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CDC: Fentanyl the Deadliest Drug in America

The Centre for Disease Control has recently confirmed that Fentanyl is now the most dangerous drug in the United States, having caused several casualties due to overdose. The most recent statistics come from 2016 and show that 18,000 overdose-related deaths were tied to Fentanyl. This marks the first occasion that Fentanyl has been at the …

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Women and Heart Health – Why We Need to Do Better

Based on statistics alone, one can easily determine that women are at great risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease. Within the US, more women lose their lives to heart disease than they do to other deadly illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, or respiratory disease. Despite how high the mortality currently is, women are still less …

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Biggest Low Since 2008; Child Insurance Rates Drop

According to statistics found in the recently published report by Georgetown University’s Centre for Children and Families the number of uninsured children seems to be on the rise. The nationwide estimated increase is stated to be around 276,000 children under the age of 19. In percentages, this marks an increase of 4.7 per cent in …

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11 Things Successful Practices can teach you about missed appointments

There are numerous practices that cause people to lose over $100,000 every year because of missed appointments only. If you are here, we assume that you’re most likely one of the numerous practices on experiencing what we call the No-Show Epidemic. Every year about an average rate of 12% of missed appointments build up the …

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Medicare Part B Premiums/Deductibles for year 2019

Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and certain other medical and health services not covered by Medicare Part  A. The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $135.50 for 2019, an increase of $1.50 from $134 in 2018 The annual deductible for …

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ICD-10 CM Changes for the year 2019

The ICD-10-CM code set in the United States is maintained by the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee. This committee reviews all requests for changes or additions to the code set and  includes representatives from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Center for Disease Control …

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Upcoming Medical Events in January 2019

As the new year of 2019 is right around the corner, we thought we’d share some of the important medical events that will occur in the month of January. Mark your calendars, for these include: National Blood Donor Month, Cervical Health Awareness Month, Thyroid Awareness Month, and National Birth Defects Awareness Month. National Blood Donor …

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Should the U.S Healthcare delivery system be restructured?

The new trend adopted by the retail and pharmacy blockbuster chains means there will be express and retail clinics that have new partnerships with commercial insurers. Through this, they can expand their patient outreach and improve their bottom line while repositioning themselves as the new ‘front door’ of providing primary care. The proposed purchase of …

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