Workforce Scheduling Improves Patient Care in Latest Axsium Whitepaper

Workforce Scheduling Improves Patient Care in Latest Axsium Whitepaper











Toronto, ON (PRWEB) February 22, 2011

Axsium Group today announced the release of the Healthcare Productivity Balancing Act, a whitepaper helping healthcare organizations balance patient care and quality, while controlling costs, using proactive workforce scheduling. The whitepaper will be available at the annual HIMSS conference in Orlando, Florida, at Axsium’s booth #3582 or available for immediate download.

Patient care and quality of service are two key differentiators in healthcare. Every organization strives to achieve the highest quality ratings in the industry while providing superior care to patients, all while working hard to control costs. It’s a daunting task for any healthcare organization. Axsium’s latest whitepaper outlines the importance of deploying a comprehensive workforce scheduling system as a mechanism to overcome the difficulty of balancing these differentiators with the organizational need to control costs.

“Properly managing labor productivity is a central pillar for healthcare providers trying to balance the need to provide superior patient care, industry recognized quality and keep costs in line,” said Chris Flanders, healthcare practice lead, Axsium Group. “By standardizing critical staffing and workforce business processes, healthcare organizations will be better poised to manage and control labor costs, improve productivity throughout the delivery system and ultimately provide better patient care.”

Axsium’s healthcare team will be available all week at HIMSS, in booth #3582, to provide copies of this latest research and discuss how your organization might benefit from a scheduling system.

For regular updates about Axsium’s healthcare practice, visit our blog. It provides an interactive online community that serves as both a resource for information, and a meeting place for all WFM users and experts to discover and share ideas about best practices for healthcare. For more information or to sign up to receive RSS feeds, log on to http://www.axsiumgroup.com .

About Axsium Group

Axsium Group, a division of Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions, is the leading workforce management consultancy. With a singular focus on workforce management, our clients gain access to trusted business advisors, industrial engineers, and technology experts with unmatched experience. Axsium Group has delivered world-class workforce management solutions for clients such as Revera, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Kindred Healthcare, and St. Joseph Health System.

About Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions

Knightsbridge helps organizations strengthen the capability of their people to deliver results. Our seamlessly integrated teams of experienced specialists in Organizational Capability, Talent Search & Selection, Organizational Productivity and Career Transition provide customized solutions to deliver on your human capital needs. Knightsbridge has the people and services you need when you need stronger people.

Knightsbridge is Canada’s fastest growing human capital company, with 26 offices and 240 employees across Canada the U.S and the U.K. including Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, as well as Halifax, Moncton, and St. John’s through our strategic alliance with Robertson Surrette. We serve our clients globally through strategic alliances with Lee Hecht Harrison for career management services and Amrop for global executive search. For more information, visit http://www.knightsbridge.ca.

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Best in Class Health Care Fraud Solutions from Thomson Reuters and i-Sight

Best in Class Health Care Fraud Solutions from Thomson Reuters and i-Sight











i-Sight Case Management Software for health care fraud investigations.

Ottawa, Canada (Vocus) September 9, 2010

Today, Customer Expressions Corp. announced that the company will be co-exhibiting at upcoming health care fraud conferences with Thomson Reuters. With the signing of the Universal Health Care Bill in the US earlier this year, health care fraud and payment recapture have become main priorities for both the federal government and industry leaders. It has been reported that payment recapture initiatives are expected to put at least $ 2 billion over the next three years back into taxpayer pockets.

Thomson Reuters has developed best in class solutions for health care fraud detection, abuse and waste, while the i-Sight Case Management Software is a best in class solution for managing health care fraud investigations. The cutting edge solutions offered by both companies raise the bar in health care fraud prevention, detection and investigation.

In the coming months, members from i-Sight and Thomson Reuters will join together to attend a series of health care fraud conferences throughout North America. Some of the topics addressed at each of the conferences include how to conduct health care fraud investigations, international examples of health care fraud, medical identity theft and the impact of health care fraud on society and the health care industry itself.

Ray Gerard, President at Customer Expressions stated, “Health care fraud is an epidemic. In 2009 alone, an estimated $ 54 billion was lost due to improper Medicare and Medicaid payments. As efforts to tighten health care fraud controls in the US are put into place, technology and software solutions, including i-Sight Case Management Software, help identify repeat offenders and improve investigations into health care fraud allegations.”

