All across the country, people are rising up and demanding that the foods they eat be properly identified and honestly labeled. And the constituency of the state of Oregon is no exception, where a trio of legislative bills recently introduced would require that all genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) be properly labeled, as well as prohibit the import and sale of GM salmon, the first transgenic animal to ever Continue reading
Did You Know…
…consuming this “natural” food additive can have fatal consequences?
Although it’s usually listed as a “natural” ingredient on food labels, a common food additive called carrageenan (a highly processed derivative of red seaweed) is anything but healthful. Continue reading
The industrial agriculture system has convinced many Americans that it is a necessity in order to produce an adequate food supply for the entire country. It operates under the assumption that it produces higher yields, more profits and is overall more efficient than organic farming. In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Continue reading
- A record 4.02 billion prescriptions were written in the United States in 2011, showing Americans are taking more drugs than ever before and putting their health in the hands of some of the top corporate criminals in the world
- Drug company settlements continue to be commonplace Continue reading
Guarantees, insurance, promises.
Concerns over safety, security, and health make most people apprehensive about the future on some level. Guarding against future unknowns has become a big part of the American economy. You can get a warranty on almost anything with a battery, take out insurance on Continue reading
Vaccine pushers often resort to an interesting fear tactic to try to mandate vaccine obedience among the masses: They insist that those who are unvaccinated are a health threat to the rest of the vaccinated population because the vaccinated people might get infected by the unvaccinated disease carriers!
The quack logic of such a claim should be self-evident. Continue reading
Pharmaceutical companies and the medical profession consider influenza to be a lucrative profit center. And to keep their profits rolling in they’re willing to sacrifice both the truth about illness and our health. But if you can see behind their deceptions, you can protect yourself.
Medical authorities dominate the public mind because they exert tight control over the press, medical publications and the medical profession.
Pharmaceutical firms can skew results of research until it essentially becomes a scam. Everything they create is designed to further their profits. Continue reading
With Consumers for Dental Choice
Dental amalgams have been in use since the American Civil War. They are an anachronism that has been perpetuated by dental industry patents, and there’s a conspiracy of silence that seeks to keep the 75 percent of Americans who are ignorant about that fact that amalgam fillings are actually 50 percent mercury.
As stated by Charlie Brown, who founded the Consumers for Dental Choice in 1996: Continue reading
Hospital Bills In 2008, U.S. health care expenditures continued to skyrocket, growing at an annual rate of 4.4 percent for the year, slower than some recent years, yet still outpacing inflation and the growth of national income.
The total spending was about $7,681 per American and accounted for 16.2 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the highest of any industrialized country.
Medically unnecessary procedures, hospitalizations and prescription drugs all contributed to this figure of almost $8,000 per person living in the US.
So, what exactly are we getting for our money?
The Medical Paradigm Today: Promoting Profits over Prevention
Currently, the U.S. spends more on health care than any other country in the world. According to the Kaiser Foundation, health care costs in 2008 in the U.S. were over $2.3 trillion. That’s more than three times the $714 billion spent in 1990, and over eight times the $253 billion spent in 1980. With these continually rising costs Continue reading
The lack of around-the-clock ICU coverage and a shortage of intensivists is a pressing issue for many community hospitals, particularly those that are mid-size. Fewer than 20 percent of ICUs are staffed with intensivists, according a report from The Hospitalist, making a case for teleintensivists — or intensivists who practice medicine via interactive audiovisual equipment. Tele-ICUs link physicians and nurses in a command center to ICU patients in distant units. As of 2010, approximately 249 hospitals had adopted a Tele-ICU program, according to the National Network for Health Innovation.
Here are five ways an ICU telemedicine program can help a hospital save money, improve physician relationships and offer more efficient patient care.
1. Frees up resources, physicians for coordinated care. With healthcare reform and the emergence of accountable care organizations, hospitals are shifting their focus to the continuum of care, improved quality and lower costs. “Telemedicine allows hospitals to better deploy physicians in their community,” says Mary Jo Gorman, MD, CEO of St. Louis-based Advanced ICU Care, a company that brings board-certified intensivists to hospital ICUs through telemedicine technology. Tele-ICUs can solve shortage problems in areas requiring intense resources, better enabling ACOs to meet performance goals.
2. Improves physician recruitment capabilities. Physicians can face a considerable amount of difficulty when it comes to work-life balance. “There are many calls for physicians in the middle of the night from the ICU. These are high-acuity patients, so they really have to respond promptly,” says Dr. Gorman. An ICU telemedicine program alleviates some of this stress for the physicians during the night and can act as a back-up during weekends. Physicians working at hospitals that have launched Advanced ICU Care programs have reported increased lifestyle satisfaction and willingness to practice longer, making tele-ICUs effective recruiting tools for hospitals.
3. Reduces patient complications and costs. A telemedicine program, particularly one for ICUs, can also lower patient expenses by reducing complications. Hospitals that have implemented Advanced ICU Care have, on average, seen a 25 percent reduction in the length of patient stay in the ICU. This decreased patient stay reduces complications, which also lowers costs. “When a patient is on a respirator, they’re very vulnerable. With our program, they’re on a respirator for a lesser period of time. By avoiding that complication, the hospital saves money that would have been spent on antibiotics, surgery or testing,” says Dr. Gorman. The average Advanced ICU Care client has also seen 40 percent reduction in patient mortality and 17 percent volume growth in the ICU, according to Dr. Gorman.
4. Helps retain patients. It’s crucial for mid-sized community hospitals to retain as many patients in their community as possible. “If you don’t offer a certain level of service, those patients will either visit elsewhere or be transferred elsewhere,” says Dr. Gorman. This is particularly true for critical access hospitals in rural areas — facilities which might only have one or two ICU beds but a significant intensivist shortage. Community hospitals may already transfer patients elsewhere for certain specialties, such as neurosurgery, but can retain ICU patients due in part to the 24/7 availability of teleintensivists.
5. Location and market do not factor. Unlike most healthcare affiliations or partnerships, telemedicine programs do not involve geographic restrictions by any means. Dr. Gorman says Advanced ICU Care clients are spread throughout the country, including sites in New Mexico, Oregon and South Carolina.