Friday, August 5, 2011

Health Care Money You May Be Entitled To

At Lyfebank Ohio, we're always interested in the latest Health Care Reform news.  Here's Elaine Farstad's version of Health Care Reform: she bills her doctor for the work she misses by having to wait inordinate amounts of time in his waiting room.  And surprisingly enough, he pays her at her hourly rate of $47.00! 

Be sure to check out the link in this article of physicians who adhere to the tenets of the Ideal Medical Practices Organization, which encourages its doctors to be on time.

Would you ever consider invoicing your doctor for your lost time?  Please let us know in our comment section below. 

Have a great weekend!


Would your doctor pay for wasted time?

By Elizabeth Cohen, Senior Medical Correspondent
June 30, 2011 9:22 a.m. EDT
Dr. Timothy Malia of Fairport, New York, gives his patients $5 if they wait longer than 15 minutes for their appointments.
Dr. Timothy Malia of Fairport, New York, gives his patients $5 if they wait longer than 15 minutes for their appointments.
 
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The average wait time at doctors' offices in the United States is 24 minutes
  • Some physicians are willing to pay patients for a long wait at the office
  • Keep in mind that sometimes a situation is out of a doctor's control 
 
(CNN) -- Elaine Farstad got antsy as she waited for her doctor, who was late for her scheduled appointment. Then she got downright impatient. Then, as nearly two hours passed, she got mad. Then she came up with an idea.

"I decided to bill the doctor," she says. "If you waste my time, you've bought my time."

When Farstad returned home, she figured out her hourly wage working as an IT specialist at Boeing in Everett, Washington. She doubled it for the two hours she'd spent in the waiting room, and mailed the invoice to her doctor.

"It's ludicrous -- why would I wait for free?" says Farstad, who is now an engineering graduate student at North Carolina State University. "Like we all learned in kindergarten, it's about respecting each other."

In years gone by, doctors would likely have scoffed at the suggestion they reimburse patients for time spent waiting. But Farstad's doctor sent her a check for $100, the full amount she requested, and some tardy doctors tell CNN they give patients money (or a gift) before the patient even asks.

"I love this!" says Dave deBronkart, co-chair of the Society for Participatory Medicine. "It's magnificent that some physicians are valuing patients' time. It's a commitment to designing a practice that truly serves patients."

Gifts from late doctors

The average wait time at doctors' offices in the United States is 24 minutes, according to a report released in 2010 by Press Ganey, a group that researches health care performance.

When he keeps patients waiting more than 15 minutes, Dr. Timothy Malia, a primary care physician in Fairport, New York, hands them a $5 bill. If patients in Eugene, Oregon, wait more than 10 minutes to see Dr. Pamela Wible, they receive a handmade soap or a bottle of lotion. When Dr. Cyrus Peikari, an internist in Dallas, recently had to miss a day of work because of a family emergency, he gave the patients whose appointments he canceled $50 at their next appointment.

One patient didn't want to take the check, but Peikari insisted. "I suggested to him, 'Your time is just as valuable, if not more so, than mine.' "

Not all doctors are so sympathetic. Farstad tells about another appointment. It was for 8 a.m. with her gynecologist, and she had to leave at 8:40 a.m. when the doctor still wasn't there. In the parking lot, she ran into the doctor, who was just getting out of her car.

"The doctor told me she had a little one and she was never in the office until ten to nine," she remembers. "I asked her why she scheduled appointments at 8 a.m., and she said to give the patients time to do paperwork. I was so mad I was shaking. I never went back to her."

What to do when your doctor keeps you waiting

Keep in mind that sometimes a situation is out of a doctor's control. For example, some doctors are instructed by their bosses to book patients at 15 minute increments to make more money, which means if one patient needs more time, the patients later in the day will get delayed.

If that's the case, and the doctor is perpetually late and you don't like waiting, you can try one of these approaches.

Of the six doctors Elaine Farstad sent an invoice to, three have paid.
 
Of the six doctors Elaine Farstad sent an invoice to, three have paid.

1. Send your doctor a bill
Here's an example of an invoice Farstad sent to a tardy physician. She says over the years she has billed six doctors who were more than 30 minutes late, and half have paid.

