Michelle Flaat

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CME Accreditation: What Is It Good For?

Posted by Michelle Flaat on Mar 30, 2018 8:50:03 AM

The medical profession has long realized the importance of continuing professional development. In the Aphorisms of Hippocrates, the first one reads: “Life is short, and Art long; the crisis fleeting; experience perilous, and decision difficult. The physician must not only be prepared to do what is right himself, but also to make the patient, the attendants, and externals cooperate.” While 2400 years ago the term continuing medical education (CME) was not yet in use, there was recognition that physicians need to continue to learn throughout their professional life. The fields of medicine and science never stop moving. New technology and research changes the industry constantly! Physicians spend anywhere from from seven to nine years studying for their profession, but that is only the beginning. They should never stop educating themselves and keeping up with advances. This is where accredited continuing medical information comes into play.

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Topics: Member Portal, Continuing Medical Education

Positive Trends in Medicaid

Posted by Michelle Flaat on Feb 2, 2018 8:54:47 AM

With the debate over the ACA and healthcare reform raging in Washington, it seems like the only headlines made by the Federal healthcare structure these days are negative. However, a new study shows reasons to be positive about some of the changes that have been made in the Medicaid system.

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Topics: Medical Malpractice, Continuing Medical Education

I Know We Need a Doctor. I Don’t Know What Kind.

Posted by Michelle Flaat on Jan 26, 2018 1:07:48 PM

When it’s time to pick a family doctor, sorting out all the deciding factors can be confusing. What does your family need? If you want a doctor who can see both yourself and your children, do you need a physician who specializes in family medicine? Or is an internist the right fit for your household? What even is the difference?

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Topics: Listing in Doctor Directory, Ask the Doctor

The Benefit of Urgent Care Clinics

Posted by Michelle Flaat on Jan 18, 2018 10:52:56 AM

It’s a Sunday afternoon and your child has an alarmingly high fever. Or you have cut yourself preparing dinner and think you need stitches. Do you head to the ER? If you’re like an increasing majority of Americans, your next move is not the hospital, but to visit a walk-in urgent care clinic.

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Topics: Member Portal

Where Is Healthcare Headed in 2018?

Posted by Michelle Flaat on Jan 12, 2018 9:24:32 AM

It’s a new year, and a great time to look at what challenges may lie ahead for medical professionals and practices in 2018. One thing is for certain, there will be uncertainty!

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Topics: Group Health Plan

MACRA Is Here...Are You Prepared?

Posted by Michelle Flaat on Jan 5, 2018 11:05:28 AM

January 1, 2017 marked the beginning of the first performance year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act or 2015 (MACRA).  Beginning in 2019, the QPP will adjust payment rates for physicians and other eligible health care professionals for participation in 2017 under one of two payment tracks: One is a payment system with incentives or penalties for reporting and meeting certain quality measures, demonstrating use of a certified electronic health record and other measures through the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS); alternately the provider may receive a 5 percent lump sum bonus payment if the physician has a threshold portion of their revenue, or patients in a qualifying Advanced Alternative Payment Model.

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How 2017 Advanced Health Research

Posted by Michelle Flaat on Dec 29, 2017 3:45:47 PM

Happy holidays! Can you believe 2017 is almost over? It has certainly been an eventful year, on all fronts. Everyone knows there has been significant political upheaval around the globe and terrible natural disasters. The attention grabbing, negative headlines have, in many cases, overshadowed some great news in the medical world. 2017 has brought some exciting advances in clinical research and promising news of potential drug breakthroughs that could help people suffering ailments from migraines to cancer.

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Topics: Group Health Plan

Preparing for ACA Repeal (Or Not)

Posted by Michelle Flaat on Dec 21, 2017 4:42:32 PM

Health care reform. Is it ever going to happen? After a parade of disappointments in Congress, it may seem like nothing is really going to change. This summer saw four failed attempts to repeal the ACA. At one point, the Cassidy-Graham bill seemed to have a real chance of success. Then it ran into the same hurdles that have killed every other GOP health plan.

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Can a Cold Medicine Cure Cancer?

Posted by Michelle Flaat on Dec 14, 2017 10:03:54 AM

One of the biggest health challenges of the modern age time is cancer. In the United States, more than 1.6 million new cancer cases were diagnosed last year.  In terms of treatment, we have come a long way over recent years, as death rates from the disease declined by over 13 percent between 2004 and 2013. Still, cancer continues to the take the lives of more than half a million people in the U.S. each year, and finding a cure remains kind of a holy grail for medical researchers. There is a frequent joke in medical circles that the two final frontiers of medicine are finding a cure for cancer and finding a cure for the common cold.

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Topics: Continuing Medical Education

Navigating the Shifting Sands of National Healthcare

Posted by Michelle Flaat on Dec 8, 2017 3:25:18 PM

Love it or hate it, the Affordable Care Act has reshaped the landscape of US healthcare over the last seven years. It was the impetus for many new regulations and caused a massive redistribution of funds within the medical and insurance system. It also, over a relatively short period of time, has changed what Americans expect from their government, gaining more and more approval and favor in nationwide polls each year. This is why the Republicans in Washington are currently having such a struggle to succeed in repealing it or scaling it back.

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