Health Insurance Assistance Program receives funding
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced the
first installment of funding to the Oklahoma State Health Insurance
Assistance Program (SHIP).
The grants are continuation funds available to 54 State Health
Insurance Assistance Program organizations. The funding is available
for the grant year ending March 31, 2011.
The Senior Health Insurance Counseling Program will receive
$603,034, part of the nearly $41.6 million being distributed to
SHIPs as part of the total $45 million that is available to SHIPs in
2010 for direct grants and support contracts. Performance awards
will be distributed to SHIPs in September.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services expects the SHIPs to
use the funding to provide counseling and conduct targeted community-
SHIPs are expected to increase their efforts to provide outreach
and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers, reach
people who are most likely eligible for Medicare's low-income
subsidy and may be able to benefit from lower prescription drug
costs, beneficiaries with disabilities, and diverse racial and
ethnic groups, particularly those individuals with limited English
OCCC program receives accreditation
Oklahoma City Community College's Emergency Medical Technician-
Paramedic Program has received continuing five-year accreditation
from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education
The program has been accredited since 1995.
OSU Center distributes grants to Okla. hospitals
The Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health at the OSU
Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa has presented 60 Oklahoma
hospitals with grants of $9,100.62 each from the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services' Health Resources & Services
Administration Small Hospital Improvement Program.
The university received $546,037.20 in 2009 to distribute equally
among the hospitals. The grant program helps small hospitals pay for
computer software and hardware, educating and training hospital
staff on computer information systems and to offset costs related to
the implementation of prospective payment systems.
"With the strong push for all hospitals, including small rural
hospitals, to adopt an electronic health record system, it is even
more critical that these hospitals have SHIP funding to update their
computer systems," said Val Schott, director of policy and advocacy
at the OSU Center for Rural Health. …