New Healthcare Laws that Affect Medical Records

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Numerous legislative rulings that affect healthcare have occurred within the last 5 years with the Obama administration. New legislation changes the way patients are insured, the types of technology medical practices are to use for medical records and overall changes to make healthcare service more affordable. To learn more about a few of these changes and how they affect medical practice, here is a brief summary of health care laws:

HITECH Act and Medical Practice: The HITECH Act focuses on changing the way practitioners record and manage medical information. Since the digital age is upon us, the government is pushing electronic health record systems (EHRs) to make documents more accessible for practitioners and more standard. The legislation is a standardization method for all medical practices to follow, in order to make the health record process more fluid.

The government encourages medical practices to switch to technology that incorporates EHR functions. One way that practitioners are making the switch and improving their documentation process is through medical voice recognition software (Dragon Medical Practice Edition). The software follows HITECH guidelines as it integrates with EHR programs and makes documentation as simple as possible through the means of dictation.

The Affordable Care Act and Medical Practice: Again, the federal government is trying to make health care more affordable for more people. Through this act, insurance policies are restructured in order to put more people on insurance, in hopes of reducing costs. The Affordable Care Act pushes medical practices to offer more affordable care for patients, which means a restructure of what medical practices do and what they provide.

Just as Dragon Medical Practice Edition enables practitioners to comply with HITECH standards, they can also reduce costs with medical voice recognition software, leading to reduced overhead costs and more affordable care for patients. Medical dictation software saves practices money through reduced transcription time and resources (a cut in labor and resource costs).

HIPPA Standards and Medical Practice: Patient confidentiality has always been a must for patients and practitioners. HIPPA standards make patient confidentiality even more important and strict for the switch to electronic health records. Luckily, medical software is being designed and implemented in such a way that it complies with HIPPA standards and protects confidentiality. Dragon Medical Practice Edition makes it possible to file with EHRs and protect all confidential information under the guidelines of HIPPA. Practitioners can rest assured that the new technology they use is developed for government health care laws.

Healthy Living 3 Lies You Tell Yourself That Keep You From Living The Healthy Life You Dream Of

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We all live 2 lives, we have the life we actually live and the life we dream of living. Whats standing in your way are little lies or resistance. Resistance to change causes us to lie to ourselves all the time. Our mind considers these healthy lies and it makes us feel better about not being the person we dream of being.
Here are 3 “healthy” lies you must stop telling yourself for they are keeping you from the healthy life full of happiness you dream of.

Lie # 1: I cant live a healthy life because of my genetics

Think to yourself for a minuteis that really true?

Why do we give ourselves this free pass? We tell ourselves things like “well, my whole family is overweight”, “well, my mother or father had cancer”, “well, Im destined to be this way” This is our resistance talking and keeping you from the healthy life you deserve. Its a bunch of baloney. Did you know that by the time you reach 50, your lifestyle, including your diet, determines 80% of how you age! The remaining 20% is inherited through genetics.

Truth: Genetics do not determine your health or quality of life, it is your choices.

Lie #2: I cant live a healthy life because I have no control when it comes to food

Think to yourself for a minuteis this really true?

You absolutely have control over what you put into your body. Your inner resistance is making you believe this crazy thought. Be careful, sometimes you cannot trust what you think, because its simply not true.

Truth: You have a choice. I used to eat whatever I wanted and it was all food that did nothing to nourish my body. It took being diagnosed with an auto immune disorder that made me stop and think about what I was doing to myself. I made a choice to give my body the nutrients I need every day because of what I want out of life. I want to not just watch my children grow, but be actively involved. Show them how to run and get the winning goal, show them the view from the top of the mountain, dance at their weddings, and play vigorously with my future grandchildren.

Lie #3: I cant live a healthy life because its too late, the damage has been done

Think to yourself for a minuteis this really true?

Is it possible that after years of neglecting your body, that you could live the healthful life you were meant to live?

Its never too late! Our human body has the incredible ability to heal itself given the right nutrients. The dietary and lifestyle choices you make everyday help to shape the underlying causes of most diseases and illnesses.

You control your health destiny, you! Nobody else can. Its your personal responsibility to take care of yourself. Stop telling yourself these little health lies!

