Economic Recession Blues – Hospitals Aren't an Exception

In its most recent update, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced that world growth is forecast to fall to its lowest level since World War II. And with the US being one of the worst hit, the hospital business, an integral part of the medical marketplace, and often regarded as recession proof is beginning to feel the heat.

Despite the fact that hospitals aren’t hit the way the way the automotive sector or the retail has been, and that people will continue to fall sick irrespective of the economy, it seems that the number of people seeking medical care and the profitability of hospitals don’t walk hand-in-hand.

Growth stunted & patients decreasing

A recent report by the American Hospital Association (AHA) finds that the sputtering economy has already led to 45% of hospitals to postpone forthcoming capital projects, with about 13% being forced to completely stall any expansion projects already underway. The AHA report included 639 hospitals in the study.

Further, experts believe that even though people continue to fall sick they’re postponing, most treatments if not all, which can be classified as elective. The credit for the prevailing scenario goes to all the layoffs and the slowing economy. As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics the month of December saw some of the worst layoff figures, as there were 2,275 mass layoff actions, involving 226,117 workers.

What seems worse is that aside from foregoing elective treatments, patients seem to be avoiding essential drugs, with many actually abusing prescription drugs, such as narcotic painkillers , sedatives and tranquilizers and stimulants.

As a consequence, hospitals are reeling under delayed hospital equipment and supply purchases, declining patient visits, reduced staff with no fresh hiring, unpaid medical bills, in addition to ceasing any construction projects. The AHA survey, released in November last year found that patient visits were static or had decreased during the third quarter of 2008, and the cases of unpaid medical bills for hospitals registered a hike of 8%.

The government’s role in uplifting the spirit of hospitals is being thought to be instrumental as Medicare and Medicaid account for about half of the hospital business industry.

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Essential industrial components explained: The ins and outs of forklift parts

High quality forklift parts are the lifeblood of many distribution firms as well as large scale retailers all over the world. You may or may not have driven a forklift truck before but you should be aware of how important it is in transporting bulk packages of products for all sorts of businesses. Here is some essential information about forklift parts:

Forklift trucks, also known simply as used forklifts or lift trucks, have been an indispensible piece of equipment for manufacturing and warehousing operations for the best part of a century. With the first forklift parts as we know it being used in trucks in the 1920s, the technology has since become a necessity for any firms transporting large amounts of stock. Forklift trucks come in a range of shapes and sizes varying from very small, basic designs to sophisticated machines, and are manufactured by several different companies including Toyota, Artison and Linde.

Therefore forklift parts vary greatly depending on what machine you use.

However there are some constants when it comes to forklift parts; the devices get their name from using a fork to pick up materials. Consequently they all have two metal prongs which are designed to lift things from underneath by being inserted and then raised using a mechanical system. Other important forklift parts include seats, safety lights and chain components.

Where can I find the right forklift parts?

When it comes to forklift parts different suppliers work to different specifications so, much like when replacing car parts, you need to find the right components for your particular model. Always try your best to locate a specialist supplier with a good reputation as forklift trucks are expensive and installing bad quality parts could be to the detriment of your machine in the long term.

One firm with an excellent reputation can be found at Lift4less.com. The business stocks the most diverse array of high quality forklift parts at affordable prices as well as used forklifts in perfect working order so visit the website today for more information.

Medical And Dental Treatment And Coverage In Oaxaca, Mexico

When I first gave up the practice of law in Toronto in favor of early retirement in Oaxaca, I assumed that the years I would add to my life by leading a much more stress-free existence in Mexico, would be lost by the inferior health care system to which I would be exposed, subjected and restricted. This, then, is my assessment of the extent to which my presuppositions have been accurate, together with information and advice for both vacationers to and would-be ex-patriot residents of Oaxaca.

Aside from the small, private hospitals, often referred to as clínicas, there are four publicly funded and insurance – based hospitals in the city, as well as a hospital just outside of the city offering specialized treatment for a number of serious ailments. There is the Red Cross facility available to all, often used for emergency treatment only. The civic hospital provides free services or treatment at a modest cost based on a sliding scale respecting means. ISSSTE is a federally funded facility restricted to government employees who are members of a union. Finally, there is IMSS, a federal insurance program available to ex-pat residents and Mexican citizens alike, with an extensive network of clinic doctors and a large hospital. It’s funding is provided in large part by business owners. Aside from these hospitals, there are several, small, easily accessed clinics scattered throughout suburban and rural neighborhoods.

