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Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us
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Cut salt, add potassium, live longer, researchers say If people cut their salt intake and increased their intake of potassium by eating more fruits and vegetables, millions of lives around the world could be saved every year, says research out today. These dietary changes would lower people's blood pressure, which would reduce their risk of having a stroke or heart attack, according to the findings published on bmj.com. To take an in-depth look at the topic, British researchers and other experts from around the world analyzed dozens of international studies on salt and potassium and high blood pressure. High blood pressure is defined as a reading greater than or equal to 140/90. STORY: High salt intake linked to high blood pressure in kids STORY: Millions of people don't have their blood pressure under control Among the findings: • A modest reduction in salt intake for four or more weeks lowered systolic pressure (the top number) by an average of 5mm Hg (millimeters of mercury). • Increased potassium intake also helped lower blood pressure.

Book Review: A World-Class Education A half-century ago, the U.S. was the undisputed leader in education—the first country to achieve universal secondary education and the first to make college broadly accessible. Today, other countries are leap-frogging the U.S. on global measures of student skills and knowledge. A World-Class Education is a book I recommend to learn more about what other countries are doing. We’re spending twice as much on education today as we did 20 years ago. Vivien Stewart in her book, A World Class Education, looks at five countries—Singapore, Canada, Finland, China, and Australia—where students are doing significantly better on global assessments than students in the U.S. As Stewart points out, even a small improvement in the skills of a nation’s labor force can have a big impact on its economy. Finland is an interesting example because as recently as 1970, only 40 percent of Finnish adults held a high school diploma.

Health Care Spending In America, In Two Graphs : Planet Money Spending on health care has, of course, been rising in the U.S. for decades. Health care now accounts for 18 cents of every dollar Americans spend, up from 7 cents in 1970. But where, exactly, is all that money going? And, for that matter, where is the money coming from to pay for all that health care? We found answers to both of these questions in this data set. First, here's where the money is going. Despite huge changes in medicine and medical technology, the share of health dollars that flows to each major category has changed little in the past 40 years. What has changed dramatically is where the money comes from. In 1970, by far the biggest share of health care spending was what people spent out of their own pockets. We emailed Uwe Reinhardt, the Princeton health economist, to ask about this shift. Insurance coverage has become much more comprehensive, he said. For example, in 1970, people typically had to pay for drugs out of their own pockets.

Medicare Provider Charge Data As part of the Obama administration’s work to make our health care system more affordable and accountable, data are being released that summarize the utilization and payments for procedures and services provided to Medicare fee-for service beneficiaries by specific inpatient and outpatient hospitals, physicians, and other suppliers. These data include information for the 100 most common inpatient services, 30 common outpatient services, and all physician and other supplier procedures and services performed on 11 or more Medicare beneficiaries. Providers determine what they will charge for items,services, and procedures provided to patients and these charges are the amount the providers bill for an item, service, or procedure. Please use the navigation bar to the left to view more information on the inpatient, outpatient, and physician and other supplier analyses and to access the data for download. Inquiries regarding this data can be sent to MedicareProviderData@cms.hhs.gov.

Stephen Covey: Personal Goals | Personal Development Goals | How To Set Personal Goals | Personal Goal Statement In an effort to set more Personal goals in life we need to have a personal goal planning session of our own. Personal goal setting is very personal and one must look inward to understand what it is they truly want to accomplish. setting personal goals requires discipline, time, and a desire to make personal change. achieving personal goals can be as simple as making a promise and keeping that promise. To achieve our goals many people will create what is called a personal goal statement. This will help the individual understand exactly what the goal is about and why they feel the goal is important to them. The individual should ask questions like How will this goal affect me if achieved? Take one goal at a time, one week at a time, set a goal for a week, a few days, or even today.

Who influences HIT policy? The Sunlight Foundation has announced the launch of a new influence-tracking website that uncovers trends in the federal rulemaking process. Known as "Docket Wrench," the website offers a searchable visualization tool that explores the federal rulemaking system, monitoring comments from 10,000 organizations across 300 federal agencies, according to a press release issued Jan. 31 by the Sunlight Foundation. [See also: CMS has released proposed rules for health insurance exchanges.] According to the Sunlight Foundation, the rulemaking process starts after Congress passes a bill and the president signs it into law. proposed rules and public comments are posted on Regulations.gov, Docket Wrench goes a step further and allows anyone to see who is commenting and if there are any similarities among the proposals. “Influence doesn’t stop at K Street," says Tom Lee, Sunlight Labs director. Every rulemaking docket has its own page on the site, Sunlight Foundation officials note.

HIGH-INTENSITY CIRCUIT TRAINING USING BODY WEIGHT: Maximum R... : ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal At the Human Performance Institute, Division of Wellness and Prevention, Inc., in Orlando, FL, our clients are high-performing professionals from a variety of industries. These men and women face incessant demands on their time, along with the pressure to perform at high levels and balance their careers and personal lives. From our work with elite performers, we have learned that managing energy is the key to sustaining high performance. Regular aerobic and resistance training are two of the strategies we suggest to help individuals manage and expand their physical energy, prevent fatigue, and sustain engagement in those things that really matter to them. Traditionally, resistance training often is performed separately from aerobic training — typically on two or three nonconsecutive days each week. HICT is not a new concept, but it is growing in popularity because of its efficiency and practicality for a time-constrained society. Contraindications Exercise Selection Exercise Order 1. 2.

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