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News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births and more

BIRTHS

Emma Yanelly Arias was born Feb. 10 to Sandra Arias Casildo of South Lake Tahoe.

Akasha Suzzette Ann-Nicole Reed was born Feb. 10 to Robert Reed and Anndrea Jones of South Lake Tahoe.

Knox Holt Cawelti was born Feb. 12 to Holt and Andria Cawelti of South Lake Tahoe.

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‘SHARE THE LOVE, BRING A BLANKET’ OPEN HOUSE EVENT

Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless invites everyone to “Share The Love, Bring a Blanket,” an open house event on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 4-6 p.m. This is an opportunity to meet members of the advisory council and tour the South Lake Tahoe Warm Room, which has been open for eight weeks.

The event will also honor Diana Hankins, formerly of the National Association of Mental Illness, who was one of the driving forces behind bringing life to the warm room.

The South Lake Tahoe Warm Room is located at 981 Silver Dollar Ave., in South Lake Tahoe. Light food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

Attendees are encouraged to donate blankets. Other donations — like checks, gift cards, food and cleaning supplies — will be accepted. For more information, email tahoewarmroom@gmail.com.

BARTON HEALTH NOW IN ACO PROGRAM

Barton Health officials recently announced that it was selected as one of 100 new Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).The program provides Medicare beneficiaries with access to coordinated care across the United States, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced. That brings the total to 434 Shared Savings Program ACOs serving over 7.7 million beneficiaries.

According to a Barton news release, doctors, hospitals and health care providers established ACOs in order to work together to provide higher-quality coordinated care to their patients, while helping to slow health care cost growth. Barton Health became part of the network of ACOs participating in the Shared Savings Program as of Jan. 1. Beneficiaries seeing health care providers in ACOs have the freedom to choose doctors inside or outside of the ACO. ACOs receive a portion of the Medicare savings generated from lowering the growth in health care costs as long as they also meet standards for high-quality care.

Since ACOs first began participating in the program in early 2012, thousands of health care providers have signed on to participate in the program, working together to provide better care to Medicare’s seniors and people with disabilities. The new and renewing ACOs will bring approximately 15,000 additional physicians into the ACO program. More information about the Shared Savings Program is available at http://www.cms.gov.


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