Articles from: October 2017

Hospitals Expand To Attract Well-insured Patients Despite Pressures Of Healthcare Reforms

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Several hospitals are looking for well-insured patients beyond traditional market boundaries, both in prosperous suburbs and in nearby areas with growing, well-insured populations. According to a study by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) hospitals seeking a competitive edge in the marketplace are targeting geographic expansion into new markets which are well-insured.

The study based on HSCs visits to 12 nationally representative metropolitan communities, depicted that hospitals are expanding despite the pressures of the healthcare reform. Hospital strategies mainly include building full-service hospitals, establishing freestanding emergency departments and other outpatient services, acquiring physician practices, and operating medical transport systems with several hospitals building near major highways to be accessible.

Hospitals expansions survey findings

In all 12 markets surveyed results depicted that hospitals are looking for full-service hospitals or freestanding emergency departments, buying or establishing physician practices and developing a regional presence through emergency medical transport systems

Recession rather than diminishing has heightened the drive among hospitals to pursue well-insured patients beyond traditional hospital market boundaries

Expansion appears more frequent where large hospital systems were pursuing significant employment of physicians and where service-line strategies, such as cardiac or cancer care, were well entrenched

Impact on Hospitals & Independent physicians

The overall impact of hospitals geographic expansions is still to be observed, there are conflicting views within the industry regarding these new hospital competitive strategies, if they will increase costs, improve care or both. Hospitals are of the view that the expansions will increase efficiency, increase access and improve the quality of patient care, while payers and competitors argue such strategies will lead to elevated costs.

Also Independent Physicians in most markets due to health reforms who are faced with financial pressures along with difficulty in hiring younger physicians, who often prefer employment in larger organizations, are actively seeking the stability and security of employment in larger physician-owned or hospital-owned groups. According to the HSC study in fast growing and well insured Greer, SC, there are no more independent primary-care practices left.

Revenue cycle management amidst hospital expansion and reforms

Hospitals backing expansions as necessary countering that even though there are costs increases, their efforts provide increased high-quality care; will need to cater to higher patient influx and increased medical billing. Hence in this scenario along with the growing pressure of health care reforms, services of skilled service providers possessing the requisite credentials can be availed by hospitals and practitioners to maintain favorable revenue cycles management.

Medicalbillersandcoders.com the largest Consortium of Medical Billers and Coders, servicing over 50 specialty US physicians, are constantly updated with the requisites of the industry and healthcare reforms are the right choice for hospitals and practices. Medicalbillersandcoders.com has in-depth knowledge and expertise in the delivering the best quality services to hospitalists. Hospital employment will affect patients, hospitals and doctors as healthcare will require greater coordination, greater use of clinical data and collaborative provider teams which MBC is best positioned to deliver.

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Health Care Public Relations Opportunities Abound

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The delivery of healthcare services, products and information is a high touch undertaking that requires interaction – a dialogue, if you will — among all stakeholders within the healthcare ecosystem. This is where health care public relations pros excel- Human beings require communication both for information exchange and for affective content that may accompany the information. Interpersonal communication is a key part of this interaction and has been transformed by the intelligent use of technology – primarily social media, which has found rapid adoption within the world of health care public relations.

According to various sources, employment opportunities for health care public relations specialists should grow faster than the average for all occupations though 2012. There is an expected increase of 21%-35% in the number of jobs for health care public relations pros that will become available over this period of time. The demand for good health care public relations personnel will increase because of the need to keep the public informed about a variety of issues that could affect their daily lives.

Health Care Public Relations can play a key role in many areas. For example, raising product awareness among clinicians and patients. Confronting reimbursement a major issue is another. The refinement and communication of corporate or product messaging and positioning is yet another. Health care public relations pros can be helpful in developing programs to communicate a major piece of clinical data coming out as well as for mustering the support of influential advocacy groups.

In seeking the right health care public relations counsel you seek those capable of meeting the demanding and always evolving communications needs of medical device, biotech, pharmaceutical and biopharma companies, as well as healthcare providers and the service companies that work with medical sector institutions. You should consider health care public relations professionals that can help you develop, refine and communicate your corporate and product messages to your diverse and critical constituencies: physicans, patients, payors, potential partners, investors, advocacy groups, and thought leaders. In addition, you need to have health care public relations pro that have experience with traditional as well as social media.

