Finance Broker in Hawkesbury NSW Launches Their New Financial Planning Service

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First Choice Mortgage Brokers is celebrating the launch of their new Mortgage Broking service in the Hawkesbury area. https://www.firstchoicemortgage.com.au/

We wanted to expand with our full suite of services to residents of the Hawkesbury like Mortgage Broking, Financial Planning and Car Finance.”

— Tony Bice

HAWKESBURY, NSW, AUSTRALIA, January 27, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — First Choice Mortgages Brokers, Finalist in the Australian Broker Awards will expand its business into the suburbs of the Hawkesbury Region. Where most businesses tend to just post some flyers and leave it at that, First Choice Mortgages Broker has decided to be a little more unique with the start of its new Mortgage Broking Company in the Hawkesbury by offering a free finance review to residents.

Tony Bice, CEO at First Choice Mortgages Brokers, says: "We wanted to expand with our full suite of services to residents of the Hawkesbury like Mortgage Broking, Financial Planning and Car Finance".
First Choice Mortgages Broker has always made a point of standing out when compared to other Finance Brokers in the Sydney area.

There are new products launched into the home loan market almost every day. Our team at First Choice Mortgage Brokers can compare hundreds of different home loan products to tailor a package that suits your individual finance needs.

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The celebration will be a great way for residents to feel more like they are wanted and support a hard working and dedicated local business.

First Choice Mortgages Brokers has been serving the Sydney area since 2003. To date it has served over 5,000 customers and has become recognised as making finance easy for their clients.

Tony Bice also said: "While First Choice Mortgages Brokers may not be the only business with this kind of offering, local residents are choosing First Choice Mortgages Brokers because we continue to stay current with what they want, which at the end is the best possible loan."
Here is one of their thousands of testimonials " Hello all, thank you so much for the lovely hamper I was thrilled to receive it, such a treat.

So grateful to you all for helping me sort out my finances and getting me back on track, the relief I am feeling from this refinance is huge!

Thanks guys, I will strongly recommend you to others who may be looking for loans, re finances etc”.

Regards
Carol Katoomba NSW

Further information about First Choice Mortgages Brokers and their new service, they can be discovered at https://www.firstchoicemortgage.com.au/.

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Liquid Packaging Cartons Market: Global Industry Analysis, size, sales and Forecast by 2024: Research Report Insights

Liquid Packaging Cartons Market: Global Industry Analysis, size, sales and Forecast by 2024

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MUSKOKA, ONTARIO, CANADA, January 24, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The global market for liquid packaging cartons is expected to reach US$ 12.0 Bn in revenues, by 2016 end. During the forecast period 2016-2024, global liquid packaging carton market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 5.5%. Growing consumer preference toward packaged food and beverages will continue to drive market by 2024 end.

Coupled with increasing adoption of packaged foods and beverages among consumers worldwide, recyclability of uncoated paperboard materials are estimated to remain the key drivers to the market growth over the forecast period. Moreover, several governments across the globe are supporting beverage cartons, owing to their eco-friendly properties and lower carbon footprint. Facilitated storage, transportation, minimal wastage will play a key role in pushing usage of cartons among beverage manufacturers. Convenient use and extended shelf life of beverages are the key factors expected to continue fueling the adoption of beverage cartons by consumers. More than 4% growth of global food retail industry is also a key driver catapulting the global liquid packaging cartons market.

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Superiority of glass containers and plastic packaging over liquid cartons in maintaining original taste, preventing contamination, affordability, durability, and reusability will remain longstanding challenges to the growth of liquid packaging cartons globally.

Based on product type, liquid packaging carton market is expected to witness the highest growth in gable top containers segment, attributed to growing consumption of milk and other dairy products. Demand for shaped cartons is also anticipated to increase. On the basis of opening type, twist opening segment will thrive significantly, owing to rising need for re-closable feature. Straw-hole segment will create the most lucrative market for beverage cartons over the forecast period.

Global liquid packaging cartons market is projected to witness a CAGR of 5.5% during the forecast period 2016-2024. Asia Pacific will remain a prominent market, gaining 170 BPS and registering a CAGR of 6.4% by 2024 end.

