• The Economics of Health: Comparing Pure Play and Rural Models of Urgent Care Centers

    There are several different urgent care business models, each one with its own strengths and weaknesses. Here, we are going to do a comparison between the pure-play model and the rural model. They have a lot of similarities, and they may even start out the same way, but they become something quite different as time goes on and the business becomes more established.

    Pure Play and Rural Models of Urgent CareThe pure-play model is the standard for the urgent care center. It acts as a mid-level operator for healthcare services. It’s larger and not as laid back as a doctor’s office, but it isn’t as hectic and large scale as a hospital. It can take on cases that are too serious for a doctor’s office, but that are also going to be treated the same day and not require an extensive stay in a hospital.

    If a case is too big for an urgent care center using this model, then it will refer the patient onto a hospital. This kind of model requires that there be other healthcare facilities in the near vicinity. That way, it can continue in its dedicated role and not have to conform to meet a variety of customer needs.

    The rural model often starts out as an attempt at a pure-play model, but if there are no other medical facilities in the vicinity, then the urgent care center often has to take on the responsibilities of the primary care provider. It gets its name from where the centers are located- in small rural areas where there are not a lot of other medical care facilities. The urgent care center then cannot refer patients as easily to other healthcare facilities. They have to step up and offer the services that those other facilities would normally provide.

    This means the urgent care center has to expand, taking on more staff and operating in a large workspace. They need to be able to treat patients with any kind of problem, because those patients may not really have any other options.

    The shift from mid-level to primary care center won’t happen overnight for a rural urgent care center, but the owners will see the need for such a change in time. If they don’t make that change and shift their focus, they could risk losing their customer base and creating an environment in their area that is inviting for new healthcare providers to come in and take over. We thank Treasure Coast Urgent Care Center for their insight.

  • Business Continuity Is Becoming Increasing Crucial in This Environment

    disaster recoveryBCP is a discipline that prepares an organization to maintain continuity of daily operations during a disaster through an implementation of a business continuity plan. The whole point of business continuity is to continue to do business during a failure or disaster.

    Business leaders, technology experts and continuity professionals) tasked with making strategic policy and continuity planning decisions for the organization, and for providing the resources to accomplish all business continuity program goals. These plans help us deliver effective support to you during a disaster to protect your stakeholders and maintain operations.

    Business Continuity Management

    The focus is on assuring continuous business processes and is a major factor in an organization’s survival during and after a disruption. BCM is a key component of Comprehensive Emergency Management Companies that don’t have good business continuity plans often fail to survive a business disruption. Good continuity planning can make the difference – and in the long run make you more profitable.

    Well accessible information is also good for top management because they can get a clearer picture of overall business operation. By understanding the fundamental of business operation, management can used it to further improve the overall business efficiency when needed. For example HR Manager can reviewed back formal copies of Marketing Manager job description in document management system (DMS) if he want to review back the job criteria based on current job requirement or set a criteria for advertisement to hire a new managers for my company. Engineering manager can review the process of testing a CMOS device using a type of tester to further find out to explore for improvement. Each person or department responsible for the documents or the originator will be responsible to update it when there is any change. This distribution of responsibility to respective department can ensure they carry their job in good order, as they can be blame for any inaccuracy of data at any time. For example if the updates for new usage of test script program not updated by the Product Engineer, he can be blame by management and customer if there is an issue of wrong program use. Controls of data are more frequent such as cancellation of obsolete documents will ensure all information is up-to-date.

    Company status will be elevated in the market after we achieve the ISO9000:9001 certification. When dealing with other company such reputation is important to us because other company will see us as a solid, strong and well managed company. Such reputation will results in vendors and customer confidence to us. A new company for example from Netherlands will not know the status, financial capabilities and expertise of our company to meet their business requirement but sure they know the ISO9000 certification that we owned. Moreover, to employees working under a company with such certification will increase their morale and pride. It will also help to retain employees when they feel that they work under a stable and well managed organization. To potential new recruits they will also choose a reputable company to work with and thus we can attract all the best talent to work under our organization umbrella. Brand equity results from highly reputable company are subjective but the potential for generating financial outcomes can be significant to our organization.

