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The Importance Of Life Insurance Covered On “In Depth” With Laurence Fishburne


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Life insurance is an important option to consider since it protects an individual’s family and allows the policyholder to leave a non-taxable amount after their passing.

“Hoodlum (1997)” and “School Daze (1988)” actor Laurence Fishburne has made a name for himself by time and time again presenting award-winning performances. Fishburne is not only known for his acting abilities, but also his time spent as a director, producer, and screenwriter. Lately, the action film star has been bestowing his skillset as host to TV’s “In Depth” with Laurence Fishburne. The educational show covers a wide array of topics that impact people across the nation. An upcoming episode will examine the importance of life insurance with industry experts.

Most people spend more time thinking about and planning vacations and retirements but do not always contemplate things like what will happen to their loved ones after they have passed. Life insurance is an important option to consider since it protects an individual’s family and allows the policyholder to leave a non-taxable amount after their passing.

Often loved ones can get stuck with any outstanding loans after a family member is gone, but life insurance can take care of things like car loans and mortgages. Life insurance requires consideration, and there are different options available depending on age, health, and job occupation.

No one likes to think about death, let alone their own, but it is paramount to consider how spouses and children will handle finances after one’s demise. Further info about the benefits of life insurance will be in the upcoming episode of “In Depth.”

“In Depth” with Laurence Fishburne is cautiously reviewed before revealed to a broader audience. The informative television program has received a variety of Tellys for its efforts in the public TV arena.

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Lumacuity Led and lumablue Led announce new antibacterial led lighting, Lumablue


Lumacuity LED and Lumablue LED announce new antibacterial LED lighting, Lumablue.

LumaBlue LED lighting helps protect restaurants, grocery stores, salons, gyms, manufacturing facilities, homes and more against bacteria, mold, mildew and fungi growth.

Lumacuity LED has announced the the newest line of LED lights and fixtures.The line is called LumaBlue and is a series of blue light LED technology units. The latest offering is a 120-watt portable unit uniquely designed to meet the cleanliness and disinfectant needs of hair salons, gyms, retail and other commercial and residential markets. LumaBlue was recently featured in DBusines magazine.

“LumaBlue is centered on maintaining the highest degree of safety and cleanliness, and now we’re proud to be able to present it to the masses in an easy-to-use format,” said Len Smith, President, Lumacuity LED.

Serving a wide variety of markets

LumaBlue’s new 120-watt system can be used as a hanging anti-germicidal lamp or as a floor-based tripod that can easily be maneuvered throughout a facility. Each unit disinfects approximately 25’ x 25’ area over a three-hour period. They can be used as long as needed, but three hours is usually sufficient. They’re ideal solutions for disinfecting a variety of markets:

  • Restaurants
  • Deli’s/Bakeries
  • Grocery stores
  • Fitness centers and gyms
  • Medical and dental facilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Hair salons
  • Schools
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Meat processing plants
  • Residential

LumaBlue began as a resource for first responders and healthcare frontline workers, many of whom are commonly exposed to harmful bacteria such as MRSA/Staph, Strep, Salmonella, mold, Listeria and more. A study from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles suggests MRSA can survive on some nonporous surfaces up to eight weeks following contamination —and skin transmission takes only three seconds.

“Even after traditional cleaning methods, dangerous bacteria have been shown to linger throughout the nooks and crannies of many firehouses, EMS vehicles, hospitals—even on oxygen tanks and brake pedals,” said Smith.

Product Availability

All LumaBlue products—including the new portable 120W unit— are currently available for purchase at http://www.LumaBlueled.com.

LumaBlue is driven by customer feedback with a strong commitment to deliver the latest products in one convenient installation. All LumaBlue products—including the new portable 120W unit— are available for immediate purchase at http://www.lumablueled.com

Founded in 2013, Lumacuity LED services manufacturing facilities, warehouses, restaurants, schools, consumer goods and retail businesses with LED lighting design, product and installation. Lumcuity has developed strategies and partnerships with several of the top electrical firms and is recognized by DTE Energy as a Preferred Trade Ally and can arrange financing through ‘Michigan Saves.”

