• Where to get free flu shots

    Obtaining Free Flu Shots

    There are a number of locations to obtain a complimentary influenza shot:

    1. Your Employer

    Many employers provide cost-free flu shots to all workers this year. They may also offer totally free influenza shots to relatives as well. Consult your company to see if they will be offering cost-free influenza shots this year. If they are not, provide this feedback– the economic impact.of the influenza in the United StateS is $87.1 billion annually, in lost work and other indirect expenses like healthcare.

    2. Your Physician with your Health Insurance

    Indirectly, via your company or if you have a public health.insurance exchange, your medical insurance can   pay for your influenza shot with no cost, because of Affordable Care Act insurance coverage rules, when provided by an in-network supplier.

    3. Your County Health Department

    Several regional wellness departments offer cost-free flu shots to kids as well as the elderly. Progressively they are offering this solution to everyone. The only downside is the potential for long waiting lines.  Have a look at your county or cities web site for  more details.

    Other Cheap Flu Shot Locations

    If you don’t have health insurance, or an employer or county health.department that offers cost-free flu shots, there are a variety of stores providing rather affordable flu shots for the 2015-2016 flu season. If you do.have medical insurance that covers influenza shots, it might even be more.convenient compared to going to your doctor.


    • Costco Flu Shots: Costs $14.99. The least expensive on this listing if you don’t have insurance.
    • CVS Flu shots: Costs$31.99. You get a 20% off one-time promo valid on non-sale. goods and non-pharmacy acquisitions as much as $50(optimum value $10 ). Typical co-pay applies.
    • Walgreen’s Flu Shots:$31.99 Insurance approval differs. Typical co-pay applies.
    • Rite Aid Flu Shots: Costs$31.99. Insurance policy approval differs. Typical co-pay applies.
    • Meijer Flu Shot Costs$27.99. Insurance approval differs. Common co-pay applies.
    • Wal Mart Flu Shots: Costs$25. Insurance policy acceptance differs, Usual co-pay applies.
    • Sams Club Flu Shots: Costs $15. Insurance acceptance varies. Common co-pay applies.
    • Kroger Flu Shots Costs$28. Insurance coverage approval varies. Typical co-pay applies.
    • Target Flu Shots: Costs$24.99. Insurance policy acceptance differs.Normal co-pay applies.


    You can also check the CDC’s Flu.gov influenza shot locator site, which provides a map of places near you that supply influenza shots.

  • NCLR and Peers for Progress Release Comprehensive Guides to Implementing Peer Support Programs

    2015-04-22_1701Peers for Progress, a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) announced the release of two essential guides to enable accelerated implementation and scale-up of peer support programs in order to meet global healthcare challenges.

    The Peers for Progress Program Development Guide, is a comprehensive practical handbook representing the culmination of six years of intensive study and reporting by community health leaders across the globe. The guide serves as resource for potential and existing peer support program managers, providing step-by-step instruction on program planning, monitoring and evaluation, quality improvement, and sustainability. Healthcare providers and community leaders seeking to implement peer support programs will also find supporting documentation for their efforts in the form of a recently completed economic analysis report, which demonstrates the cost-effectiveness of implementing these programs and suggests an innovative payment model for peer support.

    “We are very excited to introduce the Peers for Progress Program Development Guide, which offers a menu of good practices and how-to resources for the healthcare community,” said Edwin B. Fisher, global director of Peers for Progress. “Existing program directors will benefit from the guidance on how to create and maintain the necessary frameworks for successful programs, and new managers will find the tools they need to demonstrate the real-world application of peer support programs in a variety of community settings.”

    The second resource, Mi Salud es Primero: A Model for Implementing a Promotores de Salud Program for Diabetes Self-Management in a Primary Care Setting, outlines an ideal design and implementation of a peer support program that could meet the needs of Spanish-speaking communities, which are often underserved and disproportionately affected by chronic illnesses such as diabetes. The guide draws on research from the Mi Salud es Primero/My Health Comes First program, targeted to urban, low-income primarily Latino adults with type 2 diabetes in Chicago, Illinois, which integrated promotores de salud or community health workers in a primary care setting.

    “NCLR finds that working with promotores de salud is highly effective in providing Latinos with the peer support they need to learn to eat healthier foods, exercise in a way that fits into their daily routines, and better follow their doctors’ instructions. These community health workers truly understand the challenges facing Latino patients and are able to share information in a way that is culturally and linguistically appropriate,” said A. Manuela McDonough, Associate Director, Institute for Hispanic Health, NCLR.

