Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Truth about Diet and Weight Loss

The Truth about Diet and Weight Loss

I want to talk tonight about weight loss. It's a subject everyone is worried about. And the problem is that diets don't work. Everybody has tried a diet. I haven't met a person yet that's hasn't tried something, from kids to people in their eighties; everybody has tried some kind of diet and they just don't work. In recent studies when they looked at a lot of their major diets (some good one's, Atkins, The Zone), they put them all together statistically and found a ten pound weight loss on average. Now, these people lost a hundred pounds and gained it back of course. But, all that work, all that money, all those videos, for ten pounds of weight loss?

So the truth is, we have to find a life style that will allow you to stay at a weight that is healthy for you. That's a much different way of thinking than all this crash dieting that goes on. What you have to learn is how to take care of yourself; you have to learn the appropriate foods; you have to make better choices. That's the only way it's going to work.

Dr. Vincent Bellonzi
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Dr. Vincent Bellonzi is a chiropractor and a Certified Clinical Nutritionist. He has been in practice for over 12 years. He received his Doctorate from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1991.

Since 1998, Dr. Bellonzi has practiced in the Austin area. He works with athletes at every level to provide sports conditioning and rehabilitation. He also treats multiple conditions including headaches/migraines, neck and lower back injuries, shoulder, wrist, and knee injuries. As an avid marathoner Dr. Bellonzi developed an interest in optimal nutrition and sports conditioning and as a result sought certifications as a personal trainer, cycling and running coach, and nutritionist. Dr. Bellonzi also provides human performance testing, Sports Rehabilitation, Nutritional Counseling, Personal Training, Coaching and Metabolic Testing services.

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Healthy U Program Aims to Reduce Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity in New Jersey has become a major concern. A Rutgers University study found that nearly one in three children in the state between the ages of 10 and 17 are overweight or obese and that number is even higher in urban areas. YMCAs throughout the state implemented a program called Healthy U in 2008 with the help of a $1 million grant from the Horizon Foundation of New Jersey to help combat the problem. The goal of the program is to reduce childhood obesity by 10 percent in four years by promoting physical activity, good nutrition and family involvement.


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Lakers Coach Mike Brown on Andrew Bynum's health

Lakers Coach Mike Brown on Andrew Bynum's health

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Health Net Announces Appearance at Cowen & Company 32nd Annual Health Care Conference

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT - News) today announced that members of its management team are scheduled to present at the Cowen & Company 32nd Annual Health Care Conference on March 5, 2012, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Eastern time (12:30 p.m. Pacific time).

Anyone attending the live presentation will be presumed to have read Health Net’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and other subsequent reports filed by the company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Health Net

Health Net, Inc. is a publicly traded managed care organization that delivers managed health care services through health plans and government-sponsored managed care plans. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. Health Net provides and administers health benefits to approximately 6.0 million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare, Medicaid, U.S. Department of Defense, including TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs programs. Health Net’s behavioral health services subsidiary, Managed Health Network, Inc., provides behavioral health, substance abuse and employee assistance programs to approximately 5.0 million individuals, including Health Net’s own health plan members. Health Net’s subsidiaries also offer managed health care products related to prescription drugs, and offer managed health care product coordination for multi-region employers and administrative services for medical groups and self-funded benefits programs.

For more information on Health Net, Inc., please visit Health Net’s website at www.healthnet.com.

Cautionary Statements

Health Net, Inc. and its representatives may from time to time make written and oral forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (“PSLRA”) of 1995, including statements in this and other press releases, in presentations, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), reports to stockholders and in meetings with investors and analysts. All statements in this press release, other than statements of historical information provided herein, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements and as such are intended to be covered by the safe harbor for “forward-looking statements” provided by PSLRA. These statements are based on management’s analysis, judgment, belief and expectation only as of the date hereof, and are subject to changes in circumstances and a number of risks and uncertainties. Without limiting the foregoing, statements including the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “may,” “should,” “could,” “estimate,” “intend,” “feels,” “will,” “projects” and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by the forward-looking information and statements due to, among other things, health care reform and other increased government participation in and regulation of health benefits and managed care operations, including the ultimate impact of the Affordable Care Act, which could materially adversely affect Health Net’s financial condition, results of operations and cash flows through, among other things, reduced revenues, new taxes, expanded liability, and increased costs (including medical, administrative, technology or other costs), or require changes to the ways in which Health Net does business; rising health care costs; continued slow economic growth or a further decline in the economy; negative prior period claims reserve developments; trends in medical care ratios; membership declines; unexpected utilization patterns or unexpectedly severe or widespread illnesses; rate cuts and other risks and uncertainties affecting Health Net’s Medicare or Medicaid businesses; litigation costs; regulatory issues with federal and state agencies including, but not limited to, the California Department of Managed Health Care, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and state departments of insurance; operational issues; failure to effectively oversee our third party vendors; noncompliance by Health Net or Health Net’s business associates with any privacy laws or any security breach involving the misappropriation, loss or other unauthorized use or disclosure of confidential information; any liabilities of the Northeast business that were incurred prior to the closing of its sale as well as those liabilities incurred through the winding-up and running-out period of the Northeast business; Health Net’s ability to complete proposed dispositions on a timely basis or at all; investment portfolio impairment charges; volatility in the financial markets; and general business and market conditions. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the risks discussed in the “Risk Factors” section included within Health Net’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and the risks discussed in Health Net’s other filings with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Except as may be required by law, Health Net undertakes no obligation to address or publicly update any of its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.


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Health Highlights: Feb. 28, 2012

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Artificial Hips a Bigger Problem Than Breast Implants: Study

Hundreds of thousands of people who received artificial metal-on-metal hips made by Johnson & Johnson, among others, may face serious health threats, including long-term disability, British health experts report.

The BMJ and BBC researchers said more people are at risk from the metal artificial hips than are affected by faulty breast implants made in France, the subject of another recent European medical device scare.

Their investigation found that toxic cobalt and chromium ions in the artificial hips can penetrate tissue and enter the bloodstream, spreading to major organs and killing bone and muscle, according to Bloomberg News.

Dr. Carl Heneghan, director of the University of Oxford's Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, said in a BMJ statement that a uniform, international system to assess and monitor implantable medical devices would help safeguard patients around the globe.

"Creating an independent system for post-marketing analysis for implantable medical devices that is robust and increasing international coordination around device alerts and withdrawals should go some way to sorting out the current mess," Heneghan said, according to Bloomberg.

In December, reports that breast implants made by Poly Implants Protheses SA were leaking industrial silicone led French and German officials to recommend that thousands of women have the implants removed.

The hips the researchers studied included those made by New Jersey-based J&J; Zimmer Holdings of Indiana, and a London company, Smith & Nephew Plc (SN).

Because medical devices don't need the same type of clinical testing in Europe required of new drugs, the hips were implanted in patients without adequate safety studies, the researchers said. Potentially risky design changes made over the past 10 years weren't flagged by regulators and brought to the attention of doctors and patients.

Heneghan said procedures for medical device approval in Europe are less stringent than in the United States. In the United States, tests of medical devices are government-run under the Food and Drug Administration, and manufacturers must provide proof of safety and effectiveness. In the EU, however, manufacturers need only prove the devices are safe, and they can choose from about 70 private firms, called "notified bodies," to test their products, the Bloomberg report stated. Approval from one firms enables the manufacturer to market the device throughout the 27 EU nations.

Study co-author Nick Freemantle, professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at University College London, said the current approval standards are dated. "The methods of device regulation seem to be more from the 1950s than the 21st century," he wrote in the study, Bloomberg reported.

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Americans Rushing to the ER for Toothaches

For toothaches and other routine dental care, more Americans are showing up at hospital emergency rooms, driving up health-care costs in the process, a new report of U.S. dental trends finds.

Between 2006 and 2009, visits to ERs for dental problems jumped 16 percent nationwide, even though ERs lack the staff to handle many dental services, according to the Pew Center on the States report, released Tuesday.

The recent recession, which led many people to drop preventive dental care, and a shortage of dentists in rural areas may have contributed to the trend, experts said, according to the Associated Press. Also, low Medicaid fees paid to dentists may make it more difficult for poor families to get regular dental care, they said.

According to the study, 56 percent of children enrolled in Medicaid never saw a dentist in 2009, the AP reported.

"Emergency rooms are really the canary in the coal mine. If people are showing up in the ER for dental care, then we've got big holes in the delivery of care," Shelly Gehshan, who directs Pew's children's dental campaign, told the AP. "It's just like pouring money down a hole. It's the wrong service, in the wrong setting, at the wrong time."

And, after obtaining emergency dental treatment, many patients make return visits to the ER instead of seeking less expensive follow-up care in a dentist's office, said the researchers, who reviewed ER data from 24 states, information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and other dental-care research.

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Condom-Use Errors Common, Study Finds

An analysis of data from 50 studies across 14 countries finds that errors in using condoms are common and could contribute to unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections.

Stephanie Sanders and colleagues at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University looked at 16 years of data on the issue, mainly from the United States and Britain.