For more info, visit http://www.Lumablueled.com

Contact: Mike Fossano

Email: mfossano@premiercg.com

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“Behind The Scenes” With Laurence Fishburne Discusses the Blueprint for Active Aging in Senior Living Communities with national provider Symbria


Senior Living communities have significantly evolved from where they were even 20 or 30 years ago

Symbria Inc. is pleased to announce that it is being featured in a nationally distributed television program, Behind the Scenes with Laurence Fishburne. Behind The Scenes is known for providing factual, unbiased information and specializes in mining the imaginative and exciting ideas that can benefit its viewers. Symbria’s segment focuses on embracing physical fitness and falls prevention as a means to address shifting expectations and mindsets towards aging.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Behind the Scenes to help educate our aging population and their families, about the variety of choices that are available to as they explore their living options,” said Jill Krueger, Symbria’s President and CEO. Ms. Krueger continued “Senior Living communities have significantly evolved from where they were even 20 or 30 years ago and are much better equipped to cater to the current needs and desires of their residents. This includes the necessity to have programs that address the physical and mental well-being that will enable residents to reach their one of their primary goals – to remain independent as long as possible.”

The show will launch its national airing during prime time on Fox Business Network followed by regional airings on various networks in more than 100 markets across the country. Additionally, the episode will be distributed to Public Television affiliates for airing later in August.

About Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes is an award-winning program that highlights new ideas and innovative concepts through groundbreaking short-form and long-form documentary presentation. The program, which is anchored by a veteran production team with decades of industry experience, is able to effectively communicate the most critical stories to a wide and diverse audience. The Behind the Scenes team specializes in mining the imaginative and exciting ideas that can benefit the public education domain. Additional information about Behind the Scenes can be found at https://behindthesceneslf.com/.

About Symbria, Inc.

Symbria Inc. provides best-in-class pharmacy, rehab, and well-being programs along with ancillary resources and tools to benefit post-acute and senior living providers, and their patients and residents. Symbria develops focused solutions for our clients’ challenges that reduce hospital readmissions, build census and extend independence for those they serve. Additional information about Symbria can be found at https://Symbria.com/.

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The Avalon Management Group Acquires S & L Association Management, Inc.


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The Next Generation in HOA Management

The Avalon Management Group, AAMC®, a leader in Homeowner Association management and Founding Member of the Innovia Community Management Cooperative, today announced that it has acquired the assets, staff, and accounts of S & L Association Management, Inc. located in Temecula, California. The transition is expected to take effect September 1, 2020.

S & L Association Management, Inc is a family-owned and operated business that began in 1987. Rosy Amlani, founder and president of S & L Association Management, holds the coveted PCAM® (Professional Community Association Manager) designation through CAI (Community Associations Institute) and the CCAM® (Certified Community Association Manager) from CACM (California Association of Community Managers).

S & L Association Management, Inc. is also a Management Firm Council Member of CACM. Ms. Amlani selected Avalon Management as Avalon reflects the same high ethical standards and customer-focused qualities as her company.

Ms. Amlani said, “Avalon has consistently distinguished themselves as industry leaders and we are proud and honored to transition our clients and our fabulous team to an upstanding business. We know they will be well taken care of.”

Avalon Management is currently working on transition plans to effectuate a seamless migration experience for all S & L Association Management’s clients and staff.

“Adding these communities extends our leadership position and further expands our geographic footprint in an expansive, growing market,” said Mark Jones, President of Avalon Management. “We are delighted to be adding such a highly respected organization to the Avalon family and look forward to working closely with the leadership team at S & L to further enhance the value and service offerings for their clients.”

The transaction will boost Avalon’s ongoing presence throughout Southern California. Since 1993, Avalon has grown into a regional association management company headquartered in Canyon Lake with satellite offices in Temecula and Oceanside. The company is one of only 275 management companies nationwide that has received the AAMC® (Accredited Association Management Company) designation from CAI, the 32,000-member trade organization for community associations.

