In contrast to earlier studies, the authors describe the climatological deep low pressure system that exists over the South Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean, referred to as the Amundsen–Bellingshausen Seas low (ABSL), in terms of its relative (rather than actual) central pressure by removing the background area-averaged mean sea level pressure (MSLP). Doing so removes much of the influence of large-scale variability across the ABSL sector region (e.g., due to the southern annular mode), allowing a clearer understanding of ABSL variability and its effect on the regional climate of West Antarctica. Using ECMWF Interim Re-Analysis (ERA-Interim) fields, the annual cycle of the relative central pressure of the ABSL for the period from 1979 to 2011 shows a minimum (maximum) during winter (summer), differing considerably from the earlier studies based on actual central pressure, which suggests a semiannual oscillation. The annual cycle of the longitudinal position of the ABSL is insensitive to the background pressure, and shows it shifting westward from 250° to 220°E between summer and winter, in agreement with earlier studies. The authors demonstrate that ABSL variability, and in particular its longitudinal position, play an important role in controlling the surface climate of West Antarctica and the surrounding ocean by quantifying its influence on key meteorological parameters. Examination of the ABSL annual cycle in 17 CMIP5 climate models run with historical forcing shows that the majority of them have definite biases, especially in terms of longitudinal position, and a correspondingly poor representation of West Antarctic climate.
Brad James Tags: Bethesda Flames/Cody John/Division I/Jerrick Harding/National Christian College Association/Weber State Men’s Basketball Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Friday, Weber State men’s basketball commences its home season by hosting Bethesda of Anaheim, Calif.The Flames represent the National Christian College Association and are 0-4 to start the season.The 0-1 Wildcats suffered an 83-66 loss at San Diego Tuesday and were led by Cody John, a junior who starred at Wasatch Academy, who posted 22 points.The Wildcats hope to have the services of returning leading scorer Jerrick Harding, a junior guard out of Wichita, Kan. who missed the game against the Toreros with a sprained ankle.This is the first meeting between the Wildcats and the Flames.Weber State is 50-6 (.893) in season openers as a Division I school. November 8, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Men’s Basketball Hosts Bethesda In Home Opener Friday
Leading City analyst Jefferies has called yesterday’s Competition Appeal Tribunal judgement in favour of OnTheMarket a “Pyrrhic victory”, suggesting it thinks the downsides of the judgement are as great as its positives.The comments came as the analyst looked at the implications of the ruling, which rejected Gascoigne Halman’s claim that its contract with OnTheMarket was anti-competitive and therefore void, and clearing the way for OnTheMarket to take on the incumbent portals and in particular, Zoopla.Jefferies says that, although it is surprised by the ruling, after reading the lengthy document the logic is easy to understand, but that it doesn’t change its positive attitude to ZPG.The main threats to ZPG, it says, are other factors such as a potential looming economic downturn culling agent branch numbers and the challenges of integrating its recent acquisitions into the ZPG family.not anti-competitiveJefferies says OnTheMarket’s ‘one other portal’ rule is not anti-competitive because agents joined the portal of their own free will, and that now the court case is over Rightmove and Zoopla will have to “sharpen their pencils” to be the ‘one other portal’.“The Competition Appeal Tribunal did agree with the premise that advertising on portals was an estate agent’s key business,” the author’s co-author Anthony Codling (pictured, right) says.“The ‘output’ of an estate agent is the sale of the properties that estate agent has been instructed to sell.“Advertising is a means to achieving that end and no more than that. Estate Agents do not compete as to the number of portals on which their properties are advertised, rather they compete on employing the most successful methods in selling properties.”Jefferies also notes that OnTheMarket has been losing agents while the hearings chugged along – so far one in five of those that originally left Zoopla – and that it thinks few of the remaining agents have the deep pockets at the moment to fund OnTheMarket aggressive expansion plans. July 6, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » OnTheMarket tribunal judgement is a “Pyrrhic victory” says city analyst previous nextRegulation & LawOnTheMarket tribunal judgement is a “Pyrrhic victory” says city analystJefferies says ruling was correct but that mutually-owned portal still faces challenges.Nigel lewis6th July 201701,096 Views
