University Press (UPL.ng) Q32019 Interim Report

first_imgUniversity Press (UPL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Printing & Publishing sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about University Press (UPL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the University Press (UPL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: University Press (UPL.ng)  2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileUniversity Press Plc (UPPLC) publishes, prints, markets and distributes books in Nigeria for the education and general reading sectors. Educational books cover curriculum titles for the pre-primary, primary, junior, senior secondary and tertiary sectors. The company also produces material for teacher training, research categories and general reading as well as dictionaries, encyclopedias and language and cultural publications. University Press Plc was founded in 1949 and formerly known as Oxford University Press Nigeria. The company started publishing and printing indigenous titles in 1963 when it came out with the first ever local educational publication in Nigeria. Today, University Press Plc is the oldest publishing house in Nigeria exporting to a broad selection of countries in the rest of Africa. Its company head office is in Ibadan, Nigeria. University Press Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

5 reasons why I’d buy the Fevertree Drinks share price (and 5 reasons I’d steer clear!)

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Shares in flavoured tonic water supplier Fevertree Drinks (LSE: FEVR) tanked last week after it revealed revenue and profits would come in lower than previously expected following a weak end to trading in 2019. Like many investors, I’ve been weighing up the reasons for and against building a stake in the former market darling. Here’s my take.Reasons to be optimisticThe first reason Fevertree’s shares might be worth buying is simply based on the assumption that the market has overreacted. Despite flagging sales in the UK, growth overseas (including 33% in the US) has been encouraging. You might argue that Fevertree is merely experiencing the predictable pains endured by all successful businesses when their domestic markets mature.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Second, Fevertree has a history of scoring highly on metrics such as operating margins and returns on capital employed — just the sort of business preferred by star fund manager Terry Smith. Importantly, those that built the company from scratch also remain in post with sizeable shareholdings.Third, Fevetree’s finances are in sound order with management expecting to report a year-end cash position of £128m in March. Many firms would kill for its balance sheet. Fourth, Fevertree doesn’t feature high up the list of those stocks currently receiving attention from short-sellers. That suggests even the most pessimistic market participants lack the conviction, at least for now, to truly bet against CEO Tim Warrillow and his team being able to turn things around. A final, admittedly speculative, reason is that Fevertree’s dramatic fall from grace makes it a bid target. Potential US suitors include beverage giants Coca Cola and PepsiCo. In the UK, Diageo — owner of gin brands Gordon’s and Tanqueray — could also be running the rule. On the other hand… The first reason I’d steer clear is the possibility we’ve reached ‘peak gin’ in the UK, at least based on the revenue growth stagnating. Like most things, specific drinks gain and lose popularity over time. Perhaps recent trading is the first indication of a reversion to the mean.Second, there’s still no certainty the company’s performance in the UK can be replicated overseas where the popularity of a gin and tonic is arguably lower. Moreover, the trend towards premiumisation could slow if concerns over the global economy gather pace, leading consumers to switch to lower-priced alternatives, or avoid them altogether.  A third reason relates to increased competition and the lack of an economic moat. With the aforementioned excellent margins, it was only a matter of time before more established rivals set out to steal market share back from the AIM-listed upstart. Even if the demand for mixers were to remain, there’s no guarantee fickle shoppers won’t gravitate towards other brands. Fourth, the potential opportunity cost of missing out on gains elsewhere must be considered. This is particularly relevant here given that Fevertree returns very little cash to shareholders. As such, investors might reasonably ask whether it’s worth waiting for a recovery if they aren’t being compensated for their patience.  The final reason to avoid Fevertree rests on its valuation. Despite falling 60% from the highs reached in September 2018, the stock still trades on a lofty 30 times forecast earnings — mightily expensive for a company issuing profit warnings.In sum, I remain undecided and that’s sufficient for me to stay on the sidelines for now. Paul Summers has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 5 reasons why I’d buy the Fevertree Drinks share price (and 5 reasons I’d steer clear!) I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address Paul Summers | Saturday, 25th January, 2020 | More on: FEVR See all posts by Paul Summerslast_img read more