2. Find an on-time doctor
This map shows physicians who adhere to the tenets of the Ideal Medical Practices Organization, which encourages its doctors to be on time.

3. Schedule smartly
For example, try booking the first appointment after lunch. For more scheduling tips, read the previous Empowered Patient column: Waiting for the doctor... and waiting and waiting.

4. Mention the doctors in this article to your own doctor
Doctors might pay up pre-emptively if they hear their colleagues are doing the same, deBronkart says.

5. Blog about your doctor's lateness
DeBronkart, who blogs as "E-Patient Dave," wrote about his experience waiting 45 minutes to get an X-ray. He says the head of the radiology practice then called him and acknowledged they needed to change the way they scheduled patients.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Dropping Rx Drug Costs

Originally found: http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2011/07/drug_prices_to_plummet_in_wave.html


Drug prices to plummet in wave of expiring patents

Published: Monday, July 25, 2011, 8:15 AM
generic-drugs-patents-expiring.jpgVarious prescription drugs are displayed on the automated pharmacy assembly line at Medco Health Solutions Inc., in Willingboro, N.J. The cost of prescription medicines used by millions of people every day is about to plummet. The next 15 months will bring generic versions of seven of the world's 20 best-selling drugs, including the top two: cholesterol fighter Lipitor and blood thinner Plavix.
The cost of prescription medicines used by millions of people every day is about to plummet.

The next 14 months will bring generic versions of seven of the world's 20 best-selling drugs, including the top two: cholesterol fighter Lipitor and blood thinner Plavix.
The magnitude of this wave of expiring drugs patents is unprecedented. Between now and 2016, blockbusters with about $255 billion in global annual sales are set to go off patent, notes EvaluatePharma Ltd., a London research firm. Generic competition will decimate sales of the brand-name drugs and slash the cost to patients and companies that provide health benefits.
Top drugs getting generic competition by September 2012 are taken by millions every day: Lipitor alone is taken by about 4.3 million Americans and Plavix by 1.4 million. Generic versions of big-selling drugs for blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, depression, high triglycerides, HIV and bipolar disorder also are coming by then.
The flood of generics will continue for the next decade or so, as about 120 brand-name prescription drugs lose market exclusivity, according to prescription benefit manager Medco Health Solutions Inc.
"My estimation is at least 15 percent of the population is currently using one of the drugs whose patents will expire in 2011 or 2012," says Joel Owerbach, chief pharmacy officer for Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, which serves most of upstate New York.
Those patients, along with businesses and taxpayers who help pay for prescription drugs through corporate and government prescription plans, collectively will save a small fortune. That's because generic drugs typically cost 20 percent to 80 percent less than the brand names.
Doctors hope the lower prices will significantly reduce the number of people jeopardizing their health because they can't afford medicines they need.
Dr. Nieca Goldberg, director of the Women's Heart Program at NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan, worries about patients who are skipping checkups and halving pills to pare costs.
"You can pretty much tell by the numbers when I check the patient's blood pressure or cholesterol levels," that they've not taken their medications as often as prescribed, she says.
Even people with private insurance or Medicare aren't filling all their prescriptions, studies show, particularly for cancer drugs with copays of hundreds of dollars or more.
The new generics will slice copayments of those with insurance. For the uninsured, who have been paying full price, the savings will be much bigger.
Daly Powers, 25, an uninsured student who works two part-time jobs at low wages, says he often can't afford the $220 a month for his depression and attention deficit disorder pills. He couldn't buy either drug in June and says he's struggling with his Spanish class and his emotions. He looks forward to his antidepressant, Lexapro, going generic early next year.
"It'd make all the difference in the world," says Powers, of Bryan, Texas.
Generic medicines are chemically equivalent to the original brand-name drugs and work just as well for nearly all patients.
When a drug loses patent protection, often only one generic version is on sale for the first six months, so the price falls a little bit initially. Then, several other generic makers typically jump in, driving prices down dramatically.
Last year, the average generic prescription cost $72, versus $198 for the average brand-name drug, according to consulting firm Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions. Those figures average all prescriptions, from short-term to 90-day ones.
Average copayments last year were $6 for generics, compared with $24 for brand-name drugs given preferred status by an insurer and $35 for nonpreferred brands, according to IMS Health.
Among the drugs that recently went off patent, Protonix, for severe heartburn, now costs just $16 a month for the generic, versus about $170 for the brand name. And of the top sellers that soon will have competition, Lipitor retails for about $150 a month, Plavix costs almost $200 a month and blood pressure drug Diovan costs about $125 a month. For those with drug coverage, their out-of-pocket costs for each of those drugs could drop below $10 a month.
Jo Kelly, a retired social worker in Conklin, Mich., and her husband Ray, a retired railroad mechanic, each take Lipitor and two other brand-name medicines, plus some generic drugs. Both are 67, and they land in the Medicare prescription "doughnut hole," which means they must pay their drugs' full cost, by late summer or early fall each year. That pushes their monthly cost for Lipitor to about $95 each, and their combined monthly prescription cost to nearly $1,100.
Generic Lipitor should hit pharmacies Nov. 30 and cost them around $10 each a month.
"It would be a tremendous help for us financially," she says. "It would allow us to start going out to eat again."
For people with no prescription coverage, the coming savings on some drugs could be much bigger. Many discount retailers and grocery chains sell the most popular generics for $5 a month or less to draw in shoppers.
The impact of the coming wave of generics will be widespread — and swift.
Insurers use systems that make sure patients are switched to a generic the first day it's available. Many health plans require newly diagnosed patients to start out on generic medicines. And unless the doctor writes "brand only" on a prescription, if there's a generic available, that's almost always what the pharmacist dispenses.
"A blockbuster drug that goes off patent will lose 90 percent of its revenue within 24 months. I've seen it happen in 12 months," says Ben Weintraub, a research director at Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions.
The looming revenue drop is changing the economics of the industry.
In the 1990s, big pharmaceutical companies were wildly successful at creating pills that millions of people take every day for common conditions, from heart disease and diabetes to osteoporosis and chronic pain. Double-digit quarterly profit increases became the norm.
But the patents on those blockbusters, which were filed years before the drugs went on sale, last for 20 years at most, and many expire soon.
In recent years, many drug companies have struggled to develop new blockbuster drugs, despite multibillion-dollar research budgets and more partnerships with scientists at universities and biotech companies. The dearth of successes, partly because the "easy" treatments have already been found, has turned the short-term prognosis for "big pharma" anemic.
"The profit dollars that companies used to reinvest in innovation are no longer going to be coming," warns Terry Hisey, life sciences leader at consultant Deloitte LLP's pharmaceutical consulting business. He says that raises "long-term concerns about the industry's ability to bring new medicines to market."
But pharmaceutical companies can save billions when they stop promoting drugs that have new generic rivals, and U.S. drug and biotech companies are still spending more than $65 billion a year on R&D.
The 20 new drug approvals in the U.S. this year, and other important ones expected in the next few years, eventually will help fill the revenue hole.
For now, brand-name drugmakers are scrambling to adjust for the billions in revenue that will soon be lost. Many raise prices 20 percent or more over the last couple years before generics hit to maximize revenue. Some contract with generic drugmakers for "authorized generics," which give the brand-name company a portion of the generic sales.
Brand-name companies also are trimming research budgets, partnering with other companies to share drug development costs and shifting more manufacturing and patient testing to low-cost countries.
Pharmaceutical companies have cut about 10 percent of U.S. jobs in four years, from a peak of about 297,000 to about 268,000, according to Labor Department data. Nearly two-thirds of the cuts came in the last 1 1/2 years, partly because of big mergers that were driven by the need to shore up pipelines and boost profit in the short term by slashing overlap.
Drug companies also are trying to stabilize future sales by putting more sales reps in emerging markets such as China and India, and diversifying into businesses that get little or no generic competition. Those include vaccines, diagnostic tests, veterinary medicines and consumer health products.
As the proportion of prescriptions filled with generic drugs jumped to 78 percent in 2010, from 57 percent in 2004, annual increases in prescription drug spending slowed, to just 4 percent in 2010. According to the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, generics saved the U.S. health care system more than $824 billion from 2000 through 2009, and now save about $1 billion every three days.
The savings are only going to get greater as our overweight population ages. People who take their medicines regularly often avoid costly complications and hospitalizations, says AARP's policy chief, John Rother, bringing the system even bigger savings than the cheaper drugs.
In addition, many patients taking a particular brand-name drug will defect when a slightly older rival in the same class goes generic.
Global sales of Lipitor peaked at $12.9 billion in 2006, the year Zocor, an older drug in the statin class that reduces bad cholesterol, went generic. Lipitor sales then declined slowly but steadily to about $10.7 billion last year. That still makes Lipitor the biggest drug to go generic.
For patients, it's a godsend.
Douglas Torok, 59, of Erie, Pa., now spends nearly $290 every three months for insulin for his Type 2 diabetes, plus four daily pills, including Lipitor, Plavix and two generics, for his blood pressure and cholesterol problems. The $40,000-a-year foundry supervisor fears not being able to cover the out-of-pocket costs when he retires and doesn't have a generous prescription plan.
In the meantime, once Lipitor and Plavix get generic competition his copayment will plunge from the current $1 per day for each.
"I will pay $16 for 90 days" for both, says Torok, who hopes to travel more. "It's a big deal for me on my income."

Friday, July 15, 2011

Treat Rather Than Medicate

The below article, originally found at http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/15/health-asthma-idUSL3E7IE0RM20110715 focuses on Asthma treatments rather than Asthma medications. Do you agree? Do you think that many things are mental over physical? Read the below article and share your feelings!


Treatment, not medicine, helps asthma patients feel better:study



(Reuters Life!) - Inhaling albuterol helps asthmatic lungs work better, but patients who get it don't feel much better than those treated with a placebo inhaler or phony acupuncture, according to a U.S. study.

The results, which appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrate the importance of, literally, caring for patients and not just providing drugs, said co-author Ted Kaptchuk of Harvard Medical School.
The findings also demonstrate the impact of the so-called "placebo effect," or the phenomenon seen in clinical trials when people given inactive, fake "treatments," such as a sugar pill or saline, show improvements.

"My honest opinion is that a lot of medicine is the doctor-patient relationship," Kaptchuk told Reuters Health.

"A lot of doctors don't know that, they think it's their drugs. Our study demonstrates that the interaction between the two is actually a very strong component of healthcare."

All of the 39 patients, each of whom had mild-to-moderate asthma, thought the placebos were just as effective as the real therapy.

Those who got albuterol reported a 50 percent improvement in symptoms. The ones who got phony albuterol said they improved by 50 percent as well, while those getting sham acupuncture had a subjective improvement rate of 46 percent.

The only thing that didn't work as well, according to the patients' impressions, was no therapy at all, with the asthmatics sent home after waiting for several hours. In those cases, patients reported 21 percent improvement.

Only when the researchers measured the patients' ability to force air from their lungs was the benefit of albuterol clear. The so-called FEV1 volume improved by 20 percent with the drug, nearly three times more than the 7 percent increase in patients getting the fake acupuncture, ersatz albuterol or no treatment.

Fake acupuncture turned out to be the most convincing treatment and was done doing needles that retract into the handle instead of going into the skin. In addition, the needles were "inserted" into the wrong acupuncture points, said Kaptchuk, who is trained in the discipline.

Eighty-five percent of the people who got it thought they were getting a real therapy, compared to 73 percent who received real albuterol and 66 percent who were getting placebo albuterol.

"Patients could not reliably detect the difference between this robust effect of the active drug and the effects of inhaled placebo and sham acupuncture," the researchers wrote.

They also said the findings show that a patient's self-report can be an unreliable indicator of actual improvement.

Kaptchuk said the test may help resolve the longstanding question of whether placebo treatments, because they seem to show a benefit, actually affect the physical illness.

"But changing subjective outcomes is very important for us," he said.

"There are lots of illnesses with no objective outcomes, like depression and chronic pain, and what we've demonstrated is that provision of care really does change people's experience." SOURCE:bit.ly/qjgMaW (Reporting by Gene Emery at Reuters Health; editing by Elaine Lies)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Food Pyramid- NO MORE!



