Thursday, February 25, 2016

Waitress opens April 24, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Waitress opens on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre 
Stars Tony Award-winner Jessie Mueller as Jenna. Other members of the cast include Drama Desk, Eric Anderson, Nick Cordero, Christopher Fitzgerald and so many more. The play is based on the film written by Adrienne Shelly and produced in 2007. Set design by, Scott Pask, costumes by Suttirat Larlarb, lights by Christopher Akerlind and audio done by Jonathan Deans. Waitress will be produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick.
Rehearsal started Feb 8, with some cast in show in production like Chazz Palminteri's A Bronx Tale at the Paper Mill Playhouse, directed by Robert De Niroand Jerry Zaks, "Queer As Folk" (Showtime), "Lilyhammer" (Netflix), "Law & Order: SVU" (NBC/Universal), A Stand Up Guy (2B Films), Going In Style (Warner Bros./New Line), "Degrassi: Next Generation" (Nickelodeon), "Flashpoint" (CBS) and "Heartland" (CBC) to name a few. 
With this line up it is sure to be a don't miss show.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

California Independent Providers vs Provider Networks

With uncertainty in everyday life, having an experienced  physicians, managers and surgery center operators like Medical Director Dr Alexander Zaks knowledge and expertise to navigate the complexities of California’s workers’ compensation system makes all the difference in medical treatment provided. The staff at Alex Zaks' surgery center facilities are conscious of the obligation to insure patients are treated with the proper care, respect and fairness. Alexander Zaks M.D. does not operate, manage or direct under the constraints of an provider networks to treat patients according to their medical needs and not the interests of an insurance carrier’s profitability that some medical providers, who are part of a Medical Provider Network, may have in reducing treatment costs.

Neither Dr. Zaks nor the physicians with whom he works over-treat patients Dr. Zaks is focused on ensuring that patient’s rights are protected under applicable workers’ compensation laws while balancing the interests of employers and insurance companies.

Employer Health Care Insurance in California

Health care fraud is commonly associated with claims fraud committed by workers’ compensation patients who exaggerate their injuries or medical providers of California who fraudulently bill insurers for expensive procedures that were never performed. However, fraud can also be committed by any of the many participants in the health care system, including employers, who have already developed an array of tactics to corrupt the workers’ compensation insurance system.

• Misclassification:

Employer’s workers’ compensation insurance rates are based on several factors, including the percentage of employees in high-risk jobs. As an example of misclassification, employers will fix their records to show heavy equipment operators as office clerks, a relatively safe job with substantially lower workers’ compensation premiums. According to a study from the University of California Berkeley, employers in high-risk industries in California may hide up to 75% of their payroll, or about 100 billion dollars, in the most dangerous jobs sectors. The study found that this misclassification fraud forces other employer’s workers’ compensation insurance premiums up to 800% more than if all workers were classified accurately. 

• Off-the-books payments:

Another form of employer insurance fraud involves companies that pay employees in cash or falsely categorize an employee as an independent contractor, keeping the employees off the books so that the company’s records show fewer employees to secure lower workers’ compensation premiums. According to research from Harvard University, these off-the-book payments cost the state of Massachusetts 100 million dollars a year in unpaid workers’ compensation premiums. The study showed that one in seven construction workers in Massachusetts is hired off the books or fraudulently classified as an independent contractor.

Another fraudulent scheme hatched by employers is failing to carry workers' compensation insurance altogether.  In this case, the employer thinks they are better off financially to eliminate the cost of insurance premiums, taking the risk that the state will investigate and discover the fraudulent and illegal lack of insurance coverage. If a worker is injured on the job in this scenario, the cost of care falls to the public insurance system, while the state must go through a lengthy legal process to recover costs from an employer.

Penalties for such fraud vary by state, ranging anywhere from a temporary order for the business to stop operations until it complies with the workers’ compensation insurance requirement, to a permanent closure of the business.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

California Medical Provider Networks

Audits by the state of California found a repeated pattern of underutilization at Western Dental Services, with procedures that typically require multiple visits performed all at once and using inferior quality materials, compressing the cost of treatment also providing a substandard level of medical service for patients. The state found that the underutilization fraud stemmed from Western Dental’s method of compensating dentists in its provider network.

