Library Partners Press Announces Awards for 2020


Historic Houses of Worship in Peril


Tree River Fish

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The David Coates Award for Non-Fiction and the Gail O’Day Award for Poetry Are Named

WINSTON-SALEM, NC, USA, April 1, 2020 / — HISTORIC HOUSES OF WORSHIP IN PERIL: CONSERVING THEIR PLACE IN AMERICAN LIFE (ISBN 978-1-61846-095-0) by Thomas Edward Frank, and TREE RIVER FISH: POEMS ON AMERICA’S REAPING by Lamaya Covington Williams (ISBN 978-1-61846-104-9) have been awarded the David Coates Award for Non-Fiction and the Gail O’Day Award for Poetry for 2020.

Of Dr. Frank’s book, Paul Edmonson (National Trust for Historic Preservation) says:

"In Historic Houses of Worship in Peril, Thomas Frank nicely lays out the case for how historic houses of worship serve as 'essential elements of the sense of place that grounds community life in America.' Unfortunately, as he also describes, social and religious changes over time and across the American civic landscape means that these key community assets are seriously threatened, and too often are disappearing. . . . Frank makes clear that 'driving the collective will to save and use these buildings,' must start by recognizing the broader community values they represent, and which they still advance today."

And in TREE RIVER FISH, LC Williams bravely offers her instructive and timely poems as “a perspective, amid prayers, on our condition in Trump’s America.” Kirkus Reviews said of Williams’ 2015 chapbook QUITE HAPPY that Williams “picks up the baton from Maya Angelou, raising her voice to decry racism and sexism in America.” This time, with this collection of twenty stunning pieces, she doesn’t just decry and protest (though she illuminates plenty of reason to do both), she teaches (not preaches):

"…that although America is not as cold
as her grandfather would like her to believe,
she must outwit the desire for warmth
in order to save herself…"

Other nominees for this year’s Library Partners Press Awards include books by Shirene Gentry, Danny Szemple, Sam Gladding, Margot Jerome, Sally Stallings, and Don Beagle. Previous years’ winners of Library Partners Press Awards include books by Wanda Duncan, Don Beagle, and Susan Schmidt.

Library Partners Press, a digital publishing imprint of Wake Forest University producing high quality monographs in both print-on-demand and ebook formats, is now accepting nominations and manuscripts for its 2021 Awards.

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Study calls for tobacco industry death penalty as CDC estimates tobacco will kill twice the Americans as COVID-19

Comparing the estimated deaths from COVID-19 (100 to 240 thousand) and the tobacco industry (480 thousand per year).

Comparing the estimated deaths from COVID-19 and the tobacco industry.

Study results warrant tobacco industry-wide corporate death penalty as the U.S. CDC estimates tobacco will kill twice as many Americans as the COVID-19 pandemic

HOUGHTON, MI, US, April 1, 2020 / — A recent study calls for a tobacco industry-wide corporate death penalty as the CDC predicts that tobacco will kill between two times to four times as many Americans as will die from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, and Dr. Deborah Birx, warn that even with blanket nationwide adoption of stringent mitigation efforts, many Americans will die from the COVID-19 pandemic. In a press conference yesterday they estimated between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans will die from COVID-19.

However, America currently faces more than one pandemic and epidemic. The World Health Organization has long referred to the “tobacco epidemic”, because it kills more than 8 million people globally each year.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that the tobacco industry is responsible for the deaths of 480,000 Americans every year. Of those deaths 41,000 Americans die of secondhand smoke with over 7,333 secondhand smoke deaths from lung cancer and another 33,951 secondhand smoke deaths from heart disease.

Dr. Joshua Pearce, a professor in the MOST lab in Michigan, developed a metric in a recent study to determine when an industry warrants an industry-wide corporate death penalty. To set an ideal metric, Pearce used three assumptions:

1. everyone has the right to life;
2. everyone has the right to work;
3. human law should give corporations the right to exist if they benefit humanity.

