Save your sanity, time & money!

You need to know how to meet your medical and/or mental health needs NOW. You're struggling to survive moment by moment. And you need your dignity.

You're rushing to appointments (the ones you remembered) and/or wondering which treatment to use. Meanwhile, your costs are rising, your needs are changing and you hardly know how to make sense of what to do first, second and later. What about the emotions boiling inside you? How can you calm down with all that's going on?

A former medical coder and medical writer, I've been in your position. I survived a life-threatening emergency with information only a person with my professional experience would know: How to find medical innovators, medical experts and charitable organizations willing to pay part or all of an applicant's specific medical costs, who has software to simplify medical appointment scheduling, a sensible list of items to pack for hospital stays, and more.

I knew that I'd pulled through because of my ability to connect with resources I needed. I knew that most patients lack that knowledge. I decided to provide it, to minimize your suffering.

I believe in empowering terrified, confused and unhappy people with dire diagnoses. I believe that patients should not suffer insults to their dignity in medical settings. I provide information that can help you to manage your problems better, maybe to end them, in the book.

Calm down. Organize your life better. You just might get your grin back.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

ICD-10 Medical Coding and You


2 Av, 5773

It's a somber time on the Jewish calendar, the first 9 Days of Av. They culminate on a day on which we pray very hard to continue to improve our characters and to earn the Messianic era.

In my day-to-day life of pursuing knowledge about medical information to benefit my readers, I took a hard look at this April news item from MedPage Today some time ago:

Docs’ Charting Falls Short of ICD-10 Demands  
SAN FRANCISCO -- Nearly 65% of clinical documentation doesn’t contain enough information for coders to use for billing under the upcoming ICD-10coding system, a survey of patient charts found.full story

I understood a serious need to know 
what ICD-10 coding portends for us mortals.

Today I enrolled in a Health Information Management aka Medical Coding Skills course in which I'll learn  ICD-10 medical coding. It becomes effective in October 2014. 

Controversial and PRICEY Obamacare probably goes into effect after mid-term 2014 elections. Some timing for a Healthcare Affordability Act, hmmm? 

Medical coding, by the way, is a means of translating entire medical records into a series of numbers. Those numbers tell insurers, medical researchers and other people in the medical world 

  • Exactly what the patient suffered from, 
  • What was done to relieve their situation, and 
  • What failed 

without having to read lots and lots and LOTS of medical documents.

Medical coding is a sophisticated method of communication that accomplishes many positive purposes. I've only given you a brief overview of all that in this blogpost.

Let me know if you have questions about the forthcoming changes to worldwide medical coding practices. I'll answer them if I can.

Buy the E-book or print edition of cost-cutting, question-answering and soothing EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge today! 

Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism. 

Face change with adequate information.


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