Dame once again struggled but the front seven bailed the Irish out again. They got two strip-sacks, one which set up the offense inside the 5-yard line and another returned for a score. Through three quarters Notre Dame’s defensive front essentially set up 21 of the team’s 28 points. Ian Book better be buying his defensive line steaks for the next week.Just dawned on me that a Tagovailoa could win the Heisman AND the @piesmantrophy. (That’s Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, Tua’s cousin.) pic.twitter.com/BWnHZq3iGF— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) September 28, 2019JULIAN OKWARA WITH ANOTHER STRIP SACK!!ADE OGUNDEJI WITH THE SCOOP AND SCORE!!!IRISH UP 28-17!!! pic.twitter.com/gqbCrI1low— ND Whiteboard (@ND_Whiteboard) September 28, 2019Cavaliers abandoned what was workingThe game plan worked for Virginia in the first half. Perkins is a good passer, but he is especially good at getting the ball out of his hands quickly and letting his receivers go to work. In the first 30 minutes, that’s what the Cavaliers did a lot of and it set up a couple of nice touchdown passes.Bryce Perkins to Joe Reed for the 6 yard TOUCHDOWN🔥Virginia taking the lead early on Notre Dame#VirginiavsNotreDame pic.twitter.com/Qe7JCKKJO2— The Sideline Report (@SidelineReport_) September 28, 2019Bryce Perkins WANTS THE UPSET😲He finds Hasise Dubois and Virginia (+10.5) leads Notre Dame!pic.twitter.com/jFUXmdaobg— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) September 28, 2019Perkins was 18-of-22 passing for 235 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and Virginia led 17-14. In the second half, whether by design or an adjustment by the Irish defense, Perkins was holding the ball longer and longer and getting hit repeatedly. By the end of the third quarter, the Irish had eight sacks including the two strip-sacks that led to all of the Irish’s 14 points in those 15 minutes.So why did the Cavaliers go away from what was working? That’s a question their fans will be asking for hours after this one wraps up.Virginia is good and Notre Dame was also one week off a tough gameWe always want to speak in absolutes about football. We want a game to be a statement about which team was good and which was bad, who played well and who didn’t, but the truth is always somewhere in between even if we want every game to be some kind of grand declaration.last_img read more