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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, July 20 - July 22, 2004 Beebe earns quality respiratory care honors Beebe Medica Center has earned Quality ReSpiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) for the sec- ond year in a row u Lder a national program aimed at h and families make sions about the qua piratory care servic hospitals. The Am( tion for Respiratory started the QRCF 2003 to help cons facilities that utilize piratory therapists piratory care. Appr of the 5,000 hospita dping patients aformed deci- ity of the res- ;s available in rican Associa- Care (AARC) program in mers identify qualified res'- provide res- )ximately 550 Is in the Unit- ed States have earn ed the QRCR designation. Beebe Medical 7enter, along with other hospitals earning the QRCR designation, ensures pa- rent safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing respiratory care services. To qual- ify for the recognition, Beebe Medical Center provided docu- mentation showing it is continu- ing to meet the following condi- tions: All respiratory therapists em- ployed by the hospital to deliver bedside respiratory care services are either legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services or hold the CRT or RRT credential Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours Other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory pro- cedures and the amount of super- vision required for personnel to carry out specific procedures must be designated in writing A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical direc- tor of respira- tory care serv- ices; Dr. SALV&TORE Michael Sal- vatore serves in this role at Be.be Medical Center. The AARC's QRCR program DPH urges doctors to enroll for public health alerts ms may enroll in an alert notifi- ited by Delaware's Division of )H). The service, called the lert Network (DHAN), enables s to receive emailed or faxed health threats such as emerging Delaware physici cation service oper Public Health (D] Delaware Health A health professiona alerts about public infectious diseases md bioterrorist acts. Approximately 210 of the state's physicians are aid Karryl McManus, DPH act- ianus encourages all Delaware "Physicians are critical links as ttion, recognition and reporting ," she said. mtwork is part of a nationwide t initiated by the Centers for Dis- enrolled in DHAN, ing director. McPv physicians to enroll sentinels for prevel public health threat, Delaware's alert health-alert progran ease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health-alert messages are generated by CDC or DPH, and in- clude three categories of health alerts: Health Alert: conveys the highest level of impor- tance and warrants immediate action or attention Health Advisory: provides important information for a specific incident or situation and may or may not require immediate action Health Update: provides updated information re- garding an incident or situation and is unlikely to re- quire immediate action. Physicians interested in enrolling in DHAN, or up: dating their contact information, should call DPH at 302-744-4706 and request a Delaware HAN data- base application form. Participation is voluntary. More physicians participating in Medicare in Delaware An increasing number of physi- New Mexico and Colorado, and aries, processed more than 98.5 cians are participating in Medicare in Delaware, according to TrailBlazer Health Enterprises, the company that adninisters Part B Medicare in the state. More than 97 percent, or 2,967 physicians in Delaware, have agreed to particilate in 2004. This is an increase 9ver last year, from 92 percent or 2,588 partici- pating physicians in{Delaware. "Medicare patientg benefit from an increased numbe of participat- ing providers," said larti Mahaf- fey, executive vice president and chief operating off!cer of Trail- Blazer. [ "Although not al participating physicians in Delabvare are ac- cepting new patients the high per- centage of participation is one in- dicator that most Medicare bene- ficiaries have good access to med- ical care in Delaware." Participating phy}icians agree to accept the Mediqare-approved amount as paymegt in full for covered services.i As such, a Medicare beneficiary's liability is limited to the coinurance pay- ment, usually 20 prcent of the Medicare approvedlamount, and any unmet portion 'ffthe annual $100 deductible. 1 ionparticipat- ing physicians mty still treat Medicare benefici ies, but they have not agreed to this limit on balance billing. TrailBlazer is the i 4edicare Part A fiscal intermedia-y for Texas, the Medicare Part B carrier for Texas, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia and Virginia. TrailBlazer also is the regional processor for the freestanding ru- ral health clinics in all states and the national intermediary and car- rier for Indian Health Service providers of Medicare services. Headquartered in Dallas, Trail- Blazer provided claims process- ing, customer service and other administrative services for more than 4 million Medicare benefici- million Medicare claims and paid $15.5 billion in Medicare benefits in fiscal year 2003. TrailBlazer has more than 1,700 employees in Texas, Maryland, New Mexico and Virginia. TrailBlazer is a subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Blue Cross and Blue Shield are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Asso- ciation. IIIIIIIII FRiE:FOOT P-RIN" If Y0m ftzt lint, It m  your foot IL It's tpkk aml {aR. it Will   you tile im points 0u both your feet. Ne0000vShoes forSummerl Fashionable-Casual-Great Prices & Selection {0000d Feel '*: [IVI Suplx2rts Help ,,,1ir&l Feet, Sore AW'JlP Feet, Aching mr : Kn with I ;J Balance, Com- Yo,t,..