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New Healthcare Laws that Affect Medical Records

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.

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Universal Healthcare The Pros And Cons

Universal Healthcare is being strongly considered in the United States. Universal Healthcare basically means that every citizen will be eligible for health coverage, regardless of their ability to pay for it. There are pros and cons of such a system.

First of all, let’s take a look at the pros of Universal Healthcare (also known as Socialized Medicine). The benefits are fairly obvious. If we cover each and every citizen with affordable or free health insurance, they will be able to maintain their health regardless of their income.

One major advantage of such as system is that it can literally save lives. People die in our country each day because they cannot afford healthcare. And that includes working Americans. That is a travesty! It’s heartbreaking that there are millions of people who are contributing tax dollars to our national economy who are not in turn given their most basic need: maintenance of their health.

It almost seems obvious that it’s time to take the cue from Canada and implement Universal Healthcare. Their citizens seem to be fairly happy with the system, and it has been saving lives there on a daily basis.

However, as is true with any system (no matter how good a system it is), no healthcare solution is without fault. There are some notable disadvantages to Universal Healthcare which are worth acknowledging.

One negative side effect to providing universal healthcare is that spreading something too thin causes it to lose its inherent value. If we try to spread out our healthcare, it is possible that the quality of care will go down. Why? Because the hospitals and doctors offices will have more patients to deal with!

Naturally, no doctor would deliberately decrease his or her quality of care. Unfortunately, however, if your patient count multiplies, it can be hard to keep up. This could be overcome by the increased funding from the government under a socialized system, since that could cover a boost in medical staffing.

The other disadvantage that could result from Universal Healthcare is a lack of availability of care, causing a decrease in access to healthcare for everyone, including those who could afford to pay for it. There could be waiting lists that could prevent people from getting the care they need.

At the end of the day, we have to decide if the few drawbacks are worth it, in order to help out our fellow Americans who cannot afford to have any care whatsoever.

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Common Healthcare Abbreviations To Master

If you want to further your education in a healthcare-related position such as medical assisting, nursing or dental assisting, there is a lot your are going to have to master. While medical assisting classes can help you gain the practical experience you need to enter the field, it can never hurt to start doing some training on your own.

You may not be able to start practicing on patients or memorizing the parts of the body without some training, but you can start to master the common abbreviations used in most healthcare-related careers.

Abbreviations are used in healthcare settings to make record-keeping more efficient and to create a more universal language among healthcare providers. To eliminate miscommunication and to speed things up, abbreviations have become a major part of the healthcare field. Some of the common terminology will probably be things youve heard before, either on television or in past appointments you have had as a patient, but knowing what they stand for will help you set yourself apart in your healthcare classes and in your eventual career.

Just some of the most common abbreviations and acronyms used in the healthcare field include:

ADL Activities of daily living
AED Automated external defibrillator
BP Blood pressure
Bx Biopsy
CPR – Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
DNR – Do not resuscitate
DOA Dead on arrival
Dx Diagnosis
ECG Electrocardiogram
EMS – Emergency medical services
ENT Ears, nose and throat
FUO – Fever of unknown origin
Hb, Hgb Hemoglobin
ICU Intensive care unit
IV Intravenous
LP Lumbar puncture
MRI Magnetic resonance imaging
PRN As needed
Rx Treatment
YOB Year of birth

Want to learn even more abbreviations used in a registered nursing program, pharmacy technician training program, or medical assisting degree program? Thanks to technology, you can download apps right to your phone that can help you master healthcare abbreviations.

Or, you can start to pursue a variety of different healthcare degrees at a quality school near you!

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Balanced Diet- A Key To Healthy Life.

Food is very essential and loved part of our life. Until now, food has undergone drastic variance as technology as well as science has great advancement. Various novel aspects of food have immerged out. There is great change in vision of people, towards eating food for living. People are becoming more conscious about their healthy food and eating habits.

Healthy eating is not concerned about staying unrealistically slim, prohibiting intake of food you love or following severe nutrition philosophies. Perhaps, it is all about eating good food, feeling more energetic and enthusiastic, and keeping fit. It is a way, which will show you path of a prosperous healthy life. Anyone can find this path by having a proper knowledge about balanced diet and good health. Not only understanding but also incorporating these nutrition basics in our day-to-day life is very important.

You need to select right kind of healthy food, which will render you wealth of health. However, avoiding the food that can further lead to illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer is also crucial. One has to expand the range of healthy food options for including a great diversity of delicious and tempting foods.

