The Health Express Calling at Fitness Town, Nutrition City, and Healthville. All aboard! Fri, 24 Jan 2020 08:47:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 40 Outstanding Health Administration Job Sites Tue, 04 Oct 2011 07:15:08 +0000 Health administration careers hold promise as some of the most exciting careers in healthcare today. Healthcare administrators often plan, coordinate, and supervise the functions of healthcare facilities and the staff that work at those institutions. Additionally, healthcare administrators often are called upon to maintain and develop professional standards and policies. They also may be responsible for developing and expanding programs for scientific research, preventive medicine, medical and vocational rehabilitation, and community health and welfare. The following list of 40 outstanding health administration job sites offer all these responsibilities and more — such as support services through organizations created specifically for leaders in health administration.

Health Administration Jobs

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  1. American Public Health Association Public Health CareerMart: This link leads to job listings at APHA. APHA is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world.
  2. Environmental Health and Safety Jobs: The EHS offers jobs through Indeed (see below), but also provides directories, products, a career guide and other job tips and help.
  3. Health Administration Jobs: Health Administration Jobs is a niche job board that focuses entirely on health administration employment opportunities and candidate recruiting.
  4. Health Career Web: This link leads to administrative jobs and support positions such as managers. The site is filled with articles and information that can help you find a job in health care.
  5. Healthcare Administration Jobs: This search engine and job site provides healthcare management jobs, health administration jobs, and jobs in medical and healthcare instruction.
  6. HealtheCareers: HeCN is your destination for healthcare jobs and medical jobs. Choose your career above and we’ll customize your site experience with the news, information, events, career resources and employment opportunities that most interest you.
  7. HigherEdJobs: HigherEdJobs is the leading source for jobs and career information in academia. This link leads to jobs in or about health care administration.
  8. Hospital Jobs Online: Whether you’re searching hospital administration jobs, allied health jobs, nursing jobs or physician jobs, HJOL is your one-stop resource for a new career.
  9. iHire Health Care Administration: Based in Frederick, Maryland and Angola, Indiana, the iHire Health Care Administration team helps thousands of job seekers find jobs and connect with hiring managers throughout the United States.
  10. Navy Reserve Health Care Administration: Join the Navy Reserve to take part in their training and career preparation.

Larger Job Sites

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  1. Career Builder Health Care Jobs & Resources: Owned by Gannett Co, Inc., Tribune Company, The McClatchy Company, and Microsoft Corp., CareerBuilder offers a vast online and print network to help job seekers connect with employers.
  2. CareerMag: This site offers a way to search for administrative jobs through resume posting, search engines by industry and state and more. This link leads to healthcare administration jobs.
  3. Glass Door Public Health Administration Jobs: Search through these listings or search for health administration jobs. This site offers administration jobs plus company salaries, reviews, and more posted by employees.
  4. Go Jobs HealthCare Administration Job Listings: The GO Jobs cross posting service provides clients with a single point of entry for entering and managing all of their online job advertisements to over 500 job boards and newsgroups.
  5. Indeed Healthcare Administration: Indeed is a top job site worldwide, with over 50 million unique visitors and 1 billion job searches per month.
  6. JobSearch Site: Scroll down to search through listings in healthcare administration. Other options are listed by alphabetically-ordered links at top.
  7. Monster Job Search: This link leads to health administration jobs, along with a site filled with career tools, advice and communities.
  8. National Rural health Association: Search for administrative jobs at this site, which focuses on health care providers and patients in rural areas.
  9. Healthcare Administrative Job Search Wizard: This site offers salary information, job searches, job alerts, job search advice and much more.
  10. Simply Hired Health-care Admin Jobs: Simply Hired is a vertical search engine company based in Silicon Valley.
  11. USAJobs: This link leads to health administration jobs. USAJOBS is the U.S. Government’s official system/program for Federal jobs and employment information.


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  1. American Recruiters: This recruitment firm represents many facilities looking to align themselves with the best in healthcare administration and management in a variety of settings.
  2. Atrium Recruiting: Atrium Recruiting is an executive recruiting and search firm specializing in placing professionals in healthcare and medical settings.
  3. BioQuest Executive Search Services: This is a retained executive search firm specializing in senior management positions in the medical device, biotechnology, pharmaceutical and healthcare services industries.
  4. Eve Crane & Associates: This is a national executive search firm specializing in executive health care positions.
  5. HealthcareSource: For over a decade, HealthcareSource has been a leader in helping healthcare providers recruit and retain talent.
  6. Hutton Group: The Hutton Group, Inc. has over two decades’ proven record of success in the nationwide placement of health care administrative and physician executives, leaders and consultants.
  7. James L Dooley and Associates: Also known as “the headhunter,” this firm specializes in recruiting executives for managed healthcare.
  8. National Health Recruiting: This firm is a complete staffing solutions provider for the government health care facilities.
  9. Protouch Staffing: Since 1989 Protouch has specialized in providing temporary nursing and therapy professionals to hospitals and healthcare facilities nationwide.
  10. StaffPointe: You can create a free CEO Job Alert that will update you regularly with any new CEO jobs in that come on to this system.

Health Career Tools

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  1. American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management: AAHAM is a premier professional organization in healthcare administrative management.
  2. American College of Healthcare Executives: ACHE is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations.
  3. American Health Information Management Association: AHIMA is a premier association for health information management (HIM) professionals.
  4. Explore Health Careers: This is a free, multi-disciplinary, interactive health careers Web site designed to explain the array of health professions and provide easy access to students seeking information about health careers.
  5. Health Administrator interview questions: Basic questions, but ones that you can answer with your resume and cover letter as well as in an interview.
  6. Health Care Administrator Resume: This professional resume template with action words can help you in writing the perfect CV for a desired health administrator job.
  7. Health Care Administrators Association: For over 30 years, HCAA has supported third party administrators through educational opportunities from leading industry experts.
  8. Medical Group Management Association: MGMA serves 20,000 members who lead and manage more than 12,000 organizations in which more than 242,000 physicians practice.
  9. Toolbox for Health Administration: This guide provides information regarding legal issues, economics, legislation, industry news, regulations, practice management, hospital administration, compliance, salary surveys, business strategy, human resources, healthcare employment and managed care terminology.
25 Great Sites for Hospital Reviews Wed, 21 Sep 2011 07:00:49 +0000 Healthcare isn’t cheap, and chances are it isn’t going to get much cheaper much sooner. With the most expensive part of healthcare easily being the hospital visit, it can cost even the insured patient tens of thousands of dollars in just one visit. With the doctors, labs, imaging facilities, and even the hospital itself sending in their very own bills, it makes more sense than ever to research as much as possible before choosing a hospital.

To help in the search for lower bills and better care, we have collected 25 great sites for hospital reviews. They are reviewed by everyone from internationally known publications and agencies to users and patients just like you.

Great Sites for Hospital Rankings

See which hospitals were ranked first through the multiple sites and reviews below.

  1. U.S. News
    This leading publication is often known to review and rank many items, including hospitals. They gather data for nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ten pediatric specialties to help you find the one that’s best for you and your family. Choose from specialties such as cancer, diabetes, and geriatrics. There are also rankings by many metro areas. Nursing homes, health plans, and even health conditions are also reported on.
  2. Consumer Reports
    They rate everything from toasters to new cars. In a special section for health, the same people put their talents to use on hospitals. Simply click on your state to begin searching for the best hospitals. The ratings are based on survey responses from millions of patients that are combined with information on infection control and other factors. You can also use them to find reports and reviews on many other health areas such as drugs and insurance.
  3. Health Grades
    Visit here for reports on over 5,000 hospitals. They use a five star rating system and even include information on disciplinary actions. Click on Find a Hospital to begin. Healthgrades also offers reports on 750,000 physicians and 16,000 nursing homes.
  4. Hospital Compare
    Visit here for a free tool from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Simply type in your information to be linked to hospitals and more information. You can also search by types including general, medical conditions, and surgical procedures.
  5. Thomson Reuters
    The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals study uses objective research and independent public data to recognize the best in U.S. hospitals. It evaluates hospitals on measures of overall organization performance, including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability. It also compares hospitals against similar facilities in terms of size and teaching status. Visit here to get the top 100, or check out one of their many other reports.
  6. Quality Net
    Get a more sophisticated system of hospital review here. They offer many hospital compare papers. You can also search for information on both inpatient and outpatient hospitals as well as physician offices and nursing homes.
  7. Net Doc
    Get hospital rankings with a simple visit here. An easy to read color coding system shows the best and worst hospitals in the area. Although it could use some updating, it is a good stop for learning which hospitals to avoid.
  8. Community Value Leadership Awards
    These awards were created to provide an assessment of a hospital’s performance in four areas: financial strength and reinvestment, cost of care, pricing, and quality of care. Simply click on the Community Value Top 100 List to see who made the cut in the above areas. They also have a Five Star list, as well as other resources.
  9. Ticker
    The National Research Corporation often ranks the best in hospitals through a variety of factors. Check out the latest winners by state with a visit here. The best hospitals by city and state are listed.
  10. Hospital Soup
    Simply scroll down here to get information on hospitals and medical centers by state. You can also use their directory to find hospitals, not only in the United States, but all across the globe. There are also loads more medical information on the main site.

Great Subscription Sites for Hospital Reviews

Many of these sites require a subscription or registration before you can use them.

  1. HCUP
    This is a free, on-line query system based on data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. It provides access to health statistics and information on hospital inpatient and emergency department utilization. No registration needed, just tell them if you are a lay person or medical professional to being looking at reviews such as National Statistics on all Stays.
  2. American Hospital Directory
    The “Quick Search” lets you enter keywords to identify the hospital you’re looking for and can bring up information in just a few letters. You can also use the Advanced Search for those who truly know what they are looking for. The free service allows some information, but a subscription is required to view all the data.
  3. Hospital Review
    The experts at Chapman Consulting specialize in healthcare claims resolutions. They can help whether you are looking to reduce an existing medical bill or to cut down future costs. They offer services and information on many hospitals including financial statements, balance sheets, profit/loss, and more. A subscription is required.
  4. Angie’s List
    Real people with real opinions stop here to provide reviews of many different companies and services, including hospitals. Joining the community allows you to read and write reviews of your very own. Loads of other businesses from contractors to maids are listed.
  5. Healthcare Reviews
    Register for a free account here to begin using their services. Rate your doctor, hospital, dentist, healthcare professional, and medicine in the United States, Canada, and the world. Ratings are done anonymously to protect patient’s privacy.
  6. Rate Your Hospital Stay
    Visit here to rate your most recent hospital stay. Best rated hospitals are listed right on the homepage. You can also use the search to find information on local hospitals.
  7. Vitals
    In a one stop shop, Vitals has loads of healthcare reviews, many of which are for doctors. Simply type in their name, or click Rate Your Doctor to begin sharing or reading important information. There is even an option for finding healthcare overseas.

Other Great Sites for Hospital Reviews

Get a specific area of hospitals or medicine with these review sites.

  1. State by State Rankings
    Check out Medicare rankings of hospitals by state in this article from Kaiser Health News. Patients in different states give vastly different ratings of their hospital experiences on many questions. There are also many other health-related articles and information on the site.
  2. Hospitals for Cancer Treatment
    Lisa Fayed is the guide for cancer, and for our purposes, the ranker of hospitals specifically for cancer. Although she developed the list in 2004, there have been constant updates and information for why a hospital was listed in her top ten list.
  3. RateMDs
    Because a hospital is all about the doctors, click here. It is a user sponsored site where reviews of doctors are submitted on a regular basis. A visit to the homepage even includes recommended doctors in your area.
  4. National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Information
    The NACHRI and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals sponsor this site. With a devotion to reviewing and reporting on children’s hospitals, you can get resources for just that here. See which have won awards, learn research, and get the latest news on their site.
  5. Best Children’s Hospitals: Cancer
    Mary Beth Sammons of Parent Dish has carefully reviewed and reported on children’s hospitals that specialize in cancer. See who, where, and why with a read. Links to individual hospitals are also given.
  6. Parkinson’s Disease Hospitals
    See which hospitals are recommended by the National Parkinson Foundation here. The Center of Excellence lists hospitals by state, as well as if they are recommended for other movement disorders. You can also find other information for patients, research, and outreach initiatives.
  7. Human Rights Campaign
    The HRC has a Healthcare Equality Index which includes the top performers on seven different criteria. Top performers achieve credit for every one of these criteria applicable to their facility. Those hospitals and clinics that cater to the LGBT patients often rank the highest.
    1. Bonus! American Hospital Association
      Finally, visitors can stop here to get information on hospitals from an official national association. They have information on their research, which hospitals have won awards, and much more on the Research and Trends tab. The Resource Center also has lots fast facts, in addition to statistics and studies.

      Remember that the above 25 great sites for hospital reviews is a good place to start but not the only means in which one should choose a hospital or medical care. Check with your insurance to make sure your hospitals of choice are in network, and always dial emergency services during a medical crisis.

      ]]> 15 Q&A Sites About Healthcare Thu, 16 Jun 2011 07:00:10 +0000 Learning about healthcare has become easy thanks to the web. If you’re looking for help on what questions to ask a doctor when you go in to an appointment or you’d like more information after being diagnosed with an illness, healthcare blogs and websites provide a bevy of knowledge for those looking to learn on their own. These blogs also cover the state of the healthcare industry in America and the trend we’re seeing in patient care.