*,.ut'Otres'roa= " fort &Support. 222 E+ DuPont Hw$.RL113 r4illsbolo 302.934.7500 Food bkm Si um-As m. o. TV-Toll Free 1-888.606- NO APPOINTNIENT PIIt, C ORN IllON.-IPI[I, IO-IJ | IT IO-It grew out of increasing concerns among health-are leaders and the general public regarding the safe- ty and quality of health-care serv- ices provided to patients. Hospi- tals that meet the QRCR require- ments provide a level of respirato- ry care consistent with national standards and guidelines. A list of QRCR hospitals is maintained at the associations website for con- sumers, www.YourLungHealth.org. Respiratory therapists are spe- cially trained health-care profes- sionals who work under physi- cians' orders to provide a wide I range of breathing treatments and other services to people with asth- ma, chronic obstructive pul- monary disease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, AIDS and other lung or lung-related conditions. They also care for premature infants and are key members of lifesaving response teams charged with han- dling medical emergencies. The AARC is a membership or- ganization representing more than 33,000 health professionals in- volved in respiratory care nation- wide. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org. P REVE NTI O N IS THE BEST MEDICINE *At our Dagsboro family dental practice, we know it is better to prevent dental problems than to fix them. *Schedule an appointment today, avoid dental surprises[ Brafman Family Dentistry, P.A. Drs. Kevin and Wendy Brafman 732-3852 Rt. 26, East of Dagsboro, DE Cedar Tree Medical Center Walk-In Clinic Fadi Damouni, M.D. Board Certified in Internal Medicine Maged Hosny, M.D. Board Certified in Internal Medicine & Rheumatology Located on Long Neck Road Millsboro, DE ......  +.r=:.+ .+=:+ .............. +: +: +. .+: + +" ..+.. +.+  + Vacationers Welcome 302-945-9730 l[fl$ [ 'r II IV[ " 1lfll II nlll I lllmml+llmll, llllll ........... [ I111 +'++ +-- In' 18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, July 20 - July 22, 2004 Beebe earns quality respiratory care honors Beebe Medica Center has earned Quality ReSpiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) for the sec- ond year in a row u Lder a national program aimed at h and families make sions about the qua piratory care servic hospitals. The Am( tion for Respiratory started the QRCF 2003 to help cons facilities that utilize piratory therapists piratory care. Appr of the 5,000 hospita dping patients aformed deci- ity of the res- ;s available in rican Associa- Care (AARC) program in mers identify qualified res'- provide res- )ximately 550 Is in the Unit- ed States have earn ed the QRCR designation. Beebe Medical 7enter, along with other hospitals earning the QRCR designation, ensures pa- rent safety by agreeing to adhere to a strict set of criteria governing respiratory care services. To qual- ify for the recognition, Beebe Medical Center provided docu- mentation showing it is continu- ing to meet the following condi- tions: All respiratory therapists em- ployed by the hospital to deliver bedside respiratory care services are either legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services or hold the CRT or RRT credential Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours Other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory pro- cedures and the amount of super- vision required for personnel to carry out specific procedures must be designated in writing A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical direc- tor of respira- tory care serv- ices; Dr. SALV&TORE Michael Sal- vatore serves in this role at Be.be Medical Center. The AARC's QRCR program DPH urges doctors to enroll for public health alerts ms may enroll in an alert notifi- ited by Delaware's Division of )H). The service, called the lert Network (DHAN), enables s to receive emailed or faxed health threats such as emerging Delaware physici cation service oper Public Health (D] Delaware Health A health professiona alerts about public infectious diseases md bioterrorist acts. Approximately 210 of the state's physicians are aid Karryl McManus, DPH act- ianus encourages all Delaware "Physicians are critical links as ttion, recognition and reporting ," she said. mtwork is part of a nationwide t initiated by the Centers for Dis- enrolled in DHAN, ing director. McPv physicians to enroll sentinels for prevel public health threat, Delaware's alert health-alert progran ease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health-alert