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Health Insurance and Politics

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Most of us have at least heard of the Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare”.  We may not understand all of the complexities of the program, but we probably are aware of some aspects that impact our own personal coverage and out of pocket expenses. In today’s world, politics has a long arm; it reaches just about every aspect of our daily living from the tax we pay on fuel every time we fill our tanks to the insurance card we carry in our wallet.   In the Medical Billing community, every election has special impact as it may..


Medical Billing and Coding Ethics

Medical Billing and Coding Ethics

What are ethics? What does the word mean when used in conjunction with a profession dealing with protected health information and millions of dollars annually? All those considering a career in the Medical Billing and Coding field should not only understand the term, but also live it. It is widely known that businesses and organizations that employ ethical practices in their every day dealings with the public are more likely to gain the trust and business of these same people. Ask yourself: wouldn’t you rather deal with a business that had a reputation of honesty and integrity? I know I..


Deep Tissue Massage for Everyone

Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

No Pain, No Gain? No way! Deep Tissue Massage for Everyone   Deep tissue massage is a technique that focuses primarily on the deeper layers of muscles and the fascia. Sometimes this technique involves the therapist using firmer pressure in order to reach these key areas and get them to release, which is why this particular massage is oftentimes recommended for people who are comfortable with a slightly more intense touch.   However, deep tissue massage can also refer to gentle yet sustained pressure targeting the myofascial layer. The belief that deep pressure equals pain is a myth; however, the..


The Employee Evolution

Pharmacy technician woman employee

The term evolution generally creates a vibe of positive growth and change. When people hear it, thoughts are sparked of Darwinism, the Apple company starting as a fledgling business in the home of Steve Jobs, and how civilization began with cave people. Overall, evolution conjures feelings of positive development; change for the good of all.   Evolution can have a different tone and that is evident in the workforce currently. The employee has evolved from being a master in one specialty to a being who holds numerous responsibilities. The pharmacy technician is now someone who prepares medications, manages inventory, takes..


What is medical scribe and what does medical scribe do?

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With the ever-increasing use of electronic health records (EHR) and the higher level of documentation required in EHRs, physicians are needing help maintaining records adequately. The medical scribe is an important part of the health care team typically not directly involved in clinical duties. The scribe serves as the recorder, much like a stenographer in a court room. A scribe is efficient with computers, EHRs and has a good understanding of medical terminology. Also, the scribe must have good listening skills and attention to detail.   When working alongside a physician, the scribe will record almost all aspects of the encounter...


Drug Abuse and Pharm Tech

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Drug abuse has been a documented issue in the United States since the beginning of the 20th century. When heroin surfaced here, we met it with regulation such as the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 and established organizations like the F.D.A to prevent the detriment drugs of its nature can cause. When marijuana and psychedelic drugs became abundant, they were scheduled and controlled to bring abuse to almost a screeching halt. When the streets were flooded with cocaine, law enforcement attempted to arrest anyone whose hands were dirty from illegal drugs.   Today there is a different epidemic..


How E-Discovery is Changing the Role of Paralegals

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Linchpin is defined as follows:   Something [someone] that holds the various elements of a complicated structure together.   This truly defines the role of a paralegal in today’s ever changing legal field.   Often, what comes to mind when you think of the role of a paralegal are things like drafting documents, scheduling meetings, and taking notes. But that's so 20th century, and the role of paralegals is rapidly evolving, with traditional responsibilities being augmented or even replaced by new focus areas and opportunities for advancement, thanks in large part to the rise of E-Discovery.   More and more,..


What It Takes To Stay Employed

Picture of two Pharmacy Technician Employees

When meeting with prospective employers and hiring managers, I constantly find myself asking them, "What do you look for in an employee?" I have many ideas of what makes for a valuable employee but it is advantageous to get a pulse on what current hiring businesses are looking for in a prospect. Qualities such as being knowledgeable, experienced, properly credentialed, and amiable frequently top the list. However, there is one answer that surprises me every time. One of the most repeated responses is "I want an employee to be here". By "here" they mean at work and on time. Numerous..


Expected growth in Medical Billing and Coding Jobs

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Medical Billing and Coding is part of what the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) classifies as Medical Records and Health Information Technicians. According to BLS reports, the Bureau expects much faster than average growth. Demand for Health Information Technicians is expected to increase because of the rapid growth in the number of medical tests, treatments and procedures to be recorded. With an aging population, it only makes sense there will be an increase in contact with healthcare services. Of course, this growth will require trained technicians to enter demographics, process charges, and insure that the physicians are being properly..


Sports Massage

Man taking Sports Massage therapy

Sports massage is designed to prepare the athlete for their best performance, reduce fatigue, and relieve muscle swelling and tension. During physical activity — especially strenuous — muscle tension builds up in the body’s soft tissues. Due to overextension or overuse, minor injuries and lesions occur in these tissues that can cause a great deal of pain and poor athletic performance. Sports massage helps alleviate pain and prevent such injuries that greatly affect flexibility, mobility, response time, and overall performance in athletic events.   One of the most common setbacks for athletes is delayed-onset muscle soreness, more commonly known as..