Category: Medical & Therapy

Florida Medical Spas Regulators Look Beyond the Surface

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There is no such thing as a -medical spa- in Florida. True! They are not uniquely licensed. In fact, they are usually not licensed at all because (1) they are owned and operated by licensed healthcare professionals, and/or (2) they do not file claims for reimbursement with health insurers. And they are not a regulated entity.

What then is a -medical spa-? It’s simply a place where people receive traditional spa services (e.g. facials), plus many other medical procedures, typically focused on cosmetic services (e.g. hair removal, Botox). It’s -medical- because of the nature of the services provided. It’s -medical- because (ideally) physician supervision is woven into the business model.

The trickiest part of medical spas for owners/operators is ensuring just two things: (1) that the professionals providing the services are doing so in a manner that doesn’t violate their licenses, and (2) those professionals have proper physician supervision. Each licensed person who typically works in a med spa is bound by statutes and regulations that govern what they can do and the degree (if any) of physician supervision required. The -scope of practice- regs applicable to PAs are different that those which apply to NPs or MAs for instance. The level of physician supervision is dictated not only by the license of the supervised professional, but also what the professional is doing. Rest assured, however, that the belief that such -formal- things do not apply because the patients pay in cash is not only untrue, but also a recipe for being shut down and prosecuted.

Other big challenges for med spas tend to be-

?Fee splitting arising in connection with how the professionals are paid (especially when they are paid on a percentage of collections basis)

?The Florida Patient Self Referral Act, which in part may limit to 50% the amount of physician ownership if the physician is in a position to refer to the med spa.

Regulatory scrutiny can be expected to increase in coming years, especially as the media shines light on client injuries (typically burns from laser services) and the scope of services expands to include things like hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which traditionally involves telemedicine related issues. Med spa owners would do well to take seriously the many intricate (and disconnected) regs applicable to the licensed professionals who work in med spas and the physicians who supervise them.

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Treating Insomnia With Music Therapy

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What is insomnia? Insomnia is a condition where people have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or having a restful night sleep. Often times people who suffer from insomnia will turn to sleeping pills to get relief. Sleeping pills is a bad idea, because it will just create more problems.

What is the problem with sleeping pills? Pills are a bad idea because most sleeping pills are addictive, and basically are just a mask to what the real problem is. It also causes problems when you interact with other medications or alcohol, which can be very serious or even deadly. People who are prescribed medication are usually supposed to be on them for a few days to a few weeks only, but because they can be addictive people tend to take them longer. Pills can also cause high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea, confusion. It also can cause bizarre behavior such as sleep walking, sleep binge eating and sleep driving, in which the person will not remember.

Why it is so important to get a good night sleep? Sleep is necessary to maintain good physical and mental health. Sleep helps you to restore your body and mind, to help with memory and learning, also to help you be in a better mood. When you are sleep deprived, your body is more prone to infections, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Also when you are sleep deprived it can effect your job performance, such as forgetfulness or making mistakes, which can cause you to lose your job. So it is very important to get a good 7-8 hours of sleep if you are an adult, and more than 8 hours if you are younger.

How do you treat insomnia with music therapy? Insomnia is usually caused by your attitude or behavior, if you can change your attitude or behavior this may change your sleep disorder. Your mind plays a big part of all this. That is how music therapy can help. Music therapy uses binaural beats to stimulate your brain to a high level of relaxation, like a meditated state, to help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Binaural beats is music set to certain frequencies to stimulate a certain part of your brain that allows you to get some sleep. When listening to music therapy, use headphones to get the best results. The music is soft relaxing music, that has sounds of nature like waterfalls, birds, the ocean ect. When buying music therapy cds or tapes make sure that it contains binaural beats, because they sell fake ones, that claim to do the same, but do not compare, so be aware. If you have any questions on music therapy or binaural beats see link bellow.