Top British shares for April 2020

first_imgTop British shares for April 2020 I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. We asked our freelance writers to share their top British shares for April. Here’s what they chose:Andy Ross: National GridIn this bear market I’m focusing on defensive, value shares. One example is National Grid (LSE: NG) which, as a utility with regulated earnings, ought to be attractive to investors in these turbulent times. Demand for electricity isn’t going to wane with everyone working from home.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The shares are one of the better FTSE 100 performers in the last month or so, and I expect with coronavirus still impacting businesses it’ll continue to be a good investment in April. The dividend yield is also around 5.5%, which is an added bonus, providing income when many share prices are temporarily falling. Andy Ross owns shares in National Grid.Matthew Dumigan: AvivaMultinational insurance company Aviva (LSE: AV) recently posted record full-year profits for 2019. Return on equity reached 14.3% and there was a 6% rise in operating profit to £3.2bn.Despite the uneasy situation in financial markets, Aviva’s strong and resilient balance sheet, which is designed to withstand volatility, should significantly reduce the impact of Covid-19 on long-term performance.Overall, an impressive set of results combined with a price-to-earnings ratio of around 3.43 indicates that the company could be massively undervalued. With that in mind, I believe Aviva presents a great buying opportunity for April and beyond.Matthew Dumigan has no position in Aviva.T Sligo: RightmoveThe Rightmove (LSE: RMV) share price has taken a hammering lately, due to uncertainty in the property market. Brexit has contributed to this, and now the coronavirus outbreak is making many would-be buyers anxious.Despite this, I believe Rightmove is well placed should the market turn. Its business model requires little capital outlay and earns the company big margins. It is also debt-free.Whilst competitors like Purplebricks are causing some disruption by attaining customers at a much lower price, Rightmove has been targeting new home builders. However, with attention focused elsewhere at the moment, will the building of new homes be affected?I think now could be a great opportunity to pick up shares in Rightmove, whilst they are trading at a lower price.T Sligo has no position in any of the shares mentioned.Edward Sheldon: DiageoPicking a top British share for April is certainly not easy. There are a lot of unknowns right now. I am going to go with alcoholic beverages champion Diageo (LSE: DGE), however. Its share price has fallen significantly in the last few months and at current levels, I think the medium-to long-term risk/reward proposition is attractive.Diageo is not going to be immune from coronavirus disruption. With pubs and bars around the world closing, demand for its products, which include Johnnie Walker whisky, Tanqueray gin, and Smirnoff vodka, is likely to soften. Yet I do not expect sales to fall off a cliff, as people will continue to drink at home. So, all things considered, I see the recent share price dip as a buying opportunity.  Edward Sheldon owns shares in Diageo.Rupert Hargreaves: Tritax Big Box REITAt this stage, it is impossible to tell which companies will survive the coronavirus outbreak. However, Tritax Big Box REIT (LSE: BBOX) looks better positioned than most. As the outbreak has engulfed the global economy, the demand for online delivery services has exploded. Tritax owns an extensive portfolio of modern Big Box logistics assets, typically greater than 500,000 square feet, which are essential for companies’ online delivery infrastructure. This suggests the business should be able to weather the storm. Management seems to agree. Over the past few weeks, executives have spent £500k increasing their holdings in the business. With the stock now offering a yield of nearly 7%, it could be worth following these insiders.Rupert Hargreaves does not own shares in Tritax Big Box REIT.Tezcan Gecgil: GlaxoSmithKlineOne of my top British shares for April is GlaxoSmithKline  (LSE: GSK). I believe it may prove to be a defensive portfolio holding if we find ourselves in a global recession. The company reports revenue by three segments: pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and consumer products. Global demand for most of its products are likely to stay stable despite a potential decline in economic conditions.Year-to-date the stock is down about 20%. While the share price has declined to about 1,415p, GSK’s dividend yield has increased — it currently sits at 5.7%. The group pays dividends quarterly and the shares will go ex-dividend on 14 May. I’d consider buying the dip, especially in a Stocks and Shares ISA.Finally, our readers may be interested to know that the group is working on a potential cure (i.e., vaccine) for the novel coronavirus.Tezcan Gecgil does not own shares in GlaxoSmithKline.Kirsteen Mackay: PearsonI think learning resources company Pearson (LSE: PSON) is a FTSE 100 stock to keep an eye on in April. Although