During the World War II era, American's were directed by the government to follow the food chart (on right). This chart and a message that was sweet and simple: as long as you eat healthy food, it is okay to cheat with the sweets and snacks every now and then. During this era American's were active in war, riding bicycles, playing sports, enjoying the weather, working for the war effort and overall were a very active population. However, as we know, the active lifestyles slowly turned into those of sedation and "couch potatoes." In turn, TV, internet, Wii, XBox, telephones, and other forms of technology grabbed the attention of American  citizens and the USDA needed to change their message from eat healthy and cheat if you want to a more strict and focused guideline.
For the past 20 years nutritional guidelines have been a constant reminder of the growing health concern in the United States. Questions such as, "Are you eating enough fruits and vegetables?" "Are you SURE you want to eat that bag of potato chips?" or my personal favorite "Aren't you worried about your portion size?"  have haunted almost every member of society once during a meal. However, there has never been an easy to understand, consistent message to the general public about what the right portion size is! 
While in elementary and middle school, I learned about the following graphic: 
The problem is/ was, that a pyramid with various foods did not help me understand what my  dinner plate, lunch plate or snacks should look like. Luckily, my family understood the guidelines and always provided a balanced meal (the family rule was there should ALWAYS be something green on my dinner plate). 
Yet, this is not always the case. What is a serving? How do you ensure that you have the perfect amount of carbohydrates while balancing fruit and vegetables? What happens when you go out to dinner and have no control over what the portions look like on your plate? 


Additionally, this pyramid discusses a healthy lifestyle by only addressing one side of  the problem. What about fitness? In school, when children learn about the pyramid, they have time to run around, play and have a fun recess on the playground or in the yard. As far as I remember, there is no class in 2nd grade that encourages students to "stay fit" or "work out." The First Lady's "Lets Move!" campaign to encourages children to stay active at home, but that is a new phenomenon to be recognized. For all of the above reasons, the government decided that the following pyramid should replace the relic from the 1990s(see right).
What is wrong with this pyramid you ask? It clearly includes fitness with the stairs and shows all of the food groups- however, it says nothing about quantity and portion control. It seems almost as if, in 2005, the USDA no longer cared about HOW MUCH food we ate as long as we knew what was supposed to be a balanced diet (meaning we eat the correct food groups and stay active).
This concept was a good idea... for those already living a healthy lifestyle! The pyramid from the 90's at least gave guidance on quantity- this just gives an outline. 
It seems to me as if the newest food chart or nutritional guidelines, released June 2, 2011, is the best attempt to inform the public on portion control AND a balanced meal.  The food plate (left) is a visual, friendly and easy way to understand what the food pyramids have been attempting to teach for the past 20 years!  LyfeBank Ohio is thrilled that there is finally a joint effort encourage healthy food choices AND active lifestyles! 
We also hope that you get active in your healthy lifestyle and make choices that promote wellness and active living. For more information about the new Food Plate, please visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. If you have any questions or concerns about the nutritional value of the food YOU put on your plate each day visit http://www.myfoodapedia.gov/ to learn more. Finally, if you are interested in "creating your own plate," contact LyfeBank Ohio or visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov/myplate/index.aspx to learn what is best for you!




Watch for a quick, informative and fun interpretation of the My Plate transition!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Dear 16-year old me

LyfeBank Ohio is VERY excited for the upcoming Summer months. In our little town of Bexley, Ohio we have had 89 and 40 degree days with 72 hours of each other. However, with the upcoming, skin bearing weather, we want to make sure that all of our followers are safe in the sun. We encourage you to watch the below video and share it with ANYONE you believe may benefit. 




We are always looking for more intriguing, useful, informative and relevant health care and health awareness resources. If you know of any other programs or causes you would like to see LyfeBank  Ohio share, please contact Sarah Grinstein (SGrinstein@LyfeBankOhio.com). 


Amended on : 6/14/2011 for additional information released by the FDA via an Associated Press Article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110614/ap_on_bi_ge/us_sunscreen_fda_rule;_ylt=Aq4ED1Gaod_Zi2TR9Ko5avTVJRIF;_ylu=X3oDMTJtZ3FkNmRyBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTEwNjE0L3VzX3N1bnNjcmVlbl9mZGFfcnVsZQRjcG9zAzEEcG9zAzIEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yeQRzbGsDbmV3cnVsZXN0b2N1

Last year (2010) an estimated 68,130 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with melanoma — the most dangerous form of skin cancer — and an estimated 8,700 died, according to the National Cancer Institute. Nearly $2 billion is spent treating the disease each year.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Food Revelation

At the LyfeBank Ohio office, we are always discussing the growing obesity problem in the United States. It is for that reason that Jeannine and Sarah were ecstatic for the second season of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution to premier on ABC. However, after the first episode, the LyfeBank Ohio office was ‘up in arms’ with the stubborn attitude of the LA School board. Not only would the board immediately dismiss Jamie at their board meetings, but they banned him from any school that receives any benefits from the board. Jamie wasn’t allowed to look at the food, the kitchens or discuss the food with any students. Jeannine was in shock (understandable) that the PARENTS and EDUCATORS did nothing about the stubborn position of the LA school board- more specifically the superintendent of LA school district (John Deasy).

LUCKILY, people in LA and around the nation watched the first handful of episodes and were also shocked by the superintendent’s attitude (I’m glad it’s not just a LyfeBank Ohio concern). On April 26, Jamie Oliver and the Superintendent of the LA School District appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. While on the show Deasy announced that he “wants” to discontinue offering flavored milk in his school district to fight childhood obesity.

As an office, we are not sure what changed his mind. Was it the national criticism he was receiving or was it that he truly had a “Food Revelation” that John Deasy can single handedly help fight obesity in the 2nd largest school district in the nation? I personally do not care one way or the other. As an office LyfeBank Ohio is VERY excited about the change and lesson learned from this situation.

If you want to make a change, go out and fight for it. Know what you want, figure out who you need to know, and work like a dog to make your goal a reality!


If you are interested in helping your county make a difference regarding obesity, health status, personal responsibility or anything else fostering a healthier America, please feel free to contact LyfeBank Ohio; we will help you make your change!






Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Learn About LyfeBank!

Learn more about LyfeBank by watching this video

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The Patient Access Network Foundation

Assistance for Helping the Underinsured Access the Health Care They Need.

The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation was founded in October 2004 as a solution to help the underinsured access the health care they so desperately need to continue living a relatively normal and productive lifestyle.

Since then, PAN has provided more than 60,000 underinsured patients with over $99 million dollars in much needed financial assistance to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses. Many of these patients would have few alternatives without the help of PAN. That’s why charitable donations from both the public and private sector are so crucial to continuing the financial assistance provided by the Foundation.

The Patient Access Network Foundation is an independent, national 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to providing underinsured patients with co-payment assistance through 21 disease-specific funds that give them access to the treatments they need.

If you’re interested in learning more about what you can do to help the underinsured lead healthier and happier lives, find out about the different ways to give to PAN. Donations are tax deductible and may be earmarked for use in specific funds. (Found on the PAN Foundation website)

The PAN foundation offers financial assistance to patients suffering from the following diseases:


If you, or someone you love, are looking for assistance, please utilize this outstanding resource.

Please note, that LyfeBank Ohio does not endorse and has no relationship with the PAN Foundation. All we want to do is provide our readers and clients with the best information available.

The Breast Cancer Site

There are many resources available for those suffering from Cancer and other terrible diseases. One resource that is "free" to all is www.thebreastcancersite.com. With a click of your mouse, you are able to supply free mammograms to women in need. Additionally, this site supplies various programs to help patients currently fighting cancer that cannot afford their medications- or that are currently uninsured. Below is one program made available through this site. If you are interested in learning more, we at LyfeBank Ohio, encourage you to give us a call or look around the website to see how you can help!


