CHADD Honors Exceptional Contributions to the ADHD Community with Annual Awards


“Our honorees are shining examples of the many individuals who are committed to making a difference for children and adults with ADHD, whether through direct support, education, advocacy, or research. We extend our sincerest congratulations to all who have been honored.”

Each year, CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)―the leading nonprofit organization providing support, training, education, and advocacy for the ADHD community―presents a series of awards honoring outstanding service and dedication to those impacted by ADHD. For the year 2020, CHADD is pleased to honor the following four award recipients.

The 2020 Affiliate of the Year Award has been presented to CHADD Philadelphia in recognition of outstanding service to the community. CHADD affiliates complement the programs and services provided by the organization at the national level by offering support groups and other valuable resources at the local level. This active affiliate was selected for top honors from among more than 100 affiliates located across the U.S.

CHADD Philadelphia was founded in 2018 and is led by Rhashidah Perry-Jones, MPA, who also serves on the organization’s national Board of Directors. This affiliate hosts ongoing educational meetings and support group sessions for its members, and provides a multitude of relevant information through its Facebook page. The group represents and is committed to honoring cultural diversity and sensitivity, and always ensures that its meeting presenters are racially and ethnically diverse. Under the leadership of Perry-Jones, CHADD Philadelphia has forged strong relationships with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia.

Named Volunteer of the Year is Marie Elena Gandini of East Northport, New York. This award, recognizing exemplary dedication and engagement, is presented annually to just one of the more than 600 volunteers involved with CHADD affiliates across the U.S. Gandini serves as coordinator for CHADD Suffolk County, a position she has held since 2015. She began attending support group sessions and educational lectures as an affiliate member when her son was first diagnosed with ADHD, and became an active volunteer in 2012.

In her role, Gandini leads a core group of volunteers in providing support groups for parents, adolescents, teens, young adults, and adults with ADHD; informational meetings for nursing students; outreach to parents and teachers to promote national CHADD programs developed for these audiences; a series of educational lectures presented by local professionals; and a current listing of local professionals. The group has its own Facebook page and website.

The 2020 Hall of Fame Award goes to Belynda Langston Gauthier of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who has held numerous positions within the CHADD network for more than three decades. Hall of Fame honorees are recognized for their leadership, innovation, and dedication to serving the ADHD community; their exceptional contributions to the field; and their steadfast commitment to CHADD.

Gauthier is the immediate past president of the CHADD Board of Directors, serving from 2018 through 2020. She was also a member of the board from 1999 to 2004, and has served as coordinator for the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter of CHADD since 1990. Among her responsibilities in this role, Gauthier frequently provides training for parents, mental health and education professionals, and others. She has served on numerous local, state, and national committees involved in special needs and mental health advocacy; wrote a parent/teacher handbook on ADHD for schools and families in Louisiana; and often addresses local school boards and community organizations. Gauthier is a longtime board member of Families Helping Families, a founding member of the Greater Baton Rouge Learning Coalition, and served on the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Task Force on ADHD.

Presented with CHADD’s Lifetime Achievement Award is Ross W. Greene, PhD, originator of the innovative, research-based model of intervention known as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). Dr. Greene has authored several highly influential books―The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings―and served as executive producer of the documentary film The Kids We Lose. He served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for more than 20 years, and is now the founding director of Lives in the Balance, a nonprofit organization providing a vast array of free, web-based resources on the CPS model. Dr. Greene is currently an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Virginia Tech, and an adjunct professor at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. He lectures and consults widely around the world, and lives in Portland, Maine.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is CHADD’s highest honor, created to recognize sustained, fundamental, and outstanding contributions to the field of ADHD. Selected by the CHADD Board of Directors, this seldom-presented award celebrates a lived spirit in terms of mutual respect, trust, support, inspiration, and the encouragement of other professionals. It marks a distinguished career and a lifetime of service.