it has forecast a fall in profits for the coming year, it is also benefiting from the onslaught of home-schooling created by country lockdowns. Pearson provides individuals with online learning resources, as well as supporting the educational requirements of governments and institutions.Pearson is a £3.7bn company with a close to 4% dividend yield and earnings per share of 34p.Kirsteen does not own shares in Pearson.Kevin Godbold: UnileverWe find ourselves in extraordinary times. But I’m following my colleague Harvey Jones’s advice to not waste the stock market crash. Many companies are almost impossible to value right now because the economic future is uncertain. So, my top British share for April focuses on a company with defensive, cash-generating credentials that scores well against quality metrics.I’ve wanted it in my portfolio for years and now’s an opportunity for me to pull the trigger. I’m going for the FTSE 100’s Unilever (LSE: ULVR), because I believe its fast-moving consumer goods business will help the firm survive and thrive after the crisis.Kevin Godbold does not own shares in Unilever.Paul Summers: StrixWith markets likely to remain choppy for the foreseeable future, it feels more important than ever to seek out companies with defensive characteristics. My pick for April, therefore, is kettle safety control manufacturer Strix (LSE: KETL).Something of an anomaly, Strix recently reported that there had been “minimal impact to date” from the coronavirus and that its manufacturing operations in China had now fully recovered. At a time when most companies are shelving their payouts, the minnow chose to raise its total dividend by 10% — a very positive sign.  Strix currently trades on a little under 10 times forecast earnings. Taking into account its high margins and ability to generate great returns on the capital it invests, I’m likely to continue holding for many years to come. Paul Summers owns shares in Strix.Tom Rodgers: Games WorkshopThe long-term prospects for Games Workshop (LSE: GAW) are the best of any stock on the UK market right now, in my opinion.The FTSE 250 toy giant will take a short-term hit from the coronavirus closures, that’s for sure. But it has bounced back 15% in the last week and I’m thinking 10 or 20 years ahead. That makes the share price wildly undervalued.For a good quality, hugely profitable company at knock-down price, there is no competition – it’s my top British share for April.Tom Rodgers owns shares in Games Workshop.Royston Wild: Begbies Traynor GroupAmid the global coronavirus crisis it probably pays to bulk up your exposure to counter-cyclical stocks. One such share I expect to thrive over the short-to-medium term at least is Begbies Traynor Group (LSE: BEG).The British economy is shrinking at an alarming pace. Boffins at Morgan Stanley predict that domestic GDP will contract 10% during the three months to June as the country locks down. It looks, then, as if demand for insolvency specialist Begbies Traynor’s services is set to boom.I think the AIM share is a particularly brilliant buy today. At current prices it trades on forward P/E ratio of below 10 times and carries a near-5% dividend yield. I expect a sunny trading update at the end of the month (Thursday, April 2020), too.Royston Wild does not own shares in Begbies Traynor.Roland Head: Tate & LyleFTSE 250 firm Tate & Lyle (LSE: TATE) produces a wide range of sweeteners and specialist ingredients used by the food industry. I think the shares have been unfairly hit by the recent market crash.The firm’s ingredients are used in many popular foods, including soups, biscuits and yoghurts. Given the sales trends reported by the supermarkets recently, I’m pretty sure that Tate & Lyle is still performing well.The group’s dividend hasn’t been cut for 20 years. With TATE stock now trading on 11 times earnings and a yield of more than 5%, I rate the stock as a buy.Roland Head does not own shares in Tate & Lyle.Manika Premsingh: The Sage GroupFTSE 100 accounting software and technology services provider, The Sage Group (LSE: SGE), has seen a sharp share price drop in the stock market crash. This makes it an opportune time to buy this otherwise attractive company.It’s financially strong and carries low debt, which is a plus in an economic slowdown. If the Covid-19 crisis continues much longer, companies on shaky financial grounds will come under pressure, even the large multinationals.Further, demand pull-back for SGE’s products and services could be muted going forward because they are a business requirement. Lastly, it’s seen continued share price increases over the past decade, making it a dependable growth investment.Manika Premsingh has no position in The Sage Group. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline and Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo, Pearson, Rightmove, and Tritax Big Box REIT. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The Motley Fool Staff | Wednesday, 1st April, 2020 | More on: AV BBOX BEG DGE GAW GSK KETL NG PSON RMV SGE TATE ULVR center_img Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by The Motley Fool Stafflast_img read more

