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San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) September 10, 2012
I feel this is an important video to watch because I believe we may be next and if not next we will certainly arrive at this most terrible problem sooner than later. Millions could die without their medication but here in the US that shouldn’t surprise; the insurance companies have been able to dictate health care along with who lives or dies for decades. No Copyright Infringement Intended; All Rights Belong To Original Uploader News Broadcast
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San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 30, 2012
Today http://www.Finacast.com announced the release of an online financial planning solution to help financially un-savvy individuals understand their current and future financial health and make financial decisions that lead to more prosperous lives.
Financial planning is a complex and time consuming activity. Without easy access to financial advisors or planning tools, individuals often times end up making financial decisions that are not in their best interests. There are plethora of online tools and websites that promise to help individuals manage their money. These online budgeting and expense tracking tools fall short when it comes to helping individuals make a financial plan.
Finacast.com simplifies financial planning by letting individuals simulate their financial future with very little effort. It uses complex financial algorithms to assess individuals ability to take care of their needs, wants, debts and emergencies today and in future. It rates their overall financial health on a scale of zero to 10 and provides a forecast for debts, total savings and goals based on the current budget and provides specific advice that will help improve their financial future.
The Finacast financial planning platform lets users start planning with very little information and is capable of accommodating all planning variables such as tax implications of certain investments, debts and purchases, life priorities, inflation, future expenses and income and investment growth projections in its comprehensive simulations. Users can view their financial future under different scenarios by adding and/or changing their future income, goals and expenses and convert that into a plan that they can follow. Finacast provides users an option to link their bank accounts for easy reporting and tracking.
Finacast.com is a bay area start-up. Its mission is to use innovative technological solutions to help individuals make financial decisions that lead to more prosperous lives. Prior to Finacast.com, personal financial management applications only focused on bank accounts. While this makes for good bookkeeping and expense tracking, it reveals very little about financial health. That’s why Finacast shifted the focus to cash-flow and personal profit and loss, leading to customized financial advice for life events like planning a wedding, having a baby, saving for college, deciding on credit card balance transfers and home loan refinance and making new purchases.
For more information: http://www.finacast.com
Contact: info (at) finacast (dot) com
RIOTS in INDIA’s FINANCIAL CAPITAL Mumbai: MUSLIM RELIGION vs POLICE! 2 DEAD many INJURED MUMBAI,India—Two people died and dozens were injured in clashes Saturdayin India’s financial capital between police and thousands of Muslims who were protesting the deaths of Muslimsinrioting last monthin the country’s northeast, police said. Police fired gunsinto the air and used bamboo batons to disperse the protesters, who threw rocks and damaged about a dozen buses and police vans. Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik said two protesters died frominjuries sustainedin the clashes, but had not been shot. Another 52 people,including 44 police officers, wereinjuredin the clashes, he said. He said the protesters also burned three TV broadcasting vans, complaining that media coverage of last month’sriotingin Assam state was biased against the Muslim victims. Therioting between ethnic Bodos and Muslim settlers mainlyinvolved land rights. At least 53 people died and about 400000 were forced to flee their homes and take shelterin government-run relief camps. Therioting now is mostly under control. The Bodos and the Muslim settlers, who mostly came from the former East Pakistan before it became Bangladeshin 1971, have clashed repeatedly over the years but the recent violence is the worst since the mid-1990s. Tags: 2012 massreport147 breaking news media report India financial capital Mumbai banks credit cards international business wealth economy economic markets gold silver bullion violent …
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Garden City, NY (PRWEB) August 06, 2012
The ladies of the NAPW Sacramento Local Chapter gathered on July 9th and 23rd for a professional networking lunch and dinner. They Chapter normally has two meetings, both a lunch and a dinner each month in order to accommodate the busy schedules of the members. The speaker at both meetings was Elisha Choice-Creek, who spoke about how women should understand the importance of budgeting and finance to ensure they dont outlast their money.
NAPW Sacramento Local Chapter President, Sharon Darrow started the meeting off by welcoming everyone, both members and guests. She reminded the ladies about the website and some of the pages available to members that they might not have discovered, such as the benefits, local chapters, and Career Tools. She also reminded everyone to take time and read the monthly Newsletter, since it is always full of good information.
The speaker, Elisha Choice-Cheek, is on a mission to help women improve their lives by empowering themselves, particularly about their finances.
Elisha did a great job conveying the importance of understanding finance and how to plan for their future, said Sharron.
