Tips for Correctly Coding Spinal Procedures

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) is a medical code set used to report medical, surgical, and diagnostic services. CPT codes are an integral part of the billing process for health care entities and providers because the codes indicate to insurance payers the specific procedures they are seeking reimbursement for. These codes can also be used by [...]

By | March 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Flu Season 2019

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention weekly flu report, there were as many as 26.3 million flu illnesses, 12.4 million medical visits and 347,000 flu hospitalizations between October 1, 2018 and March 2, 2019.1Flu season may not have reached its peak this season, and with weeks of flu activity still to [...]

By | March 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Childhood Obesity: Barriers to Treatment and Prevention

As described in the previous blog post, childhood obesity has recently been deemed a national public health crisis due to its prevalence and the significant lifelong impacts obesity can have on children’s physical and psychosocial well-being.1,2 Despite health care professionals being aware of this problem and its associated potential consequences, many report a sense of [...]

By | March 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Childhood Obesity: Prevalence and Prevention

Childhood overweight and obesity rates have been rising at an alarming rate over the past 3 decades. According to the CDC, the percentage of children in the United States classified as being obese has increased from 6.5% in 1976-1980 to 17.4% in 2013-2014, and the percentage of adolescents who are obese has increased from 5.0% [...]

By | March 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Potential New Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is marked by a progressive decline in memory and cognition, and it is the most common neurodegenerative disorder.1At this year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), the largest international meeting devoted to developing and sharing the latest research related to this disease,2the results of an innovative clinical trial using focused ultrasound for facilitating drug [...]

By | February 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Delays in Veterans Seeking and Receiving Medical Care

Veterans represent less than 10% of the population, but this key demographic group has a higher burden of illness compared to civilians and accounts for approximately 20.4 million people in the United States.1,2 Veterans not only represent a unique subset of the population in regard to their specific health care needs, but they also differ [...]

By | February 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Considering the Calendar: Does the day of the week a procedure is performed on influence surgical outcomes?

Every individual who needs an operation wants to be assured that it will be performed in the best and safest conditions possible. So for those electing to undergo a surgical procedure, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. Many people are aware that different procedures present with various levels of risk and [...]

By | February 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Workplace Bullying in the Nursing Profession

Workplace bullying is one of the most common work-related psychological problems in any work environment, and the adverse consequences of bullying may have a more significant impact compared all other work-related stressors combined.1 The effects of perceived workplace bullying in nurses can have significant impacts on nurse, patient, and health organization outcomes including: psychological and [...]

By | January 31st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Preventing Surgical Site Infections

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are currently the most common cause of healthcare-associated infections, and cost our healthcare system approximately $10 billion annually. Infection following surgery also doubles a patient’s likelihood for hospitalization and death.1Fortunately, the incidence of surgical site infections has been gradually decreasing in recent years, but there is still plenty of room still [...]

By | January 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Efficiently Read Medical Chart Notes

Discerning what particular information is relevant and important in medical chart notes can be a time-consuming and difficult process, especially for individuals who are not accustomed to reading documentation specific to health care. Nevertheless, reading chart notes is often a necessary component of developing a legal case. Two out of the three most frequent allegations [...]

By | January 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments