Monthly Archives: July 2014

How Healthcare Providers Take Care of You: Big Changes Are Coming!


Big changes are coming to the way healthcare providers take care of you!  Beginning October 1, Medicare will penalize hospitals if patients are readmitted for the same problem within 30 days of their discharge.  This new rule specifically applies to patients admitted for COPD, congestive heart failure (CHF), and myocardial infarction (MI), and is already in effect for pneumonia. Dedicated Respiratory Therapists have always had patients’ best interests at heart.  Hospitals, however, are paid to take care of sick people, and […]

Trying to Stop Smoking? Chantix is Different from Everything Else You Might Have Tried


Tobacco use is still the most preventable cause of death, killing nearly half a million Americans every year.  About one out of every five Americans still smoke, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Nicotine, the addictive substance in tobacco, is considered as addictive as heroin, and most people who “kick the habit” try to quit several times before they finally succeed.  Research shows that the combination of counseling and medication used to treat nicotine addiction is the most successful […]

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