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Braley: ‘I’m Greatly Concerned the Administration Did Not Act Fast Enough’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Monday, 20 October 2014 10:44

At hearing on Ebola virus, Congressman stresses need to accelerate vaccine testing, available from Ames, Iowa company

Washington, D.C. – After a second American healthcare worker contracted the Ebola virus, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today at a Congressional hearing sharply questioned the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the failed protocol that led to the new infections and about what can be done to ensure the safety of all Americans moving forward.

“I’m greatly concerned that the Administration did not act fast enough. The Administration needs to be looking at all options available to keep our families safe, and they need to move as quickly and responsibly as possible to make any necessary changes at our airports and hospitals that would prevent this disease from spreading further,” Braley said. “Our number one priority in combating this disease must be the protection of Americans.”

Panelists at today’s hearing of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations included CDC Director Thomas Frieden, Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, Luciana Borio of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Robin Robinson of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), John Wagner of the Department of Homeland Security, and Daniel Varga of Texas Health Resources.

Braley pushed Frieden on what additional steps could be taken in order to prevent those infected with the Ebola virus from entering the country—and how to prevent additional transmission by those already infected.

“We’re looking very closely at what might possibly have happened to result in these two exposures,” Frieden responded.

Braley also questioned panelists concerning NewLink Genetics, of Ames Iowa, which is currently testing an Ebola vaccine that is involved in clinical trials—but are awaiting the finalizing of contracts that could expedite the process of mass manufacturing. Braley urged panelists from the National Institutes of Health and U.S Food and Drug Administration to expedite the process.

“I had an opportunity to talk to two of (NewLink’s) employees yesterday and I know that they are working around the clock trying to help come up with a vaccine,” Braley said.

High quality video of Braley at today’s hearing is available online HERE.

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Coast2Coast Rx Card Saves Rock Island County Residents Nearly 6 million on Prescription Costs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alexandra Miller   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:35

Moline, IL– October 14, 2014 – The Coast2Coast Rx Card program has saved $5,844,553.71 dollars since the launch of the Coast2Coast Rx Card discount prescription program in May 2010 with the endorsement of the Rock Island County Board.

The free discount prescription card program provides residents and their families with a number of benefits that produce immediate discounts on prescriptions as well as dental, vision, veterinary and hearing services.  The discount card also offers discounts on various lab and imaging services; diabetes supplies and equipment as well as pet prescriptions.  Not only does the Coast2Coast Rx program facilitate discounts on healthcare resources for Rock Island County residents and their families -- the program provides a royalty of $1.25 per prescription for Rock Island County public programs.

“We are pleased to work with Rock Island County, which prides itself on providing programs that enrich the lives of its residents, in assisting its families with beneficial discounts on health related needs.  It is of utmost importance to the Rock Island County Board and the Coast2Coast Rx program to help those in need of obtaining prescriptions and other health care related services,” said Martin Dettelbach, Chief Marketing Officer of the Coast2Coast Rx program.  He added, “ We look forward to continuing and growing our relationship with Rock Island County and maintaining savings on health services for Rock Island County families.”

The Coast2Coast Rx card allows all consumers, regardless of income, age, or health status to participate in the program and save on the cost of their medications.  The program has saved cardholders throughout the nation an average of 60% in 2014 on the cost of prescription drugs. The Rx card is distributed free of charge and may be used at all pharmacy chains and most independent pharmacies in Illinois and includes over 60,000 drugs in its formulary. Anyone in Illinois can download a card of their county or any nearby county to use the card at all chain pharmacies and many independent pharmacies.

To print a free card and start saving on prescriptions, Rock Island County residents should visit www.coast2coastrx.com or call 1-800-931-8872 to learn more about the discounts offered.

 
6 Emergency Complications of Type 2 Diabetes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Everyday Health   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:08

Uncontrolled diabetes can be life-threatening. Help prevent these serious diabetes complications by learning the warning signs.

People with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk of many serious health problems, including heart attack, stroke, vision loss, and amputation. But by keeping your diabetes in check — that means maintaining good blood sugar control — and knowing how to recognize a problem and what to do about it should one occur, you can prevent many of these serious complications of diabetes.

