Cash Cow For Crooks – Our American Healthcare System

The American Healthcare System is pandemic in fraud and that needs to be taken care of first before we can save real money in the system. We could save multi-billions if the system was revamped and the opportunity for easy money was eliminated. I know what a debacle our healthcare system is in, I spent months preparing my company for Medicaid and Medicare approval. It reminds me of taking a dry towel every 5 minutes to dry off when you’re standing in the rain. There seems to be no end to redundancy and complexity. A system in complete dissaray and bleeding profusely.

I know this as a fact since I spent months getting the necessary requirements for my companies approval for Medicaid and Medicare. Just to get the process started you have to get approved and checked by no less than three clearing-houses. What a nightmare.

Lately there has been a lot of talk about IT and cross operational platforms to help reduce costs and save us from high medical expenses. Our government and most consumers havn’t got a clue how our Healthcare System works and how the system has turned into a “Cash Cow” for the crooks. The system is ‘Bleeding Profusely”, and it will take more than a bandaid to fix it.

The consumer is over charged every step in the process, all the way to bankruptcy. I read an article how in 2007-2008, 61% of bankruptcies were caused by medical bills, this was up from 27% just a few years before.

Yesterday I was having lunch with an elderly man 70 yrs old and he asked what I did. I told him very proudly. Sir I distribute premium medical equipment and supplies and my company carries the best crutches, forearm crutches, bedside commodes and bed tables in the country. He could tell I was passionate in what I did and he told me his story. He retired from General Motors and he that was a diabetic he then mentioned that his co-pay was $11.00 every time he went in for a check-up. The doctor usually rushes him through but recently spent approx 10 minutes with him and he appreciated it, until he checked out. It seems the doctor charged his co-pay $33.00 this time. Well lets do the math, for 10 minutes he charged $20.00. That equates to $120.00 an hour.

Oh now if the co-pay was just 20% of total bill then that leaves a bill of 50 minutes more he can charge for and the Insurance would pay for. We know he charges $33.00 for every 10 minutes. This is a patients portion, so $33.00 times 5 is equal to $165.00. so here is what you have. Whether the man or the insurance company pays for this a total cost that the doctor is billing just for a check-up is $198.00. This is not $198.00 an hour it’s almost $200.00 every ten minutes or $1,200 and hour. I don’t care how you cut this it is wrong!

It gets worse. This doctor hasn’t even started charging for any scripts or extras he can bill for. This happening in my own backyard and I’m sick of it!

In every facet of the healthcare process everyone is overcharging and no one is watching the ship.

Significant savings can occur by supporting preventative care, wellness programs and education. Throw real money at this so people will follow and use recommendations. Unless we have a system that provides monetary incentives for better health, consumers won’t use it.

Health abuse and expense occur with the foods that are recommended and are so-called healthy. My pet peeve is our ludicrous diet with all the non-nutritional foods being marketed and promoted as healthy. It’s causing our society to be obese and psychologically we depend on it, many of the additives and artificial ingredients are causing severe mental and physical problems, they have addictive properties and exacerbate current and future medical conditions. Examples include diabetes, headaches, MS and other neurological conditions.

Maximized Living: New Rankings for US Healthcare System

The American healthcare system continues to crumble. Bankruptcy due to medical expenses is at an all time high. While the health of Americans is at an all time low. From medical errors, unnecessary procedures, and drug prescription side effects to increases in heart disease, cancer, and degenerative illness, the truth continues to be uncovered. Startling statistics are being yanked from the most respected scientific journals to prove our medical system is clearly not only not getting people well, it is harming the people more than it is helping.

The latest report published in Health Affairs reveals the United States is 49th in life expectancy and rank 41st in infant mortality rates. If those numbers don’t strike a nerve with you, remember there are people you know putting their faith in life in the hands of our healthcare system. In America, we put the most money into healthcare. We have the best hospitals, best technology, put most money put towards medical research, and our rankings have dropped 20 spots in the last seven years! How is that possible? The answer is simple. The system is broken and it does not work at getting people well. In fact, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine described the American healthcare system this way; “The American healthcare system is at once the most expensive and the most inadequate system in the developed world.”

Until fraudulent activities are stopped between governing agencies, doctors, and pharmaceutical companies; until alternative measures other than drugs and surgery are explored to get people well; until we have enough Americans who have had enough of the increased disease, depression, suicides, and infants dying; until families across the country decide they will not put their family’s health on the line in this system; until there is a radical paradigm shift in American healthcare: you can expect the numbers to drop again seven years from now. The medical model of healthcare was designed for emergencies only! Use it for emergencies only, and decide now to take control of your health.