They found that:

Between 17 and 51 percent of people put condoms on partway during intercourse (dangerous because fluids can be exchanged prior to ejaculation). Between 13 percent and 45 percent of respondents said they took a condom off before intercourse had finished.Between one-quarter and one-half of respondents said they failed to leave enough room at the tip of the condom for semen to collect.75 percent of men and 82 percent of women failed to check condoms for damage prior to use.Condom breakages occurred for between about 1 percent and 41 percent of respondents, depending on the study, and between about 13 and 19 percent said they had experienced condom slippage. Between 4 percent and just over 30 percent of participants said they had put a condom on inside-out, then flipped it the other way around, potentially upping the risk for transmission of bodily fluids.Between 2 percent and 11 percent of people opened condom packets with a sharp object or somehow exposed the condom to rips/tears. Between 1 percent and 3 percent of respondents said they had re-used a condom during a sexual encounter.

The findings were reported in the journal Sexual Health.


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Top Health Care Leaders Share 2012 Strategic Outlook in VHA Inc. Survey

IRVING, TX--(Marketwire -02/28/12)- Findings from a January 2012 VHA survey of top U.S. health care leaders reveal that they agree on three top priorities:

Reducing costs Enhancing patient experience Improving clinical outcomes and care coordination

VHA Inc., the national health care network, polled members of its 20-member Large IDN Supply Network ("LISN," pronounced "listen"), which includes many of the nation's largest health care organizations, asking them to identify their top concerns and actions they hope to take to accelerate change.

"Based on our survey results, health care reform and its resulting mandates have definitely sharpened the focus in the C-Suite," explains Mike Duke, VHA senior director, national supply chain services. "This survey clearly indicates that reducing costs is the top priority, followed by enhancing the patient experience and improving clinical outcomes -- all of which are essential to providing quality health care."

Duke added that the health care systems' executives agreed that big gains can't be achieved by just cutting back on staff or services. "Our top leaders know that the next big changes will come from quality improvements to streamline processes while increasing services to better serve patients."

LISN consists of supply chain management leaders at VHA's largest member hospitals and health care systems, including Allina Hospitals & Clinics, BJC HealthCare, Mayo Clinic, Partners Healthcare, Providence Health & Services and Sutter Health. In aggregate, they represent approximately $8.6 billion in health care supply spend between VHA and Novation, VHA's contracting company. (Please see full list of LISN members below).

According to Bruce Mairose, vice chair of supply chain management at Mayo Clinic, "This unique group of the nation's largest health care systems demonstrates that by working together, health care organizations can focus on cost management strategies that will ultimately benefit our patients. We are taking on important and complex initiatives in order to address clinical and operational objectives that have been placed on health care providers.

"While every health care facility or system faces challenges specific to its local markets and its readiness to address reimbursement challenges, we know we have valuable insights we can share with one another. We understand the immediacy of the changes at hand and are sharing knowledge we can collectively use to move the needle on improvements more quickly."

Closer examination of the survey data reveals what the leaders believe will be the key drivers for the next wave of significant change. Approximately 71% of the survey respondents believe the biggest gains will come from improving process and workflow, as well as improving utilization of supplies and services. Approximately 57% also cited reductions in practice variability and 43% noted price reductions in physician preference products, including mechanical hips, knees and the latest pacemakers.

Akin to the challenges faced by the high-tech industry in the '80s, the VHA survey indicates that top hospital administrators expect quality improvements to better their bottom line.

"Reviewing and understanding variability in practice, and the variation in underlying support processes is key. Identifying and reducing unwarranted variation can simultaneously improve quality and reduce overall cost. It's a double win," explains Cheryl Harelstad, vice president of supply chain for Allina Hospitals & Clinics. "The survey also points to the focus on improving utilization, including reducing waste, as a key cost saving measure."

Jody Hatcher, president and chief executive officer of Novation, VHA's supply contracting company, works closely with the LISN group and agrees that cost reductions in physician preference products stand to have a significant impact. "Price leadership remains Novation's top priority, while benchmarking and pricing transparency are more important than ever before. Supply costs are second only to labor costs in terms of large expenses. With positive patient outcomes as their focus, hospitals would rather lower supply costs than cut much-needed staff," he explains.

To this end, survey respondents indicated that enhancing the patient experience and improving the continuum of care to yield better clinical outcomes is their ultimate goal.

"We at Mayo believe the needs of the patient come first and we can't lose sight of that, even as we face the most formidable financial pressures in our history," says Mayo's Mairose.

"The faster we can drive improvements and lower costs, the greater the access and quality of care we can deliver to our patients," says Dennis Maher, vice president of supply chain at Sutter Health. "We touch the lives and wellbeing of our patients so we have a lot on the line. The supply chain is truly an area where we can make a significant difference to our organization's agility and ability to sustain its mission during times of great change."

VHA member hospital and health care systems participating in LISN include:

Allina Hospitals & Clinics Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation BJC HealthCare Cedars-Sinai Health System Indiana University Health Lehigh Valley Health Network Mayo Foundation MedStar Health, Inc. Memorial Hermann Healthcare System NewYork - Presbyterian Hospital Novant Health OhioHealth Partners HealthCare System Premier Health Partners Providence Health and Services Sanford Health Sentara Healthcare Spectrum Health Sutter Health Yale-New Haven Health System

LISN members available for interviews include:

Bruce Mairose, vice chair, supply chain management, Mayo Clinic Cheryl Harelstad, vice president, technology and supply chain, Allina Hospitals & Clinics Dennis Maher, vice president of supply chain, Sutter Health

About VHA Inc.
Based in Irving, TX, VHA Inc. is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance, and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. Since 1977, VHA has leveraged its expertise in analytics, contracting, consulting and networks to help members achieve their operational, clinical and financial objectives. In 2010, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.7 billion to members. VHA serves more than 1,350 hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute care providers nationwide, coordinating delivery of its programs and services through its 15 regional offices. VHA has been ranked as one of the best places to work in healthcare by Modern Healthcare since the publication introduced this list in 2008.


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ConnectVirginia.org Launches--Engaging Both Health Care Providers & Patients

RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

ConnectVirginia, the Statewide Health Information Exchange for the Commonwealth of Virginia, announced today that its website, ConnectVirginia.org, is now available to citizens, health care providers, and other stakeholders. ConnectVirginia provides a secure, confidential electronic system to support the exchange of patient medical records among participating health care providers in Virginia and beyond.

According to ConnectVirginia Executive Director Sandy McCleaf, MBA, the website serves several important purposes including stakeholder engagement. Ms. McCleaf shared, “ConnectVirginia.org serves as a place where consumers and providers of health care services can learn why health information exchange is so important and how they can participate if they choose to do so. In addition, we are operating ConnectVirginia in an open and transparent manner, so the website is a means for the public to stay informed about learning opportunities, public meetings, governance and policy aspects.”

State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, MD, MBA, FAAP, commented, “ConnectVirginia allows for consumers and providers of health services to be empowered to make good decisions based on secure, timely, accurate, comprehensive and easily accessible information for coordination of care. I encourage and invite all Virginians to visit ConnectVirginia.org to learn more about this important initiative.”

ConnectVirginia.org will also serve as the launching point for ConnectVirginia’s DIRECT Messaging, a secure messaging service for provider-to-provider communication.

For more information, please visit www.ConnectVirginia.org or email info@ConnectVirginia.org. Media inquiries can also be submitted to media@ConnectVirginia.org.

About ConnectVirginia

ConnectVirginia is the Statewide Health Information Exchange for the Commonwealth of Virginia. It provides a safe, confidential, electronic system to support the exchange of patient medical records among health care providers, both here in Virginia and beyond. This initiative is being led by Community Health Alliance, Inc., a Virginia-based not-for-profit company, and a governing body of health care professionals and executives from across the Commonwealth.


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Health Net of Arizona Named #1 HMO in the State Eight Consecutive Years

Tue, Feb 28, 2012, 2:58 PM EST - U.S. Markets close in 1 hr 2 mins

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DCS Health to Join Forces with Family Health Network

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Family Health Network, Inc., an RTP technology company creating Web tools to connect patients with caregivers, announced today a transaction that brings Family Health Network new proprietary technologies and talented leadership.

DCS Health, founded by former BellSouth chief strategist Doug Bulleit, will  transfer patent rights and key personnel to Family Health Network.  Mr. Bulleit will join Family Health Network in a senior product and planning role.

An Atlanta-based company, DCS Health is comprised of leading network executives organized in 2006 to develop new Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP) portals and search technologies using proprietary Health over Internet Protocols (HoIP).  The work of DCS Health can be seen at www.dcshealth.com.

Bulleit and the DCS Health technologies join Family Heath Network as the company positions itself to become a major player in the rapidly developing Aging in Place marketplace.  Family Health Network's Connected For Life(SM) is an innovative technology platform allowing family and professional caregivers to be linked to seniors who may have not previously engaged with technology. 

