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Affordable Care Act

HHS announced the final rules for work site wellness programs to support “participatory wellness programs,” which generally are available without regard to an individual’s health status - that reimburse for the cost of membership in a fitness center; that provide a reward to employees for attending a monthly, no-cost health education seminar; or that reward employees who complete a health risk assessment.

The rules also outline standards for nondiscriminatory “health-contingent wellness programs,” which generally reward individuals who meet a specific standard related to their health such as use, or decrease their use of, tobacco; reach a goal of a cholesterol level, weight, or body mass index, as well as those who fail to meet such goals but take certain other healthy actions. The final rules will be effective for health plan years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2014.

Immigration Bill (S.744) Passes US Senate Judiciary Committee and goes to Senate Floor

Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744, was introduced in June  by Senator Schumer, D-NY, and 7 cosponsors. The Obama Administration strongly supports Senate passage of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The President has repeatedly called on the Congress to work in a  bipartisan manner to enact commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform that lives up to America’s heritage as a Nation of laws and a Nation of immigrants and ensures that everyone plays by the same rules. Fixing the Nation’s broken immigration system is an economic, national security, and moral imperative. The President reiterated his principles for reform earlier this year–continue to strengthen border security; crack down on employers that hire and exploit undocumented workers; create a meaningful pathway to earned citizenship for undocumented immigrants while also requiring these individuals to pass background checks, pay taxes and a penalty, learn English, and move to the back of the line; and modernize the legal immigration system for families, workers, and employers.

Sponsors of major legislation to legalize 11 million undocumented immigrants say they are seeking 70 votes for the bill to pad its chances. Reid has reserved three weeks for floor debate, promising to schedule a final vote on the bill before the Independence Day recess. How the opposition handles that time is up to them, Reid said last week. If they choose to filibuster, they will have fewer opportunities to offer amendments. On the horizon may be dozens of amendments that reform advocates are worried will destroy the entire effort and that senators are hoping will pick off reluctant lawmakers. Among them are proposals to deny immigrants transitioning to citizenship the ability to access the earned-income-tax credit, or put the onus on them to calculate the taxes they owe for any income they received as illegal residents.

Still other amendments are designed to destroy the bill entirely, such as proposals to require a secure border before any legalization can take place.

Of note, we applaud the amendments to increase access to healthcare services for the immigrants covered by the bill. NHMA has offered ideas for focus on the importance of developing access to healthcare insurance along the US-Mexico border and other highly populated immigrant communities and the critical need for healthcare professional pipeline recruitment and retention through STEM programs being discussed by technology and other science stakeholders.

It appears that the Senate, run by Democrats, has the votes to pass the legislation. The House immigration effort, meanwhile, is fracturing of its own accord. Last week, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho—the tea-party leader of the group of eight House members who were putting together their own package—bolted the group. Labrador cited concerns that taxpayers could be left on the hook for the health care charges incurred by immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally and have been granted legal status. In his absence, the chances of a companion comprehensive bill coming out of the House decrease considerably. The House is readying a series of smaller bills to pass through committee and put on the floor, a strategy that reform advocates say won’t solve the fundamental problems with the immigration system.

Marketplace Enrollment

California has announced its health insurance plans participating in the Covered California with rates that are lower than expected, and with a statewide media launch including partnership with The California Endowment and Impremedia targeting the Latino uninsured.

HHS Announces its National Plan to Address Alzheimer's disease, May 2013, in response to the law passed in Jan. 2011: National Alzheimer's disease Act. Goal 2: Enhance Care Quality and Efficiency

Providing all people with Alzheimer's disease with the highest-quality care in the most efficient manner requires a multi-tiered approach. High-quality care requires an adequate supply of culturally-competent professionals with appropriate skills, ranging from direct care workers to community health and social workers to primary care providers and specialists. High-quality care should be provided from the point of diagnosis onward in settings including doctor's offices, hospitals, people's homes and nursing homes. Care quality should be measured accurately and coupled with quality improvement tools. Further, care should address the complex care needs that persons with AD have due to the physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of the disease and any co-occurring chronic conditions. High-quality and efficient care is dependent on smooth transitions between care settings and coordination among health care and long-term services and supports providers.

Strategy 2.A: Build a Workforce with the Skills to Provide High-Quality Care

The workforce includes primary care physicians, neurologists, geriatricians, psychiatrists, RNs, advanced practice nurses, community health workers, social workers, psychologists, pharmacists, dentists, and home health aides. These providers need accurate information how to address the physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of the disease, and how to assist caregivers as they cope with the physical and emotional aspects of their responsibilities. Physicians and other health care providers need information on how to implement the "detection of any cognitive impairment" component of the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit included in the Affordable Care Act.

