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Fitness

Prescription Fraud – Prevent Your Pharmacy From A Major Health Care Crime

Prescription fraud, which can be elaborated by the exact term as “pharmaceutical diversion,” is defined as the criminal acquisition of prescription drugs for personal use or profit. This definition of prescription fraud does not include the other related terms like theft, burglary, backdoor pharmacies, and illegal importation or distribution of prescription drugs.

Prescription fraud is the most dominant kind of a health care fraud, since the new century had started, the problem has grown significantly and the major reason which is daunting the health care and safety measures is the inflation in the medication cost. A common man, who had already hit by an extreme bought of a recession, is compelled to buy a 2nd grade to third grade medicine to reduce the cost of his health care. And this is the cause of the major prescription failure and fraud.

The second reason which has a great deal is that the number of people are abused by the “Backdoor pharmacies”, which are businesses not licensed/authorized to distribute pharmaceutical drugs. On the other hand people commit prescription fraud in different ways, like forging prescriptions, multiple prescriptions by multiple doctor interventions (doctor shopping), and altering the prescriptions to increase quantity.

Prescription fraud is a very complex health care crime. Limited awareness and lack of oversight among doctors, pharmacists and the patients may also contribute to the problem. Identifying the different faulty factors in prescribing, dispensing and administration of medication may help in reduction of this dangerous health care crime.

Prescription Fraud: Tips to Escape a Major Health Care Crime and Disaster at the Pharmacy

Knowing the prescriber, his signature, DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) number and knowing the patient is primary task.

Checking the prescription date is essential and is it presented within a reasonable time?

Contacting the doctor/ prescriber by a telephone for verification or clarification if you have any questions.

If you believe that there is doubt in prescription details, request proper identification. Doing so increases offenders’ risk of getting caught.

Build up a strategy to track the prescriptions written by the doctor and administer it accordingly with the name of the patient to whom the prescription was given; the drug that was prescribed; the number of tablets prescribed; and the dosage amounts.

Prescriptions can only be made and written by licensed and accredited doctor/ physician, including the accreditation seal and the signature on a temper-proof prescription pad.

Refuse to call-in prescriptions unless they are backed up with written prescriptions that must be provided by the patient at the time of pickup.

Use a prescription drug monitoring program to monitor who access drugs. It is a part of the job to look for the obvious signs that include the appropriate dozing and refills.

Electronic prescription method is the best way to counter the false, forged and altered prescriptions as the doctor transmits the prescription directly to the pharmacist.

Training to detect fraudulent prescriptions is essential for the pharmacists and the doctors may also discuss their prescription writing criteria with the local pharmacists regularly.

A strong relationship with local pharmacists is important as they are often the first to detect a diversion or fraud attempt.

Conclusion to Consider:

Prescription fraud is a particularly interesting information security management issue because it occurs in an information intensive domain, that of drug use and management. Increased security measures help prevent prescription fraud and reduce counterfeit losses. By reducing the inflation in the medication cost can also suppress the prescription fraud situation in a massive way as the patient can easily reach his Doctor’s prescribed medication without opting a self-medication danger.…

