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Energy Efficiency Pays Best

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

In some parts of the Northeast, the skyrocketing cost of oil could cause residential winter heating bills to climb as high as $7,000. Oil reached $145 a barrel in late May, and many analysts are predicting $150-200 per barrel oil within two years. With heating oil averaging $4.71 a gallon, natural gas rates headed for a 20 to 30 percent rise. Add that to electricity bills up, some municipalities are shifting to four-day work weeks, and moving aggressively into renewable energy & energy efficiency.

Utah made headlines in July by becoming the first to put most state employees on a four-day week of 10-hour days. About one-third of the state’s 3,000 government buildings will be closed on Fridays, with expected savings on heat and air conditioning to hit $3 million a year. Commuters will also save on gasoline. Utah’s Governor Jon Huntsman said, “The reaction from the public has been very much a willingness to give this a go.”

Energy efficiency is happening in all sectors. Behavior is changing rapidly in light of higher prices; SUV and light truck sales have dipped 30-60% (depending on the brand) over the last year. Small car sales are up. Total “vehicle miles traveled” dipped for the first time since 1979. Yet, in the 1970s after the oil embargo prompted conservation habits for about a decade, U.S. Americans returned to wasteful ways, as oil prices dropped, ignoring past lessons.

The difference this time is that higher prices are prompted mostly by fundamental supply and demand issues. Peak oil production is either already here, or will be sometime between 2010-2015 at the latest. When global peak oil production is reached, prices will be far higher than today’s.

In order to lessen our dependence on oil, and keep our economy moving, energy efficiency is essential. This past July, U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman met with the energy ministers from the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized countries, plus China, India and South Korea, to discuss ways to enhance global energy security while simultaneously combating global climate change. The G8, which includes Canada, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and the US, established the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC). It states that energy efficiency is one of the quickest, greenest and most cost-effective ways to address energy security and climate change while ensuring economic growth.

Meanwhile, financial support for the federal assistance “weatherization” program here in the US, which helps low-income families be more energy efficient, has dramatically declined. President Bush proposed eliminating the program entirely. An Energy Dept spending bill before the Senate, would provide $201 million for the fiscal year beginning in October ($40 million less than was supplied in 2007), while winter heating costs have soared. Bush, and GOP presidential candidate John McCain, and Republicans in Congress have touted drilling as the primary short-term solution to rising energy prices, despite the fact that opening offshore areas to production wouldn’t lower gasoline prices until about 2030 — if it does at all.

Currently, the average price for natural gas on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) shows an increase of 33% this year. New Jersey customers will pay another 18% based on an increase requested by NJ Natural Gas to take effect this coming October, and another 15% or more expected next year. Between 2002 and 2007, the price of natural gas nearly doubled, according to the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU), with corresponding increases in the price of electricity and heating fuels in New Jersey.

To address the steadily rising prices of energy, New Jersey created an Energy Master Plan. Its primary goal is to maximize energy conservation and energy efficiency. Reducing energy consumption through conservation and efficiency is the most cost-effective way to help lower utility bills, increase reliability, and lower the state’s contributions to global warming and other air pollutants. Reductions of energy use by at least 20% by 2020, as Governor Corzine has directed, would yield annual electricity savings of 20,000 GWh per year and annual heating savings of 119 trillion BTUs, and result in substantial cost savings, thereby promoting economic growth in the state.

Solar Panel Systems, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Your Home

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Reducing your Electric Bill with Renewable Energy

Using renewable energy to produce electricity and reduce your electric bill can be a sound long-term investment. Depending on the type of technology, you can expect a full return on your investment within 3 to 18 years. With financial or tax rebates from your utility company or state and national government, the payback period on your investment can be cut in half.

However, the very first step to considering any renewable energy system must be how to make your home or business more energy efficient. Generally, the basic rule is that for every $1 you spend on making your location more energy efficient, you save $3 to $5 on the cost of the renewable energy system. Let’s go over some basic ways you can make your home more energy efficient.

