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Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 01, 2014

Blue Water was recently recognized by the Web Marketing Associations 12th annual Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) for the American Lung Associations Share Your Story campaign. Named Best Associations Integrated Ad Campaign and Best Health Care Integrated Ad Campaign, the campaign honored Lung Cancer Awareness Month and provided support to patients, caregivers and survivors whose lives have been impacted by the disease.

The Share Your Story campaign is part of the American Lung Associations Facing Lung Cancer microsite, http://www.mylungcancersupport.org, which provides resources and education to individuals and families living with a lung cancer diagnosis. By facilitating public discussion around lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of men and women in the United States, the Share Your Story campaign continues to help build awareness and reduce stigma around the disease, offering a source of support and providing a sense of reassurance and inspiration to those facing lung cancer.

The campaign consisted of a revamped homepage mosaic showcasing real people’s lung cancer stories and photos, landing pages where people could submit their stories and read those of others, buttons to facilitate social media sharing, and a tab to gather stories from Facebook. Additionally, a press release, e-newsletter, Facebook posts and Tweets (using the hashtag #LCAM) were sent out to encourage story submissions and honor the stories shared. As a result of this campaign, visits to the website in the month of November increased by 102 percent from the previous month, with a total of 130 stories shared.

About the Internet Advertising Competition

Produced by the Web Marketing Association, the Internet Advertising Competition honors excellence in online advertising, recognizes the individuals and organizations responsible, and showcases the best in Internet advertising. First conducted in 1999, it is the first and only competition dedicated exclusively to online advertising.

The IACs 2014 judges represent some of the greatest minds and leaders within the Internet Advertising community, including: Arc Worldwide, BGT Partners, Brunner Digital, Campbell-Ewald, CNN News Group, Deep Interactive Asia, Digitas, EuroRSCG 4D, Google, IBM Interactive, imc2, JWT, LeapFrog Interactive, Mass Transmit, McCann Worldgroup, Razorfish, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Tectis GmbH, TMP Worldwide, Universal McCann Interactive and Wunderman / Y&R. These judges evaluate websites based on creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, memorability, and use of the medium.

About Blue Water

Blue Water is an award-winning information technology, web design, and interactive marketing agency based in Washington, D.C., with offices in New York and San Francisco. The firm provides Government, business, and non-profit clients with full lifecycle support for digital initiatives including custom web & software development, commercial and government website design, digital marketing, hosting, 508 compliance and ongoing site maintenance. Leveraging cutting edge web design techniques, flexible open source software applications, emerging technologies, and integrated marketing campaigns, Blue Water Media offers a turnkey approach to attaining online success. For more information, please visit: http://www.bwm.com/.







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Austin, TX (PRWEB) March 31, 2014

DocbookMD, a physician-run mobile health technology company based in Austin, Texas has reached an agreement with the California Medical Association this week to expand an existing relationship with counties to become the State Associations preferred provider of HIPAA-secure text messaging for their 39,000 members.

Having access to DocbookMD means physicians across California will be able to consult with colleagues with the same ease of text messaging but without the worry of incurring HIPAA violations, says Chad Shepler, Director of Partner Development for DocbookMD. With 4 out of 5 physicians using smartphones and tablets at work, DocbookMD is fast becoming a valuable resource for physicians seeking to improve the quality and speed of patient care in hospitals and clinics across the U.S.

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Austin, TX (PRWEB) March 31, 2014

DocbookMD, a physician-run mobile health technology company based in Austin, Texas has reached an agreement with the California Medical Association this week to expand an existing relationship with counties to become the State Associations preferred provider of HIPAA-secure text messaging for their 39,000 members.

Having access to DocbookMD means physicians across California will be able to consult with colleagues with the same ease of text messaging but without the worry of incurring HIPAA violations, says Chad Shepler, Director of Partner Development for DocbookMD. With 4 out of 5 physicians using smartphones and tablets at work, DocbookMD is fast becoming a valuable resource for physicians seeking to improve the quality and speed of patient care in hospitals and clinics across the U.S.

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Hear The Honorable Newt Gingrich speak about healthcare reform at the HBMA 2012 Fall Conference, September 12, 2012 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD. Speaker Gingrich will be giving the Opening Keynote to members of The Healthcare Billing and Management Association. Go to www.hbma.org or call 877.640.4262 to find out how to register.
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Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) July 10, 2012

MED3OOO, a national leader in healthcare management and technology products and services, announced today that Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association (MOGA) in Memphis, TN, has selected InteGreat EHR for its 24-provider practice.