Action 2.A.1: Educate health care providers - In 2012, HHS began a comprehensive effort to educate health care providers such as physicians, nurses, direct care workers and other professionals about Alzheimer's disease through the HRSA Geriatric Education Program (GEC) Program, to over 10,000 health professionals on tools to identify dementia, caregiver needs, managing dementia in the context of other chronic diseases, accessing long-term services, managing care transitions, participation in clinical trials, and effective behavior management. Trainings also address the unique needs of medically underserved and special populations including racial and ethnic minorities and individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Action 2.A.2: Encourage providers to pursue careers in geriatric specialties-  The "Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program," as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, provides traineeships to support students pursuing advanced degrees in geriatric nursing and gero-psychiatric nursing. In addition, HRSA will continue to support geriatric fellowships for physicians, dentists, or psychiatrists and the "Geriatric Academic Career Awards Program."

Action 2.A.3: Collect and disseminate dementia-specific guidelines and curricula for all provider groups across the care spectrum - HHS will create and market a clearinghouse of evidence-based dementia curricula and practice recommendations for providers across the care continuum

Action 2.A.4: Strengthen the direct care workforce- HHS strengthened the ability of the nursing home direct care workforce through videos.

Action 2.A.5: Strengthen state aging and public health workforce - HHS will coordinate with states to develop aging and public health workforce that are AD-capable and culturally-competent, with Aging and Disability Resource Centers. ACL/AoA will work with HRSA to make AD training available to the Aging Network and CDC will work with its partners and AoA on collaboration between aging and public health networks.

Action 2.A.6: Support state and local Alzheimer's strategies- HHS will support local activities, including research and translating successful interventions that address management of AD symptoms, and supports for paid and unpaid caregivers. HHS will disseminate information about these interventions, and share best practices.

Action 2.A.7: Develop and disseminate a unified primary care Alzheimer's disease curriculum- HHS will develop a voluntary unified curriculum for primary care practitioners through the HRSA GECs in collaboration with NIA ADCs Education and Outreach Cores.

Action 2.A.8: Ensure aging network providers have access to research-based up-to-date information on Alzheimer's disease-  NIA and ACL/AoA will collaborate to offer webinars with representatives from the aging network, ADCs, the ADEAR, the National Alzheimer's Call Center, Eldercare Locator, Alzheimers.gov, and others.

Action 2.A.9: Engage the public health workforce on brain health-  CDC will release The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013-2018, which outlines how state and local public health departments and their partners can promote healthy cognitive functioning, through actions such as monitor and evaluate, educate and empower the nation, develop partnerships, and assure a competent workforce. CDC will work with partners to implement public health actions in the Road Map and will track progress over time.

Action 2.A.10: Educate providers about federal programs to address Alzheimer's disease-  Through HRSA's "Geriatrics Program," HHS will educate health care providers with webinars to teach about existing federal programs and opportunities to partner and collaborate with grantees in other federal agencies.

Action 2.A.11: Strengthen the ability of primary care teams in Indian Country to meet the needs of people with dementia and their caregivers

NHMA Programs Update

NHMA Leadership Fellowship supported by US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration – Ten Fellows – Mid-career physicians are working in 2 Policy Analysis Teams looking at Health Care Prevention and Cultural Competence Policy; and Health Care Workforce Development for Community Health Workers Policy this summer.

New NHMA Health Professional Student Leadership and Mentorship Program – to enter careers in serving the Hispanic community in underserved area, supported by the GE Foundation - for 50 students in medical school and public health school and physicians and public health professional NHMA members – see the www.nhmamd.org for the application later this month. For questions, contact Veronica Ramirez, senior program officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


NHMA Regions 2013 - West, Midwest, Southwest, Northeast, DC Metro, and Southeast with Annual Fall Receptions are being planned with White House Speakers on the ACA Implementation. Los Angeles: Sept. 21, New York City: Sept. 26, San Antonio: Sept. 28, Washington, DC: Oct. 3, Atlanta: Oct. 11 and Chicago: Oct. 12. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Consider joining or referring us to a community leader in the regions to join the NHMA Region Steering Committees. The Regions will also hold NHMA Physician and Public Health Professional Mentoring programs for medical, public health students and medical residents.  If interested in participating as a mentor or mentee or on the Steering Committees – contact John Aguilar, program officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NHMA’s Foundation, National Hispanic Health Foundation’s National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Galas:

  • JW Marriott LA Live, Olympic and Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 21st
  • New York Academy of Medicine, Dec. 5th

NHMA Hispanic Health Congressional Briefing 2013: September, TBD with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard and Congressman Raul Ruiz (invited),

Latinos and Cancer Care Issues” - Hear experts discuss health and mental health care management and treatment policies to decrease cancer in our Latino communities.