Making Your Home Energy Efficient

One of the easiest things that you can do to reduce your electrical consumption is change out your regular incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). CFLs use 65 to 75% less energy than a normal light bulb that produces the same amount of light. By replacing a normal 100 watt incandescent light bulb with a 32 watt CFL, you will save $60 to $80 in electricity costs over the lifetime of that bulb (10,000 hours). Now imagine how much you would save if you changed out all of your light bulbs to CFLs!

The technology for these bulbs has quickly evolved and improved in the last few years, while the cost has come down dramatically. You’ll find that there are CFLs that will now fit most light fixtures and lighting needs-there are even dimmable CFLs!. Head out to your local department or hardware store and buy CFLs for as many of your light fixtures as possible. The investment is well worth it.

Another alternative to traditional lights are tubular skylights . Tubular skylights look a little like shiny stove pipes that start with a transparent dome on top of the roof and come down into some room for day lighting. We frequently see customers using tubular skylights to bring daylight into hallways and closets. The light is, of course, entirely natural and in some installations can provide as much illumination as a 100-Watt incandescent light bulb.

Energy Star and EnergyGuide

One of the biggest consumers of electricity in most households is the refrigerator. In most households, refrigeration is the number one electricity consumer after any electricity-based heating or cooling systems. If your refrigerator is over 10 years old, chances are it’s electrically very inefficient. Consider replacing your current refrigerator with one that has a high Energy Star rating. Remember that just because a refrigerator may have earned the Energy Star label doesn’t mean it’s the most efficient model available-it only means that its efficiency exceeds the federally mandated efficiency standard by at least 15%. You can even do much of your investigation online at the Energy Star website. There you can search for the brand, type and size of refrigerator you want and sort by energy efficiency. When you shop in stores, consult the yellow EnergyGuide tags that are attached to all new refrigerators (and many other appliances). EnergyGuide is a different government program from Energy Star that offers information about annual energy consumption and shows you where each model lands in a comparison with similar models. For maximum energy savings, select the model that’s a leader in efficiency in its class.

Ghost Loads

Also known as “phantom loads”, ghost loads are the sneaky devices that constantly consume small amounts of electricity 24 hours a day-even when they’re not actually doing anything useful. While each device by itself may not consume much electricity, the combination of all of them within your household may easily consume the equivalent of two or three 60-Watt incandescent light bulbs left on all day and all night. Over the course of a single year this adds up to over 1 Megawatt-hour-in other words, enough electricity to power an entire energy-efficient house for 2 to 3 months!

What are these mysterious ghost loads? The most common examples are the “power brick” adapters, or power supplies, that charge or operate cell phones, laptop computers, cordless drills, answering machines, radios, inkjet printers, and many other household devices. They’re actually small transformers, turning AC electricity from the wall outlet into DC electricity for use by the device. While any one of these devices may only consume a small amount of power (e.g., 3-20 watts), a dozen or so of them, running simultaneously and continuously, consume a significant amount of electricity. What’s worse is that even when you’re not charging your cell phone or the battery for your cordless drill, that AC adapter may continue to consume power just because it’s plugged into the wall. Other well-disguised ghost loads are those devices which have the “instant on” feature, such as most modern television sets, VCRs, DVD players, many radios and even many computers. While all of these devices are supposedly turned off, they are actually consuming anywhere from 3 to 20 watts continuously-just to stay ready for you to use them.

How can you decrease the consumption of energy by these parasitic loads? One of the simplest solutions is to simply plug these devices into a power strip which has an off/on switch. When you are done using the devices and shut them off normally, then just hit the off switch on the power strip. Many people make it part of their nightly routine to shut off these power strips just before they go to bed. For AC power adapters that you use at night, like for charging a cell phone, put those on a separate power strip that you turn off during the day when you take your phone with you. Simple solutions like these could reduce your ghost electric loads by as much as 80%. In real-dollars terms, this means saving upwards of $120 per year in electricity costs, depending on your local electric utility rates and how dedicated you are to reducing your ghost loads.

Energy Efficient Double Glazed Windows

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Double Glazing Windows Can Save You Money!

When you fit Energy Efficient Windows to your home you can seriously save money on your energy bills. It is estimated by the Energy Saving Trust that households can save between £130-£150 when windows are fitted with energy efficient technology.

By reducing heat loss when you fit double glazing the environment also benefits, important for those concerned about the carbon footprint that our modern lives cause. Standard windows, which are usually single pane, have been shown in tests that they are very inefficient in keeping heat contained in the home.

Choosing the right window for your home is vital to making your home as energy efficient as possible. It is important to make an informed choice when buying energy efficient windows and you should always look for the Energy Saving Recommended logo. This means that the window and pane has been tested to ensure it is as energy efficient as possible.

Energy Saving Windows – Key Factors

When you decide to fit new windows to you home there are 3 components, which are vital to take in to consideration. The window frame material, the Energy Saving Window glass rating, and the way the window operates are key to ensuring your windows are as efficient as possible.

The Window Frame

The material you choose to fit your energy efficient double glazing with plays a key part in how energy efficient they are. Each material has pros and cons which may suit your household needs.

Metal or Aluminum Frames

Advantages of metal or aluminum frames are that they are very strong, not as heavy as other materials and do not require high maintenance. A disadvantage is that they are not so good at providing insulation.

Composite Frames

Composite window frames are made of composite wood products. These frames have better stability and thermal insulation properties than wood, and last longer as they are more durable.

Fiberglass Frames

Fiberglass window frames offer high insulation properties when the air cavities with the frame are filled with insulation. Fiberglass provides a strong structure for the window frame and result in high energy efficiency for windows.

Vinyl Frames

Vinyl windows are often made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Advantages of PVC is that in the frames do not require painting, have good energy efficiency with good insulation. Unfortunately in extreme weather conditions PVC can warp in heat and crack in the cold.

Similar to Fiberglass, vinyl frames can be filled with insulation to increase energy efficicency. These well insulating frames are often used with double glazing and high energy efficiency rating windows.

Wood Frames

Wood frames can perform well when it comes to energy efficient windows. A disadvantage is however that they also can be affected by changes in the weather. They also are heavy and take up more space reducing light in to the room, as well as needing the most work to maintain.

The Effects of Energy Efficiency Home Improvement

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

If you own a home that you sometimes find draughty and expensive to heat – then you could benefit from carrying out energy efficient home improvements. An energy efficient home is not only more environmentally responsible, it is also much more economical in the long run. When you take steps to stop air leaks and improve the insulation in your attic, basement and walls, these steps can mean your house stays warmer and you are more comfortable through the winter months when those cold winds seem to seep in from the outside.

Be assured, steps taken to improve energy efficiency is likely to be far more beneficial than you realize particularly in an older home. Indeed, effects are likely to be as far reaching as helping to create a viable home performance industry while improving our environment.

What is energy efficient home improvement?

Energy efficient home improvement is about creating a home that is comfortable and uses less energy to heat and cool, because it is well sealed against air leaks and well insulated against heat transfer. When a home is poorly insulated, the use of a heating system can be undermined by loss of heat through lack of insulation in the walls and attic, poorly fitted windows and doors that let in draughts and so on. By taking measures to correct these problems, you’ll be able to improve the energy efficiency of your home – and that can mean significant savings on energy bills. The following are some of the ways in which you can improve the energy efficiency of your home:

Diagnostic Tools The best way to address problems in older homes or homes that have few energy efficiency measures taken during construction is through running some diagnostic tests to find the home’s ‘weak points’ when it comes to energy efficiency. These tests can assess how tightly the home is sealed and pinpoint the locations where hot air is escaping from the home. These tests examined areas such as ductwork systems, attics/roofs, basements, exterior wall cavities, utilities entry points and so on. Ultimately, the tests will determine how efficient or inefficient for that matter your home is; whether you have drafts that is allowed to come in unhindered, whether or not you have insulation in your attic or walls and whether you have insulating windows and well sealed doors etc.

Window insulations – When you have windows that are not insulated, you can experience loss of heat in two ways. First, if your windows are older (such as on a traditional, character home) then you may get heat loss via gaps or spaces around the window. Second, the home may have single glazed windows which lose heat via heat transfer. The Repairing or replacing of older windows with energy efficient ones can help to prevent further loss of heat; which in turn can improve the comfort of your home. To address the second issue, you may opt to have the windows double or triple glazed (using heat reflecting glass), or have polythene insulation installed to help minimise heat transfer and keep the maximum amount of heat inside your home. Other applications such as heavy drapes across the windows during the winter can also further reduce heat loss to the outside.

Door insulations – If you have glass doors, then many of the same principles apply to insulating these as you would your windows. Additionally, draft proofing or weather stripping is one of the simple things you may want to consider when air sealing your homes; Preventing draughts from entering rooms also means preventing heat from escaping. These applications are quick and simple to install and they can make a big difference to your home. It is also possible to carry out improvements to your home by having insulated outer doors installed by a professional. Some of these doors are solid, sturdy doors that will help to reduce heat loss because they contain insulation within their core.

Air sealing – This process refers to the sealing of the less obvious draft spots in the home. If you have a draft under a door, you may be able to stop it with a weather strip, but a significant amount of heat loss can take place via gaps and holes in basements, crawl spaces and attics or lofts. In order to eliminate heat loss in these locations, it is worthwhile to hire a contractor to assess your home for leakage, carry out sealing around areas where leaks are identified is very essential to improving the home’s energy performance. A professional can seal your home quite tightly to improve energy efficiency and prevent loss of heat from these locations.

Duct sealing – If you have reverse cycle air conditioning ducted system in your home, there is a possibility that you will experience issues of heat loss via poorly sealed openings, gaps around the seals of the ducts and so on. If you have an older home that is prone to be draughty, then chances are you are letting a lot of money slip through your fingers, heating a home that is releasing a large proportion of that heat outside conditioned space. The long-term cost of this could be significant when compared to the ease of sealing leaky ducts. A professional home performance improvement contractor can help you assess the loss via the ducts and other areas and can help you to correct these problems

Medtravel Ecuador: Reliable Medical Tourism Resources

February 20, 2017 Posted by kyu7

MedTravel Ecuador is located in Quito, Ecuador, a subsidiary of the Global Health Corporation. As a major medical tourism and health destination provider, MedTravel Ecuador is dedicated to promoting safe, effective, certified and reliable healthcare providers throughout Ecuador.

Combining the benefits of tourism with medical care, MedTravel Ecuador offers a variety of benefits and services to global travelers.

Benefits of Working with MedTravel Ecuador
PlacidWay, an increasingly popular in growing medical provider for international medical tourism resources and packages, has joined with MedTravel Ecuador in offering superlative, effective and quality medical care in Ecuador. MedTravel Ecuador:

• Is a partner with Hospital Metropolitano, the top rated hospital in Ecuador
• Is a partner with SEITUR, the largest corporate travel agency in Ecuador
• Offers air and land transportation, accommodations, and affordable packages and rates
• Offer services with accredited hospitals and physicians trained in the United States, Latin America and throughout Europe utilizing state-of-the-art equipment

MedTravel Ecuador specializes in providing quality services in:

• Orthopedics
• Dental surgery
• Bariatric surgery
• Plastic surgery
• Ophthalmology
• Wellness programs and spas

“The Hospital Metropolitano is ISO 9001:2000 certified and offers a AAA rating from the Bank Watch Ratings Grating Committee,” says Pablo Calisto, Director of MedTravel Ecuador. “The hospital was awarded the Municipality of Quito and the Environmental Committee Awards in 2008 for Improvement in Technological Innovations in Health Services sectors having an impact on environmental protection. We’re very proud of that.”

In addition to such benefits, MedTravel Ecuador and Hospital Metropolitano partner with international medical Centers and facilities including:

• The Mayo Clinic
• The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
• Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami
• Texas University
• Alabama University
• Brest University in Germany

and a variety of hospitals throughout Latin America including top rated hospitals in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Columbia.