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Based on material type, demand for aluminum in liquid packaging cartons is anticipated to propel, attributed to burgeoning consumption of processed milk. On the basis of application, wine and spirits segment will register the highest CAGR by 2024 end, compared to dairy products, and juices and drinks.

According to region, Europe will remain the dominant market over the forecast period, followed by Asia Pacific – majorly China and India. Europe will witness a decline of 220 BPS, whereas APAC is expected to grow by 170 BPS, at a healthy CAGR of 6.4% by 2024 end. Market growth in APAC is attributed to growing consumption of carton milk and packaged beverages – 1.6X over the forecast period. Asia Pacific will continue to represent the leading manufacturer, exporter, and consumer. APAC’s annual growth is slated to remain impressive over 6% during the forecast period. Prominent importers of beverage cartons include Australia, ASEAN countries, and Europe – led by France.

Key players in the global market for liquid packaging cartons include Elopak Inc., Evergreen Packaging Inc., IPI s.r.l., Refresco Gerber N.V., SIG Combibloc GmbH, Tetra Pak Inc., Weyerhaeuser Company, Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd, TidePak Aseptic Packaging Material Co., Ltd, and Adam Pack s.a.

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Will new law help keep our communities safer?

Criminon program delivery in Washington, DC Detention Facility

Criminon program delivery in Washington, DC Detention Facility

Criminon participant with course materials

Criminon participant with course materials

Too many inmates have left prison a “better criminal” than when they entered, due to the severe lack of vocational and education programs

“There is no person alive who cannot make a new beginning.”

— L. Ron Hubbard, The Way to Happiness

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, January 24, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Editorial written by John Stanard

A new era has emerged for criminal justice by the recent signing into law of the criminal justice bill called the FIRST STEP Act. With this new law, which implements key vocational and educational programs for inmates in federal prisons, we hope that the high rate of inmates returning to prison across the country will be improved.

For years there has been controversy over the fact that inmates in detention facilities and federal prisons do not have access to rehabilitative programs. Our communities are endangered when offenders are released with little or no vocational skills or the ability to earn a living. Often times an incarcerated person serves time and is released a “better criminal” than when he or she entered. We all benefit when a returning citizen re-enters society with life skills enabling him or her to be a productive citizen.

Washington, DC, like many areas in the country, suffers from a high rate of incarcerated persons returning to prison within a few years. Up to 75% of offenders were rearrested within 5 years according to a 2014 Bureau of Justice Statistics study which covered 30 states. [1] Many people working in the criminal justice field believe that it will take a cooperative effort between government, nonprofit and faith-based organizations to effect real change.

Perhaps, The FIRST STEP Act, signed into law by President Trump on Friday, December 21st 2018, which seeks to provide the many needed programs to federal prisoners to reduce the risk of recidivism, will begin this new change.
These programs are based on the belief that all men have value and that anyone can turn their lives around and make a better life.

As the National Director for Social Betterment Policy and Programs for the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office, and national criminal justice reform advocate, I feel that the FIRST STEP Act is a move in the right direction. Our criminal justice system needs to adopt positive approaches towards those who have been imprisoned. We need to make available useful programs that provide training and skills to allow individuals to lead productive lives post-incarceration. The FIRST STEP Act provides funding for such programming as well as a mechanism to reward those who take advantage of that programming.

The programs provided for in the FIRST STEP Act provide the services that prisoners need in order to make the changes and gain the skills they need to become better prepared for reentry as successful and contributing members of society. These services can range from literacy training and general education to specific job training and programs to improve their outlook on living productive lives. One such program which has been active both nationally and internationally is Criminon, www.Criminon.org, an international non-profit dedicated to the rehabilitation of criminals through a suite of secular educational life skills programs based on the works of author, humanitarian and philanthropist, L. Ron Hubbard.

Matt Robinson, president of Criminon New Life DC said that their work in the Washington, DC, Detention Facility over the last 15 years has been rewarding and successes from those incarcerated are very encouraging. One participant recently told them, for example, that since he started the Criminon program, ‘It has elevated my thinking. I no longer place the blame on others for the wrong that went on [in] my life. I no longer run from reality. I embrace it and look for solutions to fix the situation.’”

