Medical Alarm Scams and Fraud – 7 Ways to Protect Your Loved Ones

There comes a point when the decision has to be made whether our elderly parents are capable of living on their own. Our gut tells us that the longer they stay in their familiar setting the happier they will be. One of the new technological tools that has made staying at home for people who are weak or are in danger of falling is the personal  medical  alarm systems. But unfortunately, there are people out there that will try to scam you out of your money and will offer a service that can be deadly!

1. Check the company with Better Business Bureau (BBB). Just because they might have the BBB logo on their website does not mean that they are in good standing. You must actually visit the BBB site and check the business’s name. This is good advice for any service you purchase but especially important here when dealing with you loved one’s lives.

2. If the contract that you are offered is written in small letters be wary! Any company who offers a contract written in small type to customers who are largely hard of seeing raises alarms. Either they are not being mindful of their costumers needs (and if so would you want them to be taking care of your loved ones), or they might be trying to hide something…

3. Physically try to meet all the people that will be involved in helping your loved ones. Use your gut feeling whether you like these people and you trust them.

4. Always double check the contract to make sure that the price of the service does not suddenly jump for the next few years and that the service DOES NOT automatically renew itself. You want to always be in charged of when the service is being renewed.

5. Shop around and make sure that you are not over paying for the service.

6. Test the service at sporadic moments and from different sections of the house to make sure that the service works from all places.

7. Check your rights with your State Attorney General regarding purchasing such a service. Once you do, make sure the company that you choose is fulfilling all the State’s guidelines. If not, be wary.

Once you choose a service or a product the most important thing is to train your loved one in using it. Make double and triple sure that they understand how to use it. Test them in various situations. Make sure that they understand how the product works and how to know if it is broken or turned off. I hope this information helped you.

Make the Most From Your Medical Transcription Training Program – Ways to Find a Decent School

The most important thing to get the most from any training program – whatever your chosen professional specialization might be – is to make the wise and well-balanced choice of the school to enroll to. The educational establishment should answer perfectly your talents, inclinations, career objectives, financial and time resources and so on, lots of things have to be considered in order to make a perfect selection of the training program, school or college to apply for admission to. Yes, that is true; the choice should be perfect or as close to perfection as it is possible. What happens if you were not serious and careful enough when making your choice? As the result of such carelessness you will simply flush your personal time and hard-earned money down the drain, and that would be an obvious case of truly stupid and tragically waste!

In the first place you should make up your mind regarding the specialization field you would like to specialize in. For instance, health care and medicine industry offer very attractive possibilities for career growth and success. Of course, there are hundreds of different  medical  specializations, and you should do some specific research on the Net so you can chose one you feel like specializing in.

 Medical  transcription specialization might quite well be the one you would like to go along with. It could be quite a good choice provided your educational background, personality type, and things you like and dislike to do answer the requirements of a successful professional specialization in  medical  transcription. The key to success is to find the specialization that will combine two essential things – a chance to do something you like to do and a chance to make pretty decent living by doing what you like to do anyway. The successful life-time career should not only be rewarding from the point of view of financial incentives but should open possibilities for self-fulfillment.

The info about responsibilities of a  medical  transcription specialist you can easily find at corresponding sites. Any specialized site devoted to  medical  transcription training contains ample information about what keeps a  medical  transcriptionist busy every working day. There you are sure to find more than enough information about advantages and disadvantages of this particular specialization, the prospects for current employment, employment market forecasts and projections for the foreseeable future and the level of financial incentives you are likely to get depending on your hands -on experience and degree of academic excellence (starting level salaries and salaries of a well-seasoned professionals could differ quite significantly).

Now, let us assume you have done your homework thoroughly and have considered all possible pros and cons of a  medical  transcriptionist’s career. So, the decision as far as the specialization is concerned, has been done. But it is just the first step. The second important step that waits for you is to make a choice of the training course and the school that would be perfect – well, close to being perfect – for your career aims and objectives. No doubt, such decision can turn to be the most important one. The reasons for this are obvious – you are going to invest your time, energy and financial resources into your future successful and rewarding career, so you should take care to make the end result as perfect as you can!