    Along the way, there is plenty of time to ponder the vagaries of risk management. While sailing through Solway passage one beautiful sunny morning, I was reminded of a comment made on one of the discussion forums that I participate in. It’s popular in some circles to be something of a sceptic regarding risk management. The question raised in this forum was basically asking if risk management even works. The author in this instance was challenging the value of ISO31000 and risk management in particular. He was (rightly enough) pointing out that there is little if any, research done to show that resources applied to risk management actually return any value. Now, I don’t believe that risk management is the panacea for all ills, and I’d definitely like to see more research done on the value of risk management. The lack of research however, doesn’t prove a case either way.

    Miles is the Managing Director of the The Citadel Group Limited His key skills cover business strategy, program management and security risk management. Over a 20-year career, Miles has worked with the Australian Department of Defense , the A ustralian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) and the Australian Federal Police , as well as with multinational companies. In all of these capacities, Miles has provided advice on security and risk issues, including representing countries in ministerial level forums. Miles is a member of the Australian institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the ACT Capital Angels, a preferred Risk Management Supplier to the Australasian Business Travelers’ Association, an Associate of the Asia-Pacific Cabin Safety Working Group, and an Associate of RMIA. Miles has a PhD on the topic of Islamic intellectuals in Indonesia and their links to the country’s political power centers and extremist religious groups. He also holds a second PhD in Business Leadership, a Bachelor of Science (Honors) and a Graduate Diploma (Asian Studies). He speaks two foreign languages and received a University of New South Wales commendation in 1990 for academic excellence during his postgraduate studies.

  • Same Day Delivery Pays Off

    Courier ServicesWhen you need a package or an important file delivered promptly and on time, you want Supersonic Sameday UK, the country’s most reliable courier that does same day delivery. Supersonic Sameday UK is the most highly reputable and widely referred same-day courier service in the United Kingdom. They offer dozens of fully licensed, insured, and bonded professionals – people with a proven track record of getting what you need moved to where you need it moved to.

    • Quality of Service: With Supersonic Sameday UK, you get the absolute best service provided by any same-day delivery firm anywhere in the country. Supersonic’s experienced operators are expert professionals, with years of experience in a variety of fields such as courier services, transportation, and parcel delivery. In addition to fully licensed and bonded contractors, insured even for the provision of services to various branches of the United Kingdom’s civilian government, Supersonic offers prompt, courteous, and professional customer service. The company is prepared to attend to all of your needs as they arise, with prompt pickup services and same-day dropoffs wherever you need your packages to go.
    • Competitive Rates: Compare Supersonic Sameday UK’s rates to those of other transportation firms around the country, and you’ll notice a stark reality: Supersonic’s rates are highly competitive, even when compared with firms which promise delivery in 2-3 days’ time. Meanwhile, few other firms can match the level of service or reliability offered by Supersonic at any rate, which is only part of the reason why more than two hundred businesses all across the UK rate Supersonic Sameday UK’s services more highly than those of any other firm.
    • Express Pickup and Delivery: Supersonic’s wide network of dozens of experienced professionals allows it to procure your delivery promptly, often within an hour of when your order is placed for shipment. After picking up your package or paperwork, the latest in GPS and mobile security technology means that your professional driver will have your delivery where it needs to go within the day. When you’ve absolutely got to meet that deadline – whether it’s a cross-country delivery, or the destination is right across town – Supersonic is the affordable, reliable, and trustworthy choice.

    You want a courier that does same day delivery. You also want the best value for your money, and a reliable service on which you can trust. Supersonic Sameday UK provides all that, and more. With Supersonic, you’ve got the firm of choice for some of the largest organizations in the UK when it comes to deliveries that just have to be made on-time. Your package, parcel, or documentation will be where it needs to go – on time and every time.

  • Business Promotion: Finding the Right Fit

    Finding the right fit is the true essence of fashion, like when a child throws a bag over their head like a cape and wears two different colored shoes. Or maybe one shoe isn’t a shoe, it’s a sock… that’s fashion, and it’s that kind of fashion expressionism that one can find anywhere online/, where fashion meets quality in the form of custom embroidered hats.

    Affordable Quality? Too Good to be True

    embroidered hatsExcept it is true… and not just for one person. It’s not some “special introduction offer if the person is the 100th customer,” or a coupon deal. These hat prices have been the same since the dawn of their first sale, and have only gotten better with customization and package offers.

    Buy at least 72 hats altogether, and get the embroidery done for free! Some companies hold parties for fun, or maybe you just want to go clowning around with your family at a big extended get-together, or there’s a local softball team in need of custom designs… heck, there are even some people who do nothing but collect embroidered hats for a hobby. Who knows what they get out of it?