According to the General Accounting Office, 1 out of every 10 dollars in health care is lost to fraud, more than 100 billion a year. A report prepared by the California Research Bureau, at the request of the California State Senate, titled; 'Fraud and Abuse in the Health Care Market of California', found that while the media’s coverage of workers’ compensation fraud focuses on false claims fraud for workers seeking treatment for non-existent injuries and unscrupulous medical providers billing insurers for services that were never performed, it largely ignores the problem of insurance fraud in the private sector that accounts for more than 60 percent of health care expenditures.

The report highlights three distinct types of insurance fraud:
• False statement
This form of fraud occurs when false information is supplied for an individual or collective gain and can be utilized by all participants in the workers’ compensation insurance system: an employee, employer, health care provider or insurance company.

• Bribery and Self-Referrals
In this case patients are channeled to a specific medical provider in exchange for a kickback or patients are referred to a treatment facility that is owned by the referring party.

• Underutilization
The final type of fraud is repeated poor quality of care. Underutilization refers to a systematic pattern of substandard medical treatment.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Alexander Zaks interventional pain management Surgeon

Alexander Zaks interventional pain management Surgeon
Though one may hope it will never be necessary, there may come a time when a chronic pain disorder becomes so severe that the services of an interventional pain management surgeon will be required. For over a decade, Alexander Zaks has been a trusted surgeon, anesthesiologist, and pain management specialist to Southern Californians seeking relief from chronic or work-related pain and suffering. In fact, Dr. Zaks and his expert team of nearly 100 work diligently from the Comprehensive Outpatient Surgery Center located in Beverly Hills to treat thousands of patients who suffer from chronic and acute pain, as well as work related accidents.
Alexander Zaks Is A Pain Management Specialist

Whether an individual is suffering from back pain, seeking remedies and treatment for severe arthritis, or needs expert relief from a specialist who accepts California worker’s compensation insurance, Alexander Zaks has the licenses, training, and experience to take care of it.

A Georgetown University School of Medicine graduate, Alex Zaks’s area of expertise is in pain management and treatment solutions. With no history of malpractice or sanctions, Dr Alexander Zaks MD is a name that can be trusted for proper pain management remedies.
Alexeander  Zaks Is An Interventional Pain Management Surgeon

When other treatments fail, surgery may be necessary in order to treat chronic pain or pan that is associated with work related injuries. Dr. Alexander Zaks is a licensed interventional pain management surgeon and has the expertise and wisdom to know when a surgical remedy is required for relief, and what type of procedure will be best. It is critical that patients are referred to pain management surgeons like Alex Zaks who will make every effort to treat pain and suffering carefully and responsibly through various methods before resorting to a surgical procedure. Dr. Zaks is sure to always explain possible outcomes of any surgical processes, walks patients through the process of what they should expect, answers any questions, and ensures that his patients are comfortable with the procedure that may be recommended to them.

Alexander Zaks may recommend pain management procedures such as:

• Epidurals
• Facet blocks
• Trigger point injections
• Disc decompression
• Laminectomies
• Disc decompressions
• Radiculopathy
• Chronic pain issue operations
• Acute spinal pain issue operations
Alexander Zaks MD is an Anesthesiologist

Anesthesiology Board Certified and a DABA Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology , Alex Zaks is fully qualified to care for the thousands of patients who are seeking solutions for their problems due to a variety of acute and chronic pain disorders. These certifications are a prestigious honor which took Dr. Alexander Zaks years of hard work and dedication to obtain. After earning a MD degree, Dr. A. Zaks spent another four years in residence before passing a rigorous oral and written examination process. Paired with his experience and concern for patients, Alexander Zaks is a pain specialist in southern California.

Whether referring a patient to an interventional pain management surgeon or seeking one out for yourself, it is critical that the specialist selected is as highly qualified and skilled as Dr. Alexander Zaks MD.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Dr. Alexander Zaks DABA Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology

Dr.Alexander Zaks is an American trained M.D., Anesthesiologist and surgeon with a sub specialty in Pain Management. Dr. Alexander Zaks is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist who has practiced medicine in California for nearing twenty years. He is a respected member of the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the California Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Alexander Zaks also serves as the Medical Director of the ComprehensiveOutpatient Surgery Center in Beverly Hills California.