The motto of Criminon is taken from the book The Way to Happiness, (www.thewaytohappiness.org) by L. Ron Hubbard, in which he writes, “There is no person alive who cannot make a new beginning.” Mr. Hubbard also stated that, “A criminal career always begins at the moment when the criminal-to-be loses his self-respect,” and that is what Criminon addresses with this program.

Criminon is supported by the Church of Scientology and its parishioners, and has gotten 23,000 inmates through the program in 23 countries across the globe.

We will all be hoping for real change in the criminal justice field to ensure that the recidivism rates (when a convicted criminal reoffends) are reversed and more inmates are honestly rehabilitated.

Notes
[1] Durose, Matthew R., Alexia D. Cooper, and Howard N. Snyder, Recidivism of Prisoners Released in 30 States in 2005: Patterns from 2005 to 2010 (pdf, 31 pages), Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, April 2014, NCJ 244205.

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PatchMaster Announces New Location in Southwest Michigan

Local PatchMaster franchise owner Mike Kauffman to provide fast and professional solution for drywall repairs

Having had past success with franchise business models and systems, I sought out an additional business as a development and growth opportunity for my employees.”

— Mike Kauffman, owner of PatchMaster servicing SW Michigan

ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN, USA, January 23, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — With nearly four decades of success in home services as HouseMaster Home Inspections, Master Home Services is setting its sights on the small drywall repair market through the expansion of its new PatchMaster franchise. The is announcing the launch of a territory servicing Southwest Michigan, which is owned and operated by Mike Kauffman of St. Joseph, Michigan.

PatchMaster’s business model offers customers a fast, professional solution for drywall repairs. Most busy handymen, large drywall companies or contractors don’t want to perform small drywall repairs. Service professionals like plumbers and electricians often don’t have the resources to fix holes they leave behind.

PatchMaster specializes in fixing holes caused by renters, plumbing leaks and those DIY projects that just can’t seem to get finished. In most cases, PatchMaster can complete the job in one visit.

Kauffman started his career working in a family lumber yard, which was one of the largest distributors of drywall and sheetrock in Michigan at the time. He then spent more than 30 years in engineering, marketing and operations for several multi-national companies after college. A decade ago, Kauffman took the entrepreneurial leap and started several businesses, including a HouseMaster home inspection franchise, a holiday lighting business and home rental and renovation venture.

“Having had past success with franchise business models and systems, I sought out an additional business as a development and growth opportunity for my employees,” Kauffman said. “As a home inspection business owner interacting with buyers and sellers of new and existing homes, I saw there was a market for a professional company to provide drywall and plaster repairs services that was not being met. In researching franchise options, PatchMaster had the most to offer.”

Kauffman is inspired by the legacy his father and grandfather created, who started and ran their family-owned lumber yard business for over 50 years. Two of his sons are actively running his other businesses with the support of a leading national franchise organization. Through all his ventures, Kauffman said he has learned the importance of hard work, meeting commitments and putting the customer first in everything you do.

Currently, PatchMaster has more than 25 franchises signed in 56 territories with 19 franchises opened and operating, with more opportunities to develop franchises across the U.S. and Canada.

“We feel that PatchMaster is one of the best low-cost franchise opportunities to come along in a very long time,” said Kathleen Kuhn, CFE, President and CEO of PatchMaster and HouseMaster. “Decades of experience in home service has helped us fine-tune the PatchMaster model and provide a primed franchise offering to our owners. I’m amazed at how fast our PatchMaster franchisees are growing their customer base and hitting profitability.”

The initial franchise fee for a PatchMaster franchise territory, which consists of a population up to 250,000, is $19,500 USD. Ongoing fees include a technology fee and a downward sliding scale for royalties starting at 9 percent. Franchisees attend a week-long training program at the company’s headquarters in Somerville, New Jersey.