Barclays and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have entered a partnership to provide £1 billion in funding to small and medium size house builders.Called the Housing Delivery Fund and organised via MHCLG’s Homes England agency, it will see Barclays offer financing of between £5 million and £100 million to individual companies in order to help fund developments.House builders will have to be either existing bank customers or sign up to join its business banking arm. The deal will see Barclays providing £875 million of the cash in addition to £125 million provided by Homes England.“This is a fantastic opportunity to not only get more homes built but also promote new and innovative approaches to construction and design that exist across the [property] market,” says Housing secretary James Brokenshire.Lending ratiosIn return for the government funding, developers will be offered more generous lending terms than they might otherwise receive from many banks.This includes a loan-to-cost ratio of 80% and loan-to-value ratio of 70%, whichever is the more viable.The deal is designed to support the government’s more recent pledge to support the UK’ smaller developers, many of whom went out of business during the financial crisis. This left the larger developers in a even more dominant position than before.“There is a vital need to build more good quality homes across the country,” says Barclays’ Chairman John McFarlane (left).“This £1bn fund is about helping to do exactly that by showing firms in the business of house building that the right finance is available for projects that help meet this urgent need.” Homes England James Brokenshire Ministry for Housing John McFarlane house building Barclays September 12, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Barclays and Housing Ministry jointly offer SME house developers £1 billion to ‘get building’ previous nextHousing MarketBarclays and Housing Ministry jointly offer SME house developers £1 billion to ‘get building’Initiative launched today will see government pitch in £125 million while Barclays is to provide remainder of huge fund.Nigel Lewis12th September 201801,124 Views
View post tag: DIVERS View post tag: Wreath View post tag: asia June 13, 2014 View post tag: Naval The commemoration ceremony occurred mid-way through a 5-day bilateral diving exercise as part of the 2014 convening of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT).“It is an honor to pay tribute to these service members who lost their lives on the USS Houston and remember their sacrifice. Our partnership with the Indonesian Navy to work together in surveying the USS Houston site will assist in preserving the remains of the USS Houston and her crew,” Deputy Chief of Mission Bauer said.Houston was sunk during the World War II Battle of Sunda Strait Feb. 28, 1942, with the loss of more than seven hundred souls. The ship remains sovereign property of the United States under customary international law, and is a popular dive site. Houston is located off the west coast of Java, Indonesia, one of nine partner nations participating in CARAT 2014.Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit divers embarked on Safeguard began surveying the wreck Monday, June 9. They are aided by Dr. Alexis Catsambis, an underwater archaeologist from the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), who provides operations planning support in order for the mission to effectively document the state of preservation of Houston. Documentation methods include inspections by surface supplied divers, sonar sensing systems and a remotely operated vehicle.In its 20th year, CARAT, which continues through late 2014, is a bilateral exercise series designed to address shared maritime security priorities and concerns, strengthen navy-to-navy relationships and enhance interoperability among participating forces. The Indonesian Navy has been part of the exercise since it began in 1995, and this year’s CARAT diving exercise is just one aspect of ongoing navy-to-navy cooperation.[mappress]Press Release, June 13, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: Lay Back to overview,Home naval-today Navy Divers Lay Wreath at USS Houston Wreck Site Authorities Deputy Chief of Mission Kristen Bauer, U.S. Embassy Jakarta, joined U.S. and Indonesian navy divers on board the USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) to lay a wreath at the site of the USS Houston (CA 30), June 11. View post tag: Navy View post tag: site Navy Divers Lay Wreath at USS Houston Wreck Site View post tag: USS Houston View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Wreck Share this article
Quicklinkhttps://jobs.losrios.edu/postings/2911 Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 2Unofficial Transcript 3Resume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Letter of Recommendation 2Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocument LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) Posting NumberF00154P Department Location Posting Details Application Instructions Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Work Schedule 1.Have a master’s degree in the language being taught OR Bachelor’sin the language being taught AND Master’s in another language orlinguistics; OR, hold a California Community College Instructor’sCredential in the discipline area; OR, the equivalent.*2. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity toand understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicbackgrounds of community college students, including those withphysical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences inlearning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusiveeducational and employment environment.