For real healthcare and true prevention, don’t rely on a broken system. The Maximized Living view is health care and not medical or wellness-based disease care. If you’re sick, follow the 5 Essentials to become a healthy person again. Most importantly, if you’re already healthy – follow the 5 Essentials and stay healthy! If you look at the 5 Essentials of Maximized Living and study the available research done for each, you’ll find 1000’s of studies showing their positive impact on cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, childhood disease, pain, depression, etc. However, unlike the current health care model – it’s not about “treating” disease, it’s about living. It’s about a lifestyle that does not interfere with the body’s physiology, function, or structure – thus allowing the body to produce health. It’s treating health – not treating disease.

Increased Demand For Technology in the Healthcare System

The days of endless charting and piled papers, is just around the corner for those in the healthcare field. There is an increased demand for technology in the Michigan healthcare system, and with that increased demand come both benefits and drawbacks. There are a wide variety of advantages of increasing the technology and embracing the advances that have made in medical system software and systems this far. Those medical facilities who refuse to take advantage of these new possibilities will soon find themselves obsolete as the rest of the businesses around them continue to advance.

Advantages of an Increased Demand for Technology

With an increase in technology within the Michigan healthcare system, will come advantages such as easier to access records, faster automatic billing capabilities, and even automated support and call center capabilities that are routed to the appropriate professionals. This improved technology-based access to information will have a significant impact on healthcare. It will save time, money, and ultimately even lives.

No more waiting precious minutes to find out what little Johnny is allergic to when he needs immediate treatment and you can’t find his chart. There will also be an end to clients being pestered by insurance information about treatment, which has yet to arrive from the doctor’s office. Everything will be done faster and more effectively with the new technology that is being developed.

Disadvantages of an Increased Demand for Technology

With an increase in technology, will also come a need to keep up. To do this, you will need to advance with the times and develop a system that is on par with those being used by other local business. That is just one of the disadvantages of an increased demand for technology in the Michigan healthcare system. Luckily, with the help of an IT specialist company, you can have a state of the art system that runs seamlessly, and is monitored on a daily basis.

With all new technology come bugs and kinks that need to be worked out. If you are going to advance with the times, then it will be essential to enlist the help of an efficient and productive IT group. Outsourcing IT work can be very advantageous. By outsourcing your IT work, you can obtain the services you need at the lowest possible cost without being negatively affected.

There is an increased demand for technology in the Michigan healthcare system, and this increase is leading to both benefits and problems for healthcare companies. If you own a business that deals in the medical profession, then you have begun to realize the benefits to developing a system that can compete with those developed for other companies.

In order to compete, you will need an updated system of your own, which can be accomplished with the help of a dedicated IT company such as AccuTech International. Once you understand the importance of outsourcing this work, and developing your company further with the use of the latest technology in the field, you will begin to see your business thrive while conserving money at the same time.

Disparities in US Healthcare System

Healthcare disparities pose a major challenge to the diverse 21st century America. Demographic trends indicate that the number of Americans who are vulnerable to suffering the effects of healthcare disparities will rise over the next half century. These trends pose a daunting challenge for policymakers and the healthcare system. Wide disparities exist among groups on the basis of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geography. Healthcare disparities have occurred across different regional populations, economic cohorts, and racial/ethnic groups as well as between men and women. Education and income related disparities have also been seen. Social, cultural and economic factors are responsible for inequalities in the healthcare system.

The issue of racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare have exploded onto the public stage. The causes of these disparities have been divided into health system factors and patient-provider factors. Health system factors include language and cultural barriers, the tendency for racial minorities to have lower-end health plans, and the lack of community resources, such as adequately stocked pharmacies in minority neighborhoods. Patient-provider factors include provider bias against minority patients, greater clinical uncertainty when treating minority patients, stereotypes about minority health behaviors and compliance, and mistrust and refusal of care by minority patients themselves who have had previous negative experiences with the healthcare system.

The explanation for the racial and ethnic disparities is that minorities tend to be poor and less educated, with less access to care and they tend to live in places where doctors and hospitals provide lower quality care than elsewhere. Cultural or biological differences also play a role, and there is a long-running debate on how subtle racism infects the healthcare system. Inadequate transportation or the lack of knowledge among minorities about hospital quality could also be factors of inadequate care. Racial disparities are most likely a shared responsibility of plans, providers and patients. There’s probably not one factor that explains all of the disparity, but health plans do play an important role. Racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare do not occur in isolation. They are a part of the broader social and economic inequality experienced by minorities in many sectors. Many parts of the system including health plans, health care providers and patients may contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in health care.