MedTravel Ecuador, in association with the Hospital Metropolitano, are dedicated to providing the best in private healthcare services and has become nationally as well as internationally recognized for excellent quality of care, high technological standards, education, teaching and research. Patients rights and commitment to improving quality of life, protecting and promoting human and professional development, as well as quality education and research have built Hospital Metropolitano into a leading medical facility with a global reputation for quality, respect, and patient care.

MedTravel Ecuador Offers the Ultimate in Services
“We’re extremely pleased to join efforts in providing superlative medical and health care options to international travelers,” says Pramod Goel, CEO and Founder of PlacidWay, a leading medical tourism resource any information database located in Denver, Colorado. “Patients deserve options and choices in where and how they receive their medical care.”

Patients traveling to Ecuador for treatment in the fields of orthopedics, vision care, obesity or bariatric surgery, as well as cosmetic and plastic surgery will enjoy the benefits of certified and experienced healthcare while enjoying a holiday in Quito, one of the most beautiful cities and destinations in Ecuador.

For more information regarding the specialties offered at MedTravel Ecuador as well as information regarding doctors, specialties, and postgraduate studies and training received by the doctors and surgeons available through MedTravel Ecuador, visit PlacidWay.com for information regarding treatments and procedures, in-depth profiles of treatments, qualifications and experience at the center, as well as accessing information regarding travel packages that may save thousands of dollars in medical care costs.

Medical Transcription Outsourcing – Seamlessly Integrating With Healthcare Facilities

October 22, 2013 Posted by kyu7

The healthcare sector provides valuable services that help save lives and improve the quality of life. In the modern world healthcare services have gained a more significant role considering the stress levels of today’s lifestyles. To provide quality services healthcare facilities and healthcare professionals draw quality inputs from various sources. To enable the continuous provision of quality healthcare it is equally important for healthcare facilities to have a healthy bottom line.

The key to empowering the main goals of providing quality healthcare and maintaining a healthy bottom line it is important to evaluate each input to the healthcare process on the following basis:

· Ability to seamlessly integrate with the working of the healthcare facilities
· Ability to maintain quality services
· Help lower costs

One of the components for providing quality healthcare and maintaining a healthy bottom line is the information from patient medical records. Patient medical records provide support to healthcare facilities and healthcare professionals in the many aspects of successfully running the healthcare facility. Information from the patient medical records is essential as:

· A chronicle of the treatment process
· Forms the basis of continued care and future care plans
· Is the basis of referrals
· Provides important evidence in case of litigation
· Helps fulfill statutory requirements
· Provides the basis for coding and billing

Healthcare facilities and healthcare professionals have many options available to them to document the patient- healthcare professional encounter to create patient medical records. However outsourced medical transcription services have been found to be the most preferred, cost- effective, versatile and convenient option for documenting the care process. Medical transcription services also have the additional advantage of being able to seamlessly integrating into the working style of healthcare professionals and healthcare facility operations.

How do outsourced medical transcription vendors seamlessly integrate with the operations of healthcare facilities?

No change in working style: Healthcare professionals are starved for time and adapting to new styles of capturing information could result in loss of productivity or even result in errors. These service providers are fully aware of the pressures of healthcare professionals and have made it convenient for them to capture information regarding the patient encounter. Doctors/support staff/clinics/hospitals are provided with options to use dictation devices they are comfortable with. Once the dictation is finished, systems are put in place to help upload these audio files for transcription by configuring the system to check for dictation files at agreed intervals.

Once the audio files are downloaded for transcription, the files are allocated according to the specialty the transcriptionists have trained in, this ensures maximum accuracy.

Transcription providers have quality processes in place to ensure that each transcript is put through rigorous quality assurance process to ensure minimum errors. The role of the dictator is limited to clear and audible dictation, which can be easily integrated into their working life.

Customized services: Outsourced medical transcription service providers realize that the needs of different doctors/support staff/clinics/hospitals are specific. Therefore these services are customized to meet all the special requirements as specified by them Factors like templates, turnaround time, the modes of delivery and even the option of delivery to multiple healthcare professionals is offered and inculcated into the service package. Additional services like editing and proofreading services for speech recognition transcription are also provided as per their preference.