“If we know that life trumps employment because you have to be alive to work, then for a company or industry to exist it must employ more people than it kills in a year,” Pearce said. “What this paper has done is set the minimum bar for industry existence.”

The tobacco industry employs 124,342 people based on data from the North American Industry Classification System, but is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths.

Pearce says, “After running the numbers the results are shocking. Every tobacco industry job in the U.S. demands literally sacrificing about four American lives every year. ”

There is no COVID-19 industry and America is doing its best to protect as many American lives as possible. Yet the tobacco industry is responsible for more deaths than the White Houses’ most pessimistic predictions.

The results of the study appear to clearly warrant a tobacco industry-wide corporate death penalty in America.

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April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, D.C., DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, April 1, 2020 / — Men's Health Network
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April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Men’s Health Network (MHN) joins with other health organizations to raise awareness of testicular cancer during Testicular Cancer Awareness Month (April). These organizations are calling on greater awareness among men, healthcare providers, and communities about this cancer that can attack boys and men of all ages.

Although testicular cancer accounts for about 1 percent of all male cancers, it is the most common form of cancer among men between 15 and 35 years old. It has one of the highest survival rates, if found early. Therefore, overall awareness is critically important. This year alone, in the U.S., more than 9,000 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Over 400 deaths will occur this year due to the disease.

Ana Tomsic, MPH, CHES, VP of Men’s Health Network, emphasizes the importance of early detection and education, saying, “The earlier, the better. If we are able to provide resources and education to that younger population, and reduce the stigma surrounding testicular cancer, we will be able to empower men to take charge of their health and know that when something seems wrong or off, they need to get it checked out.”

Olympic gold medalist and World Champion figure skater, Scott Hamilton, is a survivor of testicular cancer. He, too, said that early detection is key. “I knew something was different and didn’t do anything. For a long time. By the time I found out why, I was Stage 3 (out of 4). Know your body. You know your body. Self-examination is easy, and takes very little time. Getting to cancer early is still the best way to survive.”

"Testicular cancer is not considered to be preventable,” said Dr. Salvatore Giorgianni, Jr., PharmD, Senior Science Advisor for Men’s Health Network. “As with so many serious conditions, treatment of early-detected testicular cancer is associated with favorable outcomes. It is our belief, therefore, that men be encouraged by their primary care providers and health policy makers to learn about about testicular cancer, the benefits of early detection and treatment, and to adopt periodic detection techniques including frequent testicular self-examination."

By highlighting Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, we hope to stress the importance of health education and awareness. Men’s Health Network believes that creating a discussion around testicular cancer, self-examinations, and treatment is a great way to bring awareness to your community.

The website helps educate people about risk factors, warning signs, and treatment options for the disease. The site offers videos, a social media toolkit, downloadable posters, brochures, research articles, and examples of awareness activities to turn a difficult-to-discuss problem into an interactive and easier-to-approach learning experience.

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The Testicular Cancer Awareness Month website is maintained by Men's Health Network (MHN), an international non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health awareness messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. Learn more about MHN at and follow them on Twitter @MensHlthNetwork and Facebook at . For more information on MHN's ongoing Dialogue on Men's Health series, visit

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Country Music Superstar John Rich Joins The Logan Sekulow ReProgram to Premiere BIG & RICH's COVID-19 Quarantine Anthem

John Rich joined The Logan Sekulow ReProgram to premiere the new Big & Rich single, “Stay Home.”

The Logan Sekulow ReProgram

It was an honor to have my friend John Rich Skype in with us on The Logan Sekulow ReProgram…. We all need this song right now. It’s offers some great laughs and a message people need to hear!”

— Logan Sekulow

NASHVILLE, TN, USA, April 1, 2020 / — Country Music superstar John Rich made back-to-back appearances on The Logan Sekulow ReProgram this week, first on Tuesday to share memories and discuss the untimely passing of Country Music icon Joe Diffie, who tragically died due to complications from COVID-19. He then returned to the show this morning to premiere the brand new BIG & RICH single, “Stay Home” — available everywhere today.

