Posted and filed under Healthcare, ICD-10.

Meet PAM, the Amoeba in Your Backyard

The Florida Health Department has been busy this summer, with this year’s fourth reported case of primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) striking an undisclosed patient. PAM is an infection caused by a parasitic amoeba known as Naegleria fowleri, a parasite that thrives in warm freshwater environments. Florida, known for its subtropical climate and wetland ecosystem, has…

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Posted and filed under Fraud, Healthcare.

Bad Reputation: Big Pharma’s Eventful Year

Thinking back to late 2015, the pharmaceutical industry was shaken by a tsunami of criticism and vitriol, all thanks to the rapacity of Big Pharma “bad boy” Martin Shkreli. You may recall Shkreli’s ill-received decision to jack up the price of Daraprim from $13.50 a pill, to an inconceivable $750 per pill only one month…

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Posted and filed under Careers, Healthcare.

Hanging Up Your Nurse’s Cap?

Nurses of the past, present, and future; thank you. Thank you for your dedication to providing care and comfort to every single healthcare consumer that you’ve encountered. Thank you for your commitment to excellence, to education, and to kindness. Your efforts are not and will not be forgotten. Rewarding as it is, nursing is a…

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Posted and filed under Coding, Compliance.

Understanding the Vaccines for Children Program

Please refer to our accompanying article Vaccine Administration Counseling for more information on vaccine coding and documentation. The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is a federally funded program that offers vaccines at no cost for eligible children through doctors enrolled in the program. The CDC provides information for Healthcare providers to become a VFC provider….

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Posted and filed under Business.

Corporate Wellness Programs Promote Health and Wealth

Being confined to a cubicle day in and day out can take a toll on your body. Stress levels increase, health concerns can arise, and the overall happiness of employees can decline. Health and Wellness programs have been a hot topic in many large companies in the last decade. Companies such as Google, USAA, and…

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Change Leadership for Health Care

Advize Health’s webinars have been offered to medical coders, billers, auditors, and compliance specialists since late last year, earning attendees 1.5 AAPC-approved CEUs for each 90-minute session. This month, Advize Health is changing the game to offer attendees an executive experience. On August 31, Advize Health will be partnering with Dr. Phil Smith of MedMorph…

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CPC+, What’s all the Fuss?

Yesterday, CMS announced the next phase of their enterprising initiative to improve primary care. This nation-wide primary care model is the largest of its kind, and is known as the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), is a five-year primary care medical home model aimed to begin in January 2017. CPC+ plans on creating a culture…

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