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Nike Cuts Back on Wearables Which A Opens Discussion Relative …

Here we go again on the discussions of wearables.  If you hang around the internet enough and read all the reports and press releases that are put out, you get the impression that gee everyone’s using one and you’ll be left out if you don’t.  Well everyone wants to make a sale.  I’m not saying there’s anything badimage with choosing a wearable if “you” make the determination that the information given is a tool for you, but there’s good reasons out there that many don’t even want to explore it and privacy is a big factor.  Heck I even have the mHealth folks themselves agreeing with me on that as with all the devices out there, they do come with a business model to make money.  It’s not new and I think was pretty much put on the map with Fitbit with supporting revenue streams with selling some kind of data.

Others have done the same thing and with the current “data selling epidemic” along with the addictive “scoring” of consumers in the