Here is a list of upcoming health care fraud conferences that we will be attending with the Thomson Reuters team:


The 26th Annual NAMPI Conference, hosted by the National Association for Medicaid Program Integrity. The conference takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana from September 12-15.
Raise the Ante Against Health Care Fraud is the theme of this year’s Annual Conference held by the Canadian Health Care Antifraud Association. The conference takes place on September 14th and 15th in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
The 2010 NASMD Fall Conference, held by the National Association of State Medicaid Directors, from November 8-10 in Arlington Virginia.
The National Health Care Antifraud Association’s (NHCAA) Annual Training Conference. The conference is held in Las Vegas Nevada from November 16-19.

About Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for both businesses and professionals. Combining innovative technology with industry expertise, Thomson Reuters delivers critical information to leaders in the financial, legal, tax, health care, accounting, science and media fields.

About Customer Expressions Corp.

Based in Ottawa, Canada, CEC is a leading provider of web-based ethics and compliance investigation software. Customer Expressions has gained an international reputation for best-in-class software to optimize the management of various business processes. The privately held firm provides i-Sight, integrated case management software for investigations, complaint handling, corrective and preventive action management (CAPA Management), and other business processes that require case management. For information and breaking news related to ethics and compliance issues and internal investigations, visit our blog at i-sight.com.

For further information, please contact:

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Simply Retail Begins Construction on Two New Stores for Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Simply Retail Begins Construction on Two New Stores for Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin










Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) October 4, 2007

Simply Retail, Inc. is in the in the early construction stage with their client Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, WI. These two new stores will bring the total number of stores that Simply Retail has rolled out across the country to 34, with 18 currently open and running. After conducting a Retail Discovery, a retail feasibility study for Aurora’s flagship hospital, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Simply Retail recommended multiple new stores to support the needs of patients, visitors and staff. One of the stores that they are moving forward with is a 2,408 square foot flagship store. This store will feature products which are specific to Aurora’s Centers of Excellence. The main focus will be in the areas of orthopedics, neurology, diabetes, senior care and general health and wellness products. The second store, The General Store at St. Luke’s, will be 357 square foot and offer a variety of products and services including prepared foods, snacks, light groceries and other sundries.

Over the past nine years, Simply Retail has created retail opportunities for hospitals across the nation. The scope of work and planning includes hospitals, medical office buildings, ambulatory care centers, medi-spas, fitness centers and rehabilitation facilities. To support the elements of these broad-scale business plans, Simply Retail has an alliance with a nationally recognized retail/healthcare architecture firm, and has developed an in-house design department that creates detailed design elements customized to each client. Simply Retail also has forged partnerships with POS vendors, concierge services as well as healthcare developers.

About St. Luke’s Medical Center Aurora Health Care:

A not-for-profit Wisconsin health care organization was created around a single idea: There is a better way to provide health care. The 26,000 people of Aurora are working together to give people better access, better service and better results than they can find anywhere else. Aurora’s focus is clear in striving to promote healthy living, preventing illness and providing state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment, whenever and wherever they can best meet people’s individual and family needs.

About Simply Retail:

Simply Retail was formed in 1994 and is the nation’s leading provider of Healthcare Retail. Based in Minneapolis, Simply Retail is a retail consultancy and management company with expertise in both retail planning and implementation. Simply Retail integrates retail operations with patient care through customized Retail Systems. For more information, please contact Anni Davis, vice president of corporate communications at 612 659-8200, ext 23 or visit the Simply Retail website at http://www.simplyretailinc.com.

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Pentagon Document Calling Gays Mentally Ill: 65,000 Military Service Members Are Without Adequate Mental Health Care

Pentagon Document Calling Gays Mentally Ill: 65,000 Military Service Members Are Without Adequate Mental Health Care










Arlington, VA, (PRWEB) June 22, 2006 -–

A recently discovered Pentagon Instruction (1332.38) classifying homosexuality as a mental disorder, along with mental retardation, impulse control disorders and personality disorders, prompted swift response from several members of Congress in a letter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld calling for an immediate review. Nine members of the House Armed Services Committee asked the Department of Defense to update the classification noting that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses in 1973.

“The classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder by the Department of Defense (DoD) in direct contradiction with the broader mental health community as well as social and medical research creates yet another significant barrier to over 65,000 gay service members seeking mental health care, responded Tony Smith, Executive Director of Military Community Services Network (MCSN), a non-profit organization focused on ensuring confidential social services are available to all service members regardless of sexual orientation or sexual identity.”