PatchMaster is a low-cost franchise with a quick ramp up period. No drywall experience is required for owners – PatchMaster provides all the training, tools and resources to learn the model and run the business. Franchisees have access to support for marketing, including digital marketing and social media, job pricing, hiring, managing technicians and financial management.

Master Home Services is known for a strong commitment to customer service. With more than 315 franchise areas across North America, HouseMaster holds a Net Promoter Score of 92 (a customer satisfaction ranking higher than Apple and Ritz-Carlton). Franchise Business Review has named HouseMaster a top franchise brand in its franchise owner satisfaction category since 2009.

Additionally, HouseMaster’s average gross sales are the highest in the home inspection franchise market. With a proven track record in the three most critical home service franchise criteria – customer experience, franchisee satisfaction and average gross sales – Master Home Services has the know-how to make PatchMaster one of the fastest-growing and most successful service franchises.

For more information on this home services franchise, visit http://Patchmaster.com.

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ABOUT PATCHMASTER

Headquartered in Somerville, New Jersey, PatchMaster is a home services franchise brand offering customers a fast and professional solution for drywall repairs. The company provides high quality drywall services for small holes, dings and dents, typically finishing jobs in one visit. In a matter of months, PatchMaster already has more than 25 franchises signed in 56 territories with 19 franchises opened and operating. Backed by Master Home Services, the parent company of HouseMaster, the original home inspection franchise with more than 315 locations across North America, PatchMaster is positioned to revolutionize the home services industry as a pioneering drywall franchise across the United States and Canada.

Visit http://patchmaster.com or call 1-844-PATCHMASTER to learn more.

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Former Chief Counsel of PBGC, Israel Goldowitz, Joins Preeminent National Law Firm’s Washington, D.C. Office

Marcia Wagner, the Managing Director of The Wagner Law Group,is pleased to announce that attorney Israel Goldowitz has joined the firm as Partner.

Our amazing team of attorneys is now joined by one of the nation’s foremost experts in employee benefits, whose vast experience, including as Chief Counsel of the PBGC, speaks for itself.”

— Marcia Wagner

BOSTON, MA, USA, January 23, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Marcia Wagner, the Managing Director of The Wagner Law Group, widely recognized as the country’s top ERISA and employee benefits law firm, is pleased to announce that attorney Israel Goldowitz has joined the firm as Partner. “Our amazing team of attorneys is now joined by one of the nation’s foremost experts in employee benefits, whose vast experience, including as Chief Counsel of the PBGC, speaks for itself. We are extraordinarily proud to welcome Izzy,” says Ms. Wagner.

Mr. Goldowitz has more than 35 years of experience in employee benefits, most notably with mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, and bankruptcy as they affect pension plans. As the Chief Counsel for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), Mr. Goldowitz led the legal teams that helped save the pensions of such companies as Chrysler and American Airlines. He also led the legal teams that negotiated pension protections with such companies as Sears and Gannett.

Mr. Goldowitz is a seasoned litigator who has helped establish several key precedents in the U.S. Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals. Among them are decisions upholding mandatory arbitration of withdrawal liability claims, defining the rules for terminating single-employer plans and for related asset distributions, and confirming the application of ERISA in pension disputes in bankruptcy.

Mr. Goldowitz began his career with the United Mine Workers of America Health & Retirement Funds, a pioneering group of multiemployer plans. He was the lead PBGC attorney on multiemployer transactions, rulings and advice for many years, and most recently, oversaw that work as PBGC’s Deputy General Counsel for Program Law and Policy. He has also had charge of several friend-of-court briefs that helped shape the law governing multiemployer plans.

While serving as Deputy General Counsel, Mr. Goldowitz also oversaw the development of regulations and other guidance for the PBGC single-employer and multiemployer insurance programs and advised Congress on legislative proposals affecting those programs. Additionally, he advised on retirement security in general, including new models for improving employee coverage while limiting employer cost and exposure.

