Quit Wasting My Healthcare

The new blog of Compass Professional Health Services called Quit Wasting My Healthcare is focused on helping individuals and employers receive higher quality care and stop losing money on senseless healthcare costs. Quit Wasting My Healthcare is written by healthcare experts: a physician and a former hospital finance executive. They form a team with integrated clinical and economic acumen that is so badly needed in today’s healthcare world. The writers have seen the frustration, the inefficiency and the substandard care that is the US healthcare system from the front lines. The writers also have the data and have identified over $1 billion of waste in just one major metropolitan area alone. Employers are getting fleeced. Patients are not getting the care they deserve. Quit Wasting My Healthcare is your guide to the underlying problems and their solutions.

Quit Wasting My Healthcare takes insider provider know-how, turns it around and gives it to you in easy to understand language so that you can navigate the broken US healthcare system. Recent posts include topics such as:

(1) Using co-insurance to drive change
(2) $1,000 CT scans of questionable
(3) Price differences of over 200% even within network

You’ll find ideas on employer health benefit plan designs, thoughts on saving money when visiting the doctor, and comments on the politics of healthcare in the United States.

If you are a company CFO or president, if you work in employee benefits, if you are a healthcare professional or if you work in the insurance industry, then Quit Wasting My Healthcare is worth your attention.
Not reading it is a lost opportunity to learn something smart about healthcare.

About Compass:
Compass Professional Health Services was established in 2005 with the mission to help employers and individuals lower their healthcare costs while maintaining or improving the quality. Our employees and leadership bring unparalleled expertise in provider charge structures, patient guidance, and health satisfaction metrics. This experience uniquely positions Compass as a leader in employee healthcare support. Our services return control to the patient in a way that benefits the entire healthcare system. Better care, lower costs, happier patients – employers who use Compass see the difference.

Mission:
The Mission of Compass Professional Health Services is to enable consumers and employers to receive and purchase higher value healthcare.
Vision

Vision:
The Vision of Compass Professional Health Services is to be the premier provider of information and services that shift consumer and physician behavior towards lower cost and higher quality care.

Philosophy:
Every person has the power to become a better healthcare consumer.

Medicare Advantage Will Get Hit With Health Care Reform

Since even before Medicare was passed in 1965 its been a source of frustration and intense debate from The Hill to Main Street. From concierge doctors to family physicians, politicians and family gatherings, health care reform is still a tough subject to grasp.

While Andy Griffith is currently appearing in television ads explaining Medicare changes to seniors, and the White House is praising its upcoming health care overhaul, the facts of how Medicare will change still remain a bit fuzzy.

1965. A lot of good things came out that year, like Medicare. This year, like always, we’ll have our guaranteed benefits and, with the new health care law, more good things are coming. Free checkups. Lower prescription costs and better ways to protect us and Medicare from fraud. See what else is new. I think you’re gonna like it, says Andy Griffith in his new TV ad. (Time.com) Seems to be pretty simply and explanatory, right? In reality, its a little more complicated.

Time.com states that Medicare Advantage, will in fact be greatly affected by health care reform, causing many seniors who have Medicare Advantage plans to lose fringe benefits that are not required by law. According to the Wall Street Journal, dozens of Medicare Advantage providers plan to cut back vision, dental and prescription benefits. Some plans are eliminating free teeth cleanings and gym memberships, and raising fees for hearing aids, eye glasses and emergency-room visits.

Medicare Advantage plans will take the biggest hit when the health care overhaul starts to take effect next month, mainly because Medicare Advantage plans are privately run plans that offer additional benefits beyond traditional Medicare. Obamas health care overhaul cuts to Medicare Advantage will open up the doors for 30 million Americans who currently dont have health insurance c overage. By taking some funding away from Medicare Advantage, money can be put towards those 30 million uninsured.

Democrats say the payment cuts are fair because Medicare overpays private insurers to run the plans. The government now pays private insurance companies an average of 9% more to operate the plans than it costs the government to run traditional Medicare, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an independent congressional agency. That allows insurers to offer richer benefits to enrollees. (Wall Street Journal Online)

As for standard Medicare plans, they will not change, a common misconception among seniors according to Time.com. In a July poll, 50% of seniors believed health care reform would cut benefits that were previously provided to all people on Medicare, and that Medicare patients will have to spend more out of their own pocket. The reality is that while Medicare Advantage will change dramatically, standard Medicare will not, according to Time.com.