Healthcare Reform Key Issues Unresolved

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The healthcare reform bill has passed in the US Senate. However both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate bills have yet to address important details affecting patient care. Oversight concerning the determination of medical necessity as well as provider network inclusion issues have greatly affected medical reimbursement and patient access to care. Many insurance companies reimburse medical expenses based upon a determination of medical necessity by the carriers claims department. In the absence of external oversight or regulation, the insurance carrier is free to deny care solely based upon their on private internal review.

Another key issue not addressed is how provider networks create financial barriers to care. Many insurance carriers reimburse medical expenses at lower rates or refuse reimbursements for out-of-network providers. Medical practitioners may also be excluded from insurance company networks for a variety of reasons. Practitioners may be required to limit medical procedures for patients and the number of office visits as a precondition for inclusion in the insurance network. Medical practitioners may also be required to accept lower rates of reimbursement for services provided to patients as another precondition to network inclusion. Some medical networks charge medical practitioners a fee for inclusion in networks.

The patients right to choose their own medical practitioner is not federally guaranteed by law. Additionally, there is no guarantee an insurance company will pay for medical services and patients often have no way to determine what will be paid until after a claim is submitted and a response is generated the insurance companys claims department. The federal government seeks to mandate health insurance coverage for all US citizens yet has not stipulated that insurance companies must reimburse patients for medical expenses nor is there language to address oversight of the determination of medical necessity.

The determination of reimbursements is often based on what is termed as usual and customary. Insurance companies have sole discretion over this aspect of reimbursement for general health insurance policies and may choose to exclude many procedures, office visits, and medical tests whether or not teams of doctors agree that such medical services are vital to the patients survival, recovery, or comfort.

The US House of Representatives and the US Senate have not addressed these details which represent core issues affecting healthcare outcomes for patients. Until these unresolved issues are rectified, it is unclear whether or not US citizens with health insurance coverage will have adequate access to medical care.

Benefit yourself with unique and affordable healthcare programs

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Unfortunately, these days most of the people are not able to afford the high cost of medical treatment. The cost of hospitals, medicines, doctors and treatments are very high. Even with insurance, the cost and issues dealing with the insurance companies, filing claims and navigating confusing policies can be a headache in itself. There are companies that can provide you with headache free, affordable insurance while still maintaining an excellent level of coverage.

Are you looking for one of the best credentialed providers that offer excellent healthcare programs? If so, then NBBI (National Benefit Builders, Inc) is your answer. NBBI is a wholesale benefits marketing company and specialize in providing unique healthcare saving programs.

This company is founded by Kevin Faherty and his expert team in 1991. Kevin Faherty of NJ is the CEO of NBBI. He was also the past president of Mutually Preferred PPO network in New Jersey and Group Insurance Association of New York. Kevin has been in the health insurance business for more than 39 years and also spent 17 years as the manager of underwriting for group life and health in New York.

Drawing on their decades of knowledge and experience, Kevin Faherty and his team offer a wide variety of value-added programs for various markets including Employers & Employees, Insurance Carriers & Managed Care Organizations, individuals, Associations & Affinity groups, Unions & Labor organizations, Financial Institutions, Credit units and much more.

The NBBI suite of programs and products is uniquely designed to provide maximum savings, affordable and comprehensive value-added benefits for both underinsured and uninsured. They designed their products to be utilized as direct to employee, consumer and affinity platforms that requires little or no administration. Some of their main products include AmeriDoc, Lifestyle Benefits, Discount Medical, Discount Dental, International Healthcare, HealthAfford and much more.

They are for-profit company and have got an A+ rating from BBB ( Better Business Bureau). They also provide Community assistance and outreach programs. Their main goal is making healthcare more affordable to the public.

The company also leases its networks to marketing insurance companies, organizations and TPA (third party administrators) on a wholesale basis. Kevin Faherty of New Jersey and his team believe in doing fair business. They actively monitor their clients’ website to ensure that their clients promoting and marketing their networks honestly.

To learn more about these excellent programs, you can either call or visit their website.

Yummy Healthy Soup Recipes

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Soup is one of the most nutritious ways to eat healthy and maintain a steady weight loss. There are many varieties of healthy soup recipes filled with delicious vegetables and meat for a hearty meal. Whipping up a scrumptious chicken soup or tomato soup will warm a persons body during those cold winter months taking the chill away. Healthy soups are simple to make and wonderful to eat. Here are two amazing healthy soups recipes.

