Health-e-Arizona Plus: Modernizing Arizona's Public Assistance Programs

Health-e-Arizona Plus: Modernizing Arizona's Public Assistance Programs

The State of Arizona has been working to modernize its eligibility system for Medicaid, SNAP and TANF to increase efficiency and provide a better customer experience for Arizonans.

On October 1st, our new eligibility system, Health-e-Arizona Plus, will go live, and on January 1, 2014, changes to Medicaid eligibility will go into effect. This is an exciting time; I hope you’re as excited as I am about the changes that are coming! Please take a moment to watch this short video — the second in a series of messages about the changes to Medicaid and our new Health-e-Arizona Plus program.

Linda Skinner
Director of Health Care Innovation Infrastructure Management
Governor’s Office

Hospital Labs Yielding Results

Hospital Labs Yielding Results

The pediatric emergency room at Golisano Children’s Hospital – in spite of its kid-friendly atmosphere, the setting can be downright unnerving.

“Scared parents, anxious children. Children who can’t tell us what’s going on, what they’re feeling necessarily, can’t describe some of their symptoms, says Dr. Tia Manning, who works in the pediatric emergency room at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida..

Dr. Tia Manning augments her physical exam with clinical lab tests. The speed and scope of testing plays an increasingly important role in healthcare.

“In the emergency setting, it’s important for us to have ready access to certain labs. It helps us rule things in, rule things out,” says Dr. Manning.

Nationwide lab tests guide more than 70% of medical decisions. While hospitals make up the smallest share of lab locations, they run more tests than any other provider. The lab within HealthPark Medical Center runs about 2.4 million tests a year. Most results are back within 30 minutes.

“Ultimately the doctor and the nurse see that patient, they can tell what’s going on with them physically but until they get the lab results nothing’s a proven,” says Kathy Boldissar, who is a medical technologist with Lee Memorial Health System.

While a patient would never enter this part of the hospital, chances are a sample of their blood will. From this lab medical technologists analyze blood and fluid for everything from medication levels, heart attack, bacteria, and viruses.

“Most of the time when you tell people what you do, they think it’s just you drew their blood and they don’t realize after that it goes through 20 different steps once they get their blood down to the lab,” says Boldissar.

A common test is the respiratory panel. Providing doctors a lot of information in short order.

“It tests for 17 different respiratory viruses to help determine how they’re going to treat the patient,” says Boldissar.

It makes a big difference in determining whether a child is in serious jeopardy….

“Or if this is something as simple as a cough or cold,” says Dr. Manning.

The bottom line: hospital labs are yielding results.

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Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries.


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The COSHH symbols and their meanings

The COSHH symbols and their meanings

The GHS and CLP regulations use various symbols to identify the hazards that are posed by different chemicals, these are:

Explosive – which confirms the container holds a potentially unstable explosive

Flammable – which indicates that the container holds either a flammable liquid, gas, solid or an aerosol

Oxidising – which means the container holds either an oxidising gas, liquid or solid

Gas under pressure- which indicates the container holds compressed, liquefied, refrigerated liquefied or dissolved gas

Environmental Hazard – which means that the contents could be an acute or chronic hazard to the environment

Toxic – This warns that the contents are toxic when swallowed, breathed in or absorbed through the skin, this includes things like bleach or pesticides. Then there’s very toxic substances – which can cause significant harm or even death, even if just a small amount enters the body; this includes things such as hydrogen sulphide, chlorine and sodium cyanide.

Corrosive – which shows that the substance is both a physical hazard and a health hazard, which means it’s corrosive to metals and skin. Corrosive substances – such as bleaches and drain cleaners – can also cause serious burns and eye damage.

Health Hazard – which means the substance can irritate the eyes or cause skin irritation, inflammation or dermatitis

Serious Health Hazard – which indicates that the substance can be a breathing hazard or cause long-term health complications. Carcinogens, for example, can cause cancer. They can come from diesel exhaust fumes or benzene found in paint and rubber. They’re also found in chemicals like arsenic which can be used in pesticides and car batteries – they’re known as mutagens and can alter a person’s DNA!

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75% Increased Risk of Liver Cancer If You Have Poor Oral Health! Study Suggests

75% Increased Risk of Liver Cancer If You Have Poor Oral Health! Study Suggests

A new study has found that poor oral health may be linked to an increased risk of liver cancer. Previous research has also linked oral health to a range many diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, and other cancers.

Liver Cancer Study:

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast looked at data on 475,766 people. They examined conditions like swollen or bleeding gums, oral ulcers and loose teeth, alongside the risk of a number of gastrointestinal cancers, including liver cancer.

The liver assists in removing bacteria from the body. When someone has liver cancer, its function will decline causing bacteria to live longer. This extended lifespan may have the potential to cause more harm.

With this cancer research study they discovered a strong positive relationship, which means that liver cancer and gum disease, also known as periodontitis, can be closely linked.

Gum disease has been linked to so many other inflammatory diseases including diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatic cancer, Lung cancer, Colon cancer, Kidney cancer… the list goes on and on.

Pancreatic Cancer link:

Breast Cancer link:

Lung & Colon Cancer link:

Kidney Cancer link:

Moral of the story is, if you take care of your mouth, your body will be healthier!

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