2 days ago

Tips for Medical Volunteer Opportunities

Work the World is an organization that provides international medical internships and volunteer positions overseas. The focus of this organization is to provide safe, high quality placements and top quality accommodations for students in their communities of choice. As part of the program, Work the World partners with carefully selected hospitals and clinics to provide the best possible experience to all of their student volunteers. They also offer many extra activities to keep participants busy during the times they are not working.

Students who intern with Work the World live together in privately rented apartment complexes in a variety of locations in Asia, Africa and South America. The organization has a full time staff to make sure that students get into the right internship and make a real difference during their volunteer placement.

Those who like the idea of volunteering in the medical field closer to home will want to check out opportunities to work with local hospitals, such as Massachusetts General Hospital. This hospital has an online application process for volunteers to follow, and the goal of the process is to determine the best match for the individual volunteer with the available positions at the hospital.

Hospital volunteers must be 18 years or older, but students who are 16 or 17 may qualify for some positions as part of a student volunteer program. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least 3 hours each week for 3 months or more, and all volunteers must provide documentation of MMR vaccination and TB test in the past 3 months.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is another hospital which offers many opportunities for medical volunteers. At Cedars-Sinai, volunteers have the chance to make an important difference in the lives of patients. The hospital relies on their dedicated volunteers to provide assistance, comfort and hope every day. In return, volunteers benefit from giving to others in their community, making new friends and learning new skills.

Cedars-Sinai employs over 2,00 0 volunteers on a daily basis who work on a given assignment for an average of four years. Many volunteers continue to work for the hospital for much longer due to the deep personal satisfaction it brings them. Cedars-Sinai provides many benefits to the community, and the hospital is known for providing quality healthcare at no cost to kids whose families cannot afford it.

Medical volunteer opportunities are also available through large organizations like Project C.U.R.E in the US. This important medical charity project operates in local communities around the country by organizing teams of 25 volunteers who work to identify and collect medical equipment and supplies. These supplies are then distributed at no cost to hospitals and clinics in developing countries.

Last year, volunteers with Project C.U.R.E donated over 60,000 hours and collected almost $50 million worth of medical equipment and supplies for donation. The organization currently operates distribution centers in four states where they test, package and deliver the donated equipment to facilities around the world. They also operate local collection centers across the country where volunteers are always needed to collect and sort donations and transport the supplies to the distribution centers.

Author's Bio:

Mark Angelo is a writer for the Little Volunteer blog and website, which focuses on volunteer ideas. Mark is passionate about spreading volunteerism worldwide in order to change the world and make a positive difference. Having experience and familiarity with medical volunteer opportunities, Mark is keen to share his volunteer ideas and tips with other aspiring and veteran volunteers.

1 week ago

Medical Equipment From Walter Reed Hospital Heads to Latin America and the Caribbean

"Welcome to the Home of Warrior Care," reads a sign as you walk into the now empty structure of what used to be Washington D.C.'s Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a place where ailing government officials, Army brass, retired officers and thousands of grievously injured soldiers arrived for 102 years -- the latter from the battlefields of Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea and bombed-out Europe -- to begin the long road to healing.

At Walter Reed Army Medical Center, I walk down several long hallways, trailing behind Pilar Heraud. Pilar is the Director of In-Kind Donations for the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF).

Hopping into a large industrial-size elevator, we rid

2 weeks ago

Medical Inventions to Help the Poor

A motorcycle ambulance and a solar-powered hearing aid to heal the poor?

Instead of the usual donated medicines and health equipment, some experts are inventing new products for the poor, including those two inventions that were showcased recently at an engineering conference in London.

In a new report published online Monday in the journal Lancet, the United Nations highlights innovations like using text messages in South Africa to remind women with HIV to get their babies tested and tucking medicines into Coca-Cola crates to reach remote villages.

Hundreds of thousands of replacement joints, surgical tools and other medical devices have been sent to poor countries over

2 weeks ago

Healthcare Roundup: Fed Step Into McKesson Case, WellCare Implicated in Medicaid Fraud, and More

Last Updated Oct 9, 2008 11:59 AM EDT

Feds intervene in McKesson whistleblower case -- The Justice Department has stepped into a private whistleblower lawsuit against medical-product supplier McKesson. The suit alleges that McKesson and nursing-home operator Golden Living defrauded Medicare through a sham supplier of durable medical equipment. [Source: Modern Healthcare]

WellCare employee pleads guilty in Medicaid fraud -- The Florida managed-care firm WellCare, recently notorious because the FBI raided its headquarters a year ago, now has another claim to fame. An employee, Gregory West, pleaded guilty last year to participation in an "elaborate scheme" to inflate Medicaid bills. According to the Department of Justice, which just unsealed the plea, West didn't act alone, suggesting that the FBI has been busy flipping smaller fry in order to get to the bigger fish in the case. [Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal]

Tennessee Blues revise doctor-rating system -- BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has issued a new system for rating the performance of physicians, following complaints about an earlier version that debuted in March. Doctors are still unhappy that the system is based on claims data, and don't think they should be responsible for correcting errors. [Source: American Medical News]

Minnesota health plan puts prices online -- Bloomington, Minn.-based HealthPartners, a nonprofit HMO with more than one million members, has posted what its various medical offices will charge for 83 common procedures, ranging from office visits and immunizations to lab services and medical scans. By December, the plan intends to cover 100 procedures that patients can check at three different facilities at a time. [Source: FierceHealthcare]

Colorado hospitals report $796M in free care -- Uncompensated care at Colorado medical facilities rose 19 percent in the first half of 2008, to $796 million from $671 million a year earlier, according to the Colorado Hospital Association. Bad debt, meanwhile, grew by only six percent, although you have to contrast that with the fact that patient admissions barely rose at all during the period. [Source: Denver Business Journal via FierceHealthcare]

Medicare aims at durable-equipment fraud in seven states -- The feds are cracking down on fraud among durable medical-equipment suppliers and home healthcare outfits. Acting Medicare director Kerry Weems said the agency, as part of the expansion of its recovery-audit team program, will concentrate on durable-equipment billings in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina and Texas -- not surprisingly, states with large elderly populations. [Source: Kaiser Health Daily]

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3 weeks ago

Research and Markets: Licensure Standards for Durable Medical Equipment Suppliers

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/h8n856/licensure)

has announced the addition of the "Licensure

Standards for Durable Medical Equipment Suppliers" report to

their offering.

This report addresses the states that have relevant licensure

requirements for suppliers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics,

orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS). The report includes a listing of each

state's oversight agency for DMEPOS suppliers, links to online

applications, references to included statutes and regulations, and

licensure requirements/guidelines.

Further, the report concludes by providing the overarching information

on the federal standards that need to be met in order to bill Medicare

as a Part B supplier, as required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

Services (CMS). The federal section is separate and distinct from the

state information, and it supplies current federal requirements for

DMEPOS suppliers.

This report is not intended to be a comprehensive guide of all existing

requirements, but it is instead a broad overview of each state's

applicable licensure laws and rules. The included requirements and

guidelines are based on information received from relevant state

oversight agencies overseeing the licensure process and available online

information. DMEPOS suppliers should still obtain the specific law and

rule books from relevant state oversight agencies, as all of the

included requirements/guidelines are subject to change without notice.

This report is for informational purposes only and should not be

construed as providing legal advice. Legal interpretations and questions

regarding specific business operations should be directed to authorized

state officials.

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/h8n856/licensure

3 weeks ago

Into Africa, The Opportunities Geometry? - Container House - Spatial Grid Structure Manufacturer

Last year, the grand China-Africa Forum held in Beijing to further promote China-Africa economic and trade exchanges increased between the two sides close cooperation in various fields. Business opportunities in the African continent has attracted the attention of many Chinese enterprises, but at present the development of different African countries, which countries are more suitable for textile enterprises to invest? With these questions, this reporter interviewed a China-Africa economic and trade activities in the project for many years and Wang Mr. civilization.

West Africa Division in the

4 weeks ago

Diagnostic equipment thieves hit 3 more hospitals in Greece

Authorities in Greece say unidentified thieves are stealing vital medical diagnostic equipment from the country's austerity-battered hospitals.

Three hospitals, in the towns of Volos, Lamia and Larisa, were hit over the past two days.

Intruders made off with equipment used in colonoscopy and gastroscopy, after breaking into parts of the hospitals that were shut and locked over the weekend.

Last week, similar equipment worth some 400,000 euros ($438,000) was stolen from an Athens state cancer hospital. It was unclear whether the four incidents were linked.

Greece's state health system has been hit hard by deep spending cuts imposed under the country's international bailout program.

In exchange for the rescue loans, successive governments since 2010 have slashed spending across the board, hiked taxes and implemented cutting market reforms.