What Does It Mean to Be A Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology?
Dr. Alexander Zaks has a steadfast commitment to high quality care with a Board Certification in Anesthesiology. Board certification goes beyond the M.D. licensure to help further qualify a doctor's knowledge, experience and expertise to provide high quality care within his or her specific specialty. As a DABA Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, Dr. Alexander Zaks provides medical management and consultation during the perioperative period, in pain medicine and in critical care medicine. A diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology must have a solid command of the clinical skills, technical acumen, knowledge, judgment, adaptability and personal characteristics in order to achieve excellence in the entire scope of an anesthesiology practice.
A diplomate of the Board is capable of serving as an expert in issues related to anesthesiology, evaluate situations with other medical professionals and provide advice in the many aspects of the specialty of anesthesiology. A Board certified anesthesiologist, like Dr. Alexander Zaks, is likewise capable as heading an anesthesiology care team.

Dr.Alexander Zaks is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology. Due in part to the nature of anesthesiology, ABA diplomates like Dr. Alexander Zaks, must be ready to manage developing life-threatening situations in independently and quickly. The ability to independently procure and evaluate information quickly is critical to ensure individual responsibility for all aspects of anesthesiology care. An ABA diplomate must possess the ability to organize and clearly present rational diagnoses and appropriate treatment protocols to their peers, patients, patient's families and others medical team members.
Dr. Alexander Zaks Has a Solid Reputation for Clinical Excellence
Among the many things that set Dr. Alexander Zaks apart, his commitment to regularly achieving superior clinical outcomes in a responsive, patient-focused setting are paramount. Choosing your medical doctor or Board CertifiedAnesthesiologist is one of the most important health care decisions you can make. There is nothing more important than safeguarding your health or the health of a family member.
Your physician will be your partner in health care, there to help you understand your options and guide you to the most effective treatments, which is why it is so fundamental to choose carefully. Dr. Alexander Zaks has a proven track record and solid reputation as a first-class practitioner who delivers consistently positive outcomes with proven methods, technologically advanced treatments and exceptional patient care. 
  • American trained M.D.
  • Member of the American Medical Association
  • Board Certified Anesthesiologist
  • Fellowship in Pain Management
  • Practicing Surgeon
  • Member of the California Society of Anesthesiologists
  • DABA Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Interventional Pain Management Specialist
  • Member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dr. Alexander Zaks Specialist in Pain Management

Dr. Alexander Zaks, specialist in pain management, has devoted his entire career to helping people ease their painful symptoms. As a pain management dr, with admitting privileges at 2 hospitals, Dr. Alexander Zaks understand how debilitating and even crippling pain can become. That’s why Dr. Alexander Zaks decided to make it his life’s work to provide medical care that reduces or alleviates pain. For example Dr. Zaks has overseen treatment procedures on patients ranging from minor to major like:

• Epidurals
• Disc decompression
• Discectomy
• Spinal cord stimulation
• Osteotomy
• Intrathecal pump implant
• Trigger point injections
• Fusion

Dr. Alexander Zaks Believes Pain Isn’t Part of the Healing Process

Dr. Alexander Zak’s interest in pain management began early in life. He’s always focused on figuring out how to help patients with severe pain. He doesn’t believe patients should just grin and bear the pain. His undergraduate degree focused on psychology and biology. These majors aided his knowledge of the human body and how pain affects people. Dr Alexander Zaks continued his education at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

It was during his post-graduate training, where Dr. A Zaks acquired additional understanding of pain management. During his medical and anesthesiology residencies, he treated patients in pain from chronic and acute medical conditions.

However, Alexander wasn’t satisfied with his medical knowledge he gained from those residencies. To help patients he knew he had to learn more about relieving and reducing painful symptoms. So, he completed a pain management fellowship at the University of Southern California Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Alexander Zaks still wasn’t satisfied with his pain treatment knowledge or medical understanding.

