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Home health care: should firehouses become community health clinics?

Home health care: should firehouses become community health clinics?

Dnt think so: Firehoues lack the proper facilities to reeve healthcare needs. A better choice would be small community clinics which were purpose-built. ...Read more

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Ostomy (Definition)

An ostomy is a surgical operation to create a new opening in the abdomen, often in the ...Read more


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Do electronic health records bring down health care costs?

Not really: Unfortunately they only increase health care costs dramatically. While there are few undeniable benefits, the overall strain on the medical system is unsustainable. ...Read more

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What caregivers can provide home health care?

What caregivers can provide home health care?

Home Health: Qualifications for home health-when the patient is confined to the house like bedridden, cannot ambulate, no means of transportation, poor eyesight, difficulty taking medications etc. Ask around in your areas you are certain to find a good home health agency. Whenever they cannot take care of themselves. Usually rn come to the house to check on patients. ...Read more

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Are health care providers required by law to charge the copay?

Are health care providers required by law to charge the copay?

Insurance co-pays: I cannot know about every state and every insurance company, but to the best of my knowledge yes. And why wouldn't they even if they were not required? Health care providers who participate in these plans are generally receiving less than their normal private fees anyway. ...Read more

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How are preventive care services covered under the new health care reform law?

How are preventive care services covered under the new health care reform law?

Access for all: Unfortunately, our focus in the us is on treatment rather than prevention. However, accountable care organizations are designed to care for populations of patients rather than just hospital care. Therefore, it will be in everyone's best interest to keep people well and out of the hospital. Probably the most important part of the affordable care act is the provision for healthcare for all. ...Read more

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What are the differences between subacute care, outpatient care, hospice care, home health care?

What are the differences between subacute care, outpatient care, hospice care, home health care?

Also: Subacute care in many skilled nursing facilities usually entails significant specialized care, like patients on long term ventilators. These patients are too stable for the hospital but because the tracheostomy & vent require constant monitoring and nursing care. If a pt can't be taken off the vent they are usualy transferred to a facility where this type of care is usual. ...Read more

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What services does home health care provide?

What services does home health care provide?

Home Health Care: House chores r not covered. Home health care is not covered by insurances unless pt. Came just out of the hospital, and usually has a limited number of days. With the breakup of the family ( families living far from another), families with less children, and women working, no one can take care of sick elderly. Then... Need an assisted living facility or nursing home or home help paid by pt ...Read more

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Do health insurers often exclude maternity care from insurance plans?

Do health insurers often exclude maternity care from insurance plans?

Not often: This has generally been legislated out of most plans although it was common in the past. Many plans, however, have time limitations so no coverage for many conditions including pregnancy for a period of 4-8 months after signing up to prevent people with no insurance or competing insurance from jumping into a new plan while already having a condition. ...Read more

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Can first assists on a traveling surgeon's team bill insurance for their services?

Can first assists on a traveling surgeon's team bill insurance for their services?

Yes you can: When you assist on a surgery if it is qualified for assistance (some surgery are not qualified- minor surgery) you should be able to bill for it. ...Read more

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Problems with teeth, requires surgery. Will health insurance pay?

Problems with teeth, requires surgery. Will health insurance pay?

No: Most health insurance does not cover dental procedures. If you have separate dental insurance, it is likely covered to a certain degree. Read your policy, check your insurance's website, call your insurance company, or check with the oral surgeon's office for more information. Good luck! ...Read more

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Electronic health records allow sharing with insurance companies, right?

Electronic health records allow sharing with insurance companies, right?

Yes, but...: ...Guess what? Insurance companies can also look at your paper records too. Built into the contracts they sign with doctors, insurance companies can "audit" a physician to look at their clinical notes. This is to prevent overbilling or incorrectly billing. So your insurance company already has access to all of your medical records. An ehr would make it easier to share those records. ...Read more

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How will the new health care bill affect hospitalists?

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How will the new health care bill affect hospitalists?

Probably no effect: May not affect that much any of the doctors. May be we have wait a little till it takes off i mean te health care reform. ...Read more

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Should america's health care system switch to keeping patient records online?

Should america's health care system switch to keeping patient records online?

Sticky issue: This is a huge question. On one hand, online records can be transmitted quickly when medically needed. This could save a life. On the other hand, this quick transmission can also allow breaches of privacy that are potentially painful, embarrassing, and invasive. Balancing these things is precarious! electronic records seems to be where we're going, so we need safeguards to do it well. ...Read more

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Global health organisation warns families to prepare emergency family plan: what medicine and supplies.?