The law requires Medicare to pay 100% of preventive care, which includes checkups. The law will also gradually close the Medicare prescription drug gap known as the doughnut hole.

Fetal Doppler Baby Heart Monitor Info

Fetal Doppler Baby Heart Monitor Overview ultrasound fetal doppler baby heart monitor – primary functions Function Overview

Fetal Heartbeat Doppler, also called Baby Heart Monitors, are devices used to detect the heart beats of a fetus starting at around the 12th week of pregnancy. If you are someone who has a family history of difficult pregnancies, then it may be helpful to know more about the fetal heart monitor doppler. These home-use doppler units are a safe and easy way to monitor the heartbeat of your infant during the pregnancy cycle.

Fetal Heartbeat Doppler Function Summary

There are several types of Fetal Doppler Heart Monitor units available for sale on the market. If you or your spouse is worried about the progress of your pregnancy, or if you have any family history of difficult pregnancies, then a home Fetal Heart Doppler will be a great comfort and benefit for your family. With any of these devices from GCM, Angelsounds, or Jumper, you can now easily listen to the heartbeat of you baby at regular intervals throughout the day, every day. So you know instantly if there is an unusual change in babies heart rate. This ability to immediately detect any unusual changes can assist you in making your pregnancy complication free while keeping your expected child healthy.

Since these devices are simplified versions of the medical machines used by gynecologists and medical clinics, they are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. While you do not need a doctors prescription to buy or rent a fetal doppler device, we recommend that you consult your doctor after receiving your Angelsounds Fetal Doppler or Jumper Baby Heart Monitor to learn how to properly use it and where best to look for your infants particular heart beat in your tummy since the exact location can be slightly different between women and stages of the pregnancy. You can also refer to wiki pages on Best Medical Direct such as Fetal Doppler FAQ Page and Using a Fetal Doppler FAQ Article to learn more.

Baby’s heartbeat can normally be detected starting at the 12th week of pregnancy. With the help of a home use fetal heart Doppler, you and your spouse can enjoy listening to your babies heartbeat together. When it comes to the safety of your child, you can never be too careful, so why take any chances? Get a genuine Angelsounds Fetal Doppler from Global Care Market and be prepared to better monitor the progress of your unborn son or daughter.

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A Look At Pregnancy Week By Week

If you have discovered that you are pregnant, or have been planning a pregnancy, you may have already started thinking in “threes”. That is because most pregnant women are told to consider their “trimesters”. This is the 90-day periods of time by which a pregnancy is measured, but this is a bit of a flawed view.

Why? If you see the changes that you and your baby will go through on a weekly basis, you are going to want to take a less general look at things and really zoom in on each week instead.

For instance, your first trimester is going to include weeks one through twelve, and if you look at pregnancy on a week by week basis, you are going to see that you already have very clear signs of being pregnant as early as week four! This is when you will have already missed a period, may be experiencing some nausea or bloating, and even a bit of urinary frequency.

Of course, you may be like millions of other women and not have any symptoms until two to four weeks later. For instance, those in week eight tend to have a uterus swollen to the size of a small orange! This is when hormones are really “cranking” and when tender breasts, fatigue, and very clear signs of your pregnancy appear.

This takes us into the middle of the pregnancy, or the second trimester that runs from weeks 13 to 26. There is a tremendous amount going on during your pregnancy on a week by week basis now! For instance, at week 15 you are probably going to “start to show” (though experts agree that women will first appear pregnant from weeks 14 to 20). A few weeks after that the famous “linea nigra” appears between your belly button and pubic area. This is an indicator of the pressures developing in your uterus and a good sign of a growing baby!

By week 26, you may start to experience the common Braxton Hicks contractions and your baby is going to begin becoming extremely responsive. As we enter the final trimester, the pregnancy on a week-by-week basis is changing extremely quickly. At 30 weeks, you will have stretch marks and a bit of edema due to water retention. Your baby’s movements are very noticeable and you are probably hungrier than ever due to all of the growth occurring.