    Together with legacy data from the global studies, the Peers for Progress and NCLR guides strongly illustrate the crucial role peer support programming plays in closing gaps in healthcare.

    Copies of the guides may also be ordered by contacting info@peersforprogress.org or news@nclr.org

  • Six Things You Should Know about Rashes

    child rashes.shutterstock_123958123Chances are that your child will develop at least one mysterious bump, welt or break-out in his or her childhood. While common, rashes may not be always benign. It’s a good idea to ask your child’s pediatrician to look at a rash and determine whether treatment (or just observation) is necessary.

    Usually, nothing is better than seeing the rash up close and in person; however, I can get clues over the phone to help me determine the possible cause and significance of a rash. Below, I’ve listed 6 questions I ask about a rash, which I hope can help you be better prepared when you call the doctor’s office.

    1.  Is there a fever?

    Fevers that accompany rashes may indicate an infection. The most common causes of rashes associated with fevers are viral infections. Viral illnesses such as Hand-Foot-Mouth disease or Fifth disease have a characteristic appearance and usually do not require any specific treatment (besides fever reducers as needed). Bacterial infections, such as cellulitis or strep throat, are less common but generally require some form of treatment, such as antibiotics.

    2.  Is the rash only on one area or in multiple places?

    Localized rashes are more consistent with direct irritants like diaper rash or contact dermatitis from poison ivy. A head-to-toe rash is more likely to occur from a systemic exposure like a virus or an allergic reaction to foods or oral medications.

    3.  Is it itchy, painful or “just there”? 

    For rashes without symptoms like itchiness or pain, my recommendation is usually to leave them alone. I discourage parents from putting lotions or other topical forms of treatment on them.

    An asymptomatic, all-over rash can follow a viral infection. For example, roseola is a red rash that shows up after a fever is gone. While generalized and impressive-looking, roseola is not contagious or a cause of concern once the rash appears.

    An example of a symptomatic, itchy rash is eczema or atopic dermatitis. Eczema looks like red, blotchy, scaly patches on the cheeks, neck, crook of the elbows and back of the knees.

    An example of a local, “just-there” rash is ringworm. This rash presents as round lesions with a raised, red border and a lighter, scaly center.

    4.  If it’s a red rash, is it “blanchable”?

    “Blanchable” means “turns white when pressing on it.” If you push on a red rash and the skin turns lighter momentarily, then it’s blanchable. This feature distinguishes a rash from a bruise because a bruise will not blanch. Non-blanchable rashes can be associated with bleeding underneath the skin either from injury or a clotting deficiency and can be more serious.

    5.  Are the eyes, mouth or joints also involved?

    The rash might be a clue to an issue beyond the skin, such as an inflammatory or allergic condition. I always ask if the white part of the eyes is red or if the inside of the mouth has swelling, blisters or bumps.

    6.  Is the rash new or has it been there for a while?

    If it started a few days ago, it’s acute. Chronic rashes have been there or have come and gone over some time frame. Chronic rashes may have evolved – by scratching, treatment or other means. In that case, I would want to know how it looked in the very beginning and how its appearance has changed over time.

  • Find free care, fast: New website will create national index of safety net clinics

    A fragile medical safety net stretches across America, made up of thousands of clinics offering free and low-cost health care to those with no other place to turn.

    Run by a wide range of nonprofit groups, religious organizations, communities and educational institutions, they serve a vital role — and will continue to do so even as more Americans get access to health insurance.

    But finding a clinic, and figuring out what it offers, can pose a challenge.

    Enter a group of University of Michigan Medical School students and their colleagues from health and information technology schools at U-M.

    Together, they’ve launched findcare.org, a nonprofit website that aims to make it easy to find free or sliding-scale clinics near you, learn who they assist, what services they offer, understand where and when they’re open, and how to contact them.

    The site’s database already includes information on over 500 clinics in Michigan and approximately 2,000 in the Midwest; the Michigan clinics are already available on the website. The Findcare team aims to expand the website into a nationwide resource with information provided by clinics themselves, and by other groups of community-minded health professions students.

    With funding from the U-M Medical School and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the students built findcare.org and added clinic information to its database relying primarily on volunteer labor. They used an interactive Google Maps API interface to make searching and navigation easier.

    More than two dozen students helped pull together the information on the site from a wide range of sources, and build an interface that works well on mobile devices and desktop computers. You might call them community service entrepreneurs.