Global health organisation warns families to prepare emergency family plan:  what medicine and supplies.?

Six basic supplies: 1 water mke sure you have water for basic needs for 3 days 2 food non perishable for st least 3 days 3 first aid and supplies 4 clothing and beddings appropriate 5 tools and special items like flash lights and fresh batteries 6 battery powered communication devices and dont forget copies of important documents like drivers licence, passports. Prescription medicines and over the counter meds. ...Read more

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Global health organisation warn families to prepare emergency family plan with medicine and supplies.?

Global health organisation warn families to prepare emergency family plan with medicine and supplies.?

Six basic supplies: 1 water mke sure you have water for basic needs for 3 days 2 food non perishable for st least 3 days 3 first aid and supplies 4 clothing and beddings appropriate 5 tools and special items like flash lights and fresh batteries 6 battery powered communication devices and dont forget copies of important documents like drivers licence, passports., list of phone numbers prescription medicines. ...Read more

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What kinds of services can home health care provide?

What kinds of services can home health care provide?

Skilled nursing/PTOT: Think of home health as providing skilled nursing needs +/- PT/OT. That means education re med mgmt, heart disease, emphysema, diabetes etc. Wound care. IV fluids, shots, Foley care, etc. Check out http://www.medicare.gov/what-medicare-covers/home-health-care/home-health-care-what-is-it-what-to-expect.html for more details. Of note, home health will not cover non-skilled needs eg housekeeping ...Read more

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Traveling health professions: why do the sites need locum tenens workers?

Traveling health professions: why do the sites need locum tenens  workers?

Personnel shortages: Some areas need to use locum tenems healthcare personnel to fill job vacancies. Fortunately, many healthcare workers enjoy traveling and sharing their expertise. ...Read more

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Foot health practioneers do they offer a good health service to the public?

Foot health practioneers do they offer a good health service to the public?

Yes!: Google the american podiatric medicine association (apma) you'll find more information on the role a podiatrist plays in public health. ...Read more

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How is the community health centers funded? Pro choicers?

How is the community health centers funded? Pro choicers?

Community health ctr: There are 2 separate questions here. I will provide info for one. Funding for community health centers varies. However, the federal government is one source of funding. You can read this article for the bigger picture: http://www.Hhs.Gov/recovery/programs/hrsa/index.Html. ...Read more

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Which state agencies regulate public health care?

Which state agencies regulate public health care?

State health dept: All states have a department of public health although the names might be a little different. Most counties and cities also have such departments. Their job frequently involves promotion rather than regulation and they get involved in epidemics, disease clusters, communicable disease, public sanitation including cleanliness in restaurants, etc. ...Read more

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How can health care deductible work?

How can health care deductible work?

You are responsible: to pay the amount of your deductible out of pocket each year before your insurance company will pay anything. If you have a $2000,00 deductible you are responsible to pay the first $2000.00 dollar of your medical bills before your insurance will start paying anything. ...Read more

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Who all is in the health care sector or system?

Who all is in the health care sector or system?

EVERYONE and some...: Everyone uses healthcare at some point in their lifetime--whether seeing a doc, getting your eyes checked, teeth cleaned, or buying some Motrin for headaches, we all consume healthcare dollars. Companies making medicines, equipments, build hospital/medical offices, ambulances, healthcare providers, and other workers are part of the system. It is the largest sector. I need more space to explain.. ...Read more

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Why is preventive health care important?

Read further...: To decrease the risk of future illnesses and to keep health care costs down for you as an individual and for society as a whole. ...Read more

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Are sensors the next big thing in health care?

Are sensors the next big thing in health care?

Probably not: The next big thing in healthcare is likely to be a re-woking of the model of delivery of helathcare within the usa and/or meanigful analysis of all the data collected= 'big data' it should be an exciting time as we harness creativity and sound scientific/analytic principles. ...Read more

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Is there gender bias in health care?

Is there gender bias in health care?

Sometimes: Sometimes certain diagnoses are applied to more women vs men, and problems can be missed because our index of suspicion may not be high enough. For instance, heart attack symptoms may differ in men vs women, but both genders will be just as sick. Some doctors may also assume that women are "hysterical" rather than understanding they may have a complicated health problem. We have a lot to learn. ...Read more

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What is involved with home health care?

