Begin the New Year on a luxury cruise

first_imgBegin the New Year on a luxury cruiseBegin the New Year on a luxury cruiseIndulge in the serenity of the sea, relish the luxury of Crystal, and marvel at mysterious Easter Island as you make your way to the idyllic isles of Polynesia. Departing February 19, 2019, Crystal Symphony will transport guests from Valparaíso, Chile, through the South Pacific Ocean into a paradise of island exploration. The 16-night luxury cruise will visit Fakarava, French Polynesia, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a snorkeller’s dream locale, before travelling to Moorea, Society Islands, with its crystalline lagoons, fjord-like bays, azure waters and velvety mountain peaks. Bora Bora in the Society Islands will captivate guests as the ultimate island paradise before Crystal Symphony calls into Papeete, Tahiti, for an overnight stay before guests disembark.This luxurious itinerary includes a ‘Jazz Days & Cabaret Nights’ Experiences of Discovery theme; a multi-layered exploration into the world of jazz with enriching lectures and live musical performances by some of the genre’s best artists.Onboard, Crystal’s all-inclusive features include beverages such as select fine wines, Champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages; gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff; complimentary evening of specialty restaurant dining in Prego and at least once in Nobu Matsuhisa’s sea-going restaurants (with additional reservations or visits available for a modest fee); 24-hour room service; complimentary Wi-Fi/Internet access; enrichment workshop series featuring lectures by renowned authors, ambassadors, celebrities and destination experts; fitness programs including yoga, golf instruction and mat Pilates; and much more.Book by 31 December, 2018TERMS & CONDITIONS: *Fares are cruise-only, per person, in US dollars, based on double occupancy, apply to new bookings only, and include taxes, fees and port charges. Fare quoted applies to category D on voyage OCS190219-16, including Book Now Savings. Book by 31 December, 2018. Solo Traveller Fares available on request. Optional dining in the Vintage Room attracts an additional fee. Cruise-only fare does not include land programs. All offers may not be combinable with other promotions, apply to first two full-fare guests in stateroom or suite, are capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. All fares, itineraries, programs, policies and shore excursions are subject to change and correct at time of printing. Restrictions apply.For complete Terms & Conditions, visit crystalcruises.com/legal. ©2018 Crystal Cruises, LLC. Ships’ registry: The Bahamas.Source = Crystal Cruiseslast_img read more

State Roundup AbortionRights Groups Mostly Silent On Fetal Pain Laws Conn Advocates

