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4 days ago

Tips for Finding a Good Long Term Care Facility by Seth Molton

What is an ideal long term care facility? Various answers cropped up from the aged who, after all, make up a big percentage of the recipients of caring services in the USA and elsewhere for that matter.

Most men and women in their retirement years still prefer to be cared for by their children right in the comforts of their homes. However true, there are some individuals accustomed to their independence and would rather be under the care of nursing institutions or retirement communities.

Living with your children and opting for the services of a nursing home or an assisted living facility have its advantages, but you shouldn't discount the fact that each also has its downside.

For instance, home care will ensure you're well taken care of because your kids or other relatives will be present 24/7 to assist you in all areas of activities of daily living (ADL),such as eating, bathing, using the toilet, dressing up, and performing house chores among others. Unfortunately, you cannot count on them to administer medications especially if you have a serious health condition because they are not trained professionally on the medical or nursing field.

Those Medical Equipment Suppliers who can afford to pay a professional would prefer home health care and, thus, hire a licensed nurse or medical practitioner to look after them, and attend to their medical needs. However helpful this is to a patient, studies done on long term care show that the government will not shoulder the expenses of caring services performed in one's home except if the reason behind it is medical.

Meanwhile, patients with low to no income are an exception in the eyes of the government. So even if the reason for their home care is nonmedical, the government will definitely consider paying the home care services that were provided to them.

Cost of Long Term Care

Your budget for long term care will depend on your choice or type of long term care facility. If you will opt for home care or home health care, you will not spend as much as you would in a nursing home or assisted living facilities.

Besides your budget, however, your health condition is also an important factor to consider when choosing a caring facility. At home, your medical equipment is probably limited to the basic such as a sphygmomanometer, thermometer, weighing scale, and perhaps a nebulizer. Unfortunately, these are not enough to address very serious conditions like heart diseases, cancer, respiratory problems, and many others that require complete medical facilities.

Apart from the fact that licensed nurses and therapists are employed by nursing homes and assisted living quarters, these places are equipped with the necessary medical facilities to constantly monitor the progress or deterioration of your health condition.

In 2010, it was recorded that a nursing home in America roughly cost $200 a day. That made an annual cost of $73,000, which a retiree had to fork over from his savings account. Investing in a pension plan could have saved him a chunk of his hard earned money.

4 days ago

When the IRS requires you to send in form 1099-MISC

(MoneyWatch) With more folks being self-employed, and paying for the services they need to run their businesses, it's become important for these individuals to know IRS rules and requirements for issuing 1099-Misc forms.

If during the calendar year you hired contractors in the course of running your trade or business, you may have to issue them a 1099-Misc. The IRS makes this requirement so that you remind folks you pay to include such payments on their tax returns. Additionally you would need to furnish the IRS with a copy of the 1099-Misc.

The current rules are:

- Payments to any one contractor of $600 or more during the tax year in the course of your trade or business. The contractor must be an individual or partnership; payments to corporations currently do not require a 1099, except for noted below.

- Professional fees to an attorney, doctor or other professional are included, as long as they are made in the course of your trade or business. Do not issue a 1099 for payments that are for personal expenses.

- Payments to corporations are included only if they are for medical, health care, legal or fishing activities (yes, fishing!).

Payment of $600 or more in rent for office space, machines, equipment or land in the course of your trade or business will also require a 1099-Misc if the payment was made to an individual or partnership, not a corporation.

Payments include commissions, fees, interest, rents, royalties, annuities and any other type of compensation or income to a single recipient.

There are a few additional requirements to keep in mind:

- The IRS deadline for mailing 1099 forms in respect to payments made in 2012 to your recipients is Jan. 31, 2013.

- If you inadvertently fail to issue a proper Form 1099, the IRS can assess a $50 penalty. The penalty for each intentional failure can be $100 or more.

It's important to note that individuals are not required to send 1099-MISC for personal payments. Individuals are not required to send a 1099-MISC to an independent contractor to whom you have made a personal payment unrelated to your trade or business. So you don't have to issue a 1099-MISC to your landscaper or house painter....not yet anyway.

6 days ago

Medical Equipment for Small Laboratories

Medical laboratories are equipped with devices to collect, test and analyze tissues, cells or fluids for the diagnosis or treatment of diseases. This article looks at some of the basic medical equipment that small laboratories need to carry out these operations.

List of Essential Laboratory Equipment

A list of medical devices for small laboratories would include:

o Autoclaves

o Balances

o Microscopes

o Centrifuges

o Spectrophotometers

o Analyzers

o Laboratory refrigerators and freezers

o Water baths

Accessories, reagents and consumable would also be required.

An important point to remember when buying lab equipment is that it should preferably be compact, portable lightweight. A closer look at some commonly used devices:

o Laboratory autoclaves: Used for sterilization, autoclaves are indispensable in medical labs. Small facilities usually have a space constraint. So they should invest in autoclaves that can be accommodated even on a crowded benchtop. The 230V BioClave 16 Benchtop Research Autoclave from Benchmark Research Products is an excellent model that is compact but features steel interior chambers that are spacious enough to hold a variety of liquids, media, instruments, glassware, plasticware and other common laboratory items. It is fully automatic and offers complete rapid sterilization.

o Laboratory centrifuges: Centrifuges are another indispensable piece of medical laboratory equipment. They spin liquids at very high speeds Medical Equipment Suppliers to separate their components for analysis. There are many different types of centrifuges available in the market, including floor and benchtop models. The Beckman Spinchron centrifuge is an excellent system designed for use in all facilities performing any clinical laboratory testing.

o Laboratory microscopes: Used for close examination of specimens, lab microscopes could be monocular, binocular or trinocular. Necessary for pathology, hematology, cytology and microbiology tests, a good microscope is built for rigorous daily laboratory use. Large eye pieces offering high-resolution flat-field imaging are available. User-friendly models with a good light source ensure hassle-free operation.

o Laboratory refrigerators and freezers: The ideal type of freezer for lab use would be one that features a temperature that allows long-term storage of vaccines and laboratory products. Units that easily fit on top of counters are available.

Sourcing Medical Equipment for Small Laboratories

It is highly recommended that lab equipment and supplies are sourced from a supplier that offers new and recertified equipment. Small medical labs that operate on limited budgets would find recertified equipment a great advantage as it costs much less than new. Reliable suppliers take care to see that the recertified equipment they offer is refurbished to meet original manufacturer specifications.

Partnering with a CCR certified medical equipment supplier is also advisable. This would ensure the services of factory-trained technicians, on-site repair, prompt and safe product delivery, proper warranty, and the availability of controls, consumables, spare parts and accessories, and reagents. Competitive pricing is also ensured.

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1 week ago

William Edwards Deming - InfoBarrel

Total Quality Management (TQM)Executive Summary

Voted on as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Business in the last century, W. Edward Deming has helped redirect the focus of many businesses - namely those in post World War II Japan. Deming's Total Quality Management (TQM) philosophy in the manufacturing sector focuses on continuous improvement in the production process while maintaining a primary focus on customer satisfaction.

2 weeks ago

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2 weeks ago

The Secret Stories Behind Kempton Park Haunted Hospital South Africa


Ghost stories, particularly involving old and abandoned hospitals will really scare people, especially those who perceive ghost stories to be real. Kempton Park is just one of the many clinics around the world that are investigated by paranormal agents in order to determine if the ghost stories indeed are true. However, the investigation process yielded not only ghost stories and demonic recordings but secrets, involving doctors and patients as well.


After they shut their doors in 1997, when the management declared in 1996 that it was no longer accepting new patients due to severe shortage of medical staff, the local government entered into an agreement to revive it.

2 weeks ago

BRIEF-Infusystem completeS initial assessment of potential impact of SE1609 on business | Reuters

June 2 Infusystem Holdings Inc :

* Company interprets se1609 as no longer permitting durable

medical equipment suppliers to submit billings to DME medical

administrative contractors

* Medicare accounted for 20% and 19% of company's total

revenues for three month period ended march 31, 2016

* Estimates transition Medical Equipment Suppliers to temporary alternative billing

arrangement will have a net reduction to its operating income of

about $1 million annually

* Completed its initial assessment of potential impact of

SE1609 on company's business

* As a result of SE1609, company will now submit the

billings directly to physicians or hospitals will seek

reimbursement from Medicare

* Currently expects that SE1609 will have no direct material

impact on majority of patients of company's customers

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