The Benefits Of Multiple Sclerosis Therapy

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Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory neurological disease that can generate a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms. Multiple sclerosis involves the deterioration of myelin, a substance that surrounds the bodys nervous cells. Myelin has a very important role in the transmission of nervous impulses, and if this substance is affected, the entire activity of the nervous system is seriously compromised. Although the actual causes of multiple sclerosis remain unknown, there are several hypotheses that present genetic abnormalities as the main factors responsible for causing the disease. Medical scientists believe that multiple sclerosis occurs on the background of inherited genetic predispositions, and environmental factors are suspected to be triggers of the disease. Some hypotheses also introduce viral infections in this scenario, although infections with viruses dont seem to contribute to the development of the disease.

Multiple sclerosis can affect the body on different levels. The majority of people with multiple sclerosis suffer from dysfunctions of the muscular system, while others also develop neuropsychological dysfunctions. Multiple sclerosis usually generates a wide range of symptoms: body weakness, pronounced fatigue, muscle numbness, poorly coordinated moves, poor balance. People affected by multiple sclerosis can in time experience decreased visual acuity, mental states of confusion and even short-term memory loss. People with multiple sclerosis can also suffer from depression, which is common in more than 80 percent of patients with the disease.

Although there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, most medical treatments can alleviate the symptoms generated by the disease, also preventing their recurrence. However, the majority of medications prescribed in long-term multiple sclerosis treatments (beta interferon, corticosteroids) can generate many side-effects, causing additional damage to the body. Hence, it is best to avoid following long-term treatments with potentially-harmful drugs. In many cases, multiple sclerosis therapies can ameliorate physical symptoms just as well, without using any drugs. Considering the fact that most symptoms generated by the disease are linked to the musculoskeletal system, the majority of multiple sclerosis therapies are focused on improving muscular mobility and tonus through physical exercise. Multiple sclerosis therapy through exercise can help patients regain their strength, coordination and balance, alleviating muscular pain, numbness and stiffness.

The majority of multiple sclerosis therapies involve recuperative physical exercises and medical gymnastics. Other forms of multiple sclerosis therapies include recreational physical activities, such as swimming, jogging or the practice of different sports. Most people who have followed such multiple sclerosis therapies have experienced an amelioration of their physical symptoms and have improved their overall health condition. Although medical treatments are required for most patients, people who follow multiple sclerosis therapy need smaller doses of medications. Combined with an appropriate diet and a healthy lifestyle, multiple sclerosis therapy through exercise can be very benefic.

Physical Therapy Travel Jobs Explore Your Possibilities after Graduation

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Once youve obtained your masters degree in physical therapy and received your state license, youre likely ready to get started in the working world. As a new graduate, youll probably have a lot of options when beginning your first job search. For instance, youll have the choice to work at hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, outpatient care centers, and the list goes on. While choosing the type of facility youd like to work in will be one of the first decisions you make, its important to remember that you have travel therapy options available to you. Working as a traveling PT opens up a world of possibilities that traditional physical therapy jobs might not. You may have some questions about the travel therapy industry like those below:

What are the Benefits of working as a Traveling Physical Therapist?

Shorter assignments as opposed to traditional positions, with options for change after 3 months
You can choose the location of your employment – work anywhere in the U.S. you want to
Youll be able to better expand your skill set working with a number of different medical professionals and patients as you change assignments
Youll receive insurance, medical coverage, and great pay
Freedom to work at any type of facility youd like to, with the options to change after the assignment is over
Perfect your skills & learn new techniques

How do I get started working as a Traveling PT?

Now that youre aware of the options that are available to you and the benefits, its quite easy to get started. First, youll want to research some highly reputable travel therapy companies out there like Travel Therapist Jobs or Advanced Medical. Next, youll want to look at their requirements and the benefits/programs they have available to make sure you choose the company and the assignment that work for you. Many travel therapy companies have customer service so that someone is always available to you before, during, and after any travel assignment you go on. Working with a travel therapy company will give the freedom to choose where you want to work, for how long, and in what type of facility. Youll be able to search job requirements and options from the convenience of your own home! After which, youll get in contact with a career counselor who will find you the perfect travel assignment that suits all of your needs!

