MVP first to offer quality of care goals

first_imgMVP Health Care first Vermont insurer to offer physicians financialincentives for meeting quality of care goals(Williston, VT) — MVP Health Care announced today that it is the firsthealth insurer in Vermont to establish a “Pay for Performance” programthat offers physicians a financial incentive for meeting a set ofpre-determined quality of care measures.last_img

OUT OF FOCUS

first_img Published on February 11, 2016 at 12:03 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Mariano received attention starting as a first grader by playing against sixth graders. He made it onto his future varsity coach’s radar as a fourth grader. He was the center of defensive game plans as Massachusetts’ leading goal-scorer in his first two collegiate seasons.But Mariano says the turning point of his career, which began when a miniature plastic stick was placed in his hands two hours after birth, came just months ago when he transferred to Syracuse.The focus, for a change, isn’t solely on him. His SU coaches give him more leeway to experiment and make mistakes than his UMass coaches did. He won’t attract the opposition’s No. 1 defender. When he plays midfield, a position he hasn’t played since sixth grade, he’ll only be guarded by a short stick instead of a long pole.I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy playing lacrosse before.Nick MarianoBefore transferring, Mariano totaled 51 goals and 30 assists in two seasons. He was recruited by Syracuse out of high school, but the Orange’s interest wavered. Mariano took a detour, but he is finally at the school he dreamed of attending while growing up.The natural attack brings a dynamic skill set that gives Syracuse flexibility to play him either at attack or midfield. He fits into an offense that also features attention-getters Dylan Donahue, who scored 50 goals last season, and Jordan Evans, who wears Syracuse’s famed No. 22.That leaves Mariano to take advantage of opportunities he hasn’t had since playing at Yorktown (New York) High School, when he played alongside five other All-Americans his senior year and anything less than a section title was considered a failure.“You want to play at the highest level you can possibly play at,” Mariano said. “… and that’s what you get when you come here (to Syracuse).”Courtesy of Phil MarianoNick Mariano (23) led UMass in scoring in each of the past two seasons. But after transferring to Syracuse, he’ll attract less attention than he did with the Minutemen.Even as a first grader going against sixth graders, Mariano had the best stick skills on the field. He threw behind-the-back passes with ease and scored three goals that season in extremely limited playing time to reduce injury risk against bigger kids.After Mariano’s first-ever goal, an announcer at the game proclaimed, “Believe me folks, you’re going to hear about this kid as a Division I player somewhere,” Phil recalled. The 7-year-old continued garnering attention from parents who were upset he was better than their children five years older.Before the spring of Mariano’s second-grade year, a coach told his dad he would no longer be allowed to play in Ossining’s league with the older players because he was too young. Phil Mariano said he thinks the real reason was because several parents complained Nick was too good.Emma Comtois | Design EditorSo he put his house up for sale and moved to Yorktown, which borders Ossining, factoring in both the long-term and short-term ramifications. Nick could play for the Yorktown Athletic Club, which had teams appropriate for his age and, later on, play for a high school that sent 11 All-Americans to Syracuse from 1981 to 2001, including National Lacrosse Hall of Famers Tim Nelson, Roy Colsey and Dom Fin.“It had all to do with lacrosse,” Phil said of the reason why he moved. And the reason Mariano transferred to Syracuse had “absolutely” to do with a chance to win a national title, his dad said.In his second collegiate game, Mariano scored a game-winning goal in overtime to lift the Minutemen over Ohio State in a nationally televised game, immediately introducing him to the college lacrosse world. It’s a goal that his teammates at Syracuse still remind him about.“There’s a reason he was the leading scorer at UMass for the past couple years,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said.But on a team that’s only made one final four in program history, Mariano grew from a freshman standout to the focal point of his team’s offense.Now, he won’t be.“There’s five, six, seven other kids as good as him if not more,” Phil said. “It’s not all on (him). Everything’s about Dylan Donahue and it should be, because he’s a star and he’s a phenomenal player. At UMass, everything was about Nick and … it’s tough when you try to carry the whole team.”With two years left to play for Syracuse, the pressure is off of Mariano. He doesn’t know where he’ll fit into the offense or how much offensive production he’ll have.But for Mariano, none of the unknowns matter anymore.“I don’t really have to worry about anything,” Mariano said. “It gives me the swagger to go out and just play the game that I know.” Comments Nick Mariano didn’t need the spotlight. With or without it, he would have been content. But among older teammates who went on to play at Johns Hopkins, Marquette and Towson, the freshman was still the one being talked about.A local TV host nicknamed him ‘Slick Nick, the fearless freshman.’ A newspaper referred to him as ‘Nicky Lax.’ Mariano didn’t like the attention, but it spread quickly.When he traveled to Maryland for the Blue Chip recruiting showcase, Mariano’s roommate already knew him before they met.“‘Oh wow, I know that name,’” his father, Phil Mariano, recalled Nick’s roommate saying. “‘You’re Slick Nick.’“Nick was embarrassed.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Nick Mariano finds niche role at Syracuse after being the leading scorer at Massachusetts Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. This is placeholder text Advertisementlast_img read more