NHMA–OMH-AAMC Medical School Recruitment Program planned at the Charles R Drew University in Los Angeles, Sept. 21 and at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine Sept. 28. About 300 college and high school students/parents are expected to attend and hear from NHMA, medical school and medical student leaders to encourage the next generation to consider applying to medical school and become physicians who care for the Hispanic population.

NHMA Resident Mentoring Program was launched at the NHMA Conference for the NHMA Council of Residents (COR).  Developed with the past COR chairperson Elizabeth Homan, MD, University of Miami, Vanessa Salcedo, MD, Columbia, and Gerardo Lopez-Mena, MD, COR chairperson. If you want to be a MENTOR or a MENTEE ---let John Aguilar know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NHMA/NHHF and State Legislative Latino Caucuses - EARLY CHILDHOOD OBESITY POLICY SUMMITS, supported by Kellogg Foundation, New York Academy of Medicine on FEB. 8th; California Endowment, Sacramento, CA, March 19.  RECOMMENDATIONS to be presented in a Report soon, Supported by the WK Kellogg VP and to be disseminated with our National Media Advisory Committee.

NEW NHMA CME Online Program: We have all 2016 Sessions on the website for CME Credits. Tell your Colleagues about this opportunity. Paid members – Free CME from Morehouse School of Medicine.


Sam Arce, MD private physician in Jamaica Plains NY and the Vice Chairman of NHMA Board of Directors, was honored to be this year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade Grand Marshal in NYC. He was also invited to the Mayor’s Mansion for the festivities prior to the parade, which had Healthcare as its theme.

Flavia Mercado, MD, MPH, Atlanta director of Grady Health System International Clinic and faculty at Emory Medical School will present keynote address at the annual American Academy of Breastfeeding Conference in Washington, DC.

Carlos Corral, MD, Las Cruces cardiovascular surgeon, represents NHMA to the AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago, a voice for policy recommendations for our patients.

Judith Flores, MD, FAAP is a representative of the National Hispanic Medical Association and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Adolescent Health Partnership Project Advisory Committee. She is Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine, and Medical Director of Ambulatory Care, Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Services. Dr. Flores has been involved in the development and implementation of chronic disease management programs that address diabetes and family weight management. Dr. Flores is a Facts Up Front Advisory Board Member –a new program recently launched to educate our communities about healthy lifestyle and nutrition. See Factsupfront.org for your practices.


The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is happy to announce the availability of Health Insurance Marketplace webinars throughout the months of June and July.  These training opportunities are: 

Level 1: Health Insurance Marketplace 101 (basic) -  A one-hour high-level webinar overview of the accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act and a basic introduction to the Marketplace (Exchanges) highlighting who is eligible and how the Marketplace will work.

Level 2: Understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace (advanced) - A two-hour detailed review of the Marketplace (Exchanges), including eligibility, enrollment, plan structure, Medicaid expansion, and the streamlined application.

For information contact : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New NHMA Membership Partnerships: see www.nhmamd.org for more info:

AARP – Joint Membership Drive to those 50 years and older are encouraged to lead healthier lives.

Akcess Inc. – NHMA is currently enrolling private practice physicians who are interested in lessening the burden of excessive pharma rep visits – with a new program to have appointments, with a contribution being given to the NHHF.  You can enroll by going to the Akcess web site at www.akcessus.com, and please be sure to enter the NHMA Code: NHMA01.

Canopy, Language Mate – NHMA is currently marketing the new online Medical Spanish Program.  For a free trial please click on the following link: http://www.canopyapps.com/courses/59/trial

CDC HIV AIDS Primary Care information for physicians

American Cancer Society --- NHMA encourages oncologists and other cancer physicians to participate in the ACS Research Programs.

We encourage participation with many more sponsors and partners – and encourage you to see our list of Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors to take advantage of their information and disseminate to your colleagues.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is ranked as the 18th best medical school in the country by US News & World Report. The Department of Medicine is the largest academic department in the school and the Division of General Medicine is the largest division within that department.


