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A Medicare Update…..

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Hello Everyone,

Please enjoy the information contained in this edition of Frontier Focus. Please be sure to share it with your members, colleagues, providers and office billing staff. Thank you for your continued efforts to broadcast Medicare information to the providers in Region VIII.

Table of Contents

1. Reminder: National Provider Conference Call on ICD-10-CM/PCS – May 19, 2009

2. Program Advisory & Oversight Committee (PAOC) Meeting ...

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North Dakota Information Technology News

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IT workforce needs featured in Bismarck Tribune:
The Bismarck Tribune recently published an article entitled “Room to grow: IT expansion expected to continue in N.D.” The article focused on the workforce needs revealed by the 2008 North Dakota IT Workforce Needs Assessment completed by ITCND, North Dakota Workforce Development Council, North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education and Valley City State University.

Read the complete article here.
Students awarded scholarships for IT competition:
Three North Dakota ...

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National Telecommunications Cooperative Association

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Volume 41, No. 19/May 14, 2009

In this issue:

NTCA Comments on Nonrural USF Support

FCC Shortens Porting Time to One Business Day

FTC Delays Red Flag Rule Compliance Deadline; Publishes Template

Obama Administration Releases Detailed FCC Budget Request

Promises Accelerate Health Care Reform

White House Targets Estate Taxes to Pay for Health Care Overhaul

House Hearing Examines Competition in the Wireless Industry

FCC Releases Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Reports

Notes in the News

NTCA COMMENTS ON NONRURAL USF SUPPORT

NTCA urged the FCC in comments filed May 8 to maintain ...

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Education Commission of the States

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State Partnerships For Quality Teacher Preperation-
This issue paper examines how the effective use of data, competency-based teacher education standards and current relationships between districts and teacher education programs can lead to powerful partnerships that drive both the continuous improvement of schools and teacher education programs. (ECS and the National Center for Teacher Transformation, May 2009).
http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/80/55/8055.pdf

State Budget Shortfalls: Postsecondary Education Impacts-
This StateNote examines the budgets of six states with varying budgetary shortfalls before and after the passage of ...

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Colleges for Teacher Education

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AACTE Weekly News Briefs | May 12, 2009
. . . delivered to your inbox so you can enjoy up-to-date news on colleges of education, teaching and the classroom, legislation, STEM teacher issues, grants, and upcoming events. Please click on linked headlines for full story.

AACTE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Learn About the New Accountability Provisions in Title II of HEOA (AACTE webinar)
Title II of the Higher Education Act requires all higher-education based educator preparation programs and states to report on ...

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News from Oil Country

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Dedicated to …
Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Mountrail County is a rolling grassland of nearly 2000 square miles in northwestern North Dakota. The county’s economy has long been based on agriculture. It is a land of farms and ranches together with small towns providing services to the rural population.

In 2007 the county found itself in the heart of the state’s oil development, thanks to the Bakken Formation.

The Bakken (pronounced BAHK-en) is a vast, deep formation of ...

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North Dakota Legislative Wrap-up — North Dakota Council on Information Technology

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61st Legislative Session Comes to an End

The 61st Legislative Session concluded Monday, May 4, its 79th day. The 2009 session went down in history as the longest and the only to extend into May. Overall highlights of 2009 legislation are available here.

Below are brief summaries of the key bills monitored by ITCND this session. If you have in-depth questions on any of the legislation, feel free to contact Deana at 701-355-4458 or office@itcnd.org.

2009 Legislative Agenda and ...

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How to Communicate with your Citizens

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Dear Tom Seymour,

Last week you were invited to join us at our industry leading 60-minute
Audio conference. I’m now pleased to send for your review the Conference
Agenda which profiles this comprehensive program:

“Using Government Blogs to Effectively Communicate with Your Citizens”
Thursday, June 4, 2009, 1:00 PM ET
http://www.governmenteducator.com/DL/0/2/p2F6VXc/p2D47X9Ji/p0e

Government Blogging: What You Need to Know to Get Started
** Strategies for using your blog for citizen collaboration & feedback
** Keys for posting citizen centered messages & ...

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Medicare Update

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Hello Everyone,

Please enjoy the information contained in this edition of Frontier Focus. Please be sure to share it with your members, colleagues, providers and office billing staff. Thank you for your continued efforts to broadcast Medicare information to the providers in Region VIII.

Table of Contents

1. 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative and Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program National Provider Call to be held~ May 20, 2009

2. ...

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Education Review

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ED REVIEW
May 8, 2009

…a bi-weekly update on U.S. Department of Education activities relevant to the Intergovernmental and Corporate community and other stakeholders
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LISTENING AND LEARNING

On May 4, Secretary Duncan officially kicked-off his “Listening and Learning: A Conversation About Education Reform” tour with three events in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The tour will gather input on the Obama Administration’s education agenda, including early childhood learning, standards, teacher quality, higher education, and workforce development. In the ...

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Career and Technical Education Update

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Louisiana Senate Panel Approves More School Time For Technical Skills.
The AP (5/8) reports, “Louisiana could improve its high school graduation rate of 65 percent by allowing students who are not college bound to focus more of their classroom time on technical skills, a Senate committee voted on Thursday.” The plan constitutes “an expansion of the state’s existing programs that allow some students to get credit for studying trades if they don’t want to go to a four-year college after ...

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North Dakota’s Governor John Hoeven Signs Higher Education Legislation

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NEWS ...

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