“Any barrier to service members seeking mental health services has a detrimental impact on unit cohesion and mission accomplishment. The inconsistent directions and implementation of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy as well as this outdated DoD instruction leaves active duty mental health providers to decide individually how and when to maintain confidentiality of the service members seeking counseling. Therefore, gay service members have no assurance of confidentiality, risking investigation and discharge based solely on their sexual orientation. The result is that many of the 65,000 service members don’t seek mental health care even when critically needed such as combat related stress or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after combat deployments, Mr. Smith continued.”

“It’s critical that active duty service members are able to access all of their health care benefits, including mental health care, replied Elizabeth Carr, Psy.D., Lieutenant Commander (IRR), Medical Service Corps, United States Navy.” Service members, who don’t feel they can speak freely to their military health care providers, generally won’t have alternative resources while deployed or stationed in remote locations. This leaves them to suffer in silence and potentially puts their unit’s readiness in jeopardy, Dr. Carr concluded.”

The topic stirs many different responses from mental health providers. “The fact that the Pentagon holds on to this scientifically debunked view that homosexuality is a “mental disorder” shows just how homophobic the military is and how dangerous it is for service members. Many gay and lesbian service members were well on their way to long and successful careers in the military when the DADT policy was put into effect. The real mental disorder is not homosexuality, but homophobia and extreme religiosity, passionately responded Tamara J. Hawk, a licensed specialist clinical social worker providing counseling to service members and veterans near Ft. Riley Kansas.”

“As the debate on DADT continues and regardless of where people fall on the issue, the fact remains there are thousands of gay service members who are serving honorably and deserve access to the best health care, said Mr. Smith. This is where MCSN stepped in and developed sensitivity training for military, civilian, and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) mental health providers that offer counseling to gay service members and veterans. This training, developed by former, retired, and reserve military mental health professionals, is intended to break down the barriers to accessing confidential mental health services. We are in the process of deploying the training to mental health providers in the communities surrounding military installations across the country. And mental health providers who share the concerns regarding breaking down barriers to accessing mental health care are all needed for the success of this effort.”

“As a U.S. Air Force veteran the motto ‘we take care of our own’ always stood out for me. And that is exactly what we work towards every day with MCSN. There are 65,000 of our own who sacrifice in military service every day. The least we owe them in return is to take care of their health concerns by providing access to confidential mental health and other medical services, Mr. Smith concluded.”

Military Community Services Network (MCSN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that ensures confidential social services are available for all service members regardless of sexual orientation or sexual identity. If you are a mental health professional or volunteer and want to learn more about MCSN and our programs please visit our website at http://mcsn.org and contact us.

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CellTrak and HInext Launch New Partnership to Improve Outcome Based Care Data Analysis

CellTrak and HInext Launch New Partnership to Improve Outcome Based Care Data Analysis











CellTrak Outcome Based eCare Solution


Schaumburg, IL (PRWEB) November 10, 2010

With evidence changing rapidly, this innovation will facilitate communication and integration at the front line and improve care at the point-of-care.

“The partnership between HInext, a Toronto-based software development company, and CellTrak, a US and Canadian-based company specializing in integrated mobile solutions for home health care, is exciting in its potential to significantly advance work in outcome based care for initiatives such as HOBIC. I also believe that this partnership will enable HInext and CellTrak the opportunity to significantly extend their outcome based work in mental health,” highlighted Diane Doran, RN, PhD, FCAHS, Professor, Scientific Director, Nursing Health Services Research Unit (Toronto site) Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Nurse Senior Researcher Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.

The new partnership is focused on Outcome based care systems and the importance of standard measures including HOBIC and InterRAI. The new solution offering provided by CellTrak and HInext is focused on the gathering and analysis of data for nursing assessment, reassessment and discharge activities with common measurements.

HOBIC is the acronym for Health Outcomes for Better Information and Care, an initiative of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Canada. Similar to the standards defined and utilized in the US around OASIS the objective of HOBIC is to introduce a short set of standardized measures of patient status into nurses’ admission and discharge assessments. More information on HOBIC can be found at: http://www.hobic-outcomes.ca

InterRAI is a collaborative network of researchers in over 30 countries committed to improving health care for persons who are elderly, frail, or disabled. With a goal is to promote evidence-based clinical practice and policy decisions through the collection and interpretation of high quality data about the characteristics and outcomes of persons served across a variety of health and social services settings. More information on interRAI can be found at: http://www.interrai.org

Peter Catford CEO of HInext shared, “I am delighted at this opportunity to collaborate with CellTrak. Together we can provide better and more timely information across the continuum of care.”

