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Time to become informed about affordable health care options (Guest View)
The amount of information in the media about upcoming changes in health insurance is expanding weekly. Since health insurance is a complex topic which many folks do not understand very well to begin with, the idea of changes creates some anxiety.
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Affordable Health Care Act Will Impact Businesses and Residents
WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WGGB) – Recent changes in the Affordable Health Care Act have added even more confusion to the looming implementation of health care reform. Many are left wondering how the new laws will directly affect their pocketbooks. Like any …
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New Program Will Help County Residents get Affordable Health Insurance
These funds will help Sonoma Valley Community Health Center will hire two full time employees who will assist local residents with enrollment into affordable health insurance coverage. Santa Rosa Community Health Center will use the grant to hire four …

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Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 30, 2012

The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers has been working across states to raise awareness and empower Latino workers and older adults to advocate for leaves that pay laws at the local and state level. Leaves that pay policies are the best way to ensure that workers dont have to choose between their family and their job. Job security and steady wages are crucial for the Hispanic community as many workers are also caregivers and heads of households.

With the flu season underway, it is likely that workers without paid sick days are going to work ill. This creates a toll on the individuals health, but also makes possible the spread of the illness to those in the work or family environment. Similarly, there are also workers who do have leaves that pay, but dont use it when they are sick because they are unaware of the benefit.

The Leaves That Pay initiative is more than good public health policy, its common sense, said Dr. Yanira Cruz, NHCOA President and CEO. When workers can stay home to take care of themselves or a loved one while earning wages, both individuals and the health care system are better off in the long run. Leaves that pay enable workers to avoid spreading illnesses, and to manage minor health problems before they become serious or chronic.

That is why NHCOA has been working to raise awareness among Latino workers in California, which has leaves that pay laws in place. While these workers are the ones who need leaves that pay the most, they are the least likely to use it in the event of an illness. In fact, according to a 2011 study by Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman only 34% of Hispanic Californians were aware these laws existed. Likewise, NHCOA has been working with advocates in New York City to bring a leaves that pay bill, which was introduced more than a year ago, to vote in the City Council. As the initiative expands, NHCOA hopes to empower Latino communities in Southern Florida to advocate for a similar law, and to expand an existing worker disability law in New Jersey.

NHCOAs Leaves That Pays initiative is sponsored by the Ford Foundation. For more information, visit

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With the advent of accountable care organizations and health homes, there is an increased focus on care coordination. In these collaborative arrangements, there are challenges to coordinating care across institutional boundaries. Much is known about the challenges but there remain unsolved questions about how to address them. This panel convened experts from a variety of settings to review what is being done today, what we know needs to be done, and the things that we still need to figure out. Panelists: Susan Beane, MD — Vice President and Medical Director, Healthfirst Neil Calman, MD — President and Co-Founder, Institute for Urban Family Health; Chairman of Family Medicine and Community Health, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Alex Federman, MD — Division Chief of General Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Thomas Moore, MPA — Vice President for Care Coordination, Healthix

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Question by : what do u think about the 9/11 health care responders bill? Also why do most republicans opposed it?
What do u think about it? What are the good arguments between pros and cons of 9/11 health care bill? I’m not for both parties though but right-wing do seem to opposed it more than Democrats so why they opposed it?

How does the 9/11 health care bill affect the economy along with the war in Afghanistan/Iraq? So which one worse: spending on military aid or the economy? which one spends more?

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Answer by TripleNickel14
Those people are hero’s they deserve support.

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Denville, NJ (PRWEB) October 03, 2012

A month ago, the website called, created by private practice marketing expert and physical therapist himself, Nitin Chhoda, proudly provides practitioners with the information necessary to utilize the latest tools in their own practice. There are many benefits of electronic medical records which practitioners tend to overlook. The goal of this website is to inform all practitioners of the advantages in using EMR to simplify the daily tasks in the office.

As stated on the website, “In order to draw more clients to use EMR, software developers are continuously learning and updating to provide just what clinics and clinicians need from a complete electronic system.”

Electronic medical records have been shown to increase efficiency and accuracy in record keeping for all health care offices. However, many practitioners have a tendency to overlook the advantages of this type of system. The website intends to educate practitioners on how an electronic medical record (EMR) system can greatly improve their business.