There are six main nutrition groups. They are proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, water and vitamins. Every one has a distinct role in rendering a good health to our body. Nutritious meals contain right proportion of all above-mentioned categories. If taken in proper way, it will surely provide you a good health. Each food category of food pyramid has its individual influence on an overall diet. For avoiding ulcers, stomach disorders and indigestion, one should prefer a balanced meal. Balanced meal should include right proportion of all food groups. This will show the way of a good health with all food digested. It is nutritious, which can be used by the body with no any wastage.

One has to restrict intake of spicy, salty, starchy and fatty food items. Moreover, excess of sugar and salt can be harmful. Every food item you eat has influence on overall nutrition and your health. Everything in too much or too little quantity can disturb the overall balance of your body.

A good and balanced diet insist on limited intake of sugar and salt, saturated fats, meats and cholesterol while eating enough vegetables, wholegrain, low fat dairy products, fruits, fresh meats, poultry items, fish, nuts etc. Intake of lots of vegetables and fruits provides a great source of fibers, vitamins and minerals. This will help you to retain a disease free, healthy body. Quality food will bring a great revolution in your health and life. It is advisable to have a check on calorie count of your meal. Following a proper diet with nutritious meals can keep you fit.

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Interesting Ingredients Found In Healthy Drinks

There are a growing number of beverages which advertise themselves as healthy drinks. Looking at some of the ingredients included in these beverages most people will find quite a shock. While there is no arguing the ingredients are incredibly healthy, they simply aren’t items typically associated with beverages.

One such ingredient found in healthy drinks is kudzu. Kudzu is a plant that has traditionally been used in Chinese medicine to treat a variety of issues. It has shown to include a number of useful isoflavones which provide anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It is also been shown to be beneficial in treating migraine and cluster headaches. This particular item is most well-known as a food rather than a healthy drink ingredient because the roots contain a healthy starch and the flowers are often used to make jellies.

A less shocking ingredient found in healthy drinks as honey. Honey has long been known to have a variety of nutritional and medicinal qualities. From a nutritional standpoint, honey contains invert sugar which is excellent at providing instant energy while also acting as a useful food supplement. From a medicinal standpoint, honey has been tied to helping heal wounds, controlling allergies, and including powerful antioxidants that can help kill drug resistant biofilms.

Black garlic is another ingredient commonly found in healthy drinks. While it is not as well-known as the more popular white garlic, it has seen an increase in popularity over the past few years. Garlic becomes Black garlic following a month-long process of fermentation under strictly controlled heat and humidity. There are a variety of potential health benefits that it offers. One such benefit is high levels of S-allylcysteine. While it is found in white garlic, it appears in much higher concentrations in Black garlic. Black garlic also offers antimicrobial and antibiotic properties via its active ingredient allicin.

Ginger has also become more popular in healthy drinks. It not only helps manage the appetite, but also enhances the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients. Some circles believe that Ginger has the ability to clear micro circulatory channels of the body which is why it is often used to help clear up sinuses. Ginger also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help relieve joint pain.

The final surprising ingredient found in healthy drinks is jujube. Jujube is a unique fruit because there are at least 400 different varieties and each has a distinctive characteristics. For example, some are best to eat fresh while others should be dried. Jujubes are not added to healthy drinks because they have a particularly high level of any particular nutrient, rather they contain a wide variety of different nutrients. Medical studies have shown that it can help lower blood pressure, treat anemia, and potentially inhibit the growth of tumor cells.

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Health Care Facilities and Promotional Products Are A Good Combination

You Can’t Expect People to Just Wander Into Your Office.

The Health Care Industry today is just as competitive as any other business. Patients are becoming more savvy about their health care and have begun making choices on their own. Obviously they aren’t going to be too picky where they go if they are having a heart attack…they’ll let the paramedics decide…but when it comes to routine procedures they may have the option to choose where they go. How will they decide if they are going to choose your office or your competition’s? They will surely pick someplace with which they are familiar. Here is where direct-mail and promotional products come into play.

How Do You Get Their Attention?

It’s human nature to select someone or something because you are comfortable with it, right? That trait begins at infancy. Babies don’t like being held by strangers. Once that ‘stranger’ is around long enough and the baby sees him enough, he ceases being a stranger and the infant doesn’t fuss when he picks him up. It works the same way with adults. If a person is constantly being exposed to a business, whether they drive by it daily or see an advertisement or hear about it from an acquaintance, they begin to feel comfortable enough to patronize it. There have been many studies that confirm that phenomenon.

