Medicare has a very specific guidelines when it comes to payments for follow up care. When you go into the hospital, you must be in inpatient status for 3 consecutive days for Medicare to pay for follow up care related to your hospital stay. Many times when you are admitted to the hospital, you are…Details
We’re coming out of a long hard winter. The inclement weather has given us far too many excuses to exercise less. Eggnog, cookies, cheese quiche many other goodies we consumed during the holidays will take a toll on our bodies. In some cases, it might directly affect our health in the short-term. Our diet might…Details
Classified as “the world’s other drug problem”. non-adherence to medication regimens accounts for more than 10% of older adult hospital admissions and one out of four nursing home admissions. Approximately 200,000 people with treatable ailments die each year in the US because they do not take their medications properly. This could be because thirty…Details
From an article posted on CNN’s Health website: This Sunday’s Super Bowl could prove to be a real heartbreaker for some fans of the losing team. A new study suggests that the emotional stress fans feel after a loss may trigger fatal heart attacks, especially in people who already have heart disease. Stress generates the…Details
Let’s break down a 9-1-1 call. As you can see, there are about ten (10) steps in the 9-1-1 process. Each step means time consumed to get the proper information to dispatch help. With a medical alert systems 10 steps are reduced to 5. Also medical alert systems will insure that all of the information…Details
It is our position the the 911 service has been an indispensable public service since its inception back in 1968.Every day, millions of Americans turn to this system for help. But depending on it as your sole source of help can be a questionable decision. Unfortunately, the system is overloaded with non-urgent calls which tie up the…Details
The incredible technology we have these days can sometimes cause problems because the simplest of considerations have not been addressed. Many cable companies are now offering internet-based telephone service. It is much cheaper than the traditional land lines (cooper wire). But in the case of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) there are some pitfalls. In…Details
Your stress level can be reduced significantly if you know that you can get help when you need it, should that need arise. Most people think that calling 911 is the solution to getting help quickly. Although, your 911 agency has your interests in mind, many times this service is quite inadequate and, in some…Details
As a physician I am sometimes asked by patients for advice on how to assess their parents or grandparents for fall risk. It is known that one out of 3 persons age 65 and older will fall each year. There are many readily available well accepted fall assessment tools. Fall risk assessment tools range from…Details
Traditionally “Rickets” comes to mind when people think of vitamin D deficiency. Recently, however there has been a lot of focus in the medical field regarding other important roles that vitamin D plays in the body.
In the 19th century, vitamin D deficiency was recognized as the cause of Rickets, which is a bone abnormality in children. This resulted in fortification of various foods with vitamin D. We now know that vitamin D deficiency affects people of all ages. In addition to the important role in skeletal development, vitamin D is involved with many other physiologic functions.
There are two sources of vitamin D, that which is obtained from food, (many of which have been fortified) such as cereal, milk, orange juice, eggs, and fish. Humans however, typically obtain 90% of vitamin D from sunlight. Risk factors for vitamin D deficiency include age greater than 65, dark skin, insufficient sun exposure, obesity, sedentary lifestyle , and medications which alter vitamin D metabolism such as anti–seizure medication.