“The Outcome Based Care information gathered and analyzed in a common way enables the care teams to be more effective than stand alone, silo’d and unconnected systems. With CellTrak’s mobile Outcome based eCare solution and the integration architecture provided by HInext, the new solution will help enable more cost effective care and thorough the analysis of outcome data”, added Michael K. Wons, President and CEO.

With evidence changing rapidly, this innovation will facilitate communication and integration at the front line and improve care at the point-of-care.

For more information download the “Outcome Based Care Solutions Make A Difference” whitepaper from the Canadian Technology News site at: http://www.canhealth.com or via the CellTrak website at http://www.celltrak.com

About HInext

HInext, a privately held Ontario corporation founded in 1997, is an IT management, consulting, project management and software development company. HInext has developed and launched The Roster of Electronic Assessment Tools (TREAT) is a Web-based software suite of integrated healthcare solutions, including powerful clinical assessment, screening, and management tools, comprehensive care planning and clinical documentation, industry best practices, simplified data collection and submission, and detailed reporting and graphing. TREAT provides solutions to the many sectors of healthcare, including Mental Health, Rehabilitation / Complex continuing care, Acute Care, Long Term Care, Community programs, Primary care, and more. TREAT solutions are flexible to serve your clinical software needs as they change and evolve, supporting your efforts to provide superior patient care. For more information about HInext please visit http://www.hinext.com

About CellTrak:

Founded in 2006, CellTrak Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of integrated mobile solutions for the home healthcare, hospice, and private duty markets. Our patent pending software-as-a-service solutions run on GPS-enabled mobile devices via a homecare technology platform which automates workflow and reduces cost. Data is transmitted wirelessly to an internet site making the data available real time and secure instantaneous integration is provided to the back-end clinical systems and the payer networks. Homecare aides, clinicians and nurses have delivered millions of successful visits via CellTrak. At the beginning of 2010 CellTrak Technologies and Telus Health Solutions announced a major partnership in Canada. This partnership includes Telus bringing to market the award winning CellTrak solution under the MobileCare brand name. For more information visit http://www.celltrak.com

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Health Insurance Provider Florida Health Care Plans Launches One of a Kind Wellness Solution

Health Insurance Provider Florida Health Care Plans Launches One of a Kind Wellness Solution













National Start Walking Day FHCP Employee Wellness Event


Daytona Beach, FL (PRWEB) July 19, 2011

As a leader in healthcare delivery and wellness in Volusia and Flagler Counties of East Central Florida since 1974, Florida Health Care Plans (FHCP) is pleased to announce the launch and state approval of its new wellness rider.

“We are a local company with the goal of improving the health of our members and our community by promoting an employee/employer culture of wellness education, focusing on healthy habits, preventive care, easier access to wellness programs and educational resources,” says Dr. Wendy Myers, CEO of Florida Health Care Plans.

This new approach is a collaborative effort between employers, employees and FHCP, to team together and work with health data to assist employees in addressing unhealthy habits with the goal of a healthier lifestyle. This employee/employer collaboration can also help control the zooming costs of healthcare, and create a healthier, happier and more productive workforce.

The rider has an attractive price tag, costing only 1%-2% of the group plan premium, for increased focus on employees’ health habits that could see a healthy return on investment (ROI). According to the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit industry advisory group, “Employers can realize as much as $ 3.27 in financial benefits for every $ 1.00 invested in workplace wellness programs.”

Another study, done by Sarasota County says, “A review of 32 studies of corporate wellness programs found claims costs were reduced by 27.8%,” and there were also significant declines shown in the number of physician visits, hospital admissions and incidence of injury.

Top of the line technology makes FHCP’s wellness plans accessible and user friendly. The company provides a 24 hour nurse advice line, a self-paced program for those who want to quit smoking, a weight management program and many other educational programs to encourage preventive healthy habits in addition to regular preventive care. Members also have access to an exclusive member portal, providing an easy way to make appointments with FHCP staff physicians, refill prescriptions at FHCP pharmacies and access “Welcome to Wellness” a state of the art health risk assessment with access to articles and multimedia content personalized for each member. There are also programs for members who have heart disease, asthma, high blood pressure and COPD for no extra charge. All of these programs focus on preventive treatment that helps to ward off serious health problems before they happen.