Finally, the consummate health care public relations pro will have experience in dealing with companies of various sizes and with products in various stages of development. These include early-stage companies seeking to seed the market far in advance of product availability and attempting to raise capital, to companies in the latter stage of clinical trials and preparing a going-to-market strategy, to companies with mature, available products seeking to revitalize an aging brand.

Kevin Waddel is a free lance writer. To get more information about Public relations, Public Relations New York, Health Care Public Relations and Health Public Relations visit

Manual Therapy For The Treatment Of Temporomandibular Disorder New Research

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You notice some pain in your jaw when chewing, which progressively worsens over several weeks. Occasionally you feel a clicking or catching in your jaw when opening and closing your mouth. Eventually you are unable to fully open your mouth and experience pain even when you speak. If you have never experienced this, count yourself very lucky. If you have, you are already familiar with the relatively common condition known as TMD.

TMD, short for temperomandibular disorder, is estimated to affect as much as 40% of the population at some point in their lifetimes, and is especially prevalent in the young. Initial diagnosis is typically made through a visit to the dentist, and the eventual treatment multidisciplinary with various management techniques. One of the lesser known treatment techniques, but something that is gaining in popularity, is soft-tissue therapy of the masticatory muscles the muscles used to move the jaw.

As a sports chiropractor using manual soft-tissue therapy on a daily basis, I have treated TMD on many occasions with success, however good research on the subject has been lacking. Recently however, this type of myofascial therapy for TMD was tested for efficacy in a randomized, controlled clinical trial. Researchers from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia examined the clinical effectiveness of manual therapy in the treatment TMD. Specifically, they compared myofascial therapy to myofascial therapy plus self-care and education and no care (the control group in the study).

This was a private clinic-based study, with eligible participants ranging from age 18-50 presenting with jaw pain with or without joint sounds of at least 3 months and a willingness to participate in the study. Patients with physical or psychological contraindications were excluded. The outcome measures were jaw pain at rest, jaw pain upon maximal active opening, and jaw pain upon clenching.

The primary therapy consisted of myofascial release of the masticatory muscles, including the temporalis, medial and lateral pterygoid, and masseter. The subjects were treated twice per week over a period of 6 weeks for a total of 12 therapy sessions. Additionally, one group was given additional education and self-care consisting of self-mobilization, exercises and stretching, as well as general education on TML anatomy, biomechanics, disc displacement and dysfunction, and the role of psychoemotional factors contributing to TMD.

The results showed a statistically significant positive efficacy for both the myofascial therapy only, and the myofascial therapy plus education and self-care groups. Not surprisingly, the therapy plus self-care group showed a better 1 year outcome than the therapy alone group a trend that has been supported for the care of most musculoskeletal conditions.

Although the results of this study are no surprise to those practicing manual therapy, it serves to reinforce what we already know anecdotally. For patients suffering from TMD there is now evidence for another great intervention, and for manual therapists not currently treating TMD, there is a great opportunity to expand your skillset and serve those in need.

Look For Reputed Speech And Language Therapy Jobs Uk

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Do you think you have the requisite qualities of a speech and language therapist and looking for a suitable job in the UK? Well, the best way to bag your dream job in UK is by getting in touch with speech and language therapy job UK agencies. Qualified professionals in speech and language therapy jobs UK agencies, perform necessary tests and screening methods to help you get a suitable position in the healthcare agency.

Speech and language therapy jobs UK agencies look for your experience in the field of tackling wide ranges of communication problems in different areas of articulation, such as speech problem, expressive and receptive language, voice, oral motor, dis-fluency, as well as swallowing disorders. If you have sufficient knowledge in the field of tests, examinations, treatment with use of therapeutic interventions, you will get the added benefit when you get in touch with speech and language therapy jobs UK agencies. After evaluating your supervisory role and quality services that you have offered, speech and language therapy jobs UK agencies offer you updates about opening for short term, long term, temporary and permanent positions in the healthcare sector. You can opt for full time or part time opportunities according to your convenience.

Basic requirements in a candidate that speech and language therapy jobs UK agencies look for are stated below:

You are expected to have specialized knowledge in the field of communicative disorders.

You must be aware of pathology techniques and methods used for treatment and diagnosis of speech disorders, hearing, and language problems.