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Men'S Health

Small Business Planning Must Include Health Care Costs

Based on what little is known about the new health care bill that was just passed, it will have a huge effect on small to mid-sized businesses. One of the line items, as reported in a summary by the Wall Street Journal, is that in 2013 companies with over 50 employees must provide “affordable” health care or face a fine of $3,000 per employee (excluding the first 30 employees). It doesn’t state what “affordable” means.
In the same paragraph it states that the insurance industry must pay an annual fee of $8 billion starting in 2013 and rising in subsequent years.
I guess it’s lost on me how an industry can pay $8 billion in annual fees and still provide affordable insurance packages to small business.
I don’t know all of the intricacies of the proposed bill. I guess that makes me about as smart as the folks who passed it, they didn’t read it either. What I do know as a mid-sized company CEO for over 15 years affordable health coverage is in the eye of the beholder.
I cannot think of a single year where our health care costs were not increased to one of my companies. Every year we scrambled to try and balance plan benefits against rising costs while trying to keep employee contributions down.
Large corporations have bargaining power and volume, and are able to secure better pricing. The small and mid-sized business owner has no such advantage. While the new plan talks about Insurance exchanges to allow small business the opportunity to shop their coverage I don’t see that as any different than what they do currently. We had to shop our coverage every few years to keep costs in line.
The bottom line of all of this is costs for business will increase, and employers will take a harder look at hiring full time employees. Prudent companies will consider health care costs in their strategic planning process, deciding whether to make investments in automation vs. full time employees with an ever increasing cost base, It will make the playing field even more uneven with countries such as China where benefits and regulation are not a concern.
Health care reform is certainly needed. It’s unacceptable that so many Americans, especially the “working poor” as they are called, are without health care. The United States spends roughly twice as much as other developed countries on health care and millions are uncovered. There simply has to be a better way. But history has shown us that a government mandated and controlled program isn’t it.
One of the chief reasons why we spend so much on health care is the cost the insurance companies and health care companies absorb trying to deal with government bureaucracy. To see government health care effectiveness you don’t have to look any further than the VA and how our veterans are treated.
The full impact of this bill on business is unknown, even by those who passed it.…

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Health Food

Why Health Care Practices Should Consider Outsourcing Their Newsletter Marketing Programs

In an ideal world, health care practices would have the time, expertise and resources to create their own newsletter marketing programs. Unfortunately, the reality is quite often the opposite.
The reputation of your health care practice is as important as the health of your patients. And just as you wouldn’t advise your patients to compromise their health by self-medicating, I wouldn’t advise you to compromise your reputation by skimping on the quality of your newsletter. The same way that you would advise your patients to see an expert (you!) about whatever is bothering them, I would advise you to work with an expert on newsletter marketing as well.
Outsourcing your medical, dental or physical therapy newsletter benefits you and your practice in the following ways:
It saves time. Creating a professional newsletter takes time-something that you, as a health care practitioner, don’t have in abundance. On top of that, patients and other health care professionals who receive your newsletter are information savvy. They can tell the difference between a hastily put together newsletter and one that you crafted to include information relevant to their concerns. If your aim is to connect with your readers, encourage them to refer patients to you or come to you in their time of need, a newsletter hastily put together will reflect badly on your health care practice.
Don’t let lack of time affect the quality of your healthcare newsletter. Not only will outsourcing save you time but your readers will love hearing from you because your newsletter articles will be informative and a pleasure to read. They will appreciate the fact that the information you provide is catered specifically to them. We have found that when newsletters are done well, recipients anticipate their arrival.
It gives you access to expertise you lack. When I say lack of expertise, I don’t mean your clinical knowledge. On that front, you are the expert. What I mean is a lack of copywriting expertise.
There’s no one better to educate, teach, and inform your patients and referral sources than you. But it’s quite possible that you don’t have the copywriting, design or marketing skills to do all of the above in words and terms your readers can easily understand.
Having someone whose expertise is to create newsletter content will ensure that your newsletter articles are optimized for your reader’s understanding and interest.
So unless your health care practice has a marketing department with specific experience with newsletter marketing, outsourcing to a newsletter service is your best option.
How to Outsource Your Newsletter Content
When outsourcing your newsletter, look for a company that has experience in your field of health care practice.
Once you find a few companies, research them well. Ask for client testimonials or referrals, and pay close attention to how they communicate. Are they professional? How rigorous are their writing, proofreading and fact-checking processes? Are they willing to go the extra mile?
When you find a newsletter marketing company you trust, you still need to read your entire newsletter. If a reader calls you about a newsletter article that piques his or her interest, be sure you are ready to respond.
Newsletters can be a powerful marketing tool for your medical, dental or physical therapy practice. After 28 years in the newsletter marketing business, I have seen their success firsthand. But I also know that your No. 1 concern is your patients, so my advice to health care practices interested in setting up a newsletter program is always, “Don’t go it alone.”…