The Division Chief of General Internal Medicine will be responsible for the administrative, clinical, research and educational aspects of the division. In this highly visible role, you will recognize the unique position of the division with its focus on medical education and its relationship to the community as primary care providers all while supporting the research endeavors of its faculty. You will also have an understanding of the changing landscape of health care and how it affects delivery and primary care at academic medical institutions like Mount Sinai.

Responsibilities will include:

    • Developing strategic plans and goals for the division in alignment with those of the Department of Medicine
    • Overseeing all financial, operational and personnel issues
    • Recruiting new clinical and research faculty
    • Advancing the national reputation of the division through scholarship, education, innovation and collaboration with other divisions>
    • Overseeing clinical practice development
    • Developing an integrative patient-centered practice
    • Maintain and continue to develop the service to the underserved community surrounding the practice;
    • Maintaining and furthering the goal of providing outstanding care for all patients
    • Developing a training program across the continuum of education
    • Maintaining a commitment to the primary care residency training program
    • Fostering and mentoring the career development of junior faculty members
    • Establishing collaborations with other divisions and departments within the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    • Handling other related duties as necessary

Qualified candidates should be Board Certified in Internal Medicine with preference given to those with advanced degrees. Experience in management of faculty and clinical practice development and an established academic track record are highly desired as well. Faculty appointment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is available at the Associate Professor or Professor Rank and commensurate with experience and achievement.


We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. . Interested candidates should contact the Mount Sinai Medical Center.


Mount Sinai Medical Center is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  We recognize the power and importance of a diverse employee population and strongly encourage applicants with various experiences and backgrounds.


Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity
Office of the Director, National Institutes of
Health Department of Health and Human Services

Are you a top-level Scientific Researcher or Scientific Administrator seeking a career at one of the preeminent bio-medical research institutes in the nation and the world?   This position offers a  diversity and promoting equity in the bio-medical research enterprise, including NIH and other  health and medical research entities. This position is expected, through the development of new programs, policies and practices and through cultural change, and shared responsibilities, to positively impact both the government and non-government work forces.  The Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity serves as a member of the NIH Director’s senior leadership team and will also serve as the co-chair to two newly formed Committees.

We are looking for applicants with a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to lead within a dynamic and diverse organization. Applicants must possess an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a scientific field related to biomedical research, plus expert stature in their discipline as demonstrated through their publication history and other contributions to their field.   The strong candidate will have evidence of managerial, administrative, and mentoring ability. The full list of qualifications required can be found on the vacancy announcement located at http://www.jobs.nih.gov/vacancies/executive.htm.

The successful candidate for this position will be appointed at a salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments, and full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement and savings plan (401K equivalent) will be provided.

OB/Gyn Department Chair

The University of Connecticut School of Medicine seeks an energetic and visionary leader to chair the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  The ideal candidate is one with a proven clinical and administrative background and skills required to ensure vigorous departmental growth, both academically and clinically.  The successful applicant will be a skilled practitioner with a commitment to clinical excellence, teaching and education at all levels, and academic scholarship. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology includes Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Gynecology Oncology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, and General Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a confidential letter of interest addressing activities in clinical practice, program building, experience in regional or national OBGYN society, and role in medical school. The application should be transmitted through the website at https://jobs.uchc.edu/, search number 2013-822, or sent directly to the search committee Chair, Dr. Bruce T. Liang in care of his assistant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030-3985. 

UCHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/PwD.

Lead Family Practice Physician Position at Winters Health Foundation in CA

Winters Health Foundation, a Federally Qualified Health Clinic, located in Winters, CA is looking for a Lead Family Practice Physician.

What Winters Health Foundation Offers:

  • Lead physician role in a primary care organization serving the underserved
  • Opportunity to grow in clinical leadership abilities with close interaction with the Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer
  • Collaborative, team-based, family environment
  • Provide care in an a quaint town that values a close relationship between providers and the community
  • Ability to work full time or part time (75%-80%)
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Competitive compensation plan with the ability to earn a bonus in year two
  • Federal loan repayment eligible organization

Lead Physician Profile:

  • Ability to establish rapport and gain the confidence of others, including members of the primary care team, associates, patients, and members of the community
  • Stable work history with a desire to grow with the organization
  • Patient-centered approach to medical care
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish is required
  • Embraces technology with the ability to maintain electronic patient medical records
  • Current license to practice in the state of California
  • Board certified in family practice

If you are interested in applying please contact Jennifer Wood by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can also call (503) 443-6008.

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