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SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP - WEBINAR
It seems to be the buzzword of the moment - social entrepreneurship. What does it really mean?
Learn more about this emerging trend in nonprofit management at the ASPA webinar scheduled for Wednesday, July 17 at 1 pm EST. Learn the basics about the law regarding social enterprise, get answers to the question 'is there funding to support it' and how do you measure it? Our presenters Billie Sandberg and Janelle Kerlin are experts and have been researching and writing on this topic.
Get in early for this webinar. You won't want to miss it. ASPA members register for free. Register today!
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UN YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PROGRAM
U.S. citizens are invited to apply to sit for the United Nations (UN) exam for Young Professionals. The UN is currently seeking applicants in the following fields: public information, administration, finance, legal affairs and statistics. Applicants must meet the exam criteria:
- Be no older than 32 years as of Dec. 31, 2013
- Have at least an undergraduate degree in one of the above mentioned fields
- Be fluent in English and or French.
Admission to the exam may be limited to the 40 most qualified American citizens per occupational group. To learn more about the exam and deadlines, click here.
CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS
A new volume of the ‘Public Solutions’ series is scheduled for Fall 2014. Co-editors Patria de Lancer Julnes and Ed Gibson with the University of Baltimore—School of Public and International Affairs are seeking chapter proposals.
This volume broadens the discussion of innovation and informs practice by exploring how innovative government and nonprofit agencies make differences for their constituencies and/or clientele. The chapters will cover a number of areas, which will encompass technological, procedural, or administrative innovations that make differences extending beyond the boundaries of the innovating organization.
Chapter proposals should discuss an original case study that analyzes a particular innovation at the federal, state, or local level and in the non-profit sector. If you are interested in writing a chapter, please email a one to two-page proposal to Dr. Julnes by July 15th at: email@example.com. Questions can be directed to Dr. Julnes or Dr. Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASPA has opened nominations for its 2014 Awards of Excellence. ASPA recognizes outstanding public service in more than 25 categories, paying homage to scholarship, performance management, commitment and service to ASPA and the field as well as distinguished research.
To nominate an individual for an ASPA award, which will be presented at the 2014 Annual Conference in Washington, DC, click here.
REGISTRATION FOR ICPA OPEN
Registration for the International Conference on Public Administration is now open. In its 9th year, ICPA will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in Cape Town, South Africa. This year's theme is "Advancing Public Management Excellence and Innovation Worldwide."
The conference will be held at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Granger Campus. It is co-sponsored by ASPA, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, School of Political Science and Public Administration, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa and the Chinese Public Administration Society Journal. This year's host is the School of Government, Cape Peninsula University.
To register for the conference, click here.
CALL FOR PAPERS - INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE CONFERENCE
Organizers are now accepting proposals for the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum. The forum gathers scholars and practitioners to discuss public policy. This year's conference will be held Nov. 27-30 at KU Leuven. The theme is "Validating Methods for Comparing Public Policy: Academia and Government in Dialogue."
The conference will be hosted by the Master of European Politics and Policies Programme (MEPP) and the Public Management Institute of the KU Leuven in Belgium. It will take place on the Unesco World Heritage site of the Old Beguinage.
To submit a proposal for consideration, email a 300-word abstract with your name, affiliation, position and sub-stream preference. To see a list of sub-streams, click here. Proposals should be submitted to Marleen.Brans@soc.kuleuven.be and Sylvia.Tutenel@soc.kuleuven.be.
Proposals will be accepted until July 15. To read the full call for proposals, click here.
PA TIMES PRINT DEADLINE APPROACHING
How do cities prepare for natural disasters? What happens when weather patterns change? PA TIMES wants your stories.
The next print edition of PA TIMES will discuss “SMART Response: Emergency Preparedness & Recovery” looking at various elements of emergency management including disaster response, use of technology in emergency preparedness, human service management and more. Share best practices from your city, state or organization.
Submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:
• Articles between 1000-1200 words
• Written in AP news format
• Must not include footnotes or end-notes
Articles will be accepted until July 15. Please review the styleguide before submitting an article.
JPAE CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS
The Journal of Public Administration Education is accepting manuscripts for its special symposium on “Pedagogical Perspectives on Race, Class and Gender in Community Development.”
This symposium seeks to bring together an interdisciplinary group of authors to write on the importance of integrating race, class, and gender into college coursework and practitioner training programs in community development, in addition to pedagogical methods for this integration.
Potential papers may consider, but are not limited to, the following topics:
• Empirical analyses, including case studies, of the intercultural competence of community development practitioners and the need for training;
• The role of higher education- in terms of student preparation/ engagement/ collaboration- in community development practice and/or theory;
• Pedagogical tools and examples that can be used in the classroom to foster cultural competency; and
• Theoretical discussions on the merits and challenges of community-based research versus traditional research in terms of community development and student learning.
