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06/08/2018

Stop Overlooking Height Rods

Scales, blood pressure cuffs, and thermometers are just some of the standard medical devices required in a physician office.  But an often overlooked valuable tool for any healthcare setting is a height rod, also known as a stadiometer. Knowing a patient’s height is just as important as knowing blood pressure, weight or body temperature.

12/04/2017

New Study Dispels “Fat But Fit” Myth

The concept of “fat but bit” has long been debated, but a recent study from the University of Birmingham in the UK suggests that no amount of extra weight is good for your heart. Previous studies suggested that individuals with an overweight or obese BMI but were otherwise “metabolically healthy” were not at increased risk of heart disease.

07/31/2017

How Can a Scale Help an ACO in the Medicare Shared Savings Program?

The CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) states that “Before an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) can share in any savings generated, it must demonstrate that it met the quality performance standard for that year.”* One of the quality measures within those performance standards is “ACO-3 CAHPS: Patients’ Rating of Provider”.

03/09/2017

What Can the Patient Do to Improve Their Care and Lower Healthcare Costs?

The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari has said although the nation has made great strides in healthcare IT, technology is not the only element that helps meet the goals of better patient care, improving Americans’ health and lowering healthcare costs. He says “Patients need to care for themselves and become partners in their care.”

02/22/2017

Body Composition Analysis Scales as a Helpful Tool in the Fight Against Obesity

An estimated 70% of the US population is overweight, and the US health system is inundated with patients who suffer from cardiac disease, diabetes and other medical issues caused or impacted by obesity. But physicians face the challenge of sensitively and effectively addressing obesity with their overweight patients.