For the vacationer, and the ex-pat with a VISA permitting residency in the country, the most common means by which to obtain emergency treatment is through Red Cross, IMSS (which accepts patients without coverage on a pay-per-service basis) or a private hospital. However, the last of these three is the only one in which you can be reasonably reassured of being attended in a timely fashion by extremely competent and efficient personnel.

WHAT TO DO AS A VACATIONER

If you do not have out-of-country healthcare coverage, by all means go out and buy it before leaving for your trip. However, it’s advisable to first inquire of your credit card company, to ascertain if in fact you already have at least some coverage simply by virtue of, for example, having a gold or platinum card. You can then make a more informed decision concerned whether or not to purchase coverage, and if so at what level. On the other hand, a broken leg, gastrointestinal problem or other non-life threatening ailment can be attended by a private doctor or clinic without breaking the bank. Of course for an outlay of more than $100, it’s nice to be reimbursed.

If you intend to make a claim to your private carrier, credit card company or government funded health care plan, ensure that you not only keep all receipts, but request a written diagnosis and treatment plan, and that the prescriptions you are given indicate for what purpose each medicine is being prescribed (i.e. antibiotic, analgesic, etc.). Many doctors provide all required information simply as a matter of course. Accepted practice, at least except for when narcotic medications are being prescribed, is for the pharmacy to return prescription forms to you. Often medical plans require translations of each document that is presented to them as a prerequisite for processing and reimbursement. When in doubt, submit all documentation with your claim, making sure to determine if originals are required, and keep copies. Frequently, as is the case with Ontario, it’s a two step process. Treatment receipts and diagnosis is submitted to the provincial plan. Once you’re notified of the portion not covered, prescription receipts together with a request for reimbursement for the amount not covered by the province, is submitted to one’s private plan. In theory, between the two plans, 100% reimbursement is achieved.

You can ask the manager of your hotel or bed and breakfast to do you a favor by translating each of your supporting documents, to save you the trouble upon your return home. Make a note of the then prevailing rate of exchange, and submit a calculation to your plan with your documentation, to more easily facilitate payment. When a member of a clerical staff is processing your claim, he’ll be less inclined to put yours aside for another day or week if it already contains all the necessary and relevant data, organized in a readable format.

Concerning where to go in the event of illness or emergency, your accommodations host should be able to make recommendations for English speaking physicians with private practices, and for private clinics. Regarding competency of the former, while there is a medical school in Oaxaca, many doctors travel out-of-state for their post-graduate training such as to universities in Mexico City or the US, and regularly attend conferences and upgrading courses. Some travel abroad within the context of their specialization training. Indeed the Oaxacan populace appears to take notice of and prefer those physicians who are able to display foreign diplomas.

Our personal experience with emergency treatment over the past 10 years has been nothing but positive for ourselves, our family and our guests, at hospitals Carmen and Molina, both downtown … in terms of competence, speed with which one is attended, and the presence of English speaking ER doctors. On the other hand, we cannot recommend the emergency departments at the civic hospital or IMSS because of delays in receiving treatment, and at minimum in the case of IMSS unavailability of competent medical personnel 24 hours a day to attend to even a commonplace emergency (i.e. suturing). Having said this, many excellent surgeons with private practices perform surgery at the non-private hospitals where there tends to be the more state-of-the-art and sophisticated equipment.

The normal range in price for a consultation with a family doctor, specialist or dentist, is $20 – $50 (all figures are stated in US dollars and are approximate for 2008 unless stated otherwise).

PURELY ELECTIVE AND COSMETIC PROCEDURES

Over the past several years Oaxaca has become a popular destination for Americans and Canadians seeking both plastic surgery and extensive dental work. Word has spread of the competence and quality of work of both nip-and-tuck and dental surgeons, and of course of their extremely reasonable charges relative to those paid to hometown practitioners. Many foreigners, as well as Mexicans from Mexico City and other regions of the country come to Oaxaca for face lifts, breast reductions and augmentations, liposuction and other appearance enhancing procedures. A friend who attended for plastic surgery in Oaxaca by a well-known plastic surgeon a couple of years ago, recently commented that she had read an article in a Canadian magazine indicating the cost for the same procedure which she had performed for $500, was $3500 – $5000 at home. In effect she had a free trip to Oaxaca, and returned home with extra money in her pocket.

