Health and Healthcare

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Posted 8/6/17 at 4:17 AM | Boris Dzhingarov

5 Ways to Be Healthier When You Work in an Office

Working in an office can have its pleasant sides, especially if you are doing something you enjoy and like the people you work with. However, office work doesn’t generally present the best conditions for optimal health, thanks to the long periods spent sitting down looking at visual displays, being close to lots of other people (and their germs), and the lack of exercise during the day. If you are an office worker, adopting strategies to keep yourself healthy can not only improve your general wellbeing but also make you feel more motivated and productive – improving your performance as well as how you feel. Here are five ways to be healthier when you spend most of your working week in an office:

1. Take Regular Breaks

Taking breaks is very important when you use a computer monitor, but you do need to ensure you take them away from your PC. The important thing is to rest your eyes, and so browsing the web for five minutes every hour doesn’t achieve this. Get up and walk somewhere, even if it is just to the drinks machine or a colleague’s work area.

2. Stay Hydrated

Most people don’t drink enough water, and at the office it can be easy to slip into only ever drinking coffee, which actually dehydrates you more. Forget those tiny cups of water from the office water cooler – fill up a two litre bottle with water and keep it on your desk, aiming to drink the whole thing by the end of the day. Being even slightly dehydrated affects your mental performance, and drinking plenty of water will help you stay on top form. FULL POST

Posted 7/31/17 at 3:58 AM | Rob williams

Stay in Compliance with 2018 ICD-10-CM Updates

Are you finding it hard to keep up with the pressure of annual code updates?

Your practice faces 845 + ICD-10-CM changes, including 454 additions, 142 deletions, and 250+ revisions that could impact how you code your cases. And the challenges coming your way involve more changes than originally proposed.

In this article, we unpack the key additions and revisions for your specialty:

Cardiology and Vascular Surger

Important changes for cardiology include new codes for myocardial infarction, including a new specific option for type 2 (I21.A1). You’ll also find new codes accommodating types of right heart failure, such as acute (I50.811), chronic (I50.812), acute on chronic (I50.813) and unspecified (I50.810). Pulmonary hypertension code choices also expand under I27.2- that allow you to better define cause. Additionally, there are some easy-to-miss changes for cerebral infarction, embolism and thrombosis, and varicose veins.


Eye coders will have plenty of updates to take care of. Some of the changes are as simple as spelling correction, but you’ll find numerous changes that will have a real impact on your coding. You’ll have dozens of new ICD-10-CM codes in the degenerative myopia (H44.2) category, now requiring you to have very specific information about the type of myopia. And the good news for eye care coders is that ICD-10 now includes codes for bilateral blindness of different categories. FULL POST

Posted 7/23/17 at 9:11 AM | Dylan Moran

Why Did the GOP Healthcare Plan Fail

The new “GOP Healthcare Plan” seemed to be gaining traction and over the last few weeks it looked like it could be given life, effectively paving way for the annihilation of Obamacare, something that Republicans have used as a symbol for their hatred over the last couple terms. But it didn’t work out, the bill collapsed and now it’s on its knees.

So what happened? Well, while the Democrats will be blamed for the failure of the bill and their staunch unwillingness to agree to anything that opposed their previous leader’s healthcare plan, this one is on the Republicans. In fact, it all boils down to Trump’s first few months in office.

Why it Failed

Trump’s presidency has not been a game changer, nor has it been a game ender. For the most part, it’s been a case of same-old same-old. We’ve had foreign conflicts, domestic drama. It is rather unusual to have so much drama so early on in a presidency, but US leaders are never too far away from domestic issues and foreign complaints.

One of the things that has defined this presidency though is the approval rating. Because whether you’re on Trump’s side or not, you can’t argue with the fact that he has the lowest approval rating of any US president. He has his diehard supporters (focusing on his success in business, the way he can help the US stock markets and oppose China), but for every 1 of those there are 2 detractors, and that’s why this bill collapsed. FULL POST

Posted 7/12/17 at 12:00 AM | Lara Sen

Coolsculpting - Non-Surgical Body Fat Reduction Procedure

Would you like to get rid of unwanted and annoying fat? Are you trying to lose weight, but no matter what you do, it just doesn’t seem to work? Coolsculpting is a procedure that can help you. The best part is that it is a quick procedure that does not involve surgery or recovery time. Coolsculpting is a newer procedure that has become popular in the last couple of years. Many patients have reported huge success after having the procedure done. It is also safe, has been approved by the FDA, and has many other benefits.

What is Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting fat freezing is a non-surgical procedure to get rid of tough-to-lose fat all over your body, and the best part is there is no recovery time. It is a procedure in which will give you immediate results, and it is approved by the FDA. Designed by scientists in the Northeast, it involves freezing fat cells for the body to eliminate them naturally.