“We celebrate the exceptional contributions all of our 2020 award recipients have made to the ADHD community,” said Robert Cattoi, Chief Executive Officer, CHADD. “Our honorees are shining examples of the many individuals who are committed to making a difference for children and adults with ADHD, whether through direct support, education, advocacy, or research. We extend our sincerest congratulations to all who have been honored.”

About ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting 17 million children and adults in the United States. It is characterized by a persistent pattern of inappropriate levels of attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, resulting in daily impairments at school and work, and with family and friends. ADHD is highly manageable with an individualized, multimodal treatment approach that can include behavioral interventions, parent and patient training, educational support, and medication.

About CHADD

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the leading resource on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), providing support, training, education, and advocacy for the 17 million children and adults in the United States living with ADHD, their families, educators, and healthcare professionals. As home to the National Resource Center on ADHD, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CHADD is the most trusted source of reliable, science-based information regarding current medical research and ADHD management. To learn more, visit CHADD.org or call 310.306.7070.

SOLA GO! smart – digital inclinometer with Bluetooth Arrives in the USA & Canada


The GO! smart’s Bluetooth® interface means you have access to additional functions with the free SOLA Measures app.

The digital GO! smart from SOLA combines the functions of a spirit level, an inclinometer and a protractor in a single device. Equipped with a backlit display and a magnetic base with a V-groove, this compact tool is great for a variety of applications. The GO! smart’s Bluetooth® interface means you have access to additional functions with the free SOLA Measures app.

Digital measurement of gradients and angles

The GO! smart measures gradients and angles with maximum precision. Its compact size and integrated magnets make the device ideal for adjusting or confirming the angle of saw blades. Developed to meet the highest standards of accuracy, the GO! smart ensures precisely measured cutting angles for miters joints. The measured values can be displayed in °, %, mm/m and in/ft. Use the “Hold” function to “freeze” the current measured value in the display, and with the “Inc” (for “inclination”) function, it is easy transfer angles.

Easy to read in any position

Whether in a standard or inverted position, the practical GO! smart can be used in a wide range of situations. Thanks to its powerful magnets and the integrated V-groove on its base, the GO! smart guarantees a secure hold without slipping, even on pipes. When taking inverted measurements, the digital readout automatically rotates on the backlit display. Clearly read measurements from any angle with the visually optimized display.

Concentrated power in a compact device

At just over 3 inches (8 cm) in length, the compact GO! smart fits into any toolbox. The included belt pouch always provides a safe place to store the GO! smart and have it close.

Smart additional functions with the SOLA Measures app

Work more efficiently and save time with the free SOLA Measures app. The app connects the GO! smart to a mobile device wirelessly via Bluetooth and offers a range of useful functions. For example, measured values can be transferred to a mobile device in real time and functions on the measuring device can be controlled via the app. Real-time data such as the date and time are automatically recorded with each measurement that is taken in the clearly organized measured value memory. Notes, photos and videos can also be added to each measured value. One useful tool contained in the app is the Photo-Overlay export. With this tool, when photographs of work or measurement situations are taken with a mobile device, real-time data such as the measured value, date and time are also displayed and stored directly on the photo. This also enables the measurement results to be shared with a team quickly and easily.

The user-friendly menu navigation makes the app intuitive and easy to use. Suitable for iOS and Android.

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Watch Advancements on Saturday, March 13 at 2:30 pm ET via CNBC


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“Digital technology is changing every day. In fact, it has advanced more rapidly than any other innovation in our history,” said creative director, Sarah McBrayer, DMG Productions and Advancements.

Advancements with Ted Danson is scheduled to broadcast a new episode on Saturday, March 13, 2021 via CNBC. Check local listings for more information.

In this episode, Advancements will look at how digitization is taking hold of the modern world. First, the show will explore how Realtime Applications, Inc. (Realtime Apps) uses its proprietary widget yielding architecture, packaged in a low-code platform, to generate applications derived around the process, allowing for complete control, flexibility, and interactivity. Viewers will learn how its proprietary, patent-pending blockchain communication architecture helps to dramatically and effortlessly improve the understanding, visualization, trustworthiness, and transparency of an application or existing system.