About The Avalon Management Group

Headquartered in Canyon Lake, California with additional offices in Temecula and Oceanside, The Avalon Management Group has provided exceptional service and leadership for Homeowner Associations throughout Riverside and San Diego Counties for more than 30 years. Additionally, the Company is a Founding member of the Innovia Community Management Cooperative, which represents over 3,000 communities across the country. To learn more about The Avalon Management Group, please visit http://www.AvalonWeb.com or call (800) 343-7213

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Protect My Car explains how to keep your car clean during the COVID pandemic


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KEEPING YOUR CAR CLEAN DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

By now, we all know that there are two good ways to fight COVID-19. One is to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with plenty of soap and warm water.

The other is to disinfect high touch surfaces, according to the CDC.

When we think of high touch surfaces, things like door handles, your phone, and remote controls might come to mind.

But what about your car?

While you might not think of your car as you think of the door handle, chances are it’s just as gross.

According to a recent study by CarRentals.com – your car’s steering wheel plays host to over 6x the bacteria of your phone, and nearly double that of the typical elevator button.

Normally, that’s gross enough on its own, but considering the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, it’s even more concerning than usual.

If for some reason you’re still driving your car, then it certainly can’t hurt to disinfect your car’s high touch surfaces including:


  • Steering wheel
  • Door handles
  • Shift levers
  • Buttons and touch screens
  • Wiper and turn signal levers
  • Armrests
  • Grab handles
  • Seat adjusters
  • Cupholders
  • Sunglass holders
  • Seat
  • Dashboards/molding

This is a must if you’re a rideshare driver or live in an area with a high concentration of cases. It’s worth doing even if you don’t, considering how dirty your car can get.

With that in mind – the CDC recommends daily disinfection of high touch surfaces, including your car.

Whether that’s something you want to take in stride or not – if you’re using your car, you should attempt to disinfect it at least 2-3 times a week.

The peace of mind is worth it, right?

Cleaning your car’s surfaces is a little bit different than cleaning your countertops. Bleach or hydrogen peroxide, for instance, will both kill the Coronavirus, but they’ll also leave your car’s interior looking less than ideal.

For example, bleach (or any bleach-based cleaner) will destroy the color of your car’s upholstery if you use it.

The same goes for hydrogen peroxide.

Ammonia and alcohol-based cleaners, on the other hand, can damage your touch screens and other electronics.

As you can see, cleaning your car is not as simple as you would think.

Besides just bleach and hydrogen peroxide, there are several other cleaners commonly associated with disinfecting you want to avoid as well.

These disinfectants can either damage your interior or are not proven to kill the Coronavirus, according to the CDC guidelines.

  • Acetone
  • Steam
  • Listerine
  • Vinegar
  • Essential Oils
  • Lemons

Although these may work for other bacteria, you should not use them to clean your car for any reason. For a complete list of disinfectants, please visit the CDC’s master list.

Before You Clean Your Car

Disinfecting your car should always start with you protecting yourself. We highly recommend you wear rubber gloves that are separate from your dishwashing gloves if possible.

Wearing a separate pair of gloves will help keep your hands clean, and help you avoid spreading anything from outside.

After you finish disinfecting your car, you should also make sure you wash your hands per the recommended CDC method.

Cleaning Non-Leather, Hard Surfaces (Metal, Plastic, and Glass)

Your non-leather, hard surfaces are things like:

  • Your door handle and trunk handle
  • Plastic molding
  • Your cupholders and sunglass holders
  • Your shift levers
  • Armrests (if they aren’t cloth or faux/real leather)
  • Your steering wheel (if it isn’t faux/real leather)

They do NOT include:

  • Touch Screens & Other Electronics

Cleaning Options:

  • Isopropyl alcohol (70%)
  • Soap (Dial or similar hand soap) and Water
  • Lysol/Clorox Wipes (that don’t contain bleach)
  • Lysol/Clorox Sprays (if you apply an even coating)

Non-leather hard surfaces include can be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol. According to the CDC, if you use a spray or wipes that contain at least 70% alcohol, you’ll be in good shape.

Isopropyl also won’t damage your electronics either.

If you don’t happen to have Isopropyl on hand, you have other options too.

