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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.

Healthcare Staffing Agencies Provide Complete Solutions When Looking For Doctor Jobs

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Medical professions have gone global. This means that now there are more job opportunities offering more practice options at desirable locations. With the globalization of medical professions, job openings for doctors have escalated in recent years. Having the right credentials associated with your name will definitely give you a good start, but if you don’t know how to navigate the job market then it can become awfully stressful. Offering such assistance is the work of healthcare staffing agencies that can represent you, and this is why these agencies are thriving so well in the healthcare industry.

Awareness among the general public of the benefits of better health and fitness has resulted in greater demand for the services of physicians. Although there are ample physician vacancies, most medical professionalsespecially doctors who have recently completed their trainingrequire assistance in identifying suitable practice opportunities where they can implement their knowledge and gain meaningful practice experience to benefit them in the long run. Whether they favor temporary or permanent opportunities, these healthcare employees can get off to a good start in building a strong foundation for their career.

Responsible health care agencies can solve these persons dilemma. Recruitment agencies aim to provide timely solutions to all those people who are looking for doctor jobs. There are many benefits associated with working at healthcare organizations through agency referral. The healthcare staffing agencies carefully analyze your skills and refer you for the kind of medical practice and work conditions that you are looking for. While recent graduates can get a good boost to their career as locum tenens physicians, more experienced practitioners can work on temporary assignments so that they can launch their career and earn good money at the same time. Healthcare agencies are anxious to find jobs for you as a locum doctor.

Whatever the staffing need is, the health care employment agency always has ready solutions to offer. Hospitals and clinics often run short of doctors. The recruitment process can take a long time to conclude; therefore, the healthcare centers outsource this task to the medical staffing agencies. If you are associated with these agencies as an available locum tenens provider, then you increase the chances of enhancing your career. The healthcare staffing agencies provide both medical centers and medical practitioners with unique services that cannot be found anywhere else.

prout Healthy Vending is offering an organic healthier snack food option for children at school

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Sprout Healthy Vending is offering an organic healthier snack food option for children at school.

About half of America’s elementary school students still have access to sugary snacks and other unhealthy options in school. Sprout Healthy Vending an organic vending machine distributor is hoping to change that with their new opportunities for schools.

For years kids at schools have had access to sweet candies and sugary soda pops. In some cases kids would even skip lunch and opt for the unhealthy goodies packed into their schools vending machines spending any monies given to them by parents on things like chocolate candy bars and sugar packed dare I call them “refreshments”. How could a child any child resist?

Sprout’s organic vending machines are now offering parents piece of mind with a much healthier snack to offer their children Sprout machines will include such items as dried fruits, baked chips, healthy whole grain bars and all natural juices.

Schools who join the Sprout venture will have the opportunity to put the new vending machines in the cafeterias and around campuses as part of a healthy eating initiative. The options are similar to what one might find in a more traditional vending machine. But unlike the unhealthy options, these alternatives have no artificial preservatives and are mostly gluten-free. The machines have already become more popular with students, who realize that changing their eating habits now will have lasting benefits when they are older. Nutritionists say that school vending machines stocked with potato chips, cookies and sugary soft drinks contribute to childhood obesity. Teaching children about healthier options is also the goal of the placement. If kids have the option to choose and are educated about the heath values of the choice options it might help fight child obesity and aid in healthier consumption.

The Obama administration is working on setting nutritional standards for foods that children can buy outside the cafeteria. With students eating 19 to 50 percent of their daily food at school, the administration says it wants to ensure that what they eat contributes to good health. Representatives of the food and beverage industry say they generally support selling healthier snacks and drinks in schools. This could lead to stricter guidelines for what is offered in snack machines that are vending snacks to kids in school. as the US government readies for these new rules requiring healthier foods to be sold beyond the cafeteria Sprout Healthy vending is gearing up for their contribution to the cause building machines and stocking them with healthy goodies ready for placement in schools.

Interested in getting involved? Whether you are a parent,on the school board or an entrepreneur seeking a great opportunity contact to ask how you can get involved. Call 800.450.7648 now.

