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Health News Wrap-Up: March 18, 2016

Health News Wrap up

On Fridays, we will be doing a health wrap up of what has been happening during the week. Here is this week Health News.

Research Finds Little Proof That Sit-Stand Desks Make You Healthier

Too much sitting increases heart failure risk and disability risk, and shortens life expectancy, studies have found. But according to an analysis published Wednesday of 20 of the best studies done so far, there’s little evidence that workplace interventions like the sit-stand desk or even the flashier pedaling or treadmill desks will help you burn lots more calories, or prevent or reverse the harm of sitting for hours on end.

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3 Top Aging Tips: Decreasing Health Risks with Fitness

happy-old-peopleAging is something that happens to us all. As we grow older our organs, muscles, bones and ligaments lose their vibrancy, but there is one thing we can do for ourselves to combat the negative effects of aging. Exercise!

Especially for people in society that are over the age of 40, staying true to an effective fitness regime is mandatory for improving and keeping a high quality of life. There are a variety of different ways that exercising and staying fit can help a person. Here are a few examples.

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Top 5 Patient Advocate Interview Questions You Should Ask

Patient Advocate Interview Questions

Finding the right health or patient advocate is not easy, so after finding one, what do you ask? Below are some of the top interview questions you should ask of the health advocate.

  1. Are you insured? Been insured helps with any issue that may arise, and shows that they are taking their patient advocacy practice seriously and professionally.
  2. How much do you charge? It is always a good idea to get a written statement of the charges, whether it be an hourly rate or a fixed price. Most services have an hourly rate from $75 to $150 and beyond. It is better to find the right patient advocate rather than worry about the price, since you or your loved one is priceless.
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The Difference Between Patient Advocates and Patient Navigators

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Patient Navigator

 

In times of illness, disease and health concerns, stress levels are incredibly high. From tests to diagnosis, from healing to facing death, all of the roller coasters associated with disease, illness and health issues are intense and exhausting. Put on top of the emotional output that is required in times of health setbacks the need to navigate the entire billing and payment scene of the medical profession, and the entire picture is daunting.

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What is a Medical Billing Advocate?

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Medical Billing Advocate

What is a Medical Billing Advocate?

Medical bill advocates are professionals who understand the complexities of medical billing. Patients and consumers can hire an advocate to audit their medical bills, seek out errors and negotiate lower medical bills.

They will review all different types of medical bills and expenses, and work as your advocate to save you money. Studies show that over 80% of bills have errors, and they can help identify these.

How will they save me money?

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Top 11 Tips on How to Contest a Medical Bill

How to Negotiate a Medical Bill

Since according to a recent study that estimated roughly 80 to 90 percent  of hospital and medical bills contain items or services which are either overcharged or should not have been charged in the first place, it is essential that these items and services be identified and the bill adjusted.

Below are top tips on keeping medical costs down and identifying billing errors, which in most cases are present.

  1. Ask for a detailed statement: Federal law requires that medical providers give you this, patient advocates But they often don’t, especially if you’re covered by insurance. Without it, you won’t know what to contest.
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Top 12 Questions to Ask a Professional Geriatric Care Manager

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Professional Geriatric Care Manager

Looking for professional help with your elderly parents can be time consuming and confusing, but there are people who can help you and they are called professional geriatric care managers.  Professional Geriatric Care Managers have diverse experience, education, and backgrounds and many are licensed in their state in specific fields (such as nursing or social work).

Geriatric Care Managers do not specialize in all areas. When a Geriatric Care Manager says s/he practices “care management,” find out her/his areas of expertise. You will want to hire someone who regularly handles clients with similar needs.

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Super Bowl 2015 Mercedes-Benz Fable Ad: Why it is Like Patient Advocacy

Just like the Mercedes Benz NFL Super Bowl XLIX commercial uses the age old fable between the Tortoise and the Hare, patient advocacy is very similar.

Here are 3 reasons why:

1. Patient advocacy is more to do about helping the patient or caregiver negotiate the complex health care system, and speed is not the main goal, but detailed and steady advocating for the patient that eventually leads to the desired outcomes.

2. To win “The Big Race” in consumer healthcare advocacy, you need the right tools to get you past the big and fast healthcare system, so you can beat hospitals and some doctor’s offices at their medical billing sky-high game.

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Top 3 Ways to Find a Good Patient Advocate

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Patient Advocate

It can be a nightmare.

You or your loved one is sick and in the hospital. You know the bills are mounting. The system is reminiscent of a giant labyrinth that is impossible to escape. You feel confused, overwhelmed and not sure if you are doing everything necessary to take care of your rights and not overpay.

Getting through the craziness associated with major illness or injury is not fun. It can make a person literally ill with all of the paperwork, phone calls and needing to know the health insurance system. Who really has time for that? That is why it is imperative for anyone facing the health system to get someone on their side: the Patient Advocate.

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6 Kickass Tips on How to Fight a Super High Hospital Bill

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How to Negotiate Hospital Bills

Check out these six tips below to help fight the never ending and skyrocketing medical bills!

  1.   Request an itemized bill from your hospital. A recent study found that 80 percent of medical bills contain errors. With a system as error-prone as ours, you’ll want to make sure you are not paying for services you didn’t receive.

Ask what services are covered under your room and facility charges

Ask what treatments were provided

Identify the date and time of when you were admitted

Clarify medical terminology that is confusing

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