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Health Food

8 Questions to Ask Your Home Health Care Agency Or Nurse

If you are in the process of finding a home care services agency or if you are considering hiring a home care nursing aide or a home health care physical therapist or occupational therapist, it is critical to find out their qualifications.
We assembled a list of 8 questions you can ask the home care agency to ensure that you are choosing the right provider for your needs.
1) What is the background of the home care company & how long have they been in business?
You want to find a reputable in home nursing agency that has been in business for a number of years and has a successful track record. Most newer home nursing care agencies haven’t been around long enough to build a proven track record or a list of red flags.
So, it’s important to find out as much information about the company as possible. You can do this by finding information on who owns the company and what role the ownership plays in the type and levels of service.
2) What are the home nursing care agencies qualifications, certifications, experience and training of their home care aides and nurses?
It’s extremely important to find out about the credentials of the home health aides and nurses that the home care company sends to your home.
Make sure their home health aides and nurses are certified and have received adequate training.
3) How does the home nursing care agency monitor care and can the family provide feedback?
Find out if there are any quality assurance measures in place. Many home health care agencies periodically visit the home of the client or make regular calls to gather client feedback.
If this is not the case, find out how a family member can provide feedback on the quality of care or who they may contact in the home care agency to have any questions answered.
4) Are there any home visits or assessments that take place prior to home health care services beginning?
Find out if there are any options available that allow the family members, client and the home care agency representative to meet prior to the start of services. Most reputable home nursing care agencies offer free consultations.
5) Does the agency have a current operating license in their respective state or city?
It is important to find out if the home health care agency has a current and valid license to operate in their respective city or state. This often overlooked aspect is the most important factor in choosing a home health care agency.
6) How does the home nursing care company work with your doctor in developing a plan of care?
Most agencies work directly with your doctor in planning for your care, especially if the client requires care that is beyond the scope of activities related to activities of daily living.
7) Can the home care company provide references or testimonials?
Most reputable home health care companies can provide references from doctors, nurses, social workers and even clients if requested. They may even have a page on their website that is dedicated to providing this type of information to potential clients.
8) What happens if a home health aide or nurse is absent from the agency on a particular day?
If the home health care provider is required to take a day off for illness or another emergency, what type of protocol is put in place by the home health care company to cover the absence?
There are usually plans put in place to ensure that the client receives that continuity of care in the event of an absence by their home care provider or nurse.…