Jason Bean is an expert on healthy vending machines and healthy snack options. For more information visit: Sprout Healthy Vending

Nua Healthcare Services Residential Services

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Each residential home is of superior quality surrounded by farmland and within easy reach of local facilities. Nua Healthcare recognises the key difficulties individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders face on a daily basis:

* Difficulties with social interaction
* Obsessive compulsive tendencies
* Impairments of imagination and anxiety issues

Our qualified social care staff works closely with all residents, furnishing them with the necessary skills to live independently whilst taking into account and safeguarding any specific vulnerability. We understand that traditional disability service models do not work for people with Aspergers syndrome. Significant community interaction and unlimited choice can cause individuals with AS major anxiety issues. Our model of care ensures that individuals can integrate into communities on their own terms and have a low arousal, spacious environment to go home to.

All of our staff are very aware of the importance of clear communication and unambiguous language for individuals with AS. All our staff are trained in how to communicate effectively with our client group. We have recently linked in with the National Autistic Society in Wales with a view to implementing a Social Skills training program for our service users. This program has been the result of significant research and consultation with individuals with Aspergers Syndrome. This program will be an integral part of our service delivery going forward.

Services include –

* Adolescent residential home- catering for individuals from 12 18
* Low , Medium and High Support Residential settings for adults
* Independent living complex for adults catering for up to 6 individuals
* Home support service for clients transferring to residential services
* Educational, Therapeutic and Work based day services
* Community outreach supports including supported employment and adult education

General Contact Details

Nua Healthcare Services
141 Roseberry Hill, Newbridge, Co Kildare
Ireland
Phone: 045 481661
Fax 045 481664
Email:

Health Care For Canadian Entrepreneurs The Most Sensible Option Is A Best Kept Secret

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The Shocking Truth is that you will only realize 70% of the value of a traditional health plan.

The reality is that for the small businesses (especially the sole owner type), monthly health benefit plans are designed to yield around 30% in profit for the Providers when it comes to routine health care expenses. On average, for a small business, you will only get out 70% of the premiums you put in – the traditional monthly plans are designed that way. And, if you claim more in one year, your premiums or limitations will normally increase to maintain that 70/30 ratio.

A Health Spending Account is a great alternative for entrepreneurs.

In contrast, a Health Spending Account (HSA) is far more cost effective for these routine health care expenses, without the artificial percentage and coverage limitations imposed by the insurance carriers. For example, most monthly health plans cover 80% for routine cleaning, up to a fixed annual limit per person. HSA’s have no percentage limits imposed – 100% is covered.

Monthly health plans typically cover only certain services. Few monthly plans cover things like glasses, massage therapy, orthotics, contacts, laser eye surgery, etc. A Health Spending Account allow entrepreneurs’ and their dependents to gain access to a full spectrum of health care services.

The final good news is that Revenue Canada (CRA) allows incorporated Canadian businesses to write-off 100% of the costs of a Health Spending Account, and all claim reimbursements to employees (and dependents) are completely tax-free.

Is it any wonder that today the majority of small Canadian incorporated businesses are now looking at a Health Spending Account, as either their primary, or secondary form of health coverage.

The bottom-line is that it is more economical to cover the routine costs, and the broader range of health care services through a Health Spending Account. In these situations, the monthly benefits plans are more restrictive, more costly and far less flexible.

Call Center Outsourcing for the Health Care Sector

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Basically, call center outsourcing provides quite a number of organizational advantages for the health care sector. A good call center outsourcing can provide health care organizations the time to focus their attention on the more important aspect of providing health care services rather than spending half of the manpower on answering calls. When this particular task is eliminated, the organization and its entire human resource can generally focus their time on improving their competencies while providing a good customer service in a cost effective manner.

So if you understand your need for call center outsourcing, you must know that there are several vendors and outsourcing providers you can choose from. The number of options you have in the market will make it a lot easier for your health care organization to find the right provider that can offer a diverse range of quality call center services and using top of the line technology in order to make call center outsourcing more efficient cost effective both on the part of the provider and the client. But then again, it is also important for your organization to choose a company that can also offer a professional service using highly trained call center agents because health care is a serious business and it is important to find a provider that have qualified staff to handle the volume of calls that can be a matter of life of death.

