Room Services – Hotels Benin http://hotels-benin.com/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 10:33:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://hotels-benin.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-150x150.png Room Services – Hotels Benin http://hotels-benin.com/ 32 32 5 tips to reduce healthcare expenses | Business https://hotels-benin.com/5-tips-to-reduce-healthcare-expenses-business/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/5-tips-to-reduce-healthcare-expenses-business/ Total health care spending in the United States reached $4.1 trillion or $12,530 per person in 2020, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The good news is that there are affordable ways to put your health first. Here are some ideas to help you and your family stay healthier in 2022 and […]]]>

Total health care spending in the United States reached $4.1 trillion or $12,530 per person in 2020, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The good news is that there are affordable ways to put your health first.

Here are some ideas to help you and your family stay healthier in 2022 and beyond:

1. Consider urgent care

In non-emergency situations, choosing to go to an urgent care center rather than an emergency room can be a great solution for your health and your wallet. Many urgent care centers are designed to handle minor fractures, take X-rays, and treat bumps, cuts, scrapes, and other non-fatal injuries and illnesses that occur outside of normal working hours. They generally have shorter wait times, accommodate walk-in visits, and are less expensive than emergency rooms.

2. Buy insurance if necessary

Most people with health insurance are usually covered by their employer. However, if your job doesn’t offer insurance, you can visit healthcare.gov and enter your zip code to get to your state’s exchange or use the federal marketplace to purchase plans and take advantage of tax credits. on bonuses, which are based on income. You can also purchase insurance from a private exchange or directly from an insurer, but these options do not include potential tax credits available in government markets.

3. Service comparator

It’s something you might not think of when it comes to healthcare, but some of the most common tests and procedures like ultrasounds, MRIs, and arthroscopic surgeries are the most accessible. Talk to your insurance company or provider to find out where you can have this test or procedure performed. This will give you a better idea of ​​how much the insurance will cover and how much you will have to pay out of pocket. If you don’t have insurance, you can research health care providers and call their billing services. They can provide more information and help you set up a payment plan.

4. Use your preventive care benefits

Regular checkups and exams can help you stay healthy and catch problems early when they’re easier, and often cheaper, to treat. Preventative services and vaccinations are generally covered by 100% insurance at no cost to you as the policyholder. Regular dental and eye exams are also important, as eye or dental problems can lead to more serious health problems down the road. Stay up to date on preventative care and remember that vaccinations are safe, simple and effective ways to protect against harmful diseases.

5. Invest in a health savings account

If you rarely use your health benefits and choose a high-deductible health care plan, with minimums of $1,400 per individual or $2,800 for a family, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) allow you to put money set aside to pay eligible medical expenses. You can use money from your HSA for this deductible or to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses. HSAs also offer a triple tax savings, as contributions are made pre-tax or are tax deductible, interest and income accrue tax-free, and distributions are tax-exempt when incurred. used for eligible medical expenses. HSAs are transferable and the funds are still yours and fully vested. Any unspent funds will remain there until you spend them.

We are invested in helping Kentuckians build a better future and recognize that physical and financial health are linked. Medical debt can get in the way of achieving long-term financial goals, just as poor financial health can cause stress and impact physical well-being. We encourage you to browse our comprehensive library of financial health resources online.

Here’s to making 2022 a healthier year financially and physically.

Jill Krimm is Director of Human Resources for Abound Credit Union.

Jill Krimm is Director of Human Resources for Abound Credit Union.

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Scenes from a weekend of mourning in the Bronx https://hotels-benin.com/scenes-from-a-weekend-of-mourning-in-the-bronx/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 00:41:43 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/scenes-from-a-weekend-of-mourning-in-the-bronx/ A funeral was held on Sunday to commemorate 17 lives lost a week ago when New York’s deadliest fire in decades tore through an apartment building in the Bronx. All the victims were of West African origin, originating from Gambia, Mali and Guinea. Half of them were children; the youngest was 2 years old. Fifteen […]]]>

A funeral was held on Sunday to commemorate 17 lives lost a week ago when New York’s deadliest fire in decades tore through an apartment building in the Bronx. All the victims were of West African origin, originating from Gambia, Mali and Guinea. Half of them were children; the youngest was 2 years old.

Fifteen coffins arrived at the Islamic Cultural Center on Sunday morning, around the same time of day as the tragedy had occurred a week earlier, when a heater caught fire. (A separate service was held on Wednesday for the other two victims, from Mali.)

Many residents complained of insufficient heating, and many families in the building had space heaters.

The head of the Islamic center, Sheikh Musa Drammeh, took the opportunity to denounce the living conditions that allowed the fire to occur, addressing his remarks to the elected officials who came to pay their respects, including Mayor Eric Adams, the Senator Chuck Schumer and the attorney. General Letitia James.

“If these people lived in Midtown Manhattan, this wouldn’t have happened. They wouldn’t have needed space heaters. The conditions they lived in in the Bronx caused their deaths,” he said, turning to officials and adding, “Mr. Mayor, did you hear? Mr. Schumer, did you hear?

The following are scenes from the grieving community over the weekend:

A crowd gathered outside the Islamic Cultural Center on Sunday.

Family members and neighbors gathered in tents when the coffins arrived at the center on Sunday, one for the women and another for the grieving men.

Mourners entered the center for the Sunday prayer service.

Photos of the victims were placed on a memorial in front of the Twin Parks North West building on Friday.

