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Health Resources

A comprehensive collection of healthcare information for Florida consumers.

http://www.floridahealthfinder.gov/index.html


HealthCare Pricing Links:

The following independent websites are intended as guides to help consumers determine fair prices in their area for healthcare services.
www.fairhealthconsumer.org
www.healthcarebluebook.com


CMS-HCC Resources:

The following documents contain information on the hierarchical condition category (HCC) system, the ICD-9 codes that comprise each HCC, and the relative weights assigned to each HCC by CMS for determining the risk adjustment factors, along with other pertinent information.


OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (O.I.G.) – 2013 WORK PLAN

The Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released their 2013 Work Plan. The O.I.G Work Plan provides us with information regarding the areas in which the O.I.G will focus their investigations for the coming year.

Office of the Inspector General (O.I.G.) 2013 Work Plan


http://www.aad.org
Website of American Academy of Dermatology. Has a Public Resource Center with information on Dermatology Health topics, skin cancer screenings, rashes, Publications
http://www.aaem.org
Website of American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Emergency Medicine Topics.
http://www.aafa.org
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Facts about asthma and allergies, including food allergies, skin allergies and seasonal allergies. Has an "Ask the Allergist" section. Education, research and support groups related to allergies and asthma. Has educational programs and resources for children, parents, caregivers, adolescents. Posters, information and action cards, brochures. On-line resources and down-loads.
http://www.aafp.org
Website of American Academy of Family Practice Physicians. Great website for info on clinical care and research; practice management, Patient Education, Periodic Health Screenings.
http://www.aaos.org
Website of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Has good medical information. Contains a Patient and Public Information Section, along with a Library and Archives section.
http://www.aap.org
Website of American Academy of Pediatrics. Site has Professional Education and Resources. There are additional resources and information for parents on Children's Health Topics; Immunization Information; Info on all stages of development, infancy to age 21. Also has info on other health topics, diseases and conditions affecting children.
http://www.aarp.org/health/healthguide
AARP Website that explores health issues, medications, medical testing, information on Medicare and Insurance, staying healthy. Has information on diseases under "Frequently Requested Topics". Has healthy living section with tips on exercise, managing stress. Has on-line fitness course and physical activity workbook.
http://www.aarp.org/bulletin
AARP Bulletin with HealthCare Information, Alerts and bulletins
http://www.acaai.org/allergist/pages/default.aspx
American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) professional link
http://www.acc.org
Website of American College of Cardiology. Clinical website for healthcare professionals. Has Clinical guidelines and standards for the management of patients with chronic and acute heart failure; guideline on CABG's. Pocket guideline on CHF.
http://www.acponline.org
Website of American College of Physicians/American Society of Internal Medicine. Good site for clinical information and disease-state information. Detailed articles on various diseases such as HTN, diabetes.
http://www.ahcpr.gov
Website of the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. Site contains detailed clinical information on clinical outcomes data, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, consumer information, prevention and wellness. Has quality tools, tools for managed care, child health toolbox.
http://www.ashp.org/pap
Patient Assistance Programs Resource Center. Site was launched in 2005 by Amer. Society of Health System Pharmacists and Amer. Pharmacy Assoc. & offers info on federal and state drug benefits, pharmaceutical manufacturer assistance programs and discount Rx cards.
http://www.cancer.org
Website of American Cancer Society. Provides health information for healthcare professionals, patients, parents, families and friends; specific cancer disease state information; Pt teaching tools.
http://www.ama-assn.org
Website of American Medical Association
http://www.americanheart.org
Cardiovascular & Circulatory Disease Info. Great site for clinical information. New Heart Failure Guideline. Free cookbook. Patient information on recognizing signs and symptoms of heart disease. Women's Heart Disease Awareness articles. Free newsletter about heart health topics. Exercise Diary.
http://www.cdc.gov
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Web Site. Get facts and resources on diseases and conditions. Has public health library; prevention of chronic diseases journal. Travelers health section. CDC Health Protection Goals.
http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes
CDC site with information about diabetes. Has links to other publications and professional materials.
http://www.cms.hhs.gov
CMS Manuals
http://www.dhhs.gov
US Health & Human Resources. Information on diseases and conditions; information for families and children, vaccines, safety and wellness, aging, drug and food information, info on specific populations, disaster and emergency information. Has a Reference Collection with on-line dictionaries, libraries, Fact Sheets.