In the final ten weeks, many of the baby’s bodily organs and systems begin operating and the baby slowly drops into position for delivery!

Baby Swimming Classes A Gentle Way To Teach Babies And Toddlers

Many parents want to enroll their babies in swimming classes to teach them survival skills. In the past, these swimming sessions used to be filled with screams, tears, threats and other aggressive methods of teaching. Today, there are many swimming classes specifically designed for the babies and toddlers to learn swimming in a friendly, holistic, child-centric and age-appropriate manner. Using these methods, swimming instructors are ensuring that children are safe and happy and also develop a lifetime love for water.

Family friendly swim lessons for the baby

These child-centered baby swimming classes are structured to be family friendly. Parents are often encouraged to get into the pool to reduce the babys anxiety. The mother or father is also encouraged to act as the co-teacher along with the babys swim instructor. Many toddlers eagerly take to the water after watching their parents and siblings along with the friendly instructors in the water.

Interactive Tools for making the most of the swim lessons

Just like modern education methods include colorful toys, interactive games and other educational objects; these baby swimming classes also include stimulating learning environment in the form of colorful objects, songs, games etc. Such tools provide an encouraging learning environment for the child.

Swim lesson DVDs

Many swim lesson DVDs are available in the market today, using which parents can encourage and prepare their toddlers or babies for their swimming classes. Seeing the happy faces of toddlers and kids on the DVDs is an encouragement to the new students. These DVDs can reduce the fear factor associated with the swim lesson.

Drown proofing your baby with help of the swim lessons

Of most importance are the safety skills that babies learn from these swimming classes. Whereas in the past aggressive methods were used to teach these necessary survival techniques to the babies, today the same techniques are being taught bearing in mind the childs emotional and physical well being. Depending on the childs age, these gentle swimming classes can teach all the necessary skills for saving the childs life in case he/she accidentally falls in the family pool. Children who have been through such infancy swimming programs can swim back to the side of the pool with ease and confidence.

Here are more reasons to teach baby swimming lessons to your baby

Younger the baby, easier it is adapt to water
Fear of water grows in older children
It is a great form of exercise for the baby. It encourages fine motor skill development
It is a great form of cardiovascular exercise and encourages babies appetite and sleep.
It is good for their self esteem and self confidence.

As can be seen, there are multiple benefits of baby swimming classes and it is important that parents enroll their babies and toddlers for these lessons.

Metro Home Health Care’s Donation to Detroit Rescue Mission Benefits More Than 1,200 people

DEARBORN, Mich. – Nov. 27, 2009 – Metro Home Health Care recently donated more than $2,400 to the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries to benefit those in need this holiday season. The donation will feed more than 1,200 people served by the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.

-Our donation goes to support the needs of those facing challenges in our community,- said Dr. Agustin V. Arbulu C., CEO, Metro Home Health Care. In appreciation for every referral Metro Home Health Care received from Oct. 15 through Nov. 23, the company earmarked a certain dollar amount to go toward the total donation. A leading provider of a full range of home health care services, Metro Home Health Care is committed to the health and wellness of its patients and the community at large.

-At Metro Home Health Care, we are in the business of taking care of loved ones,- added Arbulu. -We wanted to take this further and provide support to our friends and neighbors struggling to make ends meet in our community.-

While contributions to organizations like Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries are down 20 percent, the need has increased by 30 percent this year. -It is with the help of organizations like Metro Home Health Care that we are able to continue to provide much needed support and services,- said Aurine Moore, vice president of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries. -We are fortunate to have charitable people who are sensitive to the needs of so many in our community and put their compassion into positive action.”

The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries has been providing food, clothing, shelter and self help programs throughout Detroit and the surrounding suburban communities for 100 years.

Metro Home Health Care was founded in 1976 and has established a long tradition of excellence in the home health care industry. It provides an integrated and holistic approach to patient care, remaining fully committed to its primary focus on the patients’ needs and well being. Its professional and support staff demonstrate commitment and low employee turnover, resulting in high patient satisfaction and improved patient recovery. Based in Dearborn with an office in Howell, Metro Home Health Care offers a full range of private duty care, skilled nursing and therapy options for individuals and families throughout mid and southeastern Michigan. For more information, call 800-462-5632, or visit www.metrohomehealthcare.com.

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