Crowds watched the coffins brought to the center on Sunday.

Hearses lined the streets as the coffins arrived.

Anita Konaté wept for the victims of the fire as she stood outside the center on Sunday.

Mourners hold on to a coffin as it is rolled into the crowd.

The men’s prayer room was packed Sunday morning.

Members of the New York City Fire Department attended the prayer service.

The room was so tight that the imam had to shout repeatedly to clear a path so the coffins could be brought in and put away.

“What’s happening here in the Bronx is what’s happening in our city, where the black, brown and immigrant communities are,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams said Sunday. “It is time to end these inequalities so that our babies and our families are not torn apart by tragedy. The American dream of too many people burned in this fire.

The Masjid-Ur-Rahmah community wept as Imam Musa Kabba delivered a sermon at a separate prayer service on Friday.

The victims, including eight children, lost their lives from smoke inhalation, according to the city medical examiner.

Those who could not enter the center for Sunday service looked out the windows.

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Acadiana hotels brace for Mardi Gras influx of tourists https://hotels-benin.com/acadiana-hotels-brace-for-mardi-gras-influx-of-tourists/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 00:23:20 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/acadiana-hotels-brace-for-mardi-gras-influx-of-tourists/ As Mardi Gras approaches, Acadiana hotels are preparing for the influx of visitors. The owner of Clarion Point in Lafayette, Reggie Winfield, said his hotel is anticipating around 90% occupancy for the Mardi Gras holiday. However, because of covid—Winfield says about 90% of hotels nationwide have had to cut services due to employees testing positive […]]]>

As Mardi Gras approaches, Acadiana hotels are preparing for the influx of visitors.

The owner of Clarion Point in Lafayette, Reggie Winfield, said his hotel is anticipating around 90% occupancy for the Mardi Gras holiday.

However, because of covid—Winfield says about 90% of hotels nationwide have had to cut services due to employees testing positive

“We hope and realize that the demand pin we know is there, but honestly, at least I am concerned about the current impacts of COVID, but more specifically Omicron in our state.

Winfield says his hotel is anticipating around 90% occupancy for the Mardi Gras holiday.

However, because of covid—Winfield says about 90% of hotels nationwide have had to cut services due to employees testing positive

“If you lose an employee, obviously it impacts your operations if you lose five to ten percent. With a small business like ours, it can have an impact,” Winfield said.

Winfield says his hotel has made some adjustments during the pandemic to keep guests safe, including bringing items to rooms for guests who may have the virus to avoid further contact, and using a sanitary fogger in one room. after the departure of each customer.

“When the guest leaves the hotel, we enter the room with a fogger that diffuses a mist containing a disinfectant. And this gentleman hits every part of the room. So anything anyone can touch. Our disinfectant fogger will cover it. Winfield continued, “If you want to attend Mardi Gras or other events, obviously you’re in a big crowd, use common sense, but in your hotel room you should have no problem,” said Winfield. he added.

Winfield says that while demand in hotels is as great as it was pre-COVID.

Demand is starting to increase as events and conventions begin to return to the city.

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Measure the operational and quality-adjusted efficiency of Chilean water companies https://hotels-benin.com/measure-the-operational-and-quality-adjusted-efficiency-of-chilean-water-companies/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 10:24:09 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/measure-the-operational-and-quality-adjusted-efficiency-of-chilean-water-companies/ Effectiveness evaluation This section describes the methodology used to assess the OE, QAE and O & QAE of the Chilean water industry. Under the EO, water utilities are supposed to contract inputs and increase outputs at the same time24. Thus, this measurement does not include undesirable results. Under QAE, water utilities are assumed to contract […]]]>

Effectiveness evaluation

This section describes the methodology used to assess the OE, QAE and O & QAE of the Chilean water industry. Under the EO, water utilities are supposed to contract inputs and increase outputs at the same time24. Thus, this measurement does not include undesirable results. Under QAE, water utilities are assumed to contract unwanted outputs25. O & QAE incorporates both operational and quality of service variables and therefore water services are assumed to increase desirable outlets while at the same time unwanted outlets are contracted. Suppose there is m water services and jwater service ( left ({j = 1, .., m} right) ) uses a vector of m contributions (X_j = left ({x_ {j1}, .., x_ {jn}} right) ) produce a vector of q desirable outings (Y_j = left ({y_ {j1}, .., y_ {jq}} right) ) and a vector of p unwanted exits (B_j = left ({b_ {j1}, .., b_ {jp}} right) ). The individual’s OE kThe water service is derived using the following RAM-DEA model: [Eqs. 1-6]

$$ max frac {{ left ({ mathop { sum} nolimits_ {i = 1} ^ n { frac {{d_i ^ x}} {{R_i ^ x}}} + mathop { sum} nolimits_ {s = 1} ^ q { frac {{d_s ^ y}} {{R_s ^ y}}}} right)}} {{ left ({n + q} right)}} $$

