July 1, 2005 Regular News Comp Claims JNC taking applications The Statewide Nominating Commission for Compensation Claims Judges is now accepting applications for one attorney from the territorial jurisdiction of the Fourth District Court of Appeal to serve a four-year term commencing July 1.All applicants must be members of the Bar who are engaged in the practice of law. No attorney who appears before any judge of compensation claims more than four times a year is eligible to serve on the commission. Commissioners are also not eligible for state judicial vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following the expiration of their term. Commissioners are subject to Florida financial disclosure laws. Meetings and deliberations are open to the public.Those interested may download the application from the Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org or should contact the Bar at (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain the proper application form. Applications may also be obtained by writing the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300.Completed applications must be received no later than the close of business July 29. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. Comp Claims JNC taking applications
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 Highlights: Calif. Insurer Satisfaction; Md. Mental Health Legislation A selection of health policy stories from California, West Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut and Minnesota.Los Angeles Times: Survey: Kaiser Leads In Customer Satisfaction, Blue Shield Ranks LastFor the seventh consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente ranked highest in customer satisfaction for health insurance among California policyholders, according to ratings firm J.D. Power & Associates. But two other major rivals — Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross — scored the lowest on member satisfaction among seven California health plans (Terhune, 3/10).Politico: Joe Manchin Backs West Virginia Abortion Bill West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is “supportive” of a West Virginia bill banning abortions after 20 weeks and is considering backing a similar federal ban in the Senate. “I am pro-life and supportive of the principles in the bill that was just passed in the West Virginia Legislature,” Manchin said in a statement (Everett, 3/10).The Baltimore Sun: Legislation Pushes Involuntary Mental Health TreatmentMaryland lawmakers are moving to make it easier to medicate mental hospital patients against their will, while examining the idea of court-ordered therapy for mentally ill people who aren’t hospitalized. The legislation is based partly on recommendations from a panel convened by Gov. Martin O’Malley after the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. (Walker, 3/10).The CT Mirror: Proposal To Let Nurse Practitioners Practice Independently AdvancesA controversial proposal that would allow nurse practitioners to practice independent of doctors cleared the legislature’s Public Health Committee Monday. Legislators voted 22 to 4 to advance the bill to the Senate floor. Some members of the committee indicated that they believed the bill should move forward, but that it would need fine-tuning before becoming law. In particular, committee members raised concerns about malpractice insurance requirements for nurse practitioners and “truth in advertising” that would make clear to patients whether they’re seeing a doctor or a nurse practitioner (Becker, 3/10).The San Francisco Chronicle: Campos Wants Stricter Rules On S.F. Health Care AccountsIt looks like it’s loophole closure time all over again. Supervisor David Campos is once again proposing legislation to stop employers from pocketing millions of dollars that were supposed to pay for employee health care as part of the city’s universal health care law. The centerpiece of Campos’ proposal is a requirement that money employers deposit in savings accounts to reimburse their workers for their health care expenses actually gets used for that. Now, employers may take back the unused portion of the money after two years, and some do (Cote, Knight and Lagos, 3/10).The Star Tribune: Minnesota’s ‘Unsession’ Should Undo Health Care Access BarriersIn rural Minnesota, a highly educated nurse who has spent years developing therapeutic relationships with dozens of people with mental illness, monitoring and adjusting their psychiatric medications, must tell them she can no longer help them. Insurance isn’t the problem, and it has nothing to do with either the patients or the specialized nurse. It’s because someone else is retiring. The nurse specialist paid that person, a physician, several thousand dollars for permission to practice. When he retires, that agreement and the nursing care it permitted ends. He has never seen the nurse’s patients and has not collaborated in their care, yet he controls their access to the health care they appreciate and need (Weber, 3/10).