"I saw the President on TV going, ‘I just want all Americans to stay home. Just stay home. Just be good people and stay home. Just stay home'…,” said Rich on the show. "And he kept saying that and I went, ‘Okay, that’s the public service announcement for America. I’m going to see if I can write it.’”

Rich wrote the chorus, and decided to call in some friends to see if they were as amused as he was. "So I called up my buddy Charlie (Pennachio) and my buddy T.J. (McDaniel), and then I called up Larry Gatlin of the Gatlin Brothers whose one of the silliest, craziest guys in the world and I got them all on a conference call… and in about 42 minutes the four of us had finished writing the song ‘Stay Home.’ Called up Kenny and Kenny rolled out of his chair laughing so hard and said, ‘we gotta record this now!’"

Rich connected to The Logan Sekulow ReProgram via video link to premiere the new song and remind everyone that we’re all in this together.

"It’s a terribly serious situation, obviously, but the flip side of it is, you look at just some of the absurdity of what’s going on right now in your house and for how long this is going to be going on,” said Rich. "We gotta have some kind of relief from that.”

During the segment, Rich also discussed his new Fox Nation show, The Pursuit, and his successful whiskey brand, Redneck Riviera, which is now in 10,000 stores nationwide.

"It was an honor to have my friend John Rich Skype in with us on The Logan Sekulow ReProgram,” said Sekulow. "Technology has its benefits and it felt like he was in the room with us. We all need this song right now. It’s offers some great laughs and a message people need to hear!"

ABOUT THE SHOW: The Logan Sekulow ReProgram is a fast-rising daily podcast and radio show, airing weekdays on Florida Man Radio 660AM / 105.5FM (Orlando) from 5am-6am ET. Host Logan Sekulow is the son of renowned Constitutional attorney Jay Sekulow. Wake up each morning to a brand new show covering our ridiculous lives, current events, interviews with incredible Americans, a weekly playlist featuring rock, metal, and real country music, a bit of politics and more. Join us for a daily celebration of our country and the freedoms that it provides and we’ll have some laughs along the way. If you miss REAL morning talk radio, this show is for you. Get ready for the one and only FLAG WAVING, GOD PRAISING, TRAILBLAZING, HELL RAISING, EVERY MORNING RADIO SHOW! GET WITH THE REPROGRAM! Show website:

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Cigars and Cigarillos Market 2020 Global Industry Size, Share, Price, Trend and Forecast to 2025

Wiseguyreports.Com Adds “Cigars and Cigarillos -Market Demand, Growth, Opportunities and Analysis Of Top Key Player Forecast To 2025” To Its Research Database

PUNE, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA, April 1, 2020 / — Cigars and Cigarillos Industry


This recently published Cigars and Cigarillos market report witnesses the scope of the report and provides the basic information including the market analysis of the industry and the players involved in the same. This brief overview also represents the market status, future forecast, growth opportunities, and key players. In addition to this, the market has been segmented into various segments that also highlights the market share during the forecast period from 2020-2025.

The report begins from overview of Industry Chain structure, and describes industry environment, then analyses market size and forecast of Cigars and Cigarillos by product, region and application, in addition, this report introduces market competition situation among the vendors and company profile, besides, market price analysis and value chain features are covered in this report.

Company Coverage (Company Profile, Sales Revenue, Price, Gross Margin, Main Products etc.):

Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S
British American Tobacco
Imperial Brands
Altria Group
Habanos S.A
Drew Estate LLC
Swisher International
Oettinger Davidoff AG
Swedish Match AB
Trendsettah USA

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Product Type Coverage (Market Size & Forecast, Major Company of Product Type etc.):
T Type
Barrel Type
Gentleman Type

Application Coverage (Market Size & Forecast, Different Demand Market by Region, Main Consumer Profile etc.):

Region Coverage (Regional Production, Demand & Forecast by Countries etc.):
North America (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
Europe (Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Russia, Spain etc.)
Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia etc.)
South America (Brazil, Argentina etc.)
Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, South Africa etc.)

