Two years after the Affordable Care Act passed the U. S. Congress political commentators see it as one of the country’s most divisive laws in decades. As then Illinois senator Barrack Obama announced his declaration to become the Democrat’s presidential nominee, universal health care has been the topic of discussion all across America.
Dr. Farid Naffah, a physician from Warren, Ohio has penned an advertised piece entitled, “The Risks and Perils of Obamacare.” His piece, endorsed by 43 like-minded physicians, has brought up some serious issues with The Patient Protection and Affordable HealthCare Act. Dr. Naffah has taken the lead to question this law and brings up some serious issues and questions about it, just before President Obama might be elected to a second term. Based on his article, Axiom Administrative Services would like to see where you, as a physician, stand on this legislation.
Dr. Naffah believes this new health care law will discourage and prevent current doctors from running their own private practice. With new regulations and decreased rates of re-imbursement from the government for medical services, private practices are being squeezed financially. Doctor’s offices are “raided” on a regular frequency. Billing systems are regularly audited to obtain payments the government alleges physicians wrongfully billed. Claims of impropriety are often prematurely judged and labeled fraud. Cases of fraud incur massive government fines, which are determined by auditors that receive a financial cut of the total fine levied against physicians’’ private practices.
The article also blames future doctor shortages on Obamacare’s financial disincentives in becoming a doctor. While nearly all people who become doctors do not do it primarily for the financial rewards, most people do expect to be compensated for years of education and residencies. Since physicians are less able to maintain their own practices, and Obamacare will prohibit physicians from owning hospitals, doctors will have their salaries severely limited. When this healthcare legislation is fully implemented, doctors will be lucky to make $150,000 per year; this will be the top of the salary range. Salary ranges for doctors, who on average, have $200,000 or more in education debt, along with the opportunity to pursue career such as lawyers or business owners with a much lower chance of getting sued, will plummet future enrollment figures at medical schools. 
Dr. Naffah cites some startling statistics about the effects of the healthcare that will impact everyone now and into the future. 90% of all doctors are dissuading their children from becoming physicians. With Obamacare there will be 160,000 fewer doctors by 2025. Even though President Obama claims everyone will have health insurance, 20% of people won’t be able to get care because there won’t be enough doctors to treat everyone.
The cost of health care will go up and the patient-physician relationship will disappear. This sacred and effective relationship will disappear because more and more patients will be forced to get treatment at a hospital compared to fewer private practices. Dr. Naffah points out that more and more hospitals will acquire private practices because private practices are folding at an alarming rate. The cost of health care increases because hospitals are paid at higher rates from Medicare and insurers compared to a private practice.
Physicians will be forced to be part of accountable care organizations (ACOs). ACOs are comprised of a group of government bureaucrats in charge of delivering care to a selected population of patients. The organization, following pre-set, government-mandated criteria, is supposed to increase quality by working with physicians to cut waste. Dr. Naffah says ACOs will dismantle the relationship between the patient and their physician. These organizations have self-interest in reducing costs because they get a cut of the total waste they aim to save.
Physicians will be forced to ration care in the name of cost cutting measures. The pressure to save on health care costs may override a physician’s primary duty to uphold the Hippocratic Oath to practice medicine honestly and ethically. However, Dr. Naffath believes Obamacare leaves physicians no other option than to unwillingly break it.
Perhaps the most comprehensive points Dr. Naffah brings up is summed up by him as, “We will thus have established a new standard, one that the government will hail as thoughtful and well proportioned, that hospital administrators will label as coordinated and aptly delivered, and that regulators and accreditation agencies will honor as compliant. Regardless, the rest of us will recognize the new standard for what it really is: medical mediocrity.” Essentially the new health care law will change health care in America forever, and for the worse. Medical care will be eseentially reduced to another government service, like others, that are provided by unaccountable and often untouchable government bureaucrats.
Now that we have covered the real and lasting effects of Obamacare, we would like to ask you the same question again. If you are a physician, where do you stand on Obamacare and the deleterious effects upon the economy, but more importantly the patients of America? You only have a few days to change the course of America and its health care system.
Come on down and see us at the 52nd Annual Daytona Beach Home Show on October 26th, 27th and 28th . This is where you’ll find the latest and greatest in all sorts of trends and technology in improvements and décor for your home and garden. Admission is free to the three-day event held at this Ocean Center, 101 North Atlantic in Daytona Beach.
Total Comfort Heat and Air Conditioning, Inc. is proud to be part of this Daytona Beach tradition. Our company has been serving homes and businesses in Volusia and Flagler Counties since 1976. So we’re looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new people at our outdoor booth.