Discover how modern technology is bringing the world further into the future with novel applications for light field technology as Advancements educates about Evolution Optiks Limited’ s (Evolution Optiks) innovative adaptive digital screens that enable everyone to view the world in focus. Eliminating the need for reading glasses, spectators will see how Evolution Optiks allows each user to securely carry their visual acuity to all forms of digital devices, screens, and vehicles.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how SourceConnecte’s online, blockchain-enabled, B2B marketplace facilitates discovery and continuous interactions between global-scale enterprise buyers and thoroughly vetted, diverse suppliers. Onlookers will see how SourceConnecte provides suppliers the ability to present their products to millions of businesses.

Audiences will learn how Plumettaz S.A. (Plumett) supports professionals to build network infrastructure for a better-connected tomorrow and how by digitizing its machines for maximum capacity, Plumett is helping to meet the world’s growing need for speed and data capacity. The segment will also uncover how Plumett is moving the industry from pulling to pushing with its patented jetting systems, which make it possible to install longer, larger cables and microcables, with less effort.

“Digital technology is changing every day. In fact, it has advanced more rapidly than any other innovation in our history,” said creative director, Sarah McBrayer, DMG Productions and Advancements. “From developments in connectivity to the apps that we use and the services that they render, we look forward to exploring how digitization is taking hold of the modern world.”

About Advancements and DMG Productions:

The Advancements television series is an information-based educational program, targeting recent advances across a number of industries and economies. Featuring state-of-the-art solutions and important issues facing today’s consumers and business professionals, Advancements focuses on cutting-edge developments, and brings this information to the public with the vision to enlighten about how technology and innovation continue to transform our world.

Backed by experts in various fields, and a team dedicated to education and advancement, DMG Productions consistently produces commercial-free, educational programming on which both viewers and networks depend.

For more information visit http://www.AdvancementsTV.com or call (866) 496-4065.

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Unleashing the Power of Isotretinoin


Chris Byrne, RPA-C

Fortunately, we have an effective means of treating serious acne: the powerful oral retinoid isotretinoin.

“Yes, acne is commonplace,” notes Christopher Byrne, a certified registered physician’s assistant specializing in dermatology with Advanced Dermatology PC. “But for some people, it’s a serious skin problem, carrying an immense psychological burden and, if left untreated, causing permanent scarring. Fortunately, we have an effective means of treating serious acne: the powerful oral retinoid isotretinoin.”

Approved by the FDA in 1982 under the brand name Accutane, isotretinoin was a game changer for treating severe nodular acne. “It kicks in on all cylinders in terms of addressing the root causes,” explains Byrne, “including the overproduction of the skin oil sebum, inflammation, and proliferation of the namesake skin bacteria p. acnes.”

A convergence of factors, including hormones, genetics, and stress, can trigger the country’s most common skin condition: As many as 50 million struggle with acne, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) reports.

“If our skin’s natural regeneration gets disrupted,” says Byrne, “pimples result: Sebum skin oil clogs the pores, blocking dead skin cells from being expelled. This can lead to overgrowth of the bacteria p. acnes and escalating levels of inflammation. In serious cases, pimples can converge, and painful nodules can spread over larger sections of skin. Over-the-counter treatments, topical prescriptions, and other treatments may not be enough, and permanent scarring can result.”

“Fortunately,” continues Byrne, “when other treatments do not work, isotretinoin is an effective intervention against serious recalcitrant acne.”

Today, isotretinoin is offered under the Accutane equivalents Amnesteen, Claravis, Myorisan, and Zenatane, as well as the distinct brand Absorica, which was formulated to increase absorption.

“Over the last several decades,” notes Byrne, “isotretinoin has helps millions of people recover from serious acne. It is a powerful medication, however, so it’s important that patients work with their dermatologist to understand possible side effects.”

For patients considering isotretinoin, Byrne has the following suggestions:

5 Tips for Treating Acne with Isotretinoin:

1. Side effects need front-row awareness: “Isotretinoin can cause birth defects,” emphasizes Byrne, “so both doctors and patients are required to participate in the FDA-mandated program iPledge, which calls for following strict rules regarding birth control and ongoing pregnancy tests. Doctors may also monitor patients’ lipid and liver-enzyme levels, as these may be affected. Finally, there has been concern regarding a possible link between isotretinoin and depression, as well as with irritable bowel syndrome. Research has not shown links, and, due to severe acne’s psychological toll, the ADD continues to endorse the benefit of treatment. That said, patients should stay aware and inform their doctor of any changes.”

2. Moisturize, hydrate, and use sun protection: “Begin preventative maintenance immediately,” advises Byrne. “Isotretinoin is drying, requiring gentle skin care and regular moisturizing after bathing or washing. Also, plenty of hydration: at least eight glasses of water daily. And it increases sun sensitivity, so, more than ever, protection is a must.”

3. Consider graduated dosing: “We’ve seen that reaching a certain cumulative dose can help prevent relapse,” says Byrne, “but, at first, isotretinoin can cause symptoms to flare. Patients may want to ask their doctors about starting with a lower dose that can be increased after the body adjusts.”

4. Optimize absorption: “The Accutane-type brands,” explains Byrne, “must be taken with a high-fat, high-calorie meal for the medicine to be fully absorbed. The Absorica formulation is designed to support absorption. Talk with your doctor about your prescription and how to optimize its effectiveness.”

5. Finish the treatment course: “According to research,” Byrne shares, “the total amount of isotretinoin taken can affect whether or not patients experience relapse, so patients should stick with the full course of treatment. Other factors can also play a role, including age. Fortunately, if necessary, retreatment is usually successful.”

“For individuals contending with the serious problem of serious acne,” concludes Byrne, “isotretinoin offers an effective solution.”

Bio: Christopher Byrne RPA-C is a certified physician assistant with Advanced Dermatology PC.

Advanced Dermatology P.C. and the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York & New Jersey) is one of the leading dermatology centers in the nation, offering highly experienced physicians in the fields of cosmetic and laser dermatology as well as plastic surgery and state-of-the-art medical technologies. http://www.advanceddermatologypc.com

Paymerang Partners with Prelude Software to Expand Healthcare Portfolio


Paymerang, a leader in accounts payable automation, announces a new strategic business partnership with Prelude Software, and now has a direct connection to Prelude’s PayPilot payment processing module.

Prelude’s PayPilot make it easy to for MEDITECH Expanse hospital clients to choose and use Paymerang for its disbursement. This comprehensive solution allows hospitals to pay their vendors faster and more efficiently.

“Prelude is proud that MEDITECH has chosen our PayPilot solution to be its payment processing module,” said Steve Root, President, Prelude Software. “This module makes it possible for our mutual clients, such as Magnolia Regional Medical Center, to benefit from the full portfolio of payment capabilities of our partners, such as Paymerang.”

Hospitals can make all payments with one click and with an end-to-end, fully integrated solution from MEDITECH to Paymerang via Prelude’s PayPilot. Payment automation, from disbursement to settlement data for all payment methods, can be completely handled all within MEDITECH. The process is now easy and seamless for healthcare organizations to experience the many benefits of Paymerang that are now enabled via PayPilot directly from the MEDITECH platform.

“This partnership solution connects directly to our MEDITECH Accounts Payable, so we have one click that sends the payments through Prelude’s PayPilot solution directly to Paymerang and they handle the rest,” said Haven Caldwell, Controller, Magnolia Regional Health Center. “This has been a game-changer for us.”

“MEDITECH is trusted by thousands of healthcare professionals nationwide and we are honored to be enabled by their partner, Prelude Software, to be a direct-connect to MEDITECH AP via PayPilot to provide our fully automated accounts payable solution,” said Nasser Chanda, CEO of Paymerang. “We look forward to creating more growth opportunities in 2021 through similar strategic business partnerships.”

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About Paymerang

Paymerang offers award-winning accounts payable automation solutions to clients around the country in education, nonprofit, healthcare, media, manufacturing, services, and beyond. Through its unique simplicity, Paymerang enables clients to automate their invoice process and pay all their vendors electronically with a single payment file. By handling the entire accounts payable process, Paymerang provides enhanced visibility, efficiency, security, and financial rewards. To learn more, visit https://www.paymerang.com

About Prelude Software

Prelude’s PayPilot® Disbursement Hub Solution is the single source for omni-channel, automated, payment processing gateway with seamless integration with core systems, such as MEDITECH Expanse, to provide robust, digital payment modalities, including self-service payee portals with payment choices, with native modules and integration with best-of-class, third-party solutions, such as Paymerang. To learn more, visit https://www.paypilotdisbursementhub.com/

About MEDITECH

MEDITECH has driven EHR innovation during every stage of the industry’s evolution. Today we’re helping healthcare organizations around the world expand their vision of what’s possible with MEDITECH Expanse, a web-based EHR that’s setting new standards for usability, efficiency, and clinician satisfaction. We help power the best care possible in every care setting, from acute centers and ambulatory practices, to home health agencies, long-term care facilities, patients’ homes and beyond. Expand your possibilities and see why Expanse was rated the #1 EHR in multiple categories by KLAS. Visit https://ehr.meditech.com and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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MixComm Announces DARPA Award to Further mmWave Innovations


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“We are extremely proud of our DARPA heritage, and look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of mmWave technology with DARPA support,” said Dr. Harish Krishnaswamy, MixComm Co-Founder and CTO

MixComm, the mmWave Antennas to Algorithms™ pioneer, today announced a new award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to fund the development of high-performance, silicon-based mmWave power amplifiers (PAs). With this program, MixComm would continue to develop transformative mmWave solutions for the 5G and satellite communications industries.

MixComm’s revolutionary technology is based upon research conducted at the Columbia high-Speed and Millimeter-wave IC (CoSMIC) Lab at Columbia University, which is led by Dr. Harish Krishnaswamy, MixComm co-founder and CTO. Dr. Krishnaswamy and Dr. Arun Natarajan, MixComm’s VP of RF Technology, have previously worked on numerous DARPA mmWave programs, including Efficient Linearized All-Silicon Transmitter ICs (ELASTx). This new award of $497k from DARPA will build on those efforts.

The MixComm team has more than 10 years of experience working on SOI based mmWave solutions. This deep experience is one reason why MixComm’s initial product, the SUMMIT 2629TM beamforming IC for 5G systems, was able to deliver breakthrough performance. The SUMMIT 2629 has been recognized with several awards including the “Broadband Innovation of the Year” from the 2020 Mobile Breakthrough Awards and Top Product of 2020 from Microwave Journal, EverythingRF and Microwaves & RF.

“DARPA has had a long history of funding breakthroughs in semiconductor technology that are transformative for commercial and DoD applications alike,” said Harish Krishnaswamy, Co-Founder and CTO at MixComm. “We are extremely proud of our DARPA heritage, and look forward to continuing to push the boundaries of mmWave technology with DARPA support.”

To learn more about MixComm’s products, visit http://www.mixcomm.com.

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About MixComm

MixComm, based in Chatham, N.J., is the leading mmWave Antennas to Algorithms™ company developing transformative solutions for emerging wireless applications and markets. In 2020, MixComm introduced its first of a portfolio of millimeter wave products that deliver breakthrough levels of performance and integration for 5G infrastructure and Satellite Communication. The company’s technology is based on breakthroughs from Dr. Krishnaswamy’s CoSMIC lab at Columbia University and is funded by Kairos Ventures. For more information, visit http://www.mixcomm.com.

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The National Structured Settlements Trade Association (NSSTA) Celebrates International Women’s Day


The National Structured Settlements Trade Association (NSSTA) announces the formation of the NSSTA Women’s Caucus, the first such organization in the structured settlements industry. In a traditionally male-led industry, women have been steadily growing in numbers, and now 17 percent of NSSTA’s membership is comprised of women. “We are excited to support the growth of women in the structured settlements industry officially with the establishment of the NSSTA Women’s Caucus. By providing a forum to address the unique issues faced by women in our business through education, mentorship and community, we all benefit,” said Eric Vaughn, Executive Director at NSSTA.

NSSTA members, Paula Rubinstein, Settlement Consultant at NFP Structured Settlements, Christine Logan, President & CEO at Logan & Associates, and Erin Muller Eddy, Settlement Consultant at Ringler Associates created the Women’s Caucus. Membership has already doubled since January. The Women’s Caucus aims to elevate women in the structured settlement industry through mentorship, professional development and networking. “When women are empowered, they go on to empower others. They improve the lives of everyone around them,” said Paula Rubinstein, Women’s Caucus Chairwoman adding, “We are committed to providing a strong support system for women as they grow and develop in their careers.”

One of the goals for the Women’s Caucus is to gain greater representation on the NSSTA Board of Directors’ level and to rally more women to lead the initiatives of the organization toward educating the public about the tax free financial security afforded people with structured settlements after an unforeseen tragedy in their lives. With the theme of Choose to Challenge (#ChoosetoChallenge) on heard around the world on International Women’s Day, the NSSTA Women’s Caucus and the entire NSSTA organization embraces the day’s mantra that from challenge comes change.

For more information about the NSSTA Women’s Caucus, visit the website or email us.

About NSSTA: The National Structured Settlements Trade Association (NSSTA) is the leading voice of the structured settlement industry, representing more than 1,200 professional structured settlement consultants, life insurance industry leaders, property casualty company claims professionals and lawyers in the United States and Canada. A structured settlement is a tax-free stream of periodic payments paid to an injured party by the defendant primarily through the purchase of annuity (fixed and determinable) issued directly by highly rated and state regulated life insurance companies.

For more information about NSSTA: https://nssta.com/

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SmartLinx Launches Message Center to Streamline Staff Scheduling and Promote Two-Way Communications


SmartLinx Message Center facilitates real-time, two-way employee communication

SmartLinx Solutions, a leader in workforce management solutions for post-acute care and senior living organizations, today introduced SmartLinx Message Center, an SMS platform that facilitates real-time, two-way employee communication on a centralized, easy-to-use platform.

SmartLinx Message Center will help organizations leverage real-time, two-way communication to address employee needs, improve productivity, and resolve critical issues, such as staffing gaps. With the SmartLinx Message Center, managers never miss an important message. A message icon on each screen alerts them of new messages while at-a-glance message threads and audit trails keep them fully informed.

Using Message Center to solve staffing challenges

Properly staffing facilities represents senior care operators’ most pressing challenge. Every day inefficient and disjointed scheduling communication exasperate this problem as operators strive to fill open shifts. SmartLinx Message Center immediately connects managers and employees to key staffing information and facilitates two-way, real-time messaging, so they can easily work together to fill scheduling gaps.

For example, SmartLinx helps automatically alert s select employees of open shifts and then collects, sorts, and presents responses, generating clear audit trails for all messages. SmartLinx Message Center sorts and organizes all SMS text messages and consolidates them in easy-to-access threads.

“SmartLinx Message Center exemplifies our commitment to equipping senior care operators with the tools they need to resolve communication gaps and staffing inefficiencies before they turn into big problems,” said SmartLinx CEO Marina Aslanyan. “We designed this solution to simplify two-way employee communication and quickly fill open shifts, by providing a one-stop shop for all SMS texts and clear audit trails.”

Because SmartLinx Message Center enables administrators to see all employee texts in one place and highlights new and unread texts as soon as they appear, they’ll never miss another message or waste time searching through message threads again.

