The Changing Face of Healthcare

Several significant forces in the last several years have been changing the way healthcare has and will continue to be delivered. The emergence of more unique ways to deliver care such as clinics incorporated into businesses and factories, the increased use of mid-level providers (nurse practitioners & physician assistants), the increase integration of technologies such as telemedicine and robotics and the shift from interventional reimbursement to outcomes reimbursement are just a few examples.

Compounding these are the ever-increasing costs of healthcare, the strain of funding Medicare on the U.S. economy, and the complications of insurance and healthcare payments under the affordable care act, ACA.

This has led to changes in how businesses intend to interface with the healthcare system going forward. CVS’s acquisition of Aetna will try to leverage healthcare delivery through their pharmacy structure. United Healthcare’s acquisition of DaVita hopes to leverage cost containment and resource control by directly controlling physicians. And the recently announced collaboration among Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon and J.P. Morgan Chase presents a yet unknown structure whose stated goals is improved quality and less cost. How they will implement their strategy is yet to emerge.

The decline in hospital admission over the last several decades has further led to restructuring by hospital corporations such as Tenet. Premise Health has emerged as a company placing physicians and other healthcare providers directly in corporate/business offices.

The big question then with these new ventures are how do organizations know what works financially and how do they track performance… In other words, how do you track, measure and value the relationships between cost and outcomes?

How can the analyst measure which methods(s) may generate better or best outcomes?

A simple return on investment, ROI, calculation will not provide needed nor valid insights. However, the use of cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) would provide quite useful, valid and actionable information. CEA uses decision tree models to compare not only cost outcomes but effectiveness outcomes of various treatments on patient health and even on future healthcare usage based on various current actions. It can further be used to determine how effective a set amount of money spent on a particular treatment or method will impact outcomes (i.e. willingness to pay calculation). CEA models are flexible and can incorporate a wide variety of scenarios. As opposed to Big Data, CEA makes use of Broad Data so that comparisons of treatment modalities can be evaluated using real life outcomes. It can compare effects on a discrete problem such as a cancer tumor, or on chronic ongoing diseases such as COPD or CHF.

As the delivery of effective yet profitable, or at least cost effective, healthcare becomes more challenging, methods for evaluating treatments and programs become more necessary if not essential. Methods must be implemented to evaluate these new treatments and programs once they are in place so adjustments can be made. CEA enable organizations to both initially evaluate and subsequently monitor new methods and programs in a meaningful way.

Comfy Feet, Healthy You

Our feet can be one of the most neglected aspects of our bodies, even though they do most of the hard work everyday. They are charged with carrying us through every trail life takes us on, and oftentimes they are stuffed deep in stinky, sweaty shoes. Take a peek at your feet right now. Are they loose and free and comfortable, or are they being neglected? I think one of the best things about growing up in South America is that I learned the importance of caring for my feet, as it was ranked right up there with dental care!

Brazilians value their foot health, and they treat their feet with the utmost care. Although every culture is different, some of the most serious side effects of bad health are neglected feet. For example, in diabetes, we check feet on every exam. This is because the first signs of complications from diabetes can often be seen in feet. What are your feet telling you about your health? Go ahead and buy those shoes that give them the extra comfort they need. Who knows, maybe that will help you be as active is you want to be as well. Here are some pointers on picking the right shoes, directly from Harvard:

Shop for shoes in the afternoon, as your feet expand throughout the day.
Wear socks that you would normally wear.
Walk in the shoes before purchasing, and trust your own comfort fit more than size!

As I think about the past 10 years in medical missions, I think the best stories are of being able to give someone the gift of new shoes. For many of us it’s easy to take for granted that we can have the right shoes we need. But, this is definitely a luxury in many parts of the world.

I think particularly of a woman I met in Africa, who walked five miles every day to work. Her feet looked so worn and tired, and all she had to wear were flip flops. Once I realized we wore the same size, I gave her my favorite running shoes that I was wearing that day. The colors looked so cheery on her feet, and definitely gave her an extra bounce as she walked the dirt road home. The look of relief on her face was priceless when I handed her those shoes. She could now walk to work with shoes that supported her. As I watched her step turn into a bounce, I was reminded how easy it is to take something as simple as good shoes for granted.

Buying Herbal Health Care Products From The Best

It is common knowledge that as a consumer you should always buy your products and services from the very best out there. This is even more applicable as far as herbal health care products are concerned. The dangers of buying from a bad service provider are many – and since it is your health we are talking about over here it is even more necessary to be that bit careful. They can sell your poor quality products that your health and body may not agree with and this, in turn, can lead to serious consequences down the line as well. This is why buying from the very best service providers in this domain is always the best option.

How are they available?

Normally, these herbal health care products are available in two major forms – powder and capsules. Following are the main varieties into which they can be categorized:

- Amla powder
- hair remedies
- anti acne solutions
- Henna
- baby care products
- Henna powder
- bath oils
- herbal travel kits
- bath salts
- lip balms
- body wash products
- massage creams
- bubble bath
- massage gels
- conditioners
- massage oils
- creams
- Mehndi products
- dietary supplements
- Moisturizer
- essential oils
- natural Henna
- face masks
- personal care products
- face packs
- Reetha powder
- face scrubs
- shampoos
- face washes
- Shikakai powder
- facial kits
- soaps
- gels
- spa kits
- general products
- sun lotions
- hair care products
- tablets
- hair color powders
- tea bags
- hair conditioners
- toner
- hair creams
- travel kits
- hair oils

Sizes in which these products are available

This may not seem to be so important a criterion when it comes to these products.

But it has to be acknowledged that no two people are the same. The amount of products that you need is never going to be the same as someone else. For example, let us say that you need a product only for a limited period of time such as a few days or a week at the most. On the other hand, there could be another person with a chronic condition who might have to use a product for a really long time. So, it is but natural that both of you would not need the same quantity and this would be reflected in your order as well.

At the same time, it also needs to be mentioned that no two sellers of these products are the same. They all are going to sell these products in different quantities. However, there are always going to be some general sizes in which you are going to find them for sure.

Some of them may be mentioned as below:

10 caps
1 kg
100 gm
100 ml
5 kg
150 gm
15 ml
200 gm
500 gm
50 gm
50 ml
550 gm
60 caps
60 + 60 caps
60 + 90 caps
90 caps
90 + 60 caps
90 + 90 caps

The top brands

The benefit of buying herbal health care products from the top brands is that they always have the leading brands in this domain such as Calix Herbal, Himalaya, Herbal life, and Khadi Natural to name a few. They do this for some simple reasons. First of all, they know that this is a cut throat world and the only way they are going to stay ahead of the curve is by offering the very best to their customers.

The only way to do that is by offering the brands that we have mentioned earlier. They know that when they give the very best to their customers they would be pleased since they would be benefited. This, in turn, would mean that they would trust them a lot more and spread a good word or two about them on a regular basis. Now, the value of good publicity in the present day context cannot be ignored at any cost whatsoever. They would also come back time and again to them and this, in turn, would mean better sales and profits for them at the end of the day.

From a customer’s point of view, it would be beneficial for you as well since you would be able to gain the benefits of using the best products in circulation. The brands that were mentioned earlier are at the top for a certain reason. They know what works and what does not and they are always on the lookout for development in quality. So, in the end, it is a win-win situation for you no matter how you look at it.

Prompt delivery

The thing with buying herbal health care products from the best service providers is that you get the product delivered right at the doorstep of your home and that too within a day of ordering it. Now consider doing the same thing at a physical store. You will have to make the physical effort to go there in person, order the product, and then buy it. At times, you may not even know if they store it or not. If they do not then it means you need to wait and quite often you may have to wait for a long time like a couple of days in order to get a medicine that you need on an urgent basis.

However, with a top class service provider all you need to do is visit its official website, look up the product that you wish to purchase, and order it online. Apart from the fact that you are saving a lot of effort this way you are able to save plenty of time and money as well that would have otherwise been incurred in trying to go and buy it physically from a store as such.

Discounts

If you are looking to buy herbal health care products from service providers such as the ones we are talking about then you also got another reason to do so – discounts. On an average, these service providers would offer you discounts in the range of 30 percent. As it is, these products cost you quite a lot of money for the simple reason that they are made from the best ingredients and would only benefit you in the long run. Now, if you are able to shave off that much from the actual price then you can save a lot of money.

Now, contrast this with a physical store. You have to go there and come back – so there is some money being spent on that. On top of that, they are going to charge you the full price. The maximum discount that they would offer you is 10 percent. So, it is not really worth the effort when compared to online stores, is it?

So, if you think of all the advantages and benefits of buying from these top class online stores it is perhaps a really easy decision to buy your herbal health care products from them.