This is a great opportunity for existing customers to get to know the staff of Total Comfort. If you’re not familiar with our comprehensive approach to total home care and maintenance, it’s a chance to get to learn more about all our services.
The Daytona Beach Home Show is a great place to familiarize you with some ways we may be able to serve you even better. Our outdoor booth will enable us to present some of the goodies we have for warming up your home and outdoor living spaces for fall and winter.
Come and see our line of beautiful indoor and outdoor fireplaces in a variety of styles and designs that require no structural installation, yet add the ambiance and warmth that is part of the “hearth and home” look. Check out our propane gas logs to make an existing fireplace energy efficient, useful and beautiful.
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Whether your home is in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Palm Coast, DeLand, Flagler Beach Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach or virtually any surrounding community, we’re just a phone call away.
That one call is all it takes to get the finest technicians and products for all your heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing, and propane service. From new construction to renovations to simple repairs, Total Comfort does it all.
As you can see, being a full service company means we wear a lot of hats. For those of you who have been part of the Total Comfort family over the years, we look forward to seeing you and showing you our latest products and services. And we’re anxious to meet new friends and neighbors at the Daytona Beach Home Show.
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Join us at the 52nd Annual Daytona Beach News-Journal Home Show, held Friday through Sunday, October 26th through 28th. This need to rephrase home event for Volusia and Flagler Counties, with over 200 vendors demonstrating the latest in products and services for outdoor living, décor and home improvements. Stop by the Total Comfort booth and get to know us. We’ll show you some of the things we do to keep your home running smoothly.
You’ll also learn how you can reduce energy costs and check out the latest in outdoor fire pits and gas lights, or see our beautiful selection of propane logs and fireplaces to chase away the chill of approaching winter nights while adding ambiance and value to your home. And with hurricane season approaching, it’s a great time to learn how our generators keep your home free of service interruption, protecting everything from your frozen food to computer data.
When you make a call to Total Comfort, you don’t push buttons and wait to be routed to another department. A live person answers every time, whether you’re calling during regular office hours (Monday-Saturday, 8am to 5pm) or for after-hour emergencies. We take this same hands-on approach with all our services, from installation to regularly scheduled preventive maintenance to recommendations on energy-saving products.
Reliability and reputation are admirable qualities in any business. But in something as valuable as your home, their importance becomes tantamount to peace of mind. This is your most important investment – and not just financially.
Home is where your memories are made and your treasures are stored. So when you entrust the vital organs of its health – heating and cooling, electrical, plumbing and propane – you want to be sure you are getting experts in their respective fields.
Wouldn’t it be great to have one source that could install, repair, service and maintain all these systems with one call, like a general practitioner for your home. Total Comfort is such a company, and we have earned the trust of the community through decades of dedicated service.
Originally known for our installation and maintenance of heating and AC systems, Total Comfort has expanded to become a comprehensive resource for homes and businesses, whether you’re building a new structure, making upgrades and improvements or protecting your investment through preventive maintenance.
Along with climate control, Total Comfort now handles all electrical and plumbing needs – from upgrades and modifications to major repairs. And if you haven’t yet elected to make the switch to propane, our experts can make recommendations on appliances like tankless water heaters.
Total Comfort is also your full-service electrician, with no job too large or too small. We’ll rewire an outlet, replace old (potentially hazardous) panel boxes or install new lighting. And we can do full wiring on new structures.
Our expert plumbers can fix a leaky faucet or handle a major plumbing job. And if you have opted for the economical and ecological advantages of propane gas appliances, Total Comfort is your one-stop for the latest in products like water heaters, fireplaces and fire pits, outdoor lighting and other upgrades and services.
The green trend is no longer – well, “trendy.” It is becoming essential to ensure the conservation of resources and to lessen the impact of harmful emissions to our planet, Total Comfort strives to bring you the most up-to-date technological advances at a price you can afford, while maintaining the utmost in quality and service from your investment.
For example, we offer the first environmentally safe refrigerant from Puron Systems. Our tankless water heaters conserve this valuable resource; and our home survey can show you where improvements can reduce your personal carbon footprint and save you money.
Total Comfort installs and services the most trusted brands for long-term and reliable service. Our expertise helps you match the best products with your needs. And our regularly scheduled maintenance inspections assure you of getting maximum service from your investment.
