Impact Of Health Care Legislation Hr 3962 On The Outsourcing Industry

President Barack Obama had a hard won victory on Saturday night (the 7-8th day of November 2009) when the landmark health care reform legislation (HR 3962) was passed with 220-215 votes. Now if everything goes the Obama way, then by the end of the year ’09 “Affordable Health Care for America Act” would apply as a law impacting almost fifty million US lives. But what does this Act actually imply? How does it stand to impact an average US life? How does the Act affect the outsourcing industry at large? Through my article below I endeavor to answer these and many more questions.
Ab-initio we will refresh the fundamentals of federalism, stating the Roles, Duties, Nature, Scope and Restrictions on the government in a written federal constitution. Next we proceed to see whether the above attempt by the federal government to accede healthcare legislation is ultra-vires the powers granted by the US Constitution.

What is Federalism?

According to the traditional classification followed by the political scientists, constitutions are either unitary or federal. In a unitary constitution, the powers of the government are centralized in one government viz., the Central Government. In the federal constitution, on the contrary, there is a division of power between the federal and the state governments in a way that they are both inter-dependent and independent at the same time.
As we all know that Constitutions are organic documents which operate as fundamental law. The governments and their organs owe their origin to the constitution, derive their authority from the constitution and discharge their responsibilities within the framework of the constitution. The judiciary has the power to declare a law unconstitutional if the law is found to have contravened any provision of the constitution. The American Constitution is the oldest and a well praised example of federalism.

What are the powers granted by the US Constitution to the State Government?

Powers reserved for State Governments are:
• Establishing local governments
• Issuing licenses (driver, hunting, marriage, etc.)
• Regulating intrastate commerce
• Conducting elections
• Ratifying amendments to the U.S. Constitution
• Providing for public health and safety
• Exercising powers which are neither delegated to the Federal Government nor were prohibited from the States by the Federal Constitution (residuary powers)
• Framing other domestic law (for example, setting legal drinking and smoking ages etc.)

Conceptualizing Mental Health Care Utilization Using The Health Belief Model

The process of change in psychotherapy, regardless of the clinician's orientation, length of treatment, or outcome measure, begins with this: The client must attend a first session. However, several national surveys in the past decade converge on a rate of approximately one-third of individuals diagnosed with a mental disorder receiving any professional treatment (Alegría, Bijl, Lin, Walters, & Kessler, 2000; Andrews, Issakidis, & Carter, 2001; Wang et al., 2005). A review of the literature surrounding mental health utilization reveals evidence that a complex array of psychological, social, and demographic factors influence a distressed individual's arrival to a mental health clinic. Thus, developing effective strategies for decreasing barriers to care is a critical task for clinicians and administrators. The

aim of this article was to review current research focused on appropriate utilization of mental health services and to use the Health Belief Model (HBM; Becker, 1974) as a parsimonious model for conceptualizing the current knowledge base, as well as predicting and suggesting future research and implementation strategies in the field.

First, it is important to address whether increasing mental health service use is an appropriate public health goal. A World Health Organization (WHO) survey comparing individuals with severe, moderate, or mild disorder symptoms indicated that approximately half of those surveyed went untreated in the past year (WHO World Mental Health Survey Consortium, 2004), with even less treatment among those with more severe symptoms. Many costs are associated with untreated mental disorders, including overuse of primary care services for a variety of reasons (Katon, 2003; White et al., 2008), lost productivity for businesses and lost wages for employees (Adler et al., 2006), as well as the negative impact of mental disorders on medical disorders, such as diabetes and hypertension (Katon & Ciechanowski, 2002). These com

bined expenses have been calculated to rival some of the most common and costly physical disorders, such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes (Druss, Rosenheck, & Sledge, 2000; Katon et al., 2008).

The consequences of providing additional services to address unmet need may vary by the cost-effectiveness of treatment, availability of providers, and the interaction of mental health symptoms with other illnesses. Medical cost offset and cost-effectiveness research address these questions (for further review, see Blount et al., 2007; Hunsley, 2003). Medical cost offset refers to the estimation of cost savings produced by reduced use of services for primary care as a result of providing psychological services. Reduced medical expenses could occur for several reasons: increased adherence to lifestyle recommendation changes such as diet, exercise, smoking, or taking medications; improved psychological and physical health; and reduction in unnecessary medical visits which serve a secondary purpose (e.g

Health Care Bill Passed - What Does This Mean For Latinos?

A most recent topic of everyday discussion is the passing of the new Health Care Reform Bill by U.S. President Barack Obama. The new bill will have a dramatic impact on millions of Americans for years to come, but it seems the population that may be affected the most are the Latinos. Many questions are arising from the Latin population, but little answers are being given. How will the Health Care Bill address needs of Hispanics? Who will be responsible for illegal immigrants that don't have health insurance? Or will there be enough doctors that are aware of culture and know Spanish that can attend to Latinos needs? These are all major concerns of the U.S. Latin people. From the outside it seems policymakers have tunnel vision and only looking at the present day issue and not taking into consideration the future. Latinos are the most rapid growing minority in the states, which means years down the road another reform will be needed.

Latinos Impact Living in the U.S.

The estimation for Hispanics living in the U.S. from the 2010 Census is around 50 million. They make up about 15% of the population representing the largest ethnic minority in the country. By 2050 it is estimated that Latinos will represent 60%. If you do the math that is a 45% increase. The percentage of Hispanic-origin population that live in California or Texas is 49%, with 13 other states that each have a half a million Hispanic residents. Here is another interesting fact is that around 1.1 million Latino veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are serving our country. The point that is being made is that this is a strong growing minority, which also needs to be addressed more closely on the healthcare bill.