http://www.diabetes.org
Website of American Diabetes Association. Provides information on diabetes for HealthCare Professionals, parents, & kids. Has recipes for diabetics, healthy living advice; patient information.
http://www.doh.state.fl.us
Website of FL Dept of Health
http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursing/nur_applicant.html
State of Florida Applicant & Renewal Site and Nurse Practice Act
http://www.facs.org
Website of American College of Surgeons
http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home.html
American Academy of Family Practice. Has professional, printable handouts.
http://www.fda.gov
US Food & Drug Admin. Has information on numerous healthcare topics and diseases. Provides info on prescription drugs, drug abuse treatments, lasers, hair products, cosmetics, multiple diseases and conditions.
http://www.fdhc.state.fl.us/Medicaid/index.shtml
Florida Medicaid Program
http://www.floridamedicare.com
Florida Medicare Information
http://www.flsenate.gov/
The Florida Senate
http://www.flsenate.gov/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=display_Statute&search
Search of Florida Statutes
http://www.guideline.gov
National Guidelines Clearinghouse. Public resource for accessing evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. Can do a side-by-side comparison of guidelines for research of best practices.
http://www.healthatoz.com
Provides lifestyle modification programs in a consumer-powered environment with info from/for employer groups, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, healthplans. Has links to consumer health sites.
http://www.healthfinder.gov
Links to Health Library & acts as search engine for on-line health info. Has a health library with hand-picked information from A-Z from the National Health Library; prevention and wellness tips; info on diseases and conditions and alternative medicine. Has on-line check-ups, such as checking your sleep IQ; check your COPD IQ. Information for Health Care Professionals and men and women of all ages.
http://health.msn.com
MSN health website with health-related info, articles, and materials. Two items on Pediatric Asthma can be downloaded and printed: "Help your child Gain Control over Asthma", and a "fun book" for children named "Dusty, the Asthma Goldfish and his Asthma Triggers", with activities for them which may start a discussion between parent and child.
http://www.hon.ch
Website of Health on the Net Foundation. This website is a search engine for trustworthy medical information and medical articles on the net. Has information for Health Care Professionals, Patients and Individuals. Has healthcare surveys, E-health trends, medical news articles, trustworthy medical documents.
http://www.intelihealth.com
Information on a variety of general health issues. Site features the Harvard School of Medicine's School of Consumer Health Information. Has info on diseases and conditions; healthy lifestyles; Your Health; Dental Health. Has interactive tools; drug resource center; medical dictionary. "Ask the Expert" section where experts from Harvard Medical School answer questions from readers.
http://www.jnj.com/home.htm
Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical website with information on J & J products, health care resources, healthcare professionals link; info on the patient assistance programs for the uninsured.
http://www.kidshealth.org
Children's Health Website. Has a Parent's site. A Kids Site, and a Teen's Site. Information from Nemours.
http://www.leukemia.org
Website of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America. Has detailed information about leukemias, lymphomas, myelomas and other blood diseases. Has treatment options and clinical trial info. Site offers free materials that can be read on-line, downloaded or ordered by mail. Patient education materials are offered in English, Spanish & French.
http://www.lillydiabetes.com
Diabetes Info from Lilly Pharmaceutical
http://www.lung.org
Website of American Lung Association. Information on treatments, options, and procedures for lung diseases. Decision support tools are tailored to the lung diagnosis, giving the pros and cons of each treatment, side effects, questions to ask your doctor about your condition. Has a section on "Patient Tools" and a section on "Tools for Health Professionals". Has a "Ask a lung health question" section.
http://www.marchofdimes.com
Webside of March of Dimes. Site contains information on pregnancy, prematurity, birth defects. Sign up for free monthly newsletter with articles for parents. NICU Support Group.
http://www.mayoclinic.com
Mayo Clinic Website. Contains health information from A-Z. Has information on managing a condition; "Ask A Specialist" section; treatment decisions; drugs and supplements; Healthy Recipes; health tools; healthy living tips.
http://www.mdnetguide.com
This is the web site for the magazine MD Net Guide, which is designed to help Health Care Professionals keep up with the rapidly expanding world of medical information, research and resources available on line. Has a clinical focus area. Click on Patient Education Resources for patient-friendly sites for information on various diseases. Contains detailed, up-to-date information on medical specialty areas.
http://www.medlineplus.gov
Medline Medical Library - Has Information on all Disease States
http://www.medscape.com
Great site for Clinical Professionals with up-to-date Disease Information. Site has Patient Education Tools; no-cost CEU articles for nurses; Clinical Newsletters; Case Studies and Disease Guidelines. Drug Reference Library.
