• Tips for Patients when Seeing a New Doctor or Physician

    In your pursuit of receiving good health care, one of the first and most important things you should do is find a great doctor. Once you've chosen a doctor, it's time to set up the first appointment. This first appointment is very important because even though you've decided on a doctor, your decision isn't over yet.

    There are important questions that need to be asked, and things to look for to make sure your new doctor will work well with you in managing your healthcare. Think about this first appointment as a job interview, and you are the employer, the only difference being that your well being is what is most important. Even though your doctor is a professional, he or she is not the one in charge of managing your healthcare, you are. Alternatively, think of them as a guide, information source and partner in maintaining your well being.

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  • 4 Steps for Taking Control of Your Health Care

    Your doctor and your health insurance company are not the people in charge of your healthcare. In reality they are only there to help you receive the important medical care and medical supplies you need. The real master of your health and well-being, is you. With the recent decline in health care coverage and the increase in costs, it has become incredibly important for all of us to be more proactive with our healthcare, and not just a helpless bystander. Below are some simply steps to help you be more proactive about controlling your healthcare.

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  • HCPCS Billing Codes for Oxygen Concentrators and Oxygen Equipment

    There are many many different medical products and services. As of 2010, there were over 25,000 different codes in the ICD-10. The ICD-9 is a huge book filled with all of the medical orders that can be billed.

    These codes are also getting updated pretty frequently, but in 2013, there was a huge addition to the new medical coding and billing codes, which updated it to the ICD-10. There are now six times as many codes as there were before.

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  • How Medicare and Insurance Works for Oxygen Therapy

    Many people with COPD and other chronic medical conditions need to use oxygen therapy on a daily basis. In some cases, medicare will cover a portion of the costs of oxygen therapy equipment, as long as the requirements are met. Private health insurance plans work the same way, but it depends on the company, and which medical supply companies accept policies with which companies.

    With all of the requirements and variables involved in getting your oxygen therapy equipment covered, you might have plenty of questions. In this mini online guide, we will try to answer as many of your potential questions as possible. We would be happy to answer any questions in our custom service department.

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  • COPD Overdiagnosed in Patients Without Medical Insurance

    If you've been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD, and medical insurance did not cover you at the time of your diagnosis, you might want to get a second opinion and request a spirometry test. It was found recently in a small study, that nearly half of uninsured patients diagnosed with COPD did not have the disease. These diagnoses were based only on the symptoms, and not by the somewhat expensive spirometry test, which is the only accurate way of finding out if one has COPD.

    An overdiagnosis can be just as dangerous as an underdiagnosis since you would be getting treatment for something you don't have, and not for what is wrong. COPD can be severe to diagnose without the proper testing since the symptoms of COPD can be mistaken for the symptoms of other diseases, and vice versa.

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