Again, youre likely ready to get started working as a physical therapist once youve graduated and you shouldnt overlook all the options available to you. Sharpen your skills, meet new people, and broaden your horizons with physical therapy travel jobs.

Solomon Neuhardt on Discipline in Medical Malpractrice

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Medical malpractice is an act of professional negligence committed by a doctor or other health care provider. In most cases, it involves a course of treatment that falls below an accepted standard of care for a particular illness or ailment. The worst cases involve severe or life threatening injury, or even death.

Regulations and standards for medical malpractice cases can vary according to country and jurisdiction. For this reason, Solomon Neuhardt recommends a disciplined attorney to handle the very complex legal issues connected with legal claims arising from medical error.

Errors that cause medical malpractice can begin from very simple omissions or infractions, which result in a variety of unfortunate situations for patients. For example, permanent injuries or further damage to an already unpleasant and painful medical complaint. Most all of these errors could have been prevented, with properly administered and mindful care.

Because professionals obtain liability insurance to offset lawsuit costs and risks, patients may be more likely to be victorious in medical claims. However, when it comes to medical malpractice, the legal system can be a very complicated process to navigate. Solomon Neuhardt believes that only highly disciplined lawyers are able to effectively manage and litigate medical malpractice cases.

The costs of health care in the U.S. continue to rise, however, the quality of medical services available does not match those rising costs. Statistics have shown that approximately 195,000 people die annually in the U.S., due to medical errors. Approximately 73 percent of malpractice claims that are settled, involve medical errors.

Doctors, health care providers and their insurance companies have the best legal representation available. Only a highly qualified medical malpractice personal injury attorney can level the playing field and ensure that injured patients will receive the care and compensation they are entitled to and deserve. This is why patients need Solomon Neuhardt’s highly disciplined and qualified medical malpractice specialists and lawyers to handle their claims and lawsuits.

Ever Thought About Enrolling On An Occupational Therapy Degree Course

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Have you ever thought about enrolling on an occupational therapy degree course?

If the answer to that question is yes and you are still interested, then why not take a look at the BSc Occupational Therapy degree course offered by us at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton?

Our occupational therapy degree course gives you the opportunity to integrate both scientific and creative skills. You will combine academic study with practice placements, which take place across a range of health and social care settings.

What is more, it is accredited by the College of Occupational Therapists, the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, and the Health and Care Professions Council giving you everything you need to get started in this challenging but rewarding profession.

As a student on our BSc Occupational Therapy degree course, you will develop the skills and knowledge you need to work in a range of practice settings. Plus, you will study the management and research skills required to equip you for your future professional practice.

Learning and assessment methods are varied and include both individual and group approaches. Essays, written exams and practical exams all form part of the picture when it comes to being assessed. You will also be judged on your ability to critically examine your own practice and manage your work competently throughout your occupational therapy degree course studies.

In terms of careers, our BSc Occupational Therapy degree course graduates have found employment in a variety of settings, including: hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, homeless hostels, schools and other care organisations.

During your career you will have the opportunity to go on to work as a senior practitioner, researcher, manager, lecturer, or consultant. You could also choose to specialise in a number of areas, including: physical rehabilitation, learning disabilities, or mental health.

There is more information about this occupational therapy degree course on the Health Sciences website. Just go to www.southampton.ac.uk/healthsciences

Photodynamic Therapy For Beautiful Skin

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Photodynamic therapy is the general name given to therapy using light-lamps of different types. Such light sources (filtered light or LED) are commonly used by dermatologists to repair skin and even psychiatrists to fight depression and sleep disorders (such as the winter blues etc). The effectiveness of blue light is still being studied on a clinical and institutional level, however, since the FDA approves of light therapy (especially blue light), many medical practitioners use it to great effect, often claiming very good results for the majority of their subjects (unofficially).

