Archive for the ‘Life Line Screening News’ Category
April 15, 2015
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June 9, 2014
Each year, the top “100 Great Community Hospitals” list is released by Becker’s Hospital review. The list is based off of accolades, quality and service to the local communities.
We have an amazing list of hospital partners that help us achieve our health screening awareness and prevention goals. We are proud of all of our hospital partners and the work that they do, and we want to congratulate our hospital partners that have been recognized as great community hospitals:
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center: Cheyenne Regional Medical Center dates back to 1867, when it was established as a tent hospital constructed by the Union Pacific Railroad to treat workers injured while building the transcontinental railroad. Today, the 222-bed hospital includes a medical staff of more than 170 clinicians and upwards of 2,000 employees. The hospital is home to the state’s first Level II trauma center and comprehensive weight loss surgery program.
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast: Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is a younger institution, opened in 2003, but its role in the Florida Panhandle is sturdy. The hospital — part of Pensacola, Fla.-based Sacred Heart Health System, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ascension Health — includes a spine center, heart and vascular center, and family birth place. Truven Health Analytics named Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast as one of its 100 Top Hospitals in 2014.
St. Francis Downtown (part of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System): St. Francis Downtown is a 245-bed facility with all private rooms. The community hospital, part of Marriottsville, Md.-based Bon Secours Health System, offers a full range of services, including open-heart surgeries and bone marrow transplantation. CareChex ranked the hospital in the top 50 in the nation for overall medical care, and it is one of Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals for 2014.
St. Mary Medical Center: The 374-bed St. Mary Medical Center was founded by the Sisters of St. Francis in 1973. The hospital includes a staff of more than 700 physicians who provide care at the hospital’s cancer, heart and vascular, trauma and orthopedic centers, among other services and specialties. Truven Health Analytics named St. Mary Medical Center as one of its 100 Top Hospitals in 2014.
We are the nation’s leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings [http://www.lifelinescreening.com/What-We-Do/What-We-Screen-For], for more information on our current lists of hospital partners, click here .
May 1, 2014
Today is the first day of May, so at Life Line Screening we are kicking off National Stroke Awareness Month in a BIG way.
Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, making it a serious condition. Studies show that almost 80% of all strokes are preventable and nearly 85% of all strokes that occur show NO warning signs.
So to promote National Stroke Awareness Month and to raise awareness, we are giving away five stroke screenings for FREE. Want to increase your chances of winning? Share the infographic below, follow us on social media and refer a friend – you’ll earn extra chances to win a free stroke screening package. Winners will be announced in June.
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October 31, 2013
Grace Carswell (pictured) formerly underwent the carotid artery screening provided by Life Line Screening. The screening uses noninvasive ultrasound technology to create images of the carotid arteries and measure blood flow through them. The purpose is to detect potential plaque buildup.
“I have been a fan of Life Line Screening since I heard about [it] awhile back,” said Carswell in a statement. “I think it is the bargain of the century and can be a lifesaver for so many.”
Because of this personal experience, Grace was dismayed by a recent Kaiser Health News story that aired on NPR.
The story focused on community-based screening and cast a negative light on the services of Life Line Screening. The story included a number of misrepresented facts and misleading assertions, and Life Line Screening Reviewing Physician Lisa Sheppard, MD, set the record straight in a recent blog post titled “Community-Based Screenings: An Accurate and Affordable Option for Preventive Health.”
“The argument that screenings would lead to a greater likelihood of a stroke because a patient who discovered they were at risk would then initiate a conversation with their physician about the best treatment approach, and may actually be treated, sells short the physician, the patient and the fundamental value of prevention,” Sheppard said in the post.
Carswell immediately posted on Facebook and the LLS blog, supporting Dr. Sheppard, and further explaining her opinion.
“This article says you can do more harm than good by checking for plaque in the arteries. I cannot believe they tell you not to check for this,” she said. “I did and [they] found a mild buildup, so now I changed my diet to prevent further buildup and hopefully reverse it.”
One of the points in the Kaiser Health News article mentioned that many of the tests performed by Life Line Screening are included on a list of procedures healthy people should avoid, as advised by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
“Don’t screen on healthy people? Why would you wait until you are near death?” Carswell commented. “Life Line Screenings are a very inexpensive (less than a tenth of the cost in a hospital for the same thing) way to get this information which could be life-saving if you use the results to change your lifestyle,” she added.