Method of research 

The research has been carried out with a qualitative and quantitative assessment for the period from 2020-2025. More factors driving growth and are also responsible for challenges are analyzed based on parameters of Porter’s Five Force Model. Furthermore, the SWOT analysis has also been conducted that provides a comprehensive perspective of the Cigars and Cigarillos market.

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Table of Content

1 Industry Overview
1.1 Cigars and Cigarillos Industry
Figure Cigars and Cigarillos Industry Chain Structure
1.1.1 Overview
1.1.2 Development of Cigars and Cigarillos
1.2 Market Segment
1.2.1 Upstream
Table Upstream Segment of Cigars and Cigarillos
1.2.2 Downstream
Table Application Segment of Cigars and Cigarillos
Table Global Cigars and Cigarillos Market 2015-2025, by Application, in USD Million
1.3 Cost Analysis

2 Industry Environment (PEST Analysis)
2.1 Policy
2.2 Economics
2.3 Sociology
2.4 Technology

4 Major Companies List
4.1 Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S (Company Profile, Sales Data etc.)
4.1.1 Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S Profile
Table Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S Overview List
4.1.2 Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S Products & Services
4.1.3 Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S Business Operation Conditions
Table Business Operation of Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S (Sales Revenue, Sales Volume, Price, Cost, Gross Margin)
4.2 British American Tobacco (Company Profile, Sales Data etc.)
4.2.1 British American Tobacco Profile
Table British American Tobacco Overview List
4.2.2 British American Tobacco Products & Services
4.2.3 British American Tobacco Business Operation Conditions
Table Business Operation of British American Tobacco (Sales Revenue, Sales Volume, Price, Cost, Gross Margin)
4.3 Imperial Brands (Company Profile, Sales Data etc.)
4.3.1 Imperial Brands Profile
Table Imperial Brands Overview List
4.3.2 Imperial Brands Products & Services
4.3.3 Imperial Brands Business Operation Conditions
Table Business Operation of Imperial Brands (Sales Revenue, Sales Volume, Price, Cost, Gross Margin)
4.4 Plc (Company Profile, Sales Data etc.)
4.4.1 Plc Profile
Table Plc Overview List
4.4.2 Plc Products & Services
4.4.3 Plc Business Operation Conditions
Table Business Operation of Plc (Sales Revenue, Sales Volume, Price, Cost, Gross Margin)
4.5 Altria Group (Company Profile, Sales Data etc.)
4.5.1 Altria Group Profile
Table Altria Group Overview List
4.5.2 Altria Group Products & Services
4.5.3 Altria Group Business Operation Conditions
Table Business Operation of Altria Group (Sales Revenue, Sales Volume, Price, Cost, Gross Margin)
4.6 Habanos S.A (Company Profile, Sales Data etc.)
4.7 Drew Estate LLC (Company Profile, Sales Data etc.)
4.8 Swisher International (Company Profile, Sales Data etc.)
4.9 Oettinger Davidoff AG (Company Profile, Sales Data etc.)
4.10 Swedish Match AB (Company Profile, Sales Data etc.)
4.11 Trendsettah USA (Company Profile, Sales Data etc.)

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Hash Bash will go on Saturday 4/4/20 at High Noon

Tommy Chong speaks at Hash Bash 2016/photo by Rick Thompson

John Sinclair at Hash Bash 2016/photo by Rick Thompson

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Digital broadcast made possible by the Hash Bash committee, their great sponsors and Planet Green Trees TV

Our lives are profoundly affected by the virus. We have created a way for people to enjoy all the essential components of the Hash Bash- speakers, praise, protest and music- with zero personal risk.”