    In all fairness, some people collect stamps.

    Buying a custom hat to immortalize a cause or a moment in time means capturing memories that nobody can take away, and who would want to? Maybe team fandom is just around the corner with baseball season? Nothing shows a good team spirit like matching hats, or custom decals printed on the front of just one hat showing off that same team spirit.

    Hats aren’t just a fashion statement, either. For a long time they were an essence of identity, as much as the clothes on someone’s body, showing off their essence in ways that only clothing could—like someone in love with dark colors, and wearing black. Or that stand-out above all others who wears the royal colors of purple like a true prince.

    Whatever the self-expression is, don’t be the one left in the dark while everyone else makes an identity for themselves. Hair fashion is just like hat fashion, only hair takes so much maintenance and work just to keep up with styles, plus there’s always the chance that one’s hair would be too goofy for comfort (we’ve all had those days).

    Hats aren’t cut in stone, and for the price of a burger and fries one could have a custom job shipped right to their home, and re-design if necessary.

  • The Business of Events Now Complete with Photo Booth Rentals

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    Choosing the right photo booth rentals can make your event a great success. No more hiring a photographer for your event, the latest is installing photo booths where people are at liberty to get their fun and impropmtu pictures clicked. Photo booths are available for rental in both open and closed format. A closed photo booth has curtains and props that can help create the right ambiance for a party or wedding event. Open photo booths are the best option for school events.

    But the market is RED HOT right now as interactive event planning is reaching its zenith. We reached out to Flashbox, a photo booth rental service in Los Angeles to learn more abut their own startup. Here are tips that they shared. There are many types of booths available, and you can pick the one that fits your budget.

    There are many factors to consider while looking out for photo booth rentals. These are listed below:

    Get the right booth size: The bigger the photo booth, the better. This can help accommodate all your friends and family for a picture perfect group photo. If you are looking for wedding photo booths, go for a bigger booth. This can get all bridesmaids and groomsmen pose with the newly wedded couple with grace. These can turn out to be the most cherished pictures of your life. With proper props and backdrops, these pictures can become priceless. Vertical crops are used in photo booths that give the opportunity for portraits accommodating more people.

    Best Resolution: Get the image size right; suppose you would like to blow up the photo in the future, the resolution should not be compromised.

    Print Specifications: Printers are available at photo booths to give instant copies to guests in the event. Depending on the printer specifications quality of the photos, varies. Though there is always a soft copy available for you in case you want to get a professional print later.

    Backup: Backup has become the order of the day the rental photo booth company must have sufficient backup equipment to ensure there is no downtime.

    Reputation: Hire the photo booth from a reputed company that provides latest gadgets and technology on rentals. Check out reviews and customer testimony before making a decision.

    Contract: Sign on the dotted lines only after you are happy with the terms; this is a safety procedure for both parties.

    Full running time: Ensure that you take complete advantage of the equipment on hire. There should be 100% running time as you are obliged to pay the full amount irrespective of the running time

  • Promote Your Dental Business With Social Media

    dental-seoDental practices are undergoing significant commercial transitions, and chief among those is the role that the internet now plays in patient interaction. In earlier days, the patient would set an appointment and meet their dentist after waiting in a lengthy queue. But in recent years, dental practices have been completely changed and now patients and doctors regularly keep in touch through online networking sites. Moreover, the modern dentist maintains a customer-friendly website with details ranging from available modalities, practitioners and payment alternatives.  The patients can fully book an appointment or get information about the dentist’s backlog online.

    All these transformations are mainly due to the internet. It serves and connects people in quick time. It has paved way for easy information and communication sharing. In this 21st century, we are showing increasing interest towards the social media. Hence, most of the dentists are now using the social media platform to bring new clients. They create profiles and service pages on networking sites like Linkedin, Twitter, Yelp, and Facebook. It helps the dentists to be in touch with their clients. They can easily communicate and share information. Moreover, they can create awareness or get recognition for their logo or brand name.

    How does social media help dentists?

    In recent days, social media has become a part of everyone’s daily life. Most people ensure to check their networking sites at least once in a day. They make sure to stay active and keep in touch with the current changing trends through the networking sites. As a large number use social media platform, the dentists can easily reach out to their potential clients directly. The traditional advertising techniques like newspaper, radio and television are expensive, and people have started to realize that they have just a temporary effect.

