Monday, November 12, 2012

Hurricane Sandy:Helplines Available to Provide Emotional Support to People

Helplines Available to Provide Emotional Support to People Affected by Hurricane Sandy:

NYC residents can access free, confidential crisis counseling through

LifeNet (800-543-3638 and TTY at 212-982-5284),
Spanish LifeNet (800-AYUDESE) and
Asian LifeNet (800-990-8585).

LifeNet, the city’s only accredited,multi-lingual,free and confidential crisis hotline,is run by the Mental Health Association of NYC and supported by the NYCDOHMH.

Residents of any state affected can access free counseling at 800-985-5990 or txt 'TalkWithUs' to 66746 (Spanish-speakers can text 'Hablanos' to 66746).

Special thanks to Mr Frank Winter for the lead.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Last week, CMS announced the release of the 2014 clinical quality measures (CQMs) for providers in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.
Along with posting the specific measures on the 2014 CQMs page, CMS has created additional resources to help providers understand the 2014 CQMs, as well as the specifications for electronic reporting.
Resources include:
A full list of all of the available CQM webpages and resources is available in the2014 Clinical Quality Measures (CQMS) & eCQM Resources document.
Questions about CQMs?
CMS' FAQ system provides helpful questions and answers on many topics in the EHR Incentive Programs. There are several existing CQM FAQs that may help answer your questions.
Want more information about the EHR Incentive Programs?
Make sure to visit the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs website for the latest news and updates on the EHR Incentive Programs.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: Staten Island:Marathon Runners Provide Help

Hundreds of Marathon Runners have come to Staten Island to lend a hand.

Thank you Dr Maria Basile for the notice.

Hurricane Sandy: Staten Island Update November 4, 2012

Yesterday, my wife, volunteers and I delivered supplies collected at the Staten Island Heart Society.
We saw multiple congregations of people throughout the affected areas sharing food, supplies and moral support. There were many moving stories of people who did not previously know each other doing what we do best: help those in need. It was very touching to talk to those whose homes were filled with sea water and had most of their belongings destroyed express sympathy for even less fortunate than themselves.

The Staten Island Heart Society is a local drop off site for relief items for the Staten Island Victims of Hurricane Sandy.

We will be open to accept items daily from 10 AM - 2:00 PM.

 Please contact us via  Facebook or through our web site at  or phone 718.351.3115
if you need to arrange a different time.

Items needed : Clothing, blankets, flashlights, batteries, water, prepared foods, baby foods and pet foods.
Our collection efforts are in conjunction with the SI Boro President's Office and the Stephen Siller Foundation.

Our hearts and prayers are with all of our families and friend's that have been effected by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath.

Salvatore Volpe MD
Member of the Board of Directors of the Staten Island Heart Society

Additional Links

Crisis Commons
Disaster Assistance
NYC OEM Office of Emergency Management

Staten Island Borough President Molinaro Office

Saturday, November 03, 2012

CrisisCommons needs volunteers for Sandy and more

Here is a great organization that can focus your creativity and ingenuity to help respond to problems associated with Natural Disasters like Sandy. SV

CrisisCommons is a global community of volunteers from technology, crisis response organizations, government agencies, and citizens that are working together to build and use technology tools to help respond to disasters and improve resiliency and response before a crisis.

Thanks to Dr Wen Dombowski for this lead.

Hurricane Sandy: FEMA link and phone number

My prayers go out to all that have been affected by this and other such cataclysmic events.

It is inspirational to see all the spontaneous volunteer efforts that have started in addition to the Government and established NGOs.

Here is the link and phone number to FEMA resources both local and national.

Share your stories of kindness and generosity with us. 
We could all use a little good news. SV or 1800-621-3362 to register with FEMA, for relief. Those with power outages can register to get a $300 food stamp card to replace lost food.

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