The Nuts and Bolts

A direct-mail campaign is an ideal way to familiarize hundreds or thousands of people with your facility. An ideal product is a mailer with a promotional refrigerator type magnet attached. The most popular product is called “magna-peel.” Do a Google search for magna-peel and look for a business that provides health care promotional products to see some examples. The recipient peels off the 3.5 X 4 inch magnet from the mailer. The magnet displays the business information as well as a calendar or other handy information. These magnets don’t get tossed in the trash like most conventional paper mailers. Instead they find their way to a prominent spot in the kitchen or workplace, where it is seen on a daily basis. The more people see it…the more comfortable they become with the business, remember?

They Work!

That’s the exact result you want, too. When it comes time for the person to pick a Health Care facility, they’re going to think of your office right away because is has been etched into their minds by the many times they have looked at that product on their refrigerator.

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Health Care Reform And Depression On The 4th Of July

We are in the middle of 2010 gearing up for fireworks; waiting for the new health care reform law to take effect. Eleven state attorneys general said they wanted to challenge the law as being unconstitutional and the Democrats are still talking about passing amendments. Moreover, there are many questions that remain unanswered; the biggest of which is, Will it make health care more effective? The obvious answer is no. This entire scenario is one big shell game. There are thousands of pages of new law and most of the law makers are clueless.

The reality check is that the Congress has passed this bill with a three year delay in implementation, so it was designed to change nothing for the immediate future with the hope that after three years, with no one paying attention anymore, the administration can sneak a few changes in to implement its socialist agenda. Meanwhile, we as a society still have the same health issues in a system that continues to thrive on treatment rather than prevention. One prime example is depression and anxiety. People naturally become depressed in the kind of severe economic downturn that we are experiencing with increased anxiety about a future that looks bleak. Medical insurance, health insurance or some type of managed care health plan seems irrelevant when facing unemployment. In a depressed economy, with massive anxiety and depression plaguing the population there is a serious public health problem. This kind of insidious upheaval leads to other chronic diseases like, diabete3s, high blood pressure, heart attack and the like.

The generally accepted treatment however, is for the pharmaceutical companies to make billions of dollars selling anti-depressants and tranquilizers. Moreover, aside from monetizing human responses to stressful stimuli, there is a political benefit to having massive numbers of citizens living in chemically induced altered realities. People on Prozac are less likely to protest against nefarious political agendas. Therefore, what motivation does the government have to reform health care to the extent that people will have better access to professional counseling for coping with and resolving their struggles?

In conclusion, as we throw a few slabs of meat on the barbecue grill and sip some beer on this 4th of July we need to realize that there are a few avenues toward seizing power and control that the founding fathers could not anticipate. The constitution is a wonderful document and has saved our republic from despotism enumerable times in our 214 year history. However, it is subject to interpretation and we know from experience that Supreme Court justices take opposite views of what is or is not constitutional depending upon whether they are liberal or conservative. Therefore, we need to be diligent in letting our political leaders know that we are not as stupid as they think. We need to consistently remind them that they work for us. That is why freedom of speech is still the most important constitutional amendment.

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Include Healthy Lifestyle Tips Into Daily Routine And Turn Your Each Day Into Big Reward

Time and again we come across with free advices on good nutrition and healthy lifestyle by doctors, elders, teachers and even friends too. Unfortunately, these free advices taken for granted by majority of individuals. Truly speaking, unlike dozens of free advices, advices on healthy lifestyle are really helpful and require attentiveness. A healthy and good nutrition is the key to overall health. A nourishing diet and selection of right foods is essential for long life and healthy living. A balanced diet not just intensifies your bodys ability to recover but also boost individuals energy and strength. A healthy and fulfilling diet includes fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, grains and good fats.

Leading a healthy lifestyle does not mean that to led a boring life i.e., to survive only on plain food and eateries. It is just that slough off such eateries as much as possible. You just need a determination to change our bad eating habits into good and healthy ones. A healthy lifestyle keeps our body strong, ward off degenerative diseases, superfluous energy and positive outlook. Indeed healthy lifestyle is a challenge for many of us but here are some tips that will ease your path to healthy living.

Daily physical activity- Exerting on daily basis gives a positive impact on your life. Besides keeping your mind cool and healthy, physical activity is also a natural stress-reducer and also helps to lower anxiety.

Healthy food choices- Undoubtedly, a healthy and well-balanced diet improves overall body functioning. One should avoid high-salt foods, fast foods, read meat, foodstuffs that are high in saturated fats, caffeine and fermented cheese and focus on healthy recipes.

Including vitamins and minerals in food- Addition of appropriate amount of vitamins and minerals is essentially required in daily food. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables to get rid of the high sugar, processed foods.

Surround yourself with optimistic and motivated people A strong support system is very crucial in life. Hence always try to be in the company of empowered and optimistic people as such individuals will boost your morale to achieve set goals and ambitions.

