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CDC is Listening

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Apr 19, 2019 6:45:00 AM

In March of 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its guideline in an attempt to control widespread opioid abuse that claimed 20,000 U.S. lives in 2015 alone. The guideline was intended for primary care clinicians and advised them to prescribe other treatments before jumping to opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.

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Topics: Medical Law, Doctor-Patient Relationships

Weight-Related Cancers on the Rise

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Apr 12, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Recently, J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, the interim Chief Medical and Scientific Officer for the American Cancer Society posted some findings by the society,

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Topics: News, Prevention, Doctor-Patient Relationships

Insurance Struggles?

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Apr 5, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Any medical professional knows how difficult it can be to deal with some insurance companies and helping their patient get what they need to better their health. However, before we get into the topic, we want you to know that this is a safe and fantastic place to share your opinion and give feedback on our forum.

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Topics: Doctor-Patient Relationships

Is Medicare For All the Solution?

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Mar 29, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Medicare For All is a universal health care plan that was developed by Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders. This would be built off what former President Barack Obama had with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Medicare For All is a solution that would help give health insurance at affordable rates, covering primary and specialty healthcare, vision, hearing, dental, mental health,addiction services, and many other essential health care solutions.

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Topics: News, Medicare, Doctor-Patient Relationships

Health Tips for Busy Physicians

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Mar 22, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Working in the medical field can be incredibly taxing. Not having a lot of downtime and always having to perform at your best can be tiring. Medical professionals have a stressful job and role in society. Here are a few tips for keeping your health in good condition.

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Topics: Mental Health, Doctor-Patient Relationships

Fitness Trackers to Save Lives

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Mar 15, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Technology in patients’ hands can give medical professionals the help they need to ensure patients’ health. Instead of looking up their symptoms on Google, anyone can buy a tracker that can monitor their health. However, since the new technology became available, professionals have worried that patients would be running into ERs thinking they're having a heart attack, all because their watch sent them a warning. The future, however, is bright for this technology and could be very helpful to medical professionals.

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Topics: Prevention, Patient Education, Doctor-Patient Relationships

The Issue of Online Medical (Mis)Information

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Mar 8, 2019 6:45:00 AM

The internet seems to be a place where people think they can diagnose themselves instead of going to a healthcare professional. The biggest issue here is that if you look up "Why does my head hurt?" on google, you can end up with an answer like, "you may have a brain tumor." Nothing is going to stop this mass of people who use the internet. So, what should be done? More health care professionals need to establish online presence. Doing so would help create better responses and less havoc for people using the internet for medical knowledge.

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Topics: Prevention, Ask the Doctor, Patient Education, Doctor-Patient Relationships

A Closer Look at "Surprise Billing"

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Mar 1, 2019 6:45:00 AM

As the dilemma of "surprise billing" at hospitals around the nation gains scrutiny from the White House and Congress, many major hospital groups indicated they want a hand in shaping the conversation. In a letter sent to the Congressional leaders, from the American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals, laid out principles they want legislators to consider as they seek to address the problem. Their solutions aimed at policies for health payers and asked for protection for the patients. Notably, however, they also opposed the controversial practice of balance billing by providers.

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Topics: News, Medical Law

Five Tips for Child Health From a Pediatrician

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Feb 22, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Making sure your child is healthy in adulthood begins when he or she is young and full of life. Kids today have created bad habits for themselves that could lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity in their future. However, this can be stopped by parents who are aware of the potential disasters their kids could be facing. Parents need to be good role models and exhibit better habits. Which in return would make the children follow suit.

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Topics: Prevention, Ask the Doctor, Patient Education

Another Falsified EHR Vendor Identified

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Feb 15, 2019 5:45:00 AM

Greenway Health, A Tampa-based electronic health record (EHR) company has falsely obtained EHR certification and incentivized clients in exchange for promoting or recommending its products to prospective new customers, and because of this act, the company will be dishing out $57.25 million.

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Topics: News, Medical Law

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