A recent survey by U.S. News and World Report ranks the top hospitals in the United States. The 2009 rankings are based on several factors, including the hospital’s mortality index: How good are they at keeping their patients alive? Obviously, patients are very interested in that statistic; but health insurers also want to know when they are determining which hospitals to include in their network. Hospitals included in major health insurance companies’ plans will see more customers and revenue than those out-of-network. A positive reputation among doctors is greatly coveted and also plays a large role in a hospital’s rank, since medical professionals are presumably more knowledgeable and better able to judge their quality. Other elements of a high-quality hospital are the availability of advanced medical technology, its experience in certain specialties, the quality and ratio of nursing staff, and other patient services. Finally, top hospitals take great care to keep their patients as safe as possible. After all, nobody–especially an insurer–wants to pay to fix another hospital’s mistakes.
So which hospitals are the best in America, and why? For one thing, they are renowned for their practices in at least six specialties, making them national destinations for quality health care. They are also renowned for their success in dealing with a large volume of complex medical conditions. Many top hospitals are centered in the Northeast, maybe because the region has long been a hub of educatio n and industry innovation. However, there are also highly ranked hospitals in the Midwest, South, and along the West Coast. If health insurance companies are willing to pay for an expensive treatment, they would prefer to reduce the risk by going to one of these well-renowned facilities.
- Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Marylandhas been #1 on this list for nearly two decades, and with good reason. U.S. News gave their ear, nose and throat and urology departments perfect scores of 100.00, and the neurology and neurosurgery department received a nearly flawless 98.4%. In addition, its cancer unit is third-best in the country.
- The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is known worldwide and has become a reliable brand in the field of health knowledge. Its most successful programs are those in Diabetes and endocrine disorders, digestive disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, and orthopedics; all of which ranked #1 on the U.S. News list. Mayo Clinic was also #1 hospital on their inaugural Best Hospitals list in 1990.
- California makes its highest entry on the Best Hospitals list with Los Angeles’ Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The city’s sunny climate probably attracts a large population of retirees, and the #1 geriatric care unit in the nation is well-equipped to treat them. Other top 5 specialties include psychiatry, rheumatology, ophthamology (through its Jules Stein Eye Institute), and digestive disorders.
- Cleveland Clinic, based in Ohio but with outposts across the U.S., has the top heart and heart surgery department in the country. That’s especially impressive because heart surgery is one of the most complicated and dangerous procedures in medicine. It’s also well-respected for its work in urology, digestive disorders, and rheumatology.
- Boston‘s Massachusetts General Hospital is #1 in psychiatry and #2 in diabetes and endocrine disorders. The former rank is based on the hospital’s reputation of treating mental health disorders, since only a small fraction of patients die as a direct result of psychiatric treatment. However, mental health can interact with and interfere with the treatment of physical health issues, and effective treatment has a great impact on patients’ quality of life.
- New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell in New York City tied with Massachusetts General in its reputation for treating psychiatry patients. The majority of Presbyterian’s specialties are solidly ranked in the top 10 of American hospitals by U.S. News.
- The University of California San Francisco Medical Center is highlighted for its success in gynecology (#5 rank), as well as in diabetes and endocrine disorders and neurology and neurosurgery.
- Located in Philadelphia, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is top ten in treating respiratory disorders; ear, nose, and throat; and heart surgery.
- In St. Louis, Missouri, Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University is renowned for its treatment of kidney
The contemporary health care industry is making substantial efforts to deliver quality care and increasing credentials driven by competition among the organizations. The main objective is to deliver effective health care service proposes to build the management and leadership capacity of health care managers and practitioners. There are many criteria taken into consideration for managing health care organization, such as:
Legislative role: The political & social factors influence on the productivity & accessibility of the health services. Higher medical costs reduces the utilization of services. Private insurance companies restraints from providing more benefits,& also increase premium rates. Non-insurers find difficulty to meet the expenses, & would be deprived of tertiary health care services. Private stake -holders expect profits from their investments, find hard to pay salaries to doctors & nurses, & ultimately derogate to invest in health industry. In such situations, managers or hospital administrators organise for public awareness camps, free consultation programs, special discount offers on investigative procedures, etc to attract customers/ patients.