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What is involved with home health care?

Home Health: Qualifications for home health-when the patient is confined to the house like bedridden, cannot ambulate, no means of transportation, poor eyesight, difficulty taking medications etc. Ask around in your areas you are certain to find a good home health agency. Whenever they cannot take care of themselves. ...Read more

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What services does home health care provide?

Home Health Care: House chores r not covered. Home health care is not covered by insurances unless pt. Came just out of the hospital, and usually has a limited number of days. With the breakup of the family ( families living far from another), families with less children, and women working, no one can take care of sick elderly. Then... Need an assisted living facility or nursing home or home help paid by pt ...Read more

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How do I get home health care for my grandmother?

How do I get home health care for my grandmother?

See below: Please find the yellow page under home health care. It also can be found at a local hospital and ask the operator to connect for home health care. They will explain about the covered service. ...Read more

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Why is there little focus on preventive health care?

Why is there little focus on preventive health care?

Economics.: It doesn't pay. Almost no one but the patient benefits from health... Almost everyone but the patient benefits from sickness. Follow those dollars. Things may change, but these wheels turn very slowly. Preventive care may actually end up costing society a great deal as people live longer - more billable ailments and increasing complexity of care with longer period to collect earned benefits. ...Read more

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What kinds of services can home health care provide?

Skilled nursing/PTOT: Think of home health as providing skilled nursing needs +/- PT/OT. That means education re med mgmt, heart disease, emphysema, diabetes etc. Wound care. IV fluids, shots, Foley care, etc. Check out http://www.medicare.gov/what-medicare-covers/home-health-care/home-health-care-what-is-it-what-to-expect.html for more details. Of note, home health will not cover non-skilled needs eg housekeeping ...Read more

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Is douching recommended by health care practitioners?

Is douching recommended by health care practitioners?

No: Douching is not recommended. While cleaning the vagina, it destroys the protective bacteria that help keep the vagina clean and prevent infections. Douching can increase the risk of yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. ...Read more

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Do electronic health records bring down health care costs?

Not really: Unfortunately they only increase health care costs dramatically. While there are few undeniable benefits, the overall strain on the medical system is unsustainable. ...Read more

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Whats the quality of patient-centered health care delivery?

Whats the quality of patient-centered health care delivery?

You have more power: In a patient-centered model of care, you are more likely to be involved in selecting medicines and interventions that support your personal vision for quality of life. The physician seems more like your medically knowledgeable partner, guiding you among options based on your personal goals for your health and sense of wellness. It's the kind of medicine that i choose for myself and try to practice. ...Read more

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How do health care workers protect themselves from infection?

How do health care workers protect themselves from infection?

Universal precaution: #1 good handwashing. Appropriate protection when exposed to blood or other potentially infectious agents. ...Read more

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How many health care providers can help me manage withdrawal?

How many health care providers can help me manage withdrawal?

Manage withdrawal: If its a staright forward withdrawal then you only need you pain management md or pmd. If you have other issues that may complicate this then you should have a counselor, a psychologist, perhaps psychiatrist, addictionologist. ...Read more

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How does preventive medicine help reduce costs of health care?

How does preventive medicine help reduce costs of health care?

See example below: I guess the best way to think about it is: it's cheaper to prevent an illness than to treat it. For example, it is widely known that Aspirin helps prevent heart attacks in certain people. Therefor, in a certain group of people it is cheaper to take an Aspirin each day to prevent the heart attack, versus paying to treat the heart attack (ie hospitalization, possible surgery, cardiac rehab, etc). ...Read more

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How does a chronic disease wellness program affect health care costs?

How does a chronic disease wellness program affect health care costs?

Wellness program: Lowers costs by decreasing obesity and the associated htn, hypercholesterol, cardiac disease, arthritis. Smoking cessation also lowers cost by lowering pulmonary, vascular, and wound healing issues. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how has the war on terror affected military health care?

Can you tell me how has the war on terror affected military health care?

The WOT itself isn't: any different than other wars. What is different is #1 advancement of medicine worldwide & despite that #2 how SM & vets are affected by budgetary cuts authorized by current members of Congress & the Executive branch. For example, PTSD is not new - veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam & the GW suffer from this. The recent Walter Reed scandal, however, put a spotlight on it & forced policy changes. ...Read more

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