In order to have the best employment possibilities you should aim for an associate’s degree, and that would take two years of training. Also it will not hurt if you manage to get about 250 hours of internship in an actual healthcare facility, such initial hands-on experience should increase your chances to get a more promising position even at the entry-level of the chosen specialization when it comes to actual employment search.

 Medical  transcript training programs are widely available with different types of colleges, for instance community colleges. But nowadays more and more people, both a young newbie and a busy working professional, make good use of distance learning online programs. The advantages of online distance education are great: flexibility of scheduling, possibility to study from any place you find convenient (provided you have online access there – but in our days it is not a problem at all practically anywhere over the nation). The modern online technologies provide for round-the clock access to your virtual campus account, to teaching material and support on the part of instructors. You will be able to communicate with other virtual students, exchanging ideas and finding answers to questions. The communication with your virtual class and instructor can be done via e-mails, instant messages, VoIP, streaming video and so on. The teaching materials in text and video formats are available for downloading after you have logged in into your student’s account.

Besides other significant advantages, online training saves you considerable money that you would otherwise spend on commuting and accommodation expenses, textbooks and teaching materials and so on. Online training is also the only feasible option to continue education for people already working as professionals!

Your education background can be a good asset when getting a degree in medial transcription – for instance, excellent grammar and familiarity with  medical  terminology will help you a lot, no doubt, as well as good listening skills and ability to concentrate on your studies. If you do not study online than it would be recommendable to purchase special training DVDs, they will help you to improve all the skills needed to be a success in medial transcription training, so you will be moving along quite smoothly.

In order to become a successful professional a  medical  transcriptionist should be well trained in the pertinent subject. Take care to study closely the list of subjects offered by the school in question. Any good-quality training course in  medical  transcription should contain the following subjects: English grammar and punctuation, anatomy, physiology, terminology, disease processes, pharmacology and laboratory medicine. As for the  medical  transcription specialization as it is the training course should include (as recommended by the pertinent expert authorities) transcription technology,  medical  transcription practice, healthcare records, privacy, ethics and so on.

Make sure the curriculum (teaching program) of the training course you are going to enroll into includes all the subjects mentioned above.

There are also two other important questions to take care about:

1. The qualifications of the teaching personal (instructors).

2. Availability of certification.

Any training program in general and a program in  medical  transcription in particular is worth its salt on one condition only – it provides effective and experienced instructors. A student should be taught by qualified professionals who are CMTs – which stands for Certified  Medical  Transcriptionists. These people should be excellent experts in their field, it goes without saying. On the other hand they should have talent to instruct and train a newbie to their trade, which is also a special talent to look for.

According to guidelines of ADHI – the final authority as far as transcription training is concerned – any formal training should contain minimum 30 hours of real dictated physician reports.

Availability of certification is also an issue of significant importance. Take care to check if the program in question really offers this option. Surely, what is meant by a certificate is not the designation of a Certified  Medical  Transcriptionist or a Registered  Medical  Transcriptionist. What we are talking here is just a certificate about the completion of the training program, but is it important that you get. And in connection with this the program you have competed should be of so called “accredited” type. The American Health Information Management Association should have approved the quality of the training – in all aspects and respects – offered by this particular program and given it its accreditation with AHIMA. Why is it of such importance? If you get a certificate of completion of an accredited program this document will be recognized by any future employers of yours, and we should not explain how important it is, should we?

Well, the last but not the least! Try to get references from students who actually finished the program. See how successful their professional careers are and how many of them got employed. Such information is widely available at pertinent forums in the Web if you take care to look for it, and it can provide you with some very useful tips. Also look for a  medical  transcription program that offers a job placement service and continued post-graduate assistance.

Well, that seems to be all of importance to say to you. The rest will be decided by your persistence, talent and devotion to your career objectives in  medical  transcription area. Good luck!

A Quick Guide to Medical Cannabis in California

 Medical  Cannabis in California is nothing all that new. Rather, this state has served as the basis for 14 other states in the union to proactively decriminalize marijuana for medicinal usages. Thanks to the progressive  medical  marijuana program in California, more and more people are starting to understand how many practical  medical  applications that California offers. For patients who are suffering, now they have another alternative healthcare option that many find to offer the relief that they are seeking but void of side effects, adverse reactions or interactions that are common with many prescription drugs.