— Jamie Lowell, Hash Bash Committee

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES, April 1, 2020 / — The official digital Hash Bash is coming Saturday, April 4th at High Noon!

The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented gathering on the Diag, but Michigan’s annual cannabis freedoms rally will take place virtually instead. All of the Hash Bash’s history, tradition, speakers and music will be available to enjoy from the comfort of one’s home!

The online event will kick off at 12:00 noon on Saturday April 4. Catch all the action at or

The virtual Hash Bash will feature many of the same great speakers known to attendees, along with some new voices, including:

celebrity guest speaker Tommy Chong

world renowned cannabis breeder DJ Short

Senior Cultivation Editor at High Times Danny Danko

Red Wing great Darren McCarty

State Senator Jeff Irwin

State House Representative Yousef Rabhi

attorney Matt Abel

The digital Hash Bash broadcast begins with an introduction by Nick Zettell and will be hosted by Jamie Lowell and the regular Planet Green Trees Radio Show crew, including attorney Michael Komorn, Rick Thompson and Debra Young. After the virtual rally the broadcast will transition into music and comedy featuring comedian Krissy Kinney and live interviews with well known national acts.

This broadcast will give special recognition to Mr. Hash Bash, Adam Brook, who emceed the event for 20 years, and is dedicated with gratitude to the legendary John Sinclair, who got it all started 49 years ago!

The digital Hash Bash event is totally free. Sponsorship funds will be used to launch the Hash Bash when it is rescheduled later this year. Sponsors are: Komorn Law, Michigan Cannabis Industries Association, Act Labs, The Botanical Company, Arborside, Om of Medicine, Real Leaf Solutions, Michigan Cannabis Business Development Group, Ancient Extractions, Grow Green MI, Elevation Station, Rudoi Law, BDT's Smoke Shop, Planet Green Trees and Jazz Cabbage Cafè Radio Show.

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Mission Accomplished – Women Veterans ROCK! Is Making History At Their 2020 Public Policy Day On Capitol Hill

Congressman Mark Takano, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs standing over a podium in the senate building addressing the 2020 Women Veterans ROCK! delegation

Congressman Mark Takano, Chairman of The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs address The Women Veterans ROCK! 2020 Delegation for Public Policy Day on Capitol Hill.

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Your conference last year helped shaped the Women Veterans Task Force. Much of your input became the backbone of what we worked on with the Deborah Sampson Act”

— Rep. Mark Takano, Chairman, U.S. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2020 / — In celebration of America's national recognition of Women’s History Month, Women Veterans ROCK! annually convenes 100 of the country’s leading Women Veterans and Military Women for Public Policy Day On Capitol Hill. Their mission is to bring attention to federal legislators and federal policy makers the important issues affecting today's Women Veterans and Military Families.

Women Veterans ROCK! hosted members of The Women Veterans 2020 Delegation from all around the Mid-Atlantic Region on March 12, 2020. The Delegation's Civic Engagement Briefings; Congressional Briefings; and Women Veterans Caucus provided members of the Delegation with important opportunities to give voice to their concerns with Congressional Leaders on legislation relevant to today's Women Veterans and Military Families.

The Delegates met with congressional leaders including: Congressman Mark Takano, Chairman, The House Veterans Affairs Committee, (CA; 41st Congressional District); Congresswoman Susan Wild, Member of The House Women Veterans Task Force, (PA; 7th Congressional District); and Members of the Servicewomen and Women Veterans Congressional Caucus.

"We thank Chairman Takano for his participation in Women Veterans ROCK! 2020 Public Policy Day On Capitol Hill. The Women Veterans Delegation also appreciates his declaration about the important impact of the work of Women Veterans ROCK! On The Hill – and – to that we say, Mission Accomplished! We remain committed to building productive partnerships with our legislative leaders on The Hill," says, Deborah Harmon-Pugh, National Campaign Chair of Women Veterans ROCK!; The Women Veterans 2020 Delegation; and
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CCHR Encourages the Public to Report Psychiatric Abuse and Fraud

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced that they are “launching a task force with state and local officials to investigate fraud related to the coronavirus.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced that they are “launching a task force with state and local officials to investigate fraud related to the coronavirus.”

