Medical Billing Software – Keep Your Practice Ahead of the Competition

It is very important for health care facilities and practices to keep meticulous medical records so doctors have access to correct and current information and patients receive the best health care. Medical information, filed in cabinets in the past, can now be correctly managed with medical billing software. Easy to use, medical billing software follows the same steps as manual accounting, but simplifies labor and is far more accurate, timely and effective. Information can be accessed instantly, and overhead costs and paperwork significantly lessened.

Deductibles and co pays are vital to the financial health of your office. Medical billing software can help you keep on top of your financial data, and can simplify daily office tasks such as billing, accounting and maintaining records. Work on several things at once and with multiple computers, easily access patient procedure and bill information throughout the facility. You can view or track each patient’s deductibles from either a ledger screen or patient screen. You can access insurance information instantly to answer patient questions immediately as they are asked; and you won’t have to wait to contact the insurance company. Office staff can ensure each patient is charged correctly and pays the right amount for each procedure. Most medical billing software, allows you to electronically submit your claims. This saves time, reduces mistakes and helps you get paid quicker.

More expense does not always mean you are getting a better product when choosing medical billing software. Look for software that is easy to use and offers state of the art features at a very low cost. It is important to choose the right system for your practice. Some practices just require a few software features, while others need help managing their entire work flow. Learn what needs you have as a practice and what software features would compliment the already successful systems you have in place. You don’t want software that is hard for your staff to learn or that you have to adjust to; pick software that will adjust to your special requirements. Once you have the right medical billing software in place, you can focus on building and improving your business instead of just maintaining it.

Whether a medical office, mental health office, physical therapy clinic, chiropractor, or any other health care industry, medical billing software has what you need to keep your edge over the competition. Significantly reduce costs, increase revenue, and improve your bottom line.

Silver Linings on the Jobs Market

The worldwide recession is responsible for huge numbers of job losses daily and there’s currently little sign of things easing. In the USA The International Labour Organization (ILO) is predicting 20 million job losses by the end of 2009, mostly in construction, real estate, financial services and the automobile sector. In China over 20 million workers have lost their jobs since Christmas.

Whilst no sector is immune from the negative effects of the global downturn there are areas of employment with better job prospects than others and in fact some business sectors – mobile technology for example is actually thriving. If you are looking for a new challenge in 2009 you might want to consider focusing your efforts on areas that might offer the best potential opportunities in landing an interesting and rewarding position.

o Security – Homeland security, national and international intelligence services hold rich employment pickings currently with no signs of any imminent slackening in demand for those holding appropriate skills. Analysis, languages and admin for example. Government pledges to increase police numbers also offer opportunities in law enforcement, customs and other public service type roles.

o Healthcare and welfare – Spending on social housing remains high, for personnel ranging from accountants to construction workers. There is also a continuing need for healthcare professionals, social care workers and teachers. Opportunities for skilled nurses, doctors, psychologists and psychotherapists, analysts, caregivers, medical assistants, physical therapists, home health aides, medical records staff and health information technicians may even grow during the recession. Such is the current shortage of social workers that the Local Government Association (LGA) is urging recently retired social workers to return to the profession in a bid to solve staff shortages.

o Financial and Legal Professions- Skilled professionals in the claims and compensation sectors as well as cost saving, or those dealing with bankruptcies, and contractual disputes. Auditors and procurement managers, purchasing specialists, internal auditors and senior finance interims are in demand and as more companies review their business models so consultants, managers, lawyers and bankers with expertise in making businesses leaner during a downturn are proving invaluable.

o Environmental Sector – While many commentators have in the past dismissed green as a ‘nice to have’ luxury, it’s now becoming a business essential as many organisations now have ‘kilowatt budgets’ alongside traditional monetary ones. New Green jobs, including renewable energy specialists and energy efficiency advisers offer plenty of employment opportunities with renewable expertise the best skill to have. Energy efficiency advisers, employed by cost-cutting and green-conscious companies alike, are also in demand as the UK tries to reduce its dependence on gas and oil from overseas.

o IT – Telecoms and technology – Many technology and telecoms maintenance professionals will keep their jobs as companies think about upkeep rather then upgrades. Some IT areas are robust and even experiencing growth: Here’s a list of the top 10 most secure IT sectors according to businessreviewonline.com

o Virtualisation
o Open source
o Green IT
o Cloud computing (and SaaS)
o Data loss prevention
o Mobile computing
o Integration & BPM
o Information management & search
o Business activity monitoring (BA)
o Social networking & online collaboration tools

o Underwriting – Demand for all classes of underwriters amongst the insurance companies is still strong, since evaluating potential clients is key to managing risk. Interestingly Admiral whose Confused.com website accounts for more than 15 per cent of all new motor premiums in Britain has recently announced record profits and plans for expansion into the U.S market.

o Engineering -There’s continuing strong demand for qualified engineers in construction, project management and civil engineering, in particular for work related to the 2012 Olympics.

The Pros of the New Health Care Bill

The Silver Lining of Obamacare

The good news that the recently-passed Obama administration health care plan offers is that, over the long run, it will force many Americans to come to become aware that there is a better alternative to most medical procedures and treatment options, and that is, quite simply, prevention of disease.