(1)

s.t

$$ mathop { sum} limits_ {j = 1} ^ m {x_ {ij} lambda _ {ij} + d_i ^ x = x_ {ik} , (i = 1, ldots, n)} $$

$$ mathop { sum} limits_ {j = 1} ^ m {y_ {sj} – d_s ^ y = y_ {sk} , (s = 1, ldots, q)} $$

$$ mathop { sum} limits_ {j = 1} ^ m { lambda _j = 1, lambda _j ge 0 , left ({j = 1, ldots, n} right)} $ $

$$ d_i ^ x ge 0 quad (i = 1, ldots, n) $$

$$ d_s ^ y ge 0 , left ({s = 1, ldots, q} right) $$

or (d_i ^ x , and , d_s ^ y ) present the deviations for desirable inputs and outputs, respectively. The term ?? are intensity variables which are used to construct the efficient frontier5. What’s more, (R_i ^ x )and (R_s ^ y ) are desirable input and output ranges, respectively, which are calculated based on the upper and lower limits of desirable inputs and outputs. These ranges take the following form:

$$ R_i ^ x = overline {x_i} – underline {x_i} , and , R_s ^ y = overline {y_s} – underline {y_s} $$

(2)

or ( overline {x_i} = max _j left {{x_ {ij}} right } , and , underline {x_i} = min _j left {{x_ {ij}} to the right}) are the upper and lower limits of the inputs, respectively, and ( overline {y_p} = max _j left {{y_ {pj}} right } , and , underline {y_p} = min _j left {{y_ {pj}} to the right}) are the upper and lower limits of desirable outputs, respectively15. Then we calculate the OE as follows:

$$ OE = 1 – frac {{ left ({ mathop { sum} nolimits_ {i = 1} ^ n { frac {{d_i ^ {x ast}}} {{R_i ^ x}} } + mathop { sum} nolimits_ {s = 1} ^ q { frac {{d_s ^ {y ast}}} {{R_s ^ y}}}} right)}} {{ left ( {n + q} right)}} $$

(3)

where the cluepresents the optimal values ​​obtained from the model (1)15 . Unlike the EO, the assessment of the AQI requires the inclusion of undesirable outputs. Consequently, the AQI of somek

The water service is derived by solving the following RAM-DEA model:

$$ max frac {{ left ({ mathop { sum} nolimits_ {i = 1} ^ n { frac {{d_i ^ x}} {{R_i ^ x}}} + mathop { sum} nolimits_ {r = 1} ^ p { frac {{d_r ^ b}} {{R_r ^ b}}}} right)}} {{ left ({n + p} right)}} $$

(4)st

.

$$ mathop { sum} limits_ {j = 1} ^ m {x_ {ij} lambda _ {ij} – d_i ^ x = x_ {ik} , (i = 1, ldots, n)} $$

$$ mathop { sum} limits_ {j = 1} ^ m {b_ {rj} + d_r ^ b = b_ {rk} , (r = 1, ldots, p)} $$

$$ mathop { sum} limits_ {j = 1} ^ m { lambda _j = 1, , lambda _j ge 0 , left ({j = 1, ldots, m} right) } $$

$$ d_i ^ x ge 0 , (i = 1, ldots, n) $$

$$ d_r ^ b ge 0 , left ({r = 1, ldots, p} right) $$ or (d_r ^ b ) show deviations for unwanted exits. In addition, (R_r ^ b )

denotes the range for unwanted outputs which is derived based on the lower and upper limits of unwanted outputs:

$$ R_r ^ b = overline {b_r} – underline {b_r} $$

(5) or ( overline {b_r} = max _j left {{b_ {rj}} right } , and , underline {b_r} = min _j left {{b_ {rj}} to the right})are the upper and lower limits of the unwanted outputs, respectively26

. The QAE is calculated as follows:

$$ QAE = 1 – frac {{ left ({ mathop { sum} nolimits_ {i = 1} ^ n { frac {{d_i ^ {x ast}}} {{R_i ^ x}} } + mathop { sum} nolimits_ {r = 1} ^ p { frac {{d_r ^ {b ast}}} {{R_r ^ b}}}} right)}} {{ left ( {n + p} right)}} $$

(6)Finally, Sueyoshi et al. 15and Sueyoshi and Goto 24 developed the following RAM-DEA model to estimate the unified efficiency (operational and quality-adjusted efficiency) of thek

water service. This model takes into account the negative and positive parts of the input gap variables, the desirable and undesirable output gap variables. It is as follows:

$$ max frac {{ left ({ mathop { sum} nolimits_ {i = 1} ^ n { frac {{(d_i ^ {x +} + d_i ^ {x -})}} { {R_i ^ x}}} + mathop { sum} nolimits_ {s = 1} ^ q { frac {{d_s ^ y}} {{R_s ^ y}}} + mathop { sum} nolimits_ {r = 1} ^ p { frac {{d_r ^ b}} {{R_r ^ b}}}} right)}} {{ left ({n + q + p} right)}} $$

(seven)st

.

( mathop { sum} limits_ {j = 1} ^ m {x_ {ij} lambda _ {ij} – d_i ^ {x +} + d_i ^ {x -} = x_ {ik} , ( i = 1, ldots, n)} )

( mathop { sum} limits_ {j = 1} ^ m {y_ {sj} – d_s ^ y = y_ {sk} , (s = 1, ldots, q)} )

( mathop { sum} limits_ {j = 1} ^ m {b_ {rj} + d_r ^ b = b_ {rk} , (r = 1, ldots, p)} )

( mathop { sum} limits_ {j = 1} ^ m { lambda _j = 1, , lambda _j ge 0 , left ({j = 1, ldots, m} right) } )

(d_i ^ {x +} ge 0 , , (i = 1, ldots, n) )

(d_i ^ {x -} ge 0 , (i = 1, ldots, n) )

