• June 30, 2017 /  Healthy
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    The healthcare reform bill has passed in the US Senate. However both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate bills have yet to address important details affecting patient care. Oversight concerning the determination of medical necessity as well as provider network inclusion issues have greatly affected medical reimbursement and patient access to care. Many insurance companies reimburse medical expenses based upon a determination of medical necessity by the carriers claims department. In the absence of external oversight or regulation, the insurance carrier is free to deny care solely based upon their on private internal review.

    Another key issue not addressed is how provider networks create financial barriers to care. Many insurance carriers reimburse medical expenses at lower rates or refuse reimbursements for out-of-network providers. Medical practitioners may also be excluded from insurance company networks for a variety of reasons. Practitioners may be required to limit medical procedures for patients and the number of office visits as a precondition for inclusion in the insurance network. Medical practitioners may also be required to accept lower rates of reimbursement for services provided to patients as another precondition to network inclusion. Some medical networks charge medical practitioners a fee for inclusion in networks.

    The patients right to choose their own medical practitioner is not federally guaranteed by law. Additionally, there is no guarantee an insurance company will pay for medical services and patients often have no way to determine what will be paid until after a claim is submitted and a response is generated the insurance companys claims department. The federal government seeks to mandate health insurance coverage for all US citizens yet has not stipulated that insurance companies must reimburse patients for medical expenses nor is there language to address oversight of the determination of medical necessity.

    The determination of reimbursements is often based on what is termed as usual and customary. Insurance companies have sole discretion over this aspect of reimbursement for general health insurance policies and may choose to exclude many procedures, office visits, and medical tests whether or not teams of doctors agree that such medical services are vital to the patients survival, recovery, or comfort.

    The US House of Representatives and the US Senate have not addressed these details which represent core issues affecting healthcare outcomes for patients. Until these unresolved issues are rectified, it is unclear whether or not US citizens with health insurance coverage will have adequate access to medical care.

  • June 28, 2017 /  Healthy
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    The new BSc healthcare management degree from the University of Southamptons Faculty of Health Sciences is called the BSc in healthcare: management and policy research.

    It is an innovative and pioneering course, which has been developed in response to a need for more highly skilled managers and researchers.

    This healthcare management degree programme lasts four years and includes a one year practice placement, which will give you the confidence and competence you need to make a successful start to your career.

    The curriculum places special emphasis on developing your ability to identify, investigate, understand and solve problems in healthcare delivery and design.

    It also prepares you for a wide range of employment opportunities by emphasising quantitative skills and independent critical thinking.

    As a student on this BSc Healthcare management degree, you will be based at our Centre for Innovation and Leadership, where you will be part of a vibrant community of academics, as well as PhD and masters students.

    Each year of study on this BSc healthcare management degree is composed of three central components.

    Firstly, the core concepts component gives you an understanding of the issues central to healthcare systems, management and policy.

    Secondly, the methods component develops your understanding of quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as the crucial social scientific disciplines, which underpin that knowledge.

    Thirdly, the mentored independent study component is where you will undertake research with the support and guidance of senior researchers and professors.

    Throughout this healthcare management degree programme you will be assessed through essays, article reviews, group projects, presentations, exams, research reports, portfolios, short answer papers and multiple choice papers.

    All this is supported by a comprehensive feedback system, which provides a combination of individual and generic feedback designed to help you understand your performance, and also learn how to improve.

    To discover more about this new healthcare management degree, all you have to do is visit the Health Sciences website at www.southampton.ac.uk/healthsciences

  • June 22, 2017 /  Healthy
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    The warning today by the Health and Safety Executive that firms in the North Sea oil and gas industry must improve their safety records is timely.

    Although it was not in the North Sea, the disaster on the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico in which 11 workers died was a stark reminder of the need for constant vigilance over rig safety. Hazards are ever present offshore and workers on even the safest offshore rigs are susceptible to injuries and high rates of respiratory and cardiovascular disease.