Dr. Mikelle Streicher PhD, RN Chief Marketing and Sales Officer says, “Workplace Wellness programs are not a passing trend. It is about investing in people and in good health so that good business and a healthy bottom line are all the more possible to obtain.”

For more information about FHCP’s health and wellness plans please visit http://www.fhcp.com.

About Florida Health Care Plans:

FHCP is a health maintenance organization in East Central Florida. Being an HMO, the company brings a strong emphasis on preventive care and health and wellness resources and education. As a local organization, they have been living among their clients for thirty years, working to bring better health care to the residents of Florida. Approximately 2,000 employers have trusted FHCP to take care of their employees with a wide selection of services and health solution products. In January 2009, they joined Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida as an independent licensee, which provides FHCP members with nationwide and global access to Blue Cross Blue Shield’s highly regarded and accessible Blue Card network. Their latest response to the needs of the community was in 2011, with the development of an Individual Health Plan product.

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Health Care Quality Leaders Announce 2011 International Health Promotion Awards

Health Care Quality Leaders Announce 2011 International Health Promotion Awards










Washington, DC (PRWEB) June 14, 2011

The 2011 International Health Promotion Awards Symposium, which recognizes and promotes innovative programs from around the world that significantly improve health, will be in Rome, Italy, December 5-6, 2011. Nominations are being accepted now at http://www.aihpa.org and will be accepted until September 16, 2011.

URAC and the Care Continuum Alliance, two leaders in health care quality and innovation, have partnered to present this global awards program. These awards will find, promote and share real solutions that can be replicated worldwide and put into action immediately.

The awards support the understanding that pressing health problems cannot be addressed by one country or one group alone. By bringing successful programs to wider attention, the International Health Promotion Awards will empower organizations globally to take action and save lives.

“The International Health Promotion Awards fill an important need in global health efforts. By bringing together workplace and corporate-based programs with the community efforts that are meeting local health needs, we can help create partnerships and synergies,” said Alan P. Spielman, President and CEO of URAC. “We want to be the voice of best practices across the health care spectrum and share them with the world.”

This event will be attended by delegates from internationally recognized health care organizations, governmental agencies, charitable foundations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), health care associations and corporations.

“These awards recognize the importance of reaching people where they live and work to promote better health and reduce disease risk, especially at the population level,” said Tracey Moorhead, President and CEO of the Care Continuum Alliance. “They also recognize the global nature of the challenges we face in health care and the benefits of sharing our experiences broadly to foster innovation and best practices.”

A panel of expert judges comprising health care professionals and policymakers from around the world will evaluate nominee submissions. Awards will be given in two categories:


    International Community Health Awards honor organizations whose ideas in health promotion and disease prevention have made significant contributions to improving individuals’ lives and well being in local communities. To help continue these efforts, the chosen program will also receive a $ 5,000 award.
    International Workplace Health Awards honor health promotion programs that optimize and maintain overall health and mitigate disease risk in the workplace.

Twelve finalists (six from each category) will receive a complimentary trip to Rome to present their programs at the Symposium where final award winners will be announced.

The IHPA program was established in 2010 and presented its first awards to a distinguished group of organizations including:

    IBM (United States)
    Intel Corporation (Ireland)
    MOL Group (Hungary)
    Basic Health International (United States and El Salvador)
    Centene Corporation (United States)
    Naankuse Clinic (Namibia)

For more information, please contact Jessica Lutz, URAC at +1-202-326-3967 (USA ET) or communications(at)urac(dot)org; or the Care Continuum Alliance, at +1-202-737-5980 (USA ET) or info(at)carecontinuum(dot)org.

About URAC

URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are represented in establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health care industry. For more information, visit http://www.urac.org.

About the Care Continuum Alliance

The Care Continuum Alliance represents more than 200 organizations and individuals and aligns all stakeholders in the care continuum toward improving population health. Through advocacy, research and education, the Care Continuum Alliance advances strategies to improve care quality and outcomes and reduce preventable costs for the well and those with and at risk of chronic conditions. Learn more at http://www.carecontinuum.org.