Varicose, spider veins, acne and the removal of marks on the skin due to discoloration (caused by wounds or surgery) are the most common uses of light for skin therapy. New uses of light, specifically of blue colored light (with a wavelength between 405-455 nm), are still being discovered today. Many treatments combine the use of this type of light with red light and other medication to cure many skin afflictions, the most common of which are acne and some other bacterial infections. The following are some of the other uses of blue light which have proven effective.

Anti aging light treatment
The treatment of skin to reduce the effects of aging is called photo-rejuvenation. The application of focused light can increase the production the chemicals in the skin which make it arrear fresh and youthful (collagen and elastin). Smile lines, age lines and wrinkles are commonly treated with light of various frequencies, including blue light. Many people all over the world regularly use this type of treatment as an addition to cosmetic surgery or other skin care treatment.

Drug allergy symptoms on the skin surface
Allergies which cause inflammation and discoloration of the skin are commonly experienced with the use of medicines for other purposes. Even though these effects are actually side effects of other causes usually unrelated to the skin, the symptoms can still be treated using light therapy.

Rosacea
This condition causes the skin on the face; cheeks, nose forehead neck and even the chin to appear red as though burnt raw or flushed. This skin condition is not medically understood to a great extent and is usually chronic and untreatable with medication. This condition is known to cause psychological difficulties as it affects the appearance in a negative way and can affect a person’s confidence and self esteem over a long term. The reason for this condition is understood to be damaged blood vessels, and light therapy using pulses of various types of mixed light in certain instances has been seen to disintegrate these damaged vessels, helping remove this symptom and leaving the skin looking natural and healthy without the use of drugs or creams.

References
Wikipedia

www [dot] medscape [dot] com/viewarticle/499713_2

Cosmeticsurgery [dot] com

The National Rosacea Society website

Speech Therapy Activities For Children With Speech And Motor Apraxia

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There is only one effective way to get children actively involved with speech and motor Apraxia, and this is by engaging them in fun speech therapy activities. However, before you even begin to help your child with language articulation activities, you have to be in the right frame of mind.

It would be counter-productive if you are stressed, impatient, and thinking of other things at the same time. Thus, for the language activities to work out well between you and your child learn to set aside a specific time that’s just for this purpose. Make it a date between you and your child and treat the time as special bonding hour that will create beautiful memories for you and your child.

Here are some fun language therapy activities that you can start under the supervision of a qualified therapist, and then branch out on your own at home. Remember what the purpose for the language activities are, focus on that, and not just having fun. Also do not be a stickler for how long your child should be doing the activity, otherwise it becomes a chore instead, and he will not be motivated to do it again.

Speech Therapy Activities Part 1

Using PECS or Picture Exchange Communications System uses pictures as an alternative way of communicating with your child. Naturally, you will need some practice with this because for a child, a picture of a sandwich could mean he’s hungry but not necessarily for a sandwich.

You can go around the house tagging items with a picture and the word spelled out. Eventually, from practice, your child will recognize the word and not just the picture. By then you can take away the pictures and just have word tags.

Speech Therapy Activities Part 2

Use of music to teach pacing and pauses between words. The music therapy is a great way to introduce sounds and how they can be used. It works in conjunction with language therapy activities in many instances because of its universal appeal. There are special CDs for young children with Apraxia that you can buy as part of your language therapy activities at home.

With singing, children with Apraxia can enjoy speech therapy activities by learning how to elongate their vowels.

Speech Therapy Activities Part 3

Why not play Go Fish or the Memory Game using cards as your game tools. Cards are very good as part of your speech therapy activities as well as in helping develop dexterity and hand-eye coordination. These are just 3 language therapy activities that you can do without special tools. It will not work though if you do it a couple of times a month.