Health Care for Latinos

So what does Health care mean for Latinos? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has stated that illegal immigrants will not be insured under the current proposals. And the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has made known that health insurance is only for legal immigrants who pay their fair share for health care. But everyone is required to buy insurance or else pay the fine. Many are saying that this will lead to a disaster for health care by leaving illegal Latino immigrants uninsured. The major issues that continue to be discussion among Hispanics are insurance coverage, access to care, health care costs, and of course quality of care. All these worries seem to not be answered entirely for Latinos and Americans for that matter.

Is Universal Healthcare A Good Idea?

Firstly I want to be clear this post is not stating if the current US health care reform is a good idea or not. It is a post of my thoughts on universal health care in general. With the US currently reforming the health care system to include a public option for those that are uninsured, and many other countries having this already in place, it is a discussion worth having.

The idea of people, especially children, not having proper health care to ensure a healthy and happy life is very saddening to me. There are many incredible treatments and medicines currently available, and being created, that they should not be restricted to those that are fortunate enough to have a job that provides health care. I think this is especially relevant to the current US economy where many people do not even have jobs let alone health care. With a country that is a self described beacon for the world we should not leave our citizens to suffer and die when poor fortune comes their way. We are a country that when times get rough we help our neighbors in knowing that any of us can run into bad situations as well. And this is in my opinion is an example of where we can help those that want to be self sufficient but are facing difficulties.

Hit-001 Comptia Healthcare It Technician Test

The field of Information Technology is getting tougher and more competitive. That is why IT professionals should not be satisfied with the degree instead they should strive to obtain IT certification. CompTIA is one of the companies offering various certifications for interested IT professionals. The good news is that they are not only offering technical certifications but they also open certification exams for those in the healthcare industry.

Nowadays, there are many colleges offering courses on HIT career. This is the reason why many companies are offering certification. The CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician Test is given to healthcare professionals in order to evaluate their skills and knowledge in implementing, deploying and supporting healthcare IT systems. This means that It professionals who work in the healthcare sector should obtain this certification that will help in improving not only their skills but also their profiles.

The examination for HIT-001 covers organizational behavior, regulatory requirements, IT operations, security and medical business operations. Interested candidates should possess a basic understanding about the practice workflow and at the same time following the code of conduct, policies as well as security best practices. However, IT professionals who intend to take the exam should be CompTIA A+ certified. Likewise, IT professionals that have 500 hour hands-on technical experience in a laboratory or field can also take the examination.

A Whimsical And Illustrative, If Impractical, Approach To Solving The Health Care Crisis

It has always been the view of many thoughtful Americans that Obama Care and the politicians that wrote the voluminous and unreadable 2000+ page legislation got it all wrong. They assumed that the problem was escalating health care costs and then wrote legislation to treat this symptom, not the underlying root causes. High costs are an outcome because of other factors.

It is as if the political class is treating a cough but do not understand whether the cough is caused by allergies, the flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, cancer, strep throat, etc. Unless you know what the underlying disease is, if you treat only the symptom, in this case high and escalating health care costs, the chances of success are quite low.

If you look at the literature on the health state of most Americans, you find a consistent pattern:

- Americans smoke too much.

- Americans eat too much.

- Americans eat too much of the wrong kind of foods.

- Americans do not get enough exercise.

- Americans in general are getting older.

The first four items in this list are modifiable behaviors. They are the key to getting health care costs under control. Obama, Reid, Pelosi, et al never understood this. They raised taxes and implemented new taxes and fees, they created an untold number of new government agencies, they will criminalize millions of Americans for not bowing down to Obama Care and buying mandatory health insurance for themselves, etc. They treated the symptom of high health care costs as a tax, control, and bureaucracy problem, not a behavior and aging problem. Their chances of success are very small, assuming the legislation ever gets fully implemented and is not declared unconstitutional.

They also did not understand that forcing a human being to do something is never the best way to get something done. If you can make someone want to and like to do something from a behavior perspective, they are 1) more likely to do it, 2 ) do it with more conviction and 3) do it for a longer period of time. Forcing an American to do anything just gets their ire up and robs them of the freedom of choice, something a government should rarely, if ever, do in a democracy.

This is where some creativity and originality may have been a much better approach, in conjunction with modifying behavior relative to good health habits. We got none of this creative thinking from those in charge of Obama Care, it was the same old overbearing, freedom robbing, inefficient government control approach. Maybe they should have looked at a specific YouTube video for some of that refreshing new thinking. this video can be viewed by going to the YouTube website and searching for "odenplan, sweden, stairs, escalator, piano."

Staying Healthy With Natural Health Care

With the growing number of medical issues surrounding the current health care system, people are becoming increasingly frustrated with treatment results and the expense of maintaining personal health. Are you concerned about or wondering if it's possible to naturally treat health issues without killing yourself? A growing number of people are turning to alternative medicine and natural health care and doing so very successfully. Natural, everyday, common sense methods of preventing illness and maintaining optimal health do exist.

What does your body need to maintain proper health?

This is a question that continues to be asked, why, I don't know, because there are no hidden secrets about this. In fact I'm sure you probably already know the answer.

o Proper diet

It is known that many health problems (heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and others) are exasperated by improper and poor diets. We live in a fast paced world driven by extreme commercialism that bombards us with images of super sized hamburgers, fries and extra large sodas. Many of our foods come in boxes loaded with artificial ingredients and real, un-natural, man-made chemicals to help us exist in our fast paced life. The first thing we need to do in maintaining our health is to get back to a healthy natural food based diet.

o Moderate exercise

Sitting on the couch watching TV or driving the car to the mailbox is not moderate exercise. Walking, bicycling, swimming, tennis, hiking, gymnastics, dancing and weight training are forms of exercise that we need in our daily lives. Achieving 30 minutes of some form of cardiovascular activity several times a week has a huge payback in maintenance of health, appearance, and well being.