Healthcare Archive

The Good News About Flu Season

The summer is winding down and we are approaching flu season. Nevertheless, there is good news for patients and providers regarding the flu: The flu shot is now covered (with no corresponding patient responsibility) by more plans than ever before. First, as a quick reminder, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes a general

Medical Office Coding – Its not about the shoes!

Over the years as an administrator and consultant I have been regularly surprised by some of the methodologies used by physicians to assign a CPT code for a patient encounter. My favorite was a cardiologist from Ohio who always used a 99213 unless the patient had beat up shoes, in those cases he would give

Proactive Patients Seeking Healthcare Information Prefer Surfing the Web Over Turning Pages in a Book

A new study, from the University of California, Davis shows that patients prefer using the internet to obtain healthcare information over asking friends or using reference books.

Study Conclude that Technology is Crucial in Providing Patient Centered Care

Implementing Healthcare Technology solutions is not only a necessity for practices but also for patients.

Feet Care: Make Your Feet Last Long

Healthy feet are precious. They support the weight of the body and help you in walking and running.  It is better to take care of your feet before someone else has to take care of you.  A little foot problem can result in dangerous infections that can make you inactive and dependent. Our feet support

The Shifting Out-of-Network Reimbursement Playing Field

Recent lawsuits and industry changes have dramatically altered the out-of-network reimbursement ‘playing field.’ Additionally, pending litigation is aimed at further redefining certain aspects of the body of law that governs out-of-network reimbursement. It’s important that healthcare providers understand the new ‘rules of the game.’ In an effort to shed light on these changes, upcoming blogs

Are House Calls making a Comeback?

Several factors suggest that the old-fashioned practice is returning, thanks in part to an aging population and the many advances in healthcare technology. An Aging Population of baby boomers seems to be creating a growing need for physicians who make house calls. According to the Journal of the American Medical association, house calls to Medicare

UN To Hold First Summit on Non-communicable Diseases

As the General Assembly gathers in New York this September 19-20, 2011, at the United Nations, the first ever summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will be held.  The summit, officially called the “High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases” will bring together global health leaders to

Affordability: The Future of Health Insurance

The Departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury have taken the next steps in establishing Affordable Insurance Exchanges – State-based competitive marketplaces, which launch in 2014, designed to provide individuals and small businesses with access to one-stop marketplaces where they can choose a private health insurance plan that fits their needs and offers the

The Rise in Online Health Engagement

Health consumers now have better access to information and can easily track their personal health data online as reported by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and the California HealthCare Foundation. This report has shown the trend of self-tracking of health by consumers for the first time in a national survey. As