The Role Of Heath Care Practitioners In Various Medical Fields

A health care practitioner is one having the authority or license to provide curative or preventive health care services to individuals or communities in an organized and methodical way in the field of medicine, obstetrics, pharmacy, nursing, pediatrics, clinical psychology or other associated sectors. The quality of service provided by health care practitioners is strictly monitored by the state authorities on the basis of pre-fixed rules and regulations. The state has the right to judge the actions of the health care providers, and seize their license in case they are found to violate any of the rules. In such circumstances, it is the responsibility of the state to provide the Board of Medical Examiners the name and the action details of the concerned health care provider for the implementation of necessary actions.

Let us see the various types of health care providers available:

Primary Care Providers (PCP): The person you make your first visit to for a general health check-up is defined as your primary care provider. You can decide on the best PCP for you on the basis of your health problems and the health care plan you have. Let us discuss some of the possible options:

In most cases, a general physician can be the best PCP, who can look into your health problems and refer you to the most appropriate specialist. A general physician refers to a doctor of medicine or osteopathy with a specialization in internal medicine and family practice.
You can also choose an Obstetrician and Gynecologist has a specialization in women’s health and prenatal care as your PCP.
For routine checkups and general health issues, you can appoint nurse practitioners with graduate degrees as your PCP. They are authorized to provide primary care in the field of pediatrics, family medicine, women’s health, adult care etc.

Nursing Care: The nursing sector can be divided in various categories.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN): LPNs refer to trained nurses having the license to provide health protection services to individuals, families or communities.
Registered Nurse (RN): RNs are required to get through a state board examination and attain a graduate degree from a nursing program in order to get the license for providing health protection services.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN): APRNs are superior to general nurses owing to their advanced trainings and special degrees. APRNs include certified registered nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and licensed nurse midwives.

Mental Health Practitioners: A mental health practitioner refers to a health protection provider who is known to offer preventive or curative services in order to treat mental conditions in individuals. Mental health practitioners include clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists etc.

Pharmacists: Having a graduate degree from pharmaceutical colleges, licensed pharmacists provide services in the field of health protection by preparing drugs that are prescribed by primary or specialty care providers.

Specialty Care Providers: Specialty care providers are health care practitioners, who provide health protection services in various specialized fields such as Cardiology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Orthopedics, Nephrology, Allergy and Asthma and many more.

5 Reasons Why You Need a Global Health Care Consultant

Planning a medical tour is not everyone’s cup of tea, because hey, it isn’t a recreational holiday. You might miss out on a lot of aspects when making a health travel to another country, and will be unable to do anything about it while in midst of your treatment.

To reduce this burden off your head, there are numerous travel consultants who can organize a travel plan for you, but not many general travel consultants will understand the requirements and arrangements of a medical tour.

Read on to find out why you should hire a Global Heath Care Consultant for your medical travel abroad!

Expertise and Experience

The global health care consultant has knowledge about health and medical tourism, and has expertise in planning it, because your consultant is aware of the necessities and facilities that need to be arranged, and knows exactly where to go to arrange for what you will need.

Language Considerations

When you go to a country, and do not know the language, it becomes very difficult to convey your needs to the person standing in front of you. And a miscommunication may lead to problems.

A health travel consultant will arrange for the facilities and needs on your behalf, and put you in places where people will understand your language and you will be able to communicate freely and clearly.

Cost Saving

A health travel is no doubt, a costly affair. However, avoid the unnecessary costs by hiring a global health care consultant. With the right resources at hand, and with the ability to extract the same services at a lower rate, your global health care consultant will make health travel a lot cheaper.

Find the best hospitals

Trust your health care consultant to find the best-in-class hospitals to deliver the treatment you are seeking. Your agent will find the best suitable country and hospital, to make sure that your treatment doesn’t lack quality.

Save Time

Since the travel agent is an expert at fixing things according to your needs, he can fix for everything you’ll need in a jiffy. Thus, you’ll end up saving a lot of time, and can have a peaceful trip.

Your global health care consultant will be one of the best friends you make, because he will make your medical trip stress free and smooth.

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Health Care Reform: Looking Towards 2014

With 2014 fast approaching, both small and large employers have a laundry list of items to review in order to ensure compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Below is a short list of 13 key points to keep in mind when assessing medical plans, insurance coverages and heath care programs:

Individual Mandate – US citizens and legal residents are required to maintain minimum essential health coverage for themselves and their dependents or pay a penalty for noncompliance. Individuals who are not offered affordable coverage through their employer may receive financial assistance (subsidies) to help them purchase health insurance.

State-based Exchanges for Individuals and Small Groups – In each state, a new marketplace, also called the Exchange, will be established for individuals and small employer groups to purchase compliant health coverage. Exchanges are expected to begin accepting enrollment by October 1st, for an effective date of January 1, 2014.

Health Insurance Marketplace Notice – Employers are required to provide the notice to all employees by October 1, 2013 and to each new employee at the time of hiring thereafter.

Pre-Existing Conditions – Limiting of benefits due to pre-existing conditions is prohibited in all plans.