Our personal experience with dental treatment has been extremely positive. Cost tends to be about a third to a half of American and Canadian prices, for example for crowns and bridges, implants, root canals, gum and bone work, etc. While the use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) has not yet arrived in most Mexican cities, a dentist with a gentle touch can more than make up for that lack of temporary high while in the chair.

RESOLVING THE EX-PAT CONUNDRUM

Get whatever coverage is made available to you both in your homeland and in Mexico, subject of course to affordability.

To my thinking, with IMSS coverage costing under $400 annually for a couple, why not go for it regardless of what other coverage you already have. Then supplement IMSS with international coverage for catastrophic injuries unless you have other similar insurance from another source. Our Oaxacan friends tend to disagree, but theirs is a different mindset where insurance in general has historically not been stressed or valued, be it home, car or health.

Some American acquaintances
swear by IMSS since it provides regular care including preventive procedures, all dispensed by government employed physicians including specialists, together with lab tests, medication and hospitalization. There are restrictions the first year of enrolment, and there are caveats. The level of cleanliness in the clinic environment tends to be below the standard to which most of us have become accustomed growing up in the US and Canada. Many physicians have not received the quality of medical education of their private counterparts. The medications provided through the clinic pharmacy are often not the best available in the marketplace for treatment of a particular ailment, because of cost. Often the wait to see your designated doctor or for your lab tests can be long, requiring a half day commitment for each step in the process: visiting a general physician, going for one set of tests, then for another, and finally seeing a specialist.

So why bother with IMSS at all, with all these downsides? It’s a failsafe, another form of assurance that you’ll be cared for in the event of a lengthy and serious illness. As suggested earlier, often it’s the largest hospitals such as IMSS which have the best equipment, and surgeons with private practices who perform some of the surgeries. And there is no additional cost for hospitalization once you have full IMSS coverage. While attending a private clinic is more akin to your experiences before moving to Mexico, if you must remain in hospital for a lengthy period of time, the cost of doing so in a clinic could be prohibitive…just like back home.

Visiting private physicians, and even biting the bullet and getting your tests done at privately owned laboratories, reasonably assures you of a familiar quality of care. Coupled with IMSS coverage, you can now be confident that you’re covered in almost all respects. In the event of a protracted hospital stay you can afford to be there for as long as necessary. The best locally available equipment will be used in your diagnosis and treatment, and you have a reasonable likelihood that attending surgeons are those who split their time between private practice and clinic work, and performing procedures in one or more large hospitals.

We maintain IMSS coverage, but rarely use it, preferring to tap our Oaxacan social networks for referrals to specialists to the extent they are required. And in any event, after having been resident in Oaxaca for a few years, those of us who are in our fifties or older have already been introduced to a broad range of specialists. As strange as it still is to be a Canadian and subscribe to the pay-as-you-play philosophy of medical care, it serves our purposes, with the IMSS safety net just in case.

Under certain circumstances you may not want to rely on even the best Oaxaca has to offer. Indeed the stream of Oaxacans traveling to Mexico City flows briskly and wide. The middle and upper classes with contacts in the nation’s capital, there quickly seek out the best in terms of physicians and state-of-the-art equipment, for diagnosis and for treatment of life-threatening diseases.

Even doctors working in Oaxaca at the IMSS and ISSSTE hospitals can make arrangements for patients to receive treatment not available here, to be attended in Mexico City or other larger centers. However, the process can be slow. We know of one case, that of a two-month-old baby with heart problems, who was finally sent to Puebla for surgery at ISSSTE, only to die before the procedure could be performed.

The solution, unless you have quality foreign coverage perhaps as part of your retirement pension plan, is to buy insurance which will pay for treatment in Mexico City, or better yet throughout the world as long as you can make your way to one of the participating top-of-the-line hospitals. In my case, I have a low annual premium, with high deductible which is waived in the event of accident. Again, it’s a failsafe mechanism in the event of, for example, a serious car accident, or cancer, stroke, heart attack, or other catastrophic ailment which would otherwise not be affordable. Oaxaca has less than the best of diagnostic equipment and treatment facilities. My plan provides for a $10,000 deductible, $2,000 annual premium, with member private hospitals in Oaxaca, Mexico City and elsewhere in the republic, and of course abroad including the US, with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester being a participant.