Science & Technology: Involvement of technology & varied branches of science,such as, toxicology,bio-medical research bio-instrumentation, bio-materials, genetics, rehabilitation engineering, nutrition & diet, & others have accelerated the procedure of the diagnosis & treatment providing quality to life. Medical informatics provide services in various areas, such as, knowledge management, guidance on best practices, education of professionals, & the public,& the use of new communication & computer technologies. Electronic medical record services helps for easy creation, storage, retrieval & research of medical data. It proves remarkable advantage for telemedicine & medical tourism industry. Therefore analysis of outcome measures in comparison to knowledge & technology should prove cost-effective & efficient.
Organization structure: Operating standard equipments, sanitation, hygiene, availability of emergency & safety measures are essential components of hospital. The emerging science of quality management, such as, registered national hospital accreditation certificate, & international accreditation certification (JCAHO, JCI) has occupied the place of pride in hospitals. Six sigma approach for improving methodology, reducing variability & waste, giving greater patient satisfaction rates are highlighted for success.
Managing organization: Hospital administrator have to manage the hospital staff with varied behavioural & educational status.The dangers outcomes of strikes, facing contradictions of union leaders are the major risks involved. Relationship (transformational) leadership motivates & inspires the staff members to see the importance & rate value to the task. Participative leadership works best in circumstances of disasters, outbreaks of epidemics, etc.
Internet & social media: The easy availability of information & knowledge from various intelligent resources has rationally mandated issues, in case of medical negligence, malpractices, illegal procedures,& given power to redress the grievances of our citizens. Therefore, customer feedback reports helps gain goodwill & increase credentials of an organization.
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This is such a strong claim, you may say but allow me to show you the difference. Let us say, you have acquired a certain type of cancer and you are given two treatment options: natural treatment or the popular mainstream method. Which would you choose given the following scenarios?
Treatment for Cancer the Mainstream Way
o High cost for treatments
o Exposure of the body to chemicals and radiations that would definitely destroy other body's functions and affects adjacent tissues and organs.
o Subjection to treatments that will bring a lot of side effects that would make you feel a lot of discomfort such as vomiting, hair loss, kidney failure, liver failure, impotence, and a lot more.
o The possible occurrence of another different type of the disease due to the use of such medications or treatments.
o Uncertainties of the possibility that the disease will be treated after all the treatments have been done.
o Trying methods that have been proven recently to be ineffective.
Treatment for Cancer the Natural Way
o Minimal cost for treatment
o Can be done on your own or with the assistance of your family at your home
o Treatments that will make you improve your overall physical being by leading you to a healthy lifestyle like getting into a healthy diet, getting enough sun, having regular exercise, getting enough sleep, drinking a lot of water, and avoiding getting stressed.
o Will make you feel a lot better totally, your immune system will be strengthened
o No side effects
o Eliminating the possibility of another occurrence of cancer because the treatment did not only focus at the cancer at hand but also entails other probabilities
So, which treatment would you choose? Now you know why I said that the best cure for cancer is natural treatment. …
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Health plan participants have the extra support of legal prosecutors if their health plan providers rescind their policies as a result of illness, thanks to a recent court decision. California health companies have already had to pay more than $13 million in fines to regulators as a result of having rescinded health policies for sick patience.
Health companies may have hoped that the fines would make the scrutiny over their practices go away, but, instead, legal experts expect the scrutiny to continue. The California state Court of Appeal ruled in December 2009 that prosecutors would be permitted to sue health insurance companies over the insurance companies treat consumers and their members.
The recent legal ruling is a result of a lawsuit against health giant Anthem Blue Cross of California. Prosecutors argued that Anthem violated state law by selling health plan members the promise of health insurance, but then later rescinding the health coverage after health insurance plan policy holders submitted their claims for medical care.
After the lawsuit was filed, Anthem Blue Cross argued that the company’s practice of rescinding health coverage fell under the jurisdiction of the California state Department of Managed Health Care; not the Los Angeles city attorney’s office. The city’s attorney’s office filed the lawsuit in 2008. Anthem Blue Shield and the state agency filed paperwork defending Blue Cross. Blue Shield is a competitor of Blue Cross of California and faces a similar law suit by the city’s attorney.
In response to Blue Cross’s argument, the appellate court said that the law was “unambiguous” and gave the city attorney the right to sue the insurance company. The ruling allows the city to not only pursue its current lawsuits against insurance companies, but it also gives the city more influence down the road in other areas.