Current Laws on California  Medical  Cannabis

The laws here can be difficult to understand if you are not a lawyer. However, they can be broken down to basic terms to make them easier to digress. The laws ensure that “seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for  medical  purposes.” They are designed to ensure “that patients and their primary caregivers who obtain and use marijuana for  medical  purposes upon the recommendation of a physician are not subject to criminal prosecution or sanctions of any kind.”

Who Can Legally Use California  Medical  Cannabis?

As per the law, only patients and their state approved caregivers. According to California law, all patients must be registered with the  medical  program, which is managed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). In order to qualify, patients must be examined by a doctor and written a recommendation for cannabis. Then they must submit an application to the health department with that recommendation to be issued a California  medical  cannabis card.

Where You Can Buy  Medical  Cannabis in California

Upon receiving your California  Medical  Cannabis card in the mail, you will be able to purchase cannabis from various dispensaries that are located throughout the state. The dispensaries only allow valid card holders to gain entrance and make purchases (or their primary caregivers who hold valid cards). Each county has its own laws regarding the amount of marijuana that a patient can purchase or possess at any given time.

Qualifying  Medical  Conditions for Cannabis in California

This state differs greatly from the other states that have legalized cannabis for medicinal usages. This is because  Medical  Cannabis in California hosts the most liberal  medical  marijuana program. Currently, there are 166 qualifying conditions. A few are added and removed each year by voters. A marijuana doctor can help you determine if you qualify under state law.

The Secrets of Effective Medical Advertising

Business-to-business  medical  advertising is a strange animal. On the one hand, it’s highly regulated and regulation and advertising go together like pigs and blankets (it sounds good but it just doesn’t work when both are the real thing). On the other hand, the people who do  medical  advertising rarely know anything about advertising.

Advertising is tricky business, particularly in the  medical  world. One myth that gets a lot of would-be  medical  advertisers in trouble is the notion that an ad is an ad is an ad. In other words, you advertise running shoes the same way you sell beta blockers. These ads are often visually quite striking and tend to rely on an arresting image and a tiny amount of clever verbiage.

If you’re selling perfume or shampoo or even the services of a real estate agency, you could probably get away with an eye-catcher and a few words because people generally know how those things work. But when you advertise  medical  products and services, you are selling something complicated to people who are experts.

An expert is generally a person who wants to know more about the subject. Ask a heart failure doctor about heart failure, and, man, he’ll tell you about heart failure. He is eager to learn more about heart failure. He likes to read about heart failure. Showing him your new device for heart failure and then be stingy with the copy leaves him with the impression that your product must not be very good or else you would have said more about it. After all, if you had dazzling new features or some cool automatic algorithm or other special advantages, you surely would mention them in an ad.

A long time ago, I was studying ads for a competitive intelligence I was doing. I had heard a product had a specific feature, yet I noticed the company routinely advertised the product but in such few words this feature did not get mentioned. It was quite baffling and some of my peers concluded perhaps this new product did not have that new feature after all. It turned out it did, the ads just committed a sin of omission. But customers truly interested in your products will be reading your ads and thinking that features you do not mention are not part of the new product.

Experts also appreciate features rather than benefits. That goes against the grain of some people who have read one or two books on advertising, since most advice tells you to sell benefits rather than features. That works in the consumer world or when you are advertising something to somebody who does not understand how the product works. When customers have a fairly high level of expertise, they want to know features rather than benefits. Nowadays, a guy buying a car knows the pros and cons of automatic transmission; you don’t need to sell him the benefit, you just mention the feature. With docs, you tell them your product’s ingredients or algorithms or other features, and they can figure out whether it matters to them.

Long copy sells more than short copy. There are actually advertising studies that prove this. Most designers will tell you that an ad is all about pictures and that is somewhat true if you’re going for an awards (awards tend to go to visually attractive ads). But if you want to see how many ads convert people to an action, and you’re looking at copy.

You can even prove this to yourself. Imagine you had to sell something. You could only use one thing: all pictures or all words. Which would you pick? You’d have to pick words. You can’t sell with just pictures (how would the person order or buy the product if it did not have a name or a company associated with it?). But you can sell with just words.