      1. The Healthcare Blog This amazing blog will have you hooked. Whether you’re looking for tips on how to stay healthy or wondering just what’s going to happen to the healthcare system, it is packed with information on how to cut costs when coping with a terminal illness and the etiquette of healthcare professionals on social media sites.
      2. WSJ Health Blog The trusty Wall Street Journal has created this blog to keep you in the loop regarding healthcare news and major developments in the field. We love this healthcare blog because it talks about everyday health hazards (like cell phones), as well as information on new vaccines and filling prescriptions online.
      3. Science Based Medicine This blog examines the relationship between science, research and medicine. It talks about the healthcare system in terms of what can be done to be more effective without costing more (than it already does). This blog is a must-read for parents thinking about skipping vaccines because it goes into the history of vaccines and the fantastic strides that have been made to keep our society safe.
      4. Kevin MD Various doctors contribute to this site, giving you a taste of what it’s like to work in the healthcare industry today. From heartfelt stories to genuine concern to make things better for the millions of Americans walking around sans health insurance, this healthcare blog teaches you how doctors and nurses are doing their best to guide patients through a broken healthcare system.
      5. iHealthBeat At this blog, you’ll learn how technology is playing a major role in helping hospital staff and doctors’ offices work with and treat patients. Learn where the money is coming from to make these things happen and how small things like cell phones are making major changes for patients in remote areas.
      6. Reporting on Health This site boasts several healthcare blogs. Learn about health journalism, healthcare in overcrowded cities and developments that should help our healthcare system function more effectively for the masses. The doctors are candid in their blog posts, putting a face on the crisis going on in healthcare today.
      7. Fletcher Allen Blog This quaint blog is brought to you by a hospital in rural Virgina. It is loaded with health information on caring for yourself and your loved ones, plus what the hospital staff is doing to make patients comfortable. It is a great example of the humanity hospitals can portray by participating in social media to give clients an idea of what to expect from the staff.
      8. School Kids Healthcare Blog Paying attention to our nurses in schools is essential to fighting diseases and preventing epidemic outbreaks among our young. This blog talks about healthcare in schools and shows fellow school nurses how to cope with children suffering from ADHD, autism or the simple tummy ache.
      9. Healthcare Blog Law A healthcare lawyer writes this helpful blog that talks about the nitty, gritty details of healthcare law. It can be a touchy subject, but it’s important you know where you stand if you have a loved one that’s terminally ill. The goal is to have the government and healthcare community come together in a way that’s helpful for citizens and their well being.
      10. HealthBlawg At this blog you’ll find healthcare policy chatter. It also goes into studies on why patients stop taking med and what can be done about it. It’s all the healthcare news you can use wrapped up into a neat package that updated frequently.
      11. New America This blog examines healthcare in modern America. It tells you when policies are changing, what’s going before Congress and when to expect major changes. It also talks about controlling costs and making healthcare accessible for those struggling with addictions.
      12. Crossover Health This blog talks about insurance, healthcare policies and the slow process towards making prescription drugs affordable. Since many people take multiple pills, it’s important the discussion of cracking down on major drug companies is ongoing. Only if we’re talking about it can we bring change.
      13. Healthcare Technology Blog Healthcare technology is ever changing and this blog keeps you on the cusp of what’s happening. Learn how technology can play a role in changing our healthcare system for good, making it accessible and effective for everyone from doctors to patients.
      14. CDC For breaking healthcare news, including changes for vaccinations or outbreaks, hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. While there are several reliable sources on the web for healthcare news, checking the CDC site periodically will give you a roundup of any groundbreaking news you should be aware of.
      15. Healthcare Collaboration This is a great read for learning about healthcare news and how healthcare professionals are coping with change. The blogger also does book reviews on books about the healthcare system and focuses on healthcare reform. It’s important to read about a doctor’s experiences from within the system because it gives us a clear understand that ultimately, we all want the same thing for the state of the industry.

      Learning about healthcare is crucial, since most of us will have to face the beast eventually. These blogs and websites teach you how to take care of yourself, how to deal with serious illness in your family, and what changes may be headed your way so the medical community can provide you with the best care. There’s no easy way to make things right overnight, but law makers are listening to the healthcare community to make changes that will put us all on the path to a healthier future.

      Top 25 Dot-Edu Resources for Health Administrators Mon, 13 Jun 2011 07:30:41 +0000 The need for health care is expected to increase over the next two decades. Indeed, health care administrators will be in demand in order to help keep the system running as smoothly as possible. Having the right knowledge to be an effective administrator is essential. You should have an understanding of what’s happening with electronic health records, as well as understand health care regulatory laws, like HIPAA and the new health care reform law.

      The Internet can be a great source of information that can be useful for health administrators. There are a number of resources online, from reputable sources, that can be used by health administrators as they perform their duties. Here are 25 great, reliable dot-edu resources of use:

      General Resources

      You can find information about health administration, as well as hints, policy examples and more. Great knowledge on topics that can be helpful.

      1. Health Services Administration: Resources related to health administration. Includes dictionaries, handbooks and more, as well as links to useful databases and journal articles.
      2. Health Administration Toolkit: Learn more about different regulations related to health administration. Get access to different resources, including journals, as well as medical images, and statistical sources.
      3. UMUC Guide to Health Care Administration Resources: You can get health care administration headlines from news media sources, as well as information from other sources. Plenty of helpful information.
      4. Health Systems Administration Resource Guide: Find links to information about different health systems so that you can learn about them. Resource guide links for different health fields, as well as international health.
      5. Health Administration Library Resources: A helpful page of resources, including CINAHL with full text, as well as CQ Researcher links.
      6. Government Resources for Health Administration: IUPUI offers a helpful page for those interested in health administration. Includes links to government resources that can help you learn what you need to.
      7. Health Care Administration Resources: Get links and helpful information about different professional organizations. Additionally, you can get links to information on different laws and regulations, as well as statistics.

      Electronic Medica Records/Electronic Health Records

      The next few years should be very interesting in terms of EMR/EHR. You can learn more about these tools, how to make the secure, and how they can help improve patient care.

      1. Electronic Medical Records Improve Quality of Care in Resource-limited Countries: This looks at the way EMR can help those in other countries. Includes links at the bottom with other resources to information about e-health.
      2. MSU Electronic Medical Records Home Page: From here you can find other resources related to a project meant to improve the use of EMR. Includes training resources and more.
      3. The eMERGE Network: Learn about this project designed to make use of EMR. Get access to resources, and learn more about the network and what it’s accomplishing.
      4. Electronic Health Records Project: Information on a health records project at the Louisiana State University. An interesting summary of EHR, and how it can help.
      5. What’s the Big Deal About Electronic Health Records?: This great overview of EHR is helpful and interesting, and includes a link to other resources related to EHR.
      6. Health Information Management Resources: A great look at the basics of health information management as it relates to EHR/EMR and other issues related to medicine in a digital age.

      HIPAA, HITECH, and Other Health Laws

      A look at resources related to recent legislation about health, records and technology. Learn more about these laws, and how they can be incorporated into health care.

      1. HIPAA – 49 Resources: Great access to resources related to HIPAA, including privacy standards and compliance solutions. Plenty of helpful information that can aid any health administrator.
      2. HIPAA Resource Page: Looks at the purpose of HIPAA, and looks at more information on the law. Includes links to great articles and other resources with HIPAA background, as well as compliance help.
      3. HIPAA Training and Educational Resources: A look at HIPAA and HITECH, as well as some helpful FAQs on these two laws. Helpful quizzes, and more information on policies and procedures.
      4. HITECH Survival Guide: Texas Woman’s University provides a great view of the HITECH act, including a summary, and additional resources related to this law.
      5. Health Law: This page from Texas A&M offers great resource reports on HIPAA and HITECH. This is great information to make sure that health administrators are on the right side of the law.
      6. Medical and Public Health Law Site: Get access to information about law as it relates to health. Looks at medical law, as well as public health. Great resources for those interested in making sure they do things right — for their own protection.