Elisha was born in Stockton, and then went to Los Angeles where she worked in the film industry for 29 years. She worked in front of the camera in commercials, movies and TV, as well as in casting for all types of projects. Elisha made a lot of money, but like so many others in the industry, spent it just as fast as she made it. Then she was injured and unable to continue in the business.
Elisha learned firsthand what a major in life can be like, particularly when it was totally unexpected and unplanned for. She ended up meeting and marrying a great guy and moving to Sacramento. Together they work to educate and help people, particularly women, learn about their finances and plan a future. They provide free classes on finances and also host classes on credit repair, all at no cost. They have a new business called Wealth Watchers as well, and invite people who are looking for something in addition to their current income sources. Elisha had a wealth of statistics regarding women in our society today, and encourages all of us to enjoy the current environment where women are finally gaining greater opportunities.
During the lunch meeting Sharon asked the members for help. She explained that keeping up with the social media postings, trying to get the Foster Project going, and doing all the monthly duties was just more than she could keep up with by herself. With tremendous gratitude she accepted the offer of Michelle Hunn to handle the Foster Project, since it was mirroring what she had been working on for a couple of years. Sharon was happy to provide Michelle with information garnered from people who had volunteered their services.
After the dinner meeting Sharon let everyone know that following much soul searching she was going to step down as chapter President. The growth of the chapter has been a wonderful part of her life for 3-1/2 years, but doing it justice by herself is no longer possible in light of increased pressure from her growing business and a book she is writing. Sharon invited everyone to consider offering their services to the chapter, since it has been incredibly rewarding for her. In addition, the NAPW now has a wonderful team in place to assist new officers so they never feel alone. Naturally, Sharon will be available to help in any way possible as the title is passed on. Networking and introductions followed after dinner.
Pastor Michelle Hunn is Founder and CEO of Purification International Enterprise, also known as PIE. Their goal is to work with emancipated youth, giving them an additional two or three years to transition into adulthood in a positive and successful way. She is also the founder and CEO of Five S’s and a C, That’s Me, which is a women’s empowerment group.
Dee Brookshire is a Chief Financial Officer for Regional Transit and this was her first NAPW meeting. She is also on the Board of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as well as serving as the President of the American Association of University Women, Sacramento Branch. She joined the NAPW for the opportunity to network with other like-minded professional women.
Jaime Sisson is a business consultant for Teledirect Call Center. They assist businesses and people with PBX stations, NPR stations, doing a lot of lead qualification and pretty much anything you can think of that can be handled on a phone call. They are a 24/7, 365 day call center, always ready to do whatever they can for their clients.
Jennifer Clemens is also a business consultant for Teledirect Call Center, where she has been working for nearly nine years. She has worked in a variety of positions and dealt with customers all over the country world. The company does a lot of lead qualification, order taking, for companies of all sizes. Jennifer said they had done a lot of researching on local associations to start local networking, and thought that the NAPW would be a great place to start.
Neelam Wadhwani is a professional Teacher credentialed in multiple subjects, and has taught English as a second language all over the world. She is a bit burnt on the profession after teaching in America for four years, so is looking for a different direction.
June Azevedo, Owner of Azevedo Print & Design, works closely with an excellent website designer. She not only creates the website, her partner will maintain it for you.
Teresa Shah is a social worker in Roseville, working in care management and the President of the NAPW Roseville Chapter. She has invited everyone to come join the group at one of their upcoming meetings. The Roseville meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month, at Mimi’s Cafe in the Galleria.
Sara Lopez is an Independent Health and wellness consultant. Her business is SGL Enterprises, and her focus is to help individuals actualize the healthiest possible lifestyle for themselves. She is particularly dedicated to helping those with issues regarding weight management, including a system of genetic testing to help them design a personalized plan.
Leigh Stepp is an Attorney in Sacramento with Anwyl, Scoffield and Stepp. Her practice is general business and litigation, generally from the defense side. She handles a wide range of problems, including insurance, premises, property, construction, and is here to help if anyone needs legal advice.
Corinna Villa is a retired School Teacher, has published a cookbook, and is now concentrating on oil painting.
Marcia Remington is an Administrative Assistant still looking for a position, but has also started a new business with Damsels in Defense. She is now a Damsel Pro, offering all types of personal defense items for women. Her launch party is Friday the 13th and she invited everyone to come on out.