Throughout his career, he’s continued to earn certifications and licensure like:

• Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, 1998
• State of California License # A54137, issued April 1995
• Advanced Cardiac Life Support 2008

Of course, Dr. Alexander Zaks knew to fully help his patients he must continue his medical education and lifelong learning through these memberships:

• California Society of Anesthesiologists
• American Society of Anesthesiologists
• American Medical Association

Patients Trust Dr. Alexander Zaks

As a pain management specialist, Dr. Alex Zaks believes patients are more than a name on a medical chart. Patients are the only one who can feel their pain.

Dr. Alexander Zaks MD is the type of pain management Doctor who listens to his patients as they describe their pain symptoms.

This helps him to determine the best pain management treatment for each patient. Whether a patient has back pain, arthritis relief or spinal pain, Dr. Alexander Zaks always works to determine the best course of pain treatment. This is why patients, whether they have workers’ comp or health insurance trust Dr. Zaks. He doesn’t treat insurance companies… Dr. Alexander Zaks MD treats patients in pain.

Patients Receive Only the Best from Dr. Alexander Zaks

Dr. Alexander Zaks is a medical director of a medical facility which employs 80 to 100 employees that treat thousands of patients with pain symptoms. In addition, he’s a practicing specialist in pain management, anesthesiologist and surgeon. He has no malpractice history and no sanction history. Dr. Alexander Zaks is board certified and specializes in treating worker’s comp patients and anyone in chronic or acute pain.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Physician Profile Dr. Alexander Zaks, MD, Anesthesiologist, Fellowship in Pain Management

About Dr. Alexander Zaks
anesthesiologist-Alexander-ZaksDr. Alexander Zaks M.D., is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, practicing surgeon, pain management specialist and Medical Director of the Comprehensive Outpatient Surgery Center. With a career spanning nearly twenty years, Dr. Alexander Zaks is a respected member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the California Society of Anesthesiologists, and the American Medical Association. Dr. Alexander Zaks is American-trained and graduated from Georgetown University’s Medical School in 1993 after completing his undergraduate degree at UCLA. 
Dr. Alexander Zaks & the Comprehensive Outpatient Surgery Center
As Medical Director of the Comprehensive Outpatient Surgery Center in Beverly Hills, Dr. Alexander Zaks manages and works alongside nearly one hundred employees dedicated to helping treat thousands of patients. His broad range of professional experience in anesthesiology, surgery and pain management makes him uniquely qualified to head the Beverly Hills surgical center. In his work at the Comprehensive Outpatient Surgery Center in Beverly Hills, Dr. Alexander Zaks is responsible for overseeing the work of the distinguished medical professionals who provide expert care to individuals from all over the globe. Dr. Alexander Zaks works alongside other physicians, surgeons, Anesthesiologists, Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, Intensive Care Trained Registered Nurses, Chiropractors and other surgical specialists delivering cutting edge treatments and first-class care.
Dr. Alexander Zaks & Specialized Pain Management Treatments
Alexander-Zaks-Medical-CentersAs a highly rated interventional pain management surgeon, Dr. Alexander Zaks counsels patients and other medical professionals to find the best procedures, treatments and surgeries for individuals suffering from chronic pain. Working with all types of individuals to find relief, including worker’s compensation patients, he is committed to helping chronic pain sufferers find lasting solutions. Dr. Alexander Zaks performs or oversees the performing of procedures like epidural steroid injections, Facet blocks, pulsed radiofrequency treatments, Disc decompressions, Laminoplasty, percutaneous disc nucleopathy, Discectomy and many other valuable treatment options. As Dr. Alexander Zaks himself relates, “Chronic pain is not something you must be resigned to live with, there are many treatment options available to help you feel better and enhance the quality of your life.” 
Dr. Alexander Zaks, in his work as an advanced pain management specialist, attends to patients with chronic back pain, spinal pain, ongoing arthritis pain and other chronic pain issues. With a fellowship in Pain Management, Dr. Alexander Zaks has dedicated a large part of his practice to helping patients suffering with chronic pain find relief. In his practice, Dr. Zaks sees many workers’ compensation patients and is well informed on the particular issues inherent to California worker’s compensation cases and employee rights under worker’s compensation.
Dr. Alexander Zaks Core Specialties
With an almost twenty year commitment to medicine, high standards of care, cutting edge pain management treatment, expert anesthesiology and exceptional surgical care, Dr. Alexander Zaks is one of the most respected health care professionals in California.