You must have the knowledge to suggest appropriate solutions.

Educational qualifications that speech and language therapy jobs UK agencies look for in an applicant are as follows:

Your chances of bagging your dream job increases when you have a certificate of national examination. This opens up doors for becoming a licensed or certified pathologist. If you are applying for the job of a speech and language therapist, you must have a minimum certificate program or an associate degree program in SLP. If you want to work as a speech language pathology aid, you must possess a high school diploma.

You may be a fresher or an experienced candidate in the field of speech and language therapy, you will definitely benefit by getting in touch with speech and language therapy jobs UK agencies. You can avoid the tedious and boring recruitment process, once you are in touch with qualified professionals of a reputed staffing agency in UK. You will be updated about the latest openings and market scenario by such staffing solutions.

After considering your competency, experience, and qualification, you can be placed in childcare centres, community centres, home healthcare agencies, government agencies, hospitals, rehabilitation centres etc. Therefore, if you are looking forward to a rewarding career, search for reputed speech and language therapy jobs UK agencies online.

Men Who Pop Too Many Vitamins Are Increasing Their Risk From Prostate Cancer

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Many of us take vitamins on a regular basic and this is particularly true as we start to get a bit older. However, in the case of men, and particularly men with a family history of prostate cancer, they could be doing themselves more harm than good.

In a five year study carried out by the National Cancer Institute and involving nearly 300,000 men it was found that men who were regularly taking more than the recommended daily dose of one multi-vitamin tablet a day increased their risk from advanced prostate cancer by about thirty percent. In addition, the risk of death from advanced prostate cancer was doubled. The study also noted that there was an increased risk in a sub-group of men who also had a family history of prostate cancer or who also took selenium, beta-carotene and zinc supplements.

One important finding of this study was that there was no apparent increase in the overall rate of prostate cancer within the study group and so there is no suggestion that the excessive use of vitamins actually causes prostate cancer.

However, in the case of those members of the study group who were taking multi-vitamins in excessive quantities the risk of developing advanced prostate cancer was increased by nearly one-third and their risk of dying from advanced prostate cancer was doubled.

Vitamin and mineral supplements have been shown over many hundreds of years to have considerable health benefits and today a multi-million dollar industry has been established to meet our growing demand from an ever widening range of supplements. Indeed several, such as green tea extract (EGCG), have been developed specifically for men suffering from prostate problems. So does this study mean that we should stop taking supplements?

No. First, the study clearly shows that the problem only arises in men who exceed the normal daily dose of multi-vitamins and there is no evidence to suggest any risk as long as you keep your intake within recommended levels. Second, because the study looked only at multi-vitamins it is not possible at this point to say just which component (or components) causes the problem. At this point further study will clearly be necessary to isolate the true root of the problem.

On balance, if you need to supplement your diet with vitamins, then the benefits will almost certainly outweigh any risks. Just be careful and take no more than you need and which your doctor recommends.

Multi-vitamins The Elixir For A Less Than Perfect Diet

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Life is krazy. It’s hard enough being a kat and I stand in awe at what you humans go through on a daily basis. You feed me twice a day, sweep up my hair, and provide a myriad of other niceties. To top it all off you disappear for nine hours, five days a week and, judging by the state you return in, it doesn’t seem like it’s always pleasant wherever it is that you go.

I hold you fair readers in particularly high esteem among your human peers. If you are reading this newsletter then you obviously care about your health or at least enjoy a whimsical read. When it comes to diet do you ever envy us kats or pets in general? I mean we may not have the plethora of choices that you have, but we get a well-balanced and fortified meal every time we eat. For you humans it’s a lot harder. Between all that you have to accomplish on a daily basis you’re also supposed to fit in a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables and eat a balanced diet. A recent survey found that only 20-30% of you reach these dietary milestones, but with all these shortcomings of being a human, you luckily have a friend named multi-vitamins.

Life just got a little easier. When you have one of those days (or weeks or months) when you’re either on the road or don’t have the time to fulfill your dietary needs with healthy and wholesome foods, then you can rely on multi-vitamins to get your basic daily vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

If you are wondering if you need a multivitamin, that’s a great question. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association everyone, regardless of age or health status should take a daily multivitamin. The evidence is out and the simple act of taking multi-vitamins can help maintain your heart, bone and cellular health.