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Health Gov

Horse Health Care – Natural Feed Supplements For the Nervous Equine

Does your horse get nervous before a competition, trailering, or learning something new? I have a couple of horses who are strung kind of tight, and I’ve found that there are a number of natural horse feed supplements that really help calm them down.
Not all of these are legal for all competitive events, so if you do consider using any of these, be sure to check with your discipline’s governing body to see what’s legal and what isn’t.
Horse Feed Supplement #1: Homeopathic Chamomile
Homeopathic chamomile is a wonderfully simple solution for many nervous horses. This vibrational remedy will not make a horse calmer than his normal temperament, but can restore a horse’s mental balance so that he can think clearly. For instance, if your horse is normally calm but gets bouts of diarrhea before trailering, giving him a dose of Chamomile 30x before he try loading him might help him stay calm. You can purchase this homeopathic remedy at most health food stores.
Horse Feed Supplement #2: Adrenal Support Herbs
The combination of adrenal support herbs I have been feeding my horses is relatively new on the market and is a potent combination of four herbs that really seems to help horses remain calm. I’ve used this supplement on my mustang mare, who gets the heaves (or COPD) when she gets nervous. When she starts getting that distinctive rattle in her chest, I empty two capsules of these herbs into spring water, mix with a juice mixer, and then put it in a syringe. I syringe the mixture into her mouth, and then wait 30-45 minutes. Within that time, the rattle in her chest goes away and she is restored to her normal happy state.
Being a Metal horse personality, she loves routine and gets nervous whenever she thinks we are going to do something totally new (read more about horse personalities on the Horse Harmony website by Dr. Madalyn Ward). She then flips into the sympathetic nervous system, which for horses is the equivalent of “fight or flight,” and heaves are the result. The adrenal support herbs have the effect of restoring her to the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the one associated with rest and relaxation. The beauty of these herbs is that they can be fed daily or only as needed. The effects are also fairly immediate, making it a crucial part of any first-aid kit.
Horse Feed Supplement #3: Probiotics of Acidophilus and Bifidus
Probiotics like acidophilus and bifidus are the beneficial bacteria that live in your horse’s gut. The reason probiotics help to calm a nervous horse is because the beneficial bacteria produce B12. The B vitamins, especially B12, produce a natural calming effect on the body. If your horse has diarrhea when he gets nervous, bifidus is especially useful since it tends to soak up excess fluid in the bowel and restore normal stool consistency. Adding probiotics to your regular horse feed regimen will help in general, and giving oral probiotics before any event that might make your horse nervous will help in the moment.
Horse Feed Supplement #4: Equilite Relax and Relax Her Blend
Relax Blend and RelaxHer Blend, two horse feed supplements from Equilite are also excellent for calming the nervous horse. These supplements are made from a combination of natural herbs, and can be added to your horse feed regimen on a daily basis. Best of all, these supplements come in a Valerian-free formula, which makes them legal to feed to most show horses.
Horse Feed Supplement #5: Specially Processed Blue Green Algae
Blue-green algae, which has had its cell wall removed, is what I call “brain food.” It is blue-green algae that has been processed in way that removes the cell wall, leaving only the “heart” of the algae. This form of algae contains vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals in particles that are small enough to penetrate the blood-brain barrier. The blood brain barrier, as the name implies, is a barrier in the brain that separates the cerebral spinal fluid from the circulating blood. This barrier prevents foreign invaders like bacteria from entering the brain, but also prevents most vitamins and minerals from entering the brain as well.
Many nervous horses suffer from under-nourished brains, and many a nervous thoroughbred or flighty horse has been calmed when this form of blue-green algae is added to their horse feed. It’s definitely worth checking out, especially as it is also useful for building strong hoof walls and is legal for show horses.
Well, this is just a short list of horse feed supplements that can help the nervous horse become calm again. If you have any other supplements that you have found useful, please leave me a comment or drop me a line. I love learning about horse nutrition, and …

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Health Department

Increasing Your Health With A Dedicated Fitness Regime

Being fit is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. At times, though, there is such an overwhelming amount of information available, that does not all agree, and it can be difficult to ascertain what is right. There will be times when you are inclined to quit, but try to fight that urge. The health advice that follows can give you some insight on how to improve the healthiness quotient in your life.

Crunches shouldn’t be all you concentrate on when you’re working out abdominal muscles. You should not waste your time with crunches if you are trying to lose weight, it takes a quarter million of them to lose a pound! Crunches should be only a small part of your abs routine. Therefore, it is important to work your abs in other ways.

Keep a journal of what you do each day. Include all the exercises you do and everything you consume. You should also record the day’s weather conditions. Then, you’ll be able to watch for specific patterns that may be affecting your routines. If you slack off on your workout for a couple days, record the reason for this lapse.

Although a number of people like exercising on treadmills either in a gym or at home, running outdoors is actually better exercise. Treadmills offer convenience, especially when it gets too cold outside. Running on the sidewalk, however, is more effective.

No matter what kind of exercise you’re doing, wear the right shoes to do it. When you don shoes that are inappropriate for a given activity, you may injure your legs, feet or ankles. Also, you will experience significant discomfort that may prevent you from continuing your routines.