Key benefits:

  • Closing open shifts faster and easier by notifying managers of shift change requests as well as enabling multiple managers to view open shift threads and shift swap requests at-a-glance.
  • Facilitating real-time two-way communication that lets employees easily message management if they’re running late, have a problem, a payroll request, or need an immediate answer from HR, schedulers, payroll, and management.
  • Fostering a more engaged workforce by promoting direct, real-time communication between managers, schedulers, supervisors, and employees.
  • Improved efficiency through full visibility, highlighted incoming messages, and at-a glance audit trails.
  • Eliminating siloes by enabling managers to view and share threaded messages from employees with other authorized managers so they can fill shifts faster.
  • More secure communications by storing all SMS threads and history on a secure cloud platform.

About SmartLinx

Founded in 2000, SmartLinx cares for those who care. Used in thousands of leading organizations, SmartLinx’s workforce management solutions help healthcare providers manage people and processes by harnessing the power of real-time data. Solutions include talent acquisition and onboarding, human resources, benefits, payroll, time & attendance, scheduling, compliance, and business analytics. New financing options with preferred commercial lender Ascentium Capital provide several flexible structures and low introductory payment options to help clients utilize the breadth of SmartLinx’s capabilities and products. The company is headquartered in Iselin, New Jersey. For more information, please visit http://www.smartlinxsolutions.com or call 877-501-1310.

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SignatureCare Emergency Center’s Spring and Plano, TX 24-Hour Emergency Rooms Now Open


SignatureCare Emergency Center, 621 Rayford Road, Spring, TX 77386

SignatureCare Emergency Center, 621 Rayford Road, Spring, TX 77386

At SignatureCare Emergency Center, our goal is to serve and partner with Spring and Plano communities. That is what led us to open the new emergency rooms.

SignatureCare Emergency Center has opened two new 24-hour emergency centers in Spring and Plano, TX.

The new emergency centers will provide residents and businesses with the same top-quality emergency medical care SignatureCare emergency rooms are known for.

The 24-hour ERs are located at 621 Rayford Road, Spring, TX 77386 (Google Map) and 3670 Hwy 121, Plano, TX 75025 (Google Map).

“We are excited to be in Spring and Plano, TX. We pride ourselves in providing top quality emergency room services and we are sure residents and businesses in these cities will soon see why we are the top-rated emergency center in Texas,” said Dr. Kanti Bansal, a board-certified emergency room physician and managing partner at SignatureCare Emergency Center.

“At SignatureCare Emergency Center, our goal is to serve and partner with Spring and Plano communities. That is what led us to open the new emergency rooms,” he added.

Dr. Bansal said residents and businesses in both cities can look forward to being met with big smiles and friendly faces when they walk into SignatureCare ERs.

“I want to assure Spring and Plano residents that from the moment they walk into our emergency center, they can be confident that they will be met with smiling faces. Also, they will only be seen by board-certified emergency room physicians and licensed ER nurses 24 hours a day. All our physicians have the required experience to diagnose and treat most minor and major medical emergencies,” he said.

SignatureCare Emergency Center’s emergency rooms offer patients faster service than typical large hospital emergency rooms. Wait times to see a physician in our ER is usually 10 minutes or less.

More information about the new Spring and Plano emergency rooms are available on our website.

About SignatureCare Emergency Center

Houston, TX based SignatureCare Emergency Center owns 24-hour emergency centers throughout Texas including nine locations in the Houston area (Montrose, Houston Heights, Cypress/FM 1960, Copperfield, Memorial City, Westchase, Bellaire, Mission Bend/Sugar Land and Stafford), Spring, Atascocita/Humble, Plano, Killeen, Austin, College Station/Bryan, Paris, Midland, Odessa, Texarkana and Lewisville, TX.

Additional information is on our website at https://ercare24.com.

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New data from FSAstore.com shows FSA users are increasing contributions and anticipating approval of PPE eligibility


The renewed interest by Congress to expand eligibility to include much-needed PPE and other medical products will empower American families to use tax-free dollars to protect themselves during and beyond the pandemic.

As we near the March 15 deadline for the flexible spending account (FSA) grace period, a new consumer survey from FSAstore.com, the first and leading online marketplace for exclusively FSA-eligible products, finds that FSA holders are contributing more to their accounts in 2021, making better use of the money they set aside, and hopeful that personal protective equipment (PPE) will be approved as an eligible expense.