This is not to downplay the importance and value of a strong picture. But never let the designer-mafia push you away from the words of the ads. Your words are what sells and in an ad you need to discuss your product thoroughly in a way that is of keen interest to the reader. Ideally, your product solves a major headache for the potential buyer. It offers some breakthrough and will save time, aggravation, or otherwise make things better and easier. Your ad should be pitched that way and then provide all of the content.

Don’t minimize content. Throw in a graph, if you need one, or a chart.

It is vital to spend a lot of time thinking about everything your potential customer might have against your product and then to think about how to address them. Don’t run away from this; counter it. There are lots of ways to do this. You can name them and swat them down (“Another birth control drug? Yes, but this one is different … it’s for men.”) Or you can counter them (“Cholesterol drugs worked great but side effects made them dangerous for a small number of patients. Our new drug is as effective as the market leader but far fewer patients experience any side effects with it and of those that did have side effects, 99% were mild enough to allow the patients to keep taking the drug.”) Another way is to just steamroll right over them. (“All pacemakers claim to provide comprehensive diagnostic data, but the real test of diagnostics is this: do they give you information you need to care for your patients? Our device diagnostics were designed to maximize relevant information and minimize the fluff. We’re also the only company that offers you a diagnostics set-up page so that if our diagnostics are not exactly what you need, you can customize reports for your clinic. You can’t get any better than made-to-order device diagnostics.”)

Your starting to notice something. You can’t always do these things well in a half-dozen words. It takes some wordcount to really build a good case in an ad and that’s what you want to have.

Some advertisers fear that nobody will read their ad if it’s very long. The fact is there are two people who will see your ad: those that care about what you’re selling and those that don’t. Those that don’t care won’t read the ad, even if it was very short. Those that do care will start to read it and, providing it is relevant to them, will continue. The fact is, if you can get a person to read 5 words, you can usually get him to read 500 more, providing you’re talking about something he’s interested in.

In a way,  medical  advertisers are fortunate because doctors, by nature, are avid readers. They consume volumes of printed materials every week, so reading 500 words in an ad is nothing to them.

If the doctor or other customer is truly interested in your product, he or she will want to know more, want details on your product’s features, want to hear how you meet their objections, and want to see any other data, case studies, or other information you can report. Think about the last time you bought a car. If you were very close to making a decision about a particular car, you probably read a lot about it. You were eager to learn more about the features. You wanted to hear about the experiences of others with this car. You wanted to check out all the specifications.

It’s the same way with advertising to experts. Give them information.

Medical Oncology For Children

Cancer therapy for children is most often called pediatric oncology. It is one of the most ruthless forms of cancer because it attacks young defenseless children. If you spend any time learning about cancer and pediatric oncology you’ll undoubtedly discover that there are many stories of young lives taken much too soon to this horrible disease.

In their efforts to fight their cancer children must undergo painful  medical  oncology treatments.

Types of Cancer Treatment For Children

The main types of cancer treatment for children are chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery to remove the cancer.

Chemotherapy is a type of treatment that kills cancer cells but damages normal human cells. This type of treatment can cause severe side effects and long lasting health implications. The damage depends greatly on how long chemotherapy is performed and how long the child is exposed to this type of treatment.

Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that can make tumors smaller by using high energy rays. Radiation therapy can be used as a stand alone treatment or it can be used prior to or after surgery. It can also be harmful to normal cells, not just cancer cells so there is a risk of severe side effects.

Surgery can be one of the most effective forms of cancer treatment. Surgery can major or minor, depending on the size of the cancerous area and progression of the disease. One of the main considerations doctors have when performing this type of surgery is to try to take out as much of the cancer as possible without removing healthy tissue (or only removing very little healthy tissue).

Pediatric Cancer Centers

It is important to know when you are looking for a cancer center for children that you find one that is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). Most of these types of facilities are non-profit organizations with the sole mission of helping kids fight cancer and other related diseases. Beyond fighting the sickness these types of facilities also help children cope with what they have.

Generally speaking, almost 71% of all people who initially find out they have cancer are treated in  medical  facilities accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) by the American College of Surgeons so this is also important to look for when seeking treatment as you can be assured that these centers have the highest level of care available to your child.