Health benefits of Raspberry

April 12, 2019

Raspberry, the red-coloured, juicy fruit  with lots of health benefits. Packed with nutrients, minerals and vitamins. This magnificent fruit aids in lowering the risk of obesity, cardiovascular diseases and helps to enhance fertility.

 

According to a latest research, eating raspberries is good for enhancing fertility in both women and men because of its high levels of vitamin C and magnesium. Antioxidants help in protecting the sperm, promotes conception and reduce the risk of miscarriage.

 

Raspberries are apart of the rose family and are believed to have originated mainly in Eastern Asia. The British popularize the fruit throughout the middle ages and exported it to New York in 1771. While there is historical evidence that the raspberry was valued for its sweet berries, more value was placed on the leaves which have been used for medicinal purposes. The leaves are currently used in herbal teas to soothe the digestive system and menstrual cramps.

 

The leaves of the raspberry were also used to ease pain during child birth, diarrhea, obesity and  influenza, hypertension and lower blood sugar levels. With that said, raspberry is a fruit that everyone would want to have as healthy snack because of its countless health benefits.

 

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A Medical Call Answering Service Meets The Needs Of The Health Care Industry

April 2, 2019

There are a number of important things to consider when running an efficient medical facility. Medical professionals typically receive high call volumes that need to be handled by knowledgeable staff. Contemporary medical practices enlist the assistance of a medical call answering service in order to ensure proper client care from the moment a potential patient contacts their facility. This is quickly becoming the most reliable and proficient way to field calls from patients around the clock.

Medical practices cannot take the risk of relying on voicemail or answering machines. Even those facilities that are not emergency clinics or that do not typically provide urgent care can never be sure when one of their patients will call them with a pressing concern. For a successful medical business that people can rely on, it is important that your patients have 24-hour access to a professional medical call answering service even if your clinic is only open during the day. This will guarantee that they are given proper instructions to receive optimum care. A professional medical call answering service will ease the burden of scheduling appointments, answering medical questions when possible, making sure that medical emergencies are dealt with properly, and directing calls when necessary.

Be sure to enlist the help of answering services specifically geared towards providing medical assistance. A medical call answering service that is HIPPA compliant is a necessity. HIPPA law requires absolute patient confidentiality, which will guarantee that your practice stays within legal guidelines and that your patient information will be treated with integrity.

Nurse telephone triage service is another essential component for running a professional medical facility that meets patient needs with the greatest care. Before enlisting the help of a medical answering service, make sure that they are connected with a nurse telephone triage unit who will be able to assess the urgency of patient calls. Highly trained nurses will have a deep understanding of how to determine which patients need immediate care. The ability to prioritize patient care will be invaluable to your medical practice.

Employing a competent answering service trained in handling medically-related calls will give you peace of mind knowing that your patients are being cared for even when you are off the clock. When you are working, such services will also allow you to focus on your patients without distraction as calls are fielded by professionals highly trained in serving the health care industry. A reputable medical answering service will become a reliable extension of your facility.

Medical Billing Services: Good Ones Fight Rising Healthcare Costs

March 23, 2019

Everyone hears about the fact that much of the cost of healthcare is driven by the expense of processing and adjudicating claims. What is often not mentioned is what is truly at the root of these expenses – payers that are attempting to withhold from physicians the money they are due. I mentioned in a previous article (Outsource Medical Billing Must Have: Comparison to Allowables) how ClaimCare Medical Billing Services constantly sees payers systematically underpaying claims. We also see claims that have been properly submitted and for which we have proof the claim was accepted simply “lost” by payers and the claims have to be resubmitted (sometimes multiple times) in order to secure payment. I know from experience with many practices that this “lost” claim phenomena is rampant across payers and practices. Now, here is a shocking fact – over 50% of claims that payers “lose” or are underpaid are never pursued by physicians (and therefore the payers never have to pay the money they owe to the physician or facility). This means that payers have a powerful economic incentive to play games and make the medical billing process complicated. Here is another shocking fact – it costs the average insurance company about $25 each time a representative has to get on the phone and discuss a lost or underpaid claim with a medical billing specialist. A final key fact is that most payers “grade” each provider. The lower a provider’s grade (i.e., a D versus an A) the more likely the payers are to lose or under pay the provider’s claims. Why? Because these providers have no track record of catching these problems and pursuing them.