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

Question: Who commits more healthcare fraud and abuse?  A. Hospital administrators?  B. Medical doctors?  C. Psychiatrists?  Answer: Psychiatrists commit 40% of all Healthcare fraud.

Question: Who commits more healthcare fraud and abuse? A. Hospital administrators? B. Medical doctors? C. Psychiatrists? Answer: Psychiatrists commit 40% of all Healthcare fraud.

With $1.7 billion allocated to mental health programs in response to COVID-19 fears and concerns, CCHR anticipates increase in telepsychiatry fraud and abuse.

With $1.7 billion allocated to mental health programs in response to COVID-19 fears and concerns, CCHR anticipates increase in telepsychiatry fraud and abuse.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health industry watchdog, operates a free hotline to report abuse.

Florida is the number two state in the country for Medicaid fraud recoveries and a 'hotspot for health care fraud.'”

— South Florida Business Journal

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2020 / — With the recent passage of the federal stimulus package, which allocated $425 million for mental health services and an additional $1.32 billion for community mental health centers, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International announced that they will be increasing oversight of the mental health industry. [1]

Following the lead of CCHR International, the Florida chapter of CCHR is also increasing its oversight due to concerns that there will be an increase in telepsychiatry and a potential for greater abuse and fraud across the state.

“Within days of the passage of the stimulus package a Tampa psychiatric practice sent out a press release that they are now offering ‘drive-in’ telepsychiatry,” said the president of CCHR Florida Diane Stein. “CCHR is very concerned that in an effort to provide help during the COVID-19 crisis that instead of providing help the door to rampant fraud may have been opened.” [2]

In May of 2019, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General ‘announced charges against 24 defendants associated with five telemedicine companies for their alleged participation in healthcare fraud schemes involving more than $1.2 billion in losses”. [3]

Then in September of 2019, the “Department of Justice announced the indictment of 35 people across the country on charges connected to allegedly fraudulently billing Medicare for more than $2.1 billion in what the department called the “’largest healthcare fraud schemes ever charged.’ According to Medical Economics, at its core, the scheme, involved “illegal bribes and kickbacks to medical professionals working with fraudulent telemedicine companies in exchange for referrals of Medicare beneficiaries.” [4]

As reported the South Florida Business Journal, Florida is the number two state in the country for Medicaid fraud recoveries and a “hotspot for health care fraud.” [5]

CCHR is not the only organization that is concerned with the potential for fraud in Florida as a result of the passage of the federal stimulus package. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced today that they are “launching a task force with state and local officials to investigate fraud related to the coronavirus.” [6]

“At this time, it is more important than ever to ensure that people receive real help and do not become the victims of fraud and abuse,” said Stein. “CCHR is working remotely but more diligently than ever to ensure that if people need to report abuse, we are there for them.”

CCHR operates a hotline free of charge where people who have been the victim of psychiatric abuse or fraud can make an official report by calling 800-782-2878 or online at Report Psychiatric Abuse or Fraud.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information please visit

[1] Mental Health Watchdog Keeps Service Open for Consumers to Report Abuse & Fraud
[3] Telehealth: Two Steps Forward For Payment, Three Steps Back For Fraud?
[4] Medicare fraud: Feds indict 35 in alleged $2.1 billion fraud scheme involving telemedicine
[5] Medicaid fraud recoveries top $165M in Florida
[6] U.S. Attorney in Tampa launches coronavirus fraud task force
Investigators will target fake cures, fake charities, cyber-extortion and scams targeting people’s stimulus payments.

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Only Wide-Scale Use of a Fully At-Home Test Will Make a Dent in COVID-19

An at-home blood test that uses a finger prick to sample blood.

We already have a great prototype for an at-home blood test, and millions of Americans already use it every day.