Sharon Darrow, Owner of Travel ID Cards, is the best source for identification badges, with or without photos. She talked about her core photo ID cards, KidsTravelCards, TeenTravelCards, AdultInfoCards, and PetTravelCards. Soon she will be able to offer those products in a multi-lingual combo where you will get the English language card as well as one in an additional language of your choice. This item will be ideal for families who travel internationally.
Teddy Mathis is in the process of editing her first book, titled “The Homecoming of TJ Scoggins.” She is on all the social media sites promoting the book, and on indiegogo. Indiegogo is a funding site where you can view her video about the project and make donations to assist her in getting the book published and promoted. Sue is being assisted with the editing by our member Sue Clark.
Sue Clark began by complimenting Teddy Mathis on her sense of humor and writing style. She encourage
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Seattle, WA (PRWEB) July 02, 2012
When Mrs. Ramirez met with American Financial Solutions certified credit counselor Carmen Perales, she and her husband owed $ 30,000 in medical bills. Perales worked with the family to establish a budget and to understand all of their expenses, but that was not all they accomplished.
The Supreme Courts recent ruling in favor of the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (visit our website to learn more), provides multiple benefits for consumers. Free preventative care, no waiting periods for care, and no maximum amount of benefits someone can receive in a lifetime. However, those benefits may come at a higher price for other services. Some insurance companies, medical providers and pharmaceutical companies are struggling to reduce their expenses and find a way to shift their increasing costs to consumers.
Every day, American Financial Solutions (AFS) assists people overwhelmed with medical debt. According to Becky House, Education Director for AFS, Nearly everyone we counsel has some sort of medical debt. If it has not been paid, it shows up on their credit report. If it has been paid, it may be hidden in the debt on their credit cards.
In a study published in 2010 by Demos, a non-partisan public policy research and advocacy organization, and The Access Project, a resource center for local communities working to improve health and healthcare access, households with medical debt carried an average of $ 11,612 in credit card debt. Of that amount $ 2,194 is attributed to healthcare expenses.
In March of 2012, the Centers for Disease Control released a report stating that in 2011, one in three persons was in a family experiencing the financial burden of medical care. One in 5 persons was in a family having problems paying medical bills, 1 in 4 persons was in a family paying medical bills over time, and 1 in 10 persons was in a family that had medical bills they were unable to pay at all.
Mrs. Musgrove came to American Financial Solutions in 2007 looking for help to rebuild her credit after filing bankruptcy to eliminate $ 68,000 in medical expenses. Before the bankruptcy, I was actually borrowing money from family to pay collection agencies. I couldnt keep up with the bills. I wanted to pay for the services, but no one would take payments. They all wanted the entire amount – now. I didn’t know there was help available.
As for the Ramirez family, their story ended very differently. After reviewing the familys financial situation, Ms. Perales encouraged them to contact the hospital to whom they owed money and seek charity care or financial assistance. They did and based on their income and family size, the Ramirezes qualified for charity care and the entire debt was eliminated.
Both of these families provide an example as to why it is important to know your medical debt repayment options.
As shown in the Ramirez case, resolution of medical bills does not have to end in bankruptcy or with accounts sent to collection agencies. American Financial Solutions recommends exploring all options for handling the debt. Below are some tips:
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BELLEVUE, Wash. (PRWEB) June 26, 2012
Today, at the Healthcare Financial Management Association National Institute, Edifecs, Inc. released the next versions of Edifecs ICD-10 Impact Analytics and Edifecs ICD-10 Code Management. These software solutions enable healthcare organizations to make the federally-mandated transition to the new diagnostic code sets without negatively impacting their operations or bottom lines.
The transition to ICD-10 is expected to impact nearly every business process within a healthcare provider organization, including scheduling, referrals, clinical documentation and coding, submission of claims, and reports. As provider organizations are preparing for the transition, it is critical that they are able to map ICD-9 codes they currently use to ICD-10 alternatives. Crosswalks and maps are code relationships that can help identify areas of greatest risk, which can be used to effectively prioritize remediation activities. Further, code crosswalks and maps may also help adaptation of business processes, systems and reporting for the ICD-10 transition.
Edifecs ICD-10 Impact Analytics and Edifecs ICD-10 Code Management solutions reduce operational and financial risk through self-service tools that quickly identify revenue variances and code shifts with the highest complexity. By focusing remediation resources on the areas of greatest risk, healthcare organizations can address the equally critical challenges of reducing costs and mitigating risks of the ICD-10 transition.