      Health Care Reform

      Not too long ago, a health care reform law was passed. As a health administrator, you need to be aware of what it contains. You will find plenty of resources that can help you learn more about the health care reform law in a way that will help you provide better information to your patients.

      1. Health Care Law Sources and Resources: Your guide to the health care reform law. Learn about the law, what’s in it, and where you can go to get even more information.
      2. CCF Resources: The Center for Children and Families at Georgetown offers a list of great resources and articles on the health care reform law as it specifically relates to children. Great information on how to implement changes.
      3. Healthcare and Healthcare Reform: You can get information on background, statistics and more related to healthcare reform. Also includes helpful hints on doing your own research and finding reputable sources of information.
      4. Glossary of Health Care and Health Care Management Terms: A very helpful resource that can help you brush up on the terminology you are likely to run into as a health administrator.
      5. Health Resources: Learn the basics of health care reform, as well as other topics related to health care and health management. A good health administrator should understand patient safety, health risk assessment, and national trends, as well as understanding FSAs and other programs.
      6. Healthcare Reform Resources: Useful resources and information related to health care reform and other health issues.
      15 Hospital Administration Experts Worth Knowing About Fri, 08 Apr 2011 00:08:22 +0000 Hospitals may be large enough to demand the skills of various administrators from the board room to the cafeteria. Other, smaller hospitals may have room and budgets for only one administrator. No matter the size of the hospital or the administrative capacity, the following 15 hospital administrators have become experts in their fields.

      The following list is categorized alphabetically by surname.

      1. Margaret AckerMargaret G. Acker, RN, MSN, CASC, is chief executive officer of Blake Woods Medical Park, Jackson. Mich., a multi-specialty facility for ophthalmology, retina, orthopedics and general surgery. She has worked in the ASC industry for over a decade as a consultant, administrator and presenter, and she also serves on the board of directors for St. Luke’s Clinic, providing healthcare for the poor and medically underserved population.
      2. Jim AngleJim Angle served as a hospital administrator in New York and New Jersey and has been a manager in several medical areas, including behavioral health services and geriatrics. Since 2006, he was the CEO of the Memorial Hospital of Salem County in Salem, N.J., after serving a year as the assistant CEO. He will serve as CEO at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, a new facility. Angle was selected following the review of more than 200 applicants for the hospital’s top position.
      3. Ruth BrinkleyRuth W. Brinkley is president and CEO of Carondelet Health Network, which operates four hospitals in Southern Arizona. As president and CEO, she also serves as west ministry market leader for Ascension Health, supervising the faith-based missions of hospitals in several western states. Ms. Brinkley previously served as CEO of Memorial Health Care System in Chattanooga, TN. Ms. Brinkley is a registered nurse, and holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in nursing from De Paul University, Chicago.
      4. James FarleyJames L. Farley is the president, managing partner and co-founder of Nursing Care Management of America Inc., a privately held health care company with ownership and management of long-term care nursing facilities and home health and hospice care companies in several states. He was honored as the Most Outstanding Young Hospital Administrator in the nation with the Hudgens Award in 1977 by the American College of Hospital Executives. Marshall University announced in March that he will receive their Distinguished Alumnus Award.
      5. Steven GabbeSteven G. Gabbe, MD is CEO of Ohio State University Medical Center and senior vice president for health sciences. He took his position in July 2008, as the medical center was developing plans for the largest physical expansion in its history, Gabbe is an international expert on high-risk pregnancies and has authored more than 200 published articles and book chapters. He is associated editor of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has served on the editorial boards of 15 other publications.
      6. G. Richard HastingsG. Richard Hastings has served as CEO of the 11-hospital Saint Luke’s Health System since 1996. He first started working with the health system in 1976 as an administrative resident before moving on to serve as COO and CEO of Saint Luke’s Hospital. Under Mr. Hastings’ leadership and guidance, Saint Luke’s Hospital became the first healthcare organization in Kansas City history to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2003. Hastings is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the American Hospital Association.
      7. Arthur KleinDr. Arthur Klein is responsible for the quality and growth of the children’s services line, including all pediatric programs and services, both inpatient and ambulatory. Prior to this, he served at New York Presbyterian Hospital as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the New York Presbyterian Healthcare System. He is chair of the American Hospital Association Committee on Health Professions.
      8. ShandsJodi Mansfield, FACHE, climbed the ranks in Shands Healthcare, the system affiliated with the University of Florida, to become the system’s chief operating officer, overseeing performance of nine hospitals, two academic medical centers, 1,500 physicians and 13,000 employees with net revenue of $1.7 billion — about the size of the Jackson system. Her resume says she developed Shand’s first system-wide strategic plan.
      9. Patricia MarylandPatricia Maryland is president and CEO of St. John Providence Health System, which includes 365-bed Providence Hospital and Medical Center in Southfield, MI. She is one of nine such Ministry Market Leaders who guide Ascension Health operations throughout the System. Before joining St.Vincent Health, Maryland was President of Sinai-Grace Hospital and Senior Vice President of the Detroit Medical Center from June 2001 – October 2003.
      10. Sylvia McKeanSylvia McKean, MD, FACP is the Medical Director of the BWF Hospitalist Service that cares for inpatients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and the Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Over the past ten years, Dr. McKean has received more than a dozen awards for leadership, excellence, and teaching, including the prestigious George W. Thorn Award (1997-1998) for outstanding contribution to clinical education from Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
      11. Amit PrachandAmit Prachand, MEng, is a division administrator for hospital medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago. He has a hand in developing systems and structures that help improve patient care. He also is a member of the SHM’s Administrators Task Force, helping hospitalist programs mature and hospital medicine evolve.
      12. Marla SillimanMarla Silliman is the senior vice president and administrator for the Florida Hospital for Children, a facility that recently added a Walt Disney Pavilion. The Walt Disney Pavilion is comprised of 200 pediatric beds, a dedicated pediatric Emergency Department, an advanced 81-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and pediatric surgical suites.
      13. Dirk SostmanH. Dirk Sostman, MD, FACS, has been an active clinician, researcher, and administrator specializing in thoracic and cardiovascular imaging and was an active clinician for over 20 years. He currently serves, among other jobs, as executive vice president and chief medical officer of the Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston, TX. He has been principal investigator on several NIH and foundation grants and is author or co-author of over 200 original publications.
      14. Glenn SteeleGlenn Steele, Jr., MD became president and CEO of Geisinger Health System five years ago after a failed merger with Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Widely recognized for his investigations into the treatment of primary and metastatic liver cancer and colorectal cancer surgery, Dr. Steele is past Chairman of the American Board of Surgery. He serves on the editorial board of numerous prominent medical journals.
      15. Dan WoltermanDan Wolterman is president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, which is the largest non-profit healthcare system in Texas with 16 hospitals that generate approximately $5.5 billion in gross revenues. Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, Wolterman served as senior vice president of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Health Care System for six years and president and CEO of Holy Cross Health System of Utah for five years.
      Top 50 Health Insurance Blogs Wed, 20 Oct 2010 12:32:04 +0000 Health administration includes intimate knowledge of legal and policy matters, and both issues are included in health insurance. Even health insurance companies want you to know how intricate these laws and policies might be for consumers, as many companies and brokerages maintain blogs simply for educational purposes. This list of the top 50 health insurance blogs includes links to corporate and brokerage blogs as well as links to consumer-related information and industry blogs.