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To Promote ‘Health Care vs. Sick Care,’ OIM Offers Free 15-Minute Consult Through Sept. 15, 2011

To Promote ‘Health Care vs. Sick Care,’ OIM Offers Free 15-Minute Consult Through Sept. 15, 2011











A leading Manhattan specialist in neuromuscular skeletal conditions, Dr. Ilan Bohm is the founder of OIM, and is offering a special “15-Minute Free Consult” now available to qualifying new patients.


New York, NY (PRWEB) August 09, 2011

Manhattan’s Dr. Ilan Bohm, a noted health advocate and neuromuscular skeletal expert, has announced an introductory discount special for his offices at OIM, with a “15-Minute Free Consult” with Dr. Bohm now available to new patients.

The limited-time Free Consult will enable first-time patients to experience OIM while also getting the benefit of a personalized consultation with Dr. Bohm, one of New York City’s leading experts in integrative health care. The special is a direct way for Dr. Bohm to emphasize the importance of providing “health care versus sick care,” a philosophy that is vital to his approach to medicine.

“‘Sick care’ encompasses today’s standard approach to treating symptoms not systems, these days,” comments Dr. Ilan Bohm. “But our approach is true ‘health care,’ instead, in which the overall health of the patient is evaluated and treated as a whole. Instead of seeing and treating a symptom at OIM, for instance, we use a combination of applied kinesiology, diagnostic technology, and Western medicine to look for and treat the underlying source. This greatly improves the chances that the patient’s overall health will improve.”

OIM’s 15-Minute Free Consult Special with Dr. Bohm will run through September 15, 2011, and is available for qualifying first-time patients. For more information, please contact OIM at 212.277.4406.

About Dr. Ilan Bohm:

Dr. Bohm has been recognized for his diagnostic and curative abilities since 1980, leading to a long history of patient success, and usually without surgery. Dr. Bohm’s skills in applied kinesiology, a specialized diagnostic tool, enable him to address the primary imbalances that may develop into symptoms that correlate to organs and muscles, establishing patterns of stress that are in conflict with the body. His ability to piece together these imbalances allows Dr. Bohm to draw together various techniques to bring about relief care and reversal of the illness process.

Dr. Bohm studied traditional Western medicine under the tutelage of the renowned Dr. Pierre Rabishong, at the University of Montpelier in France. Inspired by Dr. Rabishong’s work in Biomechanics, Dr. Bohm realized that Western medicine was rooted in the treatment of symptoms, not their causes, and began to pursue training in physical and holistic medicine. He received his degree of Doctor of Chiropractic, then went on to specialize in Applied Kinesiology, founding OIM in 1980. The office has since become an acclaimed oasis promoting health and tranquility with patients and celebrities from around the world.

For more information on OIM, please visit DrIlanBohm.com, become a fan on Facebook at /OIMNYC, or follow OIM on Twitter at @OIMNYC.

CONTACT INFO

For more information on Dr. Ilan Bohm’s introductory discount, his “Think Before You Pill” campaign, to tour OIM as a member of the press, or to interview him as an expert resource, please contact Angela Mitchell at 904.982.8043.

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Nurse/Consultant Claims Canadian Health Care Is In Danger of Losing Its Heart – Offers Solutions

Nurse/Consultant Claims Canadian Health Care Is In Danger of Losing Its Heart – Offers Solutions










Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, (PRWEB) May 11, 2008

Frontline Health Care Providers face almost insurmountable challenges in their efforts to provide ‘care’, that is not merely hurried, mechanical and routine, but is also compassionate and attentive to the personal needs of the care receiver. Is Canadian Health Care in danger of losing its heart?

Aaron McNaught, the owner, and creative force behind Aaron McNaught Education/Consultations, isn’t waiting for an answer.

Instead, McNaught has written and launched a Special Report entitled: Exposed and Examined: Three Major Factors Threatening The Quality of Frontline Canadian Health Care. What Are They? What Can You Do About Them?

In this report, McNaught, who is also a psychiatric nurse, outlines one simple practice that puts an end to much of the unnecessary suffering experienced by frontline care providers.

