Looking for a Qualified Medical Billing SpecialistWritten by Joe Miller
Families, mothers, employers, and medical practices all interact in one way or another with a medical billing specialist. When medical billing is required, a qualified medical billing specialist can help you process your claim quickly and thoroughly. Medical billing specialists work in many different areas. A variety of tasks require a medical billing specialist to be familiar with medical transcription, medical codes, and electronic medical records (EMR).
This article not only explains types of information a medical billing specialist should be familiar with but also types of information that families, mothers, employers, and medical practices should be familiar with.
Medical transcription is method of transferring medical information, such as diagnosis or interviews, from an audio format to a paper format or an electronic format. SOAP notes are recorded with a transcription machine before it is transferred to an electronic format. It becomes part of an electronic medical record or EMR.
A medical transcription job is often sent to a medical transcription company or processed with a medical transcription program. Medical transcription articles provide more information on process of medical transcription as well as electronic medical records.
Qualified medical billing specialists are also familiar with various medical codes, governing record-keeping, billing, and certification. CPT codes, HIPAA certification, ICD.9 codes, HCFA 1500 formats, etc. are just some of important standards by which a qualified medical billing specialist performs his or her work. Other diagnosis codes and claim processing codes also play a continual role in medical billing, and a medical billing specialist should be aware of how they function.
Allergies Take Many FormsWritten by Loring A. Windblad
Allergies come in all forms to just about everything and many different, but all "allergic", reactions. According to my allergenist there are three basic "types of reactions": none, a moderate reaction and a severe reaction. There are also "grey" areas, between none and moderate and between moderate and severe. All of my "allergic reactions" fell clearly between grey areas – clearly all were moderate.
Some people are allergic to aspartame. Some people are allergic to pollens. Some people are allergic to house dust. Some people are allergic to fungus. Some people are allergic to vitamins. Some people are allergic to drugs. Some people are allergic foods. I'm one for all of above.
Other common allergies include animal dander, sea foods, peanuts, insect bites and other medications. But there's a lot more. For just about everything on earth there's someone who is allergic to it. So some allergies are exceptionally rare whereas others are very common.
As an allergic reaction, some people break out in hives. Some people get sick. Some people get elevated blood pressure and some people itch mightily. There are other reactions of which I'm unaware. However, in my case, I react to vitamin A, all B's and D, aspartame, sucaryl and their predecessors, exactly same way: they raise my blood pressure. Not just a little, but a lot. I react to some medications (tetracycline, geocyllin), amino acid supplements and my favorite food, mushrooms, by feeling seriously sick to my stomach. And I react to flu shots by getting flu – three times for every shot, immediately, after three months and again after 6 months.
My particular allergic reactions (and I say "allergic" reaction as they were documented over a period of ten years by three different doctors and an allergenist and confirmed as "allergic reactions") take these three different forms. Thankfully I never react with hives or itching or any of other bizarre reactions which occur. Mine are bad enough.