Easy access: These service providers provide easy access to services in terms of the technology required for transcription and the team. Outsourced services also provide easy access to older transcripts and summary of work.

Web Design For Healthcare, Pharma And Medical Brands

October 17, 2013 Posted by kyu7

Healthcare web design is a varied and huge animal. A lot of healthcare web development companies have difficulty knowing where to start. But really the principles are the same in this industry for any experienced and accomplished healthcare web development professional. But it is how a visitor finds you, sees you and the experience that they have that will truly determine how successful you website is.

Trust

Your healthcare web developments have to encompass trust at their heart. This is going to be the most valuable commodity, especially if you are a new or unknown company or service provider. The sector you are in will also influence how difficult it is to build up online trust. So the diet sector along with a lot of alternative therapy providers will have an uphill battle to win.

The issue you will have is this. Healthcare, like life insurance, car insurance and many other critical areas of our lives screams to our subconscious that we should only trust someone we know or who has been recommended to us by our friends. If you go now to a website and see a life insurance banner, you are probably not going to click it or buy straight away from an unknown supplier.

So How Do You Build Up the Trust Required?

Well as part of your healthcare web design you need to have someone on your side who knows how to build trust. Having someone on your side that has been there and done it is priceless. We ourselves have gone through the pain barrier over the years. This means that we have taken the lessons and successes on board so that you don’t have to.

Building an integrated healthcare web development strategy that gives trust is a two part story. The first part is the impact and first time impression of your site. We know this and are experts at this aspect. On average a visitor will take only about 5-10 seconds to make their minds up as to whether to stay or to hit that back button on their browsers. So you are looking to drop in the quality indicators for that fast scan that holds the visitor and encourages them to explore.

Engaging With the Visitor

To build trust and to retain a loyal reader and potential customer your healthcare website design and quality content has to be engaging on many different levels. It is not just about looking smart and professional. In fact that may actually work against you in some healthcare areas. Sometimes having a more relaxed, non-officious approach can pay enormous dividends. It becomes less about marketing speak and more about satisfying a visitor’s needs.

Ideas for healthcare website design here include multimedia content in the form of videos, webinars or audio interviews and recordings. It could also mean having a blog which is less formal and can take and accept comments. After a while this comment conversation actually generates its own content and power.

Making the Website Experience Easy

If your healthcare web design is terrible then you are not going to keep anyone on site, no matter how good the content or how engaging. The content needs to be logically and well organised for easy access. Nothing should be too many clicks away either. Your organisation is a professional one, so it generally should look as though it was put together by a professional. A very high standard of graphics is absolutely necessary.

Functionality and Security

This is where, as far as healthcare web development is concerned, we come into what is dealt with and regulated by the regulations, such as the ABPI and other professional bodies. The main things to consider are the protection of personal data if you have a forum or membership element, the security of information and the segregation of certain information to restrict access to certain groups of users. For instance this may mean the separation of healthcare data for practitioners and customers.

This is critical for your company. If you do not achieve this in the architecture of the healthcare website design, you put yourself at risk on several fronts. We know the importance of making sure this is done properly. If it is not done correctly it could mean censure or even worse a criminal prosecution or civil proceedings.

Then there is the case of social media interaction. If you fail to understand or handle this properly you will come seriously unstuck. Social media is a superb way of encouraging involvement and building your brand and reach. Sites such as Facebook and Twitter have immense power. But there are also dangers that you could fall foul of. The speed with which information can be spread and the huge amount of users who will share it make the whole area very sensitive. Fortunately, we have a lot of experience in managing sensitive and regulated campaigns and making sure they are successful.

Conquering SEO to Increase Visibility

Search engine optimization is a valuable way to promote your site and brand and to provide an additional way of gaining trust and visitors. Healthcare website design should be carefully and fully optimised and promoted with ethical methods to help the site rise to the first page of the search engines. This is a good natural way to gain domain authority with the likes of Google.

