A Letter From Dr Russell Pridgeon – The Man Who Fulfilled the Australian PM’s Promise

Dr Pridgeon writes to his medical colleagues explaining his arrest by the AFP and why he helped the sexually abused children Prof Briggs referred to him.

we can promise a country where we commit to hear and believe our children”

— Prime Minister Scott Morrison

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, November 1, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Gumshoe News has covered Dr Russell Pridgeon's arrest by the AFP (Operation Noetic), and also a response to its unfairness. It has now published the letter that Dr Russell Pridgeon wrote to his medical colleagues to explain his recent arrest. We have investigated the background and documents relating to this story, and have no doubts about the doctor's integrity.

Dr Pridgeon also wrote countless times to the Minister for Child Safety in Queensland, forwarding the late Prof Freda Brigg’s damning report, and asking the minister to assist the children in question. However, any plea to authorities to help these children seems to fall on deaf ears.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in his now-famous apology to victims of child abuse, delivered in Australia’s Parliament on October 24, 2018, said:

“…we can promise a country where we commit to hear and believe our children, to work together to keep children safe, to trust them and, most of all, to respect their innocence.”

In the title of this article Gumshoe indicates that Dr Pridgeon is a fulfiller of the PM’s promise.

In Dr Russell Pridgeon's LETTER, he WRITES:

"On 30 May 2018 I wrote to the Minister of Child Safety in Queensland advising her that:

“I am one of many people who sheltered and protected them [the children], in the four years that they were free of ongoing abuse. At various times I drove vast distances to transport them between places of safety… This was one of the greatest privileges of my life to be able to help these children escape the horrific abuse inflicted upon them by fiends, and enabled by Rogue Judges, lawyers and Policemen who actively hid the truth, ignored evidence, and facilitated child rape, effectively trafficking these children to paedophiles.”

"This email was cc’d to The Minister of Police in Queensland, and to Hon Christian Porter, the Federal Attorney General.

"I became involved in this after the late Prof Freda Briggs AO, Australia’s pre-eminent authority of child sexual abuse, asked me as a doctor, to support the mother, using my experience in trying to save other children to help them. The children had been taken from the mother and given to the father, despite multiple disclosures of abuse, so their sexual abuse continued for years.

"…Nearly 40 years of medicine have not provided me with greater grief and horror. My endeavours to protect abused children have resulted in the near complete destruction of my life. These were not my children, yet I could not as a moral man, or as a doctor turn my back on them, and leave them to be abused. I protected them, when the law utterly failed to protect them, because I could do nothing else: I would have been ashamed to do less. I knew I was breaking the law, I also knew that if I did not help them they would be returned for ongoing rape.

"I also knew that it is impossible to evade the law indefinitely, and… despite numerous disclosures by the abused children, to the child protection authorities, the perpetrators of child abuse remain at large, untroubled by the law. Contrast this to the vast AFP operation to apprehend those who risked everything to protect these children.

"The Medical Council of NSW have suspended my medical registration indefinitely. I believe that my actions were those of a moral man, following the best and the highest traditions of the medical profession."

Since Gumshoe started writing articles about the Family Court injustices they have been contacted by so many people describing how crucial evidence was discarded in sexual abuse cases; about how they were intimidated by authorities; how they have become financially destitute; and that children are just NOT believed. It seems it is a system that punishes anyone who dares to protect children.

By Dee McLachlan, filmmaker (The Jammed), and founder of Gumshoe News

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Eight Intermountain Healthcare Hospitals Receive HealthInsight Quality Awards

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Eight Intermountain Healthcare hospitals received the HealthInsight Hospital Quality Award which recognizes hospitals for quality of care and patient safety.

The eight Utah Intermountain hospitals that received the HealthInsight Quality awards for excellent performance on publicly reported quality of care measures include:

• Intermountain Bear River Valley Hospital
• Intermountain Delta Community Hospital
• Intermountain Fillmore Community Hospital
• Intermountain Logan Regional Hospital
• Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital
• Intermountain Sevier Valley Hospital
• The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH)
• Intermountain Utah Valley Hospital

Eligibility for the award is based on a composite ranking of performance on quality measures reported on Medicare's Hospital Compare website. Hospitals that rank in the top 25th percentile for the composite score are eligible for the award. These factors also help consumers decide how well providers care for their patients.

"[We're] excited to recognize the performance of these hospitals," says Juliana Preston, HealthInsight Utah executive director. "The awards celebrate the commitment of hospital leaders and staff to improving patient safety, patient experience, and quality of care. This achievement requires dedication to quality and constant concern for the people cared for in these hospitals."

Intermountain Healthcare is a Utah-based not-for-profit system of 23 hospitals, 170 clinics, a Medical Group with about 2,300 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a health plans group called SelectHealth, and other medical services. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare through high quality and sustainable costs. For more information about Intermountain, visit www.intermountainhealthcare.org.