“This puts new cops on the beat,” said Bryan Liang, director of the Institute of Health Law Studies at California Western School of Law in San Diego. “Lots of stuff in the standard operating practices of health plans is going to be affected by that decision.”
Additionally, Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich said he agreed with the appellate court’s ruling. “I am committed 100% to pursuing our litigation against these insurers,” he said. “Illegally canceling people’s healthcare coverage after they get sick is unconscionable.”
Moreover, Los Angeles Assistant City Atty. James W. Colbert III suggested that the recent ruling against health insurance companies may encourage prosecutors in other cities to review the practices of health insurers in their areas. “This decision invites that kind of interest,” he said.
Anthem Blue Cross has yet to decide whether it will appeal the decision, but some believe that the company should be worried about the negative fallout of the unfair business practices.
However, the managed healthcare department said that prosecuting health insurance companies by local government offices is “duplicative regulation” that actually undermines process that has been made to “ensure quality, accessible healthcare.” As a result, some realize that health insurance companies will ultimately increase health insurance costs.
Individuals looking for reliable health policies from insurers they can trust should work with a qualified health insurance broker who can recommend health plans for their specific needs and budgets. While Anthem is one of the largest health insurers in California, there are a wide variety of other insurance providers offering many different types of health insurance plans and coverage options for consumers across the state. Working with an experienced health insurance broker can help to ensure that consumers have the best health insurance plans for their needs and budgets.
California Toxic Tort Lawyer On Toxic Fumes Exposure Injuries & Deaths at Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Medical Offices, Schools, Malls & Public Places
Hospitals, schools, nursing homes and public places today are faced with a serious dilemma. Risk the spread of germs that can inhibit the recovery of patients, cause students, shoppers, fitness center members and other members of the public to become sick and allow their germs to spread to others, or utilize dangerous sanitary cleaners and disinfectants, which if used incorrectly or diluted improperly can be fatal to patients, workers and visitors alike.
Common disinfectants used by hospitals today can cause toxic fumes which if a patient, visitor or hospital worker is exposed to will injure their lungs and other areas of their body and can cause death. The warning on such products, many of which are used widely by hospitals and other medical facilities state in bold print on the warning labels such as, Danger! Causes Digestive Tract, Eye and Skin Burns. Causes Respiratory Tract Irritation. May be fatal if inhaled. Do not get in eyes, on skin or on clothing. Avoid breathing vapors, spray or mists. Use only with adequate ventilation.
With such dire warnings, the question one must ask is, what is such a product doing in a hospital? Today, hospitals must cope with viruses and germs such as the H1N1 virus, and bloodborne pathogens such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and the human immunodeficiency virus, HIV. They must deal with blood and bodily fluids on the floors, on the bed sheets and on medical instruments.
The risks of catching such germs and viruses by patients, extends to visitors alike and to hospital workers. To prevent the transmission of such germs and viruses to everyone in hospitals and medical offices, disinfectants have been produced and are now being sold to and used by medical providers the world over.
Visit our website at http://www.sebastiangibsonlaw.com and call us if you’ve been seriously injured by toxic fumes or a toxic chemical exposure at a hospital, medical office, nursing home, school, fitness center, shopping mall or other public place.
The first problem with using such products is that even under the safest of conditions, there is the risk that such products will be made stronger than they should be. Despite quality controls, mistakes in the manufacture of anything, can happen. Machines fail, humans make mistakes, and products can come out of a manufacturing plant with the wrong levels of chemicals. Prior to manufacture, research can be faulty as well. What may be thought to be a safe level of toxicity when put into the stream of commerce, years later it may be determined to not be safe at all.
Even when a product is made safely, the warnings on such products can be unclear or not sufficiently dire. The warnings and directions may be misread, ignored or not followed correctly. Products that need to be diluted before use, may be used in their concentrated level instead by mistake by workers who cannot read the warnings or directions due to a reduced proficiency in English, in their reading skills or due to being put under pressure to clean up a spill quickly before someone slips and falls.
Directions for dilution of the products only in safe rooms with protective gloves, breathing apparatus or safety goggles may be ignored or not followed by mistake. The vapors from such products may then be breathed into the lungs of the hospital workers, the patients, the medical staff, nurses and visitors. Patients who seemed on the road to recovery may suddenly develop new and more deadly symptoms that make no sense to their doctors, who themselves feel worse the longer they are at the hospital or in certain rooms where the products have been used.
