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An Easier Type Of Medical Care

More and more, medical advances are cutting down on cutting people open. Improved imaging procedures make diagnostic and even surgical procedures less invasive.

Medical imaging enables a range of less-invasive, highly targeted medical therapies that translate into better and more comfortable care for patients. Because they are less invasive, these treatments mean fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and, in many cases, no incisions or surgery.

Physician specialty groups, independent organizations and peer-reviewed journals agree that medical imaging is one of the most important parts of modern medical care. In fact, many renowned medical experts believe that without imaging to guide diagnosis and treatment, patient safety would be compromised and quality of care diminished.

Doctors have long used surgery for diagnostic as well as therapeutic purposes, looking inside a patient to see what’s causing his or her symptoms. Now, improved imaging procedures mean this is often unnecessary, saving patients discomfort, time and money. Here are some of the ways imaging has improved health care:

• Image-guided biopsies allow doctors to remove a small piece of tissue for testing through a tiny incision, while still being able to see exactly what they’re doing.

• CT scans can reduce the need for invasive procedures and additional imaging tests in helping physicians diagnose pulmonary embolism.

• Microcoil stents are used to repair brain aneurysms, reducing a patient’s chance of death by almost a quarter. Placing stents would be impossible without the use of video X-ray imaging technology.

• The preferred therapy for reopening blocked arteries and permitting blood flow to the heart is a procedure called coronary angioplasty. Again, only through the use of imaging technology can doctors see where the blockage is and how to get there.

A Review of Medical Billing Software Products

Medical billing software reviews are one of the easiest ways to find out important facts regarding the function and use of certain types of medical billing software, as well as their limitations.

One software package that regularly garners superlative reviews is Lytec medical billing software. Computer experts and users alike agree that Lytec software has many positives, including a clear interface and a simple approach to the medical billing process. The Lytec software suite tracks claims management, patient billing, insurance, and scheduling in a single package. The result is a workspace with a seamless quality in which a group of diverse functions, from electronic medical records to healthcare forms, behave in an integrated and coherent way.

A busy medical practice of any size can be a volatile environment, and a system that breaks down under heavy use is a real liability in this business. Lytec medical software is secure, auditable and completely expandable to your specific needs. More importantly it’s simple enough to configure yourself.

NueMD is a medical practice management software created specifically for medical offices that also has received positive reviews. Comments have ranged from “NueMD is a functional and no-nonsense practice management solution transported over the Internet,” to ”NueMD allows online eligibility verification done by the client, claims submission, reporting, and analysis. This software is first-rate and is priced less than most systems of its kind.” Other reviews have indicated that the software is a success in small solo medical practices as well as large-scale operations, owing to its reasonable price and ease of use. The ease of use came up often, especially in terms of even a novice being able to pick it up quickly.

eClinicalWorks, another popular medical billing software provider, also earns a mention. It is considered one of the leading providers of integrated uninterrupted ambulatory EMR (Electronic Medical Records) and PM (Practice Management) systems for multiple-local medical practices that include diverse specialties. eClinicalWorks is an award-winning company focused on customer care and satisfaction. KLAS a research and consulting firm dedicated to improving the performance of healthcare information technology providers recognized eClinicalWorks, with its distinguished “Best in Klas Award” 2004. This accolade is considered one of the most important honors in the field.

Any of these three types of software are likely to provide the clarity, ease of use, and technological sophistication you require.

Consolidate Bills – An Answer To Unexpected Medical Bills

If you are suddenly hit by unexpected medical expenses, the answer may be to consolidate bills. Many people are paying far too much of their income every month on credit debt. If they consolidate bills, they can either free up some of their income to meet ongoing monthly medical expenses or they can increase their borrowing to cover major hospital and other costs while keeping their repayments the same.

There are a number of ways you can consolidate bills. If you are a homeowner, a home equity loan is probably the least expensive way to reduce your monthly credit payments. However, there is always a risk in tying your home to any debt. If you cannot meet the repayments of the second loan you can lose your home. Chances are, though, that even if the payments decrease or remain the same, you will maintain your current status quo.

However, if the medical expenses are likely to be staggered, a homeowner may well be advised to choose a home equity line of credit to consolidate bills. The advantage of this loan is that the loan isn’t paid out in one payment, whether you need it or not. It is conducted much like a checking account. You only access the account when you need to make a payment. This way, interest is not charged on money that is just sitting in your account. You only begin to pay interest once you withdraw the money.

A personal loan is probably the most common way to consolidate bills. Personal loan interest rates are usually lower than credit card interest rates and so the monthly payments are usually lower. The advantage of using a personal loan to consolidate bills is that there is a definite loan term that means at the end of that term, you will have paid off the original debt. However, they may not be flexible enough to meet your needs in the face of a medical emergency.

An often overlooked strategy to consolidate debt is to transfer all balances to a low rate credit card. Generally speaking, people consolidate bills to get out of credit card debt, not replace it. However, low rate credit cards can reduce monthly payments and provide flexibility in terms of credit limit to cover ongoing medical expenses. It is important to read the terms and conditions very carefully when agreeing to a credit card. Be aware of penalties for late payments and possible interest rate increases. The risk of choosing this method to consolidate debt is that you can easily increase your credit card debt, leaving you in a worse situation than before.

So if you are suddenly confronted by unexpected medical bills and are tearing your hair out in worry, take a step back. You may be able to consolidate bills and give yourself much needed breathing space. If you consolidate debt, you will be able to free up income or increase borrowing power to get you through difficult times.