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U-Are Technologies Research Brief: Artificial Intelligence in Health Care.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Scientists and researchers all over the world are very excited about advancements in innovation that have arisen from an innate desire to create newer and better technologies that facilitate mankind to extend beyond its own physical constraints. The promise of AI, once purely science fiction, promises much. Since its inception, AI has been deployed for highly selective defence or space exploration applications wherein its success has evolved around risk mitigation.

Many industries are about to be disrupted by this evolving technology. At U-Are Technologies, we are highlighting how AI can be applied to the healthcare industry through AI-based systems that allow for better diagnosis, cure and treatment of debilitating conditions.

Scope of AI in medicine

Increased integration of intelligent AI tools (along with AR and VR) in everyday medical applications could improve the
efficiency of treatments and avoid costs by minimising the risks of false diagnosis, facilitate more targeted pre-operative planning, and reduce the risk of intra-operative complications.

The recent usage of AI in performing sophisticated tasks and computations has gradually led it to be introduced as a key component of MRI and computed tomography systems (CAT Scans). The added advantage of these systems is in the ability to effectively acquire information, and sync with established decision support databases such as those containing patent history. Further, AI has begun transforming the field of surgical robotics where it has enabled the advent of robots that perform semi-automated surgical tasks with increasing efficiency. As the technology matures, it is over coming one of the key challenges faced in robotics which is mimicking human body motion. In addition, recent advances in the field of AI such as neural networking, natural language processing, image recognition, and speech recognition / synthesis research, has started to spur creativity. Pairing this technology with Augmented Reality, the future of robotics within the medical sphere looks very bright indeed.

Smart AI apps are beginning to be used today in clinical practice for automation of routine tasks and for other functions listed below:

Alerts and reminders are most general forms of AI integration: The machine scans a patient’s lab results, drug orders, and updates the patient with an appropriate reminder. Advanced AI programs can be directly interfaced with a patient monitor and used for detecting changes in a patient’s condition.
Diagnostic Help.

Therapy fore-planning: Specific conditions that require elaborate treatment plans could benefit from AI tools during therapy planning. By incorporating an AI system that can automatically formulate plans based on specific conditions would add certain value to the physicians as well as patients.
Information Retrieval: AI software search apps can be created that constantly search the web for new knowledge or data that adds to diagnosis. All information is upgraded automatically here.
Image Interpretation: Multiple medical images can be instantaneously identified, from plane X-rays through to highly complex images like angiograms, CT, and MRI scans. Such systems for image recognition and interpretation have increasingly been adopted for clinical use, for example in detection of cancer or other abnormalities.

Insights on current systems using AI

Agilent Technologies (Andover, Massachusetts) has developed a smart ECG device that estimates the probability of acute
cardiac ischemia/ACI. This ACI time-insensitive predictive instrument holds good promise in increasing the accuracy of diagnosing ACI.

Intelligent Medical Imaging, Inc. (Florida) has designed the Micro21 microscopy workstation that successfully integrates neural network technology into blood analysis to identify and display white blood cells as well as red blood cells.

ATL Ultrasound, Inc. (Seattle-based firm) has developed a range of diagnostic ultrasound systems for imaging and monitoring cardiac tissue structures and activity. This system utilises an adaptive intelligence algorithm to scrutinise tissues by optimising millions of parameters during a patient examination, thereby eliminating irrelevant frequencies in returned signals.

Neuromedical Systems, Inc. (New Jersey) uses an application of neural networks to scan Pap smears and identify cells for review during cancer screening.

Apps like Babylon in the UK use AI to give medical consultation based on personal medical history and common medical knowledge. Users report their symptoms into the app, which uses speech recognition to compare against a database of illnesses. Babylon then offers a recommended action, taking into account the user’s medical history.

The startup Sense.ly has developed Molly, a digital nurse to help people monitor patient’s condition and follow up with treatments, between doctor visits. The program uses machine learning to support patients, specialising in chronic illnesses.

Developing pharmaceuticals through clinical trials can take more than a decade and cost billions of dollars. Making this process faster and cheaper could change the world. Amidst the recent Ebola virus scare, a program powered by AI was used to scan existing medicines that could be redesigned to fight the disease.

The program found two medications that may reduce Ebola infectivity in one day, when analysis of this type generally takes months or years – a difference that could mean saving thousands of lives.

Some of the key influencing factors like maturity attained by the AI systems, user acceptance, and glitches in
communications along with technical infrastructure continue to stand as barriers to the commercialisation opportunities that currently exist for AI. However, given that ongoing innovations in this domain are moving so fast from academia and theory into reality are proof of the growing momentum in this field.

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At U-Are Technologies, We are in the business finding and applying future technologies to real world problems through immersive, visually rich solutions that engage users and drive customer satisfaction. We have recently introduced an incubation service for new and emerging technologies within AI, AR and VR. If you have an idea or technology that requires development, marketing and investment then do get in touch.