FTSE 100 pharma star: can the Hikma share price climb higher?

first_img Kirsteen Mackay | Monday, 10th August, 2020 | More on: HIK FTSE 100 pharma star: can the Hikma share price climb higher? Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Kirsteen Mackay Image source: Getty Images. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img Hikma Pharmaceuticals (LSE:HIK) is enjoying a positive year thanks to the success of its global injectables business, which includes chemotherapy treatments and muscle relaxants. On Friday it reported revenue for the injectables business grew 13% to $485m. It also revealed a pre-tax profit of $274m for the first six months of the year, which is a 21% rise compared with the equivalent period in 2019. In response, it announced a dividend hike to distribute its good fortune among shareholders. As a result, the Hikma share price enjoyed an 11% rise on Friday but remains down nearly 10% from its May high.Profitability in genericsThe FTSE 100 company makes almost 700 high-quality, affordable drugs for customers around the world. Some of these are branded and many are generic.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Hikma is a contract manufacturer for US drug giant Gilead and has begun manufacturing Remdesivir on behalf of the firm. Remdesivir is an anti-viral drug, approved to treat Covid-19, which has gained wide media coverage and much speculation since the Trump administration hyped its effectiveness.Hikma’s earnings per share are £1.52 and results for the first half of the year were strong. Revenue was up 8% and operating profit rose 15%, both ahead of the board’s expectations. Delivering positive results to shareholders on the back of conservative predictions seems to me to be a responsible way to run a business, rather than getting shareholder hopes up, only to possibly dash them.It has improved profitability in its generics division, which has served it well in recent years. However, it faces an increasing challenge as pressure on pricing in the US retail generics sector increases. The US accounts for 62% of its business and Hikma operates in a competitive and highly regulated industry.Risk and valueHikma has a varied geographic presence, which on one hand gives it diversified scope for growth, and on the other creates risk in certain regions. For instance, there is political instability in the Middle East and North Africa, which could pose a challenge to efficient distribution. Meanwhile, the US is facing many problems amid the coronavirus pandemic.With a £5bn market cap and price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) of 15, I think Hikma still offers shareholder value though. There are many pharma stocks trading on far higher ratios. Abcam for example, with a market cap of £2.7bn has a P/E of 58 and Bioventix with a market cap of £221m has a P/E of 37. AstraZeneca with its £111bn market cap has an astronomical P/E of 108!Is the Hikma share price a good investment?I think the Hikma share price could have further to climb. Pharmaceuticals are hot stocks this year, particularly those involved with helping combat coronavirus. However, rises may be slow and we should expect volatility along the way. Hikma’s share price has climbed 67% in the past three years and is now around a level it previously enjoyed five years ago. I think Hikma is a good investment to add to a diversified portfolio. Kirsteen has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Hikma Pharmaceuticals. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.last_img read more

Diocese of London launching School of Pioneers to train lay…

first_img Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Tags Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Evangelism Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit an Event Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Collierville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Press Release Service An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Callscenter_img Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel [Anglican Communion News Service] A new School of Pioneers is opening in the Diocese of London to provide non-residential training for lay leaders in creating new congregations. The initiative is being run jointly by the Diocese’s Centre for Church Planting and Growth and the Anglican mission agency Church Mission Society. The new venture will “identify and train new pioneer leaders to birth ‘new churches, for new people in new places’ across London,” a spokesperson for the diocese said in a statement.Read the full article here. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Events Posted Oct 12, 2018 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Diocese of London launching School of Pioneers to train lay church planters Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Anglican Communion, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Press Release Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI last_img read more

Will you be reimbursed for your telehealth doctor’s visits in Florida?