In summary, my medical coverage and plan for treatment is the following. We have our regular family physician, who, along with our Oaxacan friends, refers us to specialists in which we have the utmost confidence, and to whom we pay per visit. The same holds true for dental treatment. We have IMSS coverage which we reluctantly (because we don’t use it) renew on an annual basis, but believe it’s worth the price in the event we need extended hospitalization, or to have surgical procedures performed not available in private clinics. And I have my catastrophic coverage which hopefully I’ll never need to access.

Medical care and coverage can be inexpensive, and just as easily it can be costly. It’s a matter of the individual or family having a philosophy, or set of priorities, before electing to move to Oaxaca. You have to determine how you want to lead your life in terms of balancing having less disposable income as a result of medical and insurance costs, with having greater peace of mind in knowing that whatever is thrown your way will be looked after as best possible given your new life in a foreign land. If you cannot achieve a level of comfort in the resolution of these issues and decisions, then perhaps the move is not for you.

Benefits of Travel Nursing

Want to see places, yet be on the job? Many careers offer that pleasure, but none like travel nursing jobs. It’s exciting to experience different cultures, and it is equally rewarding to know many kinds of people in travel nursing jobs. Think about it. Travel nursing jobs will not only offer you excellent money in addition to free housing and insurance, they will also let you see the entire country, experience different cultures, taste different cuisines, and above all meet new people. But there is another advantage. By opting for travel nursing jobs, you are adding to your unique experience of multiple nursing abilities.

A travel nursing job is a temporary requirement of the mobile health care provider who is able to attend contracted assignments for a health care facility. Normally, these assignments are for a term of 13 weeks, but may vary subject to terms of agreement. The travel nursing job differs from agency nursing whereby, in the case of the latter, the service provider is a local nurse whom hospitals contract mostly for single-shift assignments.

In view of shortages of experienced nursing staff, there is a good scope for travel nursing jobs. Since hospitals can hire experienced travel nurses, by so doing they can save on their resources that would have otherwise been spent for orientation of new nurses or extending matching employee benefits.

Though there is no dearth of travel nursing jobs, a prospective candidate will do well to do solid homework before joining the fray. Here are some pointers:

1. Before You Apply

You need minimum of one-year experience in nursing. Also, you must have nursing license for the states where you wish to practice. A new state license usually takes not less than 6 months for issuance. If you are licensed in a state that participates in the Nurse Licensure Compact agreement, the usual wait to obtain a new license may be waived.

2. Which Travel Company To Choose

This is an important step in finding a suitable travel nursing job. Be diligent and try to unearth as much information as you can. For example, if you can locate other travel nurses, do ask them pros and cons of a company’s service. Not all companies measure up to expectations. Does a company issue paychecks in time? Does it stand by you in emergency? Does it offer free housing and insurance? What is the standard of housing offered? Will you get travel reimbursement? For all these and much more extensive information, think of participating in various travel nurse forums.

3. After You Choose Travel Company

Now is the time to arrange all your papers and start applying. When your application is accepted by a company, you will be asked to select from among several travel nursing jobs. Use some time to research the hospitals of your choice by visiting their websites. After your confirmation, and once your profile matches with the requirements of a recruiting hospital, you will need to establish communication for a phone interview with a company representative. If your interview goes well, you may land the job.

4. What Next ?

Okay, you are now ready for your travel nursing job. But wait. Scan the contract papers thoroughly. Remember what is not written is not guaranteed. So, if there is something amiss in the contract papers, ask for it. Ensure that you perfectly know what is expected of you when you start your new assignment. If this is mandatory on your part, there are other pressing needs you must attend to. Gather information about the new place, its climate, the people, the facilities, where and what to eat, places to see, taxes and levies to think about and so on.

If you are a willing nurse eager to try out travel nursing jobs, an exciting career awaits you. You will get to work in top-ranking hospitals with cutting-edge technology and innovative practices. You will become a good manager of your finances and have more control on your career. But perhaps the most redeeming feature of travel nursing jobs is the incredible opportunity to visit many places and know many people. What could be better? Indeed!