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New Video: Inspector General Report on Medicare Advantage Claims Denied

Investigation Into Medicare Advantage Claim Denials

The OIG of HHS Investigation is Quite Revealing

The Office of Inspector General for HHS has concluded an investigation into Medicare Advantage companies and the extent to which claims are routinely denied.

It is sad to see that claim and procedure denials are so commonplace.”

— Christopher L. Westfall, Sr. RFC®

CHARLESTON, SC, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Senior Savings Network has released a video summarization of the shocking, recently-released OIG report on Medicare Advantage claim denials. The video highlights the report's findings which include the fact that 75% of appeals of denied claims ultimately resulted in the member's claim denial being reversed. Even more revealing in the report was the fact that 99% of denied claims are never appealed by the member. The OIG report is titled, "Medicare Advantage Appeal Outcomes and Audit Findings Raise Concerns About Service and Payment Denials" and can be found here: https://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-09-16-00410.asp

The Senior Savings Network, an independent group of insurance agents who specialize in Medicare insurance for seniors across the United States, has released the video in an effort to shine a light on the OIG report, which was released without fanfare on the Health and Human Services website. Christopher L. Westfall, Sr. RFC®, owner of the Senior Savings Network and member of the Forbes Finance Council, says about the report, "It is sad to see that claim and procedure denials are so commonplace, and yet seniors on Medicare Advantage plans seldom know the information needed to submit an appeal which, as this report shows, would have overturned the denial in over 70% of the cases."

In the video, the quote from the OIG report that is perhaps most troubling points to the possible motive of such routine denials, "A central concern about the capitated model used in Medicare Advantage (also known as Medicare Part C) is the potential incentive for insurers to inappropriately deny access to services and payment in an attempt to increase their profits."

Medicare Advantage has been an increasingly popular alternative to original Medicare for seniors turning 65 and making the choice between Medicare-related coverage. Medicare Advantage plans are paid a monthly payment by Medicare in order to manage the care for its senior members, thus relieving Medicare of many variable risks associated with the fee-for-service model of the original Medicare. The alternative to this form of managed care involves having original Medicare along with a Medicare Supplement plan which pays most of the costs that original Medicare does not pay.

While the Senior Savings Network assists seniors considering their Medicare options and provides both Medicare Advantage and original Medicare with Medicare Supplement, it is critical that seniors considering their options also factor in their access to care. Seniors considering Medicare Advantage already understand that, in most cases, they must utilize a contracted network of providers, pay co-payments and other costs, but seldom understand the pre-approval and "managed" component to their care. As the OIG report stated, "Under managed care, MAO's (Advantage plans) need to balance managing healthcare costs and utilization while ensuring beneficiary access to quality care."

Christopher Westfall's videos on Medicare trends have garnered over 1.7 million views on Youtube and he is considered a thought leader in the Medicare agent community. In addition to the Senior Savings Network agency, he also runs a training service for insurance agents in the Medicare field, www.MedicareAgentTraining.com

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OCR Announces Next Round of HIPAA Audits Will Focus on Enforcements

Office for Civil Rights Director announces intention to use harsher investigative tools to hold bad actors accountable

The next round of examinations will be focused on enforcement and the upcoming audits will use harsher investigative tools to hold bad actors accountable.”

— Roger Severino Director, Office for Civil Rights

SANTA MONICA, CA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — In 2011, The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) began auditing healthcare providers and business associates to determine overall compliance with HIPAA’s privacy and security laws. At a recent HIPAA security conference, OCR Director Roger Severino announced that the next round of examinations will be focused on enforcement and the upcoming audits will use harsher investigative tools to hold bad actors accountable.

Enforcement for noncompliant offenders may include subpoenas, legal action, reimbursements to victims, penalties, and more. Additionally, Bloomberg Law recently reported that OCR has been ratcheting up enforcement actions over the past three years, and as random HIPAA audits occur, increased penalties will most likely result.

Jeff Broudy, CEO of PCIHIPAA states, "Overall we see less than 20% of all practices and business associates have implemented the safeguards required under HIPAA. In preparation for the next wave of HIPAA audits, we are providing all healthcare providers and their business associates complimentary risk assessments and reviews so they clearly understand what is required, and to help identify the right actions to take in case of an audit."

Under the HIPAA Notification Rule, covered entities that experience a HIPAA data breach must self-report the breach to HHS. Some practices aren’t aware of the rules, so audits will help with compliance and overall enforcement. Penalties are no longer immaterial. Average fines range from $100 to $50,000 per HIPAA violation, and are capped at $1.5 million per year.

HIPAA compliance must be addressed continuously. It’s not a checkbox or a “one and done” process. Also, the same HIPAA safeguards required by a hospital or a health plan also apply to dentists, doctors, and their business associates. Anthem’s recent $16 million dollar HIPAA fine, and Mr. Severino’s position above, should be a warning to all healthcare providers and business associates.

OCR’s recent audit results show a lack of compliance throughout the industry. Recurring non-compliance issues include:

¥ Lack of execution of Business Associate Agreements
¥ No HIPAA security risk assessment on file
¥ A failure to manage identified risks
¥ Lack of transmission security
¥ Lack of appropriate internal auditing
¥ No patching of software
¥ Insider threats
¥ Improper disposal of Protected Health Information (PHI); and
¥ Insufficient data backup and contingency planning

Common risk mitigation and corrective action plans that covered entities and business associates may be required to incorporate for compliance include:

¥ Updating risk analysis and risk management plans
¥ Updating policies and procedures
¥ Training of workforce members
¥ Implementing specific technical or other safeguards
¥ Mitigating common risks like utilizing encryption solutions
¥ Improved employee and system monitoring

Broudy adds, "HIPAA requires documented remediation plans. We find this important, yet cumbersome for many dentists and doctors. Often they don’t have the resources that hospitals and larger entities possess. Not only does PCIHIPAA provide a compliance roadmap for healthcare providers, but we also include $500,000 in cyber insurance for all of our clients. HIPAA audits, ransomware attacks, data breaches, and network security incidents happen. We guarantee our clients are covered, just in case."


About Office for Civil Rights:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces federal civil rights laws, conscience and religious freedom laws, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, and the Patient Safety Act and Rule, which together protect your fundamental rights of nondiscrimination, conscience, religious freedom, and health information privacy.

PCIHIPAA is an industry leader in PCI and HIPAA compliance by providing turnkey, convenient solutions for its clients. Its OfficeSafe Compliance Program is “award winning” and takes the guesswork out of compliance while providing the assurance and insurance healthcare providers need to protect their future. PCIHIPAA was recently voted one of the Top 10 Healthcare Compliance Company’s of 2017. Learn more at OfficeSafe.com and PCIHIPAA.com

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Michael Joseph of Prime Dimensions to be Featured on CUTV News Radio

CENTREVILLE, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The digital age is finally bringing clinical and business transformation to healthcare. So how do stakeholders leverage such innovation and potentially disruptive technology to improve patient experience and outcomes, ease provider burden and lower costs?

Michael Joseph is the founder of Prime Dimensions, a healthcare services and solutions firm, specializing in digital health strategy, innovation and technology solutions. Prime Dimensions works with healthcare organizations to redesign, streamline and extend care delivery to achieve the key goals of digital health transformation: improved patient interactions and care coordination; increased provider productivity and efficiency; influencing behavior change for disease management, wellness, prevention and healthy lifestyles. Their cloud-based platform, Visolyr, provides core and enabling technologies to implement and enhance healthcare applications and digital health solutions that confront the most urgent, complex challenges and improve clinical, financial and operational aspects of care delivery.

“Healthcare should be regarded as a human right, but it’s quite obvious that the current business of healthcare delivery, in most instances, does not support that notion,” says Joseph.

According to Joseph, the transition from fee-for-service toward value-based payments is the right direction, but it is causing a seismic shift, as industry stakeholders figure out how to delivery higher quality care at lower costs. “There is an imperative among providers, payers (commercial and public), and employers to focus on wellness and disease prevention,” says Joseph.

Under value-based models, providers are held accountable for exceeding quality measures and patient experience expectations, so they are seeking innovative, cost-effective solutions to consume, integrate, and analyze data across disparate sources, including electronic medical records (EMRs), clinical applications and various hospital information systems.

“Healthcare is extremely complicated today, but we can’t lose sight of delivering high quality and exceptional experiences for the patient,” says Joseph. “As innovation and care delivery models continue to advance at a rapid pace, hospitals will be repurposed for future standards of care, creating pressure on ambulatory and post-acute care settings for keeping patients healthy and stable.” Digital health solutions, including telemedicine, virtual care, and remote patient monitoring, are key to success, especially for patients with chronic conditions.

So how do you actually use that data to improve patient care?

“It starts with interoperability and data liquidity,” explains Joseph. “From a continuity of care perspective, we have all this useful data we need to collect and integrate back into the EMR. With the HL7 FHIR standard and platform services, we can expose this data in very elegant ways within clinical workflows and both provider- and patient-facing applications.” Clinical workflows are critically important to physicians. If they're not getting the data they need at the right time, it's more work and effort, which compromises productivity and efficiency, so it's really about having the right data at the right time at the point-of-care.”

As value-based care models become more pervasive, care delivery will become less episodic and more continuous, compounding the unprecedented proliferation of digital health solutions. Today’s digital health solutions are centered around apps for smartphones and tablets that facilitate and automate more frequent and appropriate interactions to keep patients connected in the ambulatory setting.

As the trend for digital tools is moving toward mobile platforms and cloud-based services, innovators and designers must also consider how to enhance and enrich features and capabilities, so that the tools remain adaptive, flexible, simple and convenient. “We’re just at the dawn of a digital health transformation in which mobile and wearable devices are commonplace, but gaining traction are implantable devices, cyber pills and smart tattoos that can send constant streams of physiological data for near real time analyses,” says Joseph

Along with prominent industry leaders, Joseph announced empathy.health at HIMSS18 to bring empathy into the daily work of healthcare professionals as a strategic and humane imperative. “We are focused on the intersection of innovation, technology and care delivery. As an advocacy organization and virtual community, our success is shaped by a grass roots coalition and a sustainable business model that is currently being developed.” They are seeking to align with healthcare industry stakeholders and gain exposure through healthcare conferences and social media. Feel free to follow @empathy4health on Twitter and engage with them as well; the official hashtag is #Empathy4Health. For more information, they have also been featured in this dotHealth blog post.

“The user-experience for a digital health solution can't be a one-size-fits-all,” says Joseph. “The key to success is knowing how to appropriately engage users, based on necessity, urgency and personal preferences. i.e how, when and where to maximize frequency and depth of engagement so that digital health becomes ubiquitous to the patient experience. Moreover, as genomic data becomes more readily available, personalized treatment plans will become standard practice, ushering in the era of ‘scientific wellness,’ which emphasizes individualized interventions for disease prevention, wellness and healthy lifestyles.”

“We’re looking at the patient as part of the design of these solutions early on. We have tools that can answer the question of what's most relevant to the patient today. Embedding individual patient social data, preferences and values is essential. It’s all about creating exceptional user experiences to ensure user adoption. As industry stakeholders are re-evaluating all aspects of care delivery and the need for care delivery redesign, it’s critical that every interaction with patients, regardless of setting or media, be executed with compassion, empathy, humility and mindfulness.”

CUTV News Radio will feature Michael Joseph in an interview with Doug Llewelyn on November 2nd at 11am EDT.

Listen to the show on BlogTalkRadio. If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.

For more information, visit www.primedimensions.com, www.visolyr.io and www.empathy.health

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2018 Person of the Year Finalists

SafeCare Person of the Year

President Trump 2017 Person of the Year

SafeCare Person of the Year Finalists

SafeCare Person of the Year 10 Finalists Released

We thank President Trump, our 2017 Person of the Year for working to make healthcare better for Americans”

— Yisrael M. Safeek, MD, MBA, Chairman & CEO, The SafeCare Group

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY, USA, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — SafeCare magazine announced its 10 finalists for its 2018 Person of the Year for healthcare. This year’s shortlist are:
– Jeff Bezos – Amazon (new health care venture addressing healthcare cost)
– Tianqiao Chen & Chrissy Lou – Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute (Brain-machine interface)
– Marc Benioff – Salesforce (IT to address healthcare cost and quality)
– Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD – Cleveland Clinic (Putting Patients First priority)
– Jaime Dimon – JPMorgan Chase (new health care venture addressing healthcare cost)
– Ken Langone – Invemed (NYU grant to address physician shortage)
– Mark & Pricilla Chan Zuckerberg, MD – Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (IDseq- Infectious Disease sequencing hypothesis)
– Masayoshi Son – SoftBank (AI doctor to increase doctors' consultation efficiency)
– President Donald Trump – United States (Improving healthcare access, quality, and cost)
– Sobhi Batterjee – Saudi German Hospitals Group (Addressing healthcare access in Middle East/North Africa)

“We thank President Trump, our 2017 Person of the Year for working to make healthcare better for Americans,” said Yisrael M. Safeek, MD, MBA, Chairman and CEO of The SafeCare Group, publisher of SafeCare Magazine. “Overcoming unprecedented partisan obstruction and political gridlock, President Trump became a Keeper of Promises as he fulfilled several platform healthcare promises since occupying the Oval Office.”

SafeCare magazine Person of the Year is an annual issue that recognizes the individual who has contributed significantly toward improving the access, cost, and quality of healthcare across the globe. The designation is based upon the three goals set forth by SafeCare magazine:
1. Commitment to improving access, cost, and quality of healthcare nationally/globally.
2. Tangible and quantifiable steps taken toward addressing the current challenges and future perspectives of access, cost, and quality of healthcare.
3. Leadership toward advancing access, cost, and quality of care within the healthcare system, the business sector, the general public, and governmental domains.

Eligible individuals included any person (medical or non-medical) who has satisfied the above listed criteria by demonstrating exceptional achievement in the areas. There was no submission cost for nominations. Final selection would be completed by SafeCare Magazine editorial board, and the notification of the outcome would be conducted through SafeCare magazine.

About SafeCare® Magazine
SafeCare magazine is a private venture delivering information on the people, ideas and novel technologies affecting access, cost, and quality of healthcare across the globe since 2015. SafeCare® magazine, SafeCare Analytics®, and 100 SafeCare Hospitals® comprise The SafeCare Group ®. For more information about The SafeCare magazine, visit www.safecaremagazine.com.

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The SafeCare Group was founded in 2010 and its motto is “Innovating, Disrupting, Transforming” healthcare. SafeCareSoft® SaaS solutions enable hospitals to take advantage of disruptive healthcare software known as Softwaring Healthcare Excellence® that optimize hospital reimbursement and accreditation. Since 2012, SafeCare Analytics® have been helping hospitals excel with physician privileging software for Joint Commission OPPE, and hospital software for better readmissions, complications, infections, and value. Since 2013, 100 SafeCare Hospitals® listings have been Recognizing Healthcare Excellence® of 100 US hospitals that excelled with low infections, readmissions, complications, high patient satisfaction, and high value. Since 2015, SafeCare® magazine has been delivering information on the people, ideas and novel technologies affecting access, cost, and quality of healthcare across the globe. For more information about The SafeCare Group, visit www.safecaregroup.com.

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What is the Sandwich Generation and how can Respite Care Help?

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With the rise in an aging population, especially in the Springfield, PA, area, so many parents are doubly hit with the task of taking care of their kids and their parents.”

— Ian Bongaardt

SPRINGFIELD, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — It's that time of year: the kids are back in school! As a parent, this time can be very hectic. And the emotional barrage you fill if you are sending your child off to college can be bittersweet.

You feel so much pride as your child embarks on this momentous journey, but you also feel pangs of pain as you let go of your little one as the child moves on to the campus community.

You also get overwhelmed with tasks, having to plan, purchase and pack things up. Helping your son or daughter go to college and prepare for such a move is a massive milestone filled with pressure.

But what about your own parents? With the rise in an aging population, especially in the Springfield, PA, area, so many more parents are doubly hit with the task of taking care of their kids' back to school prep and ensuring their aging loved one, be it their mother or father, is also taken care of. Making sure an aging family member eats right and takes their medications and is safe and secure is the role of a family caregiver.

Today there are many Americans stuck between taking care of their own children and their parents. This phenomenon is dubbed the Sandwich Generation. Perhaps you’re a member of this fast-growing segment of people and didn’t know it.

When they’re not raising kids or working, they spend dozens of hours each week picking up prescriptions, running errands, calling doctors, driving to appointments, researching care options, making sure medications are taken, doing laundry, preparing meals – and worrying.

Add to that stress the burden of financial obligations such as tuition, mortgage payments, home health services and saving for their retirement, and – as you might imagine – sandwich caregivers are often overwhelmed, overworked and just plain exhausted.

Sound familiar? Fortunately, you have options for maximizing your time with your child – while also caring for your senior loved one.

Those options include:


Hold weekly family meetings and make a checklist. Include caregiving and college-related tasks. Divvy up the must-dos and hang the list for all to see. Keep others accountable to avoid heaping all caregiving responsibilities on one person’s shoulders – namely yours.

Ask for help.

You can’t do it all. Know your limits. Setting boundaries with your parent, spouse, siblings and older children are important. Consider seeking outside assistance when possible – the resources available to family caregivers are endless. From financial planners to accountants, a sandwich generation caregiver can get assistance with managing the budget and meeting set goals. Many communities offer caregiver support groups, like this one here that specializes in Dementia Care Tips. Just being able to talk with someone about shared stress is so helpful to family caregivers. Sharing feelings with others helps mitigate stress, rejuvenate your focus and keep you connected.

Short-term respite care from a qualified and dependable home health care agency like Comfort Keepers is a great way to hit pause and catch your breath for a few days of relief while Mom or Dad receive the quality care and attention they need.

Also, respite care is an amazing homecare solution if you have to travel for longer periods of time. Learn more about the respite care services Comfort Keepers Springfield provides today by contacting a Home Care Coordinator. We have a qualified caregiver or home care professional standing by to assist you with all questions regarding payment plans, Medicare, Medicaid, medical insurance, special needs, and more.

Create a budget.

Supporting a child through college while simultaneously providing long-term elder care to an aging family member can easily break a family’s budget, setting you up for the poor house. You need to be fiscally aggressive and set a manageable budget. To do so, determine monthly expenses and how to cover them within your means. But remember to adjust your budget early and often to prepare for any surprises or changes. Kids in school and parents at home can change their needs or lifestyle in an instant and you need to have a budget flexible enough to cope. Encourage your children to also create a budget.

Also, it’s become extremely common for children today to move back in with their parents after they graduate. Budget for this together with your child. Set reasonable financial boundaries such as charging rent if need be. Preparations like this can help manage a multi-generational household budget allowing you to provide the best quality of life for your entire family.

Take care of yourself.