      By and For Health Insurance Industry Blogs

      1. Celtic BlogCeltic Individual Health Insurance: Bloggers write about a variety of health insurance topics for this individual health insurance company.
      2. Cobra Health Insurance Blog: Get news and Cobra Insurance topics from this blog.
      3. Colorado Health Insurance Insider: Insurance Shoppers Inc. is a small, locally owned Colorado health insurance brokerage interested in informing the public about health insurance.
      4. Connecticut Long Term Care Outlook: The Haas Agency focuses on aging and long-term care for Connecticut residents.
      5. Corporate Wellness Insights: Wellness Corporate Solutions is a leading Maryland-based employee wellness company with up-to-the-minute news of best practices and industry trends.
      6. InsureBlog: Use this blog to learn more about insurance issues, principles and solutions.
      7. KQ Insurance Services Health Insurance Blog: Kaiser Permanente offers a service with their information blog.
      8. Managed Care Matters: Joseph Paduda talks about managed care for group health, workers’ compensation and more on this blog.
      9. Protect Your Income: Richard Reich has been assisting health professionals with securing disability policies since 2003.
      10. Purina Care Pet Health Insurance Blog: Learn about pet insurance and care from the Purina company.
      11. Specialty Insurance Blog: This blog provides periodic information on the insurance business, with a focus on specialty lines insurance and professional liability.
      12. Terms + Conditions: Claire Wilkinson, vice president for Global Issues at the Insurance Information Institute, researches and analyzes a wide range of international and domestic property/casualty issues.
      13. The Alan Katz Health Care Reform Blog: In 2007, Katz formed the Alan Katz Group and has served as past president of both the National and the California Associations of Health Underwriters.
      14. Trupanion: This is another pet insurance blog that offers a different take on pets and health.
      15. Workers’ Comp Insider: This is Lynch Ryan’s blog about workers’ compensation, risk management, business insurance, workplace health and safety and other related topics.
      16. Workers’ Comp Kit Blog: This is a discussion forum for employers to learn about workers’ compensation cost containment techniques and strategies.

      Health Insurance Education

      1. About Health InsuranceAbout Health Insurance: Michael Bihari, MD, offers information about all types of health insurance.
      2. California Health Advocates: This is the leading Medicare advocacy and education organization in California, but anyone can learn from their articles.
      3. College Health Insurance Blog: Get tips on college health insurance from this blog.
      4. Guaranteed Healthcare: This movement is a project of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, and patients and community groups around the country.
      5. Have You Planned For… Dexter Damien Chan currently works as an independent financial consultant who writes about financial analysis and insurance plans.
      6. Healthcare Economist: If you want to learn about the business side of healthcare, especially insurance, try this blog by Jason, a Ph.D. economist and research associate at Acumen, LLC.
      7. Healthy Concerns: Learn more about health care from the patient’s perspective.
      8. HR Benefits Alert: This site can educate anyone on human resources policies and health care benefit information.
      9. InsuranceNewsNet: This link leads directly to health and life insurance news offered by this Web-based publication.
      10. Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education: This nonprofit organization serves as an educational format for consumers, agents and media.
      11. Medicare News Blog: You can find the latest news about the Medicare system at this up-to-date blog.
      12. Wellforce: A certified occupational health nurse, wellness practitioner and health coach offers thoughts on preventative health.

      Health Insurance, Law and Policy

      1. Florida Insurance BlogFlorida Insurance Blog: Mark A. Nation is a civil trial lawyer who limits his practice to wrongful death, personal injury, and insurance cases. for policyholders.
      2. Health Care Law Blog: Bob Coffield is health care lawyer practicing at Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC and blogging from Charleston, West Virginia.
      3. Health Care Law Reform: Get insights from Washington DC on health care reform and insurance.
      4. Health Policy and Communications Blog: This blog is to foster discussion and analysis about how health policy and communications issues affect clinical and economic outcomes.
      5. HealthAffairs Blog: Read a variety of outlooks at the intersection of health, health care and policy.
      6. HealthLawProf Blog: Professor Katharine Van Tassel talks about policy, law and health issues on this blog.
      7. HIPAA, HITECH & HIT: This blog focuses on legal issues, developments and information relating to the creation, use and exchange of electronic health records.
      8. Insurance Law Hawaii: Hawaiian clients benefit from the expertise and diverse backgrounds of this Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert blog.
      9. Life, Health and Disability Insurance Blog: Barger & Wolen’s Life, Health and Disability Insurance Blog covers both ERISA and non-ERISA issues with a special emphasis on California law and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
      10. Retirement Reform Blog: The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) offers information about future retirement issues, including insurance, Social Security and health.

      Health Insurance Brokerage Blogs

      1. Buying Individual Health Insurance BlogBuying Individual Health Insurance Blog: Mark Anderson is an expert in buying individual health insurance and small business health insurance plans.
      2. California Health Insurance Blog: David Fluker supplies this blog’s contents and health insurance services to California residents since 1995.
      3. Compass Benefits Group Blog: If your focus is on international travel insurance and medical tourism, visit this blog for more information.
      4. Get Smart Get Covered: eHealthInsurance offers this new blog about various health insurance products and requirements.
      5. GoHealth Insurance: This site takes a direct approach to health and wellness by providing an online resource for comparing health insurance options online.
      6. Health Insurance Sort: This site allows users to compare health insurance quotes while providing updated health plan news.
      7. HealthPlanOne: This Web-based brokerage focuses on marketing individual and family health insurance. They market Medicare Advantage products in select markets.
      8. INSWEB Insurance Blog: News, advice and information for health insurance and other policies.
      9. International Student Insurance: This International Student Insurance (ISI) blog focuses on travel medical, major medical and information about school requirements.
      10. Lehrman Group Blog: This Arizona health insurance brokerage offers information for Arizona residents.
      11. My Insurance Expert Blog: This blog is more about health issues than about health insurance, but you still get rates at the site.
      12. Vitality Health Insurance Blog: This blog covers the California health insurance field, including insurance Medicare Supplemental plans.
      Top 10 Most Influential Health Administration Professors Wed, 15 Sep 2010 22:57:17 +0000 A career in health administration means much more today than it has in the past — global epidemics, a focus on an aging population and insurance and hospital financial woes create a huge impact on this industry. The following top 10 most influential health administration professors all focus on these fields of research in one way or another, and their accomplishments also are a reflection on the colleges and universities where they work. While this list provides just a sampling of some outstanding health administration professors across the nation, it can provide you with some idea of what you might want to look for in a professor for your health education and career.

      The following list is arranged alphabetically by surname. Please follow the links to learn more about each individual and their university and college health education departments.