    Remote specialist advice via videoconferencing improves the quality of offshore healthcare and reduces avoidable medical evacuations. A 50-mile medevac by helicopter can cost 5,000-10,000, so telemedicine with remote monitoring and diagnostic equipment is becoming the preferred option now that drilling rigs and oil platforms are equipped with Internet and satellite connections.

    Modern collaboration technology brings the specialist to the patient without the need to be transported onshore. With the help of video consultation and integration with medical diagnosis equipment, medical specialists can conduct remote consultations using state-of-the-art video communications. This allows them to make an accurate diagnosis with the aid of the nurse or emergency medical technician based offshore.

    On-the-spot diagnosis, not a replacement for healthcare professionals

    Transmission of crystal-clear images and perfect sound gives the doctor the sense of being in the same room as the patient – but only just. Technology cannot transmit sensory perceptions and cannot therefore replace healthcare professionals who physically attends to the patient; however, what it can do is extend the physicians judgement to the remote location and bring doctors and other medical specialists ‘into the room’ when required.

    Remote monitoring aid aboard offshore oil rigs

    The relentless pursuit for high safety standards is paramount; the challenge to improve safety will be even greater as HSE decision makers are looking to create a healthier and more productive workforce. Timely access to quality patient healthcare is becoming more logistically challenging and expensive, but visual collaboration and the integration with remote medical diagnosis equipment makes sense…. it’s as simple as that!

  • June 19, 2017 /  Healthy
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    Sprout Healthy Vending is offering an organic healthier snack food option for children at school.

    About half of America’s elementary school students still have access to sugary snacks and other unhealthy options in school. Sprout Healthy Vending an organic vending machine distributor is hoping to change that with their new opportunities for schools.

    For years kids at schools have had access to sweet candies and sugary soda pops. In some cases kids would even skip lunch and opt for the unhealthy goodies packed into their schools vending machines spending any monies given to them by parents on things like chocolate candy bars and sugar packed dare I call them “refreshments”. How could a child any child resist?

    Sprout’s organic vending machines are now offering parents piece of mind with a much healthier snack to offer their children Sprout machines will include such items as dried fruits, baked chips, healthy whole grain bars and all natural juices.

    Schools who join the Sprout venture will have the opportunity to put the new vending machines in the cafeterias and around campuses as part of a healthy eating initiative. The options are similar to what one might find in a more traditional vending machine. But unlike the unhealthy options, these alternatives have no artificial preservatives and are mostly gluten-free. The machines have already become more popular with students, who realize that changing their eating habits now will have lasting benefits when they are older. Nutritionists say that school vending machines stocked with potato chips, cookies and sugary soft drinks contribute to childhood obesity. Teaching children about healthier options is also the goal of the placement. If kids have the option to choose and are educated about the heath values of the choice options it might help fight child obesity and aid in healthier consumption.

    The Obama administration is working on setting nutritional standards for foods that children can buy outside the cafeteria. With students eating 19 to 50 percent of their daily food at school, the administration says it wants to ensure that what they eat contributes to good health. Representatives of the food and beverage industry say they generally support selling healthier snacks and drinks in schools. This could lead to stricter guidelines for what is offered in snack machines that are vending snacks to kids in school. as the US government readies for these new rules requiring healthier foods to be sold beyond the cafeteria Sprout Healthy vending is gearing up for their contribution to the cause building machines and stocking them with healthy goodies ready for placement in schools.

    Interested in getting involved? Whether you are a parent,on the school board or an entrepreneur seeking a great opportunity contact to ask how you can get involved. Call 800.450.7648 now.

    Jason Bean is an expert on healthy vending machines and healthy snack options. For more information visit: Sprout Healthy Vending

  • June 19, 2017 /  Healthy
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    While our Supreme Court Justices debate the constitutionality of Obamacare, our country isn’t getting any healthier. It is important to remember that whether it passes or not, this healthcare law will not make us healthier as individuals or a country. This bill is about how much money healthcare costs and how to lower the cost of care. What we really need is a proactive approach to healthcare that makes us a healthier people and therefore helps us to save money on healthcare costs.

