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In the Media: Links to News from Around the Country

Larry Charny, (NY), Communications Committee

Yesterday's information provides context;
Today's information prepares you for tomorrow.

Information on Special Education, Medicaid and their points of intersection are dynamic and complex. The original intent of this column was to provide a portal to the most recent information, from a variety of news outlets, covering a wide range of issues relevant to members of NAME.

We now embrace the immediacy of Facebook as an efficient means to share news and links with members and colleagues, but many schools and agencies still do not allow access to Facebook. So we continue to share in as many formats as possible.

Here are links to some articles we think will be of interest to you:

Hugh Herr: The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance
At the link below find a “Ted Talk”. It is a very unique rephrasing of disabilities and poses some creative policy solutions for the future. If you’re able to join over 1.6 million other viewers and watch to the end (19 minutes), you’ll see that even the role of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) appears in this broadly thoughtful scenario. Imagine a day when schools will not need to claim Medicaid for Special Transportation reimbursement because there will be no need for specially modified buses because students will be fitted for specially modified prosthetics -- paid for by CMS -- and therefore be able to negotiate the steps getting onto a regular bus...

Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that's both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.


How to Think About the Risk of Autism
This article is not directly related to Medicaid and School Based services, but is about how hard data can help parents keep a cool head, but the content may be of interest to some of you:

Inside the Mind of a Child With Autism
Nudged by an author and former journalist, researchers want to study therapy incorporating animated characters as a way to achieve a deeper connection:

Special Ed Preschool funds stolen
Four Men Indicted in $12.4 Million Theft of N.Y. Special Ed. Funds:

Why Paper Prescriptions Are Going The Way Of Snail Mail
Here is another story related to the importance of securing protected health information you collect, because it’s about lost student prescriptions and orders:

Stolen EHR Charts Sell for $50 Each on Black Market
This article seems worlds away from school districts and Medicaid reimbursement, but we think worth your consideration as another potential risk for the health records you're charged to keep secure: