Fear of Stigma Associated With Recovery from Substance Abuse Leads to Increase in Internet Support Groups

The fear of stigma can prevent those with substance abuse problems from getting treatment for their addiction. This is such a major issue, that Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governor of the State of California, issued a Proclamation1 including that stigma needs to be removed from substance abuse. To address this issue, internet support groups are more widely available offering anonymity and …

Medical Ethics – Ethical Considerations for Medical Transcriptionists

When dealing with confidential medical information, one must adhere to the highest ethical and privacy standards. Medical transcriptionists deal with confidential information every day in the performance of their job, transcribing a physician’s spoken dictation into typed, easy to read notes. This means that medical transcriptionists must have a clear understanding of the legal and ethical issues that affect them. …

SCHIP Helps Illegal Immigrants Get Medical Care

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C., has published a new web memo by senior researcher Robert Rector. The memo, titled “SCHIP Bill Increases Illegal Immigrants’ Access to Medicaid and Undermines Welfare Reform,” is available on The Heritage Foundation’s web site. In the memo, Mr. Rector writes that current U.S. legal provisions allow illegal immigrants to …

The New Virtual Colonoscopy: Medicare and Medicaid Won’t Pay

“Everyday Health,” May 13th, 2009, has issued a report from Medicare and Medicaid in an article titled “Medicare’s “No” on Virtual Colonoscopy Stirs Expert Debate” that states that Medicare and Medicaid have opted out of paying for virtual colonoscopies. What is a virtual colonoscopy? A virtual colonoscopy is a picture of the colon and the abdomen taken by an X-Ray …

New Medicare Rule Could Be Trouble for Neighborhood Pharmacies

The Association of Community Pharmacists Congressional Network (ACP*CN) is up in arms over actions of The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) that they say will reduce Medicaid reimbursements states’ pay to pharmacies for generic drugs. Click the link to read about medicaid asset protection trust. Their opinion is that the new rule issued July 6th, fails to provide a …