Chicken Noodle Soup

A favorite pastime to drink is chicken soup which is easily created at home and sensational to eat loaded with healthiness in each bite.

Ingredients:

6 cups of chicken broth

1 lb boneless skinless chicken (remove fat)

1 cup of chopped celery

1 cup of baby carrots quartered

1 cup white onion

1 large parsnip chopped and peeled

1 bay leaf

1 tsp minced fresh garlic

tsp pepper

2 cups medium egg noodles uncooked

cup fresh dill

Cut chicken into small bite size pieces. In a large saucepan add chicken, broth, onions, celery, carrots, garlic, parsnip, pepper and bay leaf. Cover and bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for approximately 25-30 minutes until vegetables are tender and chicken is cooked. Remove bay leaf. Add in dill and egg noodles, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or so. Now enjoy an appetizing nutritional bowl of soup low in calories, fat, cholesterol and salt.

Hearty Tomato Soup

Dip into a hearty tomato soup packed with herbs and spices for an outstanding taste to delight a palate and easy to make. Rich in taste, this healthy soup is ideal for vegetarians and anyone alike.

Ingredients

4 4.5 lbs of fresh ripe tomatoes peeled and chopped

4 cups low sodium tomato juice

1 white onion diced

1 cup low fat milk (or skim)

2 garlic cloves minced

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon parsley

teaspoon salt

teaspoon pepper

In a large saucepan add the tomatoes and tomato juice and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Pour the saucepan into a food processor or blender until smooth. When tomato mixture is smooth in blender, pour back into saucepan. add milk, salt and pepper, basil, thyme, parsley, garlic, onion and milk. Stir and cook over medium heat until thick. This takes approximately 5-10 minutes. Serve with bread if desired. Soup will keep for one week in refrigerator in an airtight container.

These two wonderful hearty healthy soups are nutritionally delicious and filling. Garlic bread may be added to each to enhance the delightful flavor. To create garlic bread simply take a long french bread and slice the long way. Open up and on both inner sides spread yogurt butter then sprinkle garlic all over. Heat oven to 350 degrees and place garlic bread on cookie sheet. Place in oven until browned for approximately 10 minutes. Dip into the vegetable or chicken soup to add a bit of zesty flavor.

Assurant Names Healthcare Solutions Team Americas #1 Health Insurance Agency

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Lombard, Ill.Healthcare Solutions Team has been named Americas #1 Health Insurance Agency for a second straight year by Assurant Health.

The award was given to the Lombard, Illinois-based insurance agency based on the companys annual sales with Assurant Health. Overall in 2012, Healthcare Solutions Team had an annual sales volume of more than $83 million, which was a nearly 20% jump over the prior year.

Working with valued partners such as Assurant Health makes growth a realistic opportunity for our company, said Grant Born, principal at Healthcare Solutions Team. Our goal has always been to find the best health insurance coverage for families, individuals and groups while staying within their budgets. With the changes in healthcare reform, having a variety of plans to choose from has taken on even greater importance.

Its easy to succeed when given the right tools, said Joe Eichman, principal at Healthcare Solutions Team. Our agents really can find a plan for everyone.

He added that Healthcare Solutions Team is continually listening to top producers, looking for ways to help them improve their performance. The companys LeadMaster system is one such innovation that drives results.

Healthcare Solutions Teams LeadMaster is the most advanced lead and client management system the industry has ever seen, said Born. With fully integrated auto dialing, bulk texting and email functions, it has never been easier to manage and organize our clients and prospects while keeping them informed.

Eichman agreed: We have added to an already dynamic technology, which allows Healthcare Solutions Team agents to out produce any other agents in the industry.

When they excel, the whole company thrives, he continued. We nurture all of our agents so that they become true partners and our advocates in bringing consumers the best, most affordable health plans available.

Grant Born and Joe Eichman created Healthcare Solutions Team in 2007 and since then the company has grown into one of the countrys premier health and dental insurance agencies. Based in Lombard, Ill., Healthcare Solutions Team has agents across the country who provide personalized solutions and optimized plans to fit each individuals budget and needs. The companys goal is to make affordable healthcare accessible to everyone.

Assurant Health, part of Assurant (AIZ), a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500, is the brand name for a family of health insurance products focused on providing a variety of affordable plan choices to consumers. The companys portfolio of health care products includes major medical, supplemental and fixed-benefit plans for individuals, families and small employers.

In addition to being named Americas #1 Health Insurance Agency by Assurant Health for two years in a row, Healthcare Solutions Team was listed in 2012s Inc. 500|5000 and has been named Americas #1 Career Health Insurance Agency and Top Key Broker by UnitedHealthOne, as well.

For more information on Healthcare Solutions Teamincluding career opportunitiescontact Jackie at (630) 261-3000 or . Or, visit the companys website at www.HealthcareSolutionsTeam.com.

Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

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Most people start their new year with goals to get in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, similar to most resolutions when you are trying to maintain healthier habits, this might only last for a few weeks or months and then its back to the old ways. The following are some of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle that will help to motivate you to stay track.

To begin with, you can learn how to enjoy delicious meals again. At times, most people spend a lot of time just eating the fast food meals and will completely forget how real food taste. You can restore your taste buds with fresh vegetables and fruits, olive oil, herbs and spices and so on.

When you are not exercising and eating the right food, you will feel guilty all the time. But, if you are maintaining a healthier lifestyle this will remove all the guilt feelings.

You will definitely love the fact that you are able to shop for a pair of jeans or dress that you are wanted to wear for the longest while. This is because when you are in good shape and you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle, your clothes will start to fit much better.

Drinking a lot of water and eating fresh food items will enhance your skin tone. When you have healthy, moist skin because of proper nutrition this will prevent you from having creased or wrinkled skin. A good nutrition also indicates stronger and healthier nails and hair.

When you are overweight or obese, most of the stares will not be positive. But, when you feel and look good, this will result in the kind of stares that can make you proud.

If you are living healthier lifestyle, this will mean fewer visits to the doctor, lower premiums for health insurance and less need for prescription drugs.

A healthier lifestyle will improve your chances of seeing your children grow up to give your grandkids. Besides that, you will get to grow older without much health problems. If you are exercising and eating right, this will help you to age gracefully, stay healthy for a longer time period and suffer from little or no problems related to old age.

Overall, when can enjoy some of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle this will improve your quality of life. This means that you are lighter in weight and will feel better to do some of the things that will enable you to enjoy life. Whether you love to visit amusement parks, enjoy scuba diving, traveling or just your regular task at home, when you are in excellent health it will be easy to do anything you want

Health Care Services offered by Pediatrics of Louisville Pediatrics Sector

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This article has revealed all the healthcare services offered by pediatrics belong to Louisville Pediatrics sector.

In the recent few years, pediatrics has developed as a specialty in the medical sector. Before this, medical practitioners or physicians have to give treatments to the child or adolescence in the same way, as they give treatments to the adults. However, few years ago, most of the world-renowned medical practitioners and other experienced personalities belong to the medical sector have started focusing on better health and treatment of children. The focus and dedication of such qualified and reputable medical practitioners have lead to the inclusion of another type of specialization in the medical sector named Pediatrics. In this article, we have attempted to highlight the specialties of pediatrics sector in United States, such as Louisville Pediatrics.

Children go through different stages of their development. Because of this reason, pediatric medical sector has become one of the necessary parts of health care system. Because of the frequent changes in human body, techniques associated with health care of children have become bit different as compared to the health care of adults. Pediatric doctors possess a good knowledge about the development stages in children, because of which they can diagnose and treat health issues of infants, adolescence and children at every stage of their maturity processes in effective way. In addition, pediatric physicians possess good skills in giving safe as well as comfortable feelings to their patients.

Now, we will discuss about the certain types of medical practitioners belong to the sector of health care of children. Firstly, we will have some of the doctors dealing with general health of children. On the other side, some of the doctors focus on treatment of specific diseases, such as cancer. Most of the doctors dealing with health issues of children may work out of the offices, either in private way or by taking the help of some of the reputable specialists. In addition, some of the child doctors work in clinics, hospitals and reputable educational institutions located in any particular cities of United States.