Now if you’re really inquisitive your next question is probably going to pertain to whether there is a difference among all the multivitamins available today. The answer is a resounding yes. A good multi-vitamin should contain a host of foundational vitamins, minerals, and supplements including lutein for eye health. They also should be free from artificial dyes and colors and contains no iron. The truth of the matter is that most humans consume enough iron in their diet as it is found in many staples of a regular diet. In larger doses it can actually act as a free radical and put oxidative stress on your cells so it has been left out of many daily formulas. I give multi-vitamins 4 paws up (I have to lie on my back to do it.)

Halal Vitamins-vitamins According To Islamic Guidelines

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People are relying on vitamins and dietary supplements for keeping good health. Though these vitamins do not cure any disease, however they make the body capable of fighting the infections. Many vitamins are produced in our body; however, there are certain vitamins which need to be supplied from outside.
The dietary supplements cannot be an alternative to the diet; however, they help people become strong and healthy. With doctors prescribing vitamins and supplements, the demand of Halal Vitamins and supplements is rising among the Muslim communities. The Islam forbids anything which is Haraam. The religion stresses on having pure, clean and healthy body and according to the religion, only Halal food and eatables should be taken. Realizing the need to have Halal Vitamins and Islamic Halal Vitamins D, many pharmacists have come up with Halal products.

The Vitamin D is one of the most useful nutritional tools and helps in improving health. Most of the people suffer from deficiency of vitamin D and therefore, doctors or nutritionists often prescribe Vitamin D capsules. Muslims usually avoid taking these capsules which are made of gelatin, a product made from pork. Even the Vitamin D has certain ingredients which are Haraam and are disapproved by Islam. Similarly Omega 3 Fish oil pills are usually prescribed by nutritionists for various health benefits, but, the Muslim community hesitates in taking the pills because these pills contain Haaram ingredients. Knowing that Omega 3 Fish oil prevents heart diseases, lowers Cholesterol and reduces blood pressure, many companies have come up with Omega 3 fish oils pills made with Halal ingredients. These pills increase growth hormones, reduce blood clotting, and suppress inflammation.

As many companies are offering Halal Vitamins and Omega 3 fish oils pills, it become difficult to choose a supplier that offers genuine Halal products. Halal Nutritional Center, HNC, is a registered producer and distributor that supplies 100% Halal products, which are made as per Islamic guidelines. The company is providing Halal dietary supplements; Omega 3 fish oils pills, prenatal supplements, Islamic Halal vitamin D, and other health supplements. All these products are manufactured by using Halal ingredients and processes. These products do not have any animal derivatives such as gelatin and alcohol. The materials and ingredients are derived from vegetables, fish, and Halal bovine sources. HNC is approved and certified by the Islamic Society of North America and American Halal Foundation. To know more about them, visit www.myhalalcenter.com.

Keeping A Healthy and Fit Body Without Spending a Lot

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There are a lot of people who want to keep their bodies healthy and fit but are afraid that they have to spend a lot of money in doing so. The thing is, the only thing that you need to spend if you want to get a healthy and fit body is time and effort. Nothing mor it is not necessary that you have to enroll yourself to exercise classes or avail of gym memberships in order to be fit. Also, you do not have to buy expensive diet foods for you to get the proper nutrition that you need.

As everyone knows, one of the basic keys to a healthy lifestyle is regular exercise. By exercise, it does not mean exercise classes or gym memberships; it means doing physical activities and shaking moving your body. As long as you are able to burn calories, you are in good shape. Even walking and running at least 30 minutes a day is a good form of exercise.

Aside from exercising, you should also start the habit of sleeping earlier. Sleeping helps the body heals and restores the lost energy and nutrients during the day. If you deprive yourself of a good sleep at night, you are not giving your body the chance to repair damages and prepare your body for the next day’s task. Aside from this, there are also studies that show that lack of sleep can result to various health complications, so you must always see to it that you are getting a good seep ever night.

Also, be sure that you are always getting the right kind and amount of food every day. You have to make sure that your body is getting all the proper nutrients that it needs to function well. You can also try to cut down your intake of fatty foods and cholesterol rich foods as excessive intake of these foods can cause harm to your body. Make sure that you are always eating the most important meal of the day, breakfast, the food you eat at breakfast are the foods that provides the energy that you use for the day. That is why it is necessary not to skip breakfast.

