You read that right ‘SEVEN TIMES as much protein as regular bread and full of Omega 3’. You may be saying what is this, it sounds like Protein Bread. It took almost three years to develop this formula going through more than 80 recipes before its manufacturers, Dr Zak’s, deemed it good enough.
Since it is much denser than normal bread, one loaf weighs 850 grams or about three times heavier than regular bread. The makers claim it tastes exactly like regular bread but without the carbs.
This amount of protein is mostly for the fitness enthusiast, but is not intended as part of a ‘carb free’ diet. The maker hopes that it will adopted by fitness minded people. You can enjoy toast or sandwiches and still get the protein in your diet.
Alexander Zaks has an established reputation of balancing interests in order to be fair to all parties involved in a workers’ compensation claim; the patient, the employer and the insurance company, throughout the entire process.
Alex Zaks’ seeks to influence those physicians he manages and with whom he works in his surgery center (where he serves as Medical Director) to strive to treat workers’ compensation patients in a way that are safe and absolutely necessary for injury relief and to make the patient whole again. Employers can rest assured that Dr. Zaks’ facilities are honest, with experienced medical staff and always direct to point when it comes to treating workers’ compensation patients.
Fly-by-night insurance fraud is just one type of false statement fraud. The California Senate report identifies several others than can be perpetrated by any participant in the health care market: individuals, medical providers, health provider networks or insurance companies. Read more…
New entities designated; Medical Provider Networks, like an HMO, are entities established by insurance companies and composed of doctors, hospitals and other providers who treat injured workers’ compensation patients referred by the insurance company. Managed health care is transforming the industry; MPNs play a part in this trend.
The MPN structure is designed, among other things, to benefit the insurance companies at the expense of doctors and patients. Doctors become members of the MPN with the guarantee of a regular stream of patients. The price of this guarantee is agreeing to the MPN’s cost caps on patient treatment. Under this system, known as capitation, the health care provider is paid a contracted flat rate for each member, regardless of the number of visits by that member or the extent and complexity of the services provided.
It is estimated that as of 2011 there were almost 63 million Americans with commercial health insurance coverage, with almost ninety-nine percent enrolled as members of medical provider networks. The shift to MPNs has resulted in a concentration of power and has fostered a rarely mentioned type of workers’ compensation insurance fraud, where doctors are incentivized to under treat injured workers because of the limited payment schedules forced on them by the MPNs. Read more…
Audits by the state of California found a repeated pattern of underutilization at Western Dental Services, with procedures that typically require multiple visits performed all at once and using inferior quality materials, compressing the cost of treatment also providing a substandard level of medical service for patients. The state found that the underutilization fraud stemmed from Western Dental’s method of compensating dentists in its provider network.
According to the General Accounting Office, 1 out of every 10 dollars in health care is lost to fraud, more than 100 billion a year. A report prepared by the California Research Bureau, at the request of the California State Senate, titled; Fraud and Abuse in the Health Care Market of California, found that while the media’s coverage of workers’ compensation fraud focuses on false claims fraud for workers seeking treatment for non-existent injuries and unscrupulous medical providers billing insurers for services that were never performed, it largely ignores the problem of insurance fraud in the private sector that accounts for more than 60 percent of health care expenditures.
The report highlights three distinct types of insurance fraud: Read more…
Managed care and HMOs have brought a new issue into the workers’ compensation insurance landscape: capitation. In a capitation system, an insurance company establishes a fee schedule with a per-patient service cap. The risk is passed from the insurance company to the medical provider for any procedures and services that exceed the capitated amount, providing a huge incentive for doctors to limit the treatment of patients to stay under the capitation payment and maintain their practices. In an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association titled “Capitation or Decapitation: Keeping Your Head in Changing Times,” Dr. Thomas S. Bodenheimer and Dr. Kevin Grumbach make the case that the whole system of capitation in the health care system is an invitation for fraud. The doctors write that not only is it now in the best interest of doctors to deny treatment; in fact, their livelihood often depends on it. HMOs are increasingly setting base capitation payments so low that they only cover basic office and operating expenses. Any profit for the provider is the result of year-end bonus payments based on how successful the provider was in controlling costs by supplying minimal medical services to patients. This type of incentive bonus creates “intense pressure to restrict patient access to expensive specialty and diagnostic services.” Read more…
Dr.Alexander Zaks is an American trained M.D., Anesthesiologist and surgeon with a sub specialty in Pain Management. Dr. Alexander Zaks is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist who has practiced medicine in California for nearing twenty years. He is a respected member of the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the California Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Alexander Zaks also serves as the Medical Director of the Comprehensive Outpatient Surgery Center in Beverly Hills California.
What Does It Mean to Be A Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology?
Dr. Alexander Zaks has a steadfast commitment to high quality care with a Board Certification in Anesthesiology. Board certification goes beyond the M.D. licensure to help further qualify a doctor’s knowledge, experience and expertise to provide high quality care within his or her specific specialty. As a DABA Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, Dr. Alexander Zaks provides medical management and consultation during the perioperative period, in pain medicine and in critical care medicine.
A diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology must have a solid command of the clinical skills, technical acumen, knowledge, judgment, adaptability and personal characteristics in order to achieve excellence in the entire scope of an anesthesiology practice. Read more…
Dr. Alexander Zaks, specialist in pain management, has devoted his entire career to helping people ease their painful symptoms. As a pain management dr, with admitting privileges at 2 hospitals, Dr. Alexander Zaks understand how debilitating and even crippling pain can become. That’s why Dr. Alexander Zaks decided to make it his life’s work to provide medical care that reduces or alleviates pain. For example Dr. Zaks has overseen treatment procedures on patients ranging from minor to major like:
• Disc decompression
• Spinal cord stimulation
• Intrathecal pump implant
• Trigger point injections
Dr. Alexander Zaks Believes Pain Isn’t Part of the Healing Process
Dr. Alexander Zak’s interest in pain management began early in life. He’s always focused on figuring out how to help patients with severe pain. He doesn’t believe patients should just grin and bear the pain. His undergraduate degree focused on psychology and biology. These majors aided his knowledge of the human body and how pain affects people. Dr Alexander Zaks continued his education at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Read more…