Electronic medical records (EMR) have been shown to increase the efficiency of all areas of the health care field. This system is an advantage to both the practitioner and the patient. By ensuring that the records are correct, current, and available with the click of a button, everyone can be confident on the accuracy of the records. Medical billing personnel also found out that the system is allowing them the advantage of ensuring the billing is proper and correct.

Nitin Chhoda states, “We are proud to offer users informative and accurate information to assist in their decision making process.”

Chhodas office can be reached by phone at 201-535-4475. For more information, visit the website at


Nitin Chhoda PT, DPT is a licensed physical therapist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an entrepreneur. He is the author of “Physical Therapy Marketing For The New Economy” and Marketing for Physical Therapy Clinics and is a prolific speaker, writer and creator of products and systems to streamline medical billing and coding, electronic medical records, health care practice management and marketing to increase referrals. He has been featured in numerous industry magazines, major radio and broadcast media, and is the founder of Referral Ignition training systems and the annual Private Practice Summit. Chhoda speaks extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Asia. He is also the creator of the Therapy Newsletter and Clinical Contact, both web-based services to help private practices improve communication with patients, delivery better quality of care and boost patient retention.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Suwanee Georgia: Dental Implants, Braces,And Facts About Dentistry They offer IV Sedation, Oral Conscious Sedation, Implants, Cosmetic Dentistry, Braces, Reconstruction, Laser Root Canals. Brands carried; Invisilign. Zoom Whitening, Brite Smile, Cerec, Water Lase, Closys, Daywhite, Nitewhite, Lava crowns, Saphire whitening, Emax Crowns, Empress Crowns, Bruyzir Crowns. Areas served include; Atlanta, Deluth, Johns Creek, Lawrenceville, Buford, Sugar Hill, Cumming, Alpha Retta, Gainesville, Dacula, Flowery Branch, Gwinnett County Georgia. Suwanee Dental Care 4355 Suwanee Dam Road Suite 200 Suwanee GA 30024 Phone 770-614-7300 Dr. Bill Williams DMD Certifications and awards include; Mastership In Academy Of General Dentistry, Eagle Scout, Mastership in International College Of Cranio Mandibular Orthopedics, Founded in 1975 Hours open 8-5 Monday-Friday. Four dentists on staff. Payment forms accepted are VISA, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX, and financing is offered. Polish is spoken besides English. Mention you saw this and get 0 off of Cosmetic Dentistry. Many people are choosing dental implants to replace missing teeth that they have lost because of periodontal disease or lack of dental care. In many cases, the bone of the jaw and face can regenerate and an implant positioned in it’s optimal location to maintain the health and beauty of the mouth. The problem with missing and degraded teeth is that

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Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 05, 2012

With HHS issuing a final rule that establishes October 2014 as the deadline for ICD-10 compliance, physicians and medical personnel are girding themselves for what many perceive to be a complex labyrinth of documentation.

ICD-10 is the acronym for the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS). This diagnosis code set will replace ICD-9 and expand the number of codes from 17,000 to approximately 141,000.

In a recent survey of 480 physicians, administrators, office managers and billers, Attitudes Toward the Transition to ICD-10 and ANSI-5010, conducted by Nuesoft Technologies, 96 percent of the respondents reported that they are concerned about the potential impact of the transition to ICD-10. In fact, 60 percent of all respondents indicated that they are significantly or highly concerned.

By comparison, when asked about the impact of the January 2012 adoption of ANSI 5010, 64 percent indicated it had a negative impact on their practice. Three months later, 50 percent of the respondents indicated they were either not at all or only minimally upset. The other 50 percent responded that they were moderately, significantly or highly upset.

Respondents also expect that the ICD-10 transition will significantly affect their practice. More than 73 percent of the respondents anticipate the process will negatively impact their operations and finances, as well as their personal and staff state of mind.

Physicians continue to be unfairly burdened by the rising cost of the reimbursement process and interruptions to their workflow, said Massoud Alibakhsh, Chief Executive Officer and President of Nuesoft Technologies, Inc., a leader in the development of practice management, medical billing and EHR software.

The transition to ICD-10 will be one of the most significant changes the physician practice community has ever undertaken. The more detailed level of specificity required by ICD-10 will impact all practice management processes, including documentation, billing, workflow, and quality reporting. In addition, practice software systems will need to be upgraded, and physicians and responsible staff will need extensive training to successfully make the transition.