first_imgA selection of health policy stories from Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, California, Tennessee, Kansas and Wisconsin.Politico: Abortion-Rights Groups Absent On Pain LawsWhen new limits on abortions are proposed, abortion-rights groups usually go all out to stop them. So why haven’t they gone all out against state fetal-pain laws, enacted in nine states since early 2010? These laws ban abortion after 20 weeks, based on the controversial assertion that the fetus can then experience pain. They’re handing victories to anti-abortion groups, and so far there’s only one major challenge from an abortion-rights group: in Arizona, where the 9th Circuit Court early this month temporarily blocked the state law (Smith, 8/13).CT Mirror: Health Care Advocates Remain Wary Of LIA Changes, Even As DSS Scales Back RestrictionsAfter advocates for mentally ill and disabled residents warned that a new plan to limit the number of people receiving state Medicaid benefits would hurt that population in particular, the state has somewhat modified its plan. DSS spokesman David Dearborn said the agency would revise its planned application to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the Medicaid for Low Income Adults program, known as LIA (Phaneuf, 8/13).Health News Florida/Kaiser Health News: Readmit Rates Cost FL HospitalsLower Medicare reimbursement rates are coming for hundreds of hospitals across the country and for 131 in Florida with “excess readmission” rates, according to analysis of CMS data by Kaiser Health News. … Nine hospitals around the state, including Florida Hospital in Orlando, will deal with a 1 percent gap caused by the penalty. Even though half of the 22 facilities in the Florida Hospital system will be penalized under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, hospital officials said care won’t be affected (8/13).Minneapolis Star Tribune: Hospitals Face Penalties If Patients Quickly ReturnMinnesota hospitals will lose an estimated $1.7 million in Medicare payments next year under a new program that penalizes hospitals for higher-than-average rates of readmission. The penalties are based on the 30-day readmission rates for Medicare patients with three common conditions — heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia — between 2008 and 2011. The penalties, which will affect 29 Minnesota hospitals, will average about one-tenth of 1 percent of their annual Medicare payments, the Minnesota Hospital Association said (Lerner, 8/13).Minnesota Public Radio: Careful Look At State Employees Health Benefits May Save Taxpayers MillionsThe state of Minnesota is terminating health insurance coverage for about 3,100 family members of state employees. The action comes after the state conducted an audit to determine whether anyone was improperly receiving benefits. Supporters of the audit say it is proof the program is working, and that it could save the state millions of dollars (Scheck, 8/14).The Oregonian: Hospital Error Reports Up Slightly In Oregon — And That’s Good NewsReports of errors in Oregon hospitals grew slightly last year, according to the Oregon Patient Safety Commission. But that might actually be good news. The commission relies on voluntary reporting, and has been struggling to persuade hospitals to improve their reporting. More reports will allow the state to better improve safety, says Bethany Higgins, the commission’s executive director. “You can clearly see that there’s improvement across the board with the quantity as well as the quality of the reports submitted, as well as the timeliness with which they are submitting them,” she said, adding, “We have a long ways to go” (Budnick, 8/13).HealthyCal: NPs On The FrontlinesGlide, situated in the heart of San Francisco’s gritty Tenderloin neighborhood, is a haven for the homeless. Outside the shelter’s door, though it is just before noon, a group of men and women line up to wait for a bed for the night or a hot meal. … Hints of the state-of-the-art health center on the top floors of the onetime hotel start inside the lobby, in the form of posters and flyers announcing services ranging from free HIV testing to tai chi classes. Patricia Dennehy, the director of Glide Health Services, has learned that low-income patients make better health decisions when providers focus on the entire person, not just the illness that landed them in the examining room. Challenges such as poverty, inadequate housing and unemployment can eventually wreak havoc on people’s health (Ramirez, 8/14).The Associated Press: Tennessee Nursing Job Market More Competitive Health care experts say Tennessee’s nursing job market has grown more competitive in recent years. According to the Tennessee Board of Nursing, there were more than 83,000 registered nurses in the state in 2011, and 21 new schools were added between 2000 and 2011 (8/13).Reuters: Health Startups Learn To Compete In Silicon Valley It may not sound as flashy as social media, but health care is becoming a new star in Silicon Valley. Driven by the promise of enormous payouts, entrepreneurs are using the latest technology and design to help save lives, and make money. But it’s tough to grab a share from the big companies, which are dominant in certain fields in health care, such as Electronical Medical Records, or EMR, where doctors store and manage patients’ digital health data (Tian, 8/14). California Healthline: Designing A New Tier Of Dental Professional In CaliforniaAbout two million California kids will gain access to dental coverage over the next few years as a result of the Affordable Care Act and the state’s decision to shift children from Healthy Families to Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. ACA also will provide more dental coverage for some adults. That’s generally considered good news in the dental and children’s health communities … but who’s going to do the work? … The California Legislature this month will consider a bill aimed at improving dental care for underserved children. SB 694, by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-San Fernando Valley), would … launch a project to train a new level of oral health care professional in California — people less educated than dentists but with enough training to perform some dental procedures (8/13).Kansas Health Institute News: Changes Under Way For Determining In-Home Medicaid ServicesState officials are changing the way they determine which in-home Medicaid services are provided to the frail elderly and people who are physically disabled. The new system will rely on a single agency or organization with a presence in each of the state’s 105 counties to assess what services a person will receive. Currently, there are more than 30 organizations involved with the process. Some assess only the elderly. Others focus solely on the physically disabled (Ranney, 8/13).Kansas Health Institute News: Kansas Looks To Wisconsin For ADRC Model In Wisconsin, it’s easy for frail seniors or people who are physically disabled to find out if they are eligible for the Medicaid services that could help them live at home and avoid or delay the move to a nursing home. All they have to do is call the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) in their county. They’ll be hooked up with someone who can assess their conditions, figure out how to pay for the services and put them in touch with the providers who can make it happen (Ranney, 8/13). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Mental Health Advocates Urge Abele To Fund Community Care Advocates for community mental health services called on Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele on Monday to reinvest savings from downsizing the Mental Health Complex into community services in his 2013 budget. Abele was reminded that he signed a resolution last year promising to do just that. However, the 2013 budget request by the county’s Behavioral Health Division does not set aside for community services the $1.5 million in savings from closing an acute-care unit at the complex, shutting down part of another unit at the complex and privatizing some mental health services elsewhere (Schultze, 8/13). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. State Roundup: Abortion-Rights Groups Mostly Silent On Fetal Pain Laws; Conn. Advocates Worry Over Medicaid Cutslast_img read more