The General Secretary of Europe’s Football Governing body (UEFA), Theodore Theodoridis, arrives in Liberia today, Tuesday, with a two member high powered delegation.The UEFA delegation will be in Liberia from March 22 to 23 to discuss UEFA’s cooperation with the Liberia Football Association (LFA).The delegation is headed by Mr. Theodoridis and includes Urs Kluser, Integrity Officer, and Legal Affairs/Disciplinary Services.A release from the LFA said the two man UEFA delegation will discuss future cooperation with the Liberian FA in all aspects of football development.The delegation will visit the LFA Technical Center under construction in Careysburg, the future home of the LFA in Congo Town, the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) and pay a courtesy visit to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The delegation will then join LFA President Musa Hassan Bility and LFA Executives for a discussion before addressing the local football media.The coming of the UEFA delegation to Liberia followed discussions held between Mr. Bility and the newly elected FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, on the margins of Feburary’s FIFA Congress in Zurich.The LFA President reportedly played an influential role in deciding the outcome of the FIFA presidential pools.Mr. Bility is excited about the upcoming visit and said it will help Liberia reach a higher mark in its football development program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. State Roundup: Calif. Health Care Cuts Attract Opponents A selection of health policy stories from California, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Oregon, Connecticut and North Carolina.Los Angeles Times: Gov. Brown’s Donors Rally Against His Health Care CutsIn the health care world, there’s not a whole lot that insurers, doctors and union workers all agree on. But a new coalition of powerful Capitol players from all three groups is hoping to reverse recent budget cuts, pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown, to those who provide care to the poorest Californians. But doctors, hospital officials and others say the rate cuts could threaten the success of the federal law. They say lower reimbursements for treating poor patients will reduce the number of people who agree to treat Medi-Cal patients (York, 4/23).The Associated Press/Washington Post: New Federal Health Reform Regs Cut Hours, Pay For Some Va Community College Adjunct FacultyMany adjunct instructors at Virginia’s 23 community colleges will see their hours cut starting this summer thanks to Virginia’s response to the new federal health reform law, a change that could cripple or kill livelihoods teachers like Ann Hubbard worked hard to build. The onrushing 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is forcing governments at all levels to scramble to accommodate changes — some intended, some not — to public- and private-sector jobs over the next year (4/24).California Healthline: Autism Families Directed To Regional CentersDepartment of Health Care Services director Toby Douglas testified yesterday that some Healthy Families participants will probably lose a type of autism service in the transition to Medi-Cal managed care plans. The service — applied behavioral analysis — is still covered by Medi-Cal, Douglas said, but in a different way. Families with an autistic child will need to reapply for the service through the state’s regional centers, where eligibility criteria are stiffer. Some children who qualified in Healthy Families may not be eligible under new guidelines, officials said (Gorn, 4/23).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Appeals Court Upholds Md. Doctors Convictions For Implanting Unnecessary StentsA federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of a Maryland cardiologist who implanted unnecessary heart stents in more than 100 patients. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday unanimously rejected John McLean’s claim that the evidence was insufficient to convict him on six counts of health care fraud. McLean was sentenced to eight years and one month in prison after his November 2011 trial (4/23).Kaiser Health News: Nurses Fighting State By State For Minimum Staffing LawsHow many nurses does it take to run a hospital? Legislatures in at least seven states and the District of Columbia are trying to answer that question as they debate bills that would require hospitals to have a minimum number of nurses on staff at all times (Schultz, 4/23). Georgia Health News: List Of ER Wait Times Improves For Some HospitalsThe ER waiting times for some Georgia hospitals have been reduced dramatically on a public federal website, thanks to some updated numbers. Georgia Health News reported earlier this month that data on 11 hospitals showed wildly exaggerated times for ER waits before patients were discharged. Waits for an emergency department patient to see a health care professional were also listed as alarmingly high (Miller, 4/23).Georgia Health News: New Law, New Awareness On ConcussionsChildren’s Healthcare of Atlanta treated 1,400 children last year for concussions at its emergency rooms and urgent care centers. Meanwhile, the Atlanta health system received 5,000 calls to its hotline fielding queries about possible concussions. Dr. David Marshall, medical director for sports medicine at Children’s Healthcare, told GHN on Tuesday that he does not believe the incidence of concussions has jumped, but that public awareness of them “has exploded” (Miller, 4/23). The Lund Report: Med Students, Rural Providers Continue To Question Future Of Rural ClerkshipsMedical students at Oregon Health & Science University are circulating an online petition asking the school to keep the five-week rural clerkship that has been a required part of OHSU’s medical curriculum since 1994 — but the university’s administration maintains it doesn’t intend to reduce or eliminate the clerkships, and in fact plans to offer more rural clerkships. So far the petition has gathered 280 signatures from around the state, and it’s generated an ongoing discussion about the future of OHSU’s rural curriculum (McCurdy, 4/23). CT Mirror: Towns Call Dibs On Any April Windfall In State Tax Receipt How tight is state revenue? Even the possibility of a small windfall is causing cities and towns to stake a claim. Municipal leaders, who were disappointed last week by the lean town aid package recommended by legislators, called dibs Tuesday on any last-minute revenue bonanza that sometimes is found after the April 15 income tax filing deadline. … The panel did endorse giving some hospitals a small amount back: $15 million per year to bolster payments to hospitals that have lower-than-average costs and where at least 64 percent of patients are covered by Medicare or Medicaid (Phaneuf, 4/23).North Carolina Health News: Bill Would Reduce Co-Pays On Oral Cancer DrugsWhen Amelia Borelli was first diagnosed with a form of leukemia in 2010, for treatment she went the traditional route of having intravenous chemotherapy. But her first chemo treatment landed her in a coma. Borelli, 68, spent the next six months in the hospital and rehab (Hoban, 4/24).