Are you a former Life Line Screening customer? What was your screening experience like? Please share with us in the comments below.
October 28, 2013
A recent story written by Kaiser Health News which appeared as a segment on National Public Radio and on their website focused on the community screening industry, and Life Line Screening in particular. While our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Andrew Manganaro and the perspective of one customer are represented in the story, it also included a number of misleading assertions and misrepresented facts.
It is important to first note that Life Line Screening has collected the largest database of screening results of its kind, which we are making available to academic researchers for free to help add to the evidence-base around the utility of screening and better understanding of vascular disease. This research collaboration has resulted in numerous academic publications. In fact, our focus is on using academic means, excellent clinical quality and clear patient education to help move individuals, and the nation’s conversation, towards better outcomes through preventive health. Our work is based on rigorous protocols and customer follow-up, and our team is comprised of noted clinical experts, reviewing physicians and a celebrated Chief Medical Officer. To imply otherwise or to suggest that we are irresponsibly promoting unnecessary screening is simply wrong.
The most concerning element of the article is a statement from a representative of the AAFP that following a carotid artery screening, “the patient is more likely actually to have a stroke because of the screening and subsequent testing and possible surgery than if they’d never been screened at all.”
There is no data or studies to support this claim. Ultrasound is a non-invasive, no-radiation, medically-accepted technology used widely to perform examinations, including in emergency rooms by the bedside, and in hospitals across the country that offer screenings themselves. The argument that screenings would lead to a greater likelihood of a stroke because a patient who discovered they were at risk would then initiate a conversation with their physician about the best treatment approach, and may actually be treated, sells short the physician, the patient and the fundamental value of prevention. Indeed, sometimes the “watchful waiting” described in the article may be the best course of action once the patient has consulted their physician – but that doesn’t mean that the screening wasn’t valuable or accurate, since the patient would likely not have known they even had a condition or risk factor worthy of “watching” otherwise.
In the words of noted physician, Matthew Mintz, Associate Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine, with whom we consulted, “As a point of clarification, screening does not make it more likely that a person will have a stroke. There is some concern that the follow-up testing or possible surgery could cause a stroke, but newer, modern methods of follow-up and the expertise of an experienced surgeon make this possibility far less likely than older research assumed. Learning that you have an early stage problem means you can make decisions that may help you live longer, live healthier and be in control of your health. This is part of the conversation you should have with your doctor, and you may find that screening is an excellent choice if you have risk factors and are interested in learning what is going on inside of your body.”
The story also alleges that “many of the findings are false positives.” This is simply not the case. At Life Line Screening, we are highly committed to accuracy and quality, and we have extensive experience delivering on this commitment – as we have provided more than 8 million screenings (as the article notes).
In fact, we have conducted a side-by-side audit study in the U.K. that found excellent accuracy when correlating our findings to the standard criteria used by United Kingdom hospital vascular and radiology departments. We are also in the process of completing additional research in the U.S, and we are confident that these findings will further support the accuracy of our screenings.
The piece suggests that Life Line Screening tests “healthy people.” In fact, we screen based upon recognized appropriate risk factors. The vast majority of our clients have one or more notable risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, or diabetes, and the average age of our patients is 62, well within a clear risk category. That’s far from the characterization of broadly screening healthy people, and in contrast, supports that our screenings offer a valued healthcare service for today’s seniors – many of whom face significant access to care challenges and need or prefer options outside the traditional system. When a patient comes to our screenings, they learn about healthy behaviors and risk factors, become more educated, more knowledgeable, and hopefully more empowered to take care of their health.
Finally, the article includes the opinion that, “when information comes in the form of an advertisement or promotion, regardless of the source, be skeptical.” The reality is that doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and even dentists all advertise their services. Many of these organizations or businesses are also “for profit.” Does that mean that we should assume that any healthcare service that invests in raising awareness of its offerings should be discounted or considered warily? If so, many of us would likely have to go out and find new providers for all our health needs. Indeed, as a for-profit, Life Line Screening is carefully transparent about its prices and services, contrary to most peoples’ experiences with healthcare billing.
Hopefully this information and data help clarify some of the information presented in this recent story. If you have any further questions about Life Line Screening and the services the company provides, feel free to reach out to Joelle Reizes, the company’s Global Communications Director, at JReizes@llsa.com.