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Denise levesque LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply By John Haughey | The Center SquareWith doctors’ offices among places to avoid in dodging COVID-19, proponents are lobbying Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida health officials to promote telehealth as a way to get more people to see more physicians in virtual settings. The Anatomy of Fear Florida is among the 10 states that don’t impose parity standards on private insurers and among the 20 without a telehealth insurance parity law. Among unresolved obstacles: disparities between reimbursements for telehealth services and those delivered in-person.The Florida Medical Association (FMA) wants DeSantis to issue an emergency order mandating reimbursement parity for telehealth and in-person services.“This action is needed in Florida given the uneven response of the health insurance companies doing business in this state,” FMA President Dr. Ronald Giffler wrote in a Thursday letter to DeSantis, state health officials and Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier. According to the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL), 40 states and Washington, D.C., impose some type of requirements on private payers to reimburse for telehealth services comparable to what they pay for in-person visits. Twelve states require full parity, the NCSL reports.In 2019, Florida lawmakers adopted House Bill 23, which established standards of telehealth practice, but only required providers and insurers negotiate reimbursement rates.The law, effective since July 1, states telehealth contracts “must be voluntary between the insurer and the provider and must establish mutually acceptable payment rates or payment methodologies for services provided through telehealth.”There are three types of telehealth services: live video, store and forward (S&F) and remote patient monitoring (RPM).Only six state Medicaid programs – Alaska, Arizona, Maryland, Minnesota, Virginia and Washington – reimburse for all three types. All state Medicaid programs, including Florida, reimburse for live-video services.Florida is not among the 23 states with Medicaid programs that require reimbursement for S&F services, which includes consultations and sharing information, nor is it among the 27 states that mandate RPM reimbursement, according to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).DeSantis “has told Floridians to limit face-to-face contact with others as much as possible,” Giffler wrote. “We ask that you require the health insurance companies doing business in this state to do their part to help contain the spread of this acute public health danger and issue an order” enforcing payment parity. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate A demonstration on how a telehealth consultation is done. 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Please enter your email address here Florida Blue, the state’s largest private health insurer, has widened telehealth parity, but others, including United Healthcare, have not.Florida Blue said Thursday its “primary care providers, behavioral health providers and specialists can bill for virtual visits if they have telemedicine capabilities and want to consult with their patients virtually.”United Healthcare, which has 350,000 Florida members, announced Wednesday it was increasing access to telemedicine nationwide, but did not state if it would reimburse virtual services at same rates for in-office services.Florida Association of Health Plans President and CEO Audrey Brown told The News Service of Florida that private health plans are “issuing guidance to their network providers promoting telemedicine and payment for services, as well as removing prior authorization for testing and treatment for the virus.”Payment guidance varies by provider, however, creating the “uneven response” FMA wants DeSantis to level out by relaxing telehealth restrictions.Executive action is “urgently needed to ensure all Floridians – particularly those at high-risk of complications from the virus that causes the disease COVID-19 – have access to benefits that can keep them healthy while helping to contain the community spread of this virus,” Giffler wrote. March 21, 2020 at 5:12 pm Please enter your comment! Reply “Uniformity is desperately needed so that all health-care providers can comfortably provide telehealth services during the existence of the state of emergency without patients having to worry about their insurer denying coverage for such care,” Giffler wrote. Please enter your name here Can you get the governor to have every insurance company follow the same guidelines. Each of the insurance companies, Cigna, Aetna united blue cross have different criteria for physicians. It is getting very confusing Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Dean of School of Interdisciplinary Studies resigns

first_imgLinkedin Renee is a journalism major. She is dedicated to improving her journalism skills to effectively and ethically inform others. TCU will not raise tuition for the 2021-22 academic year Facebook Dr. Karen Steele, the new dean of Interdisciplinary Studies, answer emails on her computer (photo by Richard Edgemon) ‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs TCU 360 staff win awards at the Fall National College Media Convention Twitter Jacqueline Lambiase is still fighting for students Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Twitter Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ + posts Renee Umsted Renee Umstedhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/renee-umsted/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedin ReddIt Previous articleFaculty opt to move 54% of classes online in the fallNext articleFormer Honors College dean takes early retirement Renee Umsted RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt printThe dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies (SIS) has resigned, according to an email sent by Provost Teresa Dahlberg. Karen Steele, associate vice provost and dean of School of Interdisciplinary Studies and professor of English in TCU’s AddRan College of Liberal Arts. (Courtesy TCU)Dr. Karen Steele, the first dean of the college, resigned after about two years in that position. In December 2019, Steele’s appointment was extended until 2023, with the option to renew that five-year term. Steele will serve as special assistant to the provost for the 2020-2021 school year, assisting with the TCU Connected Campus plan, the Koehler Center and DEI initiatives, according to Dahlberg’s email. The email said afterward, Steele will rejoin the faculty in the English department. Dahlberg named Dr. Sonja S. Watson, the dean of the AddRan College of Liberal Arts, interim dean of SIS for the 2020-21 school year. She will lead a task force made of faculty, staff and students from the two colleges to create a “Unity of Vision” for SIS and analyze the relationship between the two colleges, according to the email. The task force is expected to provide the provost with a recommendation for the leadership, vision, structure and resource needs of SIS.Watson will also hire an associate dean of faculty and diversity, equity and inclusion for SIS and AddRan, Dahlberg wrote.In the email, Dahlberg said she has committed $50,000 in discretionary funding to Watson to support both colleges this academic year. last_img read more

