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Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 29, 2013

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) welcomes a new declaration to eliminate HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria by 2030. The pledge was announced at the Abuja+12 Special Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, held by Heads of State and Governments of the African Union (AU) on July 15-17 in Abuja, Nigeria. This declaration confirms the AUs steadfast commitment to creating an AIDS-free generation in Africa.

The Special Summit of the African Union centered on the theme, Ownership, Accountability, and Sustainability of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Response in Africa: Past, Present, and the Future. The declaration, titled Abuja: Actions towards the Elimination of HIV and AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis in Africa by 2030, was released immediately following the Special Summit. It includes a commitment to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV, increase access to HIV care and treatment for children and adolescents, review laws to protect people living with HIV and reduce stigma, create HIV/AIDS prevention programs aimed at young women, and accelerate HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

We are at a critical point in fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa, particularly in our efforts to eliminate pediatric HIV, said Charles Lyons, president and chief executive offer at the Foundation. This latest declaration builds upon the great progress that has been made in recent years to end pediatric HIV. The ambitious goals set forth by the AU will help improve the health of people in Africa and yield economic and social progress, especially for women and children.

The AUs pledge comes on the heels of new, consolidated HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention guidelines, released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on June 30. In line with the AUs declaration, the WHOs guidelines call for expanded prevention and treatment efforts for millions of HIV-positive people in Africa, including providing lifelong access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) to all HIV-positive pregnant and breastfeeding woman and providing ART for all HIV-positive children younger than five years of age.

The AUs declaration signals that African countries are ready to take more ownership of their public health initiatives, said Rhoda Igweta, senior public policy and advocacy officer at EGPAF. Combined with the new WHO guidelines, there is tremendous opportunity for African countries to become global leaders in the effort to achieve an AIDS-free generation. With the right resources in place, the AU should meet its goal to eliminate HIV/AIDS by 2030.

EGPAF is currently one of the largest providers of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services in sub-Saharan Africa, and a leader in the global movement to end pediatric HIV/AIDS. To date, EGPAF has provided PMTCT and other health services to nearly 16 million women and their babies and operates more than 5,500 sites in 15 countries worldwide. Still, more than 900 babies are born HIV-positive every day, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, 57 percent of HIV-positive eligible adults receive HIV treatment, but only 33 percent of eligible children living with HIV have access to the medicines they need.

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About the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF):

EGPAF is a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS, and has reached more than 16 million women with services to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies. It currently works at more than 5,500 sites and in 15 countries to implement prevention, care, and treatment services; to further advance innovative research; and to execute global advocacy activities that bring dramatic change to the lives of millions of women, children, and families worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.pedaids.org.







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Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 07, 2012

PLS is helping Alabama communities recover from the recent onslaught of tornadoes with a $ 1,000 donation to the American Red Cross. The Western Union Foundation is matching the contribution, for a total donation of $ 2,000.

Early in the morning of January 23, an unusual winter outbreak of tornadoes struck Alabama, with winds up to 150 miles an hour. According to the National Weather Service, at least six different tornadoes skipped across the state, causing damage over a wide area. At least two deaths have been reported.

The American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org) is providing food and shelter to people affected by the storms. The organization distributes relief supplies and provides support and basic health services to disaster survivors.

Our thoughts are with our neighbors in Alabama as they rebuild their lives and their communities, said Bob Wolfberg, President, PLS (http://www.PLShome.com). The company operates five consumer financial services centers in Alabama.

The Western Union Foundations (http://www.westernunionfoundation.org) Agent Giving Circles program assists Western Union Agents in supporting their local communities. Were proud to join with PLS in helping the American Red Cross care for those affected by these tornadoes, said Rob Koewler, Director of Strategic Accounts for Western Union.

About PLS: People. Location. Service.

The PLS Group (http://www.PLShome.com), headquartered in Chicago, is comprised of more than 300 financial services centers in Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, New York, Texas and Wisconsin, with more than 3,300 employees. PLS is one of the largest, fastest-growing and most distinguished organizations in the check cashing industry, and is a top performer for Western Union, a money transfer network.

The companys mission is to provide innovative and convenient financial services delivered with the respect that hard-working consumers deserve.