Says McNaught, a 17 year practitioner of the advanced skill sets he teaches, “It almost seems like a conspiracy that we are not taught the life affirming skill of staying connected to our present experience with a strong, energetic attention. This ancient practice, found at the core of all the world’s wisdom traditions, leads to a variety of powerful and almost immediate benefits including:

the slowing down and stabilization of thought processes, naturally leading to – enhanced clarity, focus, emotional stability and feelings of well being reduced tension, stress and anxiety caused by unnecessary mental and emotional activity vastly improved communication skills, empathy and compassionate interactions

“Our western society is finally beginning to take notice of these kinds of teachings and skills. For example, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of the bestselling, Finding Flow, claims that, “to control

attention means to control experience, and therefore the quality of life. How much stress we experience depends more on how well we control attention, than on what happens to us’.”

“In my workshops with frontline care providers,” continues McNaught, “I hear repeatedly that they are well aware of the challenges they face. They are sick and tired of hearing about the statistics and surveys. They want real solutions they can use to manage their stress, emotions, interactions and moment to moment experience while on the job today.”

McNaught goes on to suggest that there are deeper issues at stake, “Care providers are just like anyone untrained to deal with stress. The real problem is that the health, safety and welfare of those we care for is jeopardized. Unmanaged stress and emotional reactivity are hardly optimal conditions for anyone to work in, much less to care for your loved ones in.”

McNaught ends on an optimistic note, “Attention Training is not a complicated solution, but its simplicity does not negate its power and effectiveness. This one simple skill, integrated and practiced in the workplace can put the heart back into health care.”

The Special Report is available at     http://www.wakinguptolife.com/SpecialReport.htm

Aaron McNaught – Aaron McNaught Education/Consultations

Suite #2, 4917 48th St. Red Deer Alberta T4N 1S8

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Illinois Health Matters Sizes Up the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Through New Multimedia Series Focused on Key Chicago Neighborhoods

Illinois Health Matters, a website that provides expert resources and information around national health care reform in Illinois, today launched a multimedia series aimed at helping individuals and small businesses in key Chicago neighborhoods better understand and be prepared for the implications of the new health care law and the state’s health insurance marketplace (also known as a health insurance exchange).

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will have a tremendous impact on the livelihoods of those living and working in many of Chicago’s traditionally underserved neighborhoods, including the South and West sides. “When we look at certain neighborhoods in Chicago, so many people and small business owners there don’t have access to practical information about how health care reform will deeply and directly support their families and their businesses,” says Stephani Becker, senior policy analyst and project director at Health & Disability Advocates, the Chicago-based nonprofit organization that powers the Illinois Health Matters website on behalf of a collaboration of health policy and community-based organizations.

“With our new videos and stories, we want to evangelize health care in these critical areas, to provide real-life stories that illustrate the new choices and opportunities that the Affordable Care Act makes available to them,” Becker says. Such opportunities include: More than 2.5 million Illinoisans under the age of 65 who have a pre-existing condition will be guaranteed access to health care in 2014 More than 160,000 small businesses in Illinois are now eligible for small business tax credits to provide health care to their employees A new health insurance exchange marketplace will let individuals and employees of small businesses in Illinois shop and compare a range of affordable health insurance choices.

The first installment of the video series illustrates the plight of Henry Edwards, a new father living in Garfield Park who struggles with paying out of pocket for medication to control chronic asthma. Also featured is Ruby’s Restaurant in West Garfield Park, where owner Henry Henderson and long-time manager Lillie Joiner discuss their choices in trying to find health-care coverage for their employees.

“The Affordable Care Act and the new health insurance exchange will give Illinois consumers more control, quality choices, and better protections when purchasing insurance. That’s why it’s so important for us to put forward this resource to help individuals and small businesses better understand how health reform will impact them,” adds Barbara Otto, CEO of Health & Disability Advocates and a member of President Obama’s National Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health.

The videos will be showcased in a new section of the Illinois Health Matters website, “Neighborhood Stories.” Also featured are articles that share how community organizations, including Health & Disability Advocates, local Chambers of Commerce and others are educating and informing underserved groups about their health care coverage options under the new law. The multimedia series is part of the Local Reporting Initiative that’s supported in part by The Chicago Community Trust.

About Illinois Health Matters

Illinois Health Matters is a one-stop resource for information on national health care reform in Illinois, and provides clear, expert information around the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as commentaries, resources and a blog for individuals, small businesses, community organizations, media and policymakers. Funding for Illinois Health Matters is generously provided by lead donor, The Chicago Community Trust and managed by Health & Disability Advocates in partnership with a collaborative of Illinois health policy and community-based organizations: AARP of Illinois, AgeOptions, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Campaign for Better Health Care, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition, Illinois PIRG Education Fund, and the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.