Mr. Goldowitz is well known in the ERISA and bankruptcy community and to leaders in government, business, employee, and retiree associations, and academia. He is a frequent speaker and has written book chapters, articles, and continuing legal education materials on both employee benefits and bankruptcy topics. Mr. Goldowitz is a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and is active in the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association. He served on the Labor and Benefits Advisory Committee to the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Chapter 11 Reform Commission and co-wrote the report of the pension subcommittee. Mr. Goldowitz has taught in the Georgetown University Law Center Masters of Law program since 1991 and is a member of the John Marshall Law School Employee Benefits Advisory Board. He earned his J.D. from George Washington University National Law Center and his B.A. in History from Boston University.

The Wagner Law Group:

The Wagner Law Group has been dedicated to the highest standards of integrity, excellence and thought leadership for over two decades and is considered to be the nation’s premier ERISA and employee benefits law firm. With 37 attorneys in nine offices, it provides unparalleled legal advice to its clients, including large, small and nonprofit corporations as well as individuals and government entities nationwide and in several foreign countries. The firm’s attorneys combine many years of experience in their fields of practice and include those who are AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and have been named to the prestigious Super Lawyers list for 2018. The Wagner Law Group is nationally ranked as a Tier 1 Best Law Firm by the U.S. News & World Report and is certified as a woman-owned and operated business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

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PGC and SFS Compliance Solutions Announce Partnership

Precision Global Consulting (PGC) and SFS Compliance Solutions (CS) announce partnership on independent contractor classification solution.

We’re excited to partner with CS on this as we feel that their innovative and consultative approach to working directly with IC’s is a great compliment to PGC.”

— David Bagheri, PGC Managing Director

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, January 23, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — January 2019 sees Precision Global Consulting (PGC) and SFS Compliance Solutions (CS) announce partnership on independent contractor classification solution. This move combines the experience and expertise of both companies to create a comprehensive talent management solution.

PGC is a workforce management platform that employs workers on its client’s behalf. They engage directly with a workforce and take on the legal responsibility for those workers – managing payroll, taxes, insurances, benefits, contracts, compliance and day-to-day HR issues. An in-house legal team helps to navigate the complex U.S. employment landscape, whilst their custom technology makes sure that back-office processes run like clockwork.

Complimenting and adding to these services is Compliance Solutions direct sourcing program model. As a conflict-free managed services firm, their broad-based solution supports businesses in screening and engaging independent contractors in a way that protects both parties. They are compliance-focused, and technology-driven, working directly with businesses to help them meet their external talent objectives and to properly classify and quickly onboard workers – ensuring that IC engagements are safe from the start.

PGC’s Managing Director, David Bagheri, is looking forward to working with CS to offer a full-service solution to clients: ‘We’re excited to partner with CS on this as we feel that their innovative and consultative approach to working directly with IC’s is a great compliment to PGC’s specialty in providing a seamless solution in managing W2 employees on client’s behalf. Both companies are powered by technology, meaning businesses looking for a compliant partnership for their workforce management will have an efficient and accurate offering as well as a great user experience for both clients and workers. Whether an engagement is best suited to an IC or W2 engagement, through our partnership with CS, we can offer our clients the full solution they need.’

Also commenting on the announcement Ken Hernandez, Co-founder and CEO of SFS Compliance Solutions: ‘Our focus at Compliance Solutions has always been on supporting clients with their engagement of independent contractors. But our clients also require payrolling services to support freelancers who have to be or prefer to be engaged as W2 contractors. PGC is the perfect match for Compliance Solutions because they focus solely on payrolling, HR and benefits for W2 contractors. Together, we deliver a cohesive and seamless solution to fully align with our clients’ direct sourcing and freelancer talent strategies.’

Michael Matherly, Co-founder and COO of SFS Compliance Solutions noted some of the initiatives behind the decision to partner with PGC: ‘Our commitment to a conflict-free business model is what lead to the partnership with PGC. We’ve always believed that joint, yet competing services offered by a single provider present a conflict to clients. So when we established our IC compliance and agent of record services model in 2015, we intentionally avoided becoming an employer of record. Our strategic objective has always been to identify and partner with a payrolling firm that specializes in employer of record services, only. PGC is a great find for us because now we can jointly take on clients, each of us deliver the service we are experts at and avoid the conflict while still providing a full-service solution.’

