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Doctors should check weight and height for all patients to determine if they’re obese and refer them to intensive diet and exercise programs if necessary, according to new guidelines from a U.S. government-backed panel.

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The Supreme Court upheld the 2010 federal health care law. The decision will have sweeping ramifications for consumers, state officials, employers and health care providers, including hospitals and doctors.

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If you or an elderly relative have been hospitalized recently and noticed extra attention when the time came to be discharged, there’s more to it than good customer service.

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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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Question by sedcontra: Does the new health care law prohibit doctors from giving patients paper scripts?
I don’t like doctors (or actually, their staff) from calling or faxing prescriptions when they can just hand them to me. I’ve had problems with doctors not calling them in or calling the wrong pharmacy. But my child’s pediatrician told us that the new health care law prohibits (or will eventually prohibit) doctors from giving patients paper scripts. Is there any truth to this? If so, can anyone point to me where in the bill this is mandated?

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Answer by Comrade Snarkovich
That is the eventual goal, but not quite as you’ve described.

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ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG said its “armed antibody” T-DM1 drug significantly extended the lives of women with an aggressive type of breast cancer compared with those receiving the standard drug cocktail.

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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 22, 2012

The L.A. Mid-City Integrated Care Collaborative, a partnership led by Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) to provide coordinated community-based services that will reduce avoidable hospital readmissions for Medicare patients, was selected on Friday, August 17 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as one of 17 additional sites across the nation to participate in the Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP).

CCTP reflects a new, innovative approach to health care delivery. The program identifies community-based organizations such as JFS that can provide care transitions services across the continuum of care and partner with one or more acute care hospitals and other community providers. The L.A. Mid-City Integrated Care Collaborative includes hospitals, medical personnel, social workers, mental health professionals, and senior care specialists that will be able to provide better, more sustainable health care services all at a lower cost to the health care system.

Recent reports show that $ 12 billion is being spent annually on hospital readmissions for Medicare patients that might be preventable, said Paul S. Castro, CEO of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. By bringing together providers from across the care spectrum, older adults with complex medical and social service needs will receive the follow-up care and resources they need and will spend less time hospitalized unnecessarily.

Congressman Henry Waxman stated: I am delighted that the Los Angeles Mid-City Integrated Care Collaborative has been selected as a Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This partnership, led by Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, will take a new approach to reducing hospital readmissions, improving care and reducing costs. The partnership is the only collaborative selected in Los Angeles County and is among just a handful of collaboratives selected nationwide. I am particularly proud of this remarkable grouping of partners for the highly innovative and effective services they provide the residents of LA County.

With new tools provided by the Affordable Care Act, we can aggressively implement programs that will help hospitals reduce preventable errors, said Herb K. Schultz, Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The L.A. Mid-City Integrated Care Collaborative, through this initiative, will improve the quality of health care, and provide real assistance to medical professionals and hospitals to support their efforts to reduce harm.

We know that providing medical care for our patients does not end at our front door, said Andrew B. Leeka, president and CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital. The L.A. Mid-City Collaborative will bring additional resources to Medicare patients with chronic conditions, to help them receive the care they need.

Cathy Fickes, CEO of St Vincent Medical Center, said SVMC is delighted to be part of the Collaborative. The program will help reduce readmissions rates and provide continuity of care for our patients into their homes.

The L.A. Mid-City Integrated Care Collaborative was formed by Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles in partnership with Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Vincent Medical Center and Olympia Medical Center. In addition, the L.A. Mid-City Integrated Care Collaborative includes 14 skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers affiliated with Skilled Healthcare LLC and Country Villa Health Services, along with community-based organizations serving older adults in the Mid-City area (the Alzheimers Association, Hollywood Senior Multipurpose Center, St. Barnabas Senior Services, the KHEIR Center, and St. Vincent Meals on Wheels) and the Los Angeles City Department of Aging, and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. The organizations chosen for the L.A. Mid-City Integrated Care Collaborative have a long history of providing a continuum of home, community and institutional based care to older adults in Los Angeles in a contiguous section of the diverse metropolitan area.

The L.A. Mid-City Integrated Care Collaborative will begin providing transition services in Fall 2012, serving Medicare beneficiaries living in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles, stretching from downtown west to the 405 Freeway and from Hollywood south to the 10 Freeway. Geographically spanning the most dynamic, multicultural and densely-populated districts of Los Angeles, services will be provided in English, Spanish, Russian, Korean, and Farsi in a community that struggles with issues of poverty, immigrant integration and high hospital readmission rates.

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