Of course you are also at the mercy of those search engines and the way they decide they will assess how important your site is in relation to its content for their searchers. But by building and promoting smart, we are able to give you the stability through any changes that may come.

So as you can see, healthcare web design incorporates a lot of both simple and complicated elements. These involve proper presentation, content and interaction, along with providing the best platform and strategy to promote, segregate and protect your company.

It is essential to ensure that you have someone on board with vast experience and innovative solutions to guide you through this process. This will also mean you avoid the pitfalls of healthcare web design and the regulating codes and laws.

The Roles And Responsibilities Of Medical Assistants In Health Care

October 12, 2013 Posted by kyu7

Curious about what Medical Assisting is? Admirably, medical assisting is one of the fastest growing careers these days. Statistics show that this job is estimated to rise for the next ten years due to the innovation of medical equipment and the increase number of population around the world.

If you wish to become a medical assistant, you don’t need a master’s degree. All you need is your high school diploma or a GED equivalent. Aspiring medical assistants must simply undergo programs which will only take six months to two years to complete.

The course for medical assisting includes the fundamental medical vocabulary, anatomy and physiology and supplementary administrative training like recordkeeping, bookkeeping, transcription, and so on and so forth.

Program courses are exclusively intended to give them a broad perspective in medical field to help them perform their errand productively and fruitfully. This is because medical assistants’ nature of work is to perform or to keep medical establishments organized and to keep it running smoothly. Also, since medical assistants are closely working with patients and with other medical staff like doctors and nurses, their program courses also include patient relations, ethics and medical laws and principles.

Although, some of the roles of medical assistants are identical a doctor assistant or a nurse, they are very different. Medical assistants carry out clerical and clinical tasks while nurses are more on treatments and patient management.

In the main a medical assistant handles administrative duties and or clinical duties.

1. Administrative Duties and Responsibilities

– Answering telephone calls
– Assist patients and families
– Appointment planning
– Fiscal recording and billing
– Bookkeeping
– Handling correspondence
– Filing and updating patient’s medical records
– Managing insurance forms
– Arranging hospital admissions
– Assisting in laboratory services

2. Clinical Duties and Responsibilities
– Taking patient’s health history
– Recording patient’s vital signs
– Preparing patients for medical examinations
– Assisting doctors during health examinations
– Explaining to patients the procedures that are to be done to them
– Collects and prepares the laboratory specimens
– Buying medical materials and equipments
– Disposing of infected medical materials
– Preparing medical instruments
– Making sure that hospital quarters such as waiting rooms and examination rooms are clean and tidy

In some hospitals medical assistants are allowed, under the custody of doctors to carry out basic medical tasks such as:
– Basic laboratory tests
– Prepare medications and administer medications too
– Instructing patients in taking medications and some diets
– Drug refills
– Draw blood
– Changing of dressings
– Removing sutures

Since medical assistants have a large scope of tasks, they should at all times stay focused and systematic. They must possess pleasing personality and must be good communicators for they must make the patients feel comfortable and easy before and or during examination. Also, medical assistants must be dainty and well groomed for they should look presentable when dealing with patients.

Duties and tasks of medical assistants vary depending in the hospitals they work. In small hospitals or clinics they are to perform both administrative and clinical duties while in large hospitals where there are other medical staff, medical assistants are encouraged to performed specific tasks under the direction of the department administrators.

Regardless where medical assistants work, they are very useful in helping healthcare workers to perform their jobs more effectively and efficiently. As a consequence, the growing needs of people’s medical attention are met through them.

The Role Of Electronic Medical Records In Health Reform

October 9, 2013 Posted by kyu7

How Electronic Records Help Health Reform
Integration of electronic record keeping can help reduce overall health care expenses by limiting administrative costs, ensuring that duplicate procedures are avoided and checking for allergies and other medical sensitivities across a database. Optimally, the system aims to help medical professionals make better decisions based upon lab results, X-Rays, medical history records and a variety of hospital archives. While there is an up-front cost to integrating the systems, most modern hospitals are actively working to streamline their record keeping and open access to fellow medical facilities.

