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NYSSCPA to Offer Free Workshop to Explain the New Healthcare Law
New York, NY – February 3rd, 2014 – As the March 31st enrollment deadline looms, you know you need to know more about the Affordable Care Act, but you don't know exactly what it is you need to ask. The New York State Society of CPAs is offering a …
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Tenn. lawmakers seek to block health care law
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Obama, O'Reilly battle over health care, Benghazi, IRS
In a pre-Super Bowl rumble, President Obama and Fox News host Bill O'Reilly jousted Sunday over the health care law, the attack in Benghazi, and claims that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative organizations. Obama expressed regret for …
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Richmond, Va. (PRWEB) June 10, 2013

Experient Health will host a Health Care Reform 101 community seminar Wednesday, June 12 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the at the Providence Square Shopping Center, Virginia Beach County Farm Bureau at 1055 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, Va.

New health care reform laws that go into effect in 2014 mandate that individuals carry health insurance or, in most cases, pay a fine. Consumers will have to purchase plans with comprehensive benefits that meet minimum coverage requirements.

The free seminar is meant to provide an open forum to ask questions about, among other health care reform topics, online marketplaces (formerly referred to as exchanges), tax credits, essential health benefits, pre-existing conditions and network requirements.

Planning to attend? RSVP to Kathy Morse at Experient Health at 757.467.0603. Register for the seminar online here.

Cant attend? Visit http://www.experienthealth.com to request a private consultation.

ABOUT EXPERIENT HEALTH:

For years, Experient Health has helped people find the right insurance coverage and get the most for their health care dollars. The Richmond, Va.-based group is dedicated to providing high quality health insurance options to customers in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC. As a result, its consultants, with an average of more than 20 years experience, are intimately familiar with the states provider networks, products and regulations.

Representing the top national insurance carriers, Experient Health provides customers with multiple policy options designed to meet wellness needs and financial requirements.

Experient Health is a hometown agency in that it operates a network of more than 100 offices. However, it boasts the resources and technology of larger firms.

Consultants are available online, via phone and through their offices.

Learn more at http://www.experienthealth.com, utilize the online health insurance quote calculator or contact a consultant directly at 855.677.6570.







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It will be weeks, at least, before Celeste Corcoran is anywhere near ready to think about artificial limbs. The 47-year-old Lowell, Mass.It will be weeks, at least, before Celeste Corcoran is anywhere near ready to think about artificial limbs. The 47-year-old Lowell, Mass.


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Denville, NJ (PRWEB) January 07, 2013

The key is to make it as easy and convenient as possible for patients to pay their bills, whether its an insurance co-pay or the entire balance, said Chhoda. Creating a self-pay program with an EMR eliminates the financial burden of outsourcing collections to an outside agency.

An EMR now provides the tools for therapists to collect client funds online with debit or credit cards through a patient portal. Funds can also be deducted from checking or savings accounts straigthaway. The system can be accessed by patients 24/7, clients can pay all or part of their bill, and they have the option of establishing one-time or recurring payments.

Chhoda added that an EMR also provides the means to remind patients of their outstanding debt via phone, fax, mail and email, along with text and voice messaging. Sliding fee scales can be instituted, discounts offered, and the option of applying for a medical financing card should be offered.

Approximately 50 percent of all bills go unrecovered and Chhoda said that whenever possible, clinicians should collect any amount thats owed at the time services are provided. Unemployment rates are still at an all-time high and practitioners will continue to see an increased number of self-pay patients as clients lose their health insurance when their jobs are terminated.

Perhaps the most challenging part of collecting payments is an overall shift in patient attitudes toward healthcare and Chhoda said its critical for therapists to understand that change. Todays clients rely on health insurance for their every medical need. When that coverage disappears, they become self-pay patients, even if they dont have the funds to pay their bill. Clients will always choose paying the mortgage over their physical therapist.

Chhoda said clinicians have choices for self-pay patients and an EMR provides the means to initiate programs that allow clients to pay their charges over time and do so with a variety of methods. His new information about EMRs allows patients to obtain the treatments they need, while providing practitioners with new and innovative methods to collect their fees.

Chhodas office can be reached by phone at 201-535-4475. For more information, visit the website at http://www.emrnews.com.

ABOUT NITIN CHHODA

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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LONDON (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline is to take its unsolicited $ 2.6 billion takeover bid for Human Genome Sciences direct to shareholders in the U.S. biotech group by launching a tender offer at $ 13 a share this week.

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Illumina Inc., which makes instruments for genetic analysis, said Friday that two shareholder advisory firms are recommending that Illumina shareholders reject Roche Holding AG’s offer to buy the company.

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New York, New York (PRWEB) March 16, 2012

Dr. Catrise Austin has a flourishing career as a dental expert. Dr. Austin owns VIP Smiles, a private dental practice in New York City in which her clients include A-list celebrities and every day professionals. Shes an author and professional speaker that educates consumers on dental health and how to cosmetically enhance their smiles, and she is an HIV Advocate. Out of all of Dr. Austins accomplishments, it is her role as a trailblazing woman in dentistry, a traditionally male dominated field, that she is most proud of. During March (Womens History Month), Dr. Austin is sharing why the professional and supportive roles within dentistry are a perfect career choice for women – especially in todays current and competitive job market.

