UNMC for the record

January 04, 2019

Image with caption: The University of Nebraska at Omaha basketball team is hosting a UNO/UNMC alumni night on Feb. 14.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha basketball team is hosting a UNO/UNMC alumni night on Feb. 14.

UNO Mavericks to host UNO/UNMC Alumni Night on Feb 14
Feel the love for all things Maverick this Valentine's Day -- join University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and UNMC alumni and their families at Alumni Night on the Court Thursday, Feb. 14, at Baxter Arena, to watch the UNO men's basketball team take on South Dakota State.

Hosted by the UNO and UNMC Alumni Associations, Alumni Night on the Court begins with a pregame reception at 6 p.m. featuring snacks and beverages, door prizes, games, the Maverick Dance Team and an appearance by UNO Coach Derrin Hansen. That's followed by tip-off against the defending Summit League champion Jackrabbits at 7 p.m. Alumni will be seated together in one section.

Cost is $15 per adult, $10 per child. Price includes reception fare, game ticket and a meal voucher for use during the game at a Baxter concession stand. Register here.

Feds require new cost transparency website
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will require all hospitals to publicly post their costs on their public websites beginning Jan. 1. Nebraska Medicine is complying with the regulation and is encouraging any patient with questions about their costs to speak with a financial counselor.

"CMS requires hospitals to post their retail price list, which reflects a price few, if any, patients actually pay," said Jana Danielson, executive director of Nebraska Medicine's Revenue Cycle Department. "Because of differences in insurance plans and several other factors, it can be very difficult for someone to estimate their costs based on this published list."

Nebraska Medicine's website will seek to eliminate as much confusion as possible by posting the direct phone number to patient financial services, 402-559-5346, and encouraging patients to get their specific information from a counselor rather than the CMS-required listing. The Revenue Cycle team reviewed this approach with several patient family advisory councils, as well as physician and administrative leaders.

Retirements announced
The UNMC Department of Human Resources has released a list of 12 retirements spanning the period between Dec. 7 and Jan. 26. Four of the retirees have more than 39 years of service. Leading the way with 45 years of service was Jeffrey Baldwin, Pharm.D., College of Pharmacy. He is followed by Elizabeth Revers, comparative medicine, with 40 years; Rebecca Anderson, J.D., College of Public Health, with 39 years; and Janice Twiss, Ph.D., College of Nursing with 39 years.

Here's the complete list of retirements:

  • Jeffrey Baldwin, Pharm.D., College of Pharmacy Pharmacy Practice and Science, retired Jan. 1 (start date June 18, 1973)
  • Elizabeth Revers, comparative medicine, retired Jan. 3 (start date Oct. 10, 1978)
  • Rebecca Anderson, J.D., College of Public Health, retired Jan. 3 (start date July 31, 1979)
  • Janice Twiss, Ph.D., College of Nursing-Omaha Division, retired Jan. 3 (start date Aug. 13, 1979)
  • Roxanne Cox, academic affairs, Library of Medicine, retired Jan. 1 (start date March 20, 1989)
  • Joan Husted, College of Medicine, continuing education, will retire Jan. 12 (start date Feb. 1, 2001)
  • Judy Anderson, business and finance-FACT, will retire Jan. 26 (start date May 21, 2001)
  • Jianuo Liu, Ph.D., College of Medicine, pharmacology/experimental neuroscience, retired Jan. 1 (start date March, 18, 2005)
  • Patricia Johnson, College of Dentistry-Lincoln Clinic Administration, will retire Jan. 5 (start date May 9, 2005)
  • Dorothy North, College of Medicine, continuing education, retired Jan. 3 (start date Jan. 2, 2007)
  • Faye Park, clinical research center, retired Jan. 1 (start date March 23, 2015)
  • Adrian Koesters, vice chancellor for research, retired Dec. 7 (start date Sept. 1, 2015)

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