(d_s ^ y ge 0 , left ({s = 1, ldots, q} right) )

(d_r ^ b ge 0 , left ({r = 1, ldots, p} right) )

The unified O&QAE is defined as follows:

$$ {{{ mathrm {O}}}} , & , {{{ mathrm {QAE}}}} = {{{ mathrm {1}}}} – frac {{ left ( { mathop { sum} nolimits_ {i = 1} ^ n { frac {{(d_i ^ {x + ast} + d_i ^ {x – ast})}} {{R_i ^ x}} + } mathop { sum} nolimits_ {s = 1} ^ q { frac {{d_s ^ {y ast}}} {{R_s ^ y}} +} mathop { sum} nolimits_ {r = 1} ^ p { frac {{d_r ^ {b ast}}} {{R_r ^ b}}}} right)}} {{ left ({n + q + p} right)}} $ $

(8)

Influence of environmental variables on efficiencyIn this study, we are also interested in identifying factors that could have an impact on the O & QAE of water utilities. So after getting the O & QAE scores from the equations. (7 and 8), we regressed them against a set of environmental variables (see the next section for more details). Since the O & QAE score takes a value between zero and one, we use the Tobit regression7.37.38.39 [Eq. 9]

. Thus, the model takes the following form:

$$ beta _ {j, t} = gamma _0 + gamma _j zeta _ {j, t} ^ prime + delta _jt + eta _j + upsilon _ {j, t} $$

(9) or ( beta _ {j, t} ) designates the O & QAE of each water service (j ) at any time (t ) , ( gamma _0 ) is the intercept term (constant), ( zeta _ {jt} ^ prime ) is the vector of environmental variables and t capture time. Moreover, in the regression model above, ( eta _j ) capture company-specific mannequins and ( upsilon _ {l, t} )is the error term (noise), which follows the standard normal distribution. Several studies in the past have used the Tobit regression model to assess the impact of several environmental variables on the efficiency of public services.40.41.42.43. However, this approach is not exempt from limitations since it requires the restrictive condition of separability between the input-output space and the space of exogenous variables.36. Alternatively, partial border methods can be used to determine efficiency scores taking into account the influence of exogenous variables. The smoothed nonparametric regression between the ratio of conditional and unconditional efficiencies makes it possible to analyze the influence of exogenous variables on the production process by avoiding the problem of endogeneity.44

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Selection of data and samplesOur case study focuses on 21 water utilities in Chile during the years 2007-18, which provide water and sanitation services to around 93% of the Chilean urban population.31. The sample consists of 11 fully-fledged private water services, 9 concessionary water services and 1 public water service. Being natural monopolies, an economic regulator has been put in place to control financial performance and quality of service and set prices.45. The data used to estimate OE, QAE and O & QAE comes from the website of the economic regulator, Superintendencia de Servicios Sanitarios (SISS)11

.The inputs, desirable and undesirable outputs were chosen on the basis of previous studies in the water industry and available statistical information.12.46.47.48

. We used two inputs in our analysis. The first input was operating expenses (costs) measured in thousands of Chilean pesos per year (CLP per year). It includes all operating costs borne by the water companies with the exception of labor costs. Therefore, the second entry was the number of employees per year. We used two desirable outputs. The first production was represented by the volume of water delivered in cubic meters per year. The second desirable outcome was the annual number of clients receiving wastewater treatment services. The quality of service variables, i.e. unwanted outputs, were defined as the volume of water leakage measured in cubic meters per year and the number of unplanned water supply interruptions measured in hours per year.Previous studies have demonstrated the importance of including environmental variables in the analysis of efficiency as they have an impact on the input needs of water companies and, therefore, on inefficiency.49.50

. Therefore, we included the following environmental variables: (i) customer density derived from the ratio of number of customers to network length; (ii) the type of water resource which is a categorical variable and captures surface, underground and mixed water resources; (iii) the type of property to be seized if the water service is public, entirely private and concessionary. Descriptive statistics for the variables used in our study are presented in Table 3.

Table 3 Descriptive statistics of the variables used.

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Increase in Covid-19 cases in nursing homes https://hotels-benin.com/increase-in-covid-19-cases-in-nursing-homes/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 18:05:00 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/increase-in-covid-19-cases-in-nursing-homes/ The outbreak of Covid-19 fueled by the Omicron variant is hitting nursing homes hard, with the highest number of cases ever documented among staff members and a near-record number of residents also testing positive, according to new federal data. Rising staff numbers pose an operational challenge for facilities that have struggled with labor shortages for […]]]>

The outbreak of Covid-19 fueled by the Omicron variant is hitting nursing homes hard, with the highest number of cases ever documented among staff members and a near-record number of residents also testing positive, according to new federal data.

Rising staff numbers pose an operational challenge for facilities that have struggled with labor shortages for months, while an increase in patient cases threatens the return of serious illnesses and deaths among residents.

In the week ending Jan. 9, there were 32,061 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 among nursing home residents, up from 18,186 a week earlier and 6,406 the week before, according to the news. data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last week’s total was near the highest documented weekly level, which topped 34,000 in December 2020. CDC data only goes back to the end of May 2020.

Cases among staff members are increasing even more sharply. In the most recent week of CDC data, there were 57,243 cases of Covid-19 among nursing home staff, 36% more than the previous week’s total and nearly double the peak documented by CDC in December 2020.