How does it work?

The process is technically called Cryolipolysis. The procedure targets those areas where it is difficult to lose weight. You can choose which areas you would like to get rid of fat, such asyour belly, arms, hips, and thighs. Those are the most common areas, but basically any area that has unwanted fat can be targeted. The procedure focuses on a portion of your body at a time and is virtually painless.While it can be very cold, that is the process of freezing the fat cells. Your body will then eliminate the fat cells naturally over time. You will notice the results of the fat practically melting away. FULL POST

Posted 7/11/17 at 1:15 PM | George Smith

How Does Yoga Fight Stress And Get You Closer To God?


We are surrounded by stress every single day as society is moving incredibly fast and it seems like everyone wants something from us. Stress and anxiety end up accumulating and can lead to so many health problems. The salvation for many is now coming from an unexpected place: yoga. Unfortunately, yoga is getting a lot of negative press but that is only because people do not really understand it. Yoga is connected to your individual beliefs, your mind and your body. Here is how it helps those with an open heart.

Let’s Understand Yoga
Yoga is an integrative and complementary health approach that brings together mental and physical disciplines with the main purpose of achieving peacefulness of mind and body. There are many different styles, intensities and forms that are available, with Hatha yoga normally being recommended as the best option for stress management, although many others can be considered. A yoga session is basically made out of the following:

  • Poses – Yoga poses are special movements that are designed to increase your flexibility and strength. They can be as simple as standing on the floor to as complicated as stretching your entire body to huge limits.
  • Breathing – Controlled breathing is really important in yoga and in day-to-day activities. This is what helps the most to make your mind more relaxed.
  • Relaxation and Meditation – Both can be added to yoga routines in order to be much more aware of the current point in time.

Main Yoga Health Benefits
Those that are of high interest for many are: FULL POST

Posted 7/3/17 at 3:42 PM | Dylan Moran

How Rehab Helps Addicts?

Drug addiction has become one of the major concerns out there in the modern world. That’s because it is extremely difficult to get someone out of this addiction. Drug addiction recovery is a long process and it cannot be done overnight. As a result, drug rehab centers have popped up in every corner of the world. The drug rehab centers are equipped with experienced and trained specialists who can assist the patients throughout the treatment process. They offer different detoxification recovery programs in order to help people come out of their addictions without much hassle.

As mentioned earlier, the rehab facilities offer different types of treatments for the addicts. Detoxification holds a prominent place out of them. In fact, detoxification is the first step that is taken by every rehab to treat the addicts. This step is associated with medical treatment for the physical addiction. The physical body of an addict is in need of drugs and they will find it as a hard task to live without drugs. This can give life to a wide range of physical issues in the long run. They include depression and violent behavior as well.

Therapy can be considered as the second step taken by drug rehab facilities to help the addicts. In the step, the addict will have to spend time with other patients who go through the same recovery process. This helps the trained specialists to offer both group and individual therapies accordingly. These therapies have the ability to assist people understand their struggles. Then they will be able to learn how to overcome stresses on their own and develop an excellent support system. The drug addicts will also have to go through a variety of outdoor activities that can encourage them to have a healthy lifestyle. FULL POST

Posted 7/3/17 at 4:28 AM | Sylvie Simms

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Posted 6/29/17 at 9:40 PM | Margarita Hakobyan

Top 6 Peaceful Places for Women To Explore with Pets

Many women are the emotional centers of their families. In our modern world they often work full time even as they take on the primary responsibility of child-rearing, care for parents or other loved ones, and often do most of the housework. It’s no wonder that women get overwhelmed and need some time away.

But taking time away doesn’t always mean living your favorite puppy behind. If you want to travel with your canine companion, you may need to do some extra research to make sure that your destination is pet friendly. Many locations even offer special amenities for your four footed friends.

Find some peaceful and beautiful places to explore, especially if you’re bringing your pets along for the ride.

Big Bear Vacations

As a year-round vacation destination, the California community of Big Bear Lake can’t be beat. Located just a bit northeast of San Bernadino, the lake itself is the biggest recreation lake in southern California. With activities and events throughout the area, visitors are sure to enjoy themselves. Around the lake itself, leisure activities and outdoor adventures provide visitors all the possibilities they can imagine.

If you want to bring your pets with you to Big Bear Lake, a number of accommodations are pet friendly. Instead of trying to find a baby-sitter for your lovely companion, you may enjoy a vacation rental without needing to leave your most beloved friend behind.

Salamander Resort and Spa

If you’re looking for a spa weekend, Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, is an excellent choice. Located in the heart of Virginia’s hunt country, the community is full of horses and people who love them. The historic shopping district offers unique stores, high end boutiques, and equestrian shopping.