Most physicians are dreading the change to ICD-10 because the number of codes and level of specificity will increase exponentially, said Barbara Dunn, president of MedRecovery Solutions, Inc., a large billing firm that works with practices throughout the country to optimize operations through appropriate coding and billing.

Julie Nobles, president of Premiere Medical Billing, echoed Dunns concern. Most physicians I have spoken with are worried about the rollout of ICD-10 because they are not certain the increased costs and staff hours justify the change to a new and larger set of diagnostic codes.

Yet, for some physicians, the impending transition is being taken in stride. According to Robert Goldman, M.D., the founding physician of Georgia Hormones, We wanted to stay ahead of the curve so the transition to ICD-10 would be as streamlined as possible. Our practice coding specialist, as well as all of our physicians, finished a course this year all about ICD-10 and the new diagnosis codes. Even though the list of codes will be the size of ten Manhattan phone books, we are prepared. In fact, Europe has been using ICD-10 codes successfully since 2002.

AAPC, the nation’s largest training and credentialing organization for medical coding, auditing, compliance and practice management, offers several courses on ICD-10 implementation. According to Rhonda Buckholtz, the organizations vice president responsible for ICD-10 training and education, Most often the response we receive from attendees after completing the training is that they no longer fear ICD-10.

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has stressed that ICD-10 will provide more specific data than ICD-9 and better reflect current medical practices. CMS, a division of Health and Human Services, indicated that the added detail embedded within ICD-10 codes will inform health care providers and health plans of patient incidence and history, which improves the effectiveness of case management and care coordination functions.

The ICD-10 transition is one example of the many challenges facing medical practices today. Others challenges expressed by physicians include:


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Question by : Politically Neutral Facts about the Health care Reform Bill?
Seeing as how I am not a lawyer, I was wondering if anyone had a politically neutral analysis of the health care reform bill. I realize there is no site that is completely neutral, but I would just like one that is as close to the middle as possible, meaning not Fox News.
I just want a summary of the bill that does not lean to one side. I have found several summaries but they are all dramatically different. I just want the facts from the bill without the author’s opinion.

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Answer by ?
No government policy is ever politically neutral, but if you want one, it would be: it didn’t work in Europe, so it won’t work in the US.

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Question by jennyjuice1: two questions about the affordable health care act?
1)under the affordable health care act, will those who are receiving health insurance through their employer sfrom their employer still be able to opt for a cheaper government version? and 2) Those who do not get insurance and there for pay the penalty, what will the money from the penalties go for? If you have reliable sources, please include the links in your answer. Please information only no hate, and anger.

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Answer by Zarnev
1) employees can opt for a government version but since it won’t actually be cheaper most will stay with the employer provided plans. The government versions will be subsidized but you won’t receive that subsidy until you file your taxes. Therefore, most people will not be able to afford to pay the premiums if they must wait until tax time to get help.

2) The penalty will be collected when you file your taxes, and will go into the general fund to be used however the politicians deem to be the best use of those funds.

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Question by Sexy M: Does the new Health care law say any thing about Dental and Vision insurance?
Does the new Health care law say any thing about Dental and Vision insurance?
What does it say about those things Dental and vision?
Is it going to make them cheaper and require them to cover more, like almost 100% of the bill for those services?
When will this take affect?
Will it require us to have them to?
Will it give us more affordable options for Dental and Vision plans?
What are they going to call affordable on those?
I need a plan that will cover 100% of my Dental and Optical visits.

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Answer by Diane A
Dental services are not typically considered medical care, that is why they are always riders (add ons ) to the usual medical policy. Dental insurance can be actually very inexpensive as a stand alone policy. Vision is similar in that medical eye problems (glaucoma, etc) treated by an ophthalmologist are usually billed under medical services; glasses (& optometry visits for this) are usually stand alone. Poor vision is not considered health care historically. Glasses are a relative new invention in the scheme of things and were considered a luxury not a necessity.

Many aspects of the health care bill do not start for 4 or more years anyway. Explore dental & vision plans on your own-some are really cheap. Cost co and other places do vision; dental schools provide cheap dental services if you need that.

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