Health Care and Health Insurance Costs Can Be Controlled Through Lifestyle Choices

As you probably know all to well, the cost of healthcare and health insurance premiums continue to increase at levels substantially above the general inflation rate. The reasons given for these extraordinary cost increases are numerous and include: technological advancements in the medical field, increased demand for medical services and prescription drugs, the aging of the population, cost shifting caused by the uninsured and governmental reimbursement rates, state and federal mandates, and costs associated with medical related lawsuits.

As individual consumers, we have very little control over some of the factors contributing to the cost of healthcare. However, all of us have control over lifestyle related health insurance claims. A simple formula of eating a balanced diet, getting the appropriate amount of daily exercise, participating in annual physicals and other recommended routine care, limiting alcohol consumption, and eliminating the use of tobacco products will no doubt reduce our personal healthcare costs. In addition to reducing medical costs, the other benefits of following such a formula include more energy, self confidence, less stress, and increased productivity. If you are not doing so already, I encourage you to consider practical ways to promote a healthy lifestyle for you and your family. For example, one of the individual health insurance companies my organization works with has an option that will offset 25% of the annual cost of a health club membership. Simple things such as taking a walk, bike ride, or going swimming promote both a healthy body and mind. If you have a sweet tooth, consider limiting yourself to eating desert once a week. You will enjoy it more and your body will thank you.

Health insurance premiums will continue to increase as long as the cost of healthcare continues to go up. The best way to reduce the overall cost of healthcare is to decrease our need for healthcare. Healthy lifestyle choices and prudent use of the healthcare system are the best and easiest ways to get a handle on our healthcare expenditures. Perhaps the greatest benefit of a healthy lifestyle is our ability to enjoy our precious time here on earth to the fullest. Read the rest of this entry »

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Moving at the Speed of Change – Healthcare Human Capital 2013

“If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.” • Jack Welch

The current rate of change in healthcare is more rapid and challenging than it has ever been with little slowdown in sight. This pace of change is similar to what general business faced in the late 1990′s and the defense industry in the 2000′s resulting in many books focused on change and a total paradigm shift in our country’s military strategy. At the recent National Health Policy Conference held in Washington, D.C. Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius challenged attendees to “get in the game” in regards to change.

Healthcare Executives are faced with a sweeping transformation of their industry; including but not limited to:

• Information Technology issues – Meaningful Use, EHR enhancements or implementation, Information Exchange, ICD-10 Assessment and Implementation, Mobile Health, Outdated systems, Big Data, etc.
• Operational and Quality issues – Readmissions reduction, patient safety and care, pay for performance, lean initiatives to reduce cost, ACO’s and coordination of care execution, etc.
• Financial issues – Reduction in reimbursements, increased spending to support infrastructure, increased costs of Healthcare Human Capital and benefit expense, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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Healthcare Recruiting For Physical Therapy

Healthcare recruiting for physical therapy is gaining prominence as many studies have shown that there are shortages throughout the physical therapy profession as well in healthcare facilities that employ physical therapists. The structured healthcare recruiting services of dependable healthcare staffing solution providers enable medical care facilities to recruit qualified physical therapists.

Recruit Talented Physical Therapists

Several reputed healthcare staffing agencies in US offer competent recruitment services based on the requirements of healthcare employers. The recruiting agencies maintain regular contacts with the various healthcare facilities. They are therefore well informed about vacant job positions in these facilities.

To fill the physical therapy job positions existing in premium healthcare centers, these recruiting service providers make every effort to identify hardworking, dynamic and skilled candidates. The entire recruitment procedures including preliminary evaluation, candidate sourcing and interviewing are handled by skilled professionals. Moreover, they also help healthcare facilities to save the money, time and effort needed for putting out placement advertisements and conducting the recruiting process on their own. Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Different Types of Health Care Facilities

Depending on the nature and severity of your injuries, you may end up in a health care facility that is more specialized than a regular hospital of health center. Here are some of the types of specialized health care facilities you may be transported to, depending on the nature of your injuries.

Trauma Center
A trauma center is a hospital that is equipped to provide extensive emergency medical services to patients suffering from traumatic injuries. The injuries that a trauma center treats are ranked from Level I to Level IV, with the most serious cases at Level I facilities. Because trauma centers are expensive to run and not very common; patients outside major cities have to be airlifted to one. Washington State’s main trauma center is Harborview Medical Center which is located in Seattle, Washington.

Rehabilitation Center
A rehabilitation center is a facility where patients work to reestablish or relearn abilities they lost because of a serious injury through therapy. Physical therapy helps with movement or previous loss of movement, which occupational therapy might focus on relearning activities of daily life or finding ways to perform them despite a new disability. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Write an Essay on Health Care

As with writing an essay on any topic, doing your homework is important! Ensure you understand the question and if necessary check with your tutor. It is essential that your essay has a good introduction, setting out the parameters of the essay. The main body of the essay should provide your arguments for and against the topic and these should be well supported by relevant, current references. The conclusion should sum up all the points you have made throughout and put forward any recommendations for future study.

It is important when writing about healthcare that you get your terminology right! Make sure the spelling is correct and ensure that all legislation is referenced correctly.

Undertaking a literature review is one of the key aspects to a successful essay in healthcare. Issues relating to healthcare change all the time and it is important that you reflect this in your writing.

So what is a literature review? Simple – it is a comprehensive study and interpretation that relates to a particular topic. Why is a literature review so important? Think of how busy you are at work, especially if you work in any aspect of healthcare; there is never enough time to deal with the day to day aspects of your work, let alone sit down to wade through the mountain of reports on healthcare! A literature review makes sense of a body of research and presents you with an analysis of all available literature so that you don’t have to research each one individually – perfect! Read the rest of this entry »

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