Monthly Archives: September 2020

Feed Your Body Good Nutrition

Your body craves good quality nutrition every day. Give it what it needs and you both will be happy.

Today we face plenty of daily stress, especially as we get older. Stress and a lack of nutrition in our diets can cause a deadly combination if we ignore it.

I firmly believe that everyone should take a daily dose of good vitamin and mineral supplements to make sure their bodies get good nutrition.

You should however, be aware that many of the vitamin and mineral supplements on the market today are loaded with ingredients that may be harmful to your health.

Many contain artificial colors and ingredients that are just not healthy. You should always check the ingredients list to make sure they contain natural ingredients to promote good nutrition for your body.

For over 20 years I’ve taken vitamins in the pill formula until just recently. Research shows that people taking vitamins in the form of pills are simply wasting their money.

Less than half of the nutrients found in pills are not being fully absorbed into the body. Most of the pill ends up passing through, before it gets absorbed.

I’ve found that liquid formula vitamins are much more effective than pill formulas. The liquid formula is fully absorbed into the body within minutes, compared to hours with vitamin pills. This means that your body gets the full effect of all the nutrients.

Choosing the right liquid formula vitamin and mineral is also very important. You should only take the ones that contain a good vitamin mix and a powerful blend of antioxidants.

The right combination of vitamins and antioxidants will dramatically reduce your risk of disease and sickness and help to build a good immune system. Plus, it will provide you with plenty of energy during the day and more restful sleep at night.

Many of the healthy liquid formulas today are way over priced and cost upwards to over sixty dollars a bottle. This is because many people like myself have found the liquid formula to be much more effective than pills.

Paperless Medical Offices – Implementation Considerations

The concept of a paperless office has been something workers in such paperwork heavy industries like insurance, banking and healthcare have been craving for some time. While the idea of a paperless office may seem great, implementing it can be a challenge. The main thing to remember is, when put into practice, “paperless” doesn’t mean no paper, it means less paper.

Even without going completely paperless, converting your medical office to a paperless one can have some benefits including decreasing costs of paperwork – supplies, postage, labor and freeing up office space from file cabinets. The biggest benefit of going paperless is saving time finding files and charts. Some studies suggest physicians lose 30% of their time searching for files. Losing a superbill or claim rejection has a real dollar cost.

Yet with these benefits and pressure from insurance companies and governments for doctors to adopt electronic medical systems, those actually converting only account for 7% of practicing physicians. While there are many reasons electronic billing and medical records have not been adopted, training and startup costs usually top the list. Implementing the EMR system is especially challenging since the doctor can’t delegate those entries to office staff.

The rest of this article will discuss the considerations to be made when creating a paperless medical office as well as which computer hardware and software will be required for the best chance at success.

What to consider when implementing a paperless medical office.

It helps to approach converting to an electronic model as an investment instead of an expense since improved productivity, decreased costs and a faster collections process will result.

* Remember that your office won’t be completely paperless; it will just have less paper.
* If you have to convert existing paper records, be sure to choose a scanner that can handle high speed imaging and non-standard paper sizes.
* Everyone in the office should be properly trained and sold on the paperless concept. The paperless office will fall apart if someone doesn’t participate.
* Choose software based on usability, not price. Cheap software that doesn’t suit your office will be hard to sell to the staff and will make conversion difficult.
* Decide upfront if you want software that has medical billing and EMR functionality together or separately. Medical office software has a tendency to be proprietary, so not all functions may work together if you buy EMR software after your billing software and vice versa.

Hardware requirements for medical billing software.

Computers
These days you can tell a lot about your computer by the operating system installed on it. (Windows 2000, Windows XP, etc.) We’ll skip a bunch of technical specifications here and just say you’ll need a computer that runs Windows XP and works well with your office Internet access.

Your software choice will also help determine required hardware. Web-based medical office software will be more open to your existing configurations.

Scanners
Perhaps the most important hardware choice you can make for a paperless medical office is the scanner. There are many scanners available that serve as printers, faxes and copiers so you can consolidate space with one machine. If you have a lot of paper records sitting in files, be sure you choose a scanner with fast scan times. Getting one that will scan multiple documents at a time is a necessity. Converting to a paperless office is certainly a challenge, but you can reduce problems by getting a good scanner.

Printers
A high quality laser printer is recommended for going paperless. Make sure you get one with high output capability so you’re not letting your hardware decrease productivity. You may also want to get a laser printer or inkjet that is color capable for printing patient photos.

Cameras
You’ll want a digital camera to take patients photos to match their records. You can also scan ID cards, but a color digital photo will provide the best look and decrease the chance for errors.

Portable computing devices
Using a tablet PC or PDA allows physicians to chart while the patient is in the room. It reduces forgetting to record treatments and allows fast, accurate documentation. Utilizing one of these devices is a great way to get the doctor to adopt the paperless process.

Software requirements for medical billing software.

EMR / Billing / Practice Management
Most important in choosing your medical office software is which components you feel are necessary. Some software packages only cover medical billing and practice management. Others only have electronic medical record capability. Some have all of these features combined and they work together. If you decide to purchase separate billing and EMR software, find out from the vendor which programs they’re compatible with in case you decide to implement the missing component in the future.

The most efficient paperless medical office system is one that has full integrated medical billing and EMR capability.

Web based / Client Server
Your next choice is between a web based system that is completely accessed over the Internet, or one installed on your office computer and networked through the office. Web based systems offer the most amount of flexibility since records can be accessed anywhere – much like online banking. Web based medical software meets HIPAA security requirements while removing concerns about backing up or losing data.