Lifting lighter weight with more repetitions can increase muscle mass. Muscle mass is most important in enduring without getting weak, not just about lifting the heaviest weights. The top lifters in the world swear by this way of training.

Build up the strength in your forearms by trying an exercise that racquetball and tennis players utilize. Start buy laying a piece of newspaper on a table or other flat surface. Crumble the paper with your dominate hand for 30 seconds. After you do this two time, change hands and do it again with your nondominant hand, then two more times in your original dominant hand.

Controlled breathing can enhance your workout routine’s effectiveness. Try to exhale hard as your shoulders come to their peak during situps. Exhaling deeply makes the muscles in your abdomen contract more and work harder than if you just exhale normally.

Some dieters think that exercising doesn’t burn the number of calories that they hope it does, so they seek extreme regimens. You will be in danger of hurting yourself, heart issues, dehydration, and you will not benefit from it.

Contrasting perceptions on the idea of fitness can make the process unnecessarily complicated. The fitness world has plenty of do’s and don’ts, like anything else. The tips in this article will set you on the right path to a healthier body and a happier life.…

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Health Policy

What’s On Your Plate? How Nutrition Affects Your Health

People often think of nutrition as boring. Eating healthily, however, does not mean that you have to give up your enjoyment of food. In fact, exploring nutrition exposes you to a whole new perspective on food. Try to look at the food that you eat as nourishment by applying these simple tricks to help achieve a healthier body.

Add several hundred milligrams of raw garlic to your daily diet. It fights many health problems including cancer and heart issues. Garlic is also an effective antibacterial and anti-fungal agent to benefit organs. One great way to add garlic to your daily diet is by using garlic extracts or cloves in your meals.

Proteins are a vital part of a proper diet. Proteins help build muscles and promote healthy function of internal organs. These also help you to metabolize energy correctly. In addition to these benefits, proteins also help your body fight off diseases. Proteins are found in abundance in foods like fish, poultry, dairy, and grains.

Riboflavin is an important part of a healthy diet. It is required by our body to help release energy from protein, carbohydrates and fats in our diet. It also helps in transporting iron and aids the metabolism. If you want to eat lots of riboflavin, head straight for the dairy products and whole grains.

When you are on the go, carrying protein bars and nutritional supplements is always a smart idea. It has become increasingly difficult to eat nutritionally in airports. You may be tied up in security, waiting for your flight or flying on a plane that does not serve meals. See to it that you always have these bars ready until you have the chance to eat a regular meal.

Snacks, such as fruit smoothies, are a nutritious and delicious treat. The ones at stands or in stores have lots of calories. You are in control when you make it yourself. By making your own, you can use the ingredients you prefer. Try using ingredients like bananas, fresh or frozen fruit, skim milk, and Greek yogurt for a low-calorie healthy smoothie.

If you have options in what kind of nut you can cook with, almonds are your best bet. These are the most nutritious nuts that can reduce cholesterol levels, raise protein levels, and help you keep a healthy blood cell count. They also tend to be less expensive than other types of nuts.

To speed your recovery from illnesses, eat foods that are high in zinc. To avoid illnesses you can use zinc to help strengthen your immune system. Pumpkin seeds, strawberries and peaches are all great foods that contain zinc. Most of these foods also have antioxidants.

In order to lower depression risk naturally, consume foods that have Vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 helps your body to regulate serotonin levels, and serotonin imbalance is a leading cause of depression. Foods that contain lots of vitamin B6 include asparagus, chicken breast, and wheat germ. It is especially important in wintertime to eat a lot of foods containing vitamin B6.

As you can see, eating a balanced, nutritious diet is easy and fun. There is a lot of room for creativity in the world of food, so it is a wonderful way to enhance your quality of life without limiting yourself. These tips are only the beginning to a new, healthier you!…