We understand that ICD-10 is a highly burdensome mandate placing strains on the healthcare industry with the business implications as a top concern. These solution enhancements will enable our healthcare provider partners to target necessary remediation actions by gaining insight into high risk ICD-9 and ICD-10 code shifts, said Deepak Sadagopan, general manager of clinical solutions and provider sector at Edifecs. They eliminate financial uncertainty and allow providers to take precautionary measures to assure continuity of expected revenue after the transition.
Greater Level of Detail into the Financial Impact to the Business
One of the biggest ICD-10 transition challenges for provider organizations will be quantifying the likelihood that a facility, specialty, or whole enterprise is likely to lose or gain revenue. Edifecs ICD-10 Impact Analytics utilizes standard and custom maps and crosswalks to model all possible ICD-9 to ICD-10 mappings and pinpoints those that pose the greatest risks at different levels of the organization, and with each payer contract. This deeper level insight into the root causes of revenue variance identifies remediation actions that should be taken in order to minimize or eliminate them altogether.
Once provider organizations have identified revenue variances that pose the greatest risk to the business top line, collaboration with trading partners will be necessary to ensure that the goals of financial neutrality are addressed. For example, providers can undertake collaborative testing with their key trading partners. Collaborative testing reduces additional operational and financial risks by quickly and consistently comparing large volumes of test results between ICD-9 and ICD-10 data, helping organizations maintain optimal business outputs through the transition.
Significant Operational Impacts
Edifecs ICD-10 Impact Analytics and Edifecs ICD-10 Code Management identify specific operational costs needed to code an episode of care termed by Edifecs as Cost of Coding including reviews, updates and billing amounts for a code. Coding costs will be greatly impacted as a result of the ICD-10 transition, and the software updates to Edifecs ICD-10 Impact Analytics and Edifecs ICD-10 Code Management will help providers identify codes that fall at the intersection of high complexity, high dollar value and high volume. The software updates also equip providers with knowledge of the type of specificity required in clinical documentation for each medical specialty or service line. This information can also be used to develop targeted training programs for clinicians and ICD-10 coders within the provider organization.
Large organizations require a technology solution that facilitates collaborative development and management of code crosswalks across several work streams. The new releases of Edifecs ICD-10 Impact Analytics and Edifecs ICD-10 Code Management will use enterprise-wide crosswalk management capabilities to publish, share and compare ICD-9 and ICD-10 crosswalks, and enable the enterprise to retain oversight and track progress across facilities.
About the ICD-10 Transition
ICD-10 is the tenth revision to a coding system comprising tens of thousands of codeseach defining a particular health conditionthat healthcare organizations use in myriad business and clinical processes. This revision adds more than one hundred thousand increasingly detailed codes, which provide meaningful information about health conditions and surgical procedures for analysis and reporting.
Against a backdrop of skyrocketing costs, unforeseen risk and unprecedented levels of integration required to comply with the federally-mandated transition to ICD-10, there is also an opportunity. Using the increased granularity of information afforded by ICD-10, providers and health insurers alike can enhance administrative performance, improve how they measure the quality of care, provide better data for more precise reimbursement and clinical studies, and improve overall healthcare performance. Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a formal proposal to delay the ICD-10 compliance deadline by one year, which would delay the deadline, previously slated for October 1, 2013, to October 1, 2014.
Edifecs ICD-10 Impact Analytics and Edifecs ICD-10 Code Management are two of four products comprising the overall Edifecs ICD-10 Solutionan end-to-end solution specifically designed to support each phase of an ICD-10 project. Healthcare organizations have the choice of deploying each product independently or using them together as an integrated suite.
The need for more effective and insightful ICD-10 transition solutions is particularly important, as it is one of the largest and most far-reaching initiatives undertaken by the industry in 30 years. Unlike previous mandates that were more technology and format-focused, ICD-10 will affect nearly every aspect of a healthcare organizations business, including pricing, claim management and payment processing.
About Edifecs, Inc.
An industry leader since 1996, Edifecs provides healthcare software solutions that improve operational performance by streamlining the exchange of information among health plans, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations, while enabling compliance with current mandates such as HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10.
Today, more than 250 healthcare customers use Edifecs technology to unify transactions from any information channel source and input mechanism, while automating manual business processes such as enrollment, claims and payments management.
Edifecs is currently recognized as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the state of Washington, 100 Best Places to Work in the state of Washington, an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company and one of the500 Fastest Growing Companies in North America by Deloitte. Edifecs is headquartered in Bellevue, WA. For more information, please visit http://www.edifecs.com.