While workers may use precautions for their own safety, they may forget to use such precautions for the safety of patients, staff and visitors. Directions to only use such products in well-ventilated areas to prevent breathing in concentrated fumes may be forgotten when such products are used in patient, staff or visitor areas that are not well-ventilated.
Anyone thinking that the cleaning and disinfectant products used by hospitals are the same as what one finds and uses at home is sadly mistaken. Many of the products used by hospitals have numerous ingredients …
A defined chest and an increase in chest muscle is a major fitness goal for a number of people, but what are the best chest muscle exercises?
The chest is a major muscle and the centerpiece of a great physique as it is the most aesthetic muscle on your body.
Chest Muscle Exercises are the key to building up all of the different areas of your chest which will lead to a bigger, stronger, wider chest.
Your chest includes some of the largest muscle groups in the upper body. Large muscles can handle more weight, which is important to remember when you are doing your chest muscle exercises.
When doing chest muscle exercises, your shoulders and arms are also involved allowing you to burn even more calories. A chest workout also serves as a great warm up for those smaller muscle groups.
The chest press is a great chest muscle exercise because it works all of the major muscles of the chest while also working shoulders and triceps.
To perform a basic chest press begin lying on your back on the bench press bench with your feet flat on the floor and spread shoulder width apart, grab the bar a bit less than shoulder width. Straightening your arm, lift the barbell and position it so that the bar is at arms length over your lower chest.
Lower the bar down and touch your chest, keeping your upper arms close to your torso and then push the bar back up into starting position without allowing it to bounce off of your chest.
This exercise will add mass and definition to your chest, and is one of the best chest muscle exercises.
Remember to have some there to spot you whenever working out on the bench press.
Pushups are a great chest muscle exercise because they work almost every muscle in the body but an emphasis the chest and arms.
The basic pushup is simply and yet incredibly efficient. Placing your hands shoulder-width apart, bend your arms and lower yourself down as far as you can. Straighten arms and push up but remember to avoid locking your elbows.
When your muscles grow more accustomed to the movement and you become used to lifting your body weight you can increase the weight by adding weights either around your waist or on your back.
Changing the width of your arms, from shoulder width to very wide, to forming a diamond with your hands in order to gain the greatest effect from the push ups.
Chest flies are a great chest muscle exercise because it works the major muscles of the chest with a focus on the outer portion of the chest.
To perform chest flies lie on an incline bench holding one dumbbell in each of your hands with your palms facing towards each other just above your abdomen. Arch your elbows out and away from your body while raising your arms up towards shoulders. Pause for a moment before moving your hands slowly back down to your starting position.
When performing chest flies it is important to perform the movement in a slow and controlled motion.
These are just a few chest muscle exercises, but they are also the most effective chest muscle exercises when it comes to properly training and adding both mass and definition to your chest muscles.…
Middle market companies are a means to make money for Riordan, Lewis & Haden. The private equity firm targets middle market businesses, building on proven business models. The firm typically invests between $5 million and $15 million per transaction into companies with sales ranging from $25 million to $150 million. Most of its portfolio companies are based in Southern California and represent multiple industries. Some of its investments include property and casualty insurance provider Financial Pacific, data security software provider Foundstone, and environmental and telecommunications consulting firm Tetra Tech. Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan founded the firm.
Riordan, Lewis & Haden is a leading private equity firm which invests in growing middle market enterprises which are primarily headquartered in California and adjacent states. The firm, with offices in Los Angeles and Orange County, provides capital and assists portfolio company management teams as they navigate the opportunities and challenges of growth. Working collaboratively with management, RLH provides expertise, contacts, and experience-based advice on important strategic issues. The firm currently manages over $400 million of capital and is actively seeking new portfolio companies.
Riordan, Lewis & Haden (RLH), a leading private equity firm focused on high-growth middle market enterprises, announced today the closing of its most recent fund, RLH Investors II, L.P., totaling $265 million of committed capital.
Founded 25 years ago by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and J. Christopher Lewis, RLH is well known for its long history of building successful businesses and creating value for its investors through close partnerships with proven CEO’s and leadership teams. Riordan, Lewis & Haden focuses on investments in growth companies with revenues between $20 million and $250 million, proven and profitable business models, and headquarters located primarily in California or adjacent states.