There has to be some form of schedule, 5 to 10 minutes a day, to make it work.

Helpful Tips For Choosing A Medical Answering Service

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When most people go to medical school, they are not focused on the business end of running a successful medical practice. Most of the time spent in school training for the medical profession centers on learning about the human body and equipping you with the skills you need to provide top quality healthcare for those individuals who will be relying on you for treatment. What most medical professionals are not aware of is that they will not only be caring for their patients in the examination room, but they will need to be able to provide information and care for their patients practically around the clock. Rather than running yourself ragged trying to answer phones, make calls, and field questions from patients in need, you should consider hiring a medical answering service.

One of your top priorities is making sure that your patients are taken care of. When you are looking at a medical answering service, you want one that will be available to help answer patient questions around the clock, even after your office hours are over and closed for the night. Many of these call centers will provide healthcare solutions for physicians after hours so that if a patient has some type of an emergency and needs information or help, the professionals working at the center will be able to assist them fully.

One of the most important aspects to look for in a good medical answering service is HIPPA training. Nothing is more important than making sure that all of your patients medical information is kept safe, secure, and private. Look to make sure that all the professionals working for the company have received HIPPA training and that they have a deep understanding of privacy laws surrounding medical information. You also want a company that provides regular HIPPA training updates to make sure that employees are kept abreast of the latest changes that have been made to privacy laws. Make sure that you choose a company that has a high reputation for protecting private medical information, because if a leak were to occur, you and your practice will be held responsible.

Another big part of choosing a quality medical answering service is the price. It is important to have a budget and choose a company that will offer all of the services you need at affordable prices within your budget. In the long run, by hiring a medical call center, you will save money since you will not have to hire a person to be on permanent staff.

OCD Cognitive Behaviour Therapy & Exposure Response Prevention

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What CBT & ERP is and How They Are Used in Today’s Health Field to Treat OCD

CBT and ERP are two different treatment options available to treat OCD. CBT is short for cognitive behavioral therapy. This therapy is a talking therapy that aims to solve problems by focusing on identifying the thoughts, emotions and habits that lead to a person repeating the same pattern that leads to the problem.

ERP is short for exposure and response prevention. This is a treatment method that has the subject confronting their fears. It also identifies the thinking process and emotional patterns used that leads to the subject repeating a habit. It then attempts to get the person to respond differently to the way he or she used to respond by refraining from the previous behavior.

Both therapy methods are used to treat OCD. It all begins with cognitive behavior therapy. The therapist will talk to the patient. The focus will not be on the events of the past but rather more on the current problems. The goal here is to learn about the patient and even develop a relationship with the patient.

Trust is very important to the treatment process as patients need to have confidence and feel comfortable about the treatment process. After some trust has been established, the therapist will give the patient advice on how to think as well as suggestions on how to deal with their OCD.

An example is helping patients understand that they can make their own choices. Rather than submit to OCD, they can strengthen their ability to make a decision with beliefs such as “I washed my hands because of my anxiety.” This allows patients to see that they have options rather than succumbing to the thought process of something like “I have to wash my hands.”

The next step is the exposure and responsive prevention therapy. The patient will have to face their OCD over and over again. For example, if the patient has the compulsion to wash his hands repeatedly, he should just go ahead and do it. Over time, the patient will have to refrain from repeating the habit while being in the state of anxiety.

This process repeats so that the patient practices how to refrain from the compulsive habit. What this does is that it gives the patient confidence and practice in withholding from the habit. With the therapist’s help, the patient will be able to get rid of the anxiety that causes him to going through with the compulsive action.

So that is an overview on how cognitive behavior therapy and exposure and responsive prevention are used to treat OCD today. These two treatment options are proving to be effective and the success rate is quite high. These two treatments work best when they are used together. The exposure and responsive prevention therapy in particular really helps solidify positive habits and get rid of the anxiety that causes the obsessive and compulsive behavior.

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