To win this war and save American lives, we need an at-home sampling and processing blood test, and we need it soon.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2020 / — There was justifiable excitement when Abbott announced a new 5-minute test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. More rapid and widespread testing at point-of-care will do much to help us win this war.

Ultimately, though, hospital-based or office-based testing devices, like Abbotts, aren’t going to make a big-enough dent in this battle. Only at-home sample collecting and processing will truly help us get our arms around this enormously difficult to defeat new enemy and defeat it.

In my earlier article, I outlined a 3-step plan to save lives. The third, and arguably most important, step of that plan is the rapid wide-scale deployment of a fully at-home blood test for COVID-19. In this article, I will more fully explain why this is so critical, and so doable, financially, technologically and psychologically.


Can you imagine a diabetic going to the hospital four times a day, 365 days a year, to get his or her blood-sugar level tested? Because diabetics need frequent, easy-to-use blood tests, the market responded with an at-home sampling AND processing kit that helps millions of American diabetics manage their condition fully at-home.

Without this tool, it is safe to assume that many diabetics would be flying blind, living their lives at the whims of an invisible killer – much as we are today with the coronavirus.

The 5-minute Abbott test is a game-changer, to be sure. The President, the FDA, and private business should be applauded for expediting its development and approval.

But touting it as a patient/consumer-centered test is misleading. It’s only a “5-minute test” if you live at a hospital or doctor’s office. For many Americans, particularly those who rely on public transportation, the start-to-finish testing process could actually consume at least four-and-a-half hours.

This, obviously, is an impractical and psychologically intolerable amount of time for most Americans, if you want them to test themselves (and others) every time they seek entry back into their “virus-free” homes. Yet, this would be the price they would have to pay, daily, if they went back to work at their plant or office.

If you were a soldier in a foxhole, would it be reasonable to expect you to spend four hours every time you need to get a bullet to fire your next round?


What we need to win the war as soon as possible is a test kit having ALL of the following features:

1. Very fast results: If we plan to keep our homes a virus-free safe haven, we need to be able to quickly test anyone who seeks entry into it. This means we need super-fast (no longer than 15-minutes, and preferably 5-minutes) sampling and processing, combined, i.e. as fast as the current finger-prick blood sugar testing.
2. Mobile: So we can use it at home or on the road.
3. Convenient: Easy-to-carry and low-profile, so that it can be kept in the average entry way.
4. Ease-of-use: A simple finger prick should do it. The current nasal- and throat-swabs are difficult to do correctly (meaning a high, very dangerous, false-negative rate) and painful for the patient.
5. No time, energy, or transportation costs: Quick, easy, and at-home.
6. Low-aggregate costs: No personnel or labs needed to sample or interpret results.
7. No prior-authorization needed: Nobody should need an order from their doctor to quickly learn if they have COVID-19. Test can be done any time, day or night.
8. High-quality and “idiot-proof”: No medical – or even high school – degree needed.
9. Safe and effective: Proven repeatedly over many years of use.
10. Highly accurate: Very low error rate, especially dangerous false-negative rate


I personally know of three companies that, if soon they receive adequate funding for further development, manufacturing, and distribution, and robust regulatory support, can very quickly help us accomplish the goal of having a large-scale at-home-test program that could meet these requirements, nationwide.

Why are all of those features of great importance? Because, if the tests aren’t widely and aggressively used, we won’t come close to being able to save, by my count, 50,000 American lives. It would be like performing D-Day with only 1,000 soldiers, instead of 156,000.

Gen. Eisenhower didn’t do it, and I don’t believe President Trump will either. He is looking for “The One Big Thing,” a knock-out punch.

Based on my decades of experience in the health sciences, including previously serving as the Principal Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, I know that at-home-sample-collection and processing, which will help us accomplish aggressive testing in enormous numbers, is the only way we are going to win this war.

This is doable. We just need our leaders to make this Phase I of my plan happen, very, very soon.

