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"As an organization resolutely committed to serving seniors, we recognize the need to seek new and creative solutions to address the needs of aging adults as well as those who care for them," stated Romilla Batra, chief medical officer at SCAN. "By taking services directly to seniors in their homes, and offering counselling that is culturally and linguistically sensitive to their needs, we have seen improvements in depression, anxiety and quality of life." Insights is an innovative approach to delivering behavioral health care to seniors and their caregivers in their homes or other locations of their choice and in their primary language. The Insights team of therapists can deliver services in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean. Program services are grounded in scientifically-tested, evidence-based practices and provided by licensed therapists at no cost to residents of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Launched as a pilot project in early 2016 by Independence at Home, a SCAN Community Service, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Washington, early results of the program have been promising in terms of clinical outcomes. "Having a mental health professional providing services in the comfort of a seniors' home, who speaks their language and at times shares the same culture, allows the client to feel more at ease, supported and secure, making them more likely to accept these services," said Alejandro Bulnes, mental health specialist and licensed therapist for Insights. "This approach provides the therapist a window into the reality of that client's life, which helps in establishing a strong therapeutic relationship, and also helps significantly in designing better treatment goals and interventions that make sense to the older person." During the program implementation phase, rates and severity of depression and anxiety were reduced among program participants and quality of life scores improved. Scientifically validated tools are used to measure participants' progress from beginning to end of the program. Early outcomes indicate that participants' level of depression fell from a moderate level at the start of the program to a mild level by the time they exited the program as measured by the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) tool.  Similarly, the participants' levels of anxiety fell from severe to mild as measured by the Geriatric Anxiety Scale (GAS-10). Participants' scores on the Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire (Q-LES-Q) also improved from start to end of treatment. This measure assesses quality of life or the degree of enjoyment and satisfaction experienced on a daily basis. "To date, more than 100 Southern California seniors and caregivers have completed the 8-12 month program of therapy. Results so far indicate that Insights has real potential to fill an important gap in providing behavioral health services to seniors and caregivers in their homes and communities and language of their choice. It also indicates that these evidence-based models can be implemented in home or community settings, bringing needed mental health treatment services closer to seniors residing at home," added Batra. "We expect to reach more than 200 patients in 2017, and our goals are to further improve patient outcomes, while also ensuring other senior-serving organizations may access and benefit from what we have learned." Dr. Batra will present initial findings from the Insights program during the Presidential Poster Session at the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society on May 18 in San Antonio, Texas. To learn more about SCAN, please visit about-scan. About SCAN SCAN is a not-for-profit organization committed to keeping seniors healthy and independent. That's been our mission since our founding in 1977. Today we deliver on that mission through SCAN Health Plan, one of the largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans in the nation. Independence at Home, a SCAN community service, provides vitally needed services and support to seniors, disabled adults and their caregivers. SCAN also offers education programs, community funding, volunteer opportunities and other community services throughout our California service area. To learn more, visit or or follow us on twitter @scanhealthplan. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

A system and method for determining eligibility for reimbursement for medical claims for patients may be implemented with computer software which compares a service providers patient information against a benefit providers database of covered persons to determine if the patient is eligible for benefits. The service provider records may be compressed by grouping all of the medical claims relating to a particular patient into one cluster represented by a composite medical claim, which may be used to query the benefit provider databases to determine if the patient is recognized. If the patient is recognized, every record within the cluster may be checked against the benefit providers database to determine whether one or more patient medical claims are eligible for reimbursement.

Methods and devices for improving measurements of test meter, and in particular for detecting a presence of an electrochemical sensor or strip in the test meter and a start time of an electrochemical reaction, are provided. In one exemplary embodiment of an electrochemical system includes an electrochemical sensor, a test meter, and a circuit. The circuit is configured to form an electrical connection with the electrochemical sensor such that the circuit can detect three distinct voltage ranges. The voltage ranges can be indicative of an absence of the electrochemical sensor, a presence of the sensor that is devoid of a sample, and a presence of the sensor with a sample. Test meters, methods for detecting when a sample starts to fill an electrochemical sensor for establishing when a reaction starts, and circuits for use with electrochemical strips, are also provided.

An optimized ACK-less (no acknowledgement required) communication between the client and the server is enabled. Regardless of distance between the client and server, complete synchronization between the mouse movement, or any other updates to the three-dimensional model, and the rendered result is attained. Maximum frame rate is also attained, without requiring the inefficiency, and resulting latency, of acknowledged packets

An SLI medical image sensor system captures one or more images of a skin lesion and generates a 3D surface map of the skin lesion using SLI techniques. A feature detection module processes the 3D surface map to detect certain characteristics of the skin lesion. Feature data of the skin lesion is generated such as size, shape and texture. A feature analysis module processes the feature data of the skin lesion. The feature analysis module compares the skin lesion to prior images and feature data for the skin lesion. The feature analysis module categorizes the skin lesion based on templates and correlations of types of features.

Scan Inc | Date: 2013-06-28

A scanner for monitoring signals at one or more frequencies having a processor for performing various functionalities of the scanner in accordance with a set of instructions including a menu of selectable menu items; a display for displaying the menu items; and at least one variable selector operatively coupled to the processor for selecting menu items. The scanner also includes a receiver for receiving serial data regarding an event from a local transmitter.

Scan Inc | Date: 2012-05-22

Tomographic data representing an imaged three-dimensional object is divided into macro blocks and filtered by visibility and presence in a projected frame of a rendered three-dimensional object to speed rendering of the object. The data are loaded and rendered in parallel for improved speed and capacity.

Described herein are systems and methods to utilize factual information based on stored analyte data to allow greater insight into the management of diabetes of a user.

The software of the present invention provides a means for creating a file of unpaid claims for a service provider. The software is used to create one or more queries to compare information in the file of claims against records in a benefit providers database to determine the eligibility status of the claim. A file is created containing each claim for which a matching record in the benefit providers database is found, and the information from that matching record. A report can be generated from the file of matching claims and benefit provider records, so the claims can be submitted for payment by the service provider.

An SLI cosmetology image sensor captures one or more images of an anatomical feature and generates a 3D surface map of the anatomical feature using SLI techniques. A feature detection module processes the 3D surface map to detect certain characteristics of the anatomical feature. Feature data of the anatomical feature is generated such as size, shape and texture. A feature analysis module processes the feature data. The feature analysis module compares the anatomical feature to prior images and feature data for the anatomical feature. The feature analysis module categorizes the anatomical feature based on templates and correlations of types of features.

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