Take a break A break from overly busy schedule is highly required for healthy living. Give yourself one day or a week break and enjoy the time off to the fullest with family, friends or with loved ones.

Take healthy and timely sleep- Inadequate sleep can cause various problems like unnecessary stress, distraction, bipolar disorder, depression, high blood sugar level, fatigue, irritation, drowsiness and to name a few. So, in order to stay healthy, fit and fine one should add healthy sleeping schedules in his/her daily schedules.

Apart from all the above-mentioned healthy lifestyle tips, one should also eat meals properly at set timings and be patient with oneself. On the whole, creating a healthy lifestyle is not a Herculean task rather it just require a dedication and commitment towards hale and hearty life.

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Heart Healthy Diet Nuts

Making nuts the part of daily diet is healthy for heart. Nuts have dull fats plus other vitamins. These are generally not pricey, easy to store plus superior because goodies. People enduring heart connected conditions should replace their less healthy goodies with nuts. This usually enable those to move their meals found on the route of heart healthy diet.

Studies have revealed which people, whom consume nuts because a part of their daily diet, claim which nuts helps with lowering down the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) also termed bad cholesterol in the blood. High LDL is the simple cause of cardiovascular problems./p>

The Food plus Drug Management allows the foodstuff companies to suggest which eating nuts usually minimize the chance of coronary heart conditions. Other connected advantages of eating nuts are

It reduces the chance of developing the clots of blood. These blood clots could cause fetal heart attacks.
It increases the entire health of arteries especially of its linings. Why of the belief of scientists is the dull fat content of nuts. Both polyunsaturated fats plus monounsaturated fats assists in lowering down the amount of bad cholesterol. Some types of nuts are high in Omega-3 greasy acids. Other heart healthy vitamins of nuts include

Fiber
Vitamin E
Arginine Arginine assists by improving the production of nitric oxide. This nitric oxide increases the of walls of arteries. It also makes them less likely to blood clots plus makes it more flexible.

Most of the nuts are healthy. But there are several that are healthier than others. These includes

Walnuts (because it contains the highest amount of omega 3 greasy acids)
Macadamia nuts
Almonds
Pecans
Hazelnuts Remember to not dip these nuts in salt, sugar or chocolate. This dipping usually rob the healthy heart advantages of these nuts.

It is also advised to consume these nuts in moderation. Though they contain many of the healthy fats still they are high in calories. It is far better to eat nuts as an alternative of saturated fats. The current regulations of diet suggest a person must eat around 2 ounces of nuts every day.

It is also recommended which when generating the diet plan incorporating nuts, the amount of meat plus dairy ought to be reduce. Otherwise the nuts will just add up to the total calories plus a fat. It is important to consume nut in moderate amount plus follow the remaining heart healthy diet.
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Home Health Care New Jersey Carefully Caring Your Loved Ones

Sometimes, it happens in peoples life that they have to do the job in very tough situation. Somebody at your home needs you because of some grave illness, but you dont have time to take care of him or her as you have very urgent work at office. This is very difficult situation as you cant be at home while in office, you are not fully concentrated. You need someone at home whom you can trust for your loved ones care so that you can work in your office efficiently and with utmost attention.

home health care new jersey is the service which can meet your need, making you more productive at office and free from worries of your loved ones who are bound to stay at home due to some physical and mental problems. You can hire a professional care giver from these agencies which offer home health care services. These agencies offer their services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and live-in and hourly care, making them suitable for everyones need. As it is the best for your loved ones who are facing disability and limitations of mobility to stay at home with assisted living, these companies care givers visit at home and provide you the service you are needed in order to work at your office attentively without any worries of your loved ones.

The companies that are working in home health care nj always employ dedicated, sensitive, honest, reliable, and experienced caregivers to provide you satisfactory service. All of the caregivers from these companies and bonded and certified assistant/aides who have been selected after all the back grounds checks. Moreover, these caregivers are managed by caring and loving nurses who screen them and train them to make them the best caregivers they can be to take care of your loved ones. These companies set high emphasis on providing the highest quality home care while being the responsible for safety and security of your loved ones.

If you are looking for home health care New Jersey, then, always service provider that has good experience in the field. Some service providers, which are licensed service provider in home health care, are member of the Small, Minority and Woman Owned Business Enterprise (SMWBE). These home health care service providing companies are working with a single viewpoint that is providing the caring services to their clients at very affordable prices. Some service providers highest percentage of business comes from the repeat clientele and referrals, which makes them reputed and worth hiring. Even some companies offer caring service with 100% satisfactory service, you must check those companies first.