"Key technologies developed and patented by DCS Health are extraordinarily complementary to Family Health Network's Connected For Life(SM) platform," said Harry Bailes, CEO Family Health Network. "The experience and insight gained from this acquisition, including the multiple relationships and insight into consumer driven healthcare, will rapidly accelerate our market position," Bailes adds. "And the combination of proprietary technology as well as engineering, entrepreneurial and leadership experience that we will be acquiring will drive progress on multiple fronts."

The promise of Family Health Network's Connected For Life(SM) has been recognized through the National Institute of Health award of a grant that supports research into senior use of Web-based tools.  In addition, the technology combines both social and clinical approaches to care that are applicable to a broader healthcare marketplace. 

Its "patient engagement engine" is being used in an innovative project involving an extended care team including case manager, pharmacist and physician who come together to provide coordinated care in a new drug therapy program for hepatitis C.  Family Health Network's platform was also featured in three grant applications for funding under the CMS Healthcare Innovation Challenge.

About Doug Bulleit: At BellSouth, Bulleit focused primarily on core growth initiatives. In particular, his work resulted in a material expansion of BellSouth's convergent digital networking, broadband/IP, electronic commerce and Managed Services positions.  Prior to his corporate strategy tenure, he spent six years as President of BellSouth's Advanced Networks Group developing an assortment of enhanced network services. 

About Family Health Network

Family Health Network develops integrated technology solutions that connect patients with members of their care team, opening the door to improved communication and better health outcomes.  Family Health Network's Connected for Life SM online program enables health care providers and caregivers to remotely monitor, record, and track a patient's health status and medication use on a daily basis. By providing real-time information sharing with health care providers and other members of the care team, this low cost program empowers patients, relieves stress of caregivers, lowers health care costs, and improves quality of life.  Family Health Network's Connected for Life SM holds the promise to be the centerpiece of a next generation of patient-centered care. For more information about Family Health Network, please visit http://www.familyhealthnetwork.com.

Contact: Tim Pittman, 919.539.8155 or timpittman@familyhealthnetwork.com


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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

UNH opens health clinic for faculty, staff


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Magellan Health Services Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Financial Results

AVON, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Magellan Health Services Inc. (NASDAQ: MGLN - News) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2011, as summarized below. For the year ended December 31, 2011, the company reported net revenue of $2,799.4 million, segment profit of $270.4 million, and net income of $129.6 million or $4.17 per diluted common share. Segment profit represents income from operations before stock compensation expense, depreciation and amortization, interest expense, interest income, gain on sale of assets, special charges or benefits, and income taxes.

Financial Results

As of December 31, 2011, the company had unrestricted cash and investments of $183.2 million.

“Magellan had a strong fourth quarter, which completed a successful 2011,” said RenĂ© Lerer, M.D., chairman and chief executive officer. “In addition to achieving solid financial results, our accomplishments during the year included attracting new customers, retaining existing customers and implementing a focused growth strategy in Medicaid and Pharmacy. Contributing to Magellan’s success was strong performance in our Radiology Benefits Management and Medicaid Administration business segments. Additionally, our Public Sector and Commercial behavioral health segments had important customer wins that are being implemented in the first quarter of 2012.

“We are moving aggressively in our two leading strategic initiatives – expanding more broadly into the Medicaid market and providing comprehensive management of the total drug spend. These are essential components of our growth strategy, and have been and will continue to be a focus for investment. We have significant capabilities and experience in serving the Medicaid population and managing pharmaceutical costs, and we will continue to invest to grow those capabilities to meet the needs of customers and ensure our success.”

“There is a significant level of activity across our business lines to achieve growth, retention and profitability objectives, while maintaining our track record of product innovation,” said Karen S. Rohan, Magellan’s president. “We successfully implemented new contracts with Blue Shield of California and the Central Region of New York State on January 1, and will go live with the state of Louisiana on March 1. These contracts expand our presence in the marketplace by serving millions of new members.

“Throughout 2012, we will intensify our effort to renew key accounts and accelerate initiatives to improve business outcomes. We have already taken decisive steps to position Magellan to be successful for the rebid of the Maricopa County, Ariz., account. Our recently announced joint venture with Phoenix Health Plan is a clear demonstration of our ability to adapt and innovate in a changing marketplace where customers are seeking new solutions. Additionally, driving operational excellence remains a priority, and we are executing targeted initiatives to address cost pressures in our Commercial behavioral health segment.”

Outlook

“Overall we completed a strong 2011, exceeding our segment profit guidance for the year,” said Jonathan N. Rubin, chief financial officer. “In addition to delivering good results, we returned significant capital to shareholders through our share repurchase program. Magellan’s strong cash flow and the availability of a previously announced credit facility give us the financial flexibility to support our strategy for growth.

“We are reaffirming our guidance for 2012, which calls for net revenue in the range of $3.2 billion to $3.4 billion, and net income in the range of $91 million to $109 million, which translates into diluted earnings per share in the range of $3.25 to $3.89. Additionally, we expect segment profit for 2012 to be in the range of $240 million to $260 million.”

Earnings Results Conference Call

Management will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. To participate in the conference call, interested parties should call 1-888-566-8408 and reference the pass code Fourth Quarter Earnings Call 2011 approximately 15 minutes before the start of the call. The conference call will also be available via a live Webcast at Magellan’s investor relations page at www.MagellanHealth.com.

About Magellan Health Services: Headquartered in Avon, Conn., Magellan Health Services Inc. is a leading specialty health care management organization with expertise in managing behavioral health, radiology and specialty pharmaceuticals, as well as public sector pharmacy benefits programs. Magellan delivers innovative solutions to improve quality outcomes and optimize the cost of care for those we serve. Magellan’s customers include health plans, employers and government agencies, serving approximately 31.1 million members in our behavioral health business, 15.6 million members in our radiology benefits management segment, and 6 million members in our medical pharmacy management product. In addition, the specialty pharmaceutical segment serves 41 health plans and several pharmaceutical manufacturers and state Medicaid programs. The company’s Medicaid Administration segment serves 25 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.MagellanHealth.com.

Cautionary Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, which involve a number of risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than statements of historical information provided herein, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements including, without limitation, statements regarding estimates of 2012 net revenue, net income, segment profit, earnings per share, and strategy. These statements are based on management’s analysis, judgment, belief and expectation only as of the date hereof, and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Without limiting the foregoing, the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “may,” “should,” “could,” “estimate,” “intend” and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially due to, among other things, the possible election of certain of the company’s customers to manage the health care services of their members directly; changes in rates paid to and/or by the company by customers and/or providers; higher utilization of health care services by the company’s risk members; delays, higher costs or inability to implement new business or other company initiatives; the impact of changes in the contracting model for Medicaid contracts; termination or non-renewal of customer contracts; the impact of new or amended laws or regulations; governmental inquiries; litigation; competition; operational issues; health care reform; and general business conditions. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the risks discussed in the “Risk Factors” section included within the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 25, 2011, and the company’s subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed during 2011 and the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, expected to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and posted on the company’s website later today. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date of this release. Segment profit information referred to herein may be considered a non-GAAP financial measure. Further information regarding this measure, including the reasons management considers this information useful to investors, are included in the company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and on subsequent Form 10-Qs.


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Hello Health Inc. Secures $10M in Financing

NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hello Health® announced today that it has raised $10M in a combination of common and preferred shares, and issuance of convertible debentures through its parent company, Myca Health. This equity capital was privately funded by a select group of investors.

For years, physicians have experienced revenue reductions and, more recently, declining patient visits and must now look to 'market their practices' beyond quality of care to include: secure online communications that improve information and care team access, and provide greater convenience for patients. Hello Health is a Patient Management Platform that allows independent primary care physicians to transition from paper to electronic medical records and to provide a patient health portal through a subscription-based plan. Patients pay a small fee for the ability to schedule appointments, request lab results, renew prescriptions, share medical information and communicate (via HIPAA-compliant email, instant messaging and video consults) with their doctors and medical health professionals.  The Hello Health Patient Management Platform was developed to provide an improved revenue stream for physicians while also enhancing patient engagement and providing better time and workflow management, all of which combine to strengthen the independence and sustainability of a practice.

"This latest round of financing shows support for our mission: to empower physicians seeking to provide the best care for patients while maintaining their independence as practitioners. With the robust Patient Management Platform of Hello Health, it is clear that we can revolutionize the current practice business model by addressing dwindling revenue and untapped patient engagement," said Nathanial Findlay, founder and chief executive officer of Myca Health, parent company of Hello Health.  "The initial acceptance of Hello Health's offerings, through word-of-mouth discussions among physicians, and this latest funding, enables us to increase awareness and continue to advocate for the independent physician."

"We are pleased with the progress Hello Health has made," said Anna Haghgooie, managing director of Sandbox Industries, exclusive fund manager of BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, a $300 million corporate venture fund sponsored by BlueCross and BlueShield Plans.  "With Hello Health, Myca has developed what could be the operating system that powers the primary care practice of the future."

"Hello Health makes every aspect of what I do easier," said Gary Leeds, M.D., a Manhattan-based independent primary care physician. "From e-prescribing to reviewing records to scheduling appointments, this Patient Management Platform offers a unique set of unmatched benefits and is rapidly helping us achieve our goal of a cloud-based patient management solution."

