Government Regulation,Public Policy and the Deficit Crisis for Healthcare on Agenda at Mobile Health Expo Opening Today in New York City

Government Regulation,Public Policy and the Deficit Crisis for Healthcare on Agenda at Mobile Health Expo Opening Today in New York City










New York City (PRWEB) June 22, 2011

Mobile Health Expo™, the only event focusing on the convergence of mobile technology and healthcare across the entire mobile health ecosystem, today announced an impressive array of speakers that will address the government regulatory environment and the impact of legislation, compliance, and public policy on mobile health and the current health care deficit crisis. Mobile Health Expo will be held June 21-23, 2011 at the New York City Javits Convention Center.

Technology innovation and healthcare reform have heightened the interest and demand for mobile health technology. Mobile Health Expo organizers have assembled speakers with backgrounds in regulation, compliance and public policy to address such questions as:


    How does federal and state legislation impact mobile health?
    How will current and future policy discussions be played out?
    What role does the FDA play in regulating mobile health applications and devices?
    What are the regulatory compliance strategies for mobile health products?

Date: Tuesday, June 21- 23, 2011

Time: 9am

Where: New York City Jacob Javits Center

“The speakers we have at our event to address government regulation, public policy and the deficit crisis are shaping the future of health care. Companies that are creating mobile health applications and devices are the disruptive force needed to transform the health care industry,” said Wendy Thomas, founder and CEO of Mobile Health Expo.

To learn more information about these speakers, their sessions and the entire conference line-up, visit: http://www.mobilehealthexpo.com/newyork/speakers.php

About Mobile Health Expo

Mobile Health Expo™ is the only event focusing on the convergence of mobile technology and healthcare across the entire mobile health ecosystem. Mobile Health Expo is designed to catalyze the discussions, partnerships, visions and public policy debates to move mobile health into the future. The event will take place June 21-23, 2011 at the York City Javits Convention Center. For more information, visit http://www.mobilehealthexpo.com

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Tipper Gore to Speak at ACA 2006 Convention; Diversity, Disasters Top Issues for Counselors Today

Tipper Gore to Speak at ACA 2006 Convention; Diversity, Disasters Top Issues for Counselors Today










Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) March 23, 2006

Empowering Latino families. Counseling soldiers in combat. Energizing older workers. Coping with hurricanes and other traumas. Reducing test anxiety in schools.

These are just some of the societal issues facing individuals, families, schools, and organizations today and all are on the program for the 2006 American Counseling Association/Canadian Counselling Association Annual Convention which begins Saturday, April 1.

Nearly 3,000 counseling professionals from the U.S., Canada, and 16 other countries will convene in Montreal this month to learn, share ideas and discuss effective strategies for helping their clients cope with a multitude of mental health, career and school counseling issues. Counselors from Japan, United Arab Emirates, Chile, Italy, Palau and 11 other countries will be in attendance at the largest global event for counseling professionals.

The 2006 Convention is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Counselling Association (CCA). The convention theme—“Culture-Centered and Diversity Counseling Empowers all Families”—reflects global concerns with understanding and appreciating one’s culture and strengthening families. Canadians have a huge stake in multiculturalism due to a population lull. We are going to have to rely on people coming in from outside of Canada to supplement the labor force,” said Barbara MacCallum, CCA Executive Director.

Mental health issues also loom large in both the U.S. and Canada as both countries face challenges in obtaining reimbursement from insurance companies for some mental health services. Tipper Gore, wife of former vice president Al Gore and a strong advocate for mental health issues will focus everyone’s attention on mental health issues in her keynote presentation Sunday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. Stephen Lewis, former UN Special Envoy and one of Canada’s most influential commentators on social affairs, international development and human rights, will deliver a keynote address Saturday, April 1 at 9:30 a.m.     

Attendees will choose from over 500 educational sessions on traditional topics such as marriage counseling, teen suicide, depression and career counseling; contemporary issues such as Cybersex and Internet safety; and specialty topics such as counseling persons with disabilities.

“Counseling professionals today are called upon to address a wide array of issues and they must approach all of them with a strong understanding of diversity and multiculturalism,” said ACA President Patricia Arredondo.    

EDITOR’S NOTE: Interviews can be arranged with ACA officers, members or speakers.

E-mail BHeatherington -at- counseling.org for assistance. From March 30 – April 2, contact Brandt onsite in Montreal at 703-307-1574 (cell phone).

The American Counseling Association (http://www.counseling.org) is a nonprofit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world’s largest association exclusively representing more than 44,000 professional counselors across a wide spectrum from school counselors to family counselors, addictions counselors, and many other practice specialties.

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IHRSA Applauds Introduction of Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act of 2011

IHRSA Applauds Introduction of Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act of 2011











Boston, Massachusetts (PRWEB) August 01, 2011

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced today its enthusiastic support of the recently re-introduced Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act of 2011 (H.R. 2649)—lauding the legislation as an important component in promoting primary prevention as a means of controlling America’s health care costs. Roughly $ 76.6 billion are spent each year on health care costs directly associated with inactivity. The PHIT Act would eliminate an existing federal policy barrier to exercise and create a health-promoting financial incentive for Americans to engage in physical fitness.