RLH industry interests include business services, healthcare, specialty distribution, high value-added manufacturing, and financial services. The firm’s equity capital facilitates corporate growth, as well as partial and complete ownership transitions. RLH’s investment appetite per transaction ranges from $10 million to $50 million, with larger amounts available through the firm’s co-investor relationships. The firm will continue to make both minority and control investments, adapting its investment structure to each portfolio company to best serve the capital needs of the enterprise and its management and owners.
RLH Investors II marks just the second time in the firm’s twenty-five year history that it has accepted outside investment. The roster of limited partners in this fund includes a diverse mix of public and private employee pension funds, endowments, foundations, global insurance carriers, national and regional banks, and high net worth individuals. Notably, almost all of the major investors from RLH’s prior institutional fund have chosen to participate in the new fund at a comparable or greater commitment level.
“We are honored to have the support of our limited partners,” said General Partner Patrick C. Haden. “For 25 years we have pursued a focused strategy of partnering with the management teams of high-growth businesses to build significant enterprises.…
Most urinary tract infection cures center around keeping your tract healthy and preventing future attacks. Unfortunately, the traditional way of treating infections, antibiotics, does neither of these. If you have researched urinary tract infection antibiotics, you should know that the medication is only successful 75% of the time.
Fact! About 25% of bladder infection sufferers will redevelop their U.T.I. after using antibiotics.
Why is this? The reason why this form of medication can do more harm than good is because the medication kills the bacteria. The word ‘anti’ means no and ‘biotic’ means life. In other words, an antibiotic means ‘no life’. This would be the perfect treatment for the infection but your body contains both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria. And as you may have guessed, antibiotics kill both types of bacteria.
But what is the best way to treat your U.T.I.?
A Healthy and Balanced Urinary Tract
The newest medical research validates many natural health remedies. For instance, research everywhere is showing how the whole body functions as one organism. And treatment for your body (or bladder) should adhere to this fact. That is where we get the term ‘holistic treatment’.
Unfortunately, many traditional medications do exactly the opposite. In the case of your infection, antibiotics are prescribed for the bladder only and often times do harm to the urinary tract in its entirety.
And that is a reason why all natural health doctors and some doctors are now recommending simple urinary tract infection cures that you can do at home. Here are some of tips many doctors are now recommending to their patients.
Natural Ways to Cure Your Urinary Tract Infection
These 5 tips are a simple way to flush E coli bacteria and prevent future attacks with prevention tips.
1. You should start by supplementing Vitamin C. Vitamin C (also called ascorbic acid) is a natural way to boost your immune system. Your immunity keeps your body healthy by fighting bacteria, viruses and infections. Since U.T.I.s are usually caused by E coli, taking a quality supplement can help cure and prevent attacks.
2. You should also keep your kidneys healthy because they aid in preventing U.T.I.s. An alfalfa juice concentrate can dramatically improve the kidney’s functioning which will rid the body of toxins and increase the flow of urine. Another good tip would be to add cranberry fruit tablets to the concentrate for an extra prevention boost!
3. Another tip our customers have found success is with the dried berries and leaves of bilberry (blueberry) plants. This remedy has been shown to cure and prevent urinary tract infections by acting as an anti-inflammatory.
4. Perhaps one of the most popular herbs is Echinacea. Echinacea is often referred to as the ‘wonder drug’ of herbs because it is used to treat the common cold, flu and also fights off bladder infections. This herb will strengthen the immune system and fight off most bacterial infections.
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All major drugs of abuse are readily available in the Los Angeles Central District. According to law enforcement officials, powdered and
crack cocaine and methamphetamine present the most significant threats. Do to the ready availability of the high-purity, highly addictive
properties of these drugs, many Los Angeles residents are caught in the downward spiral of addiction without seeing any way out from this
nightmare. Narconon Arrowhead has the solution by offering effective inpatient drug and alcohol rehab with a 70% success rate along with drug
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When a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, treatment is what is given, but rehabilitation is what is needed to fully recover. The
definition for treatment is to care for or deal with medically or surgically. This is where the substitute drugs and “quick patch” programs
fall in place, but don’t always provide an effective solution.
The definition for rehabilitation is to restore to a former capacity. This simply means for a person to be in the condition he was in before
he had the ailments and the subsequent addiction. The three main barriers to overcoming addiction are the cravings (mental and physical),
guilt and depression associated with the drug use.
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Addicts cannot stop using drugs for two reasons: Mental and physical cravings caused by drug residues which remain in the body and the
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