About Hello Health Inc.:

New York City-based Hello Health Inc. is dedicated to transforming primary care by connecting patients and physicians through technology. The company's Hello Health Patient Management platform integrates an electronic medical record, practice management capabilities and a patient health portal on a single, secure platform. Hello Health is free to primary care practices and generates incremental revenue through a patient subscription model.  A subsidiary of Myca Health Inc., Hello Health is collaborating with Qualcomm Life, Inc. and seeks to expand the company's strategic partnerships with leading organizations that look for innovative solutions to connect patients and physicians.  Learn more at www.hellohealth.com.

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Qualcomm® is a registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated®. Qualcomm Life® is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated®.


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False Environmentalism - by the Health Ranger

The Health Ranger exposes "false environmentalism" in this 10-minute mini-documentary, revealing five legitimate ways you can save the environment. Covered in this video are genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the pharmaceutical pollution of our world, synthetic chemicals that damage the environment, the hoax of carbon taxes and much more.

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House committee hears testimony on health care

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The percentage of Texans with health insurance would rise from 74 percent to 91 percent under the new federal health care law, a state official told lawmakers Monday.

State Medicaid Director Billy Millwee also said the state is prepared to implement the new rules regardless of whether the U.S. Supreme Court declares them constitutional. Texas, along with a number of other states, has challenged the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in court.

"I think we're going to be well-positioned, whether it's found to be constitutional or not," Millwee said.

The law for the first time requires all Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty. Democrats say the law will make the nation's health care more efficient, while Republicans complain it allows the government to overstep its authority.

The House Public Health and Insurance Committees met at the Capitol to hear about how the new federal law will affect the state. Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, chairwoman of the public health committee, said she was concerned that small and medium-sized businesses may not be prepared to the new requirements on them to offer health insurance to employees.

Katrina Daniel, an associate commissioner at the Texas Department of Insurance, said the agency was working on developing model health plans for the state. She said the federal law requires insurers to provide policy information in a standardized template that will help individuals and companies to compare plans and choose one best for them.

The Republican-controlled Legislature has repeatedly complained about the changes in health care law and has failed to pass legislation that would allow the state to set comply with it. Much of Monday's hearing was taken up with testimony about how the costs of all health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, are rising at an unsustainable rate.

The Texas Legislature only meets in odd-numbered years, but the committees hold hearings when they are out of session to monitor government agencies.


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Muscle Building Diet - The Best Foods To Build Muscle

http://www.weightgainmethod.com/ -? Discover How To Gain Weight & Build Muscle Fast!

If you're not sure what kind of foods you need in your muscle building diet, this video should help you out.

I went to the grocery store today and stocked up on a bunch of muscle building foods that I always include in my diet. Now this isn't an all inclusive list of food to include in your muscle-building diet but it should give you a good idea of the kind of stuff you should be eating. (I just went out and got the things I was running out of.)

Here are the foods I picked up in this video:

-Water!
-Lean ground beef
-Chicken
-Walnuts
-Almonds
-Spinach
-Whole Wheat Bread
-Brown Rice
-Bananas
-Tuna
-Yams
-Cottage Cheese
-Yogurt
-Eggs

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inVentiv Health Communications/Europe Establishes Headquarters

LONDON, February 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

New Business Hub Officially Opens in London to Support the "Super Agency's" Continued Growth

Executives Named to Lead Digital and Social Media, Advertising and Creative Services

inVentiv Health Communications/Europe (iHCE), an inVentiv Health company and leader in global healthcare communications, today announced the official opening of its new headquarters in London to serve as a hub for all European offices and support the rapid growth of the company's consolidated communications business.

iHCE, dedicated to delivering exceptional multi-channel, multinational marketing, will provide governance and operational support to enhance customer service across all communications offices and foster closer collaboration with inVentiv Health's other commercial services including sales and patient outcomes.

inVentiv Health is a global provider of clinical, commercial and consulting services to the healthcare industry and last August announced the launch of iHCE.  Since then, iHCE has focused on building a "Super Agency" governed by a single management philosophy that facilitates true collaboration between inVentiv's best-in-class advertising, public relations, public policy, market access, medical education, marketing, branding and digital services.

Done as One

iHCE's new operational hub enables this "Done as One" management philosophy that removes barriers between communications disciplines to create teams that view problems from multiple perspectives and then draw upon the needed expertise to deliver programmes that quickly achieve their goals.

"From deep collaboration emerge solutions that are unique in the healthcare industry," said Bob Chandler, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications of inVentiv Health and Head of iHCE. "Our company structure allows us to draw upon a wealth of talent and deep insight across many disciplines, while our new European Headquarters helps us better serve our clients and facilitate growth throughout Europe. This is a very exciting time."

iHCE's leadership team also announced the appointment of Nick Bartlett, Damon Caiazza and Peter Comber to senior management roles. Bartlett will lead iHCE's digital and social media business, Caiazza will head advertising, and Comber will oversee the company's creative services.

Bartlett joins iHCE from Publicis Life Brands Resolute, where he held the position of Digital Strategy Director. iHCE promoted both Caiazza and Comber, who fulfilled similar roles at GSW Europe, an inVentiv Health company.  All three will work closely within specific markets and with inVentiv business units to support ambitious goals for local and regional growth through the delivery of best-in-class services.

Fiona Hall, Senior Managing Director of iHCE, said, "We are committed to providing clients with a multidisciplinary approach that taps the expertise of all healthcare marketing disciplines, and today's appointments reinforce this commitment. As part of our senior management team, Nick, Damon and Peter will support our go-to-market strategy rooted in client demand for effective, actionable multidisciplinary services that reach target audiences with greater speed and relevance."

About inVentiv Health Communications/Europe

inVentiv Health Communications/Europe (iHCE) is a full-spectrum, healthcare specialist "Super Agency" dedicated to delivering exceptional multi-channel and multinational marketing programmes. iHCE provides relevant, targeted and flexible marketing solutions for the pharmaceutical industry and organisations with a healthcare focus, enabling clients to excel in a rapidly changing environment. The company's unified offer brings together inVentiv Health's advertising, public relations, public policy, market access, medical education, marketing, digital and branding services. The company is based in Switzerland with operational headquarters in London.

About inVentiv Health

inVentiv Health, Inc. is a leading global provider of best-in-class clinical, commercial and consulting services to companies seeking to accelerate performance. inVentiv's client roster includes more than 550 pharmaceutical, biotech and life sciences companies. With 13,000 employees in 40 countries, inVentiv rapidly transforms promising ideas into commercial reality. inVentiv Health Inc. is privately owned by inVentiv Group Holdings Inc., an organization sponsored by affiliates of Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P., Liberty Lane Partners and members of the inVentiv management team. For more information, visit http://www.inventivhealth.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks that may cause inVentiv Health's performance to differ materially. Such risks include, without limitation: the impact of our substantial level of indebtedness on our ability to generate sufficient cash to fulfill our obligations under our existing debt instruments or our ability to incur additional indebtedness; the impact of the consummation of the acquisition anticipated by this release and any future announced acquisitions, and any additional leverage we may incur in connection with the financing thereof, on our ratings and the ratings of our debt securities; our ability to sufficiently increase our revenues and maintain or decrease expenses and cash capital expenditures to permit us to fund our operations; our ability to continue to comply with the covenants and terms of our senior secured credit facilities and to access sufficient capital under our credit agreement or from other sources of debt or equity financing to fund our operations; the impact of any default by any of our credit providers or swap counterparties; our ability to accurately forecast costs to be incurred in providing services under fixed price contracts; our ability to accurately forecast insurance claims within our self-insured programs; the potential impact of pricing pressures on pharmaceutical manufacturers from future healthcare reform initiatives or from changes in the reimbursement policies of third-party payers; our ability to grow our existing client relationships, obtain new clients and cross-sell our services; the potential impact of financial, economic, political and other risks, including interest rate and exchange rate risks, related to conducting business internationally; our ability to successfully operate new lines of business; our ability to manage our infrastructure and resources to support our growth; our ability to successfully identify new businesses to acquire, conclude acquisition negotiations and integrate the acquired businesses into our operation, and the resulting synergies; the resolution of purchase price adjustment disputes in connection with our recent acquisitions and related impacts; any disruptions, impairments, or malfunctions affecting software as well as excessive costs or delays that may adversely impact our continued investment in and development of software; the potential impact of government regulation on us and on our client base; our ability to comply with all applicable laws as well as our ability to successfully implement from a timing and cost perspective any changes in applicable laws; our ability to recruit, motivate and retain qualified personnel, including sales representatives; the possibility that client agreements will be terminated or not renewed; any potential impairment of goodwill or intangible assets; consolidation in the pharmaceutical industry; changes in trends in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries or in pharmaceutical outsourcing, including initiatives by our clients to perform services we offer internally; the potential liability associated with bringing new drugs to market, including potential liability from injury to clinical trial participants; and the actual impact of the adoption of certain accounting standards; our ability to maintain technological advantages in a variety of functional areas, including sales force automation, electronic claims surveillance and patient compliance. Readers of this press release are referred to documents which may be filed from time to time by inVentiv Health Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission for further discussion of these and other factors.