We selected InteGreat EHR after evaluating many different EHR products over the past few years, said Robert Burns, CEO of Symbion Physician Services. (Symbion serves as the management company for MOGA.) Our physicians really liked the Quippe functionality for documentation and believe it will streamline the charting process. Ive been looking for an intuitive EHR with the flexibility to closely emulate how they chart today, and Quippe delivers that. We were also impressed with MED3OOO as an organization and see them as a solid business partner.

MOGA physicians have provided womens care to the greater Memphis area since 1985. Today, MOGA has four locations and is staffed by twenty physicians and four nurse practitioners who offer health services to women from puberty to later life.

Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association is one of the most prestigious womens groups in the region, said Scott Sanner, Executive Vice President of MED3OOO. We are pleased by their selection of InteGreat EHR and look forward to helping the physicians and staff to use our solution to enhance patient care.

About InteGreat

InteGreat EHR solution is an innovative, flexible, and easy-to-use electronic health record. InteGreat EHR is utilized by over 13,000 users to improve clinical and operational outcomes. It adapts to clinical workflows with the highest degree of physician adoption by automating common physician activities, such as e-prescribing, capturing charges, ordering lab tests, viewing results, and documenting clinical encounters. InteGreat EHR V6.4 is ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certified to support Meaningful Use; v.6.5 is also certified in CCHITs separate program and is a pre-market CCHIT Certified

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Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) June 27, 2012

The Digital Pathology Association (DPA), a non-profit organization that promotes education and awareness of digital pathology applications, recently welcomed Bill Spooner to the DPA Board of Directors.

Spooner has been the CIO at Sharp HealthCare for the past 15 years. During Spooners time at Sharp HealthCare, they became an early leader in electronic health records and received several awards for their consumer website. In 2011, Spooner was named by Information Week as one of the 25 leaders driving the healthcare I.T. revolution.

The addition of Mr. Spooner to the DPA Board of Directors adds one more dimension to the industry inclusion of the board of directors, said Michael F. Ward, CAE, Executive Director of the DPA. The various interfaces that a hospital I.T. department needs are important as healthcare providers continue to provide enhanced whole-slide imaging.

Also a recipient of the 2009 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year award, Spooner dedicates a lot of his time to involvement in healthcare organizations. Some of the organizations he is a member of include the Healthcare Information Systems Executive Association (HISEA), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and a Fellow in the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Spooner was eager to get involved with the DPA because of its education and networking opportunities.

I came to the DPA through networking, so the networking opportunities are one of the biggest [member] benefits I think, said Spooner. Many of the DPA members have a lot of experience and great ideas. They can share this knowledge with other members so that the best practices move along in the digital pathology industry.

Spooner will join an already distinguished roster of individuals on the DPAs Board of Directors that includes many experts in the digital pathology industry. He also serves on the Healthcare IT News Editorial Board and the California Hospital Association Informatics and Technology Committee. Spooners experience and leadership in the healthcare arena proves his perspective will be invaluable to the DPA.

About the Digital Pathology Association

The Digital Pathology Association, located in Indianapolis, IN, was founded in 2009. Its mission is to facilitate education and awareness of digital pathology applications in healthcare and life sciences. Members will be encouraged to share best practices and promote the use of technology among colleagues in order to demonstrate efficiencies, awareness, and its ultimate benefits to patient care. To learn more about the DPA and its members and membership opportunities visit: http://digitalpathologyassociation.org/membership.







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MAASD- MAHARASHTRA ASSOCIATION OF AYURVED STUDENTS & DOCTORS’ www.jaymaasd.org Aims & Objectives * To unite all UG, PG all Ayurved students, teachers, practioners, Govt.service doctors. Under one heading ‘MAASD’. * To establish Ayurved as a distinct relevant system traditional medicine NOT A ALTERNATIVE SYSTEM OF MEDICINE. * To facilitate health, happiness, & well being of all, manifest the truth of Ayurved through unity & love. * To fight for achieve rights, to questions, problems of Ayurved students, practitiones, teachers. * Information about job opportunities for young Ayurved doctors, therapist. * To establish & maintain standard of education, ethics professional competency, research. * To developed participate in conduct & support students, Ayurved Research programme consistent with Ayurved principles. * Promote International dialogue & exchange programme within the Ayurved & Modern system of medicine. * TO HELP CREATE regulatory environment in which full range of Ayurved health care Modalition can be authentically, safely effectively practice. * To create platform, opportunities, support, guidance for Ayurved students & young doctors for their multifaceted study &research. * To do all things necessary, proper & not contrary to law in the interests of the association and its members in carrying out the foregoing,mission & purposes. * To promote knowledge exchange mutual understanding as well as close co-operation of its members from different colleges, universities
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Nashville, TN (PRWEB) April 10, 2012