The staff situation “is truly dire,” said Vincent Mor, a professor at Brown University specializing in long-term care.

Some of the largest nursing home operators, including Genesis Healthcare Inc.,

ProMedica Senior Care and the Evangelical Lutheran Society of the Good Samaritan recently had to suspend admissions to some facilities due to staff issues.

Residents and a staff member of the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Denton, Texas.

A staff member delivering meals to residents of the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Denton, Texas.

“It’s hard to find staff right now,” said Nathan Schema, managing director of Good Samaritan, part of Sanford Health, a non-profit organization that operates 155 nursing homes. “We don’t have these people waiting behind the scenes to recoup those overtime hours.”

Cases of Covid-19 nonprofit staff are around five times more numerous than before the holidays, he said, although the number of residents has increased much less.

Redstone Presbyterian SeniorCare, a Greensburg, Pa. Based nonprofit that includes a nursing home and two assisted living facilities, saw just two cases of Covid-19 among staff in November, then two more the week after Christmas, before an increase of 23 cases in the first week of 2022, said Vicki Loucks, chief operating officer.

As a result, Redstone has had to suspend admissions twice in recent weeks. He had positions open even before the virus sidelined staff in recent days, she said, and tried to fill in the gaps with managers taking on frontline shifts.

“It has been incredibly difficult,” she said.

When nursing homes stop taking new patients, the safeguards spread to hospitals which are often already overwhelmed.

Northern Light Health, which operates 10 hospitals in Maine, has an average of about 100 patients a day who are ready to leave the hospital but unable to find an opening in long-term care facilities, said Suzanne Spruce, spokesperson. word.

These patients stay in hospital beds. Emergency rooms then have to hold patients until a bed opens, often for days, she said. The backlog includes critical patients who need intensive care units.

“Unfortunately, people are dying while on the waiting list for the next available intensive care bed,” she said.

A resident in her room at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Denton, Texas.

The growing number of Covid-19 cases in nursing homes is also fueling concerns that facilities could see another wave of serious illness and mortality among their fragile occupants, which regularly accounted for a third or more of Covid deaths. -19 in the United States during the early periods. of the pandemic.

Resident deaths reached 645 for the week ended Jan. 9 in CDC data, but are far behind weekly totals which topped 6,000 at the end of 2020. In the past, the increase in mortality has fell a few weeks behind the number of cases.

Experts and nursing home operators say widespread vaccination and the availability of treatments for Covid-19, along with the potentially somewhat milder course of the disease, could help mitigate the impact of the current outbreak .

“We have better treatments now,” said Morgan Katz, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University, who specializes in infectious diseases. “We have a much better understanding of the virus. “

Nursing homes have benefited from an aggressive, early nationwide vaccination campaign that helped quell the worst effects of the viral disease for much of 2021.

About 87% of nursing home residents are vaccinated and about 62% of those people have received a booster dose, according to recent data from the CDC. The rate of Covid-19 cases is much lower among those who have received a third vaccine, a CDC spokeswoman said.

“We should be much higher in terms of boosters,” said David Grabowski, a professor of health policy at Harvard Medical School who studies long-term care. “It’s a huge gap right now. “

A staff member at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Denton, Texas, working near the so-called red zone, where HIV-positive residents are being relocated.

The Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home in Denton, Texas currently has around 10 staff and 15 residents who have tested positive for Covid-19.

The Biden administration has made vaccination mandatory for nursing home staff and other healthcare workers, but some states are challenging those requirements in a case recently debated in the Supreme Court.

Data from the CDC shows that 82% of nursing home staff completed the vaccination, but only 28% of them received an extra dose. “The CDC is actively working to further assist nursing homes and protect residents and staff, while continuing to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccines in long-term care facilities,” the spokesperson said. of the CDC.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which regulate nursing homes, have not commented.

Webster in Rye, New Hampshire had no cases of Covid-19 among residents until an outbreak in November 2021, when 32 were infected with the virus and six died. Residents were all vaccinated and were due to receive their booster shots when the outbreak occurred, administrator Todd Fernald said. Now, he said, all residents are vaccinated and 78% have booster shots, the rest being mostly new admissions.

He remains concerned, however, that new cases could be seeded by epidemics in the community, he said, in part because regulations limit his ability to restrict visitors. “As more and more people enter a building, it becomes more difficult to control,” he said.

Write to Anna Wilde Mathews at anna.mathews@wsj.com and Jon Kamp at jon.kamp@wsj.com

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Fred Goldenberg: Fewer Surprise Medical Bills | Business https://hotels-benin.com/fred-goldenberg-fewer-surprise-medical-bills-business/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/fred-goldenberg-fewer-surprise-medical-bills-business/ Fred goldenberg Being rushed to hospital for emergency medical intervention is bad enough. But a month later, receiving a “surprise” bill for services from a doctor you’ve never heard of or had a chance to choose from only adds insult to injury. Yet these surprise bills have arrived and billions of dollars have been paid […]]]>






Fred goldenberg


Being rushed to hospital for emergency medical intervention is bad enough. But a month later, receiving a “surprise” bill for services from a doctor you’ve never heard of or had a chance to choose from only adds insult to injury.

Yet these surprise bills have arrived and billions of dollars have been paid by unsuspecting consumers year after year.