PLS has been listed among Inc. magazines 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America (http://www.inc.com/inc5000/list) for the past three years, and for three consecutive years has been named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in Chicago by the National Association for Business Resources (http://www.101bestandbrightest.com). For the past four years, PLS has been named one of Chicagos Largest Privately Held Companies by Crains Chicago Business

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Appleton, WI (PRWEB) January 18, 2012

Healthcare-billing fraud is a growing problem in the U.S. With his company, Argus Claim Review working on behalf of employers to cut healthcare costs, Tom Doney has become a leading advocate for cost containment and accountability in healthcare. Here, he explains how providers commit healthcare-billing fraud and how Argus saves employers thousands through its diligent watchdog efforts. Argus also shares five tips for employers to avoid excess medical claim charges at http://argusclaimreview.com/uploads/5_tips_for_employers_FINAL.pdf.

To most, trying to interpret a hospital bill or claim statement can be like reading a foreign language. After the dizzying experience of going through a few lines of diagnostic codes and descriptions, it can be tempting to give up and simply trust that all services have been billed accurately.

But the extra work is often times well worth the effort.

As healthcare-billing fraud continues to affect unsuspecting employers, the reality is that paying these bills without careful scrutiny can result in drastic overpayments by companies.

Tom Doney, CEO and co-founder of Argus Claim Review a national company with offices in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Oregon and Colorado has taken the lead in righting this wrong. Focused on cost containment in healthcare, Doney has been summoned to testify in front of the U.S. Department of Labor and serves as a leading spokesperson on the issue.

Though many billing inaccuracies turn out to be honest mistakes, Doney says healthcare-billing fraud and overcharging can take many forms.

It can be as simple as double billing a single service to as complex as intentionally misrepresenting the type of service provided, when it was provided or the identity of the patient, Doney explains. Other examples include billing for services or supplies that were never provided, altering a condition or diagnosis, inflating prices or unbundling services. He says upcoding, providing kickbacks or performing unnecessary tests/treatments with the sole intent to generate more revenue are more ways to sneak in extra charges.

While most providers would never think of purposely overcharging a patient, its the small percentage of others who are perpetuating the situation. And it results in rising healthcare costs with a significant ripple effect, since larger claims lead to larger premiums for employers and employees. It all contributes to spiraling costs, which some projections show are expected to climb to $ 3.6 trillion by 2014.

With todays dramatic economic struggles, thats something nobody wants to see happen.

To combat fraud and emphasize cost containment, Doney and his team have implemented Argus Claim Review, a solution for guarding against costly billing errors and claim deficiencies. Named after Greek Mythologys 100-eyed guardian who never sleeps, Doney explains, With our system, we are constantly on the lookout for claim errors and vigilant in our efforts to catch them, correct them and uncover savings on behalf of employers.

Things that can trigger a more intense claim review by Argus include network claims totaling over $ 10,000, dialysis and chemotherapy treatments, chronic pain management, multiple surgeries and anesthesiology.

Whether its a single dose of pain medication billed at 20 times the norm or the X-ray that was never performed, Doney is confident that his team will discover any inaccuracies.

The efforts are paying off. On average, Argus saves U.S. clients just over 46 percent on billed charges per claim reviewed, Doney reports. To show how this is done, Argus shares a healthcare-billing fraud prevention tip sheet on five of the top medical claim areas employers should monitor, including medical coding, charge accuracy, medical necessity, plan specifics and unbundling/upcoding.

For examples of everyday savings uncovered, Argus features several case studies on its website. Doney points out one example where Argus saved an employer over 75 percent on a large claim. In that instance, a Veterans Administration hospital charged $ 101,575.28 for a four-day stay; Argus researched the national pay rate for the Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) and ran claim data to see what Medicare would pay hospitals in a 50-mile radius, thus lowering the bill to under $ 23,000 and saving the employer a staggering $ 78,664.86.

What happens when healthcare fraud is, in fact, discovered? Oftentimes, claim specialists work with billing agencies to indicate errors and negotiate the appropriate charges on behalf of employers. Depending on the situation, providers can also be reported and investigated.

So rather than filing a claim away before closer review, companies should think of what the 100-eyed guardian and his team of sidekicks would do. The potential savings could mean thousands to a companys bottom line.

Headquartered in Appleton, Wis, Argus Claim Review features one of the industrys most comprehensive systems for guarding against error and fraudulent billing. For more information, visit http://www.argusclaimreview.com.

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