Clearwater Compliance is pleased to announce its CEO and Founder, Bob Chaput, CISSP will speak at the National HBMA 2012 Spring Educational Conference slated for The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans April 19-21.

The HBMA Spring 2012 Conference will focus on Business Continuity, including, among the thirteen conference sessions, topics that address Disaster Preparedness/Disaster Recovery. With significantly increased emphasis on risk management, including the explicit Contingency Plan Standard set out in the HIPAA Security Rule along with the commencement of HIPAA compliance audits, said Mr. Chaput, this years theme is most timely for healthcare billing industry professionals. Clearwater Compliance has helped many health care covered entities and business associates build their contingency plans and strengthen their compliance programs through education programs, software and services. We are pleased to have the opportunity to share information and insights at this important event for healthcare billing firms who are Business Associates under the HIPAA regulations.

This outstanding program is filled with forward thinking educational sessions. Mr. Chaput will lead two sessions one, a 90-minute session, entitled Disaster Preparedness Best Practices and a second, a 3-hour session entitled How to Complete a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis. He will also participate in a Panel entitled Surviving a Disaster: Are You Prepared?

Paul Myers, Director of Education HBMA said We are most pleased to have Bobs energy and knowledge that we already know he will bring on the subject of business continuity to our audience in April.

Bob is one of the most recognized regulatory experts within the HIPAA-HITECH sector. He has been responsible for the security and protection of some of the worlds largest healthcare databases, and has founded and grown several businesses to help organizations comply with strict regulations around the security, privacy, integrity, and availability of data. Bob regularly speaks and writes on HIPAA and HITECH compliance issues, and eagerly embraced the internet as a way to educate and help a larger audience.

About Clearwater Compliance

Clearwater Compliance http://www.clearwatercompliance.com helps Covered Entities, Business Associates and their Subcontractors assess their HIPAA-HITECH compliance programs, identify gaps and prioritize remediation efforts to ensure the greatest return on capital and resource investments. It delivers that return on compliance investment through education, tools and software, risk management solutions and professional services and consulting. Clearwater Compliance is the Co-Sponsor of the American National Standards Institute Publication of the Report on The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security.

About HBMA

Healthcare Billing Management Association (HBMA) was formed in 1993 by a core group of individuals who had a vision of a forum, rich in resources, to guide their collective efforts towards a highly professional image within the medical community. Over the past decade HBMA has responded to the many challenges facing the medical billing and compliance industry. No longer does this industry live in a world of super bills and paper claims, but rather in a world of electronic claims and remittance. Technology now rules the world of medical claims processing and HBMA is central to not only managing the adjudication of claims, but the rules that govern the process. For more information, visit: http://www.hbma.org





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Sacramento, California (PRWEB) March 20, 2012

Physical therapist activists turned out in large numbers today to discuss evidence-based health care policy with dozens of legislators, particularly Senate Bill 924 (SB 924), which would allow patients to directly access physical therapists. The centerpiece of their message is that direct access to physical therapists is not only safe and smart, but extremely cost-effective and empowers patients to make better health care choices. Several recent landmark studies published in top medical journals all concur that early and direct access to physical therapists saves time, saves money, and helps avoid more costly medical services (1) (2) (3).

Doctor David Straight, Chair of the California Physical Therapist Private Practice Group (CA PPG) states, “Physical therapists are in an excellent position to be an entry-point health care provider for patients with musculoskeletal (MSK) complaints.” Straight points to the fact that a large percentage of physician office visits are related to joint and muscle pain or stiffness, but most physicians do not have adequate training to manage these problems in a cost-effective manner. “Several studies show that about 80% of physicians fail the well-accepted physicians’ MSK screening exam and that medical training is inadequate in this area,” according to Straight (4). CA PPG is not surprised about the findings in these studies since many medical schools only offer a handful of hours in MSK education. In contrast, physical therapists receive 3 years of doctoral-level training focused specifically on MSK assessment, differential diagnosis, and treatment. Research has shown that, unlike physicians, a large majority of physical therapists pass the physicians’ MSK exam (5).