All this happens with just one call to one trusted company, locally owned and operated. When you make Total Comfort your expert in “total home health,” you can relax. No more juggling plumbers, electricians, AC technicians and propane delivery companies. Total Comfort keeps you on schedule with their regular maintenance programs, so you know your home’s systems are always maintained and working efficiently.
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The accolades keep piling up for Dr. Christian Birkedal. Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center recently named Birkedal its top physician for the quarter.
Dr. Birkedal was given the honor based on recommendations from families and patients, staff voting and a high score on the HCAHPS evaluation. The acronym HCAHPS stands for the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems. It is used as a standard to measure the quality of care provided by physicians and hospitals.
Dr. Birkedal is a board certified general surgeon with over 15 years of providing exceptional service and care to his patients. He specializes in performing minimally-invasive surgeries that allow a patient to recover quickly and with less discomfort. This award has reasserted Dr. Birkedal’s reputation as a premiere surgeon at one of America’s most highly-regarded medical institutions.
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center (FHMMC) is part of the Adventist Health System, which is the nation’s largest not-for-profit Protestant Healthcare System. The institution serves a wide variety of patients, specializing in cardiology, emergency care, hospice, minimally-invasive care, home health, oncology, obstetrics, neurosurgery, physician practices and services for women. The FHMMC consists of three campuses located in Central Florida with a 227-bed facility in Daytona Beach, a 119-bed hospital in Ormond Beach and a new outpatient clinic located in Port Orange. The hospital is recognized as one of the top in the nation by patients and medical professionals, ranking in the top one percent of hospitals in the country for quality outcomes for patients.
For further Information:Dr. Christian Birkedal’s practice is located at:Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center305 Memorial Medical Parkway, Ste 205 Daytona Beach, Florida 32117 The office phone number is 386-231-3530 and they are openfrom Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center301 Memorial Medical ParkwayDaytona Beach, FL 32117Office: 386.231.3000Website: www.floridahospitalmemorial.org AXIOM CORPORATE INFORMATION Axiom Administrative Services, LLCAppaloosa Lane, Bldg C, Ste. 201Ormond Beach, Florida 32174Phone/Fax: 305-967-7446 Website: www.axiomadminserv.com
In today’s world 8 out of every 10 homes in America are currently using an online connection; the impact of the World Wide Web is being felt across every industry. Although, traditionally a paper-driven industry, Healthcare is also being impacted by the growing use of the Internet.
One of the primary aspects of the Healthcare market being affected by the Internet is the ability of patients to be more knowledgeable about their own care options. There are many online options for patients, that allow users the access to information about health issues and treatment options. It also allows the users to be more informed about doctors that are treating them. No longer do patients just rely on word of mouth reviews when looking up a doctor. Sites like Health Grades and Vitals provide users with up-to-date testimonials and reviews of any practice. Users are also able to find healthcare providers, with a simple Google search; users can find directory listings of doctors for nearly every major city in the country.
With the ease that patients can access healthcare information on the Web, it has become important for doctors to not only have a Web presence but to manage their presence as well. Unfortunately, the growth of the Internet has also led to the growth of sites that should not be giving advice to patients about their Healthcare. It is important for doctors to distinguish their sites and practices from these negative sites.
A good way to distinguish your practice through the Internet is by highlighting your qualifications on your site and starting a community with your patients through the use of social media. Setting up blogs and social media accounts has made a huge impact on the growth of doctor’s practices. By utilizing sites like Google Plus, Facebook and LinkedIn, doctors can stay in touch with their patients, which make the patient feel better connected with the doctor. This relationship usually leads to an expanding relationship between doctor/patient.
As previously mentioned, it is as important as ever for a doctor to manage his image, especially on the Internet. When creating these online profiles, it is important for the doctor to consider the negative consequences that can arise and do what is necessary to prevent these things from happening.
While it is impossible for a doctor to manipulate their rating on sites like Vitals and Health Grades, doctors with a positive rating should use this information as a way to attract new patients. Every doctor should have a section on their Web site that highlights their ratings and qualifications so patients know they can be trusted. Also, doctors need to have a social media managing company that monitors their image through social media sites. It is important to quickly remove any comments that may appear on your page that could potentially be offensive to your patients. Also, this company should help your site with Search Engine Optimization, which includes monitor how your site ranks in search engines and making sure that all the sites that link to your site are trustworthy.
AXIOM is a company that can help a doctor’s practice create a positive Web presence. Their healthcare/technology professionals know how to create Web sites that will portray the image that a doctor wants to his patients. AXIOM will create and monitor the social media profiles for the doctor while also performing SEO to ensure that the site is reaching the audience that the doctor desires.
