Patient-Centered “Medical Homes” To Increase In 2015

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newsThousands of family medicine practices are switching to a new model of health care delivery called a patient-centered medical home.

Many doctors’ offices across the country have a resolution for the New Year: switching to a team-based model of care called the patient-centered medical home, reports the January 2015 Harvard Health Letter.

“It’s the highest and best version of primary care, specifically designed to take care of people’s preventive needs as well as complex chronic conditions,” says Susan Edgman-Levitan, executive director of the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

The patient-centered medical home model turns a doctor’s practice into a physician-led team that helps patients meet their health goals by getting to know them, developing long-term treatment plans for them, focusing on prevention, educating them about how to reach their goals, and coordinating care with other specialists if necessary. The team must be available, at least by telephone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Several national accreditation programs hold the team accountable to these high standards.

The patient-centered medical home concept was introduced by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the 1960s and took off in the late 2000s among family practice and internal medicine doctors. Since then, thousands of doctor’s offices have made the switch. Employers are driving the change because they know this model provides high-quality and efficient care for their workers and reduces care people don’t need. “Also doctors know it decreases burnout among physicians and staff,” says Edgman-Levitan. “They’ve now got a team of people helping them do their job better.”

Read the full-length article: “New year, new approach to health care”

Also in the January 2015 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:

* Medications that affect thinking skills
* Pill-free way to fight incontinence
* Tai chi helps prevent falls

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $16 per year. Subscribe at or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Increase The Chances Of Success In Weight Loss – Part 2

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By Gianna Harper

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

4. Don’t be too restrictive or harsh on yourself

womantwistingChances of sticking to any health program are emboldened when you do not act too harsh on yourself. A little indulgence incorporated within your diet plan leads to a bigger probability of seeing your program to its end. In addition, your exercise plan can include only four days of rigorous exercise with two days of lighter schedules that will fit in your routine and give you some time off too.

5. Re-format the exercise plan every three days

Our body has a mind of its own and gets very soon bored of any program we push it to. So the trick is to keep the mind guessing and never falling on a routine. You can either break up your exercise plan into bursts of several activities or occasionally spice it up with a new set of programs. for example you start with cardio and weight training for the first three days. Then on the fourth day to seventh day go for rigorous kick-boxing and swimming. Next go for speed yoga, pilates or Zumba or even some group activities like aerobics, cycling etc. You can also try some rigorous sport for two days every week. All these give you a variety taking off the monotony from your routine as well as refrains your body from getting acclimatized to any situation. Thus you end up losing weight periodically as well as with a more active participation.

6. With added respect to water

Water is currently known as the key instrument that leads to a good weight loss program. The key to any successful exercising program is to incorporate water in high doses and at regular spacing. Water also flushes out all toxins from our body acquired throughout the day through stress, strain, bad food, and bad thoughts. Al full glass of water in empty stomach in the early morning help our internal organs feel refreshed and re energized. Later on a glass of water before every meal keeps the need for aerated drinks off our menu and also keeps us feeling fuller with lesser food amounts.

Above all, the intention and need to stay put on our designed weight loss program depends on the less we make it feel a burden and more making it part of our lifestyle. We need to be conscious of the usefulness of a healthy body to make ourselves feel the necessity to eat right and live healthy all though our lives than just restrict it to a few months or years of our lives.

– Gianna is a professional writer and a blogger. She has contributed articles on social media, WordPress, technology etc. But now she is focus writing article on punchh.

Increase The Chances Of Success In Weight Loss – Part 1

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By Gianna Harper

bigpantsFocus and devotion are the two simple pillars on which the success of any weight loss program solely rests. Any weight loss exercise involves tremendous amount of honesty to begin, peppered with the right knowledge and structured guidelines. A professional help is a must-have especially for an appropriate diet program and an exercise schedule. Given all these factors there are added wheels to ensure that your weight loss program runs smooth and swift.