Contact:
Kelly Teasdale
inVentiv Health Communications Europe,
+44-207-632-1818
kelly.teasdale@inventivhealth.com



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Health insurance increases to hit big earners hardest

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Geisinger Health Plan and AMC Health Find Success with Remote Patient Monitoring

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Health Highlights: Feb. 27, 2012

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Condom-Use Errors Common, Study Finds

An analysis of data from 50 studies across 14 countries finds that errors in using condoms are common and could contribute to unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections.

Stephanie Sanders and colleagues at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University looked at 16 years of data on the issue, mainly from the United States and Britain.

They found that:

Between 17 and 51 percent of people put condoms on partway during intercourse (dangerous because fluids can be exchanged prior to ejaculation). Between 13 percent and 45 percent of respondents said they took a condom off before intercourse had finished.Between one-quarter and one-half of respondents said they failed to leave enough room at the tip of the condom for semen to collect.75 percent of men and 82 percent of women failed to check condoms for damage prior to use.Condom breakages occurred for between about 1 percent and 41 percent of respondents, depending on the study, and between about 13 and 19 percent said they had experienced condom slippage. Between 4 percent and just over 30 percent of participants said they had put a condom on inside-out, then flipped it the other way around, potentially upping the risk for transmission of bodily fluids.Between 2 percent and 11 percent of people opened condom packets with a sharp object or somehow exposed the condom to rips/tears. Between 1 percent and 3 percent of respondents said they had re-used a condom during a sexual encounter.

The findings were reported in the journal Sexual Health.

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Attempt at First Quadruple Limb Transplant Fails

What was touted as the world's first quadruple limb transplant has failed, a Turkish hospital says.

Because of incompatibility issues, doctors at Ankara's Hacettepe University Hospital had to remove two arms and two legs attached to a 27-year-old man on Friday, Agence-France Presse reported. The ground-breaking operation involved a 52-member surgical team.

"The science council (of the hospital) decided to remove the organs one by one due to additional metabolic complications in the following process," the hospital said in a news release. "Our patient is now in the intensive care unit. The critical process is still continuing," it said.

The patient's heart and vascular system were unable to maintain the new limbs, AFP said.

The young man, Sevket Cavdar, had lost his limbs 14 years ago after getting electrocuted, news reports said.

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14 Sickened in Jimmy John's Restaurant E. Coli Outbreak: CDC

Fourteen people across six states have developed E. coli-linked illness from sprouts they most likely ate at a Jimmy John's Restaurant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said late Friday.

Five such cases have occurred in Iowa, three in Missouri, two each in Kansas and Michigan, and one case each in Arkansas and Wisconsin, the agency said. So far, there have been no deaths linked to the outbreak, although two people have been hospitalized.

"Preliminary results of the epidemiologic and traceback investigations indicate eating raw clover sprouts at Jimmy John's restaurants is the likely cause of this outbreak," the CDC said in a news release.

The agency advised that consumers avoid eating uncooked sprouts and "children, older adults, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems should [especially] avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind."

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Health Management to Present at Investor Conferences

NAPLES, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE: HMA - News) today announced that senior management will present at the following investor conferences during the week of February 27, 2012:

February 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm ET at the J.P. Morgan Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference held at the Loews Miami Beach in Miami, Florida. February 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm ET at the Citi 2012 Global Health Care Conference held at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. February 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm ET at the RBC Capital Markets’ Global Healthcare Conference held at the New York Palace hotel in New York City.

The presentations on February 28th and 29th will be webcast live over the Internet via Health Management's website (http://www.hma.com). Listeners are encouraged to go to the Investor Relations section of Health Management's website approximately five minutes prior to each event to register and download any necessary media player software.

Health Management enables America's best local health care by providing the people, processes, capital and expertise necessary for its hospital and physician partners to fulfill their local missions of delivering superior health care services. Health Management, through its subsidiaries and upon completion of the previously announced INTEGRIS Health joint venture transaction, will operate 71 hospitals, with approximately 10,600 licensed beds, in non-urban communities located throughout the United States.

All references to "Health Management," "HMA" or the "Company" used in this release refer to Health Management Associates, Inc. and its affiliates.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions and are identified by words such as "expects," "estimates," "projects," "anticipates," "believes," "plans," "could" and other similar words. All statements addressing operating performance, events or developments that Health Management Associates, Inc. expects or anticipates will occur in the future, including but not limited to incurrence of indebtedness, projections of revenue, income or loss, capital expenditures, earnings per share, the timing and receipt of Medicare and Medicaid HCIT incentive payments the financial impact expected from interest rate swap accounting, debt structure, bad debt expense, capital structure, repayment of indebtedness, other financial items and operating statistics, statements regarding the plans and objectives of management for future operations, innovations, or market service development, statements regarding acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures and other proposed or contemplated transactions (including but not limited to statements regarding the timing of anticipated acquisitions, the potential for future acquisitions and perceived benefits of acquisitions), statements of future economic performance, statements regarding the effects and/or interpretations of recently enacted or future health care laws and regulations, statements of the assumptions underlying or relating to any of the foregoing statements, and other statements which are other than statements of historical fact, are considered to be "forward-looking statements."

Because they are forward-looking, such statements should be evaluated in light of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and uncertainties are more fully described in Health Management Associates, Inc.'s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and its most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, under the headings entitled "Risk Factors." Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of Health Management Associates, Inc.'s underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could vary materially from those currently anticipated. In addition, undue reliance should not be placed on Health Management Associates, Inc.'s forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, Health Management Associates, Inc. disclaims any obligation to update its risk factors or to publicly announce updates to the forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect new information, future events or other developments.


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Atkins Diet Recipes: Buffalo Wings (IF)

These wings are some of the best reasons to go on the Atkins Diet. They are completely legal for all phases of the diet and absolutely delicious. The Diet Coke is a unique ingredient, but it really does the trick. I think by adding the wings to the simmering sauce, the collagen helps thicken the sauce as well.

Ingredients
3 pounds chicken wings, separated at joints, tips discarded
1 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce (Franks Hot Sauce recommended)
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1 can Diet Coke with Splenda
1 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 tsp ground black pepper, or to taste
1/2 tsp Thyme
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 TBS Dried Chopped Onions

Instructions:
* Cut the wings into pieces.
* Mix other ingredients into large pot and start simmering.
* Add wings to pot to give flavor
* Heat Oil to 350-375F degrees
* Add wings to fryer and cook until done (12-14 minutes)
* Add wings back to Buffalo sauce and coat thoroughly

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UNH opens health clinic for faculty, staff

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire opened a new health clinic Monday aimed at saving money and providing faculty and staff with more convenient options for their medical needs.

The clinic, located within the university's student health building in Durham, will serve more as an urgent care facility than a primary care office.

It will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the academic year and will provide treatment for ailments such as ear and sinus infections, sprained ankles and other injuries.

Services include a pharmacy, X-rays and laboratory testing. Officials expect the latter to provide the most immediate savings, given that it costs about $15 for a comprehensive lab workup done by an independent lab versus $90-$150 at local hospitals.

Those savings are critical at a time when the university system is spending $66 million on health care benefits this year, with the Durham campus accounting for about $46 million of that total. And those costs have been rising 7-10 percent per year, said Amy Schwartz, the university system's director of health care cost containment.

"It's really unsustainable, so we started thinking about what sorts of things can we do that meet the needs of employees but also as employers to control the health care costs," she said. "We have a thriving health service, we serve 12,000 students very successfully, and the thought was, let's take some of our internal resources and see if indeed we can build more efficiently and effectively than we can buy."

The new clinic, which has its own waiting area and eventually will have a separate entrance, is staffed by workers from student health services for now, but new staff could be added if needed. If it turns out faculty and staff don't use it much, it could be closed without the university system having spent a lot of money, Schwartz said. But she expects it to be a success, saying workers already have expressed interest.

"We can improve productivity because people don't have to leave campus and spend half the day trying to get an appointment, and then get back on campus," she said. "It makes sense to try it."

UNH isn't alone in opening such a clinic. The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources surveyed 415 institutions last year and found that about a quarter of them provide on-campus medical services to faculty and staff.

Kevin Charles, executive director of UNH Health Services, said it cost about $200,000 to build the new clinic, and he expects it to be self-sustaining in less than three years. Just one patient visited the clinic on its opening day, but many other faculty and staff members stopped by with questions, he said.

Staff will spend the next few months fine tuning the clinic's operations, with a grand opening set for next fall.


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Weight Loss: SHAKEOLOGY. (peace, plateau.)

I love shakeology. So I made a video about it. It has seriously helped me a lot with weight loss and I think everyone should drink it lol.

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♥ Healthy Relationships ♥

Hey everybody,

It's time for a Girl Talk video! Wohoo! This episode, I've been highly requested to talk about how I maintain a positive & healthy relationship with my boyfriend, Tim.