IC misclassification has been brought into the spotlight in recent years due to a material shift in the workforce toward more freelance and contingent workers and by some high-profile court decisions and regulatory tightening at the state and federal level. This increasing issue has seen many businesses suffer losses in the way of penalties and back-payment of taxes and benefits – further highlighting the importance of properly classifying workers. By collaborating in this way, PGC and CS are able to fully serve the direct sourcing and administrative needs of mid- to large-size companies. Additionally, the new alliance serves as a single back office solution for staffing firms, enabling them to confidently recruit and place Independent Contractors and W2 contractors across the US.

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CCHR Asks Lawmakers to Address Epidemic as First Priority

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

Restoring Human Rights Dignity in the Field of Mental Health

Restoring Human Rights Dignity in the Field of Mental Health

According to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Inspector General, Florida was second only to New York for Medicaid fraud recoveries in 2016.

Florida needs an effective system to verify mental health billing validity before heeding calls to funnel more money into a fraudulent system.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FL, USA, January 22, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — As one of the top states for fraud, Florida remains a hot bed for health care fraud with South Florida leading the region for such cases for the past 20 years. In 2018, Sam Konell, a longtime liaison between mental health clinics and Miami-Dade’s criminal court, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for funneling state-court defendants to a corrupt clinic. This one case cost taxpayers an estimated $25 million. [1]

Due to the tens of millions of dollars in fraud, the Florida chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is warning lawmakers of the need for an effective system to verify mental health billing validity before heeding calls to funnel more money into a fraudulent system.

“Florida’s well documented history of health care fraud, including that of mental health, necessitates a better system for detecting and preventing fraud,” said Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida. “Millions of dollars are stolen from taxpayers and some of our most vulnerable citizens are abused in this epidemic of insurance billing fraud.”

South Florida isn’t the only problem area in the state. Shawn Thorpe, President of Coastal Bay Behavioral Health in Jacksonville, faced charges for $1.4 million in Medicaid fraud in 2017 for a scheme created when he partnered with Ruben McLain, a man who secretly operated under a false name since he was already banned from Medicaid remuneration due to earlier fraud crimes. Thorpe and McLain both plead guilty. [2][3]

Florida’s involuntary examination law is another example of potential fraud given the fact that a person sent for examination, known as a Baker Act, can be held for up to 72 hours before it is determined whether they even met the criteria for incarceration in the first place and the psychiatric facility still bills insurance for the stay. There were more than 199,000 Baker Act initiations in Florida during fiscal year 2016/2017 and with a reported average length of stay at 4.5 days the potential for abusive use and fraudulent billing of Baker Acts is very real.[4][5]

The gray area of what constitutes mental illness and the vulnerability of mental health patients appears to contribute to the ease with which fraud can be committed. As a prime example the manual psychiatrists use, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, grows every year with new disorders that are largely voted into existence by popular opinion and void of any scientific basis yet these “disorders” all come with an insurance billing code so that the psychiatrist can label a person and get paid for controversial “mental illnesses” such as Caffeine Intoxication Disorder.[6][7]

“Without a better system for detecting psychiatric insurance billing fraud Florida will see the epidemic continue and the taxpayer will foot the bill,” said Stein.

For more information on psychiatric fraud or to report abuse please call CCHR Florida at 727-442-8820 or visit www.cchrflorida.org.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit www.cchrflorida.org

Sources:
[1] http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article201667554.html
[2] http://www.jacksonville.com/news/metro/2017-10-14/pair-faces-fraud-charges-tied-medicaid-payments-jacksonville-mental-health
[3] https://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/22/1-billion-alleged-medicare-fraud-money-laundering-scheme-leads-to-florida-arrests.html
[4] http://www.votersopinion.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Baker-Act-Overview-2013.pdf
[5] http://www.usf.edu/cbcs/baker-act/documents/annual_report.pdf
[6] https://www.cchrint.org/issues/dsm-billing-bible/
[7]https://www.psychiatry.org/File%20Library/Psychiatrists/Practice/DSM/APA_DSM-5-Contents.pdf
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-opioid-crackdown-20180628-story.html
https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/news/2017/03/08/medicaid-fraud-recoveries-top-165m-in-florida.html

Diane Stein
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COASTherapy Announces the Opening of its New Location in Orange California

COASTherapy Orange California

Fitness

Rehabilitation

January 2018 – COASTherapy acquired a well-renowned practice formerly known as Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center, located at 1111 W. Town & Country Rd # 1.

Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel”

— Eleanor Brownn

ORANGE , CALIFORNIA , USA, January 22, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — COASTherapy maintains a superior physical therapy experience with innovative techniques at their three locations: Huntington Beach, Anaheim Hills, and now Orange.
“I am so thrilled to expand our reach into the heart of Orange County that is surrounded by so many excellent physicians and hospitals.“ says Kathy Coakley, COASTherapy’s Owner and Director. “Our goal is to become involved in community events and local businesses with our niche of Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. Our locations in Huntington Beach, Anaheim Hills, and now Orange allow us to deliver the finest care and give back to our amazing cities.”

Kathy established COASTherapy in 1987. With her extensive background working with 17 different USA Teams, two Olympics, and running the medical team for BMX and Skating for Vans, she inspires the high-quality and innovative care provided at COASTherapy. “Our level of care goes further than most Physical Therapy clinics. Our top-notch therapy techniques are the result of having a highly experienced team of Physical Therapists that are immersed in rehabilitation, fitness, and continuing medical techniques. Our team’s deep passion for helping others goes beyond the walls of COASTherapy. We have included modern techniques into our practice such as Graston Technique, cupping therapy, KT taping, vibration therapy, and the ML830 Cold Laser.” Says Kathy.

Ariel Shore, the new Director at the Orange clinic is not only a great Physical Therapist, she is also a highly experienced Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and holds the top certification for Graston technique. Ariel is also a part of USA Weightlifting, a ranked CrossFit Athlete and CrossFit Games competitor. She takes pride in the team of COAST Physical Therapists as they take their medical knowledge outside of the clinic and have a true passion for health, fitness, and helping others.

For more information about COASTherapy please visit our website at www.coastherapy.com. You can also call us at any of our three locations to book a free consultation and experience our level of care first hand.

Huntington Beach (714) 962-7712
9036 Adams Ave Huntington Beach, CA 92646

Anaheim Hills (714) 974-0330
6200 E Canyon Rim Road Ste 113E Anaheim Hills, CA 92807

Orange (714) 997-5518
1111 W Town & Country Road Ste 1 Orange, CA 92868

ABOUT COASTHERAPY
In 1987, Olympic and U.S. Athletic Trainer and Therapist Kathy Coakley established COASTherapy. A Physical Therapy Alternative was established shortly after, with the commitment that all patients will receive the highest personalized care possible for their physical therapy, rehabilitation and fitness. COASTherapy provides rehabilitation, wellness, and fitness services to all individuals in Orange County and beyond.

Kathy Coakley
COASTherapy
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Intermountain Precision Genomics Program Unveils New Panel to More Accurately Classify Cancer Risk, Treatment Options

The ICG100 Myeloid Malignancies Panel from Intermountain Healthcare includes 63 genes and uses peripheral blood, bone marrow aspirate, fixed samples, or extracted DNA, to find faulty gene alterations through next-generation sequencing.

This panel is a laboratory-developed test that identifies variants of clinical significance and matches cancer patients with molecular targeted therapy options.”

— Tom Neuwerth, Intermountain Precision Genomics Clinical Development Manager

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, USA, January 22, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Intermountain Precision Genomics has developed a new gene panel that will provide clinical utility to classify and diagnose certain types of blood cancers.

The ICG100 Myeloid Malignancies Panel includes 63 genes and uses peripheral blood, bone marrow aspirate, fixed samples, or extracted DNA, to find faulty gene alterations through next-generation sequencing.


“The Myeloid Malignancies Panel will help clinicians accurately classify risk and guide treatment for patients,” said Jeremy Wallentine, MD, hemato-pathologist and medical director of the molecular laboratory at the Intermountain Central Laboratory. “For cancer patients that may require more aggressive therapies, the Myeloid Malignancies Panel allows for appropriate classification at diagnosis.”