Manuscripts are being accepted until March 2014. For information on submission guidelines click here. Questions can be directed to editor Ashley Nickels email@example.com or Jason Rivera, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ASPA BLOG SEEKS NEW CONTRIBUTORS
The ASPA Blog is looking for new writers. Consider writing for the ASPA blog if you are great at composing concise and captivating articles about an issue. Or maybe you need an outlet for all your ideas about public service and management. Apply to write for the ASPA blog.
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The upcoming issue of Public Administration Review (PAR) will feature articles on health care. Below is a preview of some of these. These will be included in the September-October 2013 issue.
Health Reform: What Next?
Alice M. Rivlin (The Brookings Institution) discusses the political rhetoric of the 2012 election and how it suggested that Americans are deeply split over how to deliver and pay for health care. In fact, however, the election may have cleared the way for substantial reforms in health care delivery that will gradually enable the United States to finance effective health care for almost everyone at sustainable cost. The election affirmed for the first time that almost everyone in the United States will have health insurance coverage and put to rest the idea that voters will tolerate radical change in the complex patchwork of health care financing that has evolved in the United States. The tasks remaining are improving the quality of health care delivered by increasing care coordination and reducing the growth of costs by moving away from fee-for-service delivery toward rewarding quality and value. These challenges are daunting, but less ideologically fraught than health coverage expansion. Link to PAR Early View.
National Federation of Independent Business v Sebelius and the Medicaid Aftermath
Sara Rosenbaum (George Washington University) discusses the Supreme Court’s ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (132 S. Ct. 2566 ) and how it will stand as a landmark ruling on the scope of Congress’s constitutional power to address matters of national economic and social importance. During the months leading up to the decision, the nation witnessed seemingly endless speculation over the constitutionality of the “shared responsibility” provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which imposes a tax penalty on nonexempt individuals who have access to affordable coverage but do not purchase it. The world was so transfixed by this overarching issue that it hardly noticed the separate and equally potent constitutional battle over whether Congress has the power to impose mandatory conditions of participation on state Medicaid programs as a condition of ongoing federal funding. Link to PAR Early View.
You Can't Make Me Do It: State Implementation of Insurance Exchanges Under the Affordable Care Act
Simon F. Haeder and David L. Weimer (University of Wisconsin–Madison) discuss how The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 has been one of the most controversial laws in decades. The ACA relies extensively on the cooperation of states for its implementation, offering opportunities for both local adaptation and political roadblocks. Health insurance exchanges are one of the most important components of the ACA for achieving its goal of near-universal coverage. Despite significant financial support from the federal government, many governors and legislatures have taken actions that have blocked or delayed significant progress in developing their exchanges. However, many state commissioners of insurance have played constructive roles in moving states forward in exchange planning through their expertise, leadership, and pragmatism, sometimes in spite of strong political opposition to the ACA from governors and legislatures. Link to PAR Early View.
Pay-for-Performance in Five States: Lessons for the Nursing Home Sector
Pay-for-performance (P4P) aims to use reimbursement to incentivize providers to deliver high-quality services. Edward Alan Miller (University of Massachusetts Boston), Julia Doherty (L&M Policy Research, LLC), and Pamela Nadash (University of Massachusetts Boston) examine P4P in five Medicaid nursing home programs: Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Utah, and Vermont. It describes each program and draws lessons regarding program participation, financing, measurement, administration, and development. Findings highlight the importance of obtaining stakeholder input, both initially and on an ongoing basis. Findings also highlight the need to provide opportunities for acceptance and learning by phasing in programs slowly, beginning with performance measurement, followed by public reporting, and, finally, by introducing P4P incentives. Funding P4P using new appropriations, incorporating multiple quality measures and domains, and relying on existing data sources where possible were deemed important; so too was allowing programs to evolve over time to account for innovations in quality measurement. Link to PAR Early View.
