Does It Take a Village? The Role of Community in Prevention

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Apr 10, 2015 10:00:00 AM

What is the role of the commuity in preventing conditions, like childhood obesity? Moderated by NPR Correspondent Allison Aubrey, this multi-disciplinary group of experts explores community-based prevention initiatives that have led to sustainable health solutions, including reductions in childhood obesity, and will discuss how those approaches can be scaled up.

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Topics: Health Reform, Weekly Video

Will Telemedicine Be On The Rise in 2015?

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Jan 1, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Happy New Year! Let's start the New Year off with a prediction about medicine in 2015.

On Oct. 31, 2014, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) presented plans to expand reimbursement to Medicare beneficiaries for telehealth services. By covering remote patient monitoring of chronic conditions under the existing CPT code 99091, CMS implemented a rule that is thought to significantly broaden Medicare payments for remote patient monitoring of chronic conditions. In other words, it is thought to expand reimbursements for telemedicine.

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Topics: Health Reform, Office Manager's Corner

"How Do We Heal Medicine?"

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Dec 12, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Dr. Atul Gawande tackles "How Do We Heal Medicine?", a 2012 TED Talk on shifting the focus of medicine to actually treating people.

 

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Topics: Health Reform, Weekly Video

Death of the Small Practice

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Oct 2, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Ken Alston, chairman and president of MedVision, wrote an article titled "The Death of the Small Practice", which addresses how ACA policies and legislation will benefit larger physician networks and eliminate small practices in the long run. This is due to the fact that large physician groups are able to cut costs, increase patient outcomes, and even communicate, refer, and consult with other physicians much more easily within a network.

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Topics: Health Care News, Health Reform, Office Manager's Corner

The Telemedicine Debate

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Sep 15, 2014 10:00:00 AM

The American Telemedicine Association defines Telemedicine as medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status. Telemedicine includes a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless tools and other forms of telecommunications technology.  

A recent article presented by Physician's Practice, brings up the debate in the medical world of the viability of telemedicine. Does this growing trend in medicine improve patient care and patient outcomes?

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Topics: Health Reform

Protecting Medical Records

Posted by Michael Hood-Julien on Sep 4, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Data protection is an area of particular importance for office managers. In the past few years, medical records have quickly shifted from being mostly paper to electronic; it is estimated that most hospitals and more than half of all health care providers have made the shift. This has left many wondering if their medical records are safe. 

As the source article mentions, a recent attack resulted in 4.5 million records stolen. How can a person be sure that in a world where NSA has compromised our privacy that medical records are safe? 

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Topics: Health Care News, Health Reform, Office Manager's Corner