Medicaid is a medical assistance program that pays medical bills for people who meet certain eligibility requirements (such as income, age, or disability) which are based on Federal regulations and State law. Medical benefits may be authorized for services such as hospitalizations, physician services, medications and different levels of care in nursing and residential facilities.
Medicaid may help pay for certain medical expenses such as:
- Doctor Bills
- Hospital Bills
- Prescriptions (Excluding prescriptions for Medicare beneficiaries)
- Vision Care
- Dental Care
- Medicare Premiums
- Nursing Home Care
- Personal Care Services (PCS), Medical Equipment, and Other Home Health Services
- In-home care under the Community Alternatives Program (CAP)
- Mental Health Care
- Most medically necessary services for children under age 21
Dear Readers: Here’s an email I got today asking me to publicize this poll to my readers. I thought it was interesting, so here it is. I look forward to the results.
Hi Mary Pat,
Here at Software Advice, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about the HITECH Act and how practices can get a piece of the Stimulus pie. This got us thinking about EMR adoption rates. Has the stimulus influenced practices to buy? Or has it just reinvigorated research?
We may get some insight this Friday. Recovery.gov is supposed to post their report on stimulus spending. This will include information on any grants awarded between February 17th (the signing of the bill) and September 30th.
In the meantime, we’d like to know your anecdotes. Are more doctors buying because of Stimulus incentives? Take our survey at: Obama’s EMR/EHR Stimulus of 2009 ”“ Creating Buyers or Tire Kickers? Be sure to come back Friday to see the results!
Thanks again for your help.
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Interventional cardiologists – do stents and PTCAs
Non-interventional Cardiologists – do caths, but no stents or PTCAs
Invasive Cardiologists - do caths, and may do stents or PTCAs
Non-invasive Cardiologists – does not do caths, stents or PTCAs
PCTA – Percutanueous transluminal coronary angioplasty is one of the most common procedures for opening damaged or obstructed coronary arteries (sometime referred to as the “balloon” procedure.)
A stent is a wire metal mesh tube used to prop open an artery during angioplasty. The stent is collapsed to a small diameter and put over a balloon catheter. It’s then moved into the area of the blockage. When the balloon is inflated, the stent expands, locks in place and forms a scaffold. This holds the artery open. The stent stays in the artery permanently, holds it open, improves blood flow to the heart muscle and relieves symptoms (usually chest pain).
Cardiac catheterization (cath) is a medical procedure used to diagnose and treat certain heart conditions. A long, thin, flexible tube called a catheter is put into a blood vessel in your arm, groin (upper thigh), or neck and threaded to your heart. Through the catheter, doctors can do diagnostic tests and treatments on your heart. Blockages in the coronary arteries also can be seen using ultrasound during cardiac catheterization. Ultrasound uses sound waves to create detailed pictures of the heart’s blood vessels.
A Do Not Resuscitate order ia a kind of Advance Directive. A DNR is a request not to have cardiopulminary resuscitation (CPR) if your heart stops or if you stop breathing. You can use an Advance Directive to tell your doctor that you do not want to be resuscitated.
A Durable Power of Attorney for healthcare is a kind of Advance Directive. A DPA states whom you have chosen to make health care decisions for you. It becomes active any time you are unconcious or unable to make medical decisions for yourself. A DPA is generally more useful than a Living Will, but only if you have another person who you trust to make medical decisions for you.
A Living Will is a type of Advance Directive which comes into play when you are terminally ill (expected to live less than 6 months.) A living will allows you to describe the kind of care you want based on certain life-states.
An advance directive tells your doctor what kind of care you would like to have if you become unable to make medical decisions for yourself. Your requests may come into play if your illness is one you won’t recover from or if you are premanently unconcious.
I heard something this morning on National Public Radio (NPR) that really got me excited – a very short snippet from Tim Brown about a project he’d like to work on – his vision of the electronic medical record of the future. I think it’s worth 3 minutes of your time to listen to how his team has been working on health care problems, the key to the creative answers, how to get buy-in and what he would really love to to get his hands around.
Steps for making a bank deposit of any kind:
- Gather the checks and/or cash that you wish to deposit and total them.
- Prepare the deposit slip. You may have a book of deposit slips (business account) or a deposit slip found in the back of your check book (personal account) or you may get a blank deposit slip from the bank.
- Stamp the name of the bank on the back with a “For Deposit Only” statement, or if the checks are made out to you personally, you may endorse the check by signing your name on the back as it is written on the check, and handwrite “For Deposit Only”. If the checks to be deposited were lost or stolen, others would not be able (theoretically) to cash your checks.
- If you are using a blank deposit slip from the bank, you must know your account number, or you must be able to get your account number from the teller, who must recognize you or will ask to see your photo identification.
- Put the day you will be depositing the money at the top of the form.
- List each check separately if you are using a business deposit slip. A personal or bank deposit slip will have room for more checks to be listed on the back of the form.
- List cash separately in the space provided.
- Business deposit slips will have a place to tally the number of checks you are depositing.
- Total the cash and checks together. Business deposit slips will have a second place to total the deposit.
- Paperclip or rubber-band the deposit slip and the checks together. If you are depositing change, you may want to place everything in an envelope.
- Take the deposit to the bank. You can mail a deposit, however, most authorities do not recommend it.
- You can make a deposit at an ATM machine.
- You can also place a deposit in the bank night deposit at any time.
- The teller will machine stamp or manually stamp the date the deposit was received and give a receipt to you for your records. if you are using a two-part deposit slip, the bank will keep one part and return the second part to you as a receipt.
- If you have not used a face-to-face method of depositing the money, you will receive a receipt in the mail.