Few spas around the country are pet-friendly, so Salamander stands out from the competition due to its pet friendly policies. Get a relaxing facial, enjoy the time in the countryside, and keep your treasured dog nearby.

Hyatt Regency in Scottsdale

If you’re looking for the desert version of Miami, the Arizona city of Scottsdale is a pretty close match. With a vibrant nightlife, a wide array of shopping opportunities, and significant arts and culture venues, Scottsdale is a fantastic location for those who want to party, shop, and enjoy what the world has to offer.

The hotel itself is a work of art, with flowering cactus, framed by the McDowell Mountains, and nearby to amazing outdoor adventures. The hotel itself offers golf, a water park, and spa opportunities. If you like your relaxation to come with a side of excitement, this vacation might be just right for you. And of course, the Hyatt Regency has a number of pet friendly rooms.

Mountain Top Inn and Resort

Looking for a winter get away with your favorite canine companion? Chittenden, Vermont, offers year round beauty, from the warmth and excitement of summer to the beauty of leaf seasons, to the outdoor opportunities in winter. This resort offers your dog their own bed, food and water bowls, and a special welcome treat of a cookie.

Bring your favorite canine companion with you to this gorgeous resort.

Red Mountain Resort

If you want to see the red rock areas but you don’t want to leave your puppy behind, the Red Mountain Resort in Utah is a fantastic choice. Human visitors get unforgettable hiking tours, amazing dining options and an unbelievable spa, while dogs are greeted with food and water bowls and organic treats. While you may enjoy your health lecture or evening yoga session nearby a large breath-taking canyon, the resort would accommodate dogs in its huge backyard, giving them plenty of room to romp and play. Some of the resort activities even include puppy friends.

The Muse

This New York City hotel is so committed to its pet friendliness that it even has a Director Of Pet Relations. Ginger the teacup Pomeranian is happy to make sure that all accommodations are pet friendly and delightful to dogs. Of course the amenities for humans are lovely as well, from the proximity to Times Square to the options for in-room pedicures and welcome packages.

Wherever you’re looking to travel, if you search hard enough, you can probably find pet friendly amenities for you and your favorite pup to vacation together. Even if you are seeking around a particular location in other resort communities, you may be able to search local websites to find listings of cabins, rental homes, and resorts, which are friendly to pets. This can take a lot of the hassle out of organizing a trip.

If you want to vacation on your own, then you should, but if you want to bring your four legged friend with you, find a pet friendly destination and enjoy the trip with your best friend.

Posted 6/28/17 at 10:17 AM | Rob williams

Errata: Not Knowing These CPT® 2017 Code Corrections Could Sink Your Claims

On March 30, 2017, the AMA posted an update to its Errata and Technical Corrections document for CPT® 2017. That correction is a simple addition of a semicolon to gastric emptying imaging study code 78264, but it’s a great reminder to check that your team (or your procedure code lookup tool) has caught all the corrections that apply to you. Here’s a look at some of the changes that could affect your coding choices.

Bring 35321 Back to Your Thromboendarterectomy Options

If you don’t think the corrections are ever big enough to impact your coding accuracy, consider this. On Oct. 17, 2016, AMA published a warning that it left a code out of the printed manual: 35321 (Thromboendarterectomy, including patch graft, if performed; axillary-brachial).

Being aware of the correction in this case saves you from reporting a less appropriate code for an axillary-brachial thromboendarterectomy.

Add ‘Equal to’ in These 7 Descriptors

A symbol causes issues in the long descriptors for seven codes. In each case, the original code descriptor is missing the symbol for “equal to.”

• In the manual, the descriptors for radiation treatment delivery codes 77402, 77407, and 77412 indicate they apply in cases involving greater than 1 MeV. The corrections file revises the descriptors to clarify that the codes are appropriate for greater than or equal to 1 MeV.
• The printed manual makes a similar error in CD4+ cell Category II codes 3496F and 3498F, using a “greater than” symbol that the corrections document revises to “greater than or equal to.”
• Category II code 4194F got a correction to show it applies to a patient receiving greater than or equal to 10 mg prednisone. The printed version, as you can probably guess by this point in the list, includes only the “greater than” symbol.
• “Greater than” didn’t cause all the trouble, though. In the descriptor for the Category II breast cancer stage code 3372F, the corrections document changes the relevant tumor size from less than 1 cm to less than or equal to 1 cm. FULL POST

Posted 6/21/17 at 2:00 AM | Sylvie Simms

Getting Familiar with the Jones Act | If you work on a U.S. vessel that navigates U.S. waters, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the history and provisions of the Jones Act.

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