Guest Writers for the RDA Blog

From time to time our friends help us out and write articles for the Research Design Associates. This is where their articles are posted.

MEDICARE AN INTRODUCTION TO MACRA

The change from Medicare fee-based payments to quality payment systems goes into effect on Janyary 1, 2017. Are you ready?

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8.22.2016
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HEALTH CARE PROVIDER COMPLIANCE

CMS has stated: “A self-audit is an audit, examination, review, or other inspection performed both by and within a given health care practice or business.The self-audit is a good beginning. Monitoring is an ongoing effort to ensure that policies and procedures are in place and are being followed.

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8.18.2016
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HEALTH CARE PROVIDER COMPLIANCE

How do I review my practice process for regulatory compliance

  • Stay updated on new guidelines for your specialty
    • Review of documentation
    • Review of coding practices
  • System review by outside auditor, or internally if you have the skill sets, to determine area(s) for audit and review

 Sounds like a headache, and it can be. We'll offer some tools.

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8.18.2016
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HEALTH CARE PROVIDER COMPLIANCE

In today’s healthcare regulatory climate achieving compliance is not only overwhelming but can also seem like an impossibility. With rules, regulations, policy, and coverage determinations sometimes changing quarterly, it's a mindfield for healthcare providers. The next few blogs will have concrete and helpful tools for navigation.

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8.18.2016
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The Empathy and Compassion of Nursing I got

The fact of the matter was that while I was interested in science I didn’t know how to absorb scientific or conceptual information. I would read the text about cells but I couldn’t grasp the concept of what cells were or how they worked, because I was too focused on trying to figure out how this magnified picture of a cell lived in my body! My teacher at that time operated under the assumption that the foundation of science had already been laid because this was in fact college, not grade school.

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8.18.2014
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My Path Into a STEM Field

After getting my massage certificate I started making a decent living and enjoyed my work immensely. I enjoyed interacting with and helping people.  As a result of not being educated early on I always found concepts difficult to grasp so being able to touch a muscle and call it by its name, or massage someone’s shoulders until they were loose came much easier to me. This massage skill was concrete and somewhat spiritual, but not necessarily intellectual. I felt comfortable with this work and starting this would give me the confidence I would need later to embark on new dreams.

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8.17.2014
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Early Years

We were sheltered from school and ‘other people’s’ children for fear that they would break precious cargo. We were in fact not home schooled but rather kept at home. The most formative years of our lives my brother and me would play in our bedroom closet with blocks and Barbie dolls, color in books, and tell each other stories.  We were each other’s teachers and each other’s students.

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8.16.2014
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Health Informatics – My Current Focus

I spent a year in Arizona, during which time I worked very hard studying in more depth the issues about logistics and transportation that I had started studying during my doctoral thesis.I also had the opportunity to deepen my collaboration with my colleagues at the Department of Geography and Geo-Information Science at George Mason University. I started to work on completely different issues with them, participating as a consultant on a project that brought me closer to issues in health care and, in particular, to the system used in the U.S. for allocating organs for transplantation.

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7.29.2014
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Work Experience Opened New Interest

During my time working for the Rome Agency for the Preparation of the Jubilee Year 2000, I had changed my mind again: the desire to continue to study and investigate similar research problems was ripe inside me.  I started to study again, and I won a fellowship for a PhD in Operations Research at the University of Rome La Sapienza.

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7.28.2014
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From Political Science to Statistics

One day I was at my desk reading the same page of a sociology textbook for the tenth time, and the next day I was sitting in my first class of Mathematical Analysis. I had changed my major from Political Science to Statistics.

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7.27.2014
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