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Burbank, Ca (PRWEB) August 29, 2012

Richard Stephenson, CEO and Founder of RISARC, a leading national provider of high-technology and revenue recovery solutions to the U.S. healthcare industry, has publicly endorsed plans by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of U.S. Health and Human Services, to ramp up funding for front line state and municipal healthcare providers that will facilitate achieving interoperability.

Secretary Sebelius announced last week that an additional $ 48.8 million will be directed to bolster achieving seamless information exchange, what we call interoperability, for state and local laboratory systems engaged in fighting infectious diseases. Five cities, 50 states and Puerto Rico will apply these funds to desperately needed IT improvements critical to capturing and transmitting information about disease breakouts to health authorities and the general public.

Said Secretary Sebelius last week: Todays awards support the critical work of public health departments to prevent, track and respond to new and emerging infectious diseases.

Fast track innovation

Said Stephenson regarding the HHS awards: We need to realize quickly the vision of President Barack Obama and Secretary Sebelius that all systems in our national health care delivery chain be able to effectively exchange and use the same data even when the systems dont share the same interfaces. Achieving this interoperability goal with our front line protectors in public health departments and agencies inside the states and our biggest cities will also fast track IT innovations among our largest health care providers, public and private, which depend on these agencies for health alerts and information.

The HHS awards announced last week represent the third year of funding made possible by the Affordable Care Act Prevention and Public Health Fund for the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreements. Funds will help interconnect epidemiology, laboratory and health information systems in health departments in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Republic of Palau, the District of Columbia, New York City, Los Angeles County, Chicago, Philadelphia and Houston.

Full interoperability

Added Stephenson: Effective medical decisions can only be made when doctors and other providers have accurate information. This is the vision of the Affordable Health Care Act and the early Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITEC) Act. The grants announced by Secretary Sebelius this week represent one more great step forward in realizing the shared dream of fully interoperable, seamlessly connected, privacy-protected information systems to protect the health of all.


RISARC is a leading national high-technology and revenue recovery consulting firm to the healthcare industry. RISARC, founded in 1990, has recovered over $ 1 billion for its clients. The company offers the RMSe-bubble for secure electronic document exchange and the signature RISARC 360

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Columbus, OH (PRWEB) April 24, 2012

Red Mortgage Capital, LLC, the mortgage banking arm of comprehensive capital provider RED CAPITAL GROUP, LLC is pleased to announce it processed and funded a $ 9,570,000 FHA 221(d)(4) insured mortgage commitment through HUD Chicago for the historic Pullman Wheelworks, a 210-unit affordable housing apartment building on Chicagos south side. The FHA commitment was secured just 41 days following submission of the application.

Project sponsors Mercy Housing Lakefront and National Housing Trust/Enterprise Preservation Corporation recently hosted a tour of the newly acquired property to highlight the latest preservation strategies they are employing together to address the regions affordable housing crisis. Attending the gathering was the Honorable Shaun Donovan, U.S. Secretary for Housing and Urban Development.

Pullman Wheelworks, built in 1903 as part of a working community developed by railroad industrialist George Pullman, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is being redeveloped and preserved as part of an overall neighborhood revitalization plan anticipated to occur over the next several years.

The substantial rehabilitation of the project, scheduled for completion in approximately 18 months, will include major renovations to kitchens, bathrooms and balconies, new windows throughout, and new and expanded common space areas. Having last been rehabbed in 1980, the revitalization will ensure the long term economic viability of the project, thereby preserving essential housing for the low income residents of the area. The project has 122 one-bedroom units; 28 two-bedroom units; 54 three-bedroom units and 6 studio units. The community is fully leased at present except for 10 leases that were allowed to lapse in order to provide temporary housing for tenants while their own units undergo renovation.

The financing had multiple layers of capital and a very tight time frame in which to secure the FHA commitment – a key component of the financing. Ultimately, the complex structure utilized 11 sources of capital including tax-exempt bonds issued under the U.S. Treasurys New Issue Bond Program, historic tax credits, 4% low income housing tax credits (LIHTC), and HOME loans.

Red Mortgage Capital, LLC Senior Managing Director John K. Powell said, HUD Chicago was exceptionally timely and responsive. Their delivery of an FHA Commitment just 41 days after submission demonstrates considerable effort and a dedication to furthering their mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD was integral in helping to make this transaction happen in a tight timeframe so that other deadlines could be met successfully, and we applaud them.

We were pleased to welcome the Secretary to Chicago to showcase the preservation of this historic building and the community development occurring in the neighborhood, said Mark Angelini, Senior Vice President, Real Estate Development for Mercy Housing Lakefront. The many layers of financing employed in the purchase of the building were significant to help us overcome barriers to buy the property. We thank the many partners who contributed. Three levels of government HUD, Illinois Housing Development Authority and the City of Chicago came together through the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation-sponsored initiative known as the Preservation Compact, a city-wide effort to stem the loss of affordable rental housing in the Chicago area. Community Investment Corporation and National Affordable Housing Trust also played key roles that contributed to the purchase of the property.

Operating nationwide since its inception in 1990, RED CAPITAL GROUP, LLC is recognized for its industry expertise, innovative and comprehensive structures, and consistently high lender rankings. Red Mortgage Capital, LLC is one of the nations top three FHA lenders for overall Multifamily/LEAN experience, having closed more than 100 transactions totaling nearly $ 1.2 billion during HUD FY2011, and also is an active Fannie Mae DUS

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