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Surrey, BC (PRWEB) October 04, 2012

Since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008, economic concerns have been paramount among American citizens. Over the past year, a number of reports have emerged indicating that the slow economy has forced many patients to cut corners to pay for medications; but what is of even greater concern is that many individuals under the age of 65 are failing to fill prescriptions simply because of cost. With mounting evidence that prescription prices in the United States are prohibitive, online pharmacies such as DoctorSolve are encouraging consumers to consider Canadian drugs as a safe and affordable alternative.

According to a recent report in PharmaTimes, 45% of US consumers aged under-65 who do not have a prescription drug benefit are now failing to fill their prescriptions because of the cost. These figures have nearly doubled compared to last year according to their research. Lack of insurance for medications is clearly the determining factor, as individuals under age 65 are also foregoing other medical treatments. Nearly two thirds of subjects reported declining medical tests because of cost, and similar numbers of patients put off a doctors visit to save money.

Similarly, many Americans find they are in a position where the need to sacrifice other necessities to pay for their medications. Without prescription drug coverage, ConsumerReports.org suggests consumers are nearing a crisis point. The site recently conducted 2 surveys that suggest that difficulty paying for health care including prescription drugs and other medical bills remains the top financial problem for American households. More than half of survey respondents indicated they needed to reduce other household expenses or change how they manage their finances to pay for medications. Indeed, the report continues that problems paying for medical bills and medication remain the most severe financial issues Americans face. That beats problems making mortgage payments or paying other big household bills.

Yet Canadian online pharmacies offer safe drugs at a discount of up to 80% compared to American pharmacies. The Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) is an association of licensed, retail pharmacies, and according to their website their member pharmacies sell pharmaceuticals and maintenance medications and that each pharmacy is licensed and regulated by the government for safety. In fact, the National Bureau of Economic Research conducted a scientific review of CIPA pharmacies in March 2012 and concluded there was no failure of authenticity found in drugs that came from verified websites. In other words, CIPA pharmacies sell the same drugs you would find in American pharmacies, but at a drastically reduced price.

DoctorSolve is a leading online pharmacy that has been verified by the CIPA as a source for name-brand and generic medications at discount prices. According to their website, DoctorSolve has been operating as a trusted Canadian pharmacy since 1999 during which time they have maintained a perfect patient safety record. Co-founder of DoctorSolve, Dr. Paul Zickler wants to encourage American patients to consider our pharmacy or other Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) sites for affordable access to medications. He continues, there is no need for American patients to cut corners in household costs or medical expenses to pay for prescriptions. DoctorSolve is a full-service pharmacy that provides its customers with genuine drugs at heavily discounted prices.







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Don Duncan, Americans for Safe Access - California Unity Conference - Video By Cheryl Shuman

Don Duncan, California State Director of ASA, Americans For Safe Access at the California Unity Conference: Video by Cheryl Shuman (www.BeverlyHillsCannabisClub.com) California Unity Conference & Lobby Day -Saturday, May 19 — Monday, May 21, 2012 This series of videos are vitally important to empower citizens and activists to lobby their elected officials with skills and tools that will help reform cannabis laws. Thank you to everyone who made the California Unity Conference & Citizen Lobby Day a huge success! More than two hundred people spent the weekend building skills and relationships, and over three hundred and fifty joined us for the largest medical cannabis lobby day in California history. Participants visited every legislative office in the state capitol to support sensible medical cannabis regulations. Sponsors and co-hosts included Americans for Safe Access, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 5, Abatin Wellness, SPARC, BerkeleyPatients Group, Harborside Health Center, Bhang Chocolates, Pro-Cann, BASA, Crusaders for Patients Rights, Farmers Daughter, J Street Wellness, Tahoe Wellness Collective, Debby Goldsberry, the Drug Policy Alliance, Emerald Growers Association, California NORML, Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, and a generous anonymous donor. Special thanks to our friends at UFCW Local 8 and the Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. About Cheryl Shuman: Referred to as the “Martha Stewart of Marijuana,” Cheryl Shuman announces the
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(PRWEB) June 05, 2012

Gulf Coast Regional Center Mobile Van will be on-site at Houston Orthopedic and Spine Hospital (HOSH) and on-site at KPRC Channel 2 news studios. Key Access Institute will sponsoring and be on-site to assist during the event. The dates are June 21 and 22nd from 6 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call to schedule an appointment: 713-314-4400. Free healthy food will be provided by My Fit Foods for those donating blood and volunteering.