    Together, they created a system for adding and updating clinic information that relies on a form of crowdsourcing, though with added measures to ensure the validity of information. Individuals who submit valid information can become “trusted users” over time. This will make findcare.org a dynamic and essentially self-updating site, unlike previous sites with similar aims.

    Although the Affordable Care Act has allowed millions of people to get health insurance coverage, millions more still lack it — including those living in states that have chosen not to accept federal dollars to expand eligibility for Medicaid.

    In all, 13.4 percent of those living in the U.S. are uninsured, according to the latest poll by the Gallup organization. Federal projections show that as many as 30 million people living in the U.S. could still be uninsured in the year 2023.

    That reality makes findcare.org an important resource, says one of the U-M leaders who helped fund the project.

    “Our medical students who took the initiative on this project, and their partners from other U-M schools and at other institutions, should take real pride in achieving something that will serve the community in an entirely new way,” says Rajesh Mangrulkar, M.D., Associate Dean for medical student education at the U-M Medical School. “I hope their colleagues at universities across the country will join this movement and make the directory as robust as it can be.”

    Michael Gao, who will graduate this month from the U-M Medical School, and Elizabeth Haworth-Hoeppner, a rising fourth-year medical student, lead the organization along with first-year medical students Michael Huarng and Sanjana Malviya. Findcare now includes students from the U-M Medical School, the schools of Information, Public Health, Social Work, the colleges of Engineering and Pharmacy, and the Ross Business School.

    They received support and guidance from Sanjay Saint, M.D., MPH, the George Dock Collegiate Professor of Internal Medicine at U-M and associate chief of medicine at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Joel Howell, M.D., the Victor Vaughn Collegiate Professor of the History of Mdicine, also contributed.

    The idea grew out of the frustration experienced by U-M medical students who several years ago sought to create what has now become the U-M Student-Run Free Clinic, with help from faculty physicians. Just finding information on free clinics in the Ann Arbor area was difficult.

    The idea of building a website aimed at people without insurance, or experiencing financial hardship, may seem strange, Gao acknowledges.

    But studies have shown that 70 percent of low-income people access the Internet for health information, and that inexpensive smartphones have leveled the playing field for Internet access among people of different backgrounds.

    The students will continue to add clinics in the Midwest and hope that others will add more. As many as 15,000 free and sliding scale clinics, and clinics that accept uninsured patients, may exist across the nation.

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  • IBM, Coriell Life Sciences and CareKinesis Deliver Personalized Medicine to the Elderly Via the Cloud