 Help a Woman During Breast Cancer Treatment


Help an underinsured woman with breast cancer obtain the medication she has been prescribed.
In the fight against breast cancer, women need all the help they can get. Imagine that you have a doctor's prescription for proven, life-saving drugs to help you in that battle. Now imagine that your insurance does not cover the cost of those drugs. Sadly, this is the case for an ever-expanding pool of Americans.
When insurance companies deny the costs of prescription medications, The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation can help. Traditional patient-assistance programs can only help the uninsured. In contrast, PAN seeks to help those patients whose insurance is inadequate to cover the costs of their treatment. Rather than consigning low-income and underinsured patients to the impossible choice between their health and their financial survival, PAN aims to bridge the gap in insurance coverage, helping patients obtain the medicine that their doctors have prescribed them.
You can help a woman with breast cancer afford her medication. Choose to provide:
  • One Day of Breast Cancer Medication ($21.00)
  • One Week of Breast Cancer Medication ($144.00)
  • One Week of Anemia Medication ($48.00). Anemia (a dangerously low level of iron) is a common side-effect of chemotherapy. Anemia can also develop from kidney conditions, heart disease, HIV-AIDS and other chronic diseases.
Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation is an independent non-profit established in 2004 and dedicated to assisting patients who cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs associated with their treatment needs. With 20 disease-specific funds, PAN assists the underinsured in accessing health care treatments. Throughout all 50 states and three U.S. territories, PAN provides trained case managers with whom patients or advocates may speak about their care. Patient Access Network Foundation provides hope at times when people have nowhere else to turn.
After making your donation, you will receive an automated e-mail with a link to a full-color certificate of acknowledgment that you may print and frame for display or gift-giving. Adobe Acrobat Reader, or equivalent .pdf viewing program, is required to open the file. The certificate makes a great "instant" gift for an honored colleague, family member or friend.
Please note: Your donation is tax-deductible in the U.S.A., and you will receive a receipt from GreaterGood.org for your taxes. 100% of this gift goes to The Patient Access Network Foundation as a grant through GreaterGood.org.. GreaterGood Network stores do not receive any profit from the sale of this Gift That Gives More™; we bring it to you in the spirit of the greater good. GreaterGood.org has ultimate authority and discretion with regard to the distribution of its funds. All expenditures made are consistent with the exempt purposes of GreaterGood.org.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Columbus School gets Moving!!

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2011  03:07 AM

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

While first lady Michelle Obama spoke yesterday to a crowd on the South Side, 25 high-school students in another part of town were stretching and kicking their legs.
It was the twice-a-week Fit Club meeting at Eastmoor Academy, a fitness program inspired by Mrs. Obama's Let's Move anti-obesity initiative.
Rio Green, a Spanish teacher at the East Side high school, founded the club in November after she read a newspaper article about Let's Move.
"I read it and thought, 'Wow, that would be an amazing thing to do with the students.'"
The club meets for an hour in the band room every Tuesday and Thursday after school, with students and Green exercising and discussing healthful eating habits.
Green, 26, prepares a different type of exercise for each meeting and has included kick-boxing, reggae workouts and hybrid forms of exercise that Green has created herself.
"We started with 40, until people started figuring out it was a real workout," Green said.
"It's much harder than gym," said Isaiah Earley, a 14-year-old freshman who joined the club in the fall.
Brittany Anderson, also a freshman at Eastmoor, said the club helps pull her away from the TV screen and computer monitor - a welcome change.
"Most of us sit in our house and are getting out of shape," she said.
Last year, the first lady aimed the national spotlight on promoting childhood wellness and, since then, school-based clubs and organizations on wellness have become increasingly popular.
The call to action was the perfect impetus for Green, who has struggled most of her life with her weight and had wanted to do something about it. She said the club has made her healthier.
"Students keep me on my toes," she said. "Every other day, they ask what I've eaten.
"It's about trying to make this a lifestyle change."
Fit Club also is raising funds for a multiple-sclerosis walk at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium this Saturday morning. Members have raised $500 so far, and many of the students will participate in the 1.5-mile walk.
Currently, 30 percent of children in Ohio are overweight, according to a state Health Department study released in March.
Last year, the Kaiser Foundation reported that children spend more than 50 hours a week in front of television and computer screens.
All students just need the chance to educate themselves and work out more, said Andrelisae Robinson, a 17-year-old junior at Eastmoor.
"I hope that everybody gets a program like this," Robinson said.