Key Access Institute is committed to making a difference in peoples lives and helping support the ongoing efforts of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, Commit for Life. The reason to donate is to help save lives. Every donation can help save as many as three lives.

About Key Access Institute, LLC (KAI)

KAI is an innovative learning institution offering valuable programs and courses developed by working medical professionals. We are passionate about elevating educational opportunities for students from across the city and around world. Our extensive and in-depth surgical assisting, training and customized curriculum, specifically through our Surgical First Assistant Key Program, provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue advancement in a career path to become a Surgical First Assistant.

Key Access institute, which was established in 2010 by Mary Valentine was started and is supported by surgical assistants. Key Access Institute, LLC draws strength from longstanding relationships with some of Houstons best physicians, surgeons, and medical professionals as well as access to research facilities, laboratories, and technology at facilities in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center and surrounding areas. Key Access Institute offers both in depth student programs as well as online and classroom seminars. KAI is a privately owned company incorporated in the state of Texas operating in both the medical staffing and the career education industries.

About Houston Orthopedic & Spine Hospital

Orthopedists and neurosurgeons designed Houston Orthopedic & Spine Hospital (HOSH) to achieve surgical outcomes of the highest quality. HOSH is the only specialty orthopedic hospital in Texas to receive the combination of being ranked in the top 5% for Joint Replacement for 2010-2011 and Outstanding Patient Experience for 2009, 2010 and 2011 as well as the recipient of the Spine Surgery Excellence Award in 2012 in a national study released by HealthGrades.

About Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, (GCRBC) began operations on Jan. 1, 1975. Serving the largest medical campus in the world, The Blood Center has grown to more than 700 employees and serves more than 170 hospitals and health care institutions in the 26-county Texas Gulf Coast, Brazos Valley and East Texas regions.

GCRBC partners with the community to help save and sustain lives by providing a safe supply of blood, blood components and related services.







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Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) February 29, 2012

The California Chiropractic Association (CCA) recently registered opposition to California Senate Bill, SB 924, a bill which cleared the Senate 36-0 in January and would allow patients direct access to physical therapists. The CCA opposition renews a longstanding battle between the two groups, which both assert that they should be considered health care providers of choice. California law currently allows patients to seek direct treatment from chiropractors, but not physical therapists. Doctor David Straight, physical therapist and Chair of the California Private Practice Group (CA PPG), claims that policy is misguided. “There are numerous studies demonstrating the safety and cost-effectiveness of physical therapy direct access. Direct access to physical therapists has been shown to save $ 1,000-2,400 per patient case by avoiding more costly, aggressive, and sometimes ineffective treatment options, such as pain medications, imaging, injections, and surgery.”

However, the California Chiropractic Association does not agree. The group recently stated, that unlike chiropractors, physical therapists do not have sufficient training and understanding of the entire body to treat patients in a direct access environment. Dr. Straight counters, “The CCA position is laughable, yet sad at the same time.” While most physical therapists are busy engaging in evidence-based practice, chiropractors are adjusting patients’ spines in order to cure their high blood pressure, infantile colic and asthma, bedwetting, and disorders not related to musculoskeletal practice.” He offers, “When it comes to concerns about patient care and safety, the CCA should look in the mirror.” Straight also suggests, “Patients should be asking which doctors are really concerned about patient safety.”