Copyright 2006 Linda Raye

A Resource Buying Guide For Internet Marketers

The “make money online” crowd is probably the most actively targeted niche market on the internet. Which is quite ironic when you think about it; “The hunters become the hunted.” And it’s not surprising we are so serviced with offers continually, the truth is we are, on the whole, information junkies. We are suckers for a good ebook, report, or video.

The problem is that an over supply of internet marketing tools (even good ones) can leave you feeling overwhelmed, unproductive (too busy reading about internet marketing to actually DO any), and flat broke!

So how do we filter the offers we are bombarded with, so that we invest sanely in our education and resources?  Let me offer this simple “buying guide” to help.

When you boil it all down there are basically 4 different kinds of products on the market, and you have to be able to recognize them so you don’t waste your time and money:

1) Basic training guides & tools. Everyone needs some of these, but you don’t need to be buying 10 versions of the exact same information.

2) Advanced techniques. These are the “Shazaam!” products.  The ones with truly unique and creative ideas. If I can identify which ones these are, I’ll buy them all day long. If I can get ONE really good, repeatable idea, it is money in the bank.  The caveat, though, is you’ve got to actually implement them – otherwise you’re just wasting your money, and spinning your wheels.

3) Tools that make life easier.  These are OK if you’ve got disposable money to spend on them, but if you’ve got a limited budget (like most marketers that are still getting going) you’re probably better off spending it where it can be best leveraged for the most effectiveness.

Case in point: At the time that I’m writing this article I’ve been getting emails all week — I’ve had at least 15 just today – promoting a particular hot product.  The free teaser report is great — it includes a couple of really exciting ideas (see point 2).  However, when I looked at what is actually being offered in the main package – 8 software programs that collate information in various forms from around the internet — they’re all really cool tools, but they are nothing that you can’t already do yourself for free. Cool, but not necessary. Convenient, but not essential.

4) Snake oil. These are the products that are thrown together to make sales to newbies, but they do not work. They are bad advice. You’ll discover that usually the author hasn’t had any success with the method he’s teaching at all, but he can make a few bucks wasting other people’s time with it.

So, when you’re considering buying resources to help you build your online business, read the sales copy discerningly.  Honestly evaluate the product and classify it in one of the above 4 categories.  Then it’s a simple decision to make the appropriate response:

Category 1:  Buy it if you don’t already have a product covering the same topic, or if you are reasonably convinced that your understanding is going to be increased sufficiently to justify the investment.

Category 2:  Buy it, and DO something with it! Don’t procrastinate — take action.  Winners are taking imperfection actions while others are still formulating their “perfect” plans.

Category 3:  Buy it only if you have surplus cash, and don’t mind blowing some on a luxury — because that’s what it is.  Ask yourself, “Could I leverage the money I’m about to spend on this to better effect in my business?”

Category 4:  Click that little “x” button at the top of the browser window, and be proud of yourself that you’ve developed the wisdom and experience to stop wasting time with that kind of rubbish.  If you already bought it before you figured out that its “snake oil”, ask for a refund and chalk it up to experience.

Buying is far more an emotional decision for us than we “savvy entrepreneurs” would care to admit. Anything we can do to take pause and inject some thought into the process will save us time and money. This buying guide offers a place to start.

Top 5 Outdoor Activities For Kids

Finding safe, fun outdoor activities for kids in all weathers may be a little challenging but definitely isn’t impossible. With the right kids clothes outdoor play can be enjoyed on most days. Anyone can find something fun and exciting to do during the warmer weather but what about those wind-swept autumn days or frost-bitten winter mornings?

Actually, finding something to do in all weather is more about an attitude change than an activity change. More and more these days we feel it may be too wet to go out or too cold when actually even a short period outdoors in inclement weather can make for a lot of fun.

A New Twist On Old Favourites

Not only can the activities be entertainment but it is a perfect way to teach children to be more aware of the world around them and how seasons work to affect the plant and animal life on earth. This in turn will bring them to think with empathy on other ways of life and how to better care for their environment.

Backyard cricket – This iconic game of Australia is a summer played sport but that doesn’t mean you can’t play forms of it in other seasons. You can use it to link back to some of our heritage and even use it to explore the cultures of the other countries that play. Tippety Run is an easy form of the game where you must run between wickets anytime the ball is hit. Wickets can be anything, even plastic rubbish bins, and because it is an active game it will keep kiddies warm on cooler days. It teaches teamwork as well.