The PHIT Act allows for expenditures of up to $ 2,000 for physical fitness programs and exercise equipment to be payable out of pre-tax health investment accounts such as flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and/or medical reimbursement arrangements. Currently, these accounts are set up so individuals can pay for prescription drugs and doctor visits with pre-tax dollars. But there currently is no preventive component that supports health-preserving lifestyle practices.

“The PHIT Act helps put the focus on primary prevention,” says Joe Moore, IHRSA’s President and CEO. “It supports Americans in their efforts to engage in healthy physical activity, which will go far in deterring preventable chronic diseases that are driving up our country’s health care costs.”

Health-promoting activities, such as health club memberships, youth sports programs, pilates and yoga classes, home exercise equipment, and other fees associated with programs of physical activity, would to be paid with pre-tax dollars if the PHIT Act is passed into law. The legislation, however, would not increase the total contribution limits to those pre-tax accounts.

The PHIT Act was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives of the 112th Congress by Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX), with strong bi-partisan support from Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Ron Kind (D-WI), Bill Shuster (R-PA), Mike McIntrye (D-NC), William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Ron Paul (R-TX), C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersburger (D-MD), Jim Gerlach (R-PA), and Joe Barton (R-TX).

“We commend Congressman Brady and the bill’s co-sponsors and supporters for their leadership in creating a healthier, more prosperous America,” says Moore. “The PHIT Act is an important step in putting America’s physical and fiscal health back on track.”

About IHRSA

IHRSA is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA is committed to taking a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical to America’s health and the battle against obesity and disease. IHRSA supports effective national initiatives to promote more active lifestyles for all Americans and is working to pass laws that will help affect societal changes toward a more fit America.

IHRSA is a co-chair of the Business and Industry Sector of the National Physical Activity Plan; a member of the advisory board of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD); a founding member of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA); a partner with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in promoting the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines; a network member of the Exercise is Medicine™ initiative; was a primary participant in the launch of the Adult Fitness Test introduced by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; has helped the HHS Office on Women’s Health in promoting National Women’s Health Week, National Women’s Check-Up Day, and the Woman Challenge; partnered with the President’s Council in 1995 on the three-year “Get Up, Get Out” public awareness campaign focusing on youth fitness; was one of the earliest proponents of the PEP legislation (Carol M. White Physical Education Program); and recently introduced the publication, “The Economic Benefits of Regular Exercise.” Through its member clubs, IHRSA has offered community outreach and health promotion programs since 1986, including Commit to Get Fit, Families Involved Together, Teen Fitness Connection, I Lost It at the Club!, and Get Active America!

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UCLA Health Sciences, Denver Health, Lancet, Sago Networks, & More to Discuss Business Intelligence and Decision Support Today in Denver

UCLA Health Sciences, Denver Health, Lancet, Sago Networks, & More to Discuss Business Intelligence and Decision Support Today in Denver












New York, NY (PRWEB) July 26, 2011

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation announced the speakers for their panel session entitled, “Analytics in Health Care: Business Intelligence & Decision Support” at the Institute’s Health IT Summit in Denver taking place July 26-27, 2011 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.

The panel, which will be taking place today from 1:30pm – 2:00pm will be moderated by Richard Pizzi, Editorial Director, Healthcare IT News, and speaking will be Shadaab Kanwal, Director, Enterprise Clinical Informatics, UCLA Health Sciences; Darren Taylor, VP, Enterprise Analytics and Data Management, BCBS of Kansas City; Evon Holladay, VP Business Intelligence, Catholic Health Intiatives; Laura Madsen, Practice Leader, Lancet; and John Cox, Chief Information Officer, Sago Managed Service.

The panelists will identify best practices for relaying methodology, metrics and analysis, and knowledge transfer to appropriate clinical and end-users, as well as discuss similar analytics models and designs in their individual healthcare environments to aid in quality and safety improvements.

“Business Intelligence will be the glue that binds HIT and Meaningful Use allowing healthcare organizations to use their data in ways they never thought possible,” said Laura Madsen.

The iHT2 Health IT Summit in Denver is the premier executive summit focused on the strategies and tools that are re-defining customer care, collaboration and efficiency in the health care provider markets.

Sponsors and Partners for the 2011 iHT2 Health IT Summit in Denver include: RelayHealth, Lancet Software, Intel, VitalHealth Software, Catalyst Solutions, Software Testing Solutions, SLI Global, Sago Networks, Standard Register, Apixio, Modis, Accuvant/McAfee, ACT Conferencing, Quantix, Comcast, MMR Global, Zynx Health, AMDIS, Colorado Healthcare Strategy & Management, CMIO, Continua Health Alliance, eHealth SmartBrief, Executive Insight, Frost & Sullivan, HIMSS Colorado Chapter, IDC Health Insights, ISSA Denver Chapter, Colorado MGMA, MarketsandMarkets, Mobile Healthcare Today, ReportsandReports, and SearchHealthIT.com.

About the Institute for Health Technology Transformation:

The Institute for Health Technology Transformation is the leading organization committed to bringing together private and public sector leaders fostering the growth and effective use of technology across the healthcare industry. Through collaborative efforts the Institute provides programs that drive innovation, educate, and provide a critical understanding of how technology applications, solutions and devices can improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare.

http://www.ihealthtran.com

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