Lastly, most of the doctors belong to the pediatric sector in United States, such as Louisville Pediatrics have some of the travelling physicians, which may visit different areas of the country and often in overseas to give expertise care to the children in case of unavailability of expert physicians. Based on the services offered by child doctors or pediatricians in the medical sector, we can come to an effective conclusion that pediatrics have major role in enhancing the overall health of children.

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What Makes Using An Infrared Sauna A Healthy Solution

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People nowadays are more health-conscious. We are more aware of what we eat or drink, we run marathons, juice vegetables, take natural supplements or enroll in yoga classes to keep our bodies fit and sound. As the world becomes more polluted, we resort to solutions that will, hopefully, keep us away from being vulnerable to diseases and other health problems. Despite a good number of healthy solutions, only a few can compare to those you can get by utilizing an infrared sauna.

Research has proven that infrared saunas can actually relieve pain, reduce blood pressure, promote weight loss, reverse heart disease, and best of all, fight cancer. They work by using infrared heaters to convert light into heat. The heat penetrates into the body’s tissues and heats water molecules to release extra toxins Without raising temperature,.

So how does an infrared sauna fight diseases? For one like cancer that grows on tissues due to poor circulation, the sauna can boost overall circulation and help distribute the necessary nutrients needed by the body’s tissues. For those suffering from congestive heart failure, saunas have been proven to strengthen the heart, improve blood pressure and help relieve arrhythmia. Infrared treatment has also been reported to reduce tumor volume to 86% in 30 days.

Moreover, the infrared sauna is useful if you want to reduce your blood pressure without resorting to prescription drugs because it can dilate blood cells and reduce thickness of the inner lining. Repeated treatment can also help impaired blood vessels function well and improve the lives of those suffering from high blood, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

For those with weight issues, the infrared sauna can be a healthy alternative to other means of sweating because 30 minutes inside it equates to 30 minutes of average aerobic exercise. Though it does not replace exercise efforts, it augments exercise routines.

Ultimately, if you want your body to reach its highest potential, go for this healthy solution. Don’t forget, however, to eat well, sleep well and exercise to achieve optimum health. For more information, visit
cancerdefeated.com/newsletters/Infrared-Saunas-A-Fun-Relaxing-
Way-to-Detox.html. This writeup explains more about the benefits of infrared sauna.

How To Be a Healthy Person

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If you want to be healthy, and I assume you do, then I have four words for you. Diet, exercise, hydration, and sleep. Without all of them in good working order, you will not be any healthier than a car that has plenty of fluids, except is oil. That car will not last, just like your body will not last.

They say you are what you eat, and there is some truth to that. If you eat poorly, you will have poor health. But more than that, even if you get plenty of exercise, drink lots of water, and get adequate rest, if your diet is poor, so will be your health. A healthy diet includes all food groups in the correct proportions. Your diet should consist of roughly protein, fruits, vegetables, and carbs. This is a simpler way than the food pyramid, food plate, or whatever they use these days.

To be healthy you also need to get enough exercise. The best combination is 3 cardio days per week, and 3 weightlifting days. And not just any exercise will do. I see guys at the gym all the time lifting weights, but never getting bigger muscles, women on the treadmills, never getting thinner, and one toothpick woman who never gets stronger. The reason is that the guys never push themselves by doing heavy weight or hard lifts, the fat women never go faster than a brisk walk, and the toothpick lady never lifts more than about 5lbs. You have to make it burn and keep getting better, stronger, and faster.

Your body is made mostly of water. 70% of you is H20, so you can imagine that drinking lots of it is kind of important. It turns out that it is, and that you will be much healthier with plenty of it. Almost every chemical reaction your body goes through to keep you alive and moving takes place in or with water and it wouldn’t happen without it. Getting enough can be tough though. The best rule to follow is to take 3-4 swallows of water every time you use the bathroom and drink plenty during and after workouts.

Lastly is sleep. This is the time your body repairs itself and gets ready for another day. If you don’t get enough, you don’t repair properly and consequences will follow. Don’t drink caffeine much either, because it will cause you to feel energetic when you are not. So it you are tired all the time and feel like you need a boost, try sleeping more instead of coffee. If you do, you will be a more healthy person.