Kite Making – the best things about kites is they need a windy day to fly so autumn and spring are going to be perfect. Of course, no electrical storms for flying but a good stiff wind is perfect and means less work to get the kite off the ground. Children will find these easy to make and with some encouragement and some basic kite flying principles they will soon be doing their own designs. The tails can be long and fancy and a big kite is a wonderful group project. This is a great way to discuss how birds fly and what other things might be found airborne in the autumn and spring. Older kids can learn about the power in lightning and how it can travel to the earth.

Treasure Hunt – Depending on where you live and how safe you feel the children will be wandering around it may pay to split into teams with an older teenager or adult with no more than two younger children. Toddler and preschoolers should always have adult supervision. You may need to take a drive to find a suitable spot if you live in a city.

A rock the size of a 20c coin
The longest stick you can find
A spiky leaf
Something the shape of a love heart
This can be done in several ways and is fantastic for all age groups; you simply adjust the clues according to age group. You can also award prizes for certain categories. A sample list might be:

You can tell them not to destroy anything living to get the objects and even a few showers won’t hurt this one at all. Just get them to don the raincoats, hats and boots and get excited about going out into the rain for a little while.

Outdoor Painting – Painting outdoors is perfect if there is going to be a big downpour likely. It’s easy to do when the cement or walls are already wet. Use big paintbrushes and safe, water soluble paints. Even big pavement chalk is fantastic to run out in between showers to draw and then watch it get washed away. This is the perfect opportunity to discuss how rain is formed in the clouds and what happens when it rains. Kids can watch the clouds moving fast in a stormy sky and make up stories about them and then try to paint those stories. Imaginations will run wild.

Sprinkler Play – Once before we could turn on the sprinkler on a hot day and play until our heart’s content. But the reality of water shortages is pertinent today and responsibility with water is an important thing to instill in our kids. They can still have sprinkler play but place the sprinkler into a pool and discuss ways to reuse the water when they have finished with it. It might be to put on the winter veggie patch that you sow in early summer. Water is an excellent source of education and play. Rainy days can help to show children what happens to water, where it goes after the drain hole, and what effect it has on the place it ends up in.

There really is no limit as long as you don’t mind a bit more kids clothing in the wash. Once rugged up well even breaking ice in puddles on a frosty morning is so much fun. There is a huge variety of kids clothes and kids protective clothes available today so no more excuses about the weather being bad, go and enjoy our world.

The Importance of Having Physician Lists Handy

Selling pharmaceutical products, medical equipment and services is the niches’ niche. Previously companies and corporations that handle these sort of business transactions often do their marketing internally or have special relationships set up with either health group collectives or certain factions of government supported or aided organisations. Like other businesses, giant pharmaceuticals to even smaller retailers or wholesalers of medical equipment and services (including pharmaceutical grade drugs) have shifted part of its marketing strategies to the virtual worker – where the internet and offline direct marketing can increase their reach and profit margins. This is where the importance of having physician lists handy would be applicable to the direct marketing manager – giving them a highly targeted and volumous list of potential sale leads.

The amount and variance of products that can be found within this niche market is both wide and sometimes overlapping. From general practitioners to dentists, there are many products that either have a general market appeal or specialised products that can enhance the methods and operations of specialist medical practitioners all over the world. Because the lists are highly concentrated and more often than not verified multiple times, you are ensured of having a several groups of potential clients you can use to call and follow up on.

The medical industry is booming all over the world – with U.S.A being a prime example of a country that is on the cutting edge of the medicine. Many companies and laboratories are coming up with newer, better and more advanced methods and traditional means of information dissemination just cannot keep up with these developments. These companies are reviewing their methods of personal door to door selling or direct mail – because of the limitations of their workforce and the time taken for leads to be generated. Product insertion into the marketplace also takes quite a bit of time with this method.

This is where the internet comes in, especially with the advances of online marketing and digital fax – an ability to reach over thousands of prospective in a short period of time. Having a physician list handy means you can acquire and target which market to sell to and how the brand of the product you are selling can resonate with certain individuals. It also allows the direct marketing agent to target several overlapping markets and introduce new, revolutionary products that have a wide application. Marketing by its nature should never be limited and having as wide and as targeted a reach as possible means better sales and more leads.