The question is: why are you receiving the invoice in the first place? You hit your very high deductible and handed in your credit card for your co-pay, so why did you get the bill? When you call your carrier, you are informed that although you have met all of their payment requirements, the additional bill is from a doctor who is not on their network, and it is your responsibility.

In the past, there was nothing you could do but reluctantly foot the bill.

This was the situation until January 1, 2022.

In 2020 under the Trump administration and refined in 2021 by the Biden administration, Congress passed bipartisan legislation that bans surprise medical bills.

In a surprising show of solidarity, Congress passed this important consumer protection bill that relieves surprise bills covering nearly all emergency medical services and most routine care.

“I think it’s so pro-consumer, it’s so pro-patient – and its effect will eventually be felt by literally everyone who interacts with a healthcare system,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA ), one of the bipartisan lawmakers who wrote the law.

Even with insurance coverage, especially for those under 65, emergency medical procedures can be expensive. High deductibles and co-payments can add up to huge personal expenses. This new law will eliminate off-grid doctor or hospital bills from appearing in your mailbox.

Unsurprisingly, medical providers are still battling with lawmakers and the Department of Health and Human Services over how they will be paid for the off-grid services they provide. But these issues are not expected to affect the protections consumers have gained through this legislation.

So if you find yourself in an emergency room or emergency care, you can expect to pay only your plan co-pay – and no more.

But if you are due to have elective surgery or a procedure, such as a colonoscopy, and you choose to have it done at a facility that is not part of your medicare network, this law not you avoid paying higher service charges. So make sure that the installation you are going to use for non-urgent procedures is networked.

Although this law covers the majority of medical situations, there is one medical expense over which most of you have no control: transport by land ambulance.

According to KFF Health System Tracker, ambulances bring around 3 million people with private health insurance to the emergency room each year.

Only 11 states (Michigan is not one of them) have laws that protect consumers from “surprise” billing by ambulance companies.

The reason for the establishment of ground ambulance services is that they are regulated by local or state governments and in many cases they are prohibited from contracting as network providers.

In 2020, 37% of emergency ground ambulance trips were made by local fire departments, 25% by other government agencies, 30% by private companies and 8% by hospitals.

KFF found that 51% of emergency ground ambulance trips and 39% of non-emergency ambulance trips included an off-grid charge for ambulance-related services, which may expose privately insured patients to a surprise bill. .

With one in 10 emergency room visits for privately insured patients starting with an ambulance ride and only 11 states protecting them from “surprise” billing, you can be assured that this may be one of the more frequent trips. more expensive than you have ever had. I don’t overlook the life-saving aspects of the service, but a bill of several hundred dollars, if not thousands, can be quite shocking.

With medical costs soaring and the pandemic soaring, some relief and protection from surprise bills is a step in the right direction. We have a long way to go, but this law proves that we can work together to help people through difficult times.

Fred L. Goldenberg is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and owner of Senior Benefit Solutions, LLC, a certified health insurance and financial services organization now affiliated with Michigan Planners in Traverse City. Questions or comments on this column or interest in our monthly health insurance courses can be directed to (231) 922-1010 or fred@srbenefitsolutions.com.


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WWE SmackDown Results, Recap & Notes: Roman Reigns To Meet Seth Rollins At Royal Rumble https://hotels-benin.com/wwe-smackdown-results-recap-notes-roman-reigns-to-meet-seth-rollins-at-royal-rumble/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 03:50:00 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/wwe-smackdown-results-recap-notes-roman-reigns-to-meet-seth-rollins-at-royal-rumble/ Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar are still vying for Paul Heyman’s services on WWE SmackDown. The main event triangle continued on Friday on a night that also cemented Seth Rollins as a Royal Rumble opponent from Reigns. It looks like Heyman’s irresistible allegiance will continue to be a focal point on Road to WrestleMania and […]]]>

Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar are still vying for Paul Heyman’s services on WWE SmackDown. The main event triangle continued on Friday on a night that also cemented Seth Rollins as a Royal Rumble opponent from Reigns.

It looks like Heyman’s irresistible allegiance will continue to be a focal point on Road to WrestleMania and an expected champion-to-champion match between Reigns and Lesnar. Elsewhere on the map, the Usos defended their WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship in a street fight against New Day, and a host of legends have been announced for the 2022 Women’s Royal Rumble match.

CBS Sports was with you all night with recaps and highlights of all the action from Mohegan Sun Area in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Reigns and Lesnar are still pining for Paul Heyman, Seth Rollins enters the mix

Roman Reigns has returned for the first time since testing positive for COVID and missed the Day 1 event. The universal champion insisted he never wanted to see Brock Lesnar or Paul Heyman again. This desire was quickly ignored when Lesnar’s music hit. “The Beast Incarnate” walked into the ring with Heyaman made his best impression of Heyman’s introduction, earning praise from his lawyer. The WWE Champion mocked the Universal Title holder by riffing on Reigns’ “recognize me” phrase before challenging Reigns to a title vs. title match.

Reigns refused to do business with Heyman, eliciting an emotional response from his former special advocate. Heyman, on the verge of tears, opened up about how he worshiped Reigns and had been assaulted for his allegiance. An enraged Lesnar told Heyman to shut up. Reigns then took advantage of the feud between the two and brought down Heyman with a superman punch.

Later that evening, Adam Pearce informed Sonya Deville that he had been tasked with determining a WWE Universal Title challenger for Reigns at the Royal Rumble. Pearce entered Reigns’ locker room ahead of the main event, informing the champion that a challenger had been chosen. Reigns didn’t care and asked Pearce to leave so that “the tribal chief” could watch over his cousins ​​in peace.