Soap and water will also work – and it’s considered effective, according to the CDC. Scrub down all non-leather surfaces with a mixture of soapy water and a soft cloth in order to be most effective.

The friction combined with the soap and water helps to destroy the protective envelope around the Coronavirus. Soap and water is also the safest option for non-leather interiors as well.

You can also use Lysol and Clorox wipes, both of which will kill the Coronavirus. You should use wipes instead of sprays, if possible because spray disinfectants won’t always completely cover what you use them on.

Those areas that the spray misses can make them less effective.

If you do choose to use a disinfectant spray, make sure you spray an even coating.

Non-Leather, Soft Upholstery (Cloth/Faux Leather)

  • Isopropyl alcohol (70%)
  • Soap (Dial or similar hand soap) and Water
  • Lysol/Clorox Wipes (that don’t contain bleach)

If your car has fabric or faux leather upholstery, you’ll want to be careful to only use Isopropyl, soap, and water, or a disinfectant wipe if you have Faux Leather.

Isopropyl is the preferred choice here for its relative ease of use. Wet a soft cloth with the alcohol and work it over the surface of your choice. It’s best to rotate the cloth around in order to avoid simply pushing around the germs.

You can also go with soap and water instead – which is also effective. The only thing to keep in mind with soap and water is to be careful not to soak cloth upholstery with water, as that can lead to mold building up.

You also want to avoid suds building up – as suds will stay around forever on cloth, although this is less of a problem on faux leather.

Finally, Clorox and Lysol wipes will also work well on faux leather and cloth.

Leather Surfaces

  • Soap (Dial or similar hand soap) and Water
  • Isopropyl alcohol (70%)
  • Recommended: Leather conditioner

Leather requires delicate treatment to avoid damage. The best way to clean leather is to use a bit of dish soap and water on a microfiber cloth. Using a regular cloth can sometimes scratch the leather if you have debris on it.

Work the soap and water gently over the leather. Don’t rub too hard – as you can discolor the leather if it’s dyed.

After washing, make sure to use a good leather conditioner to protect your leather. Using leather cleaner will help preserve your leather for the long term by keeping it moist and supple.

In a pinch, you can also use Isopropyl alcohol to clean your leather but do so sparingly if possible.

Over time, cleaning your car’s leather with Isopropyl can damage or discolor it. Alcohol will dry out the leather – so it’s essential that you use leather conditioner after to prevent it from staying dry.

Touch Screens & Other Electronics

  • 70% Isopropyl alcohol
  • 70% Isopropyl alcohol wipes
  • Recommended: Microfiber Cloth

Touch screens and other electronics should not be cleaned like the other surfaces in your car. The big difference is how you clean them.

You should NEVER apply liquids directly to any touch screens or other electronics. You should also use a microfiber cloth if possible, although a regular, soft, lint-free cloth will also work.

Alcohol wipes will work, as well. We recommend first wiping down the touch screen with a microfiber cloth to pull away any debris that might end up scratching the screen.

Protect My Car can help you with all your car repair needs.

NFP to Host Second Quarter 2020 Earnings Call on Aug. 14, 2020


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NFP, a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement and individual solutions, will post its second quarter 2020 earnings results the evening of Aug. 13, 2020, to a password-protected website hosted by http://www.intralinks.com. In addition, NFP will host a live conference call to discuss the year-end results on Aug. 14, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Interested parties can request access to NFP earnings results and the conference call by contacting NFP at ir@nfp.com or 212.301.1088.

About NFP

NFP is a leading insurance broker and consultant providing customized property and casualty, corporate benefits, retirement, and individual solutions through its licensed subsidiaries and affiliates. NFP enables client success through the expertise of over 5,600 global employees, investments in innovative technologies, and enduring relationships with highly rated insurers, vendors, and financial institutions. NFP is the 5th largest benefits broker by global revenue, 6th largest US-based privately owned broker and 8th best place to work in insurance (Business Insurance); 10th largest property and casualty agency (Insurance Journal); and 12th largest global insurance broker (Best’s Review).

Visit NFP.com to discover how NFP empowers clients to meet their goals.