The CA PPG points to what it considers a well-known pattern that physical therapists attempt to treat patients in a cost-effective manner, work toward patient independence, and aim to discharge patients from treatment with pain-free, optimal function. On the other hand, Dr. Straight notes that, chiropractic theory is deeply rooted in the dis-proven notion that “spinal subluxations” are the cause of most health problems and that many patients need to seek treatment for the remainder of their life. When it comes to safe, evidence-based patient care, Dr. Straight claims the CCA’s ‘facts’ are not in alignment.

According to CA PPG, their statements regarding cost-effectiveness are supported by the CCA position on Worker’s Compensation reform led by Governor Schwarzenegger’s administration last decade. Workers Comp reform saved businesses and taxpayers millions and was a success by most measures. However, according to Dr. Straight, the fierce CCA opposition arose because the reform capped the maximum number of chiropractic and physical therapy visits to 24 per year. In his view, “It is interesting that CCA opposed the reform and physical therapists did not, since, at the time, the average number of outpatient visits was 12 for patients receiving Worker’s Comp outpatient PT and over 40 visits for patients receiving chiropractic.”

CA PPG reminds the CCA, “Physical therapists earn their doctoral degrees from credentialed universities, following a three to four-year course of graduate studies, just like physicians and dentists.” Physical therapists actually score higher on musculoskeletal screening than all physician groups, except for orthopaedic surgeons . Straight adds, ” All states surrounding California allow patients direct access to physical therapy and there have been no additional claims of malpractice in any of those states” and confidently asserts, “California physical therapists are ready to be part of the solution to the health care crisis– not part of the problem. Let’s get past the politics and turf wars, get patients to physical therapists fast and first, and save Californians time and money.”

Source: California Private Practice Group

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Kalispell , MT (PRWEB) December 05, 2011

Due to recent changes, State law* allows direct access to physical therapy in Montana; yet many residents are unaware they have the right to seek treatment without a physicians prescription or referral. Blaine Stimac, owner and CEO of Professional Therapy Associates, maintains that Montanas direct access laws offer many benefits to patients, including freedom of choice, lower healthcare costs and the ability to begin physical therapy treatment sooner.

Its important for patients to understand that they have the right to choose where to go for treatment, especially if they suspect their condition can best be treated with physical therapy, said Stimac. Many people put off seeking the care they need because they assume they have to set aside time and money for multiple office visits. Or it may take a while to get an appointment with their physician, so theyll wait and see if the pain goes away on its own. The problem is that delaying treatment can make underlying problems worse. Theres no reason for anyone to take that risk when physical therapy treatment is readily available through Montanas direct access laws.

By scheduling an evaluation directly with a physical therapist, patients can avoid making a separate appointment with their physician for the sole purpose of requesting a referral. This not only saves them time, but also the cost of an additional co-pay or office visit, remarked Stimac. In addition, it enables patients to start treatment sooner which can prevent days or weeks of unnecessary suffering. Whether theyre dealing with back pain, repetitive strain, stiff joints or other musculoskeletal problems, they key to relief is to get a treatment plan underway as quickly as possible.

Stimacs assertions are supported by a recent study published in Health Services Research. The research team found that patients who scheduled outpatient care directly with a physical therapist averaged fewer healthcare visits and lower overall costs than those who were referred by a physician. The studys findings are good news for patients in direct-access states like Montana.

To help Montanans determine if their condition can be treated by physical therapy, Professional Therapy Associates is offering free consultations at its four clinics throughout the Flathead Valley. Prospective new patients can request a free health screening with one of the practices highly trained physical therapists, who will assess the individuals symptoms and complaints, and evaluate movements and body mechanics. The therapist may demonstrate a few simple stretches or exercises that can help alleviate pain or stiffness, and will schedule a full evaluation for those who could benefit from physical therapy treatment. In cases where medical attention may be required, the therapist will refer the individual to a physician or specialist who can perform further tests or X-rays.