When looking for call center outsourcing company, there are several things that have to be considered in order to ensure that the provider will be able to deliver the quality service you need for your health care organization. And since you are in the health care industry, it is highly important for the call center provider to have a vast experience in the health care sector. Although some vendors may actually claim that they are the right team for your outsourcing requirements, you must conduct a comprehensive evaluation with regards to the real capacity of the company to handle important calls and inquiries regarding the health care industry.

It would also be a major advantage if the call center provider has major experience in HMOs and has worked with different pharmaceutical companies and other related business industries handling telesales or telemarketing services that can satisfy your inbound or outbound requirements with the help of top of the line technology in the call center industry. It would be helpful if you can get access to evaluate the track record of the call center provider so your health care organization can verify their rate of success in handling telemarketing or telesales services for different related companies requiring call center outsourcing.

Depending on your actual requirement for call center outsourcing, your health care organization can certainly find a good provider that can guarantee for a quality service that significantly uplift the job competencies of your work environment.

Health Care Company Refuses one Form of Technology

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ASA Opts for True Customer Service Over Phone Recordings
The Pittsburgh-based health care company Automated Security Alert has a shockingly good record for taking care of their clients. The health care technology company is devoted to keeping senior citizens and physically disabled persons in their own home instead of in assisted living – and their clients have a 46.42% lesser rate of hospitalization. Far from using only push button medical alarms to care from their clients, they also offer electronically monitored medication dispensers, monitored smoke detectors, fall detectors, and many other advanced products. So for a company that embraces so many forms of advanced technology it is quite surprising to think that they would refuse to use any form of modern technology, but Automated Security Alert has a firm belief that when someone calls them on the phone they owe them the right to speak to a human being. In an era of frustrating and time consuming pre-recorded telephone menus, Automated Security Alert refuses to conform to the idea that people should be forced to communicate their needs to a computerized system. However, this does not only apply to office business hours only, it applies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Jason Seyler, director of Life Safety commented on the refreshing policy, -With many companies using Interactive Voice Response technologies, consumers are rarely ever able to speak with a live person during the first few minutes of the call . . . Automated Security Alert does not use these technologies due to the importance of our consumers. Live people answer our phones at all times, day and night. Subscribers can call our office at 1-800-338-7114 at any time with any questions or concerns that they have.- Automated Security Alert, Inc., has provided freedom and security since 1988 to over 60,000 consumers through the use of technology and services that enable seniors, physically-challenged persons and recovering patients to maintain an independent lifestyle in their homes. ASA’s creative, dependable solutions include medical alert systems (-personal emergency response systems-); fall detection systems; and medication management systems, including electronic pill dispensers and monitored automated medication dispensers. For further information, please contact Matthew Couillard at 1.800.338.7114. ——————————————————————————-
Michle Ada,Author of this article.
For further information on Medical Alert Systems and Fall Detection Systems you can contact ASA or call us at 1-800-338-7114

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Robotics In Health Care

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We havent quite reached the Jetson age of personal robots to do all of our work around the house. There are still quite a few developments in robotics, however, that affect humans in our day to day lives, although we might not recognize them as such. The robots in real life are not generally manufactured to look like people, but they nevertheless carry out many functions that would be dangerous or difficult for a human to do.

One area where the use of robotics has advanced considerably is that of healthcare. Robotics are now used in many areas of healthcare, including surgery, home care, and hospital processes.

In surgery, the advancement of robotics has made the surgical process easier on both the patient and the surgeon. Robotic intelligence and precision have combined to eliminate human limitations. Robotic surgery allows a surgeon to navigate to the area of operation with minimal cutting, ensuring both a less invasive procedure and a faster recuperation time. Robotic surgery also allows for more precise placement of tools within the surgical area, minimizing the risks of slippage or error.

In home healthcare, the current focus is largely on human labor. The aging population of baby boomers has already put a strain on the home health care situation which is only going to increase in the next ten to twenty years. Already, many home health care providers are feeling the strain of an industry that is increasingly becoming an employees market, where the supply of qualified health providers simply does not meet the demand.