Currently, less than 25% of practicing doctors utilize electronic records for their patients, while emergency room rates are slightly higher. Under terms of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Congress allocated funds for doctors who integrate certified electronic record keeping systems . As standards become solidified, a growing number of medical practices are shifting to electronic records.

Privacy and Security in Reform
Many patients’ rights advocates have expressed concern over a central health records database, but medical companies are actively working to comply with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) so that records are securely stored and can only be accessed by practicing doctors. Incorporating privacy into insurance records is a core part of the process, and recent health reform efforts have helped streamline secure patient record standards.

Relying upon electronic documentation, it is much easier for doctors to show exactly why they performed a specific procedure. With this evidence, medical professionals are able to show that adverse medical outcomes were not caused by error, potentially limiting their tort liabilities. Although the legal aspects of health reform remain under debate, many medical professionals are working to limit medical transcription and record keeping errors to provide safer, more reliable medical care. A combination of improved record keeping, medical delivery and quality care can result in improvements in overall health outcomes.

Cobra Healthcare Coverage Vs Individual And/or Family Medical Assurance

October 4, 2013 Posted by kyu7

While C.O.B.R.A. Insurance might be a lifesaver for some individuals, individuals often take the C.O.B.R.A. option when they shouldn’t. If compared to private medical care assurance, COBRA can be pricey, it can be over too early and it can put someone else in control of your policy.

COBRA is often too pricey

COBRA is s short-term solution

C.O.B.R.A. is under someone else’s control

C.O.B.R.A. is often too costly

The COBRA law gives you the right to be covered by a group insurance policy. One of the biggest misconceptions individuals have about healthcare Insurance is that group insurance policies are less expensive than individual and/or family health care insurance policies that you can purchase on your own. While this is sometimes true, it isn’t usually. In many states, health care coverage costs more when bought through an employer.

This is because of the cost of governmental mandates that apply to group health care insurance policies that don’t apply to private medical care insurance policies. A company offering a group assurance policy may have to offer a policy to anyone regardless of their medicalcare history. coverage companies cannot drop an insured person from their family and/or individual health Insurance plan simply because their health has gotten worse after their policy’s effective date, but they won’t take new people with pre-existing conditions. This can mean that the insurance company’s costs are much higher for their group coverage policies than for their family or individual healthcare assurance policies.

You may be offered the group insurance plan that you had before your employment concluded or if your company has made changes in the policies they offer to their current employees, it may be a different healthcare policy.

C.O.B.R.A. is s short-term solution

In most scenarios, COBRA may be kept for a maximum of 18 months, although in certain scenarios, this time period can be extended to 36 months. This may mean that your coverage may end when you need it the most. A good family and/or individual health assurance policy may cover you until you reach the age of 65.

You may be healthy enough to qualify for a long-term health Insurance plan at the time when your job ends but not 18 months later. If you or someone in your family contract an illness or have trauma that prevents you from buying a policy at the end of your COBRA eligibility

COBRA is under someone else’s control

When you mail in your COBRA payments, you send them to your former company. Although this happens rarely, sometimes companies will take your money and never pay the insurance company.

If your company changes the plans that are offered to their current employees, they may also change the plans available to those eligible for health care Insurance because they have taken the COBRA option. This may mean that your policy may not cover you as well as it used to. You might suddenly be in the position of having an expensive plan that no longer covers you well.

Scenarios where C.O.B.R.A. is better than individual medicalcare insurance:

When C.O.B.R.A. is much less pricey than a private assurance policy

A family or individual medical care coverage plan isn’t available to you

You’re assured a medical assurance plan before your COBRA eligibility ends.

There are situations where COBRA is a better option than a family and/or individual medical care coverage plan. If you are not able to purchase a healthcare policy on your own at a reasonable rate and you find that your COBRA option isn’t too pricey C.O.B.R.A. may be your best options. This of course is also true if you cannotpurchase a C.O.B.R.A. plan because of a preexisting medical condition. Another situation when COBRA can be a good option is when you will be eligible for Medicare or some other medicalcare policy before your C.O.B.R.A. eligibility will end.