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July 19, 2010

At A Glance

UI Clinical Staff Office quality certification renewed

The University of Iowa Clinical Staff Office has been re-certified by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) for 10 out of 10 verification services.

Organizations may be certified in all, some or none of the 10 credentials elements addressed in the NCQA standards: application processing; education and training; Drug Enforcement Agency certification; license to practice; credentials verification organizations application and attestation content; malpractice claims history; Medicare/Medicaid sanctions; ongoing monitoring of sanctions; medical board sanctions; and work history.

The UI Clinical Staff Office provides valuable credentialing verification services for the UI's academic medical center, area acute care hospitals, managed care organizations and independent insurance reviewers across the state of Iowa. The office also confirms practitioners are qualified to seek and/or maintain managed care participation or hospital privileges.

For more information about the office's credentialing verification services, call 319-384-9292.

The NCQA, an independent, non-profit organization that certifies credentialing verification organizations and accredits managed care organizations, conducted an on-site survey of the UI office on May 24. The re-certification is current through June 17, 2012.


UI offers robotics camp July 19-23

The University of Iowa College of Engineering will present Robotics Camp 2010 -- a one-week, hands-on, project-based summer program designed to engage and inspire youth in the areas of math, engineering, science and technology -- from 8 a.m. to noon July 19-23 at the Seamans Center on the UI campus.

The program involves students who have completed 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grade during the 2009-10 school year. Students work together in an exciting environment using leading-edge technologies to sample disciplines that can change the world.

(Reporters and photographers are welcome to visit the camp to obtain photos and video from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday and Friday, July 22-23.)

For more information or to register, visit or call 319-335-5706.


Oakdale Prison Community Choir members to receive governor’s award

The members of the Oakdale Prison Community Choir have won a Governor's Group Volunteer Award for contributing their time, dedication and talent to the state. The recognition ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 22, at Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids.
The choir, directed by Mary Cohen, University of Iowa assistant professor of music education, is comprised of 25 inmates at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center (IMCC) in Coralville and 25 volunteer community members including UI students, faculty and staff.

Cohen, who holds a joint appointment in the UI Colleges of Education and Liberal Arts and Sciences, created the choir in spring 2009. The choir continues to meet weekly during the fall and spring academic semesters. This summer Cohen and music education student, Rose Schmidt, are teaching a songwriting class to 13 men in the prison.

The project allows offenders to connect and sing with others and provides them with tools to successfully re-enter society. The volunteers also benefit by becoming more aware of the U.S. criminal justice system and seeing inmates as individuals, not stereotypes or statistics.

IMCC Warden Dan Craig nominated the choir.

For more information, visit or call 319-335-3030.


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