    One of the biggest reasons for individuals and families claiming bankruptcy is the cost of medical care. As is well documented, the cost of medical care is getting more expensive. In 2009, healthcare costs were 17.3% of our gross domestic product. By 2017, it is estimated that more than 21 cents of every dollar spent in this country will be on healthcare. On an individual level, healthcare costs an average of $1,500 more for an obese person than that of a person maintaining a healthy weight. If we have learned anything from families, it is that medical costs will bankrupt you as it overtakes your ability to cover other expenses. Eventually, medical costs will bankrupt the good old USA if we don’t do something about it.

    Fortunately, there is a major bright spot. Obesity, which is responsible for increasing a lot of risk factors for certain diseases is preventable in most cases. Approximately 80% of obesity related illnesses are preventable simply by diet and exercise and living a generally healthy lifestyle. Thus, if individuals learn how to make smarter health and fitness choices, we can start saving our healthcare dollars for those people who really need it. Those individuals whereby diet and exercise alone cannot help themselves. Thus lowering our overall healthcare expense.

    How does someone make the change for themselves? Get connected with an fitness or nutritional expert. Learn what works best for your body and lifestyle. In my utopian world, a site like NeighborhoodTrainer.com can help people realize that personal trainers, Pilates and yoga instructors, nutritionists, and health coaches are accessible anywhere and ready to work with people with all different types of issues and goals. Your success is their success. Now that is a much better way to spend money on healthcare and get an incredible return on your investment.

    Remember to see your doctor for a complete checkup before starting any physical fitness or weight training program,. A complete annual physical should be a part of everyones wellness plan. This simple visit to your doctor can help stave off chronic or serious health problems from developing. This is especially important if you will be working out when you are alone. If you are at risk for any health problems, you will want to know before you get started. Plus, this will give you a great picture of your current state of health so your can compare later on for results.

  • June 12, 2017 /  Healthy
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    In parts of the U.S., conscience clauses exist within medical care laws that permit medical care workers to decline performing procedures that violate their religious values. Experts are quick to point out that pursuing one’s conscience can very easily run afoul of the Hippocratic Oath to serve all patients in a fair manner. Based upon the Obama administration’s recent changes to the conscience terms, it appears that idea is shared. Obama’s changes to the conscience terms supersede provisions written in during the final days of the Pres. George W. Bush administration. People take out quick short term loans for health care, and do not expect their doctor’s religious beliefs to get in the way of their health care.
    Started by George W. Bush was the conscience terms
    During President Bush’s final days in office, a conscience clause was inserted into laws pertaining to health care workers. Concerns over providing emergency contraception, treating homosexual patients and prescribing birth control to single women were cited as reasons for the conscience terms by the Bush administration.
    The rules are “unclear and potentially over-broad in scope.” This is what the Obama administration thinks of it all. The new exception in the conscience laws only states for conscience/religious grounds instead of all of the stated above. This will go into impact in 30 days. The process through which health care workers can file complaints was also retained.
    The rules of federal funds dispersed
    If organizations wouldn’t accommodate medical care workers that have religious and conscience problems with procedures, then the federal funds to state and local governments, hospitals, health plans and clinics would be cut off with the Bush regulation.
    You will find clearer definitions of the conscience law with Obama though. Procedurally, matters of women’s health have received greater attention. Under the new rules, roadblocks to obtaining abortion, contraceptive and fertility treatments can be lessened substantially.
    A statement by the United States Department of Health and Human Services speaks to the balance the Obama compromise has struck:
    “The administration strongly supports provider conscience laws that protect and support the rights of health care providers, and also recognizes and supports the rights of patients. … The rule being issued today builds on these laws by providing a clear enforcement process.”
    Citations
    OFR
    ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-03993_PI.pdf
    Washington Post
    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/18/AR2011021803251.html?wpisrc=nl_natlalert
    Wikimedia
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conscience_clause_%28medical%29
    Lou Dobbs’ story on the conscience clause
    youtube.com/watch?v=Ge4k6IjERkQ

  • June 11, 2017 /  Healthy
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    What are healthy fats is a question more plus more individuals are asking nowadays due to the awareness which certain kinds of fats have been connected with heart plus artery illness. In this article we are going to answer this question concerning what are healthy fats plus isolate the one fat which stands head plus shoulders above the sleep.

