“It’s the first weekend in November. You know what that means: It’s time to “fall back.”
“Or more specifically, time for us to move our clocks back as daylight saving time
comes to an end.
“It happens at 2 a.m. Sunday, in essence allowing most Americans to relive the 1 a.m. hour all over again.
So people will get an extra hour to sleep or party or maybe go over that sample ballot before voting in Tuesday’s midterms.”
As the Telecommunications Relay and/or Captioned Telephone service provider for the state of Pennsylvania, Hamilton Relay acknowledges that opportunities for higher education affect the future of Pennsylvania’s high school students.
We are pleased to once again extend the Hamilton Relay Scholarship opportunity to graduating high school seniors in Pennsylvania who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking to assist in their goals of continuing their education.
Please share the attached scholarship application and information with your eligible students. Hamilton Relay selects one candidate from each of the states where Hamilton is the contracted service provider. All candidates are required to submit an application, write an essay under the topic of communication technology and provide a letter of recommendation in order to qualify. The application documents can also be found online at www.hamiltonrelay.com.
The scholarship deadline is January 18, 2019 and applications must be received or postmarked by this date. The scholarship is in the amount of $500 and the winner will be determined on or before February 28, 2019.
Hamilton Relay is excited to give back to the community by offering this scholarship opportunity to students who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking. We look forward to learning more about the outstanding students in Pennsylvania.
Download the Hamilton Relay Scholarship Guidelines and Application and apply today!
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United Disabilities Services (UDS) was inducted onto the faculty to present at the Health Care Quality Congress held in Dallas, Texas this October. The Quality Congress is an official event held by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The title of UDS’s educational session was “Merging Social & Medical Models in Home and Community Based Services to fully embrace Person Centered Care through Quality Measures”.
The session focused on how to create quality performance measures using a process improvement analysis. This is an internal process that UDS affectionately refers to as a PIA. Debra Scheidt, the Executive Director of HCBS was the presenter and went on to identify how to track and trend quality measures “effectivity” and then analyze the data against an original hypothesis to determine next steps for success. These processes have been widely established in the current UDS quality culture. The outcome has been a decrease in unplanned, preventable hospital admissions for the people they serve.
This conference was designed for the seasoned health care management professional responsible for managing, implementing and assessing the Health Plan Accreditation survey process and those professionals gathering, analyzing or reporting HEDIS data. Several hundred professionals from as far away as Puerto Rico attended this event.
The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is a tool used by more than 90 percent of America’s health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service. The Health Care Quality Congress offers attendees the first opportunity after the data is released to ask question, learn about the latest developments’ in Health Plan Accreditation and HEDIS measures directly from NCQA, and expand their ability to offer high-quality value-based care to their plan members.
Earlier this year, UDS was an early adopter and as such was awarded full accreditation from NCQA on behalf of Care Management For Long Term Services and Supports. UDS has presented on core measures in best practice webinars for NCQA in the past and was a presenter at the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) conference. That was held in Baltimore, MD in August of this year. UDS took first place in the “Stories from the Field” competition. UDS also won the video contest and the submission which illustrated the UDS Mission, was shown at the NASUAD conference.
SOURCE: news release