Though there is a lot of misinformation and confusion about some of the finer points of health, most of us know what we should be doing to stay well. The problem is, we don’t do it.

About one-fourth of us still smoke. We don’t eat our vegetables and fruit as we know we should. We eat a lot of junk we know we shouldn’t. We whine about not having time or the interest in healthful exercise. Thanks to Obamacare, all these nonproductive behaviors have to go! This is a good thing, whether we like it or not.

Obamacare brings Darwinism to the consciousness of the public — It will truly bring about “Survival of the Fittest.” Many waiting for operations, transplants, or even exams and drugs won’t make it. It’s a hard truth, but true nonetheless. We need to change our personal habits if we want to avoid calamity.

Unhappy With The Cost of Healthcare? Investigate Self-Care!

A lot of Americans have the sense that government-run healthcare is going to be even more of a nightmare than our present system. For much of the generation that is already retired, it is probably too late to make major changes in their need for healthcare, but for the Boomer Generation and those younger still, there is hope.

For those of us who have lived with the suspicion that Social Security won’t be there for us when we turn sixty-five, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the new healthcare legislation is not going to be there for us either — at least, not in any practical sense. Rationing and higher prices are sure to be the reality in a few years. Face it, when has any federal program come into play costing less than was budgeted?

It is becoming clear to any American with two ounces of real-world business savvy that any entitlements promised us — in particular Social Security, which we’ve been paying into for decades — will be caught up in a trainwreck of escalating promises colliding with the hard reality of diminishing tax collections.

Something’s got to give!

The recent headline announcing that Social Security is predicted to begin running in the red this year, rather than 2017, should prove the point that it is unwise to entrust politicians and bureaucrats with our health care system. Ah well, it’s too late for that!

The good news, for those whose health is not too far gone, is that there has always been an alternative to intrusive, expensive, and often risky medical procedures. For lack of any better term, let’s call it self-care.

You can go down the list of medical conditions and find inexpensive or even free alternatives to the drug and surgical palliatives that modern medicine specializes in:

* Diabetes can be reversed or prevented by a program of dietary changes, coupled with 5-7% body weight loss, and moderate regular exercise, such as walking. This is plainly written up in the National Institutes of Health(NIH)Web site. In fact, the site even goes so far to say that these lifestyle changes are effective 58% (70% for those 60 or older) of the time, compared to the 31% success rate for drug-based preventative measures(with their attendant side-effects and expense).

* Hypertension has also been proven to be another condition where a change in diet and the addition of a regular exercise program can produce the same or better results than the standard drug treatments offered by most doctors. Again, this one is free.

* Joint replacement surgery may be made unnecessary by a combination of weight loss and a course of relatively inexpensive nutrients that help rebuild the knee cartilage.

* Cancer is something that we can reduce our risk for by means of an improved health regimen, but there are medical doctors that are currently having great success at making all symptoms go into remission. Dare we call this a cure? Does it matter what we call it, except to the FDA?

* The hectic demands of jobs, family — and the many toxic environmental factors and unhealthy dietary practices encouraged by prepared food advertisers — are a challenge to our health. No one can control these stresses on our health but us. Pharmaceutical drugs and surgeries have been likened to techniques for disconnecting the fire alarm without first putting out the fire that set it off (i.e., they don’t solve the problem, they only turn off the symptom).

In so many instances, we are the ones going around “setting fires” that we then expect our doctors to put out. Obamacare’s inevitable failure to deliver affordable “fire suppression” will force more of our population to finally confront the reality that it might be wise to stop smoking(the Number One preventable cause of illness and death), quit eating and drinking fattening foods (the Number Two preventable cause of disability, illness, and death), and get into the habit of regular aerobic exercise.

The Journal of the American Medical Association published an article a few years ago that deserves our attention, while we’re reconsidering our new paradigm of medical care: the mistakes that doctors and hospitals make are the third leading cause of death in America! Two-hundred-and-twenty-five-thousand deaths in 1999! Why would anyone want to enter a hospital or a doctor’s clinic unless there was no other option?

For all the money that has been spent on cancer research, cancer survival rates have barely budged. There are better ways to deal with changing the circumstances that make cancer and other major systemic diseases inevitable, but we ourselves must implement them once we learn what they are.

We have all been taught to look to our medical advisors for answers to our health crises — and generally to ignore our health until it becomes a problem. Ultimately, though, we must take control of our risk factors — which are largely known: Eliminating exposure to cigarette smoke and environmental toxins, keeping our weight under control, getting enough sleep and exercise, eating a nutritious diet composed mostly of whole, plant-based foods, and maintaining a upbeat, positive attitude both mentally and emotionally. Simple stuff, really — and inexpensive.

The new reality of entrusting our overpriced, risky health care system to federal bureaucrats will doubtless make more citizens decide to spend more time preparing healthy meals and exercising in the fresh air and spend less time waiting to speak to a doctor.

Why pay for health care — or stand in line waiting desperately for health care — when we can learn preventative health measures to maintain our health for free?

Obamacare, if it is allowed to become law, will inadvertently force many of us to realize that prevention of disease is what we should have been focusing on all along.