    IBM, Coriell Life Sciences and CareKinesis Deliver Personalized Medicine to the Elderly Via the Cloud With SoftLayer, Healthcare Providers Can Better Analyze and Store Genetic Data in the Cloud to Improve Care IBM Corporation logo. (PRNewsFoto/IBM Corporation) LAS VEGAS, April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a collaboration with Coriell Life Sciences, a provider of genetic analysis at point of care, and CareKinesis, Inc., a Medication Risk Mitigation® pharmacy services firm, to bring personalized medicine to the elderly based on analyzing and storing genetic data in a secure cloud environment. Using SoftLayer, an IBM Company, Coriell Life Sciences, in collaboration with IBM and CareKinesis, is launching an initiative with Program for All Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) clients, which cares for more than 5,000 seniors, helping to enhance medication safety by better understanding how high-risk individuals respond to specific medications and drug treatments. Currently, about three out of four older Americans have multiple chronic health conditions. Many of these patients are being treated with drugs that may work at odds with each other – the medication being used for one condition can actually make another condition worse. By 2030, one in five Americans will be over age 65. As a result, increasing healthcare costs and the healthcare system are just beginning to feel the burden. “The goal of personalized medicine is to individualize healthcare by using knowledge of patients’ health history, behaviors, environments, and, most recently, individual genetic makeup when making clinical decisions,” explained CareKinesis CEO Calvin H. Knowlton, BSPharm, MDiv, PhD. “This initiative will allow physicians to collaborate with CareKinesis pharmacists to access a patient’s genetic data to better understand what drug treatments are likely to be responded to, thus reducing medication-related problems and hospital visits, while decreasing the individual’s overall healthcare costs.” Overcoming the Big Data Challenge Working with genetic data presents massive challenges for both data storage and privacy protection. A whole human genome produces more than three billion points of data for a single individual. To address these issues, Coriell Life Sciences turned to a cloud storage service based on SoftLayer. In collaboration with IBM, Coriell Life Sciences built a scalable, cloud-based solution that safely and cost-effectively stores data in Coriell Life Sciences’ GeneVault. The GeneVault stores and manages millions of genetic data points. This data is then interpreted and shared with physicians through CareKinesis who layer additional medication management decision factors into a holistic tool for doctors within PACE organizations. Under the strict privacy controls of the interconnected CareKinesis and Coriell Life Sciences systems, physicians, healthcare providers and medical experts can access a patient’s genomic interpretation via any web connected device. For example, a cardiologist may consider prescribing a popular blood-thinning drug for an elderly man, but may be concerned about the potential for an adverse reaction. The PACE Team decides to conduct a test to assess if the participant will respond to the medication being considered. The test is run by swabbing the inside of the patient’s cheek to collect a tiny amount of genetic material, which goes to Coriell Life Sciences for testing. Results are analyzed and interpreted for their impact on drug response. The resulting report is then transmitted to the doctor giving guidance on whether the patient can safely use the drug. CareKinesis supports the process by making pharmacotherapy recommendations based on these results. The data can be used at any time it is needed in the future for pharmacotherapy prescribing decisions. “This approach of treating conditions ‘one at a time’ even if the treatments might conflict with one another has been common in medicine, in part because little information exists to guide practitioners in how to consider this problem, weigh alternatives and identify different options. Better understanding of an individual’s genome can lead to a more effective dosage regimen,” said Scott Megill, CEO of Coriell Life Sciences. “Now with the collaboration with IBM and CareKinesis, personalized medicine is presenting many new options to this growing demographic. The combination of cloud and mobile is making a healthcare ecosystem possible with the patient center stage, delivering health services more efficiently.” For more information on Coriell Life Sciences, visit http://www.coriell.com/ For more information on CareKinesis, visit http://www.carekinesis.com/ For more information on IBM Healthcare, visit www.ibm.com/industries/healthcare/ For more information about cloud offerings from IBM, visit http://www.ibm.com/cloud. For more information on IBM Impact, visit www.ibm.com/press/ibmimpact2014. For media inquiries, contact: Lizette Kodama IBM Media Relations 1 (646) 675-0750 lkodama@us.ibm.com

  • Free Pain Assessment and Injury Screen Available at Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers

    Company Logo, Putting Patients First.  (PRNewsFoto/Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers)Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers—the largest physical therapist owned and managed practice in the U.S—is kicking off the New Year by offering free pain assessment and injury screens from licensed professionals trained in treating musculoskeletal conditions.  All Accelerated locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin and Arizona are providing complimentary pain and injury screens.

    The 30-minute assessment is performed by a highly trained physical or occupational therapist. It encompasses a hands-on, musculoskeletal assessment of the patient’s injury or pain and includes tests for muscle strength, joint stability and flexibility.  During the exam, these licensed professionals will also test for range of motion and mobility.

    Depending on the results, Accelerated therapists will recommend next steps, which may include an appointment with a board-certified physician who best meets the needs of the patient.  Additionally, Accelerated may offer the patient advice on strengthening exercises and non-surgical options for treatment.

    Accelerated’s free injury screen offers:

    – Complimentary assessment by a licensed physical or occupational therapist
    – Convenient, easy scheduling
    – Advice about exercises for health and wellness
    – Recommended treatment options and course of care
    – Physician referral, if necessary

    “Instead of seeking a solution, people with pain often postpone treatment,” explains Sarah Jensen, Chief Clinical Officer for Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers.  “Ignoring an injury or pain for too long can cause more harm.  By offering patients a free screening, we can detect problems and send patients to appropriate professionals for proper treatment.”

    To schedule a free injury screen, call 877-97-REHAB or log on to www.acceleratedrehab.com.  Patients will receive an appointment within 48 hours at their nearest Accelerated location.

    *Free injury screenings are not available for federally funded payers

    About Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers, Ltd.

    Chicago-based Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers is a premier provider of a wide array of comprehensive patient services and specialized physical therapy programs.  Since 1989, Accelerated has grown to over 300 outpatient locations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Ohio and Arizona, becoming the top choice for many professional athletes, large employers, and busy professionals.  For more information, call 877-97-REHAB, or visit www.acceleratedrehab.com.

    Contact: Kim Rosenlund, Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers, 708-539-9446

    SOURCE Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers, Ltd.

