What is Going On With Your Health Care??  Will You Still Have Coverage??  What You Need to Know Right Now!!

What is Going On With Your Health Care?? Will You Still Have Coverage?? What You Need to Know Right Now!!

The Last Two Months Have Been Overloaded with News Reports, Executive Orders and Congressional Acts Focused on the ‘Repeal and Replace’ of the Affordable Care Act/OBAMACARE.   But What Does this Mean for You As An American Citizen and Health Care Recipient???   This Post Will Cover the Essentials of What is Currently Covered Under the Current Health Care Law, The Affordable Care Act/OBAMACARE, and What is Being Proposed Under the Republican Administration’s Plan for Future Health Care Coverage in the United States of America.   The Most Important Thing is to Stay Informed and Be Involved in the Process of Determining How Our Healthcare Dollars are Spent and Allocated.   Let’s Get Started…….       What Do You Need to Know Right Now?   Your Rights Under the Current Law, Affordable Care Act/Obamacare 2. What Coverage Rights Are at Risk with the Proposed New Law, The American Health Care Act          (AHCA/TRUMPCARE/RYANCARE)?       First, Let’s Review the Current Health Care Law…..         What is the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) United States Federal Statute Enacted March 23, 2010 by Former President Barack Obama   What do you need to know about the current law (OBAMACARE/THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT)?   How is it Funded?   1.Individual Mandate (3 Billion)   For tax year 2016, the penalty will rise to 2.5% of your total household adjusted gross income, or $695 per adult and $347.50 per child, to a maximum of $2,085. For tax year 2017 and beyond, the percentage option will remain at 2.5%, but the flat fee will...
Wait, WHAT???  Was Obamacare Just Repealed???  What About THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT??

Wait, WHAT??? Was Obamacare Just Repealed??? What About THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT??

Chicks with MDs, January 2017. The Goal is to get you to respond with emotion and not thought, understanding, purpose and intent. What is the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) United States Federal Statute Enacted March 23, 2010 by Former President Barack Obama What do you need to know about the current law? How is it Funded? Individual Mandate For tax year 2016, the penalty will rise to 2.5% of your total household adjusted gross income, or $695 per adult and $347.50 per child, to a maximum of $2,085. For tax year 2017 and beyond, the percentage option will remain at 2.5%, but the flat fee will be adjusted for inflation. You’ll pay 1/12 of the total fee for each full month in which a family member went without coverage or an exemption.  ObamaCare Individual Mandate Dan Mangan | @_DanMangan Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 5:03 PM ET ‘About 7.5 million taxpayers so far have paid a penalty on their taxes for failing to have health insurance last year, as required for the first time by the Affordable Care Act, officials said Monday. That number is well in excess of original projections by officials. The average penalty paid was about $200 per person, and in all $1.5 billion was collected by the Internal Revenue Service in these fines. However, officials stressed that “the vast majority”—85 percent—of people who paid the fines nonetheless ended up with a net tax refund from the IRS.’ http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/20/irs-more-paid-obamacare-fine-than-expected.html Additional Fees/Taxes that Fund the ACA  +.9% Increase in Medicare Tax Rate (plus next item…)    3.8% New Tax on unearned income for high-income taxpayers= $210.2...
The Next Wave of Value Based Medicine Reform is Here…..Are You Ready????

The Next Wave of Value Based Medicine Reform is Here…..Are You Ready????

Good Evening, All. Today was the launch of our new eBook ‘The Essentials of Implementing the New Wave of Health Care Reform’. Thank you to Everyone Who Attended the First Fireside Chat on Our Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/chickswithmds. For Now, Let Me Introduce You to Purpose, Content and Flow of the eBook: This is an Interactive Platform that Provides ESSENTIAL FACTS, Resources, References and Web Links, Regarding the Roll Out of the Next Phase of Value-Based Medicine and Reimbursement via Implementation of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). QPP is a Federally Controlled Platform Created by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Programs), Utilizing the Provisions of MACRA (Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act). The Majority of Providers (Physicians, Advanced Practice Nurse, Physician Assistant) Who Care for the 55 Million Americans Enrolled in Medicare Part B, Will Be Required to Participate in the Quality Payment Program (QPP), Effective January 1, 2017. For Most Providers, this is a Confusing and Frustrating Abyss of Alphabet Soup and Our Hope is to Help Educate and Demystify the Process of Implementing Value-Based Medicine and Resources into Your Daily Practice of Medicine. Here’s the Breakdown of the Book: Chapter 1: The Basics of Medicare and Federal Health Care Coverage Chapter 2: The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Chapter 3: What Determines Provider Reimbursement Chapter 4: Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Chapter 5: Alternative Payment Model (APM) Chapter 6: MIPS vs. APM, A Side-by-Side Comparison Chapter 7: How to Submit Quality Measures Chapter 8: Is Your EHR CMS Certified and Compatible? Chapter 9: More Compliance Facts Regarding CMS/MACRA Chapter 10: Provider and Staff CMS Certification Chapter 11: Provider Performance...
Whatever You Want to Call Them…Girls…Lemons…Ta-Tas…..Protect Your Breasts!!!