      1. Gerard AndersonDr. Gerard Anderson is a professor of health policy and management and professor of international health at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School Public Health, professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Program for Medical Technology and Practice Assessment. His current research focuses on chronic conditions, comparative insurance systems in developing countries, medical education, health care payment reform, and technology diffusion. Dr. Anderson previous held various positions in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he helped to develop Medicare prospective payment legislation.
      2. Elizabeth BradleyDr. Elizabeth H. Bradley currently is professor of public health and director of Global Health Initiatives at the School of Public Health and directs the Health Management Program in the School of Public Health at Yale University. She has pioneered a new approach to applying a mixed methods to first characterize and then test statistically key distinguishing features of higher and lower performing hospitals in cardiovascular care, and her research focuses on health delivery and quality improvement. She is a member of the World Economic Forum, Network of Global Agenda Councils, and the Steering Committee for the Open Educational Resources in Public Health Conference, aimed at developing innovative ways to enhance health system delivery in global settings.
      3. Joseph CoyneDr. Joseph Coyne is interim chair, professor and director for the Center for International Health Services Research & Policy at Washington State University. His research centers on international health system comparative analysis, decision science, risk analysis and health care finance and accounting. Dr. Coyne, whose works are widely cited in leading textbooks, has held a Visiting Professor appointment at the Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy, and is an internationally recognized health care finance expert. He has served as international adviser to numerous organizations, including the French Ministry of Health, German Ministry of Health, Danish Ministry of Health, and Beijing Association of Teaching Hospitals.
      4. Alison CuellarDr. Alison Evans Cuellar is an associate professor in health administration and policy at George Mason University. She has extensive research experience in health care systems, Medicaid, mental health, and justice involved populations. Her contributions include work on identifying and evaluating new organizational forms, such as hospital systems and physician alliances, and their effects on quality, efficiency, costs, prices, and technology adoption. Her work has been published in several journals, including Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Health Economics, American Journal of Public Health, among others.
      5. Beverly CiglerDr. Beverly A. Cigler is professor of Public Policy and Administration, SPA, and director, Pennsylvania Program to Improve State and Local Government, School of Public Affairs, both positions held at Penn State Harrisburg. She has co-edited or authored nine books and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, faculty associate for the Legislative Office for Research Liaison (LORL) in Pennsylvania. She has earned the National Public Administration Award for Intergovernmental Research; Friend of County Government from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, the Honor Roll of Distinguished Women, and a Special Recognition from the Academy of Excellence in County Government.
      6. Ronald FischbachRonald Fischbach, PH.D. has been a professor of health science at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) for more than thirty-five years. From 2006 to 2008, he served as Associate Dean of CSUN’s College of Health and Human Development. In 2003, he pioneered the curriculum for an innovative approach to early childhood developmental assessment, and — in that same year — co-created an online simulation as a problem-based learning approach for health educators. He has numerous publications, with a focus on learning-based methodologies.
      7. Sue GoldieDr. Sue Goldie is the Roger Irving Lee Professor of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Center for Health Decision Science in the Harvard School of Public Health. Her work spans the range of field work for program development to evidence-based analysis to inform complex and difficult policy decisions. Her methodological work involves the development and validation of models linking the natural history of a disease and its epidemiology to population-based outcomes. She has received numerous teaching and mentorship awards, and has served as the co-director of the Executive Committee of the Harvard Initiative for Global Health for the last 2 years.
      8. Elizabeth GraddyDr. Elizabeth Graddy is a professor, holds the Jeffrey J. Miller Chair in Government, Business, and the Economy and is Vice Dean at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Policy, Planning and Development, where she teaches courses in quantitative analysis, governance, and business and government. Her research focuses on the private sector role in public service delivery, how industry and organizational structure affect performance, and how information asymmetry and uncertainty affect institutional design and effectiveness. These interests have led to her work on the structure and performance of healthcare, philanthropic, and nonprofit organizations.
      9. LaDon JonesDr. LaDon L. Jones is an associate professor of health education and the director of the master of health administration program in the University of Memphis’ School of Public Health. In 2009, he was selected to participate in the Maxine Smith Fellows Program of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), the governing body for 45 universities, community colleges, and technology centers throughout the state. He also has served as vice president of technology and instructional resources and chief information officer at Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis, TN. He was a fellow in 2001-2002, serving at the University Of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado.
      10. Steven MosherDr. Steven Aker Mosher has served as the director of the Health Care Administration Program at Mary Baldwin College since 1989, and also is a professor of health care administration and political science. His focus throughout the years has been on long-term care, with special interests in strategic management, global health and quality of care. Dr. Mosher is an active member in a variety of professional organizations including the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and he served for 14 years on the Planning Committee of the Augusta Health Care, Inc. The undergraduate program in health care administration that Dr. Mosher directs is one of only 44 such programs in the United States and Canada to be fully certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. The program is also the only one of its type to be endowed.
      Top 20 Health Administrators of the Decade Thu, 02 Sep 2010 23:17:40 +0000 Less than a handful of the following top 20 health administrators of the decade began their careers during the past ten years. Most of the honorees began their health careers at least two decades prior, but their efforts have accumulated to present some of the most rewarding health administrative careers to date for this century. Additionally, you can discover that not all health administrators studied management in college, as these leaders came from various walks of life. All twenty individuals are listed alphabetically by surname.