Our free physical therapy consultations offer a no-risk way for local residents to determine if physical therapy is right for them there is no co-pay, and they dont have to go through insurance, noted Stimac. For those who opt to pursue treatment, well develop a customized treatment plan that is both effective and affordable. We accept most forms of insurance, and we also offer payment plans.

Stimac takes pride in the fact that Professional Therapy Associates physical therapists and staff are like a family. He elaborated by explaining, We all work together to ensure our patients receive the highest quality care, and well make certain they see a therapist who has experience and success in treating their particular condition. In addition to top-notch therapists, we have state-of-the-art facilities with the latest equipment, and we even have a pool for aquatic therapy. Most importantly, we have a track record of proven results we help our clients achieve freedom from pain and regain full mobility. Thats why Id encourage anyone suffering from aches, pain or stiffness to take advantage of our free consultation and Montanas direct access to physical therapy services.

Individuals who wish to schedule a free consultation may call any of Professional Therapy Associates four centers in the Flathead Valley region, including Downtown Kalispell 406-257-5610, Kalispell North 406-756-7878, Whitefish 406-862-5033 and Columbia Falls 406-892-7999. For further information on Professional Therapy Associates including physical therapy treatments, staff and locations please visit http://www.ptflathead.com.

About Professional Therapy Associates and Blaine Stimac

Professional Therapy Associates (PTA) is an established provider of physical therapy in Montana. Founded in Kalispell in 1988, the practice has expanded to include four convenient locations throughout Flathead Valley. In addition to its flagship Kalispell North facility, PTA also has clinics in Downtown Kalispell (Flathead Health and Fitness), Whitefish (The Wave) and Columbia Falls (Columbia Falls Clinic). Owner and CEO Blaine Stimac is a licensed Physical Therapist in Montana, and holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. He and his team offer a full range of services, including manual physical therapy, sports medicine, therapeutic exercise and biofeedback, as well as treatment for back and neck injuries, motor vehicle injuries and work-related injuries. For more information, visit http://www.ptflathead.com.


Montana Code Annotated 2011. 37-11-104. Physical therapy evaluation and treatment. data.opi.mt.gov/bills/mca/37/11/37-11-104.htm

** Pendergast, Jane, et al. A Comparison of Health Care Use for Physician-Referred and Self-Referred Episodes of Outpatient Physical Therapy. Health Services Research; published online September 23, 2011. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-6773.2011.01324.x/abstract

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Boston, MA (PRWEB) December 13, 2011

MD Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of consulting, interim management, revenue cycle turnaround, EMR/PM implementation and remediation services, today announced the release of MD DataStor, a set of software tools that allows physician group practices to increase performance while still utilizing data from their retired practice management system.

MD DataStor provides fast, secure access to data and can be used by group practices with vast amounts of data to avoid their practice management system being bogged down and not running at its full capacity. It also can be used by practices that are consolidating due to acquisitions by eliminating the risks of mishandling data coming from multiple organizations using different practice management systems.

“Practices are often faced with licensing fees and other costs to maintain older applications only to access data from an old system and have to deal with decreased system performance, lost or damaged data and more,” remarked Paul Casey, President of MD Solutions. “MD DataStor gives them quick and easy access to that data without negatively affecting their system performance.”

MD DataStor provides practices with an advanced archival solution for the storage of excess patient data, from registration information to charges and payments and more. It significantly reduces costs by eliminating the need to operate or maintain multiple systems and cost-effectively stores old data. MD DataStor also allows practices to access their legacy data for running reports and editing existing data and prevents lost or damaged data.

About MD Solutions, Inc.

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, MD Solutions, Inc. is a team of experienced health care professionals who leverage their combined expertise to assist organizations with maximizing their investment in human capital and IT systems. Since our founding in 2000, MD Solutions, Inc. has partnered with healthcare organizations to help them maximize efficiencies and profitability by effectively integrating and utilizing people, processes and technology to overcome business challenges. The company is well-equipped to help medical practices, health systems and billing services with leading IT systems including Allscripts, GE Centricity and Dragon Medical.

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