Whatever You Want to Call Them…Girls…Lemons…Ta-Tas…..Protect Your Breasts!!!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month…..But Don’t Stop There…..Check Your Breast Monthly…..Share These Facts with All of Those You Know…..Take Care ALL YEAR LONG!!!!                                                                                                                               Image Courtesy of www.blog.thebreastcancersite.com   Breast Cancer FACTS…..                                                                  1 in 8 Women Will Be Diagnosed in Their Lifetime 40,000 Women Die Every Year, in the USA!! 1% of Breast Cancer Cases Are Diagnosed in MEN!!! When Detected Early, Stage 0 or 1, the 5 Year Survival Rate Approaches 100%!!!!! Stage II Breast Cancer, 93% 5 Year Survival Stage III Breast Cancer, 72%, 5 Year Survival Stage IV {Metastatic Disease, Cancer Spread Outside of the Breast and/or Armpit (Axilla)}, 22% 5 Year Survival   ***EARLY DETECTION IS THE KEY TO SURVIVAL!!!!!*****   RISK FACTORS: Increased Risk:                                                                       Decreased Risk: Personal History of Breast Cancer                                ...
Namaste, Sugah…….Welcome Back, or Into,  the World of Yoga

Namaste, Sugah…….Welcome Back, or Into, the World of Yoga

When I Started Doing Yoga, I Really Just Wanted to be Able to Touch My Toes…. But As the Years Have Gone By, My Relationship With Yoga Has Expanded to Become Not Only a Release, But A Lifeline, After I Was Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Yoga Restored Balance to My Body and Mind After a Truly Jarring and Life Altering Experience. And I Use the Principles I’ve Learned, Everyday, Whether or Not I Am on The Mat. And Because it Has Been So Instrumental for My Mental and Physical Well Being, I Am Kind of a Yoga Nut When it Comes to Trying to Introduce Folks to the Beauty and Restorative Properties of this Wonderful Exercise of the Mind, Body and Soul. And If You Didn’t Know Already, it is Nearly the End of NATIONAL YOGA MONTH.       So Sit Back, While I Try to Work My Magic and Get One More Soul to Dip into the Wonder of YOGA.                                                 So What is Yoga?   yo·ga ˈyōɡə/ noun Yoga (/ˈjoʊɡə/;[1] Sanskrit, योग) In Vedic Sanskrit, yoga (from the root yuj) means “to add”, “to join”, “to unite”, or “to attach” in its most common literal sense. Most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE. A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.     Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga...
SQUAD GOALS…….Fitness and Nutrition Go Hand in Hand!!

SQUAD GOALS…….Fitness and Nutrition Go Hand in Hand!!

Good Day, All!   It’s ‘Olympics Season’ and I wanted to provide some resources regarding nutrition for us regular civilians, as well as athletes, weekend warriors and professionals, alike.   The better prepared you are, physically and nutrition wise, the better your performance and overall health will be.   Having Lived With a Runner For Twenty Years, I Have Been Able To Witness, Firsthand, the Dos and Don’ts of Nutrition and Athletes.   Take the Time to Take Care of Your Body and It Will Return the Favor to You Tenfold.                                      So What Do You Need To Know????                                A. Carbohydrates   **Provide Energy for Short Duration or Low Intensity Exercise **Avoid ‘Glycogen (stored glucose) Depletion…..Hitting The Wall’   http://www.toyourhealth.com/mpacms/tyh/article.php?id=1633     Symptoms of Glycogen (glucose) Depletion 1. Lightheadedness 2. Dizziness 3. Hallucinations 4. Heavy Leg Sensation   Carbohydrates (BIG SUGAR) break down>>>Glucose, Fructose and Galactose (small sugars)>>>FUEL Carbohydrate Load (Replace Depleted Glucose Stores in Muscle, Liver and Blood)…..2-4 Hours After Exercise   Ideally, You Want to Load Up on Complex Carbohydrates, Fluids, Proteins and Fats, Before, During and After Your WorkOut.     Goals…. 1. Maximize Glucose Storage 2. Optimize Performance 3. Improve Recovery Time   Here are Some Examples and Recommendations of Great Carbohydrates:      Bananas Berries Brown Rice Energy Bars….Preferably Composed of Fruits, Nuts and Whole Grains….High in Carbs, Moderate Proteins and Low in Fat and Fiber Low Fat Yogurt Old Fashioned Oatmeal Sport...