So many family caregivers overlook this simple advice. But it’s hard to care for others when you are not caring for yourself. Avoid caregiver burnout by maintaining the basic life tasks, such as eating right, exercising regularly and getting plenty of rest. Listen to your body and your spirit as those aspects of your self will give you signs that things are getting to be too much. When you need a break, ask family members for a hand. Carve out time to recharge by enlisting the help of home health services agencies with Respite Care. By taking care of your own needs you will be fit and energized, fully capable of giving your senior loved one and your children the full love and care in your heart.

Remeber that it is OK to laugh.

Frustration, feelings of guilt, and plain anger are common among family caregivers. Being able to recognize these emotions and forgive yourself for feeling them is important. You need to be able to feel and to let those feelings go. Then you can get back on track with being positive. So doing things to help lighten your mood, and thus your burden is integral to your own respite. Humor is one of life's best forms of stress relief.

Being in the Sandwich Generation is tough, but you can navigate the stress and be a successful care provider by following these tips. Balancing the care of your family with your own care is possible, and you can get by with a little help from your friends at Comfort Keepers through respite services!

The Value of Respite Care for Family Caregivers and Seniors

Respite care, provided by a professional caregiver, offers primary family caregivers temporary relief from caregiving responsibilities, giving that person a chance to rest and recharge.

Taking care of an elderly parent can be fulfilling. It offers the opportunity to give back and demonstrate gratitude for all the sacrifices made in your growing years. The experience can strengthen the bond between adult child and parent and boost the quality of life.

Nevertheless, caregiving can be physically and emotionally demanding, particularly day after day with no breaks or help from others. And this can harm the health and well-being of the caregiver, and the cared for.

Respite care can be scheduled for just a few hours to give you an opportunity to get out of the house to take care of other responsibilities like shopping or to go out for lunch or golf with a friend. Or you can schedule respite care from the qualified long-term care providers at Comfort Keepers for longer periods, to go on vacation, for instance.

As a family caregiver, you may feel a twinge of guilt wanting to get away. However, scheduled, periodic respite care benefits not just you. It can be a relief and a welcome change of pace for your loved one as well. Getting to spend time with someone else–not that there's anything wrong with you–can be a treat.

Without breaks, caregiving can bring on stress, resentment, and depression. And you will likely pass on those feelings to the person you are caring for–no matter how much you try not to.

Alternative settings for respite care may include a nursing home or adult day care center. Or you and your loved one may prefer the comfort of the familiar, arranging for other family members, friends or a professional caregiver to fill in for you in your loved one's home.

For the benefit of your loved one, do not make respite care a surprise. Talk with your loved one in advance and involve him or her in the planning.

A few of the many benefits of respite care include:

– Helps caregivers relax and renew their energy
– Gives families needed time to pursue favorite activities and avoid isolation
– Prevents stresses that could lead to negative consequences such as ill health and divorce
– Offers the person being cared for opportunities for socialization with others

Paying for Respite Care

Most of us would love to have more time and more money, especially when we’re taking care of parents. The next best thing is a break from caregiving that doesn’t break your budget. Respite care costs are the most common question people have when researching the service. Several types of paid respite care can help you out and there are a few options for paying for in-home respite care. Even if you don’t feel like you need help now, it’s a good idea to know your options in case you need help on short notice later.

In-home care is the easiest type of respite care to tailor to your household schedule. By working with a licensed agency, you can arrange care to get a break when you need it. For example, a respite caregiver in the home for a couple of hours every morning can help get your parent get dressed and eat breakfast while you get ready for work or help your kids get ready for school. Overnight respite care can be a lifesaver when your parent needs round the clock personal care, and you need to sleep. Having a caregiver, you can call on will also take some of the stress out of being sick or needing to travel. Providing backup to you as a primary caregiver for your elderly person and getting them the personal care for their medical needs in their daily lives is the kind of skilled care that is covered by all Comfort Keepers care plans.

The national median daily rate for a full-time in-home health aide was $127 in 2016. The hourly rate ranges from $10 to $30. If your parent needs help with activities of daily living, Medicaid, the VA’s Aid & Attendance program, and private long-term care insurance all pay for in-home care service providers. If you’re using Medicaid or Aid & Attendance, make sure to see if they certify the program. And if you’re helping your parent start an Aid & Attendance application with the VA, know that the approval process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a year.

About Comfort Keepers Springfield:
Comfort Keepers provides award-winning in-home care for seniors and other adults in need of assistance with daily activities. Their highly trained and dedicated caregivers can help your loved one stay in their home for as long as safely possible—a dream come true for both the seniors and their families. Their goal is to enrich the lives of every treasured client while maintaining client safety, well-being, and comfort as each person continues to live independently despite disease and other age-related conditions.

Their caregivers, referred to as Comfort Keepers®, are carefully selected, screened, and trained to provide professional, compassionate assistance that meets the organization’s high standards. Through a unique approach called Interactive Caregiving™, Comfort Keepers' caregivers build true friendships with their clients in order to fulfill their emotional and social needs.