Benefit Waiting Periods – Employers may not impose a waiting period greater than 90 days for most states. However, California law AB 1083 goes into effect January 1, 2014 which states that the waiting period in California can be no longer than 60 days.

Insurer fees – New fees will be imposed on health insurance carriers. At renewal, carriers should explain the cost impact to the renewal rates for fees they are passing on to the employer.

Rating – Modified community rating will be implemented for coverage in the small group market. Rates may be surcharged up to 50% for tobacco use. A maximum 3:1 premium ratio takes effect on age-banded rates.

Wellness Program – Wellness program incentives may increase to 30% of the cost of coverage for a reward-based program.

Small Group redefined – Small Group will be redefined as 1- 100 employees in most states. However, it will remain 1-50 in California until 2016.

Small Employer Tax Credits Available Only in Exchange – Eligible small businesses that purchase coverage through the exchange may apply for a tax credit of up to 50% of the employer’s contribution toward the employee’s health insurance premium.

Essential Health Benefits – Insurers of fully insured Individual and Small Group plans are required to provide coverage for Essential Health Benefits (EHB) in 10 benefit categories. Employers need to ensure that plan documents are updated for this provision.

Mandatory Coverage for Clinical Trials – If a qualified individual is in an approved clinical trial, the plan cannot deny coverage for related services. Employers need to ensure that plan documents are updated for this provision.

Deductible Caps – Small group plans have limits on deductibles for fully insured, non-grandfathered plans at $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for families.

If you have any questions regarding this information, or general ACA and health care reform inquiries, feel free to contact us for more information.

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What Exactly Is Health Care? Get a Physician Perspective

So the term healthcare is used over and over again. What does that mean? What does that mean to you? There are so many variations of this definition and depending on the source of whom you are speaking with. Some would say healthcare is disease prevention. Some would say it’s managing disease such as diabetes or high cholesterol. Some would say its access to a doctor or provider.

Health by definition is a state of being injury or illness free.

Heath care as defined by Websters dictionary states “the preservation of health by the treatment and prevention of disease by trained and licensed professionals.”

In the pursuit of health- the state of being injury or illness free, we think that this should be looked at as a goal. This goal of health in reality is a moving target. Our bodies are bombarded daily from viruses, bacteria, social pressures, psychological pressures, just to name a few. With so many forces working to impede health, we want to maximize our internal resources to keep us free from injury and illness. Health to us is finding a balance. If we look at the human landscape, there are three major components that comprise us- the body, the mind, and the spirit. If anyone of these three basic components are overpowering the other or lacking, then the achievement of health will fall short. Lets use an example-

Ronnie is a exercise machine. He works out 5-6 times per week, eats a very clean, non processed diet, drinks plenty of water, and tries to sleep adequately to feel refreshed. Most of us on initial impression would equate this person as a “healthy” person. However, at home, Ronnie has been having difficulty communicating with his wife, who feels he exercises too much and alienates the family. The more difficulty Ronnie has at home, he goes to his safe zone of the gym to release tension. This cycle continues to build. The stress at home continues to build. Ronnie is physically fit, but mentally is exhausted. This illustration example shows that truly to be free of illness and injury we need to look at all aspects to be truly healthy.

We believe that the pursuit of health (balance of the body, mind, and spirit) is grounded in the components of wellness- Health, Lifestyle, and Education. We feel that when incorporating these components into your life, then you can truly attain “health”.

So what is healthcare then? Is it going to the doctor to get advice? Is it seeing a counselor to discuss life stressors? Is it reading books and articles regarding lifestyle choices? Answer- ALL of the above. We need to look at healthcare from a different lens. Many people that I see in the office view healthcare in the form of doctors visits. These visits are based upon a recent illness or injury. Most folks are trying to get advice in how they can feel better. I would argue that treating an injury or illness is not healthcare. I call this sick care. Sick care is just one component of why I chose medicine as a profession, to help those that are ill or injured. It seems that this for most folks equates into healthcare. What about the times between illness and injury? What are the resources and plans that people are doing to PREVENT illness or injury. In the world of business, there is a notion to be PRO active, rather than reactive. Be the person that starts the trend, not follows it. That is my goal for the patients that I see.

I have patients that have diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol who for various reasons are on medication to help control these diseases. I check there numbers on a quarterly basis and many have achieved the status of having “controlled” numbers. My patients feel better, have no symptoms from their respective disease processes, and are happy that the blood tests reflect their hard work. Have they achieved health however? To me, NO.

Beyond the prescriptions that help maintain disease, we still need to address Lifestyle and Education to help these patients. Lifestyle choices are so important- the type of nutrition we take in, exercising our bodies, keeping our minds fresh, learning effective techniques for stress reduction are all critical. Education is the one component that goes overlooked in many offices. Doctors I feel are mostly to blame here. We all try to give advice and hope that our patients are listening. The question is whether they remember the advice given. Our practice writes down in detail and in non-medical jargon, plans for each patient. Our hope is that the patient will actually read what we wrote and keep our summaries like a cookbook of entries. Over time, we hope that their cookbook of entries gives them a knowledge base for making educated decisions.

So what is healthcare? It’s the pursuit of maintaining an illness or injury free life by incorporating a balance of the body, the mind, the spirit, through lifestyle choices and education.

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