    People are now depending on the internet to read daily news and updates. There are very fewer people focusing on newspaper for the latest information. They just browse networking sites like Twitter and Facebook every day for several hours. So, dentists can easily approach those users who are present in their area.

    The dentist should prove their experience and express their services to build a strong online presence. Through social media, the dentists can eradicate negative feelings of the patient or eradicate negative concerns about dental procedures. The patient would feel free to ask queries and the dentists solve showing their essence of professionalism.

    The dentist should focus on time management. They should be clear about how much time they are going to spend for a social campaign.  Other dentists have begun to form consultancies aimed at sharing these best practices with their colleagues.

  • Importance of Liability Insurance for Dangerous Services Like Tree Removal

    tree removalRunning a tree removal business without adequate liability insurance is not wise and you must have it to run it successfully. There are a lot of factors that affect the viability of a tree removal  business such as reliability of services, clarity in invoicing, experience & qualification of the staff, etc. But, there are also some hidden factors that decide the success or failure of a business. One such thing is setting the right coverage in your liability insurance.

    What is Liability Insurance?

    Liability insurance is the insurance paid to damages caused by a person, material or automobile to a person, material or automobile when the work is in progress.

    It is of many types such as General Liability Insurance, Automobile Insurance and Workers’ Compensation, etc. among which the workers’ compensation is the most expensive for a tree removal Greenville SC business to buy.

    • General Insurance: This liability insurance covers damages caused by unexpected and unavoidable accidents such as a tree falling on your roof. If the accident involves a vehicle or a person, then the damage could not be covered using General Liability insurance.
    • Automobile Insurance: If the damage caused is due to an on-road vehicle, then a third party automobile insurance could pay for the damages. Though it covers damages, it does not cover injuries or accidents to tree workers due to automobiles.
    • Workers’ Compensation: The most expensive liability insurance is the workers’ compensation. When a tree worker is injured or met with an accident at work, the workers’ compensation covers the expenses to be paid for treating the injury, loss of wages and any other damages to the worker. This is one of the most important insurances that every tree removal Greenville SC businesses should possess.

    Why is it important?

    Many companies have business cards that say just “insured” on it, but not what type of insurance could they offer to their customers. This may be considered as a way to trick customers to sign up with those companies for companies that tackle tree removal in Greenville SC. Because, if a company fails to cover the workers’ compensation or general insurance when some damages are caused at work, then all the expenses should be borne by the customer. And, the company that said it was “insured” may just vanish into the thin air overnight.

    Thus, liability insurance is an unavoidable part of any tree removal service in Greenville SC and issuing a copy of the insurance certificates to all the customers are sure to make them rely on your more than other companies.

  • Startup Financing to Launch a Flooring Business

    flooring charlotte ncFinding investors or another financing option for a startup requires skills, planning and great communication skills. If you are planning to become a service provider of flooring in Charlotte NC, then you should know where you can start sourcing the funds to start your business.

    SBA

    The Small Business Administration is your best bet to get low interest loans or to find potential sources for funding your startup project. Apart from loans, you can also find information on grants, licenses and other resources that are necessary to get a new business up and running.

    Friends and Family

    If you think that loans may make you stressed out, then you can get some help from your friends and family, and ask them to contribute what they can to start your business. Most of them might lend you money without any interest and may accept to take it back in flexible terms. But, be careful to talk things over about your plans of repayment to avoid misunderstanding in the future.

    Credit Cards

    The next best option apart from SBA and personal financing is to obtain a Business Credit Card. Nowadays, many startup business use credit cards to take care of their routine transactions, purchases, etc. The flexibility in utilizing partial value of the total limit and in repaying in easy monthly installments is the major advantages in choosing the credit card route over others, when the above two options are not feasible to start your flooring services.

    Angel Investors

    If you have a perfect business plan and if you are so sure that your project can make a positive impact on investors, then you can save a lot of interest money by taking your projects to venture capitalists and angel investors. Only projects that could stand out from other business models in the market could obviously attract any interest from such investors. Thus, you should be able to think laterally and come up creative strategies that are feasible as well.

    Lending Agencies

    Your last resort for startup financing could be lending agencies that might offer you business loans, but with a slightly higher interest rates. Even then, most lending agencies will check your personal credit score and repayment history to make sure that you are serious about paying the loan back.

    If you are planning to start a company that offers business services like flooring sales and installation around Charlotte, North Carolina then try the above options one by one, from the top.

  • 5 Ways to Beat a DUI Case

    win dui caseDriving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is a serious traffic offense that could attract heavy fines, jail time and other penalties. In other cases, a DUI charge could result in the suspension of your driving license. It is important to note that beating a DUI charge is quite a big challenge but that does not mean that you cannot beat the charges. Whenever you have been charged with driving while intoxicated, the first and most important step that you should take is to hire a DUI attorney who will represent you in court. When hiring a lawyer, look for one who is very experienced and knowledgeable with regard to DUI cases. The following are four ways on how to beat a DUI case.

    Defend your rights

    The law requires the arresting officer to read to you the Miranda rights. He should inform you about your right to a lawyer, maintaining silence or anything you say may be used against you in the court of law among other rights. In this case, if the arresting officer failed to read to you about your Miranda rights during the arrest, your case is most likely to be thrown out of court. Having a good DUI lawyer will help to ensure your case is dismissed on these grounds.

    Challenge breath tests

    For you to be charged with DUI, the law enforcement officers are required to measure your blood alcohol content (BAC). You will have violated the traffic laws if your BAC levels are anything above 0.08 percent. The law enforcement officer will use a Breathalyzer to conduct these tests. However, you should note that this gadget must be used in a certain manner. On these grounds, your lawyer can argue that that the correct procedure was not followed or that the breatherlyzer was not properly calibrated and therefore the results obtained were not correct. This would be enough to beat the DUI case

    Challenge field sobriety test

    Even if you failed the field sobriety test, there is still a chance that you can challenge the results in court. In most cases, the prosecution will rely on the results of the sobriety test as well as the testimony of the arresting officer against you. As you will realize in most cases, the sobriety tests are inconclusive and therefore unreliable. A good lawyer can disapprove these findings by stating that you have a medical condition or a physical disability. He may also challenge the qualifications of the arresting officer to conduct field sobriety tests.

    Challenge the stop

    This is probably one of the best defences that you can use against DUI charges. There must be a good reason as to why the arresting officer stopped you in the first place. The arresting officer can only stop you if he suspects you of traffic infraction or if he suspects that you have committed a crime. If he stops you for any other reason, then you stand a good chance of being exonerated from the DUI charges.

  • What You Need to Know When Hiring Wealth Management Firms in Toronto

    Wealth management firms are more prevalent than they ever have been before.  This can be looked at as a good thing–more individuals and family are seeking out solid, professional advice to help them navigate the complex world of investing.  However, this can also lead to confusion over how to look for a wealth management firm that aligns well with your financial needs as well as your personality.

    Though the entire process seems simple, the truth is that you also have to prepare for it. You cannot just hire someone to do the job while you sit doing nothing. There are things that you need to be familiar of as well if you want this endeavor to end up the way you wanted to. Here are some of the things that you might want to know to help ensure you find a good fit:

    1. Not all wealth managers are actually good at managing investments. Some of them are just good at marketing and talking a good game. This is the reason why they are being hired to do the job. Wealth management firms want to bring back more clients without necessarily looking at how they can potentially grow their clients’ investments. Of course, this is not the type of partner that you want for your investment. Insist on looking at their track record of either out-performing or under-performing the market for long time horizons.
    2. Be aware of the fees that you might incur during the process. You’ll want a wealth management firm that is up front and clear about their compensation structure.  Typical models include fixed fee, commission, or a standard annual percent of net worth.  Understand how the fee structure might impact your long term net worth.
    3. Related services. Some wealth managers focus only on growing your assets. A more comprehensive approach could benefit you in the long run, as you integrate your financial needs for things like insurance, retirement planning, real estate planning and others.
    4. Determine if your wealth manager is really concerned in making your investment grow or if he is just concerned over his personal gains. You don’t want to partner with someone who is selfish and has no intention to help you. Therefore, to be safe, you have to do a trial partnership. Some wealth management firms in Toronto such as ETF Capital Management offer this. When you get this service, then you will have enough time to determine whether or not you are heading towards the right direction.

    It is not easy to choose the best partner for investment management.  Given how hard you have worked earning and saving your money, take the appropriate time to shop around for a suitable partner who can help you safely invest and grow your money… so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.