It is seen that there are significant disparities in the quality of care delivered to racial and ethnic minorities. There is a need to combat the root causes of discrimination within our healthcare system. Racial or ethnic differences in the quality of healthcare needs to be taken care of. This can be done by understanding multilevel determinants of healthcare disparities, including individual belief and preferences, effective patient-provider communication and the organizational culture of the health care system.

To build a healthier America, a much-needed framework for a broad national effort is required to research the reasons behind healthcare disparities and to develop workable solutions. If these inequalities grow in access, they can contribute to and exacerbate existing disparities in health and quality of life, creating barriers to a strong and productive life.

There is a need to form possible strategies and interventions that may be able to lessen and perhaps even eliminate these differences. It is largely determined by assumptions about the etiology of a given disparity. Some disparities may be driven, for example, by gaps in access and insurance coverage, and the appropriate strategy will directly address these shortcomings. The elimination of disparities will help to ensure that all patients receive evidence-based care for their condition. Such an approach will help establish quality improvement in the healthcare industry.

Reducing disparities is increasingly seen as part of improving quality overall. The focus should be to understand their underlying causes and design interventions to reduce or eliminate them. The strategy of tackling disparities as part of quality improvement programs has gained significant attraction nationally. National leadership is needed to push for innovations in quality improvement, and to take actions that reduce disparities in clinical practice, health professional education, and research.

The programs and polices to reduce and potentially eliminate disparities should be informed by research that identifies and targets the underlying causes of lower performance in hospitals. By eliminating disparities, the hospitals will become even more committed to the community. This will help to provide culturally competent care and also improve community connections. It will stimulate substantial progress in the quality of service that hospitals offer to its diverse patient community. Ongoing work to eliminate health disparities will help the healthcare departments to continually evaluate the patient satisfaction with services and achieve equality in healthcare services.

It is important to use some interventions to reduce healthcare disparities. Successful features of interventions include the use of multifaceted, intense approaches, culturally and linguistically appropriate methods, improved access to care, tailoring, the establishment of partnerships with stakeholders, and community involvement. This will help in ensuring community commitment and serve the health needs of the community.

There is the need to address these disparities on six fronts: increasing access to quality health care, patient care, provider issues, systems that deliver health care, societal concerns, and continued research. A well-functioning system would have minimal differences among groups in terms of access to and quality of healthcare services. This will help to bring single standard of care for people of all walks of life.

Elimination of health care disparities will help to build a healthier America. Improving population health and reducing healthcare disparities would go hand in hand. In the health field, organizations exist to meet human needs. It is important to analyze rationally as to what actions would contribute to eliminate the disparities in the healthcare field, so that human needs are fulfilled in a conducive way.

Meenu Arora has contributed her articles for both online and hard copy magazines. Her articles have also been published in international magazines. Presently working in the healthcare industry, she has also written and edited Health Q-A columns for international magazine for 5 years.

BodyTalk – Complementary Or Standalone Healthcare System

BodyTalk in fact falls into the category of Energy Medicine and is not all invasive or prescriptive. A BodyTalk Practitioner does not do any invasive procedures and neither diagnoses nor prescribes anything. This makes BodyTalk an excellent healthcare system that can be used both on a standalone basis or it works very well as a complementary healthcare system too.

BodyTalk is ideal when used on a standalone basis when one is fundamentally healthy but just wanting to maintain and improve overall health and balance of the various aspects of oneself; physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual. BodyTalk is great in helping one balance the experience of normal daily stress and discomfort. By using BodyTalk on a regular basis one finds that in general one heals faster and more easily.

BodyTalk is also very helpful in a situation where someone is already receiving other physically based treatments; whether they are alternative or traditional. Because BodyTalk works on an energetic level and is not invasive, there are only two possible outcomes from the treatment.

Most people find that they benefit from a BodyTalk session and usually feel much better for having had one. Because BodyTalk is not at all invasive, if a session is found to be ineffective, then the person simply experiences no change from having had a session.

For many years it seems that one had to make a choice between alternative or traditional medical treatment. More and more, however, people are taking the best treatment from both disciplines and applying those to one individual. One is finding that doctors from both disciplines are working together, and some doctors themselves have studied both disciplines and then they pick an appropriate treatment or combination of treatments from both disciplines.

BodyTalk is effective whether used on a standalone basis, or when used in combination with other healing disciplines.