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Is It Safe to Flush Prescription Drugs Down the Toilet?

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Prescription Pills

For many years, the U.S Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended flushing of expired and unused medications down the toilet. The two safety agencies have since given new directions on how to do this. They are concerned about the environmental impact of the chemicals that make up the drugs but still hold it that flushing is the safest thing to do for certain medications under special circumstances. This is however, done only when better disposal methods are not available.

Environmental Concerns

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Charlie Sheen HIV: What He Can Do for HIV Advocacy

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Charlie Sheen HIV

By now, most of you know that 50-year old actor Charlie Sheen recently revealed that he has HIV and has also recently been off his HIV medications leading to the level of HIV in his blood to become once again detectable.

According to many reports, Charlie Sheen said when he came out as HIV positive, he began to receive offers of alternative medicines that he then explored. At one point he said of his antiretroviral therapy as “amazing for the [viral load] number, but I don’t know how amazing it’s been for me, ya know?”

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Health in 2015: Year End Wrap Up

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Health Timeline in 2015

Heath is forever changing. From sports health to children’s health to technology in healthcare, we have captured some health advancement throughout the year. Here is look back on Health in 2015! Check back with us every week for a healthcare wrap up of the week.

  1. Contact Sports Can Have Real Consequences

Sports with high rates of concussions and head trauma have been worrying doctors for years. In January, a study on former National Football League players found that those who began playing tackle football before age 12 faced a higher risk of memory and thinking problems as adults. Another study published in September found that 96% of deceased NFL players tested positive for the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

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How Much Does Obamacare Cost in Florida and Exchange Links?

Obamacare Red 3D Realistic Paper Speech BubbleSince the 2016 enrollment for Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) ends on Dec 15, 2015, we wanted to highlight the costs of health care plans offered under Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) for individuals or families who are currently uninsured or not covered by a job-based health plan in Florida

What you will pay for an Obamacare health insurance plan depends on five things:

  1. The level of coverage you choose
  2. Whether you qualify for a subsidy
  3. Where you live in Florida
  4. Your age
  5. Whether you smoke
  1. The Level of Coverage You Choose
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Wacky and Funny ICD-10 Codes: The 12 Most Bizarre Codes

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ICD-10, which is simply an acronym for the 10th revision to the “International Classification of Diseases.” got into effect on October 1, 2015, and significantly increases the number of medical billing codes healthcare providers can submit claims for. However, there are some seriously wacky and outright funny ICD-10 codes.

Some of my favorites include:

  1. Bitten by a cow (W55.21): Now if you get bitten by a cow, you definitely have serious problems besides the bite.
  1. Struck by pig, initial encounter (W55.42XA): It can’t get any funnier than this. What if you get struck by the pig again? Do you get to claim the second encounter?
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Veterans Patient Advocates

Veterans Patient Advocates

Veterans Patient Advocates

First of all, on Veterans Day, we especially want to thank our veterans for their service to this great country. Like so many in the healthcare system, veterans healthcare needs and navigating the healthcare system with their veterans benefits can be tricky to say the least. Often at times, they may not be aware of the many health benefits they have and how to navigate the VA system without some much needed help.

That is where patient advocates, who in this case work with veterans in a private capacity to help get new VA programs and benefits that are not easy to find or navigate.

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Breast Cancer Patient and Advocacy Organizations

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Breast Cancer

First of all, before we list our hand-picked breast cancer patient and advocacy organizations, we should start with what breast cancer is.

Breast cancer is one of the types of cancers referred to as hormonal regulated cancers. When breast cancer is mentioned, many people think of women as the only victims. Contrary to that view, men are also affected although the incidence is much lower. The cancer can develop from the lobule tissue of the breast, referred to as lobular carcinoma or it can grow from the milk duct tissue and this type is called ductal carcinoma.

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How Are Nurses Patient Advocates?

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Nurse Patient Advocate

The term nurse patient advocates usually refer to nurses who are the liaison between patients and doctors, and they typically help patients understand their diagnosis and make the best decisions about their health in mostly an hospital setting. A nurse patient advocate helps the patient’s specific issues, and may at times conflict with the doctor’s orders.

Since nursing advocacy is based on 3 core values, preserving human dignity, patient equality and freedom from suffering, nurses are ideally suited for moving into the role of patient advocates. In fact, many patient advocates are former or currently practicing nurses, who have seen how the healthcare system works and have actually advocated for a patient directly or indirectly while in their hospital or medical provider job.

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Why Have a Patient Advocate?

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Why have a patient advocate

You must be wondering, why get a patient advocate when you can simply do it yourself? I would say, you should try to be your own patient advocate, or advocate for a loved one, but remember just like you do your taxes, it doesn’t make you a CPA.

You may be able to negotiate with a hospital or doctor’s office regarding a medical bill for an example, but eventually you will need help interpreting the medical billing codes in your Explanation of Benefits (EOB), and that would most likely stop you in your tracks.

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