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The Difference Between Concierge Medicine and Direct Primary Care

Direct primary care (DPC) is a term often linked to its companion in health care, ‘concierge medicine.’ Although the two terms are similar and belong to the same family, concierge medicine is a term that fully embraces or ‘includes’ many different health care delivery models, direct primary care being one of them.

Similarities

DPC practices, similar in philosophy to their concierge medicine lineage – bypass insurance and go for a more ‘direct’ financial relationship with patients and also provide comprehensive care and preventive services for an affordable fee. However, DPC is only one branch in the family tree of concierge medicine.

DPC, like concierge health care practices, remove many of the financial barriers to ‘accessing’ care whenever care is needed. There are no insurance co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance fees. DPC practices also do not typically accept insurance payments, thus avoiding the overhead and complexity of maintaining relationships with insurers, which can consume as much as $0.40 of each medical dollar spent (See Sources Below).

Differences

According to sources (see below) DPC is a ‘mass-market variant of concierge medicine, distinguished by its low prices.’ Simply stated, the biggest difference between ‘direct primary care’ and retainer based practices is that DPC takes a low, flat rate fee whereas omodels, (although plans may vary by practice) – usually charge an annual retainer fee and promise more ‘access’ to the doctor.

According to Concierge Medicine Today (MDNewsToday), the first official news outlet for this marketplace, both health care delivery models are providing affordable, cost-effective health care to thousands of patients across the U.S. MDNewsToday is also the only known organization that is officially tracking and collecting data on these practices and the physicians — including the precise number of concierge physicians and practices throughout the U.S.

“This primary care business model [direct primary care] gives these type of providers the time to deliver more personalized care to their patients and pursue a comprehensive medical home approach,” said Norm Wu, CEO of Qliance Medical Management based in Seattle, Washington. “One in which the provider’s incentives are fully aligned with the patient’s incentives.”

References and Sources

“Doc This Way!: Tech-Savvy Patients and Pros Work Up Healthcare 2.0”. New York Post. 4/7/2009.

Who Killed Marcus Welby? from Seattle’s The Stranger, 1/23/2008

“Direct Medical Practice – The Uninsured Solution to the Primary Medical Care Mess” with Dr. Garrison Bliss (Qliance Medical Group of WA).

“Direct Primary Care: A New Brew In Seattle”. Harvard Medical School – WebWeekly. 2008-03-03.

DPCare.org

Qliance.com

ConciergeMedicineToday.com

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Source by Michael Tetreault

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Wearable tech looks like a trend that won’t be wearing out soon. Just recently, TomTom has released their new product range, the TomTom Spark. With multisport capabilities (running, cycling, pool swimming), activity tracking, built-in heart rate monitor, and music player, it maybe the all-in-one wearable tech most runners are looking for.

This latest upgrade sort of blends the TomTom Runner and the TomTom Multisport into one watch and adding the latest tech that are becoming a standard feature set for most fitness watches today. The TomTom Spark has some similar designs with previous TomTom watches but it’s lighter and has slightly smaller screen. Its strap is also noticeably slimmer and lighter.

What makes a TomTom Spark sparkle from each model?

The TomTom Spark comes in four different models.

  1. Spark
  2. Spark Cardio
  3. Spark Music
  4. Spark Cardio + Music​

To make it easy to remember, all models have the same core features: GPS, multisport capability, and 24/7 activity tracking. Adding the term “Cardio” means you get the built-in HRM and Heart-Rate Training Zone feature while adding the term “Music” means you get the music playback capability and Audio Performance Feedback feature. The TomTom Spark Cardio + Music would then mean you get the built-in HRM, Heart-Rate Training Zone, music player, and Audio Performance Feedback along the core features.

A Note to Triathletes

One thing you do need to consider is that TomTom use the term “multisport” to mean it has pool swim, bike, run and freestyle modes. This is different from Garmin and Suunto where “multisport” mode means you can link multiple sports together to create a “multisport” and then press the lap button during a session to quickly transition from one sport to the next.