  • Fighting the Bronx’s Obesity Epidemic by Creating a World of Possibilities Where Health and Wellness Allow You to Soar

    Urban Health Plan (UHP) will celebrate the official opening of its most recent health center, the Simpson Pavilion on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 9:00AM. The new, state-of-the-art, 54,000-square-foot facility will enable UHP to care for an additional 20,000 South Bronx residents. It will house UHP’s adult medicine, walk-in pediatrics, behavioral health and OB/GYN departments, as well as a fitness center for patients and a demonstration kitchen designed by UHP partner Canyon Ranch Institute and the chefs of the world-renowned Canyon Ranch Health Resort.

    Included in this major expansion, the new demonstration kitchen is part of a long-standing partnership between the nonprofit Canyon Ranch Institute (CRI), which brings life-enhancing programs to underserved communities, and Urban Health Plan, a network of community hospitals in the Bronx and Queens. The Simpson Pavilion demonstration kitchen will be the pilot site of the CRI Healthy Table program. A UHP nutritionist was trained to lead the program through a culinary internship with the Canyon Ranch culinary department led by Corporate Chef Scott Uehlein in Tucson, Arizona.

    Urban Health Plan and Canyon Ranch Institute experts co-developed the CRI Healthy Table program to pilot in the Bronx, which was also the first pilot site for the award-winning CRI Life Enhancement Program. The goal of CRI Healthy Table is to create a healthier community through food and cooking education delivered in an evidence-based, integrative, high-quality, culturally proficient, and health literate manner through programs that are accessible to all community members.

    “We have been a partner with Canyon Ranch Institute since 2007. Together, we have taken Canyon Ranch’s Life Enhancement Program, which is offered at the world’s premier health and wellness resort in Tucson, Arizona, and created our own version for use with our patients in the Bronx,” said Paloma Hernandez, M.P.H., M.S., president and CEO of Urban Health Plan. “As a result of this partnership, we have seen improvements in our patients’ health, including weight loss, less depression, and decreases in HG A1C levels,” she added.

    “The Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program has many components, and nutrition is one of them. Our new demonstration kitchen and CRI Healthy Table program allow us to provide hands-on cooking classes to enable patients and community residents to learn how to cook healthy meals. This is particularly important in the Bronx, a borough that has once again been identified in the County Health Rankings as one of the unhealthiest counties in New York State,” said Elvira Rella, R.D., director of Nutrition at Urban Health Plan.

    Through the CRI Healthy Table program, community residents will have access to lunch-and-learn sessions, cooking demonstrations, and hands-on cooking classes that feature delicious, affordable, and nutritious meals and recipes. The program also includes a visit to a local farmer’s market and grocery store tours to help guide participants in making healthy food choices, including understanding nutrition and ingredient labels.

    “Urban Health Plan is a model for health care delivery of the future,” said Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States and president of Canyon Ranch Institute. “Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease, are the most costly health problems facing our nation. Together with Canyon Ranch Institute, Urban Health Plan is providing integrative health and wellness programs and services to the community where I was raised, and I am so grateful for the significant health improvements that all residents have access to and can appreciate.”

    “CRI Healthy Table combines nutrition science with the opportunity for people to personally experience shopping for, cooking, and eating healthy foods in a welcoming, beautiful setting within their own community,” said Jennifer Cabe, M.A., executive director and board member of Canyon Ranch Institute. “We are proud to work in partnership with Urban Health Plan to demonstrate that the best practices of health and wellness pioneered at Canyon Ranch are replicable and sustainable and continue to make a positive difference for people in low-income communities.”

    The Simpson Pavilion is Urban Health Plan’s ninth clinic site. It was financed through a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the New York City Council, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., State Senator Ruben Diaz and new market tax credits (NMTC). The combined $37.8 million NMTC transaction was structured with funds from Enterprise, a national leader in community development and one of the largest allocates of NMTC, the Nonprofit Finance Fund and Stonehenge Community Development. Goldman Sachs provided NMTC equity to the project as well as debt financing.


    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Urban Health Plan’s Simpson Pavilion


    Friday, April 25, 2014 at 9:00AM


    1054 Simpson Street, Bronx, NY 10459


    Staff and patients of Urban Health Plan, elected officials, community residents, community organizations

    About Urban Health Plan:  Urban Health Plan is a network of federally qualified community health centers based in the South Bronx and Queens. Its mission is to improve the health status of underserved communities. In 2013, UHP served more than 60,000 patients through more than 300,000 patient visits at eight clinic sites, eight school-based clinics and four part-time sites. It has served the Hunts Point, Mott Haven, Morrisania and other surrounding communities since 1974. UHP is Joint Commission accredited and has been awarded Level 3 recognition as a Physician Practice Connections-Patient Centered Medical Home (PPC-PCMH) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) since 2009. Level 3 is the highest recognition awarded by the NCQA. It has been named one of the top 25 not-for-profits in the country by Hispanic Business Magazine for the past four years.