1. Motivation keeps you glued

Human minds are generally fickle and mischievous. They always try to detour to a easier way out and gets easily bored. The best way to handle this is to keep an object or personality in view that acts best to motivate your intentions towards any goal. It might be a dress that you intend to fit in or a particular event you want to go to or even the picture of your role model. Keep it right in front of your eyes in a spot that you can see often. This keeps you motivated towards your goal especially on those days that you feel indulgent and lazy to go through the severity.

2. Eat at fixed timings

By cutting down on food you never can achieve any healthy lifestyle. You end up either with anorexia or a disruptive digestive system. Furthermore, by skipping meals or starving for a while your digestive juices play havoc with your digestive system. Also, with prolonged hours of non-eating your body goes to the hunger mode and there are high chances of whatever you eat later on, getting converted to body fat for future use. Also hunger provokes you to overeat at a later time leading to gaining much more than what you had lost. By starting the day with a good breakfast followed with regular eating at fixed intervals, say every two to three hours of your waking hours, your craving for food does not surface at all, your body metabolism remains high hence, you tend to lose more weight than what you intended.

3. Eat Right, Sleep well

sleepSleep or rest is another key factor to help your body rest well and recuperate from the regular stress levels you push your body through regularly. Moreover, learn the basics of food that you consume. With this new knowledge eat low fat foods high in complex carbohydrates and protein. Avoid all polished or processed food and eat more of natural products. It is best to limit eating in restaurants and parties to one day in a week. Also while eating-out always start with a light water based soup and desserts which are more natural based on fresh fruits and yogurt. Always keep your main course high on protein, less of carbohydrates, low-gravy and high on steamed vegetables. If you have a desire do not throw it off your plan simply because its not healthy. Work on the portion sizes rather than completely staying off it. Use it as a reward for achieving each step of your goal. For example, if you like ice-cream have it in a restricted amount every time you successfully lose 10 lbs of weight. That way you end up being more loyal to your diet plan without feeling left out.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Gianna is a professional writer and a blogger. She has contributed articles on social media, WordPress, technology etc. But now she is focus writing article on punchh.

Tech Tools – Diana Barsan

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8 Types Of Content That Increase Engagement On Facebook

By Diana Barsan

facebookWant to boost your Facebook page engagement? The key is sharing valuable content. Typically a Facebook user has 140 friends, is connected to 80 pages, groups and events and has created 90 pieces of content. The more people that interact with your page, the more your page will show up on their Facebook homepage and on their friends’ news feed. This is a great opportunity to reach out beyond just your fans. When writing content for Facebook keep it personable and stick to the formula of 80% value-added content and 20% pitch and marketing.

Here are eight types of content that will get “likes” and comments:

1. Post like a friend, not a dental practice. Humanized language gets better feedback. Press release, rigid-styled writing destroys the potential of patient interaction and risks turning off your fans. Think of ways you can make the content stand out and reach your target audience. Make sure the content you provide is relevant and distinct, and try to avoid complicated words and phrases.

2. Like other pages as a page. Find pages that are related to your practice, even if they are your competition. In order to encourage cross promotion partnerships, share content from these pages, use mentions and tags, and thank these other pages.

3. Use eye-catching images. Visual content is key to increasing interaction on Facebook. Share pictures of office events, conferences, staff, and patients (if they give their consent) accompanied by a short description. Do not post groups of photos all at once. Publish images one at a time or three at a time to get feedback over multiple days or weeks.

4. Celebrate milestones. Make sure you thank your patients and your staff for their support. People like celebrating accomplishments. If you’re celebrating your Facebook fan following, add the milestone to Facebook timeline. To show appreciation to your followers, make a collage, post a video, give away free stuff, or create an exclusive offer. The more creative you get, the better.

5. Best caption contests. This is a fun way to engage your patients to respond to a Facebook post. Choose an intriguing image and ask your fans to give it a title. Announce a winner and give out prizes. Make it a tradition.

6. Talk about Facebook. According to HubSpot research, Facebook is the number one most shareable topic on Facebook. Try to include Facebook mentions that are relevant to the health care industry instead of just posting about Facebook.

7. Celebrate official awareness months. Find creative ways to celebrate commemorative months like National Children’s Dental Health Month, Heart Health Month, Black History Month, Autism Awareness Month, and more.

8. Ask questions. Every time you share something on Facebook, end the post with a simple question. You can use Yes or No, multiple choice, or generate debates with questions. Ask your fans to pick their favorite things, to choose whether a statement is true or false, or to encourage them to rate something from 1 to 10.

– Author Diana Barsan give examples on how to generate more “likeable” content on the Facebook page of a pediatric dentist in Denver!

Obesity May Increase Risk For Brain Abnormality In Newborns

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babyFrom Your Health Journal…..MedScape Today is one of my favorite web sites for quality health news, so I am happy to promote their page. Recently, I saw an interesting article on their site called Obesity May Increase Risk For Brain Abnormality In Newborns written by Laird Harrison. According to a new study, genes in the amniotic fluid of pregnant women who are overweight suggest that the brains of their growing babies are developing differently. We see so many stories about how being overweight or obese can effect one’s life, causing many health problems, but new evidence is pointing to the fact the overweight pregnant woman could also cause negative responses in their newborn babies. It is going to be interesting to read more about this in the future, once the do more research on it. An important next step in the research will be to compare brain images of the fetuses of obese and lean women. Please visit the Medscape Today web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

Genes in the amniotic fluid of pregnant women who are overweight suggest that the brains of their growing babies are developing differently, according to a new study.

This is particularly concerning because about one third of American women are obese at the time of conception (defined as a body mass index [BMI] above 30 kg/m²).

“Our analysis of cell-free fetal RNA in the amniotic fluid of obese women demonstrates differences in gene expression as early as the second trimester,” said lead researcher Andrea Edlow, MD, from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, here at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine 33rd Annual Meeting.

This small study builds on previous research that identified differences in the fetuses of lean and obese women. Epidemiologic studies have found an association between obesity in mothers and disorders such as autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in their children, Dr. Edlow pointed out to Medscape Medical News.

Meta-analyses have shown the association to be quite strong, although not unequivocal.

Brain cells don’t just multiply as a fetus matures; sometimes they die, Dr. Edlow explained. She equated the process to pruning or sculpting. “It prevents the overgrowth of unnecessary precursor cells,” she said.

Research in rodents has identified genetic and structural brain differences, including apoptosis, in the fetuses of obese and lean rats. “We know that apoptosis plays a critical role in normal brain development,” said Dr. Edlow.

So far, no genetic differences in human fetuses of obese mothers have been identified.

This study looked for such changes in amniotic fluid, which “provides a crucial window into brain development,” said Dr. Edlow.

Researchers analyzed amniotic fluid samples from 8 women with a BMI of at least 30 kg/m² and 8 with an BMI below 25 kg/m². The samples came from amniocentesis that the women underwent for reasons unrelated to this study.

Other than BMI, the 2 groups were similar, and there was no statistically significant difference in maternal or gestational age. Both groups had 4 male and 4 female fetuses.

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Tech Tools – Diana Barsan

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Guest author Diana Barsan discusses how a LinkedIn Profile can help your health and fitness business. It has worked for her dental office – she makes some great tips…..

12 Tips To Increase Visibility Of Your Business LinkedIn Profile

By Diana Barsan

linkedinLinkedIn is one of the most powerful social media tools available and essential to lead generation efforts. A LinkedIn company page will give your practice the opportunity to promote your products and services, recruit top talent and share exciting, helpful updates about your office.

According to HubSpot, traffic from LinkedIn generates the highest visitor-to-lead conversion rate at 2.74%, almost 3 times higher than both Twitter and Facebook. If you use Facebook and Twitter to boost your online image, you should definitely consider signing up for a LinkedIn account to assist your lead generation activities. It’s free and easy!

Here are some helpful tips to create and optimize a powerful LinkedIn page for your practice:

1) Start with a detailed profile. Make sure you fill all the sections with relevant information for your target audience.

2) Create a helpful “Company Overview” description, with the most important information about your practice at the top. Also, encourage connections through Twitter, Facebook and your blog.

3) Bring your LinkedIn company page to life with a great banner. Use the banner space to illustrate your practice’s unique brand and message.

4) Make sure you use the same logo you use on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and Foursquare.

5) When it comes to company page admins, you have two choices: you can select either all employees with a valid email address registered to your domain or specific users only.

6) “Company Specialties” is an important section because this is LinkedIn’s SEO strategy. When people are searching for companies, you want to make sure that your practice appears in relevant situations. Add a few keywords that make sense to help the company page get found. Here are some examples: Denver dentist, dental care, general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, pediatrics, Invisalign orthodontics, downtown Denver dentist, etc.

7) Use the “Product Tab” to promote products/events/services. This section is a really powerful tool. You have the chance to explain each of your services individually, and ask your patients to “recommend” them. Extra tip: add a video to your Product Page. This will help the product page look more lively and interactive.

8) Link to a landing page (it’s the page your visitors arrive at after clicking on a link) on your Overview Page. The landing page could be a sign-in form for a newsletter, events, news, etc. Using an effective landing page will help in driving patient traffic and referrals.

9) Opt-in to “Show News” about your company. It will automatically post any interesting and relevant news articles and press releases about your office to your company page. This is a nice way to show how your practice is impacting the industry.

10) Direct Engagement in Groups. Follow 10-15 groups on LinkedIn that are in the same industry or use similar keywords. Find key players and potential patients and follow them. Distribute your practice updates or helpful tips into Groups, and make sure you follow up on all comments.

11) Share Status Updates with your practice’s connections. Updating consistently will keep you top-of-mind with your connections. LinkedIn has stated that you only need 100-200 followers for your “Company Page” to reach the tipping point to start making an impact and driving engagement.

12) Encourage your employees to optimize their profiles. Be sure that all individual profiles are completely filled out — including the Summary, Specialties and Job Position sections — with keyword-rich descriptions. Include links to Twitter profiles, as well as links to your practice website and blog, if applicable.

– Guest post by Diana Barsan – from Riverfront Dental Designs, a downtown Denver practice with an optimized LinkedIn page.

As Childhood Strokes Increase, Surgeons Aim To Reduce Risks

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From Your Health Journal…..”It is so upsetting to read about young children having strokes, but at least this article has a happy ending, as the girls has some improvement after medical attention. I encourage all of you to read the full article, as it is very moving to read – – a true miracle around the holiday season!”

From the article…..

Boston brain surgeon Ed Smith points to a tangle of delicate gray shadows on his computer screen. It’s an X-ray of the blood vessels on the left side of 13-year-old Maribel Ramos’ brain.

“If we follow this blood vessel up here, you see that right there it gets pinched off almost to nothing,” Smith explains. “And then this little puff of smoke right here, which are these little narrow blood vessels that don’t fill the rest of the brain as it normally should.” Maribel’s brain is starved for oxygen, he says.

Those spidery blood vessels represent an effort by the girl’s body to compensate for the pinched section of her major cerebral artery. In fact, “puff of smoke” is the actual name of Maribel’s disorder “moyamoya” in Japanese because the researchers who named it thought that’s what it looked like on X-rays.

The disorder is just one of the many conditions that can make a child more prone to strokes. One in 10,000 kids will suffer a stroke, causing disability or even death. But surgeons can now prevent strokes in some of these children children like Maribel.

Moyamoya is not Maribel’s only health condition. She also suffers from sickle cell disease, a much more common disorder that causes red blood cells to be spiky and misshapen and prone to form blood clots in the dangerously narrow blood vessels of her brain. Sickle cell disease is the most common cause of strokes in children.

Smith, who works at Children’s Hospital in Boston, says the combination gives Maribel a 95 percent chance of suffering a disabling or possibly fatal stroke. In fact, a few months ago she suffered a warning stroke.

“My legs started to get numb and my tongue got numb and my hands were shaking a lot,” she says. “I did not know what was going on.”

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