The growth of the Internet has the ability to have a major positive impact on doctors who know how to use it properly. The Internet has given users the ability to find information about a doctor quickly from their home PC, or mobile device. That is why it is critically important for all doctors to have a Web site that is properly managed to portray a positive image of their practice.
AXIOM CORPORATE INFORMATIONMailing Address: Axiom Administrative Services, LLC 69 Appaloosa Lane, Bldg C, Ste. 201
The premiere electrophysiology physicians in the Miami area are teaming up with AXIOM to help patients with their heart health. The Heart Rhythm Specialists of South Florida provide comprehensive care to individuals suffering from heart rhythm abnormalities.
Dr. Hakop Hrachian is the founder and President of Heart Rhythm Specialists of South Florida. He has extensive experience in treatment of cardiovascular disease and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology.
Dr. Hrachian is passionate about Electrophysiology – which is the study of the electrical system of the heart and has dedicated his practice to treat the conditions associated with this specialty, primarily heart rhythm abnormalities.
Dr. Hrachian is a Health Grades recommended physician with over 19 years of experience. He trained at New York Medical College, Mount Sinai Medical Center and Temple University Hospital.
His partner at Heart Rhythm Specialists of South Florida is renowned Cardiologist Dr. Giancarlo Speziani. Dr. Speziani graduated from the University Of South Florida College Of Medicine and has also trained at Wake Forest University and the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is specialized in clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and is also board certified in Internal medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine. He has a special interest in clinical cardiac Electrophysiology involving pacemakers, defibrillators and treatment of complex arrhythmias particularly atrial fibrillation.
Each of these physicians has performed hundreds of procedures involving the heart and has saved countless lives. Both are passionate about their work and are willing to work with patients of any background. The Practice also caters to International patients, by helping them with the process of coming to the United States for treatment. Practice is equipped to handle patients of any nationality with fluency in five languages: English, Spanish, Armenian, Farsi and Turkish.
This dedication to their specialty and willingness to work with patients has endeared these physicians with their patients. Patients that are treated by these doctors are amazed at the level of service and the amount of care provided even after the procedure and recovery process is complete.
That is why AXIOM is proud to add this practice to its ever-growing list of clients.
This will get the word out there about the quality of service offered by this outstanding set of physicians located in South Florida.
Heart Rhythm Specialists of South Florida
This practice has an office in two locations:
5975 Sunset Drive, Suite 802 in South Miami, FL 33143
975 Baptist Way, Suite 202 in Homestead, FL 33033
Phone: (305) 663-3377
Fax: (305) 663-3097
AXIOM CORPORATE INFORMATION
Axiom Administrative Services, LLC
PO Box 730956
Ormond Beach, Florida 32173
Axiom Administrative Services, LLC
69 Appaloosa Lane, Bldg C, Ste. 201
Ormond Beach, Florida 32174
For Immediate Release on 7-19-2012
Contact: Eric Bem Office: 305-967-7446
In the last few years, Axiom Administrative Services has become part of the community in Ormond Beach, establishing ties with various medical professionals in the area. One of the primary aspects of the Healthcare market being affected by the Internet is the ability of patients to be more knowledgeable about their own care options. AXIOM just finished redesigning a Web site for renowned surgeon, Dr. Christian Birkedal, whose office is located at the state of the art Medical Center at Ormond’s Florida Memorial Hospital.
The growth of the Internet has the ability to have a major positive impact on doctors who know how to use it properly. The Internet has given users the ability to find information about a doctor quickly from their home PC, or mobile device. That is why it is critically important for all doctors to have a Web site that is properly managed to portray a positive image of their practice. AXIOM has a team of healthcare and technology professionals that work to create and maintain a Web presence for top medical professionals. They provide these practices with newly-designed, optimized Web sites, healthcare Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Social Media Management along with overall Integrated Healthcare Marketing Services.
AXIOM intends to remain a part of Ormond’s community for many years. This is a large reason why the company chose to become part of the city’s Chamber of Commerce. Ormond’s Chamber includes several well-established businesses that have become part of the fabric of the central Florida community. These businesses include Florida Hospital, Ormond’s chapter of Relay for Life and Cardiology Research Associates just to name a few.
The location and mix of young professionals, families and retirees make Ormond a great place for AXIOM to build its business roots. Ormond Beach was recently rated one of the top 100 cities to relocate by National Strategy Group.ORMOND BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 165 W. Granada Blvd.