    About Canyon Ranch Institute®: Canyon Ranch Institute catalyzes the possibility of optimal health for all people by translating the best practices of Canyon Ranch and our partners to help educate, inspire, and empower every person to prevent disease and embrace a life of wellness. Canyon Ranch Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity. More information is available at www.canyonranchinstitute.org. On Twitter @CRIhealthyworld

  • Nutrisystem Launches Digital Weight Loss System


    Nutrisystem Launches Digital Weight Loss System New Multi-Platform Digital Product Designed for DIY Category Backed by Over 40 Years of Weight Loss Expertise Nutrisystem announces the launch of NuMi(TM) by Nutrisystem, a flexible, new digital weight loss system for the do-it-yourself dieter as well as dieters transitioning from a structured meal plan or looking for a post-diet weight maintenance program. … FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Nutrisystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI), a leading provider of weight management products and services, announced today the launch of NuMi™ by Nutrisystem, a flexible, new digital weight loss system for the do-it-yourself dieter as well as dieters transitioning from a structured meal plan or looking for a post-diet weight maintenance program. Backed by over 40 years of weight loss expertise combined with cutting-edge technology, NuMi offers an interactive solution for the nutritional, emotional and physical components of a weight loss journey. “We recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to weight loss. In fact, 83% of all dieters try to lose weight without a structured program,” explained Dawn Zier, CEO of Nutrisystem. “We believe that it is important to have a digital product as part of our portfolio that addresses the needs of do-it-yourself dieters – a new segment for us – and also helps people transition from structured programs. Having the ability to get in-the-moment coaching is a game changer in this space and allows NuMi to provide a truly individualized solution for dieters looking for flexibility in managing their weight loss journey.” Nutrisystem set up an entrepreneurial team of engineers, data scientists, nutritionists and psychologists to pioneer NuMi’s holistic, interactive solution. The premise: the best diet for anyone is the one they can stick with given their ever-changing lifestyle needs. “We developed an interactive system that is far more than a prescribed diet, tracker or calorie counter. NuMi is designed for today’s DIY dieters as they go about their daily lives – whether they’re at home or at a restaurant, in the mood to exercise or feeling sluggish, looking to lose 5 pounds or 25 pounds,” said Aditi Gokhale, Senior Vice President & GM Digital at Nutrisystem. “Losing weight and keeping it off is not easy. We’re thrilled to have pioneered a real time, on-the-go weight loss system that addresses and adapts to an individual’s nutritional, emotional and physical aspects of weight loss all in one program.” NuMi — How It Works: The NuMi™ digital weight loss system is designed to take real life into account on the journey to lose weight. It’s not focused on any particular nutrient, ingredient or food group. It’s focused on an individual’s weight loss goals and changing needs. With NuMi, Nutrisystem is pioneering a new approach to lose weight, the company calls “Responsive Dieting(SM).” Responsive Dieting is adaptive to an individual’s food preferences, lifestyle, metabolism, activity level and weight loss goals. NuMi provides: Behavior modification: NuMi’s patent pending behavior modification system, tracks everyday moments that affect weight loss, including “Victories,” “Wobbles” and “Slip-ups,” and provides real time insights and guidance throughout the weight loss journey; One-on-one real time mentoring: On demand live chat with the NuMi™ squad, a dedicated coaching team available 7-days a week, who motivate, listen and provide weight loss advice all in real time Personalization: NuMi’s weight loss system personalizes and adjusts daily calorie goals based on a user’s overall goals and lifestyle; Solutions for eating out: Eat out menu recommendations at over 300 restaurants/chains; Solutions for eating in: More than 12,000 expertly curated and nutritionist reviewed eat in recommendations; Activity suggestions: Over 200 every day activity suggestions based on lifestyle, location and time; Integration with fitness devices: Integration with a variety of activity trackers and wifi scales automatically uploaded into a user’s NuMi™ weight loss plan. NuMi can be used on a desktop or smartphone with seamless synching. It is available for download in the iTunes App Store now and will be coming to the Google Play Store soon. To learn more about NuMi, visit http://www.numi.com on the web or mobile device. About Nutrisystem, Inc. Nutrisystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI) is a leading provider of weight loss solutions and weight-related products and services including its structured food delivery program Nutrisystem® My Way® and its new digital platform NuMi™ by Nutrisystem. Nutrisystem has helped consumers lose weight for more than 40 years by providing quality foods and a nutritionally balanced meal program. Nutrisystem® meal plans feature more than 150 menu options, along with counseling options from trained weight-loss coaches, registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators. Customers are provided further support from the online community, tools, trackers, mobile apps and more. Nutrisystem® plans are consistent with national guidelines for dietary intake meeting targets for fat, sodium, sugar, cholesterol, fiber and physical activity. Additionally, plans can be customized to specific dietary needs and preferences including the Nutrisystem® D® program for people with diabetes or those at risk for type 2 diabetes. Healthcare professionals may learn more about the programs by visiting www.nutrisystem.com/hcp. Nutrisystem® weight loss plans are available directly to consumers through www.nutrisystem.com, by phone (1-800-435-4074) and at select retailers. The NuMi multi-platform system and downloadable App can be found at http://www.numi.com. Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140424/78185 Logo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140424/78199 SOURCE Nutrisystem, Inc. CONTACT: Robin Shallow, Vice President, Communications, Nutrisystem, Inc., rshallow@numi.com, 215-346-8068; Deanna Every, Public Relations Manager, Nutrisystem, Inc., devery@numi.com, 215-478-1433








