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A Primer on Modern Hospice Care

A Primer on Modern Hospice Care

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Public interest in hospitality services is rising as palliative care needs continue to mount every day in the first world and developing nations. Already, more nations are paying serious attention to the provisions that most established enterprises offer. Capacity building activities in various nations are also giving an expansive elbow room for the practice to prosper. The level of palliative care among nations is expected to improve as the combined experiences in various locations-from institutional to in-home hospitice care services, from the St.. Christopher's Hospice in London to as a far as the NGO program-driven efforts in Zambia-contribute to a wider public acceptance.

Already, there are more than 150 countries actively engaged in delivering hospice and palliative care or some semblance of them. The key to the successful implementation of palliative and hospitality services lies in understanding its benefits and appreciating how such a movement started.

The modern hospice care that we know today is a philosophy movement that focuses on the amelioration of a terminally ill patient's symptoms, which are physical, emotional, spiritual, or social in nature. This contemporary concept is an interdisciplinary approach to providing comprehensive end-of-life care and was generally acknowledged to have been started by Dame Cicely Saunders, who founded St. Louis. Christopher's Hospice in London in 1967. Two years later, a former Yale University nursing school…



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What Countries Allow Online Gambling

What Countries Allow Online Gambling

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The world of internet gambling is strictly regulated and it is important to first be aware of what countries allow online gambling before you start. Online casinos have experienced a steady growth in popularity over the past few years, with more and more people registering with sites in order to enjoy their favorite casino games.

You will find a few countries around the world where this practice is legal and many of them house servers that are accessible to people residing in countries where it is not. This means that if you live in a country where gambling online is banned, you might still be able to play by dialing into a server that is hosted outside of your country.

The United States of America

It is true that more and more countries are realizing the benefits of legalizing internet gambling and are actively taking steps towards this. However, the law governing the prohibition of internet gambling in America is somewhat unclear. The estimate is that approximately 70 percent of US citizens make up the internet gambling population and suffer little consequences because of it. It may be that the situation is difficult to monitor and regulate because gambling online happens in the privacy of your home and not in the public eye.

Online Gambling Around The World

You can do a simple search online to find out what countries allow online gambling. The list below reflects a few of these where online gambling is legal:

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • France



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The Legal System's Grip on Health Care

The Legal System's Grip on Health Care

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A 62-year-old woman entered the emergency room of the hospital where she worked, complaining of chest pains. After an exam and an EKG, she was diagnosed with gastrointestinal disorder and was sent home. During the night, she died of coronary artery disease, with arterial blockages of 100 percent and 95 percent discovered during her autopsy. The hospital refused to provide information due to fear of a lawsuit. As a result, no meaningful analytical analysis was conducted to prevent this from recurring in the future, no protocols were changed, and the physician involved in this case is practicing the same medicine the same way.

The Failure of the Tort System

To improve quality, an organization must identify procedural problems, make them visible and punish the offender so the faulty service is not repeated. In the industrial sectors, corporations have learned to confront problems. With the Toyota Production System, for example, employees are required to identify errors, document them and put preventive actions in place to eliminate the source of variation. The Toyota Production System was created by Taiichi Ohno of Toyota, perfected in the 1970s and rarely applied to multiple industries around the globe. One of the basic tenets of the system is a relentless focus on the elimination of waste. Every occurrence of quality variation and waste must be confronted and analyzed, and the source of the waste or variation must be eliminated through improved process…



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Telemedicine in the Affordable Health Care Act Explained

Telemedicine in the Affordable Health Care Act Explained

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Telemedicine is an important component of the robust and technology driven Affordable Care Act system (Obama care) and provides avenues for reducing costs in the new healthcare structure, because it offers options in how to access healthcare services.

The Affordable Care Act is the most comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s health care system in decades and it’s implementation and sign-ups will all be processed through marketplace exchanges.

What is the Meaning of Telemedicine?

Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical health care without a traditional face-to face consultation. It helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to supplementary medical services for people with:

  • Basic or No Insurance
  • High Deductible (HDHP) Insurance
  • Traditional Insurance

Tele-health Vs Telemedicine

‘Tele-health’ is an older, broader term for services such as health education and is not limited to clinical services, while ‘Telemedicine’ narrowly focuses on the actual curative aspect between the patient and healthcare professional. Examples of Tele-health are health professionals discussing a case over the telephone or conducting robotic surgery between facilities at different ends of the world.

Tele-Health has a broader scope than telemedicine and is sometimes called e-health, e-medicine, or telemedicine. Health care professional use tools like e-mails, e-visits, e-prescribing, after-hours care, e-reminders, health assessments,…



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A Guide To Secure Social Security Benefits Against Disability

Disability of any form is a curse to humanity. It not only demeans a person's ability to earn livelihood but sometimes also brings him social disrespect. Thus, disability exists not only only, but also in the minds of the people who institute our society.

You must have come across various cases, when an efficient employee of an organization was thrown out because he suffered from a kind of disability, and now his family does not even have enough resources to continue even a minimal living.

Disability can bring you to a sorry state. But to safeguard the rights of disabled ocial security benefits are provided by the government. Under the Social Security Act disability is defined as the inability to perform any substantive activity, due to a medically determined mental or physical impairment.

To be eligible to get social security benefits, you need to be disabled for a year. Social Security includes the combination of various impairments that one can suffer. To give you the benefit, all your medical records are collected and then they are carefully studied.

There are five major types of Social Security benefits to the disabled. Of them the disability Insurance Benefits is the most important. It is for the people who were working in the recent years, generally the last five years, and are disabled in the present.