Despite a mountain of evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of physical therapist direct access, California physical therapists and patients still have formidable opponents and obstacles standing in their way. The Medical Board of California (MBC) and California Medical Association (CMA) oppose SB 924 because they claim patients will be at risk because physical therapists do not diagnose patients’ problems. Rick Katz, Payment Policy Chair for CPTA counters, “Once again, the MBC and CMA statements are clearly not based on facts because federal Medicare guidelines require that physical therapists render a diagnosis within their scope of practice before treating patients as a condition for payment (6). In addition, according to the Federation of State Boards and HPSO, the number one malpractice insurer, there have been no safety or malpractice concerns in any state as a result of physical therapist direct access.” (7) (8) Katz also reminds CMA that SB 924 is a bipartisan “compromise bill”, which was brokered in good faith between CMA and CPTA by authors Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Senator Curren Price, and Senator Mimi Walters.

The California Chiropractic Association (CCA) has also formally opposed SB 924 claiming that physical therapists do not understand the body adequately to treat patients in a direct access environment. In a media statement released last month by CA PPG, Doctor Straight called the CCA position “laughable, yet sad at the same time” (9). He also reminded patients and legislators to “consider the source” as well as the self-serving nature of the opposition. Doctor Straight suggested, “The CCA opposition is more related to the fear of competition from physical therapists, who treat patients in an evidence-based, cost-effective manner.”

In addition to the opposition from the MBC, CMA, and CCA, there has been a history of strong opposition to direct access by Assemblymember Mary Hayashi, the Chair of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee. In 2009, Hayashi was the only ‘no’ vote in the committee’s hearing on AB 721- Physical Therapist Direct Access, authored by Assemblymember Pedro Nava. The bill was defeated with 3 ‘aye’ votes, 1 ‘no’ vote, and 5 ‘abstains’. More surprisingly, Hayashi, refused to grant Nava reconsideration for the bill, which is considered standard professional courtesy. Ironically, Hayashi then authored AB 374- Licensing for Athletic Trainers in 2011, which would have allowed athletic trainers unrestricted direct access to treat patients with injuries and illnesses. AB 374 passed through Hayashi’s committee unanimously even though, according to the CA PPG, athletic trainers earn bachelors degrees and are only educated to treat athletes– not patients. According to Doctor Straight, “The hypocrisy of opposing SB 924 and advocating for AB 374 is striking.”

SB 924 was amended in January of 2012 to include language from AB 783, a physician referral for profit bill, which Hayashi authored in 2011. AB 783 was defeated twice last year, effectively killing it, but the “compromise language” within SB 924 would allow an inherent conflict of interest by allowing physicians to receive passive income from referring patients to physical therapy clinics they own. CPTA and CA PPG maintain their longstanding opposition against conflicts of interest in health care. However, according to CPTA President Dr. James Syms, “CPTA is supportive of SB 924 because it is the first attempt to balance the marketplace for physical therapists and allows patients the opportunity to make better MSK treatment choices.”

CA PPG remains concerned that facts and evidence have not yet won the day when it comes to physical therapy-related legislation and that CMA and CCA have not responded with any evidence to support their positions on direct access or referral for profit. Doctor Straight ironically notes that Assemblymember Mary Hayashi was the CMA Legislator of the Year in 2010 and CCA Legislator of the Year in 2011. He strongly suggests, “It is time to focus on 21st century health care policy.” He adds, “CA PPG is confident that the Assembly Business and Profession Committee and all assembly members will see past self-serving politics and unanimously pass SB 924, like the Senate did 36-0. It’s time to get patients to a physical therapist fast and first.”

Having passed the Senate, the next stop for SB 924 is the Assembly Business and Professions Committee, which Hayashi still chairs. Assemblymembers Michael Allen, Bill Berryhill, Betsy Butler, Mike Eng, Curt Hagman, Jerry Hill, Fiona Ma, and Cameron Smyth also serve on the committee. The bill is expected to be heard in June.

Source: California Private Practice Group





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