*Note: Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision mustattach details and explain how their academic preparation is theequivalent of the degrees listed above. Special Requirements Minimum Qualifications AboutThe Los Rios Community College District ( LRCCD ) is the secondlargest, two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley, and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 4,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office in dozens of different departmentsthat provide welcoming, inclusive, and equitable environments forLos Rios students, employees and community partners. Each and everydistrict and college department strives for the highest quality inall programs, services, and activities, and is focused on improvingeducational outcomes for the students we serve.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associatedegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. Posting Date Total Hrs per Week/Day * Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form -https://losrios.edu/docs/lrccd/employees/hr/forms/p-881.pdf – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agree Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to note Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. Conditions Physical Demands SalaryPlease see LRCCD Salary Schedules The Institution Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. Applicationservices are available between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Mondaythrough Friday, at the Los Rios Community College District HumanResources Office located at 1919 Spanos Court, Sacramento, CA95825-3981. If you need assistance with any phase of theapplication process, please call (916) 568-3112 or come in duringour business hours. After hours inquiries to be emailed [email protected] Closing Date Position Summary All Positions: Offers of employment are contingent upon thesuccessful clearance from a criminal background check, freedom fromtuberculosis, and proof of identity and eligibility to work in theUnited States prior to the first day of work. The District mayselect additional qualified candidates should unexpected vacanciesor needs occur during this recruitment/selection process. Wheneducation is a requirement for the position, official academictranscripts from the accredited college/university must besubmitted within 60 days of hire. General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook. How and where to apply The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes. Assignment Responsibilities * Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.) Job Posting TitlePunjabi Adjunct Assistant Professor * Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo Open ContinuouslyYes Work YearN/A * Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed (Vitea.com)Community College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. Festivals, etc.)CommunityCollegeJobsComunidadCraigslistDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationD’Primeramano MagazineEdJoinFacebook (Campaign)Facebook (Los Rios Page)GlassdoorGreater Sacramento Urban LeagueHandshake (CSU, UC Job Boards)HigheredJobsIndeedInstagramJob SitesJob JournalLatina Leadership Network of the California CommunityCollegesLinkedInLos Rios Community College District EmployeeLos Rios Community College District Human Resources EmailLos Rios Community College District WebsiteLRCCD Resource Group – API (Asian Pacific Islander Legacy)LRCCD Resource Group – Black Faculty & Staff Association(BFSA)LRCCD Resource Group Native American Collaborative (NAC)LRCCD Resource Group – Spectrum (LGBTQIA+)Professional NetworksSacramento Black Chamber of CommerceSacramento Asian Chamber of CommerceSacramento Builders ExchangeSacramento Hispanic Chamber of CommerceSacramento Rainbow Chamber of CommerceSacramentoWorksThe HUBTwitterYouTubeZipRecruiter Beginning and/or Ending Dates Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College Districtadjunct faculty posting are requested to complete fully andsubmit:1. Los Rios Community College District Faculty Application2. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work ** (graduateadvising documents and grade reports will not be accepted asunofficial transcripts). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae4. Two letters of recommendation5. Letter of Interest**Note: Applications submitted without transcripts will bedisqualified. Also individuals who have completed college oruniversity course work at an institution in a country other thanthe United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreigntranscripts, degrees and other relevant documents. A foreigntranscript evaluation is required any time foreign course work isused to meet minimum qualifications and/or salary placement even ifthe foreign transcript has been accepted by a college or universityin the United States.Foreign transcript evaluations ONLY accepted from AICE (Associationof International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) or NACES (TheNational Association of Credential Evaluation Services) agencies orevaluators. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested.
COMPANY DESCRIPTIONThank you for your interest in the University of Indianapolis! TheUniversity is a private, liberal arts university located on 65acres, just minutes from downtown Indianapolis. With more than 700faculty and staff, it is a place where you can become part of aclose-knit campus community that emphasizes the importance ofcommunity partnerships in the future growth of theUniversity.UIndy’s mission is to prepare its graduates for effective,responsible, and articulate membership in the complex societies inwhich they live and serve, and for excellence and leadership intheir personal and professional lives. The motto of “Education forService” provides the foundation for our work to better ourcommunities, both near and far.As University employees, we know the work we do is important to ourstudents and our communities. To accomplish our mission, we welcometalented, civic-minded and diverse individuals from all careerlevels to help maintain our high standards of excellence andquality. If you want to join our dynamic environment and experiencehard work, creativity, and teamwork, we welcome yourapplication!The University of Indianapolis is an equal opportunityemployer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration foremployment without regard to race, sex, age, color, religion,national origin, disability, citizenship status, military status,marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genderexpression. The University of Indianapolis does not discriminate onthe basis of sex in its educational programs and activities,including employment and admission as required by TitleIX.JOB DESCRIPTIONThe University of Indianapolis seeks applications for Dean of theShaheen College of Arts and Sciences (SCAS). This full-time,12-month administrator provides overall budgetary, curricular, andpersonnel leadership and direction to the Shaheen College of Artsand Sciences in accordance with the mission and strategic plan ofthe University of Indianapolis. Reporting directly to the ExecutiveVice President and Provost, the Dean represents the College on theProvost’s Council. Academic rank and credit toward tenure will benegotiated based on academic experience. Application review beginsFebruary 1, 2021. The position will begin in July of 2021, thoughthe start date can be negotiated for the ideal candidate.The Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences is comprised ofundergraduate and graduate programs in seventeen departmentsencompassing the Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences,Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the R.B. Annis School ofEngineering. The Shaheen College dean’s office also consists of anassociate dean, an assistant dean and two administrativeassistants.Responsibilities include managing and overseeing unit resourcesincluding annual budget, faculty load, facilities, and supportstaff; supporting and promoting diversity and inclusion within thecollege; encouraging and supporting faculty development, includinginitiatives related to faculty scholarship and communityengagement; leading school initiatives related to student learning,general education offerings, innovative pedagogical practices, newcurricular options, and outcomes assessment and accreditation forall academic programs in the Shaheen College; serving as theofficial representative of, and spokesperson for the College;supervising the hiring and performance reviews of all personnel inthe College; supervising, conducting and fostering scholarly work;seeking opportunities for and overseeing Shaheen College facultyefforts in securing external funding; collaborating with theUniversity Advancement team in donor cultivation and solicitationas needed; and engaging in strategic planning for the College andthe broader University community.Minimum qualifications: An earned terminal degree from anaccredited institution of higher education; a record of successfulteaching, scholarship, and professional engagement to merit seniorrank in a discipline within the Shaheen College; ability to developand maintain a college budget, including entrepreneurial andinnovative approaches to financing; demonstrated success inadministrative and/or academic leadership; demonstrated success inplanning and execution of projects/curriculum that leverageresources and personnel in creative, forward-thinking ways;personal and professional integrity; ability to engage variousconstituent groups in strategic initiatives; a demonstratedcommitment to and/or evidence of successful initiatives that areinclusive; a record of success that would warrant a senior rankwith tenure; ability to articulate the purpose and value of aliberal arts education and its role in professional programs; andstrong organizational and communication skills.Preferred qualifications: Experience with academic programdevelopment and curriculum management; knowledge of assessment andaccreditation practices; experience in leadership at the chair’slevel or higher; ability to represent the concerns of the Collegeto internal and external audiences; ability to secure grants andengage in other fundraising activities; and ability to cultivateand maintain ties with alumni.As a part of the application process, candidates will be asked toupload a cover letter which includes a leadership vision for thecollege, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcript (terminaldegree only). 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Reports suggest that Oxford University are in talks with the French government about the possibility of opening a campus in France.According to The Telegraph, French officials met with the University last week to discuss the proposed site. Should the campus be established, it would the University’s first ever foreign campus.A spokesperson for Oxford University told the Telegraph: “Oxford has been an international university throughout its history and it is determined to remain open to the world whatever the future political landscape looks like.”The Telegraph claims that construction of any such site would begin in 2018, with courses being restructured to accommodate the prospective partnership.Oxford University have been contacted for comment.This is a breaking news story and will be updated with more information as we receive it.
Ingredients and finished goods supplier Dawn Foods is giving away Halloween toolkits to bakers.The giveaway is part of a promotional push that includes recipes, offers on ingredients, limited-edition finished frozen products and the chance to win a holiday.Bakers will receive a free Halloween-themed toolkit with any five purchases of 12.5kg bags of plain or chocolate Crème Cake Base, Extra Moist Muffin Base (plain or chocolate) or 6kg pails of vanilla, chocolate or orange frosting.The kits feature Dobla-branded chocolate bat decorations and point-of-sale material, and are designed to create a range of Halloween-themed sweet bakes and decorate a fixture or display.Dawn is also offering three finished Halloween products: a doughnut filled with blackcurrant & orange sauce and topped with orange icing and chocolate bats; a muffin with contrasting orange sugar nib decorations and a Halloween-branded muffin cup; and a cookie with a Halloween wrapper.Dawn said UK consumer spending for Halloween products had almost doubled since 2013, and reached £419m in 2018.See here for our round-up of the Halloween products being launched by British bakery businesses.
A new study suggests that global budgets for health care, an alternative to the traditional fee-for-service model of reimbursement, can slow the growth of medical spending and improve the quality of care for patients.Researchers from Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy have analyzed claims data from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ Alternative Quality Contract (AQC), a global budget program in which 11 health care provider organizations were given a budget to care for patients who use Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts insurance. Such a model contrasts with widely used fee-for-service systems, where providers are reimbursed for each medical service they deliver.The AQC predates, but is similar to, the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization contracts that Medicare began this year through the Affordable Care Act, an initiative in which Medicare will reward groups of providers based on improved outcomes and lower health care spending.The researchers looked at the first two years of data from the AQC and found that the program has, in fact, succeeded in lowering total medical spending while simultaneously improving quality of care.On average, groups in the AQC spent 3.3 percent less than fee-for-service groups in the second year, the study showed. Provider groups that entered AQC from a traditional fee-for-service contract model achieved even greater spending reductions of 9.9 percent in year two, up from 6.3 percent in the first year. Compared with those groups, groups that entered from contracts that were already similar to the AQC achieved fewer savings in both years. The researchers also found that the improvements in quality of chronic care management, adult preventive care, and pediatric care associated with the AQC grew in the second year.“Moving away from fee-for-service models is high on the agenda of those looking to establish a fiscally sustainable, efficient health care system,” said Michael Chernew, professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and senior author on the study. “It is likely that this type of new payment model will grow rapidly in coming years in the nation as a whole, and particularly in Massachusetts. By analyzing this program, we’re studying the future before it gets here.”“Both challenges and opportunities lie ahead,” said Zirui Song, a student at HMS, a recent graduate of the Harvard Ph.D. program in health policy, and the lead author on the study. “With global budgets, provider organizations must divide not only dollars, but authority and autonomy among member physicians and hospitals. While this transition is likely challenging, it represents a real opportunity to align incentives to coordinate care and keep patients healthy. The AQC teaches us that a successful start is possible, and that supportive payer-provider partnerships are critical.”These findings were published July 11 in the journal Health Affairs.In 2009, when Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts launched the ACQ, seven groups entered the program, followed by four more in 2010. In addition to the global budget, participating groups were also eligible for bonuses if they met certain quality or financial targets. Conversely, groups took on financial risk for any spending over the budget.Last year, Song, Chernew, and colleagues analyzed data from the program’s first year and published the findings in the New England Journal of Medicine.While the first-year analysis also demonstrated reduced spending with increased quality of care, the numbers were even more striking for the second year. Overall savings in year one were 1.9 percent, as opposed to 3.3 percent as noted in year two.For both years, reduced spending was attributed largely to physicians referring patients to lower-cost facilities. For the second year, lower utilization of medical services among some groups also contributed to the savings.Quality of care improvements were also greater in the second year than in the first.The researchers noted that although the AQC reduced medical spending, the overall dollar amount paid by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) did not decline. This result occurred because in addition to incentives for lower spending, the AQC was designed to include incentives for improved quality — which may offset reductions in medical spending.Chernew, however, does not consider this a weakness of the program.“The intent of the AQC was to achieve savings over the five-year duration of the contract,” said Chernew. “It was not designed to reduce BCBSMA spending in the first two years. Yet success in the long run requires a change in the culture of medicine in Massachusetts. This study shows that the culture can and will change. For example, in the second year of the AQC, we found both changes in utilization and referral patterns, which suggest physicians are beginning to think and act differently. This study suggests that the delivery system is on a trajectory to be successful, and ultimately it’s the trajectory that matters. Continued transformation of delivery systems is crucial, and we have to continue to monitor the impact of these cutting-edge payment systems. One way or another, providers need to learn to live in a more fiscally constrained environment.”“Historically, physicians have felt that when money gets tight, the cavalry — in the form of more money — will arrive. We’ve reached the point where it’s unlikely there will be any cavalry,” Chernew added.“These results are vitally important,” said David Cutler, Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics at Harvard University. “We have known there were better organizations — high quality and low cost — and worse organizations. But we haven’t known how to help organizations get better. These results show us a key path to quality improvement and cost reduction.”This research was funded by The Commonwealth Fund, the National Institute on Aging, and the Charles H. Hood Foundation.