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How Coffee Can Improve Your Health

Today we celebrate National Coffee Day, a “hashtag holiday” in which several well-known coffee shops and chains offer free coffee and other discounts to their faithful, coffee drinking patrons. Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, and even gas station blends from Pilot Flying J are being offered for free, or for prices as low as $0.66 per…

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Understanding the Quality Payment Program

Andy Slavitt, the Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), recently published a detailed blog post outlining the Quality Payment Program (QPP). QPP is slated to begin January 1, 2017. If you are unfamiliar with QPP, let’s back up a bit. In 2015, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law…

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5 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress and Bring Exercise to the Office

Most all of us understand that exercising regularly has many benefits for the human body. Besides the already prevalent weight loss benefits, exercise can reduce stress, boost motivation, improve attitude, and bring fun to an office work space. A common excuse for not partaking in regular exercise is that people just don’t have enough time…

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Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found After Sewage Spill

In the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine, Tampa Bay waters have been inundated with millions of gallons of raw, and partially treated sewage. Hurricane Hermine fell short of meteorologist predictions in her brief touch-downs along the coast, but the impact of the deluge overwhelmed city sewage systems. Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Hernando counties were affected, along…

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Back to Reality: Takeaways from NAMPI 2016

Last week, Advize Health returned to Florida after fighting fraud in Baltimore during NAMPI 2016. This annual National Association for Medicaid Program Integrity took place from August 28-31st, and was held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. This conference offered more than waterfront views and famous Baltimore cuisine. Jeanmarie Loria, Advize Health’s Managing Director and…

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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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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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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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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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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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