Dr. Wallentine added that the panel offers additional insights, tools, and resources to help pathologists and oncologists understand the molecular evolution of a patient’s cancer.

“It also meets the updated guidelines set by the World Health Organization classification system for AML (acute myeloid leukemia), which is directly correlated to prognostication,” he said.

The ICG100 MMP identifies variants in genes that are known to be associated with a number of cancers, including acute myeloid leukemia, myeloid proliferative neoplasm, myeloid dysplastic syndrome and myeloid dysplastic/myeloid proliferative overlap disorders.

“This panel is a laboratory-developed test that identifies variants of clinical significance and matches cancer patients with molecular targeted therapy options,” said Tom Neuwerth, MB(ASCP)CM and CQA(ASQ), Intermountain Precision Genomics Clinical Development Manager. “The ICG100 MMP demonstrated robust, reproducible performance in the laboratory when compared to other methodologies.”

The ICG100 MMP test delivers results from multiple genes implicated in various myeloid lineage cancers in one test, as opposed to a diagnostic odyssey of single gene/single DNA variant evaluations. This provides a faster turnout-time and more diagnostic/prognostic information utilizing less of the sample. This all leads to oncologists getting the best information in a quicker setting to help treat the patient.

Intermountain Precision Genomics is a service of Intermountain Healthcare. For more information about Intermountain Precision Genomics, please visit: precisioncancer.org.
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Jess Gomez
Intermountain Healthcare
+1 801-718-8495
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Intuition Salon and Spa Raising Money to Help Friend in Need

Intuition Salon and Spa: Natural and Organic Hair Care

Intuition Salon and Spa: Natural and Organic Hair Care

Intuition Salon and Spa: Natural and Organic Hair Care

Intuition Salon and Spa: Natural and Organic Hair Care

Intuition Salon and Spa: Natural and Organic Hair Care

Intuition Salon and Spa: Natural and Organic Hair Care

Local business owner Dawn Shannon announced this week that all three Intuition Salon & Spa locations are collecting donations to help a friend fight cancer.

He is very socially conscious and just a really great person so when I learned he had cancer I knew I had to help.”

— Dawn Shannon, Intuition Salon & Spa

CLEARWATER, FL, UNITED STATES, January 21, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — When a long-time friend and WMNF 88.5 radio personality, Scott Elliott, learned he had cancer he also learned that he had friends who were willing go the extra mile to help him in his time of need.

Dawn Shannon is one such friend. Shannon, the owner of Intuition Salon & Spa is holding a special fundraiser on January 26th at all three salon locations to help Scott Elliott meet the financial demands of treatment. On that day 15% of all salon services will be donated to a fundraiser in support of Elliott.

“In addition to everything else he does, Scott is a wonderful massage therapist and he has been with us for a long time,” stated Dawn Shannon. “He is very socially conscious and just a really great person so when I learned he had cancer I knew I had to help.”

In 2018, an estimated 1,735,350 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the United States according to the National Cancer Institute and the number of new cancer cases per year is expected to rise to 23.6 million by 2030. For those diagnosed with cancer, fighting the disease is just part of the battle due to the financial burden that comes with such a diagnosis.

With three locations in the area Shannon hopes to raise enough money on the 26th to help support Scott while he Is unable to work. To learn more about the fundraiser, Dawn Shannon or Intuition Salon & Spa please call 727.443.2927 or visit the website at http://www.intuitionsalonandspa.com/

About Dawn Shannon: With over 25 years of experience, Dawn Shannon has worked with local and national celebrity client’s around the country and founded Intuition Salon & Spa to create a friendlier high-end salon environment, where every client can experience the Intuition Magic. Requiring that every artist working in her salons continue their advanced training in color, cut and style, ensures the quality Dawn demands at Intuition while maintaining a relaxing, professional and fun salon experience. Specializing in organic color and color correction, Dawn Shannon’s Intuition Salon & Spa has three locations in the Tampa Bay area. For more information visit http://www.dawn-shannon.com/

Diane Stein
Intuition Salon & Spa
+1 727-443-2927
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