So, how do all of these facts tie into my title about Medical Billing Services fighting the rising cost of healthcare? If each and every underpaid or lost claim is pursued (which is what Medical Billing Services should do because they have the scale to have groups of people that do nothing but follow-up on such claims) then eventually payers will lose all economic incentive to play games and make the billing process complicated and expensive. Imagine if every physician pursued every claim until it was paid in full. The payers would see their cost to adjudicate the claims rise and they would see their payments to providers rise because the lost/under paid claim games would no longer prevent providers from ultimately being paid. This combination would lead to each physician ultimately being paid quickly and without fuss because the insurance companies would lose significant money by playing games ($25 per extra phone call generated by the games) and they would gain nothing since payments would only be delayed, not avoided.

There is lots of talk about the dream system where claim adjudication happens in real time and physicians immediately receive their reimbursements. Such a system will never happen until the economic incentive payers have to maintain a difficult, complicated and veiled system are removed. This is what medical billing companies (and medical practices with internal billing) can do by doggedly pursuing each claim and insuring that every one of their clients is rated an “A” by all of their payers.

Ways To Tell The Difference Between A Nurse And Medical Assistant

March 13, 2019

Technology is considerably advancing – computers, phones, laptops, cars and of course even the medical technology. Just when the technology is expanding, so is the human population. In connection to this, research shows that these two factors have a great impact to people. Technology had made the lives of many people easy and comfortable resulting to unhealthy lifestyle making them prone to disease. In the same way, the advanced medical technology served as life sustainer to the people. Hence, more people are needed in order to support with the growing medical needs of people.

To counter the exigency in health care, hospitals and clinics are hiring medical assistants. But medical assisting must not be confused with nursing. Even if they fall under health care, they have its differences.

Instruction
Nurse is a degree. In order to be a nurse, one must need to finish the 4-year curriculum and needs to pass the board exams before getting a job. While medical assistant does not need any official education and its training would only take six months to one year to finish. Also, medical assistants are not compelled to take the authentication unlike nurses who needs to be registered before applying for a job.

Duties
Nurse takes vital signs, take notes to medical records while Medical Assistants most of the time do clerical or managerial works. However, depending on the demand, both can do bookkeeping and managerial duties. Although MA can also take vital signs and other clinical works, they are not highly educated for administering and caring for patient’s medical requirements and performing bedside care. Besides, if a nurse has a bachelor degree, he or she is allowed to give medications not like medical assistant who needs the supervision of a doctor before he or she can give medication.

Work Place
Nurse can work in nursing homes, home health care or in any other healthcare amenities and centers while medical assistant cannot because these healthcare conveniences do not have doctors. Medical assistants as requisite by the law, should only work in an environment where doctors or any other medical practitioner is present. Furthermore, MA are allowed to do ancillary in-house tests under the direct supervision of medical doctor or a registered healthcare practitioner.

Supervision
Medical assistant often take orders and instructions from doctors or other medical practitioners including nurses. While a nurse works under the guardianship of the doctors or other medical practitioners.

Given those differences, both of them should act in accordance with a healthcare facility’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments or CLIA and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization or JCAHO. Both must be efficient and productive at all times.

In conclusion, nurses are licensed to practice the profession. Their work is to treat patients. Also, they are accountable for educating patients about health-care. While medical assistants are those people who do not only clinical responsibilities but administrative responsibilities as well. They are the ones who guarantee that the hospitals or the clinics are working smoothly.

Whether medical assistant or nurse, they both are serviceable in the healthcare industry. These healthcare assistants are important in keeping up in meeting the needs of people when it comes to healthcare.