    Most food items (including the bag of chips) contain a number of kinds of fats, certain good plus certain not so superior. Good fats are those that have little or no impact on bad fat plus blood lipid levels. Truth be told, some healthy fats can even lower bad fat levels when enjoyed in moderation. All healthy fats fall below the heading of dull fats, plus are broken down into 2 general categories; monounsaturated plus polyunsaturated./p>

    But occasionally in the world of analysis anything unexpected plus quite exciting is found that confounds even many knowledgeable experts. And this was indeed the case with a kind of polyunsaturated fatacknowledged as omega 3 oily chemicals.

    Omega 3 oily chemicals are at the best of the list when it comes to asking what are healthy fats. They have been known as heart healthy by several noteworthy companies including the American Heart Association and also the American Medical Association. Also, continuous analysis is locating which their health advantages goes far past which of cardiovascular disease plus can include as several as 60 conditions plus illnesses including arthritis, psychological disorders, plus mobile disorders including cancer.

    But there is a problem

    The issue is the fact that when monounsaturated fats plus polyunsaturated fats are found in abundance numerous types of nutritional delights (olive oil, avocados, soy, corn oil, plus nuts plus seeds) omega 3 oily chemicals are only found in abundance in cold water oily fish (salmon, sardines, anchovies, herring).

    Some will believe ample amounts your polyunsaturated fat cardiovascular star can be had from flax, flax oil, plus walnuts full of the omega 3 essential fatty acid alpha linolenic acidic (ALA). While there is some truth in this the actual fact of the situation is the fact that to allow the body to use ALA it should be converted into docosahexaenoic acidic (DHA) or eicosapentaenoic acidic (EPA). In the conversion process over 70 percent is lost. With nuts plus flax being full of calories we can see that certainly isn’t your best option.

    In summary, in the world of fats, saturated fat plus trans fat put us vulnerable for heart plus artery illness, plus recognizing what are healthy fats may help us eliminate plus substitute properly. Once you recognize the game, creating a winning game plan utilizing the numerous health advantages of omega 3 products /foods all of the sudden doesn’t appear all which far away of the reach.
    Dietary Delights

  • June 9, 2017 /  Healthy
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    For those with aging loved ones in Denver, Colorado, you may be in a situation where a parent or elder has been living at home, but suddenly has a medical condition, such as a heart attack or a stroke, from which he or she needs time at home for recuperation. Many seniors who have their own homes wish to remain in them for as long as possible as they age, but this can be dangerous if they need special care during times of ill health. If family is in Denver, they are often a primary source of the care needed, but if the family resides out of state, or if the local family needs a bit of time to rest and take care of themselves, it makes sense to utilize the services of a Denver home health care provider.

    A Denver home caregiver can give as much or as little care as needed in order to ensure that your parent is taken care of well. For those who need help with tasks around the house, a Denver home health aid can offer meal planning, as well as meal preparation and cleanup, light housekeeping, help with laundry, dusting and tidying, changing bed linens, and vacuuming. For elders who cannot drive safely, a Denver home caregiver can drive them to and from appointments and run errands.

    Making sure an elderly parent has the companionship he or she needs is also vital to ensuring that they are in good health. A Denver home companion can provide this service in a variety of ways. Denver home health care services can provide a Denver home health aid that will escort your parent to meals or to religious services. The Denver home companion can also help your parent or elder with letter writing tasks and accompany him or her to friends or medical services. If your parent likes to play cards or other types of games, the Denver elderly home care aid can also play games with him or her and provide the companionship that we all need to feel loved and comfortable in our surroundings.