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How To Document Damage For A Car Insurance Claim


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“Properly documenting an accident will help you get your claim solved faster. Find out more on our website,” said Russell Rabichev, Marketing Director of Internet Marketing Company.

Documenting damage is crucial for any car insurance claim. Furthermore, this may also help the authorities determine guilt. Find out more about car insurance and get free quotes from http://www.lowcarinsurancequotes.info.

In order to properly document car damage, a driver must:


  • Take photos immediately after accident. It is essential to take photos of the car damage at the accident scene. Take clear photos and make sure nobody, except the police, interferes with the evidence. Also, take clear photos of the surrounding areas, like geographic elements, weather conditions, street and traffic signs, road marks, the position of the cars at the moment of the collision. They will help both the investigators and the insurance company.
  • Get eyewitness reports. Search for persons who witnessed the accident and can provide valuable details. Look for persons who are willing to testify, should it come to this. Note or record all eyewitness reports.
  • Carefully gather all documents as the case progresses. Write names and titles of anyone who was a participant of the accident. Exchange insurance info with the other driver. Ask for a copy of the police report.
  • Get repair estimates from at least 2 independent sources. It is important to check how much will it cost to repair the car. Visit 2 repair shops and get unbiased estimates. They will help you negotiate better with the claim adjuster.

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Mary J’s Cannabis Store Opens on Historic Division Street in Kingston


Visit www.maryjcannabis.ca for more information

At Mary J’s Cannabis, our mission is to inspire deeper connections between people, the planet, and our products,” said Harman Litt, Co-Owner at Mary J’s Cannabis.

Mary J’s Cannabis, Kingston’s premium recreational cannabis shop, achieves retail store authorization from the AGCO with the assistance of dicentra Cannabis Consulting.

The store, which operates out of a 100-year-old house in downtown Kingston, opened its doors on May 31st. It is the first of many locations as the company plans to expand across Canada.

“At Mary J’s Cannabis, our mission is to inspire deeper connections between people, the planet, and our products,” said Harman Litt, Co-Owner at Mary J’s Cannabis. “Achieving that end means actively reducing stigma around cannabis use through exceptional customer service and unshakable brand values as we expand our stores across Canada.”

The store offers a wide range of premium cannabis products including pre-roll, dried flowers, drinks, topicals, edibles, soft gels, and oils. Their products are also available for purchase in their online store.

About Mary J’s Cannabis

Mary J’s Cannabis is a premium recreational cannabis shop based in the heart of downtown Kingston, Ontario. Our aim is to reduce the stigma around cannabis and make the buying experience more inclusive and human. We accomplish this through exceptional customer service and our unshakable brand values.

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July Numbers Raise Red Flag for Americans with Disabilities


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“Comparing month-to-month numbers (June 2020 to July 2020), we see a leveling off of the employment-to-population ratio for people with and without disabilities, which may reflect regional resurgences of COVID-19 infections and restrictions of economic activity.” -John O’Neill, Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire nTIDE Report—featuring the Just in Time Employment Supports Project, a multi-state project of the University of Iowa Midwest Disability Employment Consortium that implements virtual networks to support job coaches, workers, and employers

July job numbers raise concerns about long-term employment prospects for Americans with disabilities, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). Prolonged unemployment may discourage workers, causing them to stop looking for work.

nTIDE COVID Update (month-to-month comparison)

In the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Jobs Report released Friday, the employment-to-population ratio for working-age people with disabilities decreased from 28.4 percent in June 2020 to 28.1 percent in July 2020 (down 1.1 percent or 0.3 percentage points). For working-age people without disabilities, the employment-to-population ratio increased from 67.7 percent in June 2020 to 68.4 percent in July 2020 (up 1 percent or 0.7 percentage points). The employment-to-population ratio, a key indicator, reflects the percentage of people who are working relative to the total population (the number of people working divided by the number of people in the total population multiplied by 100).

“Comparing month-to-month numbers (June 2020 to July 2020), we see a leveling off of the employment-to-population ratio for people with and without disabilities, which may reflect regional resurgences of COVID-19 infections and restrictions of economic activity,” said John O’Neill, PhD, director of employment and disability research at Kessler Foundation. “This is in contrast to the last several months, where we saw month-to-month improvements,” he added.