The perfect egg…

first_imgNewsThe perfect egg…By admin – May 10, 2011 470 Twitter Advertisement WhatsApp Email Linkedincenter_img Print Can you cook the perfect egg?It’s a question that many claim to have the answer but one thing that is for sure and that is that there is a great debate and many points of view on how to boil the perfect egg. However, there are a few points that all the experts agree on:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up * Always cook a fresh egg and one that is at room temperature (not straight out of the fridge).* Use a small pan, so that the eggs do not have room to move.* Start with cold water and only just cover the eggs by 1cm.* Always use a kitchen timer avoid using your watch or clock.* Never use fast boiling water; a gentle simmer is all they need.* Never boil eggs longer than necessary as the yolks turn dark and rubbery.So, for the perfect boiled egg: Place eggs into a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer for:Really soft runny eggs – 2 minutesWhite just set and yolk that is creamy – 3 minutes.White and yolk perfectly set with yolk that is creamy – 4 minutes.Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and transfer to egg cups. Slice off tops and serve with buttered fingers (soldiers) of freshly toasted bread. Facebook Previous articlePunchestown 2011 In ReviewNext articleIncentive scheme should include William St- trader adminlast_img read more

Report: Interns at LUH carrying out duties beyond their qualification

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Google+ By News Highland – August 15, 2018 Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img Letterkenny University Hospital has been identified as one of nine hospitals across the country where interns were asked to carry out duties beyond their qualification.According to the Medical Council’s latest report, the Saolta Health Care Group was found to be partially compliant in Intern Training Standards but non-compliant in Specialist Training Standards with a 7% compliance rate, the lowest in the country.While Letterkenny University Hospital mostly complied or partially complied with some standards, there were some areas identified as non-compliant.The report said there were concerns interns were participating in end-of-life care without supports in place.Trainers are said to have expressed concerns over the lack of support and time given to provide teaching at the hospital.The Medical Council was concerned with reports of Interns being asked to obtain consent, which was above their role, especially within the Surgery rotation. It was recommended this practice cease with immediate effect.Concern was raised that theatre time for interns was being limited to obstetrics and gynaecology.The report also revealed that there are ongoing issues with non-consultant doctors being unable to access the Radiology department for necessary scans/information. Management claim to be aware of the issues and are hopeful they will be resolved once vacant posts in the department have been filled.The team also noted that there is no local anti-bullying/dignity at work policies.Hospital Groups must submit an action plan following an inspection and the medical council says implementation plans will be monitored on an annual basis.https://www.medicalcouncil.ie/News-and-Publications/Reports/Saolta-Report-Letterkenny-University-Hospital.pdf Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleDonegal’s commercial vacancy rate remains unchanged at 15%Next article2349 hospitality jobs created in Donegal since lower VAT rate introduced News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA DL Debate – 24/05/21 Report: Interns at LUH carrying out duties beyond their qualification Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebooklast_img read more

Flood alerts in 10 states from Texas to Ohio with more rain expected

first_imgABC News(HOUSTON) — Flood alerts have been issued in 10 states from Texas to Ohio after heavy rainfall in some areas has already sparked flash flooding.A large storm system that on Tuesday brought hail the size of golf balls to Texas and damaging winds to Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas is moving slowly east through the central and southern U.S.Over the next few days, more rainfall is expected from Texas to Ohio, with some areas seeing as much as 2 to 4 inches of rain.Up to 3 inches of rain fell from Texas to Missouri on Tuesday, causing flash flooding of streets. Several funnel clouds were also reported in western Texas. Flash flood warnings were issued Wednesday morning for San Antonio and Austin.A new low-pressure system developing on Wednesday in southern Texas could bring severe weather, including damaging hail and possible tornadoes, to parts of Texas and Louisiana this week.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more