In order to fill this void, there are many research projects underway in the field of home health care robotics. Some of the areas include telenursing for those in need of remote home care, mobile health status monitoring, home health diagnosis equipment, mobility assistance for bedridden patients, and auditory and visual assistance for the elderly (). The completion and implementation of these ideas will revolutionize the home health care industry, both in terms of individual capacity and in expense.

Protective Healthcare Supplies Medical Clothing

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Medical industry needs a number of supplies in the form of various equipment, pharmaceutical products and surgical devices. But there is another category of products also which is of immense importance in the medical industry.

Medical Healthcare Supplies such as medical clothing has been designed to save the professionals as well as patients from spread of infections. This special type of clothing implies different types of medical apparel which is being used at various healthcare institutions and include medical scrubs, apparels, and uniforms worn by nurses, surgeons, patients, porters, lab technicians and other professionals of the healthcare industry.

Seeking the health and well being of various professionals, there are different types of medical attire available to cover and protect every part of the body while working inside the hospital.

These very important healthcare supplies are not only meant to protect the wearer but designed to provide protection to those also who come in close contact with the wearer. Severity ill and injured people who can facilitate spread of infection can wear these types of attire for safety reasons. These supplies also include oxygen mask which is worn by doctors, nurses and also patients to protect themselves from several hazardous substances like harmful radiations, chemicals, waste products, dirt particles, body fluids etc. One can clearly say that the main purpose of these special types of outfits is to keep bare skin and personal clothing free of contagions and hence, disposable hospital gowns also fall in this category of healthcare supplies.

One can find a number of businesses engaged in the trade of medical attire or apparel, uniforms or scrubs in retail or wholesale. The medical institutions hire one or two of these professionals to meet their requirements of Medical Supplies needed to maintain hygiene inside the medical institutions. There are other products too which find great applications in the healthcare sector and offered by these suppliers. These supplies are medical caps, masks and footwear. Caps and masks are often included in the category of medical clothing used to cover face, mouth and hair. These accessories are also highly demanded healthcare supplies which contribute in the maintenance of cleanliness and hygiene inside the hospitals and clinics.

With the availability of a number options, it is very important for the buyers to choose only the best supplies so that they can get maximum from their range of healthcare supplies. Quality and durability are two most important factors which must be considered while buying any of these products.

Healthy Lifestyle For A Healthy Life

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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle involves determination and devotion with an optimistic concept about our life. All we have to do is follow a few simple steps that will improve our health. This should focus on physical, mental, and social well-being. Many factors around us contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Learning to live a healthier lifestyle is simple when we focus on modifying one thing at a time. Small changes can make a big difference in our life.

A balanced diet is essential to lead a healthy lifestyle. Include more fruits and vegetables in the daily diet. Stay away from processed food and junk food. Eat organic fruits and vegetables. Do not prefer a high calorie diet. Talk to a doctor or dietitian for personalized dietary advice that takes into account your health status. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Supplying enough water to our body is one of the ultimate efforts for a healthier and happier living.

Exercise at least 30 minutes a day to improve the mental and physical strength. Even modest weight loss can help reduce medical risks. Experimental studies show that regular physical exercises can significantly improve mental health. Cardiac workouts will strengthen the heart and lungs. It involves activities such as swimming, aerobics, walking, and running. Exercise does not essentially indicate joining a gymnasium or club. Even simple activities like everyday job, gardening, and walking can make a difference.

Emotional health plays a big role in a healthy lifestyle. Remember that happy people live longer. Stress can affect our mental and psychological stability by creating an imbalance. Have a positive attitude towards life. Yoga and meditation will help release stress and negative thoughts. Spend some time and energy to improve the quality of your life and living. Avoid unhealthy practices and focus on factors that influence the physical and mental health. Give importance to good and healthy relationships. It will make this world a better place to live.

A healthy lifestyle can increase a person’s longevity. Correct body mass index, balanced diet, and proper fitness plans can make dramatic improvements in your health. Enjoying the life needs a personal effort and motivation. Making enjoyable leisure activities a part of the daily schedule will bring happiness and joy. Everyday living is about keeping the equilibrium of our mind and body. Learning to live a healthier lifestyle is easy when you focus on one small thing at a time.

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