The Patient-Centered Medical Home: A Future Standard for American Healthcare
David B. Klein (New York University Langone Medical Center), Miriam J. Laugesen, and Nan Liu (Columbia University) discuss how the patient-centered medical home has been promoted as a way of organizing health services delivery to reduce costs while offering superior health outcomes and coordination of care. The Affordable Care Act promotes the patient-centered medical home as a tool to reshape the delivery of health care in the U.S. Preliminary findings from demonstration projects indicate overall positive results in terms of access and quality of care as well as cost containment, and the model should continue to be reviewed for potential national adoption. However, there is significant variation in individual medical home setups, their reimbursement arrangements and evaluation methods, making it difficult to assess, compare and implement. When developing and evaluating this model, policymakers need to provide continuous support for practice transformation, adopt consistent outcome measures, and have realistic expectations about the timeline for such transformation. Link to PAR Early View.*
Defining Medical Necessity Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 promises to expand care to millions of Americans, how the bill will determine the meaning of medical necessity—the concept that continues to serve as the key means for regulating the utilization of health care services—remains an open question. Instead of detailing what is and is not considered medically necessary, the ACA charges the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services with overseeing the processes by which these critical determinations will be made. Daniel Skinner (Capital University) considers a series of “meta-questions” regarding the place of medical necessity determinations within the context of the ACA. It does so by examining the policy challenges presented by a bill that attempts to balance government regulation, physician autonomy, and the various market forces driving managed care. The result is an understanding of the inherently political nature of medical necessity determinations under the ACA. Link to PAR Early View.
Pay for Performance in Nursing Homes: Can It Help Improve Quality?
Nursing home quality threatens well-being of residents. Pay-for-Performance pays organizations for meeting performance targets and is required in Medicare hospitals under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (where it is renamed “value-based purchasing”). It is not yet required of nursing homes. William G. Weissert and Lucy Faye Frederick (Florida State University) ask if pay-for-performance could mitigate nursing home quality problems. Some 159 health care studies were reviewed. “Effect sizes” (percent care improved or got worse) were gleaned from 22 selected studies measuring 150 health outcomes ranging from more frequent foot exams to a measure of heart function. Median improvement was a modest 2.9 percent. Nursing home studies were a minority of those reviewed. Yet one large randomized trial proved successful. Pay-for-performance may be well-suited to nursing homes given their routine care, chronic population, and low wage rates. However, design and implementation lessons must be applied to avoid failure. Link to PAR Early View.
Assessing Regulatory Participation by Health Professionals: A Study of State Health Rulemaking
Do health and health policy professionals (HHPPs) participate in the formation of agency health regulations? Passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 has necessitated the writing of many health-related national and state regulations. Susan Webb Yackee (University of Wisconsin–Madison) examines the participation patterns of HHPPs during rulemaking to gain insights that may be transferable to future health-related administrative decision making. She suggests that the mix of public participants active during rulemaking has implications for health policy outputs. This proposition is tested using data drawn from 39 state health regulations and survey data from more than 380 participants and 23 interviews with agency officials. The author finds that HHPPs participate across the majority of the sample regulations, and when their activity across a rule increases, so does participant satisfaction with regulatory outcomes. More broadly, the results suggest a desire for even greater participation by HHPPs in future health-related rulemaking. Link to PAR Early View.
The State(s) of Health: Federalism and the Implementation of Health Reform in the Context of HIV Care
Erika G. Martin, Patricia Strach (University at Albany), and Bruce R. Schackman (Weill Cornell Medical College) assert that, although the federal government will finance most of the coverage expansions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), implementation is largely devolved to states. Drawing from interviews with HIV policy experts, program managers, and a documents review, they enumerate actions that must occur at multiple levels of government in order for ACA implementation in the context of HIV care to improve access to health care and health outcomes and the conditions under which these may fall short. Positive outcomes are predicted for HIV patients in states with sufficient political support and resources to implement the ACA. However, outcomes may worsen in states that do not implement the Medicaid expansion or other ACA provisions, particularly if federal funding for discretionary safety net programs is reduced. Transitioning patients from HIV-specific programs to other coverage sources may also reduce HIV services in states that previously were at the forefront of HIV care. Link to PAR Early View.
The Transformation of Public Sector Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Programming: Intergovernmental Relations, Externalization, and Integration
Robert Agranoff (Indiana University, Bloomington) discusses how programming for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) has shifted from state institutional care to community-based services, facilitated by federal government support as well as services delivered by nongovernmental organizations (NGO). These programs—for persons with mental retardation, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and autism—have not only moved into the health care orbit, but are also in search of more holistic ways to maintain persons with their families and in communities. Three major forces lead to this I/DD shift: federal financing, particularly under Medicaid; integration of services around clients; and, externalized service delivery by NGOs. These are increasingly connected forces, facilitated particularly by the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waiver. They have transformed state operated systems. Increasingly states are working with NGO case management and service delivery providers to organize and integrate services to face this continuing challenge. Link to PAR Early View.*
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Member Benefit Update – ASPA Members’ Insurance Program
For Association Members & Their Families
The ASPA Members’ Insurance Program is designed to help provide you and your family with high quality insurance plans. This program, especially designed for our members in good standing, features a wide variety of products at group rates, which are offered through highly rated, quality insurance companies.
The following ASPA sponsored insurance products offer coverage with extensive options that can be tailored to help meet your individual needs:
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