The past few years have brought many changes in the healthcare industry regarding insurance reimbursement. The Budget Reconciliation Act (BRA) of 1997, which took effect on January 1, 1999, set new limits on healthcare visits and reimbursement for healthcare services for Medicare and Medicaid patients. (more…)
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There are many types of services fitness professionals seek reimbursement for, including health education programs for smoking cessation, stress management or weight management, health intervention services such as fitness assessments, health-risk appraisals and pre-exercise screenings, and exercise and recreation programs that can improve fitness levels. (more…)
Getting reimbursement for fitness services from health insurers is an unrealized dream for most facilities. Here’s what you’re up against.
For fitness professionals to be recognized as true healthcare professionals who are eligible for insurance reimbursement, they must be ready to make some changes. (more…)
No logical public policy reasons exist for exempting these two industries but not other forms of legal gambling such as casinos. The Kyl Bill has essentially become the Interactive Gambling Promotion Act, except that it simply favors certain gaming industry segments over other industry segments. Somehow, the original policy behind the bill was lost in politics. (more…)
Senator Jon Kyl (R-Arizona), the chief sponsor of the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act, has taken the position that permitting Internet gambling is bad public policy. This position is defensible. A strong argument can be made that in-home gambling presents greater policy concerns than traditional gambling. (more…)
The idea of convergence, the marriage of new and old forms of broadcasting, is becoming real in one area — on-line video. We are seeing a furious pace of development, in technology and the number of people who have the high-speed connectivity that permits on-line viewing.
In addition to the surrounding beauty, we experienced an abundance of wildlife. Walking down a trail or stepping out onto the beach or even moving right outside our tent, we encountered many of the island’s four-legged inhabitants – deer, armadillo, raccoons, wild hogs, turkey (OK, two-legged) and wild horses. Luckily, none of us ever came across any of the island’s poisonous snakes.
Sunday morning after Michael’s “carbo-loading” breakfast of fried cinnamon bagels, we packed our kayaks and began the “paddle” back to mainland. The winds were up, the tide was rushing, and adrenaline was pumping. “Stay close and paddle,” George instructed. And paddle we did.
The kayaking was challenging; yet, thanks to the expert instruction by our guides, our group was well-prepared. We welcomed stops along isolated seashell-covered mud banks to gulp down Gatorade and munch on leftover snacks.
As we continued our journey up river, we faced fierce headwinds and crosscurrents. Then, as we turned the last bend toward St. Mary’s we could see the sailboats docked at the marina in the distance. As I looked around at the other kayakers, I could tell that just the sight of our destination gave us a necessary surge of endorphins to help battle the choppy waters. “Keep paddling,” I heard Michael say.
After six hours of paddling against the tide, the waves and the strong coastal winds, we made it back, one by one, to the rocky boat ramp. With high five’s, hugs and cheers of accomplishment, we congratulated each other on an adventure well done.
As we pulled our boats up onto land, a man fishing off the dock asked, “Did ya’ll kayak in these winds from Cumberland Island?” Looking back over the white-caps and waves, I looked at the others and said proudly “Yes, we did!”
Kayaking to Cumberland:
High Country Adventures in Atlanta schedules four trips a year and provides expert sea kayaking instruction, informative guided hikes and island exploration along with transportation, gear and delicious meals. For dates and trip information, contact Expedition Manager at 404-814-1701 or stop by their retail store in Buckhead, Atlanta, GA.
I’m typing this article on a Linux computer located near my exercise bike, using a word processor called ABIWord and surrounded by a half-dozen computer servers and a mishmash of routers and network hubs. The fact is, I use a lot of leading-edge technology. You could say I’m a bit of a geek, and I’m darned proud of it.