Open Payments is a national transparency program that collects and publishes information about financial relationships between the health care industry (i.e. drug and device companies) and providers (i.e. physicians and teaching hospitals). These relationships may involve payments to providers for things such as research, meals, travel, gifts, or speaking fees. One of the ways that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides data to the public is through this search tool, which allows the public to search for physicians and teaching hospitals receiving payments, as well as companies that have made payments.
The purpose of the program is to provide the public with a more transparent healthcare system. All information available on the Open Payments database is open to personal interpretation and if there are questions about the data, healthcare consumers should speak directly to the healthcare provider for a better understanding.
The Open Payments Search Tool is used to search payments made by drug and medical device companies to physicians and teaching hospitals.
If you have ever felt alone in your struggle for psychological stability, rest assured that many people feel this way. Psychological treatment centers, including rehab and recovery centers for co-occurring illnesses, treat millions of people every year. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 26 percent of all Americans suffer from at least one mental disorder. Unfortunately, due to the stigma of mental illness, most people who suffer from even the most common disorders keep their struggles a secret, which only adds to the misconception that mental illness is rare. People hide their mental illnesses for many reasons, including:
- Fear of being ostracized.
- Misconceptions about treatment options, especially drugs.
- The possibility of losing certain jobs.
- Concerns about labels causing problems in the future.
- Fear of being seen as weak.
The Mental Health website provides information on mental disorders, self diagnoses, discussions, medications, journals, new research and therapies. Some of the journal links are no longer working, but nonetheless this website has a wealth of useful information and videos about mental health and some great journal links for further study.
Learn about determining blood types and compatibility for transfusion by playing a game. The Blood Typing Game from Nobelprize.org provides an interactive and fun way for students to learn about blood groups, blood types, and compatible blood transfusions.
The Interactive Clinical Pharmacology (ICP) site was designed to increase understanding of important and difficult concepts and principles in Clinical Pharmacology. It is not intended to be comprehensive for all aspects of Clinical Pharmacology teaching. It has been developed using Macromedia Flash to enable user interaction. The site is for any student or practitioner requiring Clinical Pharmacology knowledge, e.g. undergraduate and post-graduate students in medicine, pharmacy and pharmacology. A basic understanding of physiology and pharmacology is assumed.
Find basic information in a wide range of healthy life topics published by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services. Healthfinder.gov has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from approximately 1,400 government and non-profit organizations to bring you the best, most reliable health information on the Internet. They review and select information and resources for their site based on quality guidelines. Healthfinder.gov is supported solely by U.S. government funds and does not accept paid advertisements, content, or links in any form. Health on the Net Foundation Code of Conduct (HONcode) recognizes healthfinder.gov for its reliability and credibility of information.
The RealAge website provides a health related assessment for anyone to walk through primary health care areas to be aware of. It asks you to answer a series of questions and based on your responses, it will estimate how old you are according to your physical health! It then gives you the informational results to highlight the areas that are causing you to be physically older than you may be, so you can focus on those areas for health improvement. This site can be helpful for general understanding of wellness and they key areas of health concern.
Find information on Nursing history, find research sources, and see collectibles and other interesting nursing history related content. The American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN) is a professional organization open to everyone interested in the history of nursing. The purpose of the Association is to foster the importance of history relevant to understanding the past, defining the present, and influencing the future of nursing. The association sponsors a conference on Nursing History in the Fall of every year. Members receive both a quarterly newsletter, the Bulletin, and the AAHN official publication, called the annual Nursing History Review.