Heart Attack

Heart disease and stroke are the top causes of death and disability in people with diabetes. Heart attack symptoms may appear suddenly or be subtle, with only mild pain and discomfort. If you experience any of the following heart attack warning signs, call 911 immediately:

  • Chest discomfort that feels like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of your chest, lasting for a short time or going away and returning
  • Pain elsewhere, including the back, jaw, stomach, or neck; or pain in one or both arms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or lightheadedness

Stroke

If you suddenly experience any of the following stroke symptoms, call 911 immediately. As with a heart attack, immediate treatment can be the difference between life and death. Stroke warning signs may include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially if it occurs on one side of the body
  • Feeling confused
  • Difficulty walking and talking and lacking coordination
  • Developing a severe headache for no apparent reason

Nerve Damage

People with diabetes are at increased risk of nerve damage, or diabetic neuropathy, due to uncontrolled high blood sugar. Nerve damage associated with type 2 diabetes can cause a loss of feeling in your feet, which makes you more vulnerable to injury and infection. You may get a blister or cut on your foot that you don't feel and, unless you check your feet regularly, an infection can develop. Untreated infections can result in gangrene (death of tissue) and ultimately amputation of the affected limb. A recent large study from Sweden of 2,480 patients with diabetic foot ulcers found that certain factors increased the likelihood of amputation, including being male and having had diabetes for longer than 23 years.

Diabetes can also make it more difficult for your body to fight infections, causing skin problems. Various skin conditions are linked to diabetes, and even the most minor cuts or sores can turn serious fast. Any bumps, cuts, or scrapes should be cleaned and treated with an antibiotic cream and monitored carefully.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, see your doctor:

  • Inflammation and tenderness anywhere on your body
  • Red, itchy rash surrounded by small blisters or scales
  • Cuts, sores, or blisters on your feet that are slow to heal and are not as painful as you would expect
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in your hands or feet, including your fingers and toes
  • Sharp pain that gets worse at night
  • Muscle weakness that makes walking difficult
  • Bladder infections and problems with bladder control
  • Bloating, stomach pain, constipation, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Erectile dysfunction in men and vaginal dryness in women

Kidney Disease

Type 2 diabetes increases your risk of kidney disease, or diabetic nephropathy, a condition in which the blood vessels in your kidneys are damaged to the point that they cannot filter out waste properly. If left untreated, dialysis (a treatment to filter out waste products from the blood) and ultimately a kidney transplant may be needed.

Typically, you won’t notice symptoms of kidney disease until it has advanced. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, tell your doctor:

  • Swelling in your ankles and legs
  • Leg cramps
  • A need to go to the bathroom more often at night
  • A reduction in your need for insulin
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness and paleness
  • Itching

The best way to prevent type 2 diabetes-related kidney problems is to have your urine, blood, and blood pressure monitored regularly and to keep your blood sugar and blood pressure under control.

Eye Problems

People with type 2 diabetes are at risk of several eye conditions, including diabetic retinopathy (which affects the blood vessels in the eye), glaucoma, and cataracts. If left untreated, these conditions can cause vision loss.

Call your doctor if you notice any of these warning signs:

  • Blurry vision that lasts for more than two days
  • Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Floaters, black or gray spots, cobwebs, or strings that move when you move your eyes
  • A sensation of seeing "flashing lights"
  • Pain or pressure in one or both eyes

Hyperglycemia

Hyperglycemia means you have too much sugar in your blood. High blood sugar doesn't always produce symptoms; therefore, it is important to check your blood sugar regularly, as indicated by your doctor. When symptoms of hyperglycemia occur, they may include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Extreme thirst
  • Feeling tired and weak
  • Blurry vision
  • Feeling hungry even after eating

If you frequently have high blood sugar, tell your doctor. He or she may need to make changes to your medication and suggest diet and lifestyle modifications to help you gain and maintain better blood sugar control.

The key to preventing many of the complications of diabetes is to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level. To do this, eat right, exercise, monitor your blood sugar as recommended by your doctor, and don't smoke.

Report any unusual signs or symptoms to your doctor. Together you can work to prevent these diabetes-related health complications.

For more diabetes news, follow @diabetesfacts on Twitter from the editors of @EverydayHealth.

 
Genesis, DaVita Kidney Care Announce Joint Venture PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 13:56

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- October 13, 2014 -- Genesis Health System and DaVita Kidney Care today announced they have entered into a joint venture agreement for the continued operation of the Quad Cities’ only hospital campus-based hemodialysis center.

The center provides treatment to patients with kidney failure on an out-patient basis. The agreement calls for patient care services to continue uninterrupted at the recently remodeled and expanded Genesis dialysis center located on the East Rusholme Street campus of Genesis Medical Center, Davenport.

According to Genesis Vice President of Corporate Communications Ken Croken, the decision to enter the joint venture agreement with DaVita Kidney Care was driven largely by the increasing operational complexity and high costs of maintaining a single dialysis center. Specifically, Croken noted that the regulatory demands and technical requirements of hemodialysis have grown more challenging over the years. And, the operation of an independent center in Davenport has become cost-prohibitive because Genesis cannot benefit from the volume discounts on equipment and supplies available to larger, multi-site providers. Moreover, smaller providers cannot provide the highly specialized technical support available within a larger organization focused exclusively on hemodialysis.