The Hon. John Norris is an FDA Former Principal Deputy Commissioner, a Harvard Former Health Policy and Management Faculty Member, a Massachusetts Former Chairman of the Clinical Laboratory Regulation Reform Commission, and Chairman of FDTH Regulatory Affairs Strategies, as well as an inventor-entrepreneur and frequent drug, device, Healthcare-IT, clinical lab, and hospital-system visionary, innovator, advisor, and board member. He can be reached at

John Norris
FDTH Regulatory Affairs Strategies
+1 617-680-3127
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire

COA Thanks CMS for Major Telehealth Expansion Allowing Community Providers to Continue Cancer Treatment During Pandemic

Significant Expansion of Telehealth Services Provides a Vital Lifeline to Patients with Cancer Whose Treatment Cannot Stop

We can't thank CMS and Administrator Verma enough for quickly moving these changes forward that will dramatically help oncology providers treat patients safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

— Ted Okon, executive director of COA

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, March 31, 2020 / — The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) applauds the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for new flexibilities to telehealth regulations and rules that will allow community oncology providers to dramatically expand safe cancer treatment during the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) global pandemic. This major expansion of telehealth services and relaxation of regulations provides a huge boost to the ability of community practices to care for patients with cancer whose treatment cannot stop.

The new regulatory relief and rules from CMS are extensive and include the ability for providers to furnish 80 more services via telehealth and to bill for telehealth visits at the same rate as in-person visits. Additionally, CMS has made it clear that providers can now evaluate patients who have audio-only phone systems, an immense easing of burdens for those patients who might not have access to, or are not comfortable with, advanced technology.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a major reorganization and restructuring of cancer care in America. CMS’ rapid response to the crisis in recent weeks means that patients with cancer, many of whom are Medicare seniors with compromised immune systems that are most at risk of infection, can continue to receive cancer treatments while staying safe.

For example, thanks to telehealth, a community oncology practice in Oregon has been able to treat an 81-year-old patient with a new diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia. That person is being managed remotely, with labs drawn at the patient’s residence center. Weekly virtual telehealth meetings allow the physician to track how the patient is doing, ensuring they receive needed cancer care in a safe, cost-efficient setting.

A community oncology practice in North Texas also reports that telemedicine is allowing it to spare rural patients with long drives into urban areas that have seen COVID-19 outbreaks. This is not only reducing lengthy travel times but also greatly reduces their risk of exposure to the virus. Just this week, because of the new Medicare telehealth policies, the practice has been able to help a new patient with liver disease avoid a 133-mile drive as well as coordinate with other specialists for their cancer care.

Community oncology can't thank CMS and Administrator Seema Verma enough for quickly moving these changes forward that will dramatically help oncology providers diagnose and monitor their patients safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. CMS has demonstrated an amazing ability to cut through the red tape of Medicare bureaucracy and speed up these critically important changes. They are right on target in providing a veritable lifeline to Americans who are struggling with cancer in the midst of crisis.

Across the country, independent community oncology practices have risen to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to serve as cancer care providers for millions of patients. As the providers of cancer care to the majority of patients in America, now more than ever, it is crucial that community oncology practices stay open and active for patients as cancer and cancer care do not stop during times of national emergencies. The expansion of telehealth options and reduction of regulatory burdens are important steps that allow practices to do that while also keeping patients safe and healthy.


About the Community Oncology Alliance (COA): The majority of Americans battling cancer receive treatment in the community oncology setting. Keeping patients close to their homes, families, and support networks lessens the impact of this devastating disease. Community oncology practices do this while delivering high-quality, cutting-edge cancer care at a fraction of the cost of the hospital setting. The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) advocates for community oncology and smart public policy that ensures the community cancer care system remains healthy and able to provide all Americans with access to local, quality, affordable cancer care. Learn more at

Nicolas Ferreyros
Community Oncology Alliance
+1 2027298147
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire