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Wyoming Medicaid officials with the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) are encouraging all of the program’s healthcare providers to avoid payment delays by meeting re-enrollment requirements by the end of the year if they haven’t already done so.The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) required all Medicaid programs to improve provider screening and enrollment processes.

November is National Diabetes Awareness MonthRising diabetes rates can translate into personal challenges for those affected and their families, as well as a significant impact on healthcare costs in the state, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).Christine Revere, Chronic Disease Prevention Program manager with WDH, said uncontrolled diabetes can result in medical difficulties such as blindness (retinopathy), kidney disease and nerve damage (neuropathy).

A little help or rest may be available for Wyoming residents who care for loved ones, family members or friends on an ongoing basis through a program offered by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).“Because they are doing what feels natural and loving, many people may not consider themselves to be caregivers,” said Jeanne Scheneman, National Family Caregiver Support Program manager with the WDH Aging Division.

To help battle Wyoming’s low mammogram screening rates, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) continues to offer free support for breast cancer screening.In 2014, 65.2 percent of Wyoming women age 40 and over reported having a mammogram in the past two years, according to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

Testing completed today by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed a rare case of rabies in a Fremont County woman, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).“While rabies is often found in Wyoming animals such as bats and skunks, this is the first confirmed human rabies case ever recorded in our state,” said Dr. Karl Musgrave, state public health veterinarian with WDH.

Following an unusually severe 2014-15 influenza season, Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) officials want residents to prepare for the upcoming flu season with annual influenza vaccinations.“While influenza is something we see every year, it should never be overlooked or just accepted as no big deal.

Plans are set for an October 6 Riverton training for teachers to help encourage physical activity among Wyoming students.

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) and its Wyoming Cares/Wyoming Shares program encourage all state residents to sign up as designated organ donors.“The simple act of checking ‘yes’ when asked about organ and tissue donation on your driver’s license form can have a dramatic impact on the lives of others,” said Cherame Serrano, Wyoming Cares/Wyoming Shares program manager with WDH.

With a drug “DEA Take Back” day scheduled for September 26 in Wyoming and across the country, the Wyoming Department of Health is reminding residents medications can sometimes also be donated to help others.“Clearing unused medications from our homes is one of the things we can all do to help prevent prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings and it’s important,” said Natasha Gallizzi, Medication Donation Program manager and pharmacist with the Wyoming Department of Health.

The Wyoming Department of Health and the ALICE Training Institute are offering ALICE Instructor Training on October 28 and 29 in Cheyenne.ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate and is a useful strategy for everyone: law enforcement, schools, universities, hospitals, businesses and places of worship.

Unintentional falls, which can often be prevented, can take a heavy toll on Wyoming’s older residents, according to Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representatives.Falls are the most common unintentional injury seen in Wyoming hospitals, representing 54 percent of unintentional injury-related hospitalizations.

Tularemia caused the recent death of a Big Horn County man and has sickened at least 10 other Wyoming residents so far this summer as the state continues to experience unusually high reported levels of the bacterial disease, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).“To see this many cases reported in Wyoming in a single year is striking,” said Dr. Tracy Murphy, state epidemiologist with WDH.

The Wyoming Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) is leading a statewide effort to enhance and modernize Wyoming’s ability to respond to cardiac emergencies.The Wyoming Compression Devices and Evaluation (WYCODE) project will ensure automated chest compression devices are available for every ambulance service, hospital emergency room and cardiac catheterization lab across the state.
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