To find out more about Comfort Keepers' commitment to excellence, please call (610) 543-6300.

This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC: a full-service digital marketing, public relations, advertising and content marketing firm located in Philadelphia, PA.

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Police Use of Confidential Informants in Drug Investigations

Drug Charges | Scarpello & LaTour

Josh Scarpello

Many times police will use an informant to make a drug purchase inside a house or vehicle.”

— Josh Scarpello

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Police use of confidential informants is widespread in Pennsylvania. Police often use these "informants" to buy or purchase narcotics, set up drug sales over the phone, and provide other information that the police use to make drug arrests. What is not clear is who these informants are. As they are "confidential", people facing drug charges do not know the informant's identity, if they have a criminal record, or even if the police are paying them.

Pennsylvania courts have held that the defense has a right to know not only the identity of these informants but that they should have access to their entire police file. The defense may be entitled to know if the informant has provided credible or reliable information in the past and what the results of those cases have been.

Moreover, identification by the informant may become an issue. Many times police will use an informant to make a drug purchase inside a house or vehicle. The informant may be the only witness to the purchase itself. A viable defense to a charge of possession with the intent to distribute (PWID) of simple drug possession may lie in the informant providing information to the defense that he bought the drugs from someone else.

Drug charges in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are serious offenses and carry the possibility of jail if you are convicted. If you or someone you know has been charged with possession with the intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, or criminal conspiracy, you need an experienced attorney to handle all aspects of your case. Call Scarpello and LaTour and speak directly with one of our attorney's about your case today.

About Scarpello & LaTour:

Josh Scarpello & Pierre LaTour are former Philadelphia District Attorneys who prosecuted DUI/DWI cases, drug offenses, gun charges, sex crimes, assault, embezzlement, and other types of charges. Today they use the experience gained as prosecutors to defend people charged in crimes.

What sets them apart from most other criminal defense attorneys in Philadelphia is their willingness to try cases. Some lawyers would try to force their client to accept any plea deal, rather than risk going to trial and losing the case. However, sometimes you need to try a case to obtain the best outcome. If you can walk into a conference with the prosecutor, unafraid to go to trial, your leverage is immense.

This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC: a full-service digital marketing, public relations, advertising and content marketing firm located in Philadelphia, PA.

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Vein911® Vein Treatment Centers Medical Director Elected Fellow of the American College of Phlebology

Vein911® Vein Treatment Centers announced today that Medical Director has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Phlebology (ACPh).

The ACPh is the United States’ largest physician organization dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of venous and lymphatic disease.”

— Dr. Chris Pittman, Medical Director and CEO of Vein911®

TAMPA, FL, USA, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Vein911® Vein Treatment Centers announced today that Medical Director and CEO, Christopher Pittman, M.D., FACPh, has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Phlebology (ACPh). Fellows of the American College of Phlebology (FACPh) are recognized for their substantial commitment and contribution to the specialty of venous disease treatment and care; shown through volunteerism, authored publications, education, years of practice, leadership and other qualifications that lead to the advancement of vein care. Fellows go through a rigorous screening process, are elected by the Board of Directors, and awarded the prestigious “FACPh” designation.

Christopher Pittman, M.D., FACPh, is a nationally recognized expert and thought leader on health care policy and politics, medical economics, medical informatics, and health information technology. He currently serves as Medical Director and CEO of Vein911® Vein Treatment Centers and Managing Director of Health Performance Specialists. Dr. Pittman serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Phlebology and is the ACPh Delegate to the American Medical Association. He previously served on the Executive Committee of the American College of Phlebology Foundation and the Board of Governors of the Florida Medical Association and is Past President of the Florida Medical Association Political Action Committee (FMA PAC) and Past President of the Hillsborough County Medical Association.

“The ACPh is the United States’ largest physician organization dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of venous and lymphatic disease. I am humbled and excited to be elected by my esteemed colleagues as Fellow of the American College of Phlebology,” said Dr. Chris Pittman, Medical Director and CEO of Vein911®.

About Vein911® Vein Treatment Centers
Vein911® is a leading provider of both medical and cosmetic vein care including varicose veins, ankle swelling, restless legs, night cramps, venous leg ulcers, and cosmetically disturbing veins of the hands, face and legs. Our world-class vein treatment centers offer state of the art technology within elegant and comfortable surroundings and a family atmosphere. Our non-surgical medical procedures include VenaCure EVLT Endovenous Laser Treatment, VenefitTM procedure using ClosureFast Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) and Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy which is the future of vein care available today at Vein911®. Our cosmetic procedures include Visual Sclerotherapy, the gold standard treatment for spider veins, and VeinGogh, an immediately effective treatment for facial veins. Vein911® is the varicose vein and spider vein treatment center of choice for physicians and their patients who are experiencing vein disease. Our vein treatment centers are conveniently located throughout the Tampa Bay area and are led by board-certified vein care specialist physicians.

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