    Sometimes, especially at the beginning of a recuperation period from a serious medical illness, more care is needed by the elder, and this can also be provided by Denver elderly home care service providers. Nurses from Denver home health care services can provide hourly care or even live-in day and night care as needed by your parent. Denver elderly home care can also include night supervision, personal care, hair care, oral hygiene care, skin care, incontinency care, help with walking, dressing and grooming assistance, bed positioning, exercise assistance, and general care and supervision. Reminders about when to take medications can also be handled by your Denver elderly home care provider.

    More information about Denver home health care service providers is available online.

    Susan Slobac is a consultant in the home care industry. Susan writes about trends in Denver home health care & Denver elderly home care.

  • May 31, 2017 /  Healthy
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    We havent quite reached the Jetson age of personal robots to do all of our work around the house. There are still quite a few developments in robotics, however, that affect humans in our day to day lives, although we might not recognize them as such. The robots in real life are not generally manufactured to look like people, but they nevertheless carry out many functions that would be dangerous or difficult for a human to do.

    One area where the use of robotics has advanced considerably is that of healthcare. Robotics are now used in many areas of healthcare, including surgery, home care, and hospital processes.

    In surgery, the advancement of robotics has made the surgical process easier on both the patient and the surgeon. Robotic intelligence and precision have combined to eliminate human limitations. Robotic surgery allows a surgeon to navigate to the area of operation with minimal cutting, ensuring both a less invasive procedure and a faster recuperation time. Robotic surgery also allows for more precise placement of tools within the surgical area, minimizing the risks of slippage or error.

    In home healthcare, the current focus is largely on human labor. The aging population of baby boomers has already put a strain on the home health care situation which is only going to increase in the next ten to twenty years. Already, many home health care providers are feeling the strain of an industry that is increasingly becoming an employees market, where the supply of qualified health providers simply does not meet the demand.

    In order to fill this void, there are many research projects underway in the field of home health care robotics. Some of the areas include telenursing for those in need of remote home care, mobile health status monitoring, home health diagnosis equipment, mobility assistance for bedridden patients, and auditory and visual assistance for the elderly (). The completion and implementation of these ideas will revolutionize the home health care industry, both in terms of individual capacity and in expense.

  • May 27, 2017 /  Healthy
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    Most people will not find it hard tvery aging person will suffer from the same diseases as witnessed in the disco associate dementia with old age though recent research shows that not eoveries of other old age illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease as well as Alzheimer’s disease.
    However, there no doubts the fact that vascular dementia is a pressing elderly health care issue that deserves to be taken a lot more seriously than is the case at present. The sad truth is that vascular dementia is the second most noticed elderly health care issue.
    Insufficient Oxygen Supply to the Brain
    Vascular dementia occurs when a person’s brain does not get sufficient oxygen over a prolonged period of time and the reason for this deprivation of oxygen is vascular by nature. Normally, blood carries sufficient oxygen to all parts of the human body.
    The brain in particular is a vital part of the human body and during vascular dementia there is interference in the supply of oxygen to the brain resulting in possible mini strokes that might even occur without being realized by the affected person.
    The main reason why an elderly health care issue such as vascular dementia merits serious consideration is that if its effects are allowed to accumulate it could result in further elderly health care issues such as dementia that resembles Alzheimer’s disease.
    The sad part about vascular dementia is that it is most likely to affect people once they have reached their sixtieth birthday though this does not in any way imply that this elderly health care issue is only a concern after a person reaches sixty years of age because as mentioned the disease occurs without being noticed even at a younger age.
    Some of the causes for this elderly health care issue occurring include lifestyles that a person has adopted in their early years of life and among these lifestyles you can include smoking and obesity as well as lack of sufficient exercise as too elevated cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
    Therefore, if you have neglected taking good care of you during your early years, then in later years you will be at risk of suffering from an elderly health care issue such as vascular dementia. The American population too is fast aging which in turn is giving rise to finding suitable health care for the aged.
    Home health care elderly is a matter that needs to be addressed well before an elderly person becomes in need of such care. The fact of the matter is that once a person becomes old enough to need home health care they will be in a sorry state and will not know where to start, especially when it concerns hiring private help. It is therefore a good idea to address this need well before the occasion arises.