As the risk of developing medical illnesses and diseases increases, so does the need for quality health insurance. If you’re 65 years of age or older, then it’s time to reconsider the types of available healthcare plans. Consider this overview on how to navigate through the Medicare system once you are a senior:
What is Medicare?
Medicare refers to a United States government health insurance program available to individuals age 65 and older or to younger individuals who are suffering from certain medical conditions or disabilities. Medicare services are paid for by the nation’s taxpayers, while the premiums are deducted from Social Security checks. However, it is important to remember that while Medicare coverage can help to cover the cost of healthcare, individuals are still financially responsible for coinsurance, deductibles, and copayments.
Types of Medicare
Medicare coverage can be broken down into four basic parts:
- Part A includes hospital insurance for inpatient care, skilled nursing facilities following hospital stays, and some hospice and home healthcare services.
- Part B provides medical insurance for doctors’ visits and medical services and supplies that may not be covered under part A. This insurance requires the insured to pay a monthly premium.
- Part C, also known as the Medicare Advantage Plan, offers extra benefits than part A and B for a monthly premium.
- Part D allows access to prescription medication coverage for a monthly premium.
Medicare also provides coverage for a number of preventive services to help diagnose potential health problems while they are still easily treatable. This includes:
- Cardiovascular screenings.
- Examinations for cervical, vaginal, colorectal, prostate, and breast cancer.
- Vaccinations for the flu, hepatitis B, and pneumonia.
- Screenings for diabetes.
- Glaucoma testing.
- Bone mass measurements.
Medicare also offers supplemental health policies known as Medigap plans to help cover any expenses not met by Plans A-D.
If you’re interested in more information on how your Medicare coverage can help you gain access to valuable services offered at MountainView Hospital & Medical Center of Las Vegas , then contact us online or give us a call at (877) 216-5587 today!
Studies by the Surgical Review Corporation show that approximately 23 million individuals in the United States are considered morbidly obese. In fact, the National Institutes on Health estimate that approximately 300,000 individuals die each year due to obesity-related health conditions. Fortunately, MountainView Hospital of Las Vegas has been taking great measures to reduce obesity rates and obesity-associated health risks.
Losing weight affects an individual’s health in many ways, including improving mobility, providing more energy to carry out daily activities, and increasing an individual’s chances for a longer, healthier life. Losing weight also helps obese individuals reduce their chances of experiencing several detrimental health conditions, including:
- Type II diabetes
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Coronary heart disease
- Liver and gallbladder disease
- Endometrial, colon, and breast cancers
- Dyslipidemia or high levels of triglycerides and total cholesterol
- Abnormal menstrual cycles, infertility, and other gynecological problems
- Respiratory problems, such as sleep apnea
While diet and exercise are some of the best ways to lose weight and promote a healthier lifestyle, our physicians and medical staff members at MountainView Hospital understand that some individuals require more additional help. That’s why we provide some of the most advanced bariatric weight-loss surgery methods and robotic procedures available. In fact, MountainView Hospital has performed more than 500 bariatric weight-loss surgeries in Las Vegas since 2002.
Our Surgical Weight Loss Center not only provides some of the most qualified bariatric weight loss procedures available, but it has also been named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Visit our website for more information on how you can lose weight and get back on track to a healthier you, download our brochure , or call (702) 233-5474 to register for a free, informational seminar!
Sunrise Hospital and MountainView Hospital Stroke Programs Recognized by the American Stroke Association
Las Vegas, NV —Two of the Sunrise Health Hospital’s Certified Stroke Centers—Sunrise Hospital and MountainView Hospital— have been recognized for high performance by the American Heart and American Stroke Associations.
Sunrise Hospital and the Nevada Neurosciences Institute (NNI) have received the 2011 American Heart/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. This is third consecutive year Sunrise and the NNI have been recognized at the gold level.
To receive this award, Sunrise Hospital achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all GWTG-Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for 24 consecutive months and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with seven of 10 GWTG-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis and cholesterol reducing drugs, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
MountainView Hospital has been recognized with the 2011 American Heart/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award. MountainView Hospital achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all GWTG-Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for 12-months.
“Meeting rigorous standards to provide timely, quality care when our patients need it most is a top priority for us. This award, in addition to being certified Primary Stroke Centers, makes both Sunrise and MountainView Hospitals stroke leaders in our community,” said Sylvia Young, President and CEO of Sunrise Health.
Both hospitals have also earned a Target stroke honor roll designation. This recognition is awarded for hospitals meeting a specific GWTG achievement level in addition to achieving IV rt-PA door-to-needle times 60 minutes or less in 50 percent or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients (minimum of six) during one calendar quarter. These awards recognize Sunrise and MountainView’s commitment and success in consistently implementing the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations for stroke patients.
Hospitals recognized in each category achieve at least 85 percent compliance to GWTG measures. Those achieving 85 percent compliance for 24 consecutive months receive the Gold Performance Achievement Award, with the Silver Performance Achievement Award going to those with 85 percent compliance for 12 consecutive months.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. Scientific studies reveal that the Get With The Guidelines Program works for improved patient survival.
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