After the conclusion of The Usos vs. New Day, Raw superstar Seth Rollins walked into Reigns’ locker room cackling, indicating Reigns vs. Rollins at the Royal Rumble. The Reigns-Rollins reservation at the Rumble was later confirmed on social networks.

The offers of Reigns and Lesnar for Heyman’s services were at the center of their feud, but it was a bit too much on the nose. Heyman’s rampant love decree for Reigns and Lesnar’s subsequent jealousy seems better suited to High School Musical: The Musical: The Series than WWE’s renowned rivalry. Plus, Reigns’ assault on Heyman and the manager’s reunion with Lesnar should have been the end of that common thread. Expect Reigns and Lesnar to make WrestleMania headlines in what amounts to a Paul Heyman in a pole match. Rating: D +

What else happened on WWE SmackDown

  • Rick Boogs beat. Sami Zayn via pinfall thanks to a tight little package. Ahead of the game, Jackass Forever star Johnny Knoxville interrupted a promo from Zayn saying he wanted to solidify his place in the Royal Rumble. Following Zayn’s loss, Knoxville walked into the ring throwing him over the third string, confirming his status as a 2022 Royal Rumble participant.
  • SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair entered the Royal Rumble in an area that also includes several WWE veterans, including current Impact Women’s Champion Mickie James, Lita, the Bella Twins, Michelle McCool, Kelly Kelly and Summer Rae.
  • Charlotte Flair def. Naomi via pinfall through natural selection. Naomi was set to win by scoring, then by disqualification. Sonya Deville has said each time the game cannot end with an away scoring or disqualification.
  • Happy Corbin and Madcap Moss won. The Viking Raiders via pinfall after Moss landed a whiplash, now dubbed Punchline, on Erik. The match came after a Happy Talk segment where Moss dressed up as Drew McIntyre and he and Corbin shot the injured Scottish Warrior.
  • The Usos (c) def. New day via pinfall in a street fight to keep the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. The Usos led Kingston through a table with a 3-D, now dubbed the 1-D, to win the game. The funniest moment of the contest came when Woods donned a Spartan helmet to soak up a superkick from Uso.



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How much does an ambulance ride cost in America? Too much | Opinion https://hotels-benin.com/how-much-does-an-ambulance-ride-cost-in-america-too-much-opinion/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/how-much-does-an-ambulance-ride-cost-in-america-too-much-opinion/ January 1, 2022 was an important day for Americans. In one of the few outright victories for American consumers in recent memory, federal legislation banning “surprise medical billing” has come into effect. Anyone who has had a brushing in the emergency room or hospital care has probably been subjected to this practice. Although the hospital […]]]>

January 1, 2022 was an important day for Americans. In one of the few outright victories for American consumers in recent memory, federal legislation banning “surprise medical billing” has come into effect.

Anyone who has had a brushing in the emergency room or hospital care has probably been subjected to this practice. Although the hospital you are in may be considered an “approved, networked” facility depending on your health insurance, the various doctors and specialists you see inside the hospital may not be. and you wouldn’t know it. And if these professionals are not part of your network, they were entitled to “bill” you, that is to say to bill you the difference between what your insurance paid them and what they claim to be. from. Americans often owed thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in balance billing, which has become a serious risk factor for bankruptcy.

Insidiously, it’s often when you’re least able to protest that such surprise bills do occur. Emergency room doctors are almost always off-grid doctors, but you wouldn’t see an ER doctor unless you had no other choice. (I once walked out of an emergency room when they refused – refused! – to tell me whether the ER doctor was in my network or not.) Specialists who review your x-rays or give you an anesthesia may not be in your network – and they may be doctors you’ve never seen or interacted with; you might not be aware of their involvement in your care until the bills start showing up.

The United States Congress, to its surprising credit, has legislated this issue for Americans as a 2022 New Year’s Eve gift. You, the consumer, will no longer receive a “balance sheet” for being processed in a networked facility by an outside professional. network. You will pay your usual co-payments and deductibles, but the trader and the insurance company will then have to arbitrate a price that the insurance company will pay. The good news is that such arbitrage can push prices further towards an acceptable average price level, thereby slowing the rise in insurance premiums. It will also encourage professionals whose business models were based on predatory billing, such as some emergency physicians, to join insurance networks.

Of course, the law is not perfect. There has never been a bill passed by Congress that has not been problematic. The main problem with the new legislation is that, although almost all forms of medical care are included, there is one glaring exception: ground ambulances. (Air ambulances are covered by the new legislation, without justification.) Land ambulances can still “balance” you despite the new law and the average cost of a land ambulance ride – which you will most likely pay out of pocket via your co-payment / deductible plus the balance bill – is approximately $ 1,200 per patient transported. In Texas where I live, 85% of ambulance trips are off-grid; in Houston, 100% are.

And there is no shortage of horror stories. A reader’s comments on a recent New York Times article, for example, run the gamut: ambulance bills of up to $ 4,000, double billing for an ambulance, and unnecessary fire truck shipping. , a gym enthusiast getting slapped with a bill after injuring himself and having an ambulance called due to gym ‘politics’. Here we go.

We live in a strange country if the first thing that comes out of the mouth of an injured person is, “Don’t call the ambulance! but it is an obvious temptation for people who know that paying thousands of dollars for a short trip to the hospital is a real possibility.