Even as a struggling job market is challenged to offer new and fruitful prospects to job seekers, dentistry continues to pay well, offer flexible hours for women with families, and provide a steady stream of available of work. Healthcare remains in the top job categories for 2012 according to US News. TopUSAJobs.com currently has a listing of over 2,000 dentistry related jobs- administrative positions included, and IHireDental.com lists several hundred dentistry related jobs by state. I would recommend anyone interested in the field of dentistry to volunteer as an intern to see which position in a dental office best meets their skill set. Said Dr. Austin about choosing which profession in dentistry would be a great match for interested women. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the annual average wage of a dentist is $ 160,000. The median annual wage of dental hygienists is $ 66,570. Office managers can make up to $ 80,000 annually. Dental assistants make an average of $ 20 per hour and a receptionist can make $ 15-20 an hour.

Women interested in becoming a dentist must complete four years of college with a science degree, then dental school for four years with an internship. Those interested in becoming a dental hygienist will discover a two to four year degree in Dental Hygiene is required, depending on the state of residence. Responsibilities include working side-by-side with a dentist, cleaning patients’ teeth, and educating patients about caring for their teeth and gums between dental appointments. The dental office manager is a unique position, as it stems from a variety of backgrounds. Dental office managers must come to the job with knowledge of how a dental office functions, which includes some knowledge of dental terminology and methods. Therefore, many dental office managers first complete a one-year dental assistant program at an American Dental Association accredited school. Dental assistants and receptionist positions mostly require on the job training, but many women go to Dental Assistant Schools for a six to nine month period for formal training.

I am inspired by the female leaders of dentistry. It is my goal to let women everywhere, high-school students included, know that Womens History Month isnt just about respecting the leaders of the past. It is about honoring their contributions to society by finding inspiration to map out a successful future. Says Dr. Catrise Austin, who owns VIP Smiles. Dr. Ida Gray Nelson Rollins was the first Black woman in America to earn a Doctorate in Dental Surgery Degree. She paved the way for women, like myself, to have a rewarding career that pays the bills but also changes lives. I want women to recognize all dentistry has to offer them personally and professionally, but also understand how we got here too.

If it wasnt for the women leaders of yesterday, like Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor who was the first female dentist in the USA or Dr. Bessie Delany who was a civil rights leader and earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Columbia University in 1923, there wouldnt be the opportunities that exist today. Dr. Austin hopes to continue to build the dentistry profession by championing awareness of todays dentistry statistics combined with its relevance to Womens History month. Professional career groups, colleges, and womens associations are welcomed to reach out to Dr. Catrise Austin through her website, VIPSmiles.com, or through email at: vipsmilesny(at)aol(dot)com.

Dr. Catrise Austin recently solidified her place in Womens History by having the first private practice dentist office to HIV testing during routine dental exams. She has been honored by the National Black Leadership Commission On AIDS, Inc. at the Choose Life Awards and has been recognized by Nation to Nation Networking Ltd. at their Fourth Annual International Diaspora Award Dinner Gala. Dr. Austins Flagship office is based in New York City. She is also licensed in California and New Jersey. Her celebrity clientele include Paula Abdul, Karina Smirnoff, Wendy Williams, and Toni Braxton to name only a few. Dr. Austin has been a featured guest on the Today Show and Good Morning America. More information, and clippings, can be obtained by visiting: http://www.vipsmiles.com.



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Plymouth Meeting, PA (PRWEB) February 03, 2012

Health Advocate, Inc., the nations leading healthcare assistance and advocacy company, has been selected by Highmark Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association based in Pittsburgh, to provide services for Highmarks myCare Navigator. myCare Navigator allows members to call a Personal Care Advocate 24 hours a day seven days a week with health-related issues.

“We are pleased to offer our personalized health advocacy service to support Highmark members helping them get to the right place at the right time,” said Michael J. Cardillo, President, CEO and cofounder of Health Advocate, Inc.

Highmark understands that our members are often overwhelmed with the healthcare system, and we want to be able to provide them support to get the care they need, said Steven Nelson, senior vice president of health services strategy, product and marketing at Highmark. Our market research showed that 92 percent of members were interested in using a service like this, which said to us loud and clear, we need help.

myCare Navigator will help Highmark members with a variety of healthcare related issues, including finding doctors, and specialists, scheduling doctor appointments, transferring medical records across providers and helping members understand all of their benefits.

We understand that the healthcare system can be very complex, said Cardillo. Allowing Highmark members to have full access to a Personal Care Advocate at any time can have great value because it saves them time and money and allows them to take full advantage of their healthcare benefits, said Cardillo.

Highmark members will have access to their own Personal Care Advocate, typically a registered nurse supported by a team of benefits professionals and medical directors who have extensive experience with the ins and outs of the healthcare system.

About Health Advocate

Health Advocate, Inc., the nations leading independent healthcare advocacy and assistance company, serves 25+ million Americans through more than 8,200 client relationships, including many of the nations largest companies, helping members personally navigate healthcare and insurance-related issues, saving time and money. The company’s award-winning core health advocacy service is centered around our Personal Health Advocates, who assist members with a range of clinical, administrative and insurance-related issues. Additional add-on, complementary solutions include our wellness, EAP+Work/Life and decision support programs. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, Health Advocate has received a range of awards including, 2011 Workforce Management Magazine Optimas Award as the Worldwide Leader in Service, named as one of the nation’s fastest growing privately-held companies by Inc., and rated one of the Top 20 Best Places to Work by Philadelphia magazine. For more information, visit http://www.HealthAdvocate.com.

About Highmark Inc.

Highmark Inc., based in Pittsburgh, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. Highmark serves 4.8 million members in Pennsylvania and West Virginia through the company’s health care benefits business and is one of the largest Blue plans in the nation. Highmark has 19,500 employees across the country. For more than 70 years, Highmark’s commitment to the community has consistently been among the companys highest priorities as it strives to positively impact the communities where we do business. For more information, visit http://www.highmark.com.

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