Apart from this the disabled widow's and the widower's are provided with the social security benefits. A person who is 50 years of age and is…



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Insurance Companies Listings and Ratings Guide For Insurance Agents & Brokers

Insurance Companies Listings and Ratings Guide For Insurance Agents & Brokers

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Here is the newest, revised version of the best insurance companies lists. These are compiled in a top 100 ratings guide format. The lists are in alphabetical order helping insurance agents & brokers locate an insurer. Find out how your opinion compares. How can you possibly rate an insurance company? I will mention briefly the various ways, show you the method I is used for this article, and why.

BY NUMBER OF AGENTS

This ratings guide listing method evaluates the insurer by the sheer number of insurance agents & brokers currently licensed and under contract. with carrier. I feel this assessment to be worthless for a multitude of reasons. First of all there are a number of career health and life insurance agencies that have thousands of representatives. However, of these, up to 80% of the total agents are relatively new in trying to establish credibility in the industry. Four years down the line only 6% of many an insurance company agency force will maintain sufficient production to stay career representatives.

Moreover, my findings unknown inaccuracy of this method due to licensing renewal process state insurance departments impose on the insurer. Most state departments of insurance send the renewal report forms on a yearly basis. There is a fee to be paid by each ins agent renewed. What makes it difficult is the variation of different paperwork procedures by individual states for removing non-active ins reps. The paperwork consistors of costly,…



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What Is Supplementary Security Income (SSI)?

What Is Supplementary Security Income (SSI)?

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If you become disabled and are unable to work, you're entitled to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) through the Social Security Administration. Unlike SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), which is for people who've had a significant term of employment, SSI is for those who have not worked long enough to meet that standard or have not made sufficient contributions to Social Security.

If you do qualify for this federal safety net program, you'll receive a monthly benefit check to help insure your financial stability. You may also qualify for Medicaid, which will cover most, if not all of your medical expenses.

You must list all of your income and assets when you submit your application for SSI benefits. This includes any pensions, benefits, real estate, stocks or bonds you may own. If you're married, a portion of your spouse's income and assets is also taken into account when calculating your eligibility for the program.

SSI requires that your disabling condition is directed to last a minimum of a year, or is expected to result in death. You must have been disabled and unable to work for a minimum of five continuous months before you can begin receiving benefits.

The Social Security Administration's List of Impairments is the main criteria for deciding whether your infirmity is serious enough to prevent you from maintaining gainful employment permanently disabling. It lists everything from heart and circulatory disorders to muscular…



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Social Security Disability Insurance Eligibility Requirements

Social Security Disability Insurance Eligibility Requirements

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Understanding the requirements for Social Security Disability is the first step to having your application approved. Here are the basic requirements for Social Security Disability benefits.

The requirements for Social Security disability benefits are based on your work history. In order to qualify under Social Security you will need to have worked in jobs that pay Social Security taxes five of the last ten years prior to the sunset of your disability. Onset of your disability is the date that you first became disabled. The work requirements for Social Security Disability do not require that the years of work be continuous; as long as you have five years of work out of ten years prior to your disability you will meet the work requirements for Social Security Disability benefits.

The medical requirements for Social Security are based on having a condition that will prevent you from working for a period of twelve months or longer. You do not have to be out of work for twelve months, just that your condition will prevent you from working for twelve months. The disabling condition does not have to be a physical disability; there are a number of mental disorders that you can be approved for benefits with.

Many people believe that Social Security is the agency that evaluates their medical condition when applying for disability. This evaluation is actually performed by an agency of the State you live in. This State government agency is called Disability…



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5 Reasons For Hiring an SSDI Attorney

5 Reasons For Hiring an SSDI Attorney

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If a long-term illness or injury significantly affects your ability to continue working, then applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may be the only way to support yourself financially. Yet, while you may initially qualify, there are no guarantees that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will approve your claim and award these benefits. It is estimated that approximately 40% of first-time applicants are denied – leading to a frustrating waiting period while the appeal process unfolds.

If you have not already decided to seek professional advice, consider these five ways that a Social Security Disability Insurance attorney can help you achieve a successful outcome and obtain the assistance you need.

1. ACCURACY . The SSDI application package is your first opportunity to explain the details of your condition to the SSA, and the smallest error or misrepresentation could slow down the approval process or even result in a rejection. The application consist of several sections, and even when you're in perfect health, filling out a lengthy application can become stressful. Having a qualified attorney to double check all forms and clarify information that you do not understand will help you to put forth an application that is as accurate and descriptive as possible.

2. KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE . Administrative Law Judges are not medical professionals and they are explicitly primaries on a predetermined list of disabilities. An SSDI attorney is…



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Lean Process Improvement in Health Care

Lean Process Improvement in Health Care

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Introduction

US hospitals are in for a transformative awakening. They are facing the most sweeping change to health care since Medicare was enacted in the 1960s. The Patient Protection Act recently signed into law, fundamentally alters the healthcare landscape for all hospitals and medical care facilities. Demand for services will increase astronomically, as 30 to 40 million individuals become insured, this demand will spike in 2013 and 2014.

Improving throughput in hospitals and medical care facilities will become a challenge, calling for improving process efficiency and labor productivity, at a time when most hospitals are already at their capacity limits. Experts predict that the Emergency Rooms will be the hardest hit, where non-critical wait times may be as long as four hours. Improving productivity will have even more meaning with the predicted shortfalls in nurses and doctors.

Pricing pressures from insurance providers, plus new rules from Medicare and Medicaid are increasing the financial viability of for profit and non-profit healthcare institutions. The cost of poor quality will now have to be absorbed by the hospitals.

Although the Patient Protection Act does not become fully effective until 2013 now is the time for hospitals and other healthcare providers to start implementing changes in the way they do business. Hospitals must transform the care delivery system and create a new model free of non-value-added steps, and provide high quality…



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