Some states – Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Vermont, and West Virginia – have been working proactively to fill the void regarding surprise land ambulance billing. A few of these states exempt publicly funded ambulance services from their consumer protections, but most do not. In Colorado and Maine, for example, state regulators stepped in and decided on “reasonable and customary” rates for ground ambulance service after listening to a range of stakeholders. Insurance companies would have to bear these rates when negotiating with suppliers, and ambulance companies could not balance the bill beyond them.

Utah lawmakers can use this upcoming legislative session to fill that gap as the federal government convenes its myriad committees to discuss the matter. Ten states are proposing model legislation that Utah could adapt and pass. It would be a huge boon to the people of Utah and could be offered this very year.

Valerie M. Hudson is Professor Emeritus in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. His opinions are his.


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Rady Children’s Hospital: Avoid emergencies for mild COVID cases, testing needs https://hotels-benin.com/rady-childrens-hospital-avoid-emergencies-for-mild-covid-cases-testing-needs/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 06:31:20 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/rady-childrens-hospital-avoid-emergencies-for-mild-covid-cases-testing-needs/ SAN DIEGO – The Rady Children’s Hospital is asking the public not to come to their emergency room just looking for a COVID-19 test for children to return to school or even with mild symptoms. In a statement on Monday, the hospital said the reason was to “prioritize patients with serious illness or injury.” “For […]]]>

SAN DIEGO – The Rady Children’s Hospital is asking the public not to come to their emergency room just looking for a COVID-19 test for children to return to school or even with mild symptoms.

In a statement on Monday, the hospital said the reason was to “prioritize patients with serious illness or injury.”

“For back-to-school testing, check your district’s guidelines, use over-the-counter rapid antigen tests if possible, or visit coronavirus-sd.com for testing locations,” the hospital said.

Health officials at the county’s only children’s hospital are urging families to look to other options if their needs are truly not urgent.

“Call your pediatrician, call a nurse line and get advice,” said Dr. Scott Herskovitz, director of emergency medical services at Rady. “There are many facilities in the county that offer COVID testing. “

But the county’s free COVID-19 test sites have shown no signs of slowing down. Long queues could be seen at several locations on Monday after consecutive holiday weekends.

“I’m going to have to try another one the next day or try to find a place that offers a home test,” said Chris Poma, who was unable to access Encanto’s test site until it closed Monday.

This week, 15 children are being treated in a special infectious disease unit at Rady Children’s Hospital. The hospital has a total capacity of 30 people. With this, hospital officials remind everyone to plan ahead and use available resources.

“Maybe that means you have to drive an extra five minutes to get to another facility,” Herskovitz said, “but thinking of it as a risk-benefit and knowing that you really want to expose your kids to others. potential infections in the emergency department for what they have already been exposed to – and there is a cost to the emergency department as well. “

Click or tap here to view the free COVID-19 test sites in San Diego County. Vaccination locations in the county are available here as well as on the federal government’s vaccination website, vaccines.gov.


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The water supply will be affected in these areas tomorrow. Check details https://hotels-benin.com/the-water-supply-will-be-affected-in-these-areas-tomorrow-check-details/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 06:09:32 +0000 https://hotels-benin.com/the-water-supply-will-be-affected-in-these-areas-tomorrow-check-details/ The water supply will be assigned to Lutyens in Delhi, like the Central Secretariat and Parliament, and east Delhi on Tuesday January 3. Road, Nirman Bhawan, Sunder Nagar, Lodhi Road, Vigyan Bhawan, Cannought Place, RML Hospital, Janpath, Aram Bagh, DIZ sector and adjacent areas, Rakab Ganj, North Avenue and other NDMC areas. Central Secretariat, President […]]]>

The water supply will be assigned to Lutyens in Delhi, like the Central Secretariat and Parliament, and east Delhi on Tuesday January 3. Road, Nirman Bhawan, Sunder Nagar, Lodhi Road, Vigyan Bhawan, Cannought Place, RML Hospital, Janpath, Aram Bagh, DIZ sector and adjacent areas, Rakab Ganj, North Avenue and other NDMC areas.

In addition, water services will also be assigned to Garhi Dhobi Ghat, Mayur Vihar Ph III, Swastya Vihar, Shankar Vihar, Chitra Vihar, Laxmi Nagar, PD Vihar, Gagan Vihar, Gujarat Vihar, Sukh Vihar and Guru Angad Nagar, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) added.

The DJB said tankers will be available and will share designated numbers for the central control room and other areas.

“Tanker trucks will be available at phone numbers 1916, 1800117118, (central control room), Giri Nagar-26473720/26449877), (Greater Kailash- 29234746/29234747), (Mandawli – 22727812), (Jagriti – 22374834 / 22374237), (RK Puram – 26100644/26193218), “the Delhi Jal Board said in a tweet.

However, Jal’s board did not mention why the services will be affected. Earlier, on December 27, water supplies had been affected in several areas due to the annual flushing of underground reservoirs and pumping stations.

At that time, services were assigned to areas such as LIG DDA Apartments in Kalkaji, Panchsheel Enclave, Mayur Vihar Phase II, Akbar Road, Sarojini Nagar, Ashoka Hotel, Shanti Path, Safdarjung, Race Course, Sujan Singh Park and the premises of the Library of Parliament. .

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