Heisler: Lakers already closing in on Anthony Davis, but with lots of competition

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Come to the Bucks, man,” Giannis Antetokuonmpo told Davis after their game. “Come to the Bucks.”Davis didn’t comment.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Actually, Davis, who played through illness in Milwaukee, declined to talk to the press … perhaps further upset at the latest furor after James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin that trading for A.D. “would be amazing. Like, duh. That would be incredible.”Unfortunately for A.D., Giannis extended his invitation to join him in a hall, surrounded by press people … making it the first star-to-star pitch witnessed in real time.Of course, nothing can happen unless Davis, who’s under contract through 2019, demands a trade. Now, the latest entry in the campaign to woo Anthony Davis:(Fill in your favorite team’s name here.)What was once mere speculation is now a folk movement as the schedule – aka the Pelican Death March – winds through Boston, where Celtics fans see Davis as their next Bill Russell … to Milwaukee, where the Pelicans took another loss and A.D. got another pitch … to Staples Center, where Lakerdom, starting with LeBron James, sees him as next in their line of Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal.Yes, it’s come to that. The Lakers are now vying for a superstar with Milwaukee, the Great White North of the NBA. If Lakers president Magic Johnson, or anyone in any front office, said what James and Antetokuonmpo did, the NBA would fine them hundreds of thousands of dollars for tampering.Players, on the other hand, are allowed carte blanche to recruit each other.Something similar happened in Boston where The Athletic reported Kyrie Irving and Davis spoke “about what it would be like to play together in Boston, according to a league source.”Not that this may reflect anything more than furious internet competition for “scoops” with “league sources” passing along hearsay, so the A.D.-Kyrie talks might have been anything from serious to fleeting.With A.D. seeming to tilt toward the Lakers after dumping his agent to hire LeBron’s pal, Rich Paul, I’d guess it went like this:Kyrie: “You’ve got to come here. We’d be great together!”A.D.: “Yeah, that would be cool.”This just in! More teams are expected to let Davis know they want him, too: Atlanta, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, and that’s just through the C’s.Nevertheless, this looks real, rather than a media hype with little basis in fact … like the courtship of James by desperate New York fans from 2008 to 2010, before the Knicks’ declining fortunes knocked them out of the running at the end when it came down to Miami and Cleveland.Wherever the Pelicans go, they’re obliged to rally around Davis with Coach Alvin Gentry proclaiming he’s theirs and will stay that way, and A.D. agreeing … up to a point.“We’re not trading him,” Gentry said before Friday’s loss to the Lakers. “He’s under contract another year and a half. That’s the easy part on our side. That’s from our owner all the way down to the last ball boy on our team. We’re not trading him.”Gentry has been a favorite with the local press from his days as Clippers coach and an assistant on Doc Rivers’ staff.Nevertheless, I’d guess what Alvin is really thinking is: “We’re not trading him. Hopefully, we’ll right the ship, he’ll be moved to stay and this will go away. In the meantime, we’ll keep the faith since that’s all we have left.”Of course, the Pelicans won’t trade Davis until they know they must. A.D. is signaling that his decision point will come this summer, when the team is sure to offer him a “super-max” extension worth approximately $240 million, $87 million more than any other team can.Unfortunately for the Pelicans, it doesn’t look like even that will be enough.“I’d take legacy over money,” Davis told Yahoo’s Chris Haynes last week. “I want to have a legacy. All my people that look up to me, the younger kids, I want them to know about A.D.’s legacy. Championships, the things I do in the community, being a good teammate, playing hard.”Oops. The Pelicans shot from 34-48 to 48-34 last season, but are now 15-18, No. 13 in the West, with A.D. noting he must play “almost perfect” to win.Put it all together and it spells “death spiral.”For the maraschino cherry atop the sundae of the Pelicans’ misery, A.D. went to dinner with James after the loss to the Lakers.LeBron’s comments about trading for Davis burned up the NBA last week with small markets worried their stars might be looted next.Nevertheless, the league put out the word that tampering applies only to management, as much as LeBron pushes the envelope.Of course, the Lakers could tell you how little it can mean to be a mega-market, or even the NBA’s most glamorous franchise, which is what they were when the bottom dropped out after their 2010 title.The Lakers are once more the stars’ destination of choice with the gregarious James, the Pied Piper of NBA players, in the place of Kobe Bryant, an entity unto himself who inspired more respect than affection.The fix is, indeed, in with Davis, as Charles Barkley noted last week, making it official, at least as a conspiracy theory.Not that it was any surprise with LeBron’s history of coordinating his moves with peers, be they stars like Dwyane Wade or role players like Mike Miller.The A.D.-to-Lakers story is now galloping miles ahead of current events. NBA team officials seem reconciled to Davis joining the Lakers, but worry he’ll demand a short-term deal – as LeBron did in Cleveland and Miami – signaling stars’ intentions to exert even more power.In real life, this will take months to play out, presumably in the summer. For the moment, at least, A.D. looks like he’s on track, heading straight into the heart of Lakerdom.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Teacher allegedly beaten by secondary school student