  • Groundbreaking new website launches, giving public access to measures of child wellbeing and equity throughout the U.S

    The Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP) at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management has launched a new online data and analysis tool, providing unprecedented insight into wellbeing and equity among the ever-more diverse child population in the United States.

    The site, diversitydatakids.org, allows users to create customized profiles, rankings and maps that make data visual and digestible. It also features a neighborhood-level child opportunity index, the first of its kind, developed in partnership with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University. This index allows users to view interactive maps of the opportunities that are available to children in their own neighborhoods; a story that is often strikingly different by race/ethnicity.

    In addition to providing this index and hundreds of standard data indicators broken down by race and ethnicity, this site generates unique, equity-focused indicators of known structural factors that influence disparities in healthy child development. It also allows users to drill down from the national level to smaller levels of geography such as metropolitan areas and school districts, and in some cases, down to the neighborhood level, providing pinpoint views of the often nuanced inequities present among children of various racial and ethnic groups.

    “The U.S. child population is increasingly racially and ethnically diverse, but unfortunately not all children have the same opportunities for healthy development,” said Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Director of ICYFP and principal investigator of the diversitydatakids.org project. “Our future hinges on our ability to ensure equitable opportunities for children across all racial and ethnic groups to lead healthy, productive lives. We hope that our data will equip users to become more informed advocates for all children and especially for vulnerable children.”

    The U.S. philanthropy community is increasingly focused on data that promotes child advocacy through a lens of racial and ethnic equity. This project was originally funded with longtime support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which also supported the development of diversitydatakids.org’s parent project (www.diversitydata.org), created in 2007.

    “Diversitydatakids.org is an invaluable resource for all communities working on racial equity. Census and other data that tell the story of our nation’s children will help refine the strategies the racial healing and racial equity movements use to accomplish this important work,” said Dr. Gail C. Christopher, Vice President of Program Strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “We are proud of how this project has grown and evolved over the nine years of our partnership, and we are grateful for the tools it will continue to provide to foundation grantees in the years to come.”

    The diversitydatakids.org project has also received support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), which has prioritized building an inclusive and equitable culture of health for all Americans. The RWJF Commission for a Healthier America has recently released recommendations to improve health through early childhood education, community development, and promoting health outside the medical system. The data that diversitydatakids.org provides is closely aligned with and will help monitor the Commissions’ health recommendations.

    “We are working to build a culture of health for all Americans,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “a culture in which the health of our children is a matter of fact, not a matter of chance. The diversitydatakids.org project can be an indispensable tool in helping communities assess their health – and then take steps to improve it. RWJF is very proud to be able to support this big step forward for children and their health.”

    The launch of diversitydatakids.org is accompanied by the release of two fact sheets demonstrating how data can contribute to a more robust narrative around diversity and racial equity for children. The site will continue to release fact sheets and other content, sharing insights and providing examples of how data can be used by site visitors at any level of expertise.

    The site’s launch is the culmination of years of work at ICYFP on collecting the highest-quality data available on the U.S. child population and representing it in a way that tells a compelling story: child experiences in America vary drastically by race and ethnicity, often in ways that are systematically unfair and avoidable. The diversitydatakids.org team and ICYFP hope that the project will illuminate these issues for the public and provide a toolkit for other researchers, policymakers, and advocates to effect positive, lasting change for children in the U.S.