Keeping yourself away from stress is also a good way to maintain a healthy and fit body. if you try to follow all things, then you are entitled to a lot of wonderful health benefits plus the ability to live a happier and more enjoyed life.

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Indianapolis Migraine Treatment-Envisaging Medical Precedents

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Medical treatments can be as varied as medical tools. Tools and treatments form a mutually exclusive entity in this domain. Migraines are chronic headache ailments which can potentially deter you from leading a peaceful or normal life. The Indianapolis migraine treatment entails a plethora of presaging medical analysis before hitting the penultimate treatment zone. Medical observations as well as cross-examinations form an important aspect of this part. Comprehending the ambit of neurology, the diagnosis thrives on a detailed assessment of symptoms. A migraine doctor can perform diagnostic tests to ascertain/determine the primary cause of your headache.

How things work in this sphere?

The contextual tests entail Head MRI scan, CT scan, sinus x-rays as well as lumbar puncture. The migraine treatment in the context can also include a temporal/transient artery biopsy depending on definite medical conditions. CT scan integrates an imaging mechanism (computed tomography), which is certainly more sensitive when compared to x-rays. The technician can see both soft tissues as well as bones clearly with the help of this technology. This cohesive technique provides vivid images of the veins, brain, arteries as well as hemorrhages. It also unveils tumors with or without any injection of allocated or contrasting dye.

The MRI scan technology is another ground breaking venture in the field of neurological science. MRI means magnetic resonance imaging. This is a comparatively newer technology which elucidates images inside the body sans any use of x-rays or auxiliary forms of ionizing radiation. This MRI scan is really capable of entailing fine details of various tissues present in the human body. With modern precedents enumerating and enlivening the ambit of neurological treatment, MRI is speedily increasing in the face of reduction of standard x-ray usage. Besides this superlative diagnostic procedure, you also have conventional x-ray modules. The electromagnetic radiation can penetrate your body to effectuate an image on specific film.

Functional feasibility

Despite all the dynamic medical advancements, many patients passively endure the migraine agony. The primary reason is that they wrongly think that they can do little to stop this plight. To make matters worse, some patients unwittingly accentuate/aggravate their condition by consuming different prescription and over-the-counter pain relievers. These constitute heavy caffeine. The indianapolis migraine treatment helps you comprehensively in this regard. The trained surgeons give productive non-drug strategies too. These are stress reduction techniques, exercises as well as effective relaxation methods. Since life is not merely about existing but living as well, you can’t afford to neglect any medical issue. Being self-taught doctors is not safe and the cohesive indianapolis migraine treatment shows you why.

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Reasons Why People Prefer Private Hospital Over Nhs

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You may be asking questions why people still prefer to go to expensive private hospitals instead of going to hospitals that are funded by the government which is also known in some countries as Public hospitals. There are a couple of reasons why people, despite the expensive medical services, still consider a private hospital.
There are countries like for example in the United Kingdom. Most of the people are served by National Health Service. It is known as the primary care provider for the people who are in need of medical attention. It is funded by the state with the help of the general tax given them. They may be a good way to save money on health care services but the services that they offer are only limited. It means that not all the medical services that people are looking for can be available on public hospitals.
In Kings Bridge, people still prefer to go to Kings Bridge Private Hospital. The main reason is that they are looking for procedures that are not offered on NHS. Usually, it is related to cosmetic surgeries. The truth is that NHS actually provides cosmetic surgeries but only a few of them because they do not provide other surgeries for vanity reasons.
Usually, the surgeries provided by NHS are only for people who experienced serious injuries on the face causing deformities but beautification reasons are an exception. Also, some private hospitals specialize on a specific kind of surgery making it a better choice instead of getting to a general public health service.
The comfort provided by private hospitals like the Kings Bridge hospital is better when compared to the NHS. If you will closely, more people go to NHS so as time goes by, it become more crowded. Also, the people tend to wait long hours before they can be accommodated by the health care professionals on NHS. This is also the other reason why people who can afford a private hospital tend to choose it over NHS. In an occasion where a patient will have to stay for a couple of days or overnight, they can also have their own private room which is not available on the NHS. This level of privacy is also the reason why they prefer private hospitals. In the NHS, people often share the same room. Sometimes, more than 4 people are on the same room so there is probably no privacy.

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