Invest in a good physicians list – it can mean make or break, especially when you are dealing with such a niche market. Competition is quite stiff as well as you have quite a number of corporations jostling for selling space both offline and online. Lists like these have changed – becoming marketing necessities rather than just a complement to strategy. Specifics work wonderfully here and they have helped a lot of people make a tremendous amount of money just working from home.

What Should You Ask Your Contractor About Your Bathroom Remodel?

One of the best ways to make a noticeable change in your entire home is to remodel one or more of your bathrooms. Although the process may seem a little intimidating at first, you can make everything go as smoothly as possible by asking the right questions before you get started. If you want to avoid unnecessary interruptions and confusions throughout the process, you will to make a list of important points to discuss with your contractor before they even start the job. Here are a few things that you should talk about:

What Type of Remodel Do you Want?

Before you even pick up the phone to start shopping for a contractor, think about what type of remodel that you want. A simple remodel can consist of a new coat of paint and new fixtures, while a complete bathroom overhaul is much more extensive. Decide how extensive you want your remodel to be, determine your budget and then call your contractor to talk about the specifics. They will be able to help guide you through the process from there.

How Much Will It Cost?

While this is a very important aspect of conducting a remodel, you should always make sure to balance cost with the quality of your contractor. You will want to choose someone who is reliable, skilled and has extensive experience working with bathroom remodels. That being said, make sure that you talk with your chosen bathroom remodeling company about the total cost of the project. They should be able to provide you with at least a very close estimate to what the total cost should be. Some will even provide you with a firm bid after doing a full assessment. Always be up front with how much you have to spend on any given project, so that you can be on the same page from start to finish.

How Long Will It Take?

In addition to a cost estimate, you should also ask your builder for a time estimate. While a simple bathroom remodel could take just a few hours, a total overhaul could take several weeks. Because the bathroom is a very important room in your home, you will want to have a fairly clear idea of how long it will be until you can use it again. After you have an idea of how long it will take, come up with a plan to make sharing the other bathroom or bathrooms in your home much easier while you remodel.

In the end, completing a hassle free bathroom remodel relies on constant, clear and honest communication from both you and your contractor. To make sure that you are getting what you want, at a price within your budget, you must communicate these needs to them. Because your bathroom is such an important room in your home, you can’t afford to be vague, unsure or silent about any of the aspects of the remodel. If you follow these tips, and work closely with your chosen remodeling expert, you can expect a bathroom remodel that meets your expectations from start to finish.

Sonography Websites and Blogs

There are numerous great sonography Websites and blogs for professionals in this field who want to stay on top of the latest news and information for their careers. You could easily compile a list of 50 sonography Websites and blogs, and they would all be very useful. These five Websites and five blogs are a great place to start, though. They all have plenty of visitors, lots of recently updated information and credibility in the industry.

Websites

1. Aunt Minnie: This Website, found online at AuntMinnie.com, is an excellent forum for industry professionals such as business managers, members of organized medicine, radiologists and technologists. If you want to meet others in the profession to network and collaborate with, this is a great site for you.

2. Diagnostic Imaging: Go to DiagnosticImaging.com to find out about the latest developments across all segments of the field of diagnostic radiology.

3. Health Imaging: This site, HealthImaging.com, boasts “Images, information and knowledge across the enterprise.”

4. Image Radiology Magazine: RT-Image.com is “the source for radiology professionals,” with everything from job listings to CEO directories to data sheets to informative articles and much, much more.

5. Learning Radiology: This is a great resource if you are a student or new to the field. Regular features at Learningradiology.com include a case of the week, an image DDX, quizzes and more.

Blogs

1. American Journal of Neuroradiology: Find everything neuroradiology-related at this blog site, including editorials, cases, book reviews and more.

2. Americans for Responsible Imaging: The ARI blog site features doctors and patients from the world of medical imaging who are focused on preserving the healthcare system in the United States.

3.Free Ultrasound Machine Reviews and Tips: If you are looking for evaluations of diagnostic ultrasound equipment with details about 3D and 4D ultrasound techniques, image quality and user friendliness, visit GPS Medical President Brian Gill’s blog.

4. Imaging Informatics News: Everything related to medical imaging informatics is discussed in this blog, including news on CAD, PACS, RIS, image acquisition, processing enhancement and more.

5. Sonography News: All the diagnostic medical ultrasound imaging news that you need to know now is right here in this blog.

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