Known for being a leader in GPS technology, TomTom is one of the first GPS watch makers to integrate an optical heart rate monitor and a music player in one watch. The TomTom Spark Music comes with 3 GB of storage you can use for your favourite songs and can be paired with a compatible Bluetooth headphones. For runners who are tired of carrying a smartphone with them while running, the TomTom Spark Music offers the perfect blend of features need for a running watch.

Standard Features

All Spark models have the following features:

GPS Tracking: Track your time, pace, distance and calories burned.

Multisport Mode: Train in run, bike, swim, gym and treadmill modes.

24/7 Activity Tracking: Capture your steps, active minutes and calories burned.

Goal Setting: Set and track your progress on daily and weekly goals.

Automatic Sleep Tracking: Know if you’re getting the sleep you need.

Water Resistant (up to 50 metres): Run in all weather conditions.

Wireless Syncing: Sync your workouts wirelessly with your favorite apps.

Customizable Straps: Change your strap color to match your workout gear.

Ultra-Slim Design: Sleek and slim design provides ultra comfort during all your workouts.

Indoor Training Mode: Track your performance on the treadmill or in the gym.

Interval Training: Improve speed and fitness with customizable work-rest sessions.

Race Mode: Select one of your past performances to race against.

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Source by Joseph Pasamonte

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Wearable tech looks like a trend that won't be wearing out soon. Just recently, TomTom has released their new product range, the TomTom Spark. With multisport capabilities (running, cycling, pool swimming), activity tracking, built-in heart rate monitor, and music player, it maybe the all-in-one wearable tech most runners are looking for.

This latest upgrade sort of blends the TomTom Runner and the TomTom Multisport into one watch and adding the latest tech that are becoming a standard feature set for most fitness watches today. The TomTom Spark has some similar designs with previous TomTom watches but it's lighter and has slightly smaller screen. Its strap is also noticeably slimmer and lighter.

What makes a TomTom Spark sparkle from each model?

The TomTom Spark comes in four different models.

  1. Spark
  2. Spark Cardio
  3. Spark Music
  4. Spark Cardio + Musicâ € ‹

To make it easy to remember, all models have the same core features: GPS, multisport capability, and 24/7 activity tracking. Adding the term "Cardio" means you get the built-in HRM and Heart-Rate Training Zone feature while adding the term "Music" means you get the music playback capability and Audio Performance Feedback feature. The TomTom Spark Cardio + Music would then mean you get the built-in HRM, Heart-Rate Training Zone, music player, and Audio Performance Feedback along the core features.

A Note to Triathletes

One thing you do need to consider is that TomTom use the term "multisport" to mean it has pool swim, bike, run and freestyle modes. This is different from Garmin and Suunto where "multisport" mode means you can link multiple sports together to create a "multisport" and then press the lap button during a session to quickly transition from one sport to the next.

Known for being a leader in GPS technology, TomTom is one of the first GPS watch makers to integrate an optical heart rate monitor and a music player in one watch. The TomTom Spark Music comes with 3 GB of storage you can use for your favorite songs and can be paired with a compatible Bluetooth headphones. For runners who are tired of carrying a smartphone with them while running, the TomTom Spark Music offers the perfect blend of features need for a running watch.

Standard Features

All Spark models have the following features:

GPS Tracking: Track your time, pace, distance and calories burned.

Multisport Mode: Train in run, bike, swim, gym and treadmill modes.

24/7 Activity Tracking: Capture your steps, active minutes and calories burned.

Goal Setting: Set and track your progress on daily and weekly goals.

Automatic Sleep Tracking: Know if you're getting the sleep you need.

Water Resistant (up to 50 meters): Run in all weather conditions.

Wireless Syncing: Sync your workouts wirelessly with your favorite apps.

Customizable Straps: Change your strap color to match your workout gear.

Ultra-Slim Design: Sleek and slim design provides ultra comfort during all your workouts.

Indoor Training Mode: Track your performance on the treadmill or in the gym.

Interval Training: Improve speed and fitness with customizable work-rest sessions.