    For more information, visit www.diversitydatakids.org.

    The Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (CYFP)
    The Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP) is located at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The research team at ICYFP engages in both quantitative and qualitative research studies of children and families as well as the social policies that directly affect their wellbeing.

    The mission of ICYFP is to conduct and disseminate policy-relevant research on the wellbeing, health and development of children and their families. ICYFP seeks to understand the causes of inequities in children’s ability to achieve health and to offer program and policy solutions to alleviate these inequities. Research at ICYFP is strongly focused on understanding and quantifying disparities among children and their families by race/ethnicity, immigrant status, socioeconomic status, or disability status as they manifest themselves in opportunities for good health, education, and financial stability.

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national culture of health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

    W.K. Kellogg Foundation
    The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create the conditions where vulnerable children can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

    The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.

    SOURCE diversitydatakids.org

  • The rewards for reporting gross instances of healthcare fraud can be substantial if the proof is very well-documented

    The Corporate Whistleblower Center believes Medicare fraud, or overbilling in the healthcare industry is completely out of control, mainly because of little to no oversight. The group is especially interested in talking to physicians, or employees of companies providing diagnostic testing, imaging, dialysis, or hospice, provided they have very well documented proof of substantial Medicare fraud, or overbilling that is in the hundreds of thousands, or in the millions of dollars. The rewards for this kind of information can be significant. For more information, potential whistleblowers are urged to contact the Corporate Whistleblower Center at 866-714-6466. http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com

    As an example according to a February 2014 Justice Department press release, Diagnostic Imaging Group (DIG) has agreed to pay a total of $15.5 million to resolve allegations that its diagnostic testing facility falsely billed federal and state health care programs for tests that were not performed or not medically necessary as well as paying kickbacks to physicians.

    The settlement also resolves allegations that DIG paid kickbacks to physicians for the referral of diagnostic tests. According to the government, the kickbacks allegedly were in the form of payments that DIG made to physicians to supervise patients who underwent nuclear stress testing. These payments allegedly exceeded fair market value and were, in fact, intended to reward physicians for their referrals.

    The three whistleblowers in this case will receive $ 1.5 million , $ 1.07 million and $ 209,250 , respectively, as part of this settlement.

    The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “If you are a medical doctor, or an employee at a diagnostic imaging center, a dialysis center, a rehab center, or any type of healthcare company that is involved in substantial Medicare fraud or overbilling, we definitely want to talk to you, provided you have well detailed proof such as e-mails, accounting records, or documents detailing the fraud. Unlike any group in the US, we will help you package your information, and we will get you to one of the nation’s top whistleblower attorneys.” For more information potential whistleblowers can call the Corporate Whistleblower Center anytime at 866-714-6466. http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com

    Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Corporate Whistleblower Center:

    • Do not go to the government first if you are a major whistleblower. The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “Major whistleblowers frequently go to the federal government thinking they will help. It’s a huge mistake.”
    • Do not go to the news media with your whistleblower information. Any public revelation of a whistleblower’s information could destroy any prospect for a whistleblower reward with the DOJ.
    • Do not try to force a government contractor, or corporation to come clean to the government about their wrongdoing. The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “Fraud is so rampant among federal contractors that any suggestion of exposure might result in an instant job termination, or harassment of the whistleblower. Come to us first, tell us what type of information you have, and if we think it’s sufficient, we will help find the right law firms to assist in advancing your information.”

    Any type of insider or employee who possesses significant proof of their employer or a government contractor defrauding the federal government is encouraged to contact to Corporate Whistleblower Center anytime at 866-714-6466 or via their web site at http://CorporateWhistleBlowerCenter.Com

    For attribution purposes please refer the Justice Department February 2014 press release: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/February/14-civ-200.html

    Case Numbers:  The three cases are captioned United States ex rel. Mark Novick, M.D. v. Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Services P.C. , Civil Action No. 09-4992 (D.N.J.), United States ex rel. Rey Solano v. Diagnostic Imaging Group et al., Civil Action No. 10-267 (D.N.J.) and United States ex rel. Richard Steinman, M.D. v. Diagnostic Imaging Group, et al., Civil Action No. 10-4161 (E.D.N.Y.).

    Media Contact:

    M. Thomas Martin, 866-714-6466

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    SOURCE Corporate Whistleblower Center