first_imgA school teacher had to seek medical attention on Saturday after she was attacked and beaten by a student of the Number 8 Secondary School on the West Coast of Berbice.The injured woman, Gangadin Sebarat-Isaacs, acting Head Teacher of the Number Five Primary School, was reportedly heading home when the incident occurred.She recalled that she — along with her three children, aged 11, five and 3 years old — had just left her mother’s home when the suspect, a 16-year-old, saw her walking in the company of her children and approached her. The teacher said she pulled her 3-year-old to the side as the two older ones stepped in front of her.“He passed the two of them and he stop in front of me, so I ask him if he don’t see.” She related that the teenager walked into her son and then pushed her down to the ground. She noted that as she was on the ground, the fifth form student bend over her and kissed her on her lips.“He go to do it again and I spit. I don’t know if the spit catch him, but with that he start cuffing me. He cuff me on my face… Right now my whole face hurting, my head hurting, my teeth hurting, my skin that he cuff and so hurting…,” the teacher explained.Guyana Times understands that this lad had previously been charged for his alleged implication in a series of offences that are being investigated.It has also been reported that after the teenager was arrested, his parents contacted someone in authority and he was released.Another fifth form student of the Number 8 Secondary School had, in September, also attacked a teacher.That teacher had allegedly been put in a vice and dragged around the school compound before two male teachers had come to her rescue.That teacher was at the time attempting to protect a second form student from the physical advances of a male fifth form student.last_img read more