Tim and I have been together for 8 ½ years and it's been such an amazing journey. I know he is definitely the one. We adore each other but it doesn't mean we don't have problems. We both have flaws and we both had to overcome a lot of problems. These 9 years have taught me so much about relationships, myself and Tim. I'm definitely not a love expert but I can share my insight on how we maintain the positivity in our relationship. Share an extra point of view.

Whether you're in a relationship or single, I hope you will still find this helpful. Especially for my younger girls out there because I know we make the most mistakes with our first relationships. Relationships is also about Trial and Error but I also wished I had somebody to give me advice on how I could've handled my first relationship. I trust you girlies will know what is best for you.

I want to thank everybody who gave me input on their insight of healthy relationships. Thank you so much for giving me such wonderful points. Girl Talk episodes are impossible without you guys!

Thank you so much for watching the video! Please let me know what you want the next Girl Talk episode to be about.

Ps. Tim now has a blogging section on Bubzbeauty.com. You guys can finally know more about him yey! He will be blogging about technology, life, me, chubbi and Domo and all things random. You can check out his first post on:
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I also forgot to mention that I was inspired to make this post thanks to some inspiration from a book I've been reading "Living Beyond your Feelings" by Joyce Meyer! I've been loving her podcasts!!

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Health Alliance Plan's New Branding Initiative Reinforces Distinction and Helps Members Find "Peace"

DETROIT, MI--(Marketwire -02/27/12)- Health care reform ushers in an era where consumers will be more engaged in their health care coverage decisions than ever before. An estimated one million Michigan residents will be seeking their own health insurance in 2014. As a result, health insurers must adapt to a dramatically changing marketplace.

Health Alliance Plan (HAP) is launching a new branding initiative in anticipation of the changes health plans will face in providing and marketing their products and services under health care reform.

According to Donna S. Reid, HAP's Vice President, Marketing & Communications Strategy, HAP launched a branding initiative on Sunday, February 26 that plays on HAP's perceived strength as a nonprofit health plan company known for compassion, personalized attention and customer relationships reinforced by innovative Metaphor Study® research.

The initiative kicked off publicly with a bold, new television spot immediately before, during and after the 84th Academy Awards®, broadcast in southeast Michigan on WXYZ-TV7. Advertising on Detroit-area billboards, radio stations, newspapers and websites will follow today.

"We want to reinforce that HAP cares deeply about helping our members achieve a sense of peace and comfort with health insurance decisions best suited for them and their families," said Reid. "It makes sense for HAP, with a reputation for exceptional customer service, to lead with this type of initiative."

The new HAP television spot ends with this narrative: "And we may wonder: Am I doing the best for myself and my family? Am I keeping them safe? Ask us a question. We'll figure things out together. Welcome to Peace. Welcome to HAP."

HAP is the first health plan in Michigan to use innovative market research to pinpoint customers' emotional connection. The advertising campaign was created by The TMV Group with the Metaphor Study® research conducted by D.P. Bostwick & Associates, led by Dave Bostwick, former Director of Consumer Market Research for the Chrysler Corporation. Both companies are based in Birmingham, Mich.

"The objective of Metaphor Study® market research is to gain an in-depth understanding of the underlying idea behind a commercial concept," Bostwick said. "Metaphor Study® market research enables a company like HAP to refine and reinforce the emotional connection with its target audiences. The strength of HAP's existing brand, as the health insurance company best known for its compassion, personalized attention and customer relationships, really stood out loud and clear in the HAP Metaphor Study®."

The Bostwick agency obtained input from more than 300 individuals from southeast Michigan in 12 separate focus groups held in December 2011.

HAP's Reid said, "The Metaphor Study® reinforced the existing strength of the HAP brand, which has us positioned perfectly for the health care reforms to come. Great brands get out in front of others and we already have momentum since HAP is known less as a claims payer and more as a consumer-friendly, caring, compassionate health-solution company that takes a very personalized approach to making the lives of our members easier and more fulfilling."

"This goes beyond simply an advertising campaign," said Reid. "The brand initiative will have many touch points in everything we do, and it will be reinforced throughout 2012 and beyond."

About Health Alliance Plan
Health Alliance Plan (HAP) is a Michigan-based, nonprofit health plan that provides health coverage to more than 648,000 members and companies of all sizes. For more than 50 years, HAP has partnered with leading doctors and hospitals, employers and community organizations to improve the health and well-being of the lives we touch. HAP offers a product portfolio with six distinct product lines: Group Insured Commercial, Individual, Medicare, Medicaid, Self-Funded and Network Leasing. HAP excels in delivering award-winning preventive services, disease management and wellness programs, and personalized customer service. The National Committee for Quality Assurance awarded HAP's commercial HMO and HAP Senior Plus Excellent Accreditation.

HAP employs more than 1,000 southeast, east central and western Michigan residents through its corporate offices in Detroit, Southfield and Flint, and its subsidiaries Midwest Health Plan and ASR Health Benefits.

Documents and/or Photos available for this release:

HAP Brand Launch Press Release

HAP helps at every age and every stage

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Gilenya (Fingolimod): MS Drug Under Health Canada Review in Light of Serious Adverse Events

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire -02/27/12)- Health Canada is informing Canadians of an ongoing safety review of the multiple sclerosis (MS) drug Gilenya (the brand name for fingolimod). The review was initiated following reports of serious adverse events, including 11 deaths reported internationally. No deaths have been reported in Canada.

Gilenya is a prescription drug authorized for the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis to reduce the frequency of attacks (relapses) and delay physical disability. Gilenya is generally recommended when other MS treatments have not been effective or cannot be tolerated. It was authorized in Canada in March 2011.

Currently, it is not clear whether the deaths were caused by Gilenya or whether other factors may have played a role. Four of the 11 reports involved serious heart-related events (three involved heart attacks and one involved a disturbance of the heart rhythm), while the other seven are unexplained. Among these seven is a report involving a patient in the United States who died within 24 hours of taking the first dose.

At the time of authorization, it was known that Gilenya can be associated with certain types of heart rhythm disturbances. The Canadian labelling contains several important warnings with respect to these risks. At this time, when the drug is used as recommended in the authorized Canadian drug label, the benefits of Gilenya are considered to outweigh the risks.

Healthcare professionals are advised to continue to follow the labeling instructions closely, particularly with respect to patient monitoring. Specifically, the label recommends that physicians:

 

--  Obtain an ECG (electrocardiogram) before the first dose if one is not
available in the last 6 months
--  Observe patients for signs and symptoms of bradyarrhythmia (slow heart
rate), including periodic assessment of heart rate, for at least six
hours after the first dose (or if more than two weeks have passed since
the previous dose).
--  Initiate appropriate treatment if clinically important heart-related
symptoms occur. Symptoms include bradyarrhythmia or atrioventricular
block (a problem with the conduction of electricity in the heart).
Continue to manage and monitor patients until symptoms have resolved.
--  Measure blood pressure regularly as Gilenya is known to increase blood
pressure.

Patients taking Gilenya who experience symptoms of heart problems should report them immediately. Symptoms include chest pain, slow or irregular heartbeat, or feeling dizzy. Patients should not stop taking Gilenya without first consulting a healthcare professional. Patients who have any questions or concerns about their Gilenya therapy should speak to their healthcare professional.

Before starting Gilenya, patients should tell their doctor if they are taking other medications such as drugs used to treat abnormal heart rhythms, beta blockers or calcium channel blockers, or if they have a history of heart-related problems such as low heart rate, heart rhythm disorders, congestive heart failure, or fainting.

Health Canada continues to assess all available information, including information from the company (Novartis), and information from other regulators. Health Canada will take appropriate action based on the results of its review. This includes communicating new safety information to health professionals and the public as soon as the review is complete, as appropriate.

Drug labels, also known as "Product Monographs," contain important prescribing and safety information for health professionals and patients, and are available by search of Health Canada's Drug Product Database (http://webprod3.hc-sc.gc.ca/dpd-bdpp/index-eng.jsp).

How to report side effects to health products

To report suspected adverse reaction (side effect) to these or other health products, please contact Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program toll-free at 1-866-234-2345, or complete a Canada Vigilance Reporting Form (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/report-declaration/index-eng.php) and send to us using one of these methods:

- Fax: 1-866-678-6789

- Internet: www.healthcanada.gc.ca/medeffect

- Mail (Get a postage-paid label (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/medeff/report-declaration/post_paid-affranchi-eng.php)):

 

Canada Vigilance Program
Marketed Health Products Directorate
Ottawa, ON, Address Locator 0701E
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Universal Health Services, Inc. Reports 2011 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Earnings and 2012 Earnings Guidance

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE: UHS - News) announced today that its reported net income attributable to UHS was $95.3 million, or $.98 per diluted share, during the fourth quarter of 2011 as compared to $37.2 million, or $.38 per diluted share, during the comparable prior year quarter.

Net revenues increased 18% to $1.84 billion during the fourth quarter of 2011 as compared to $1.56 billion during the fourth quarter of 2010.  The increase in net revenues during the fourth quarter of 2011, as compared to the comparable quarter of the prior year, was due primarily to the revenues generated at the behavioral health care facilities acquired from Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. ("PSI") in November, 2010.  