“DaVita Kidney Care is a national leader in the innovative care of patients with chronic kidney failure and end-stage renal disease,” Croken said. “Today, DaVita Kidney Care operates or manages more than 2,100 dialysis centers across the U.S. The company’s commitment to quality care and customer service is evidenced by its nearly 170,000 patients nationwide.”

The GHS Board of Directors has determined that DaVita is the right partner to help ensure the stability of this critical patient service in the community. In this way, patients who currently rely on the life-saving care they receive at our state-of-art Genesis out-patient center -- as well as in the hospital – can continue to do so.” Genesis provides nearly 20,000 dialysis treatments annually.

“We are pleased to expand our services in the Quad Cities region and honored to partner with Genesis Health System to provide world-class kidney care,” said Mark Bratland, Divisional Vice President for DaVita Kidney Care. “I want our new patients as well as the Genesis medical staff to know that we are dedicated to provide a smooth transition and to live by our Mission as the Provider, Partner and Employer of Choice.”

About DaVita Kidney Care

DaVita Kidney Care is a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500® company that, through its operating divisions, provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout the United States and abroad. A leading provider of dialysis services in the United States, DaVita Kidney Care treats patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita Kidney Care strives to improve patients' quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and convenient health management services. As of June 30, 2014, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,119 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 168,000 patients. The company also operated 84 outpatient dialysis centers located in 10 countries outside the United States. DaVita Kidney Care supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world. The company's leadership development initiatives and social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu. For more information, please visit DaVita.com.

About Genesis Health System

Genesis Health System, its affiliates and partners offer a continuum of health care services for a 12-county region of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Our affiliates include: Acute and tertiary hospital care at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport and DeWitt, Iowa and at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis and Genesis Medical Center, Aledo, Ill.; home health and hospice services through Genesis VNA and Hospice; Genesis Workplace Services, including occupational health, employee assistance program and wellness services for employers and their employees; the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House; senior living facilities offering rehabilitation and long-term care; Genesis Health Group, with nearly 200 primary 

care providers and specialists; the Genesis Quad Cities Family Practice Residency program; Genesis Psychology Associates; three Convenient Care clinics; and Genesis Home Medical Equipment. Partners include Genesis Medical Park, Crow Valley and Spring Street Surgical Center, Davenport and Genesis Imaging Centers. Genesis manages Jackson County Regional Health Center, Maquoketa, Iowa. Genesis is one of the largest employers in the Quad Cities region with more than 5,000 employees. For more information, visit our Web site at www.genesishealth.com.

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Chiropractors replacing Acupuncturists at the Iowa Veteran's Hospitals PDF Print E-mail
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Written by William Terrell, L.Ac., MSOM   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 13:11
We have a big problem that has come to my attention from various sources.  The Veteran's Administration in Iowa has decided to replace the NCCAOM Licensed Acupuncturists with Doctors of Chiropractic that have acupuncture certification. 

There is some confusion around this issue because the National VA has issued a mandate that all VA hospital systems provide Chiropractic and Acupuncture services by 2016.  While this would seem like a great decision for our profession and the VA patients, it seems that both of the VA hospitals in Iowa (Iowa City and Des Moines) have chosen to cut costs and only hire Chiropractors who have certification in acupuncture.  They have posted and closed three job openings for this position , 2 in Iowa City and 1 in Des Moines.  There is no mention of Acupuncture on their website and I have not been able to contact anyone responsible as yet. 

I was told by Laura Christensen and Rob Weingeist that the Iowa City VA has hired one DC with an NCCAOM diplomate and one DC with only 100 hour state certification (the minimum required in Iowa).  In Des Moines, we were told by an acupuncturist who applied for the Job that she was refused an interview because they were only hiring Chiropractors for the position.  This was very distressful to us given the fact that for the last 10+ years, two local Licensed Acupuncturists, Katherine Chuapoco and Brendan Chuapoco were on staff at the DSM VA providing acupuncture.  We had been told that they were ending their contract, but were unaware of their replacement. 

I am sending out this email for the following purposes:

1. To get more communication and information about this situation.
2. To ask our community to lobby the Iowa Veteran's Hospitals to reinstate the NCCAOM Licensed Acupuncturists positions. 
3. To notify the media of this failure of the VA to hire properly trained medical professionals.
Please take this issue very seriously!  Our profession has spent decades gaining respect and medical validity.  When we let other professions to claim to practice acupuncture, we damage the reputation of acupuncture and put the general public at risk of malpractice.

 
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