http://www.mentalhelp.net
Website has information and resources related to Mental Health Dx.
http://www.merckservices.com
Clinical resource and medical education site from Merck Pharmaceuticals. Can download and request patient information. Has health risk assessment health tools; Health Library. Good patient education materials. Sign on to Merck Medicus site for patient handouts, care guides, and information on conditions and diseases for patients.
http://www.myflorida.com
AHCA Home Page
http://www.ndep.nih.gov
Good web site for clinical information on diabetes and for patient & provider education materials on diabetes.
http://www.needymeds.org
Dynamic site with information on a wide variety of pharmaceutical patient assistance programs. Has local and state programs; Info on discount drug cards; Needy Meds Manual; Brand Name List and Generic Drug List.
http://www.nejm.org
New England Journal of Medicine. Has CME Articles. In-depth clinical articles on medically-related topics. Case Records; clinical practice articles; search issues of New England Journal of Medicine.
http://www.nih.gov
National Institute of Health Website. Has health information from A-Z, grant and funding opportunities, health-related news and events; medical research.
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Clinical information for patients, the general public, health care professionals and researchers. Has assessment tools; clinical trials information, interactive tools and resources.
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/naepp
National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Website. Contains information for patients, the public, and health care professionals. Has clinical trial information. Asthma slide sets for download. Guidelines for diagnosis and management of asthma.
http://www.njc.org
Website of the National Jewish Medical and Research Center. Non-sectarian, independent clinical research center focusing on respiratory, immunologic, allergy and infectious diseases to advance the management of these disorders. Good site for information on treatments and medications for lung diseases including asthma, pneumonia and COPD. Has free service for Physicians to call for free phone consultation with a National Jewish Medical Center Physician, or e-mail physician to physician. Case Managers may call or e-mail to request educational literature. Site has free booklet on diseases.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov
Website of National Library of Medicine/National Institute of Health. Health information for the general public, health care professionals and researchers. Access to various databases and resources; current health news; network of medical libraries; clinical trials site; senior health site; Medline Plus; Health and Drug information for patients, families and friends. Info available in spanish, also.
http://www.nof.org
Website of National Osteoporosis Foundation. Has complete information on osteoporosis for Health Care Professionals and patients. Has list of professional resources, FAQ's, Fall Prevention guidelines. Has clinical guideline on osteoporosis that can be downloaded.
http://www.osteo.org
National Institute of Health, National Resource Center Site for Information on Osteoporosis and Related Bone Disorders. Information on Paget's Disease, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and other bone diseases. Has Fact Sheets on Bone Disorders & Links to other sites.
http://www.pfizer.com
Pfizer home page with health resources listing and articles related to children's health, men's health, and women's health. Has listing of health publications and various health-related web sites.
http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov
Federal Consumer Info Center with publications and guides to resources on multiple topics including free disability guide; info on social security, sports health and safety, Consumer Products.
http://www.rarediseases.org
Website of National Organization for Rare Disorders. Has news and information, research, programs and services for patients with rare diseases or genetic diseases. Has RN hotline to answer questions related to caring for someone with a rare disease. Has a rare disease database with over 2000 organizations listed as resources and other sources of help.
http://www.theseniorguide.com
On-Line Senior Living Resources Guide. Contains information on senior life issues: retirement advise; senior education, medical matters; travel and leisure; info on Alzheimers; Pharmacy Drugs; Senior Resources. Has a detailed list of "Who to call for Help and Information" on over 50 Agencies - Abuse Hotlines; Elder Help Lines; Elder Care Issues; Elder Advocate Services; state-wide nursing, SNF, Rehab, and LTC facilities.
http://www.webmd.com
WebMD website. Has assessment tools; lifestyle improvement programs on fitness and nutrition. Information on conditions and diseases from A-Z. Free newsletters. Message boards. Drug database.
http://www.womenshealth.gov
US Dept of Health & Human Services Federal Website & Source for Women's Health Information. Has info on women's health issues; health topics; health tools such as calculators & screening tools; heart disease & other disease assessment tools; immunizations; symptoms and tests dictionaries and journals; section for health professionals; frequently asked questions on different diseases and conditions.

Diabetes Resources for Juvenile Diabetes:

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation: 1-800-JDF-CURE
Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston: 617-732-2400
www.joslin.harvard.edu