Consolidated Results of Operations, As Reported – Years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010:

Reported net income attributable to UHS was $398.2 million, or $4.04 per diluted share, during the year ended December 31, 2011 as compared to $230.2 million, or $2.34 per diluted share, during 2010.  Net revenues increased 35% to $7.50 billion during 2011 as compared to $5.57 billion during 2010.  The increase in revenues was due primarily to the acquisition of the behavioral health facilities formerly owned by PSI.  

"This past quarter marked the one year anniversary of our acquisition of PSI and we remain pleased with how that integration process has gone, as well as, with the continued strong demand for our behavioral services, in general", said Alan B. Miller, Chief Executive Officer.  "As we enter 2012, we are encouraged by the opportunities to expand our presence in the behavioral health business and we look forward to improvement in our acute care business as the economy continues its gradual recovery."

Consolidated Results of Operations, As Adjusted – Three-month periods ended December 31, 2011 and 2010:

After adjusting the reported results for the three-month periods ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 to neutralize the net impact of the items mentioned below, and as reflected on the attached Schedules of Non-GAAP Supplemental Consolidated Statements of Income Information ("Supplemental Schedules"), our adjusted net income attributable to UHS was $88.8 million, or $.91 per diluted share, during the fourth quarter of 2011 as compared to $57.5 million, or $.58 per diluted share, during the fourth quarter of 2010.  

As indicated on the attached Supplemental Schedules, included in our net income attributable to UHS during the three-month period ended December 31, 2011, was the favorable after-tax impact of $6.5 million, or $.07 per diluted share, resulting from a reduction to our professional and general liability self-insurance reserves relating to years prior to 2011 based upon a reserve analysis.

As indicated on the attached Supplemental Schedules, included in our net income attributable to UHS during the three-month period ended December 31, 2010, was a net charge of $20.4 million, or $.20 per diluted share, consisting of: (i) the unfavorable after-tax impact of $24.9 million, or $.25 per diluted share, resulting from the recording of transaction fees incurred in connection with our acquisition of PSI; (ii) the unfavorable after-tax impact of $9.2 million, or $.09 per diluted share, resulting from the charge incurred in connection with the previously disclosed split-dollar life insurance agreements; (iii) the unfavorable after-tax impact of $4.1 million, or $.04 per diluted share, resulting from the write-off of certain construction costs, partially offset by; (iv) the favorable after-tax impact of $17.9 million, or $.18 per diluted share, resulting from a reduction to our professional and general liability self-insurance reserves relating to years prior to 2010 based upon a reserve analysis.

Consolidated Results of Operations, As Adjusted – Years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010:

After adjusting the reported results for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 to neutralize the impact of the items mentioned below, and as reflected on the attached Supplemental Schedule, our adjusted net income attributable to UHS was $391.7 million, or $3.97 per diluted share, during 2011 as compared to $249.8 million, or $2.54 per diluted share, during 2010.  

As indicated on the attached Supplemental Schedules, included in our net income attributable to UHS during the year ended December 31, 2011, was the favorable after-tax impact of $6.5 million, or $.07 per diluted share, resulting from a reduction to our professional and general liability self-insurance reserves relating to years prior to 2011.

As indicated on the attached Supplemental Schedules, included in our net income attributable to UHS during the year ended December 31, 2010, was a net charge of $19.6 million, or $.20 per diluted share, consisting of: (i) the unfavorable after-tax impact of $38.7 million, or $.39 per diluted share, resulting from the recording of transaction fees incurred in connection with our acquisition of PSI; (ii) the unfavorable after-tax impact of $9.2 million, or $.09 per diluted share, resulting from the charge incurred in connection with split-dollar life insurance agreements; (iii) the unfavorable after-tax impact of $4.1 million, or $.04 per diluted share, resulting from the write-off of certain construction costs, partially offset by; (iv) the favorable after-tax impact of $28.1 million, or $.28 per diluted share, resulting from a reduction to our professional and general liability self-insurance reserves relating to years prior to 2010, and; (v) a favorable discrete tax item of $4.3 million, or $.04 per diluted share.

Acute Care Services - Three-month periods ended December 31, 2011 and 2010:

At our acute care hospitals owned during both periods ("same facility basis"), adjusted admissions (adjusted for outpatient activity) increased 0.3% and adjusted patient days increased 0.8% during the fourth quarter of 2011, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. Net revenues at these facilities increased 1.6% during the fourth quarter of 2011 as compared to the comparable quarter of the prior year. At these facilities, net revenue per adjusted admission increased 1.3% while net revenue per adjusted patient day increased 0.8% during the fourth quarter of 2011 as compared to the comparable quarter of the prior year. On a same facility basis, the operating margin (net revenues less salaries, wages and benefits, other operating expenses, supplies expense and provision for doubtful accounts, excluding the items indicated on the Supplemental Schedules) at our acute care hospitals decreased to 13.3% during the fourth quarter of 2011 as compared to 14.4% during the fourth quarter of 2010.  The decrease in the operating margin at our acute care hospitals during the fourth quarter of 2011 was caused by pressure on patient volumes and payor mix as several of our more significant markets continue to be negatively impacted by local economic trends.

We provide care to patients who meet certain financial or economic criteria without charge or at amounts substantially less than our established rates. Because we do not pursue collection of amounts determined to qualify as charity care, they are not reported in net revenues or in accounts receivable, net. Our acute care hospitals provided charity care and uninsured discounts, based on charges at established rates, amounting to $248 million and $208 million during the three-month periods ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

Acute Care Services – Years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010:

During the year ended December 31, 2011, on a same facility basis, adjusted admissions to our acute care facilities were relatively unchanged while adjusted patient days increased 1.7%, as compared to 2010. Net revenues at our acute care facilities increased 4.4% during 2011 as compared to 2010. At these facilities, net revenue per adjusted admission increased 4.5% while net revenue per adjusted patient day increased 2.6% during 2011 as compared to 2010. On a same facility basis, the operating margin at our acute care hospitals increased to 14.7% during 2011 as compared to 14.5% during 2010.    

Our acute care hospitals provided charity care and uninsured discounts, based on charges at established rates, amounting to $956 million and $807 million during 2011 and 2010, respectively.  

Behavioral Health Care Services - Three-month periods ended December 31, 2011 and 2010:

Since the former PSI facilities were acquired by us in mid-November, 2010, for accurate comparability purposes, we have included the patient statistics and financial results for these facilities in our same facility results provided below beginning on December 1st of 2011 and 2010.

At our behavioral health care facilities, on a same facility basis, adjusted admissions increased 8.3% while adjusted patient days increased 4.1% during the fourth quarter of 2011 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2010.  Net revenues at these facilities increased 6.3% during the fourth quarter of 2011 as compared to the comparable quarter in the prior year. At these facilities, net revenue per adjusted admission decreased 1.6% while net revenue per adjusted patient day increased 2.4% during the fourth quarter of 2011 over the comparable prior year quarter. The operating margin at our behavioral health care facilities owned during both periods increased to 24.7% during the fourth quarter of 2011 as compared to 22.6% during the fourth quarter of 2010.  

Behavioral Health Care Services – Years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010:

During the year ended December 31, 2011, on a same facility basis, adjusted admissions to our behavioral health care facilities increased 7.6% while adjusted patient days increased 3.3%, as compared to 2010. Net revenues at our behavioral health care facilities increased 6.4% during 2011 as compared to 2010. At these facilities, net revenue per adjusted admission decreased 0.8% while net revenue per adjusted patient day increased 3.3% during 2011 as compared to 2010. On a same facility basis, the operating margin at our behavioral health facilities increased to 25.8% during 2011 as compared to 25.3% during 2010.

Accounting for HITECH Act incentive payments and EHR expenses:

The health information technology provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (referred to as the "HITECH Act") established criteria related to the "meaningful use" of electronic health records ("EHR") for acute care hospitals and established requirements for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR payment incentive programs.    

During 2011, we began implementing EHR applications at certain of our acute care facilities and will continue to do so, on a facility-by-facility basis, until completion which is scheduled to occur by the end of 2013. Our acute care hospitals will be eligible for Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payments upon implementation of the EHR application, assuming they meet the "meaningful use" criteria.

There are no EHR-related revenues included in our consolidated results of operations for the three or twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2011. Although we received approximately $11 million of EHR incentive payments during the fourth quarter of 2011 related to state Medicaid programs, these payments have been reflected as deferred revenue on our consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2011. These payments will be recorded as revenue on our consolidated statements of income in the periods in which the applicable hospitals are deemed to have met the "meaningful use" criteria.  Although our 2011 results of operations include certain EHR-related expenses, the amounts did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial results during the three or twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2011.  

During 2012, based upon our scheduled EHR implementations and anticipated "meaningful use" qualifications, we expect to record approximately $12 million of EHR revenues and $17 million of EHR-related incremental expenses resulting in a net after-tax charge of approximately $4 million, or $.04 per diluted share.        

2012 Full Year Guidance:

Excluding the unfavorable $.04 per diluted share EHR impact mentioned above, our estimated range of net income attributable to UHS for the year ended December 31, 2012, is $4.33 to $4.48 per diluted share.    