The survey, conducted in January, reflects responses from 1,100 FSAstore.com customers, measures consumer behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic and reactions to changes made through legislation such as the CARES Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 (CCA). In March 2020, the CARES Act expanded eligibility for FSAs and health savings accounts (HSAs) to include over-the-counter medicines and menstrual care products. In January 2021, the CCA legislation introduced a series of optional, temporary changes related to spending deadlines, enrollment, and contributions that employers can implement to help employees maximize their contributions.

The following are three key consumer insights from the FSAstore.com survey:

1.    FSA contributions are growing

With public health still top of mind and new product categories now eligible, FSA users are setting aside slightly more in 2021 than they did in 2020. Average contributions (which could include multiple FSA accounts and employer matching) among FSAstore.com customers increased from $1,800 in 2020 to $1,860 for the 2021 benefit year. For reference, the contribution limit for FSAs in 2021 is $2,750.

2.    Rollover options have a mixed impact

While the CCA gives employers the option to allow employees to roll over all unspent FSA funds to the following plan year, FSA users did not indicate that this would influence their spending habits. In fact, most respondents (62%) did not plan to change their spending habits even if a roll over was offered, while 30% said they would spend more. On a related note, 64% of respondents in this FSAstore.com survey said they forfeited less than $25 from their FSAs in 2020, suggesting that FSA users are increasingly savvy about navigating annual spending deadlines and are maximizing their funds to care for everyday health.

3.    Consumers want PPE eligibility

Personal protective equipment like masks and other safety precautions like hand sanitizer has become essential over the past year, yet such items still are not eligible for FSA spending. H.R. 373 would expand eligibility to include PPE and hand sanitizers. FSA users are ready for this change, with more than 70% of respondents saying they would allocate $50 or more in their FSAs each year to pay for PPE.

“With a series of changes on the legislative level, the expansion of FSAs are pivotal for consumers’ health and financial wellness needs,” said Rida Wong, president of Health-E Commerce, the parent brand for FSAstore.com and HAstore.com. “In addition, the renewed interest by Congress to expand eligibility to include much-needed PPE and other medical products will empower American families to use tax-free dollars to protect themselves during and beyond the pandemic.”

Wrap up the 2020 FSA plan year with the FSA Grace Period Spending Guide

While the 2021 plan year is well underway for many, 2020 isn’t quite over for users with the FSA grace period, which allows employers to give employees 2.5 months to spend their remaining funds (and potentially even more time if an employer has adopted permissible changes offered under the Consolidated Appropriations Act). The grace period typically ends on March 15.

With some savvy spending, FSA users can maximize their account’s potential. The FSA Grace Period Spending Guide will help FSA users find the hottest eligible products they need to stay healthy, including:


  • Sunscreen
  • Diagnostic products
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Feminine care products
  • Baby and mom products
  • Pain relief
  • Glasses, contacts, and accessories

To learn more about FSA deadline options and the grace period, visit http://www.fsastore.com.

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About FSAstore.com

FSAstore.com is flex spending with zero guesswork. It’s both the largest online marketplace for guaranteed FSA-eligible products and an educational resource that you can actually understand. It’s the company’s mission to help millions of FSA holders manage and use their accounts, and save on more than 6,000 health items using tax-free funds.

About Health-E Commerce

Health-E Commerce is the parent company of FSA Store, HSA Store and WellDeserved, a family of brands that serve the 70+ million consumers with pre-tax health and wellness accounts. The company has also created Caring Mill, a popular private-label line of health products that benefits Children’s Health Fund and enables customers to make a donation with each purchase. Since 2010, the company’s brands have led the direct-to-consumer e-commerce market for pre-tax health and wellness benefits. Health-E Commerce plays an essential role in expanding product eligibility for important new categories within the IRS-approved list of eligible medical expenses like sunscreen and breast pumps. The company leads a committee of industry experts to promote the important national conversation around product safety and authenticity.

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