      1. Doug AretzDoug Aretz: Aertz recently served as administrator of St. Benedicts’ Senior Community in St. Cloud, Minn. Currently, Aretz joined Bayshore Health Center, and he also created Evolving Aretz, L.L.C., creating a new “Safe-Side Barrel” and other products that promote healthcare, ergonomics and safety.
      2. Nancy BrinkerNancy Brinker: Ms. Brinker probably never conceived a career as a health administrator until her sister died from breast cancer. A cancer survivor herself, Brinker took the Susan G. Komen foundation from a dream to a nonprofit that has raised over $1.5 billion, making it the largest breast cancer charity in the world.
      3. Patricia CahillPatricia Cahill: Although Cahill attributes her steady climb to becoming president and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives as “being in the right place at the right time,” it was Cahill’s skills and ability to work with others that helped her in her career. She would serve in that role from 1996 to 2003, when the Board of Stewardship Trustees created the Patricia A. Cahill Leadership Initiative.
      4. Joy Garrison CauffmanJoy Garrison Cauffman: Cauffman’s research into detecting colorectal cancer resulted in life-saving changes in screening techniques. Based on her results, physicians around the world began to advise their patients to schedule sigmoidoscopies and colonoscopies. Retired for 13 years, she recently completed a 10-year study to determine the effect of continuing medical education on physician performance and patient health care outcomes.
      5. James DicksonJames J. Dickson: This administrator and CEO of Copper Queen Community Hospital has been elected as the 2010-2011 president of the Arizona Rural Health Association. In 2002 and 2009, he was honored with the Arizona Healthcare Rural Healthcare Professional of the Year award, and in 2009 he was the winner of the Inspiring Rural Health Program Award for Teledermatology as well as Arizona’s recipient of the American Hospital Association (AHA) 2009 Partnership for Action Grassroots Champion Award.
      6. Gary GlasscockGary M. Glasscock, F.A.C.H.E.: In his more than thirty-year career in healthcare administration, Mr. Glasscock created numerous innovative hospital programs. Mr. Glasscock currently serves as President and CEO of Noland Health Services, Inc. In 1986, Mr. Glasscock was recognized by Hospital Magazine as one of the fifty top young healthcare leaders for the 21st Century.
      7. Kathryn Hall-TrujilloKathryn Hall-Trujillo: As public health administrator for the state of California, Hall-Trujillo came up with the Birthing Project USA, an organization that battles high infant mortality rates by pairing pregnant women with volunteer “sister friends” who provide guidance and support through pregnancy and the first year of the baby’s life. Hall-Trujillo quit her job to work on the Birthing Project full time.
      8. Mark HuntMark Hunt: After graduation in 1985, Hunt began his 20-plus years of diverse health care experience at Central Baptist Hospital as an administrative resident. He later received his Master’s of Public Health in Health Policy and Management completed coursework toward a Ph.D. in Health Administration at the University of South Carolina. Over the years he has formed and developed several companies.
      9. Rush JordanL.R. “Rush” Jordan: Jordan, who died in 2009, was a pioneer in introducing business management practices to traditional health care delivery. Mr. Jordan’s tenure as CEO of Birmingham Baptist Hospitals began in 1965, where he helped lay the foundation for what is today the Baptist Health System.
      10. Brian KeeleyBrian E. Keeley: As CEO of Coral Gables-based Baptist Health for the past three decades, Keeley has overseen expansion to 100,000 patients per year and over 13,000 employees. His company has been recognized as one of the best companies to work for by Fortune magazine five times since 1998, including the last three years in a row.
      11. Christopher MetsgarChristopher Metsgar: Metsgar joined HealthONE EMS in January 2010 as the Clinical Coordinator for the Paramedic Education Program. He also coordinates development of the online CE offered by HealthONE EMS. Christopher holds Bachelor and Master Degrees from Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Allied Health in Clinical Practice Management. He created and taught the state’s first online EMT Intermediate program for college credit.
      12. Sean NelsonSean H. Nelson: Nelson, Chief of external affairs and strategic planning, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, recently was selected as one of the Top 20 business people in their their 20s in Cleveland, OH. Currently, the 29-year-old will oversee construction of a $100 million bed tower and a $130 million complex. Mr. Nelson is on the VA’s fast track to moving up the corporate ladder.
      13. Carl PlatouCarl Platou: In 1952, Platou became administrator of tiny Fairview Hospital on Riverside Avenue in Minneapolis. Platou found a way for Fairview to expand into the suburbs, and his unlikely inspiration was federal bank regulations that had allowed holding companies to form and to operate multiple banks within their regions. Currently, Platou is a driving force behind the foundation’s effort to raise more than $125 million in private funds for a world-class biomedical research park.
      14. Austin RossAustin Ross: Ross spent his entire career at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, and was inducted into Modern Healthcare’s Health Care Hall of Fame on March 21 this year. Ross retired in 1991 as vice president and executive administrator. Currently he serves as a member of the Virginia Mason Medical Center Board of Governors and professor emeritus of Health Services at the UW School of Public Health.
      15. Ruth RothsteinRuth Rothstein: As Chief of Cook County Bureau of Health Services, the third largest public health system in the nation, 79-year-old Ruth Rothstein oversees an immense safety net for the disadvantaged. Eventually, Rothstein’s work would help pave the way for the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, which opened in 2002 as a replacement for Cook County Hospital. Also, Rothstein expanded Cook County’s community clinics from six to 30, which led to the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center.
      16. Dr. SchoenrichDr. Edyth H. Schoenrich: Dr. Schoenric was the first woman to be appointed to the American Board of Preventive Medicine in 1971. Most recently, Dr. Schoenrich has been deeply involved in designing and implementing flexible programs to facilitate graduate study programs in public health for working health professionals.
      17. Colleen SpikeColleen Spike: Under Spike’s guidance as chief executive officer, River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic grew from a 38-bed facility to a 30-acre health care campus providing care for St. Peter, all of Le Sueur and Nicollet counties and portions of Blue Earth and Sibley counties in Minnesota. Spike and River’s Edge both have received numerous awards for their rural health care growth and leadership.
      18. Dr. WallerDr. Robert Waller: Until 1986, the Mayo Clinic hadn’t even owned a hospital — until Waller became a key proponent for diversification as part of Mayo’s board of trustees. Two years later, Waller became president and CEO of the Mayo Foundation. An ophthalmologist by training, Dr. Waller rejoined the board of directors of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement for a second term in 2004 and currently serves as Chair of that board.
      19. Gail WardenGail L. Warden: Gail L. Warden currently is President Emeritus of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. Warden would go on to serve on the Institute of Medicine committee that produced the groundbreaking To Err is Human report published in 1999 that detailed how as many as 98,000 people die every year from medical errors and that changed how healthcare was viewed throughout the first decade of this century.
      20. Stuart WesburyStuart A. Wesbury Jr.: Dr. Wesbury served as the president of the American College of Hospital Administrators for 12 years, changing the name of that organization to ACHE and broadening its membership to include more minorities and women. The Stuart A. Wesbury, Jr. Postgraduate Fellowship was established in 1991 to further postgraduate education in healthcare and professional society management.
      19 Tools and Resources Worth Bookmarking on Mon, 16 Aug 2010 23:59:01 +0000 If you are interested in health administration, there are few things as interesting as the health care reform law signed earlier this year. As a resource designed to help those interested in learning more about the new law, and the options available right now, the U.S. government created

      This web site offers a number of helpful tools and resources that can help you learn about the new health reform law, as well as help you live a healthier life right now. Health care administrators can use it as a resource, as well as ordinary folks, to learn about better health and care options. Here are 19 tools and resources bookmarking on

      Health Care Reform

      If you are interested in learning more about health care, and your options under the new law, there are plenty of resources.

      1. Timeline: What’s Changing and When: One of the most useful tools on the site is an interactive timeline that illustrates the changes that came with the health care reform law. This interactive timeline allows you to see what has already changed, and when other changes are being made. Perfect for those interested in what’s coming next.
      2. About the Law: Health policy wonks will appreciate this page, which connects you to the full text of the health care reform bill, and helps you keep track of the changes. Also contains a helpful chronology of when different changes will take effect. Perfect for those who want to be informed from the source, rather than getting second hand information.
      3. Provisions: You can get a straightforward look at the main provisions in the health reform bill. Offers a look at early retiree coverage, pre-existing conditions, and all of the other provisions in the bill. Easy to navigate, and takes you through each of the major issues.
      4. In Focus: If you are interested in more information about what is available for rural Americans, and learning more about health disparities, this resource is extremely educational. Find out more about what health care reform should do for specific groups of people.
      5. Additional Health Initiatives: Overall health is expected to get a boost from health care reform. This page is worth bookmarking, since it contains additional information Medicare, community health centers and electronic records. A great resource for those interested in learning more about how they can control their own health care.
      6. Families with Children: This great resource offers information for families with children so that they can see how the new law will affect them. A helpful and interesting resource designed to break down the new law in a way that is understandable.
      7. Implementation Center: Learn more about what you can do to help implement health care reform. Perfect for health administrators and public health officials.