During 2012, our net revenues are estimated to increase approximately 5% to $7.24 billion, as compared to $6.89 billion during 2011.  Our net revenues for 2012 and 2011 have been adjusted to reflect reclassifications of our provision for doubtful accounts which, beginning on January 1st 2012, will be reflected as a deduction from revenues rather than as an operating expense. This reclassification will have no impact on our net income attributable to UHS.      

This guidance range excludes the impact of items, if applicable, that are nonrecurring or non-operational in nature including items such as, but not limited to, gains on sales of assets and businesses, reserves for settlements, legal judgments and lawsuits and other material amounts that may be reflected in our financial statements that relate to prior periods. It is also subject to certain conditions including those as set forth below in General Information, Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors and Non-GAAP Financial Measures.

Conference Call Information:        

We will hold a conference call for investors and analysts at 9:00 a.m. eastern time on February 28, 2012. The dial-in number is 1-877-648-7971.  A digital recording of the conference call will be available two hours after the completion of the conference call on February 28, 2012 and will continue through midnight on March 13, 2012.  The recording can be accessed by calling 1-855-859-2056 and entering the pass code 47643444.

This call will also be available live over the internet at our web site at www.uhsinc.com.  The webcast will also be available through the Thomson StreetEvents Network at www.earnings.com or www.streetevents.com, a password-protected event management site for institutional investors.

General Information, Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors and Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

Universal Health Services, Inc. ("UHS") is one of the nation's largest hospital companies, operating acute care and behavioral health hospitals and ambulatory centers nationwide and in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  It acts as the advisor to Universal Health Realty Income Trust, a real estate investment trust (NYSE: UHT - News).  For additional information on the Company, visit our web site: http://www.uhsinc.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements based on current management expectations.  Numerous factors, including those disclosed herein, those related to healthcare industry trends and those detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (as set forth in Item 1A-Risk Factors and in Item 7-Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011), may cause the results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements.  Many of the factors that will determine our future results are beyond our capability to control or predict.  These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and therefore actual results may differ materially.  Readers should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements which reflect management's view only as of the date hereof.  We undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

As mentioned above, our acute care hospitals may qualify for EHR incentive payments upon implementation of a EHR application assuming they meet the "meaningful use" criteria. However, there can be no assurance that we (our acute care hospitals) will ultimately qualify for these incentive payments and, should we qualify, we are unable to quantify the amount of incentive payments we may receive since the amounts are dependent upon various factors including the implementation timing at each hospital. Should we qualify for incentive payments, there may be timing differences in the recognition of the revenues and expenses recorded in connection with the implementation of the EHR application which may cause material period-to-period changes in our future results of operations. Hospitals that do not qualify as a meaningful user of EHR by 2015 are subject to a reduced market basket update to the inpatient prospective payment system standardized amount in 2015 and each subsequent fiscal year. Although we believe that our acute care hospitals will be in compliance with the EHR standards by 2015, there can be no assurance that all of our facilities will be in compliance and therefore not subject to the penalty provision of the HITECH Act.

We believe that operating income, operating margin, adjusted net income attributable to UHS, adjusted net income attributable to UHS per diluted share and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"), which are non-GAAP financial measures ("GAAP" is Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America), are helpful to our investors as measures of our operating performance. In addition, we believe that, when applicable, comparing and discussing our financial results based on these measures, as calculated, is helpful to our investors since it neutralizes the effect in each year of items that are nonrecurring or non-operational in nature including items such as, but not limited to, gains on sales of assets and businesses, reserves for settlements, legal judgments and lawsuits and other amounts that may be reflected in the current or prior year financial statements that relate to prior periods.  To obtain a complete understanding of our financial performance these measures should be examined in connection with net income, determined in accordance with GAAP, as presented in the condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto in this report or in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including our Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. Since the items included or excluded from these measures are significant components in understanding and assessing financial performance under GAAP, these measures should not be considered to be alternatives to net income as a measure of our operating performance or profitability.  Since these measures, as presented, are not determined in accordance with GAAP and are thus susceptible to varying calculations, they may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.  Investors are encouraged to use GAAP measures when evaluating our financial performance.

Universal Health Services, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Income

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(quarterly amounts are unaudited)

  Provision for doubtful accounts

Less:  Net income attributable to

Net income attributable to UHS

Basic earnings per share attributable to UHS (a)

Diluted earnings per share attributable to UHS (a)

Universal Health Services, Inc.

Footnotes to Consolidated Statements of Income

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(a) Earnings per share calculation:

Net income attributable to UHS

Less: Net income attributable to unvested restricted share grants

Net income attributable to UHS - basic and diluted

Weighted average number of common shares - basic

Basic earnings per share attributable to UHS:

Weighted average number of common shares

Weighted average number of common shares and equiv. - diluted

Diluted earnings per share attributable to UHS:

Universal Health Services, Inc.

Schedule of Non-GAAP Supplemental Consolidated Statements of Income Information ("Supplemental Schedule")

For the three months ended December 31, 2011 and 2010

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

  Provision for doubtful accounts

Operating income/margin ("EBITDAR")

  Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

Earnings before, depreciation and amortization, interest expense, and income taxes ("EBITDA")

Income before income taxes attributable to UHS

Net income attributable to UHS

Calculation of Adjusted Net Income Attributable to UHS

Calculation of Adjusted Net Income Attributable to UHS

Net income attributable to UHS

  Reduction of reserves relating to prior years for professional and general liability

     self-insured claims, net of income taxes

 Acquisition transaction costs, net of income taxes

 Write-off certain construction costs, net of income taxes

 Charge recorded in connection with split-dollar life insurance agreements

Subtotal after-tax adjustments to net income attributable to UHS

Adjusted net income attributable to UHS

Universal Health Services, Inc.

Schedule of Non-GAAP Supplemental Consolidated Statements of Income Information ("Supplemental Schedule")

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2011 and 2010

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

  Provision for doubtful accounts

Operating income/margin ("EBITDAR")

  Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

Earnings before, depreciation and amortization, interest expense, and income taxes ("EBITDA")

Income before income taxes attributable to UHS

Net income attributable to UHS

Calculation of Adjusted Net Income Attributable to UHS

Calculation of Adjusted Net Income Attributable to UHS

Net income attributable to UHS

  Reduction of reserves relating to prior years for professional and general liability

     self-insured claims, net of income taxes

  Reduction of reserves relating to prior years for workers' compensation

     self-insured claims, net of income taxes

 Acquisition transaction costs, net of income taxes

 Write-off certain construction costs, net of income taxes

 Charge recorded in connection with split-dollar life insurance agreements

Subtotal after-tax adjustments to net income attributable to UHS

Adjusted net income attributable to UHS

Universal Health Services, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

   Assets of facilities held for sale

Less: accumulated depreciation

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

   Current maturities of long-term debt

   Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

   Liabilities of facilities held for sale

Redeemable noncontrolling interest

UHS common stockholders' equity

Universal Health Services, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:

 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net

cash provided by operating activities:

Gain on sale of assets and businesses, net

Stock-based compensation expense

 Changes in assets & liabilities, net of effects from

acquisitions and dispositions:

  Accrued and deferred income taxes

  Other working capital accounts

  Other assets and deferred charges

  Accrued insurance expense, net of commercial premiums paid

  Payments made in settlement of self-insurance claims

         Net cash provided by operating activities

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

  Property and equipment additions, net of disposals

  Acquisition of property and businesses

  Proceeds received from sale of assets and businesses

  Costs incurred for purchase and implementation of electronic health records application

         Net cash used in investing activities

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

  Profit distributions to noncontrolling interests

  Proceeds from sale of noncontrolling interest in majority owned business

         Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:

 Income taxes paid, net of refunds

Universal Health Services, Inc.

Supplemental Statistical Information

Revenue Per Adjusted Admission

Revenue Per Adjusted Patient Day

Revenue Per Adjusted Admission

Revenue Per Adjusted Patient Day

Total Debt / Total Capitalization

Acute Care EBITDAR Margin  (2)

Behavioral Health EBITDAR Margin  (2)

(1)  Net of Minority Interest and before the items indicated on the supplemental schedules

(2)  Before Corporate overhead allocation, minority interest and prior year self insurance reserve adjustments

UNIVERSAL HEALTH SERVICES, INC.

 (1) Pennsylvania Clinical School is excluded in both current and prior years. King George School is excluded  

  in both current and prior years from July 1st thru December 31st. Facilities acquired in acquisition of  

  Psychiatric Solutions are included in both current and prior year from December 1st thru December 31st.    

  Brooke Glen and The Pines/Brighton are excluded in both current and prior years.  

UNIVERSAL HEALTH SERVICES, INC.

 (1) Pennsylvania Clinical School is excluded in both current and prior years. King George School is excluded  

  in both current and prior years from July 1st thru December 31st. Facilities acquired in acquisition of  

  Psychiatric Solutions are included in both current and prior year from December 1st thru December 31st.    

  Brooke Glen and The Pines/Brighton are excluded in both current and prior years.  


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