messages are generated by CDC or DPH, and in- clude three categories of health alerts: Health Alert: conveys the highest level of impor- tance and warrants immediate action or attention Health Advisory: provides important information for a specific incident or situation and may or may not require immediate action Health Update: provides updated information re- garding an incident or situation and is unlikely to re- quire immediate action. Physicians interested in enrolling in DHAN, or up: dating their contact information, should call DPH at 302-744-4706 and request a Delaware HAN data- base application form. Participation is voluntary. More physicians participating in Medicare in Delaware An increasing number of physi- New Mexico and Colorado, and aries, processed more than 98.5 cians are participating in Medicare in Delaware, according to TrailBlazer Health Enterprises, the company that adninisters Part B Medicare in the state. More than 97 percent, or 2,967 physicians in Delaware, have agreed to particilate in 2004. This is an increase 9ver last year, from 92 percent or 2,588 partici- pating physicians in{Delaware. "Medicare patientg benefit from an increased numbe of participat- ing providers," said larti Mahaf- fey, executive vice president and chief operating off!cer of Trail- Blazer. [ "Although not al participating physicians in Delabvare are ac- cepting new patients the high per- centage of participation is one in- dicator that most Medicare bene- ficiaries have good access to med- ical care in Delaware." Participating phy}icians agree to accept the Mediqare-approved amount as paymegt in full for covered services.i As such, a Medicare beneficiary's liability is limited to the coinurance pay- ment, usually 20 prcent of the Medicare approvedlamount, and any unmet portion 'ffthe annual $100 deductible. 1 ionparticipat- ing physicians mty still treat Medicare benefici ies, but they have not agreed to this limit on balance billing. TrailBlazer is the i 4edicare Part A fiscal intermedia-y for Texas, the Medicare Part B carrier for Texas, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia and Virginia. TrailBlazer also is the regional processor for the freestanding ru- ral health clinics in all states and the national intermediary and car- rier for Indian Health Service providers of Medicare services. Headquartered in Dallas, Trail- Blazer provided claims process- ing, customer service and other administrative services for more than 4 million Medicare benefici- million Medicare claims and paid $15.5 billion in Medicare benefits in fiscal year 2003. TrailBlazer has more than 1,700 employees in Texas, Maryland, New Mexico and Virginia. TrailBlazer is a subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Blue Cross and Blue Shield are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Asso- ciation. IIIIIIIII FRiE:FOOT P-RIN" If Y0m ftzt lint, It m  your foot IL It's tpkk aml {aR. it Will   you tile im points 0u both your feet. Ne0000vShoes forSummerl Fashionable-Casual-Great Prices & Selection {0000d Feel '*: [IVI Suplx2rts Help ,,,1ir&l Feet, Sore AW'JlP Feet, Aching mr : Kn with I ;J Balance, Com- Yo,t,..*,.ut'Otres'roa= " fort &Support. 222 E+ DuPont Hw$.RL113 r4illsbolo 302.934.7500 Food bkm Si um-As m. o. TV-Toll Free 1-888.606- NO APPOINTNIENT PIIt, C ORN IllON.-IPI[I, IO-IJ | IT IO-It grew out of increasing concerns among health-are leaders and the general public regarding the safe- ty and quality of health-care serv- ices provided to patients. Hospi- tals that meet the QRCR require- ments provide a level of respirato- ry care consistent with national standards and guidelines. A list of QRCR hospitals is maintained at the associations website for con- sumers, www.YourLungHealth.org. Respiratory therapists are spe- cially trained health-care profes- sionals who work under physi- cians' orders to provide a wide I range of breathing treatments and other services to people with asth- ma, chronic obstructive pul- monary disease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, AIDS and other lung or lung-related conditions. They also care for premature infants and are key members of lifesaving response teams charged with han- dling medical emergencies. The AARC is a membership or- ganization representing more than 33,000 health professionals in- volved in respiratory care nation- wide. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org. P REVE NTI O N IS THE BEST MEDICINE *At our Dagsboro family dental practice, we know it is better to prevent dental problems than to fix them. *Schedule an appointment today, avoid dental surprises[ Brafman Family Dentistry, P.A. Drs. Kevin and Wendy Brafman 732-3852 Rt. 26, East of Dagsboro, DE Cedar Tree Medical Center Walk-In Clinic Fadi Damouni, M.D. Board Certified in Internal Medicine Maged Hosny, M.D. Board Certified in Internal Medicine & Rheumatology Located on Long Neck Road Millsboro, DE ......  +.r=:.+ .+=:+ .............. +: +: +. .+: + +" ..+.. +.+  + Vacationers Welcome 302-945-9730 l[fl$ [ 'r II IV[ " 1lfll II nlll I lllmml+llmll, llllll ........... [ I111 +'++ +-- In'