      Health Insurance

      If you are interested in care issues and health insurance, you can get help sorting through everything on

      1. Find Insurance Options: This tool will help you find the type of health insurance that is best for you. Put in information about your family and your current situation, as well as your state, and get help finding the best plan for you.
      2. Compare Care Quality: Get more information about care quality in different areas, and link to a tool that can help you compare hospital care at various institutions. A great way to determine the level of care you are likely to get in certain hospitals.
      3. Individuals with Health Conditions: Get helpful information geared toward those with health conditions. Learn what the new law will do for you, as well as explore your health insurance options. Learn more about what you can do now, before the new law completely takes effect.
      4. Pregnant Women: Interested in learning more about health care options for pregnant women? This resource is perfect for those who want to know about insurance requirements and coverage for pregnancy.
      5. Coverage of Young Adults under Age 26: If you are younger than 26, or if you have children under 26, it is important to understand your health insurance options under the new law. Includes a handy link to an informative fact sheet.
      6. Patient’s Bill of Rights: You have certain rights when it comes to health care and coverage. The new law offers a number of helpful items for you. You can use this resource to learn more about your care rights as a patient. A great consumer resource.
      7. Appealing Health Plan Decisions: If you are not happy with your health plan, and the coverage decisions, you can actually appeal. This resource helps you know exactly what you need to do if something is not right with your health insurance coverage.

      Health Resources

      If you are looking for resources that can help you with healthy living, offers some great tools and informational resources.

      1. MyHealthFinder: You can link to this great tool from It helps you assess your current state of health, and provides pointers and helpful hints on what you can do to improve your health.
      2. Preventative Care: Learn about the importance of preventative care to your health, as well as learn about what you can expect under health care reform in terms of improvements to your access to preventative care.
      3. HealthCare Notes: Learn more about what you can do to improve your health, as well as the health of those in your family. This resource offers helpful information on coverage, prevention and better living. Includes information on what you can do to help your kids live healthier.
      4. Webcasts and Videos: This resource offers you access to interesting videos and webcasts aimed at helping you learn more about healthy living, and how the health care reform law can help you achieve that goal. Engaging and interesting videos and webcasts about health issues that are important to you.
      5. Fact Sheets: Get access to definitive and authoritative information on health care reform, and the things you can do to improve your overall health and wellness. Includes fact sheets on what different racial groups can do, as well as what others can do. Also includes helpful information on state health exchanges and how they will affect you.
      25 Free Web Tools to Analyze Your City’s Health & Safety Stats Thu, 29 Jul 2010 00:55:19 +0000 When considering a place to live — or considering whether to remain in your current city — it can help to have additional information. Those involved in public health know that there are a number of factors that contribute to the overall health and safety of any municipality. You don’t have to be a public health administrator to get the inside information on health and safety for your city, though. You can actually find out more about what’s going on by using online tools to look at the stats related to your city. Here are 25 free tools you can use to analyze what’s going on with your city.


      Learn more about health in general, but looking at various stats related to the health of the people in your town.

      1. America’s Health Rankings: Learn more about the rankings of health in different states. Includes interactive data applications that can help you learn more about health in your locality.
      2. HealthMap: Interested in knowing about health issues in your town, and around the world? HealthMap offers a look at health around the world, and can help you pinpoint health information in your local area.
      3. GeoSentinel: Learn more about keeping track of global health issues, including outbreaks and health information for your city. Track your own outbreaks as well.
      4. Community Health Status Indicators: A great look at how you can improve a community’s health. Look at indicators by state and county. Includes information on different health concerns, from heart disease to cancer to diabetes.
      5. Kaiser State Health Facts: Helpful stats from the Kaiser Family Foundation, featuring an interactive map that can help you learn about health, status, and government health assistance in your area.
      6. Cancer Trends Progress Report: Learn more about cancer, information about prevention, and stats about the incidence of cancer.
      7. HRSA Geospatial Data Warehouse: Cool tools from the Health Resources and Services Administration are available online. You can find information about service professionals, health care delivery sites and more with these tools.
      8. Health Data Interactive: Interactive tools that help you learn more about your geographic location, stats and other information about health. A great tool for those looking for interactive data, and helpful resources.
      9. State Scorecard: Compare health in your area with the health in other areas. Offers different rankings related to health and compare your area to benchmarks. A great resource for learning more about health in your state and town, and how it compares to what is in other areas.


      Helpful information on safety, and different programs set up in your town.

      1. Pedestrian and Bicycle GIS Safety Analysis Tools: The Highway Safety Information System offers information on zones where there are high incidences of pedestrian crashes, and offers information on safe bike routes.
      2. Diversity Data: This cool method of generating customized reports can help you learn about safety, quality of life, and more. A look at different data, and a tool that can help you narrow down your results, and allow you to look at specific values of interest.
      3. KIDS COUNT Data Center: Focuses on information about children and their well-being. Also includes information on safety, and provides rankings. A great way to evaluate child safety, and focus on finding an environment that is ideal for your kids.
      4. American FactFinder: Learn information about the population, and statistics related to safety, quality of life, crime and more. An interesting look st different communities and what is important to them.
      5. Crime Statistics: offers this helpful tool to help you learn more about your city’s safety by looking at crime data. Includes violent and non-violent information and helpful resources on other ratings.
      6. Bike Safety Statistics: A look at different stats related to bicycles, and bike safety. Looks at different stats from different cities, and includes a look at different factors related to bicycles and bike safety.
      7. Safety Net Monitoring: A look at safety net monitoring for different cities in terms of health care access. Evaluate the safety of your area, and the kinds of opportunities and helps available in your local area.
      8. Local Drinking Water Information: Concerned about the safety of your drinking water? This is a great tool from the Environmental Protection Agency, helping you learn more about the local drinking water. Find out about the dangers of bad drinking water, and find valuable information about your city’s water supply safety.
      9. AIRNow: Learn about local air safety. In some cases, it might not be a good idea to breathe the air. Learn about how dangerous your air might be, and learn about the safety of the air you breathe in your hometown.
      10. Youth Violence: Find out more about youth violence in your area. You can learn about safety for you, as well as for your children. Find out whether or not your child is likely to be at risk due to youth violence.


      Learn more about the make-up of your town with helpful databases that include various statistics that can help you learn more about what your city appears to be.

      1. CDC Data & Statistics: A look at different data and statistics that can help you analyze conditions in your city. A great general tool that can help you focus on specific statistics of interest.
      2. Health Statistics: A helpful tutorial on learning how to understand health statistics, and how to apply the information that you learn. A great educational tool.
      3. Public Health Data Standards Consortium: Learn more about standard information for public health, and data standards. A great, helpful stats resource.
      4. Find apps and other tools related to different data sets. Includes geographic data on health, safety and other issues. A great data resource for nearly everyone.
      5. State Data Resources: Learn more about different data in your state, and in your local area. A helpful look at different data sets. Also includes a tutorial on using the resources and tools available.
      6. TranStat: Access to statistical data and a helpful tool for modeling your own outbreaks. A great tool for general research, and one that can enhance your study and use of statistics related to community health and safety.
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