Client/server systems present a feeling of security because they are housed in office, but present a number of issues including uptime, upgrades, security and cost. A web based system removes a number of operational headaches and places those responsibilities on your software provider.

Paperless Printing
The ability to print or manipulate digital documents, while maintaining security, requires the use of PDF creation software. The industry standard is Adobe Acrobat, which has a free reader. Acrobat 7.0 is the latest PDF creator.

Flexibility / Training
Many medical office software programs use template based functionality which is counter intuitive to a standard medical work flow. When these programs are implemented, not only is new software needed to be trained on, but the whole flow of the office visit.

There are flexible medical software programs available that are easier to implement and flow well with a typical medical office visit. Make sure you get a full demo of the medical software you’re investigating before you try to implement it.

All the benefits of a paperless office will go out the window if not properly implemented. Make sure you know what kind of setup training is required of your staff as well as ongoing education.

The Roommate And The Itchy Male Organ

At some point in his life, almost every dude is going to have a roommate; many guys will have roommates for an extended period of their lives. As with most social situations, there are advantages and disadvantages to sharing a living space with someone. And a successful roommate living situation depends on the right level of communication. Sometimes, surprisingly, that communication might need to center around male organ health, which can often be a delicate subject. For example, suppose a roommate has a noticeably itchy member. Is this something that should be of any concern to others who may live with him? If so, how should the subject be broached?

Itchy male organ causes

As most men know, there can be numerous reasons why a guy has an itchy male organ. All men get an itch every now and then, but in this case, an itchy manhood refers to a member that needs frequent and/or intense scratching. While there’s nothing wrong with an itchy male organ, it can sometimes indicate a health issue that might require attention.

For example, some causes of manhood itching that might cause concern include:

�A social disease. This, of course, is the elephant in the room, the cause that everyone really wants to avoid. Not every social disease includes itching as a symptom (and even if itching is a typical symptom, that doesn’t mean everyone who gets the social disease will also get an itch). But it is often associated with midsection warts and chlamydia, among other social diseases.

�Lice or scabies. Midsection lice (crabs) are tiny parasites that are often, but not always spread through sensual contact. Scabies are another kind of mite that can cause significant itching and are likely to spread beyond the midsection region.

�Thrush. Also known as candidiasis, thrush is a fungal infection that can create a rashy, itchy situation in men.

�Jock itch. Another fungal infection, and one that is very common among younger men living together.

If a roommate has an itchy manhood and it seems like one of the above could be a cause, it’s certainly in the roommate’s best interest to know that he should do something about it, most likely see a doctor. Exactly how willing a roommate is to tell his roomie this depends on their relationship and level of communication. For example, one reaction may be �What are you doing looking at my junk like that, bro?� which some guys may find off-putting.

A concern for both

But an itchy male organ caused by one of the above issues can be a concern for the non-affected roommate as well. For example, many of the causes of male member itching can be passed on through sharing of items. If one roommate takes a shower and dries his junk off with a towel which is then later used by another guy, the second guy could conceivably pick up the itch. (This is even true with midsection warts; though the virus that causes them is primarily passed on through sensual contact, studies have shown that it can be passed on through secondary contact points like shared towels, linens or clothing.)

For that reason, it pays for a guy to talk to his roommate if he seems to have a manhood itch that needs investigating and treating.

Whether he has a roommate or not, any guy is likely to get an occasional itchy member due to dry or irritated skin. In such cases, using a superior male organ health crme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can be a big help. It’s essential to choose a crme with both Shea butter and vitamin E, as this combination of a high-end emollient and a natural hydrator does wonders to keep member skin moisturized. The better crmes will also include alpha lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant that helps prevent oxidative stress from marring sensitive member skin.

When Do You Need To See An Eye Doctor

The eye is rightfully considered the most sensitive body part yet it also happens to be the most neglected. With hectic modern lifestyles, eye care is largely ignored and an eye exam is only carried out when your ophthalmologist insists.

Worrying Eye Condition Statistics

To appreciate the need for regular eye checks, consider these worrying statistics. The National Eye Institute (NEI) in 2013 reported that there are over 4 million Americans suffering from vision impairment and 2 million who suffer low vision.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 14 million people aged 12 years and older have suffered vision impairment. A National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) study shows over 3.5 million Americans aged 40 years and above have some form of vision problem arising from childhood.

Preventive Eye Care to Avoid Deterioration

It might be clich, but prevention is better than cure, any day, in eye care. Indeed, most sight-threatening conditions can be treated if detected early according to American Foundation for the Blind.

This makes eye exams an integral part of your family’s overall good health. You can choose an optometrist when it is purely a preventative eye visit. In case you have an identified eye condition then you need specialized eye examination by an ophthalmologist.

When to Visit an Eye Doctor

The question in your mind must be the appropriate time to make an appointment with your eye doctor. Here are some factors that will highlight you need that exam sooner than later:

Recommended visits: The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that your child must have an eye exam before the age of 3 years. National Eye Institute (NEI) recommends a test once in every 10 years for ages between 19 and 40 years, a test every 5 years for ages 41-55 years, a test every 3 years for ages 56-65 years and a test every year for anyone aged over 65 years. With age, eye problems worsen meaning more regular exams are needed.
You need eye examination in case of vision loss, changes in vision, changes in the field of vision or changes in color of vision.
An eye exam is crucial in case of reddening of eyes, itching, floaters, blind spots, eye strain, headaches, blurred vision and difficulty seeing at night, or any other discomfort in your eyes.
Eye exams are critical in case of head injuries, if you have health conditions that affect your eyes such as diabetes, Glaucoma and if there is a history of family eye problems.