Race Mode: Select one of your past performances to race against.

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Source by Joseph Pasamonte

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Losing weight is a difficult task for most people. To really shed pounds and then keep it all off, you need to develop a new lifestyle. Healthier cooking, better restaurant choices, and regular exercise can put you on the road to real, lasting weight loss. Essentially, you must become a new person. A health farm can be a great way to do this, but not everyone finds the idea appealing. For many, the words “health farm” conjure up images of dormitories with bunk beds, early morning wake up calls, disgusting food, and workouts that feel like torture. However, there is also a type of health farm that is less like a military boot camp and more like a fitness holiday.

Part bootcamp, part gourmet dining experience, part relaxation spa, a fitness holiday allows you to learn new ways of thinking about food and exercise. There is plenty of exercise, but it can include enjoyable activities like hiking in the countryside. The staff is supportive and encouraging, and can help you find ways to work around your physical limitations. A good fitness holiday should feel like a luxury spa, with comfortable private rooms and other activities in addition to exercise.

The idea behind a fitness holiday is to learn new lifestyle changes, and practice them before returning home to the temptations and shortcuts of everyday life. Not only should this type of retreat offer excellent food, there should also be some nutrition education and even cooking classes. Before you leave, you should know how to cook your own deliciously healthy meals. You should return home with ideas for meal planning, grocery shopping, and what to order at a restaurant. Few people have the time to cook an extensive meal, and you need to know how to prepare fast, healthy, and delicious foods. Remember, you can’t make a lasting change in your diet if you do not find healthier foods you enjoy. A fitness retreat can help you discover new foods that suite your palate.

A health retreat should include more than just good food and plenty of exercise. For it to truly be a holiday, there should be some time to relax and enjoy yourself. A good retreat will have activities like yoga and offer services like massage. A massage and some relaxation in the sauna can help soothe sore muscles and make the journey to fitness more enjoyable. Some retreats even offer hypnotherapy to help you retrain your mind. Although guests at a health retreat will work hard, they can also enjoy themselves and relax at the same time.

The most important reason to consider a weight loss retreat is how effective this type of program can be. A retreat offers the opportunity to leave old habits behind and learn new ways of thinking. There is time to build new habits and routines that persist even after you return home.

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Source by George Z. Rolf

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In 2009 and 2010, the Ab Circle Pro was the biggest selling abdominal exercise machine in the world. Until today, it is reported to have sold over 2 million times in the United States, Canada, Britain, Europe, Australia, and even India, among others.

The product was presented by Jennifer Nicole Lee, a famous fitness model who has her own little fitness “empire” comprised of programs, supplements, and fitness products. The Ab Circle Pro was her biggest success to date.

Recently, though Jennifer Nicole Lee announced the release of a new version of her best selling machine: The Ab Circle Mini.

As the name implies, the Mini was designed to mimic the original version of the machine but at a smaller scale. In terms of how these two machines are used and the results they’re supposed to deliver there is really no difference. After all, the original version as well as the new one are marketed as a way to flatten your abs and lose inches with short workouts that can be done at home. This means that if you don’t think the original version works, you won’t find anything really different in how the Mini Circle version works.

The first difference that does exist between the two products is the price. The original Ab Circle Pro costs about $200 while the mini version can be purchased for about $140, a sizable discount. The new price may be one which is more appealing to people who felt they could not afford to buy the original abdominal machine.

The second difference is in the size and weight of the Ab Circle Mini. It is smaller and lighter than the Ab Circle pro. This makes it easier to store and more portable. However, there may be less stability to the machine due to its lightness so you’d need to work slowly with it at first to make sure its stable.

The most important thing was and remains the kind of results you can get with these machines. Both can give you a workout, of that there is no doubt. However, for some people the workout will not be very effective. It seems to be geared more for beginners than for people who are used to exercise regularly.

Whether you choose to get the original version or the mini, be aware that it’s crucial to continue working out the rest of your body and to maintain a healthy diet in order to get any kind of results.

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Source by John Davenport

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