The labor force participation rate for working-age people with disabilities decreased from 34.4 percent in June 2020 to 33.0 percent in July 2020 (down 4.1 percent or 1.4 percentage points). For working-age people without disabilities, the labor force participation rate also increased from 76.2 percent in June 2020 to 76.4 percent in July 2020 (up 0.3 percent or 0.2 percentage points). The labor force participation rate is the percentage of the population that is working, not working and on temporary layoff, or not working and actively looking for work.

“A decrease in the labor force participation rate for people with disabilities raises a red flag,” cautioned economist Andrew Houtenville, PhD, research director of the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. “It suggests that workers are losing their jobs permanently after being on furlough, and have stopped looking for work and thus, exited the labor force,” “With the potential impact of the recent surges in COVID-19 cases, we should be concerned about long-term employment stress for people with disabilities.”

nTIDE August COVID Update – Friday, August 21 at 12:00 pm Eastern

Stay tuned for more about the employment of people with disabilities as we follow the impact of COVID-19 and look at the numbers in more detail.

Traditional nTIDE Numbers (comparison to the same time last year)

The employment-to-population ratio for working-age people with disabilities decreased from 31.2 percent in July 2019 to 28.1 percent in July 2020 (down 9.9 percent or 3.1 percentage points). For working-age people without disabilities, the employment-to-population ratio also decreased from 74.9 percent in July 2019 to 68.4 percent in July 2020 (down 8.7 percent or 6.5 percentage points).

The labor force participation rate for working-age people with disabilities decreased from 34.1 percent in July 2019 to 33 percent in July 2020 (down 3.2 percent or 1.1 percentage points). For working-age people without disabilities, the labor force participation rate also decreased from 77.9 percent in July 2019 to 76.4 percent in July 2020 (down 1.9 percent or 1.5 percentage points).

For reference, July 2020, among workers ages 16-64, the 4,063,000 workers with disabilities represented 3.0 percent of the total 134,977,000 workers in the U.S.    

Beyond the Numbers

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. labor market is profound and ongoing. Millions of workers are affected across all sectors, with recovery hindered by resurgent outbreaks in the majority of states. Most severely affected are populations characterized by the intersections of race, poverty, and disability, and the organizations and agencies that support their transition to competitive employment and maximal independence. Technology has emerged as fundamental to the viability of businesses and nonprofit organizations, and to the ability of individuals to stay engaged in the labor force.

As the pandemic triggered lockdowns and closures, the advantages for individuals and organizations with technology-based work flows were immediately apparent, according to Elaine E. Katz, MS, CCC-SLP, senior vice president of the Center for Grants and Communications at Kessler Foundation. The majority of the Foundation’s recent COVID-19 emergency grants went to grantees with acute needs for computers, mobile technology, and internet connectivity.

Well in advance of the pandemic, the Foundation was aware of the potential for technology to improve the outcomes of disability employment initiatives. In 2017, a Kessler Foundation Signature Employment Grant funded the Just in Time Employment Supports Project, a multi-state project of the University of Iowa Midwest Disability Employment Consortium, funded through the State University of Iowa. The Consortium partnered with the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, to pilot the use of mobile technology, such as cell phones and tablets, as well apps for facilitating direct communication, to create virtual networks of support for job coaches, workers, and other stakeholders.

The two-year Just in Time Project yielded valuable information about the many ways that utilization of mobile technology in supported employment can encourage open communication, enable timely interventions, and foster greater independence for people with disabilities.

“We recognized that the integration of virtual platforms offered through Just in Time Supports was a way to improve employment outcomes. Incorporating communications technology means job coaches can maintain close contact with colleagues and clients, providing timely support that benefits workers and employers,” Katz said. “The ability to connect remotely means coaches can serve more clients, including those in rural areas, and provide more efficient services.”

The COVID-19 pandemic casts a new light on the findings of the Just in Time Support Project. “The use of technology in disability employment initiatives is no longer optional,” Katz asserted, “it’s essential.”

The Project’s structure and scale yielded another important asset − the Consortium has established a large and functional network throughout the Midwest. ‘The ability to act collectively will be of critical importance,” Katz added, “as the stakeholders in disability employment deal with the challenges and opportunities of the COVID economy.”

Ask Questions about Disability and Employment

Join our nTIDE Lunch & Learn series today, August 7, at 12:00 pm Eastern. This live broadcast, hosted via Zoom Webinar, offers attendees Q&A on the latest nTIDE findings, provides news and updates from the field, as well as invited panelists to discuss current disability-related findings and events. Wendy Parent-Johnson, PhD, director of the Sonoran University Center Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Arizona, and Julie J. Christensen, LMSW, PhD, director of Policy and advocacy at APSE, join Dr. Houtenville, Dr. O’Neill, and Denise Rozell, Policy Strategist at AUCD. Join live or watch the recordings at: ResearchonDisability.org/nTIDE.

NOTE: The statistics in the nTIDE are based on Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers but are not identical. They are customized by UNH to combine the statistics for men and women of working age (16 to 64). nTIDE is funded, in part, by grants from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) (90RT5037) and Kessler Foundation.

About Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, is a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition, mobility, and long-term outcomes — including employment — for people with neurological disabilities caused by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. Kessler Foundation leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand opportunities for employment for people with disabilities. For more information, visit KesslerFoundation.org.

About the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire

The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) was established in 1987 to provide a coherent university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families. For information on the NIDILRR-funded Employment Policy and Measurement Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, visit ResearchonDisability.org.

For more information, or to interview an expert, contact:

Carolann Murphy, 973.324.8382, CMurphy@KesslerFoundation.org.

AAHKS Responds to CMS Proposed Cuts to Total Joint Arthroplasty


On August 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule for the 2021 calendar year. The proposal significantly impacts hip and knee surgeons and their health care professional teams by devaluing the procedures they perform which help return patients suffering from joint disease to productive, pain-free lives.

AAHKS is disappointed that CMS chose to accept the recommendations of the American Medical Association’s Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) to reduce the relative value units (RVU) that CMS will use to measure the value of total joint arthroplasty. The RUC recommendations reduce the RVU by a little more than one unit.

This will hit surgeons and their practices especially hard at a time when many are struggling to recover after being shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CMS and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are stretching their legal authority to ease regulatory burdens and deliver billions of dollars in health provider relief with one hand and cutting physician payments with the other.

The RUC review was triggered by a commercial insurance company that exploited the CMS public nomination process for potentially misvalued codes, possibly to drive down reimbursement to their contracted physicians who are paid a percentage of Medicare rates. The RUC’s evaluation of these codes noted a reduction in physicians’ post-operative time due to emerging efficiencies under value-based care arrangements, but did not recognize corresponding increases in physicians’ pre-operative time which has successfully improved clinical outcomes for hip and knee replacement patients.

“If these Medicare cuts are finalized, it sends a strong signal: when providers in the vanguard of value-based care begin to achieve some efficiencies in the delivery of care, CMS will use those positive developments as a justification to cut Medicare fee-for-service reimbursement regardless of the extra work that goes into achieving these outcomes,” said C. Lowry Barnes, MD, AAHKS President.

CMS has acknowledged that the time surgeons spend before surgery with Medicare patients is not currently accounted for. “AAHKS is deeply disappointed that the AMA RUC and CMS, despite our extensive advocacy efforts over the last 21 months, chose not to give us credit for the pre-optimization work that they acknowledged is being done by our surgeons. We will continue to work with them to facilitate a mechanism by which this critically-important work can be incorporated into their methodologies,” said James I. Huddleston III, MD, AAHKS Advocacy Committee Chair.

AAHKS continues to place a high priority on its research and advocacy agenda and looks forward to working with CMS as well as our allies in Congress to correct this issue.

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About the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)

Established in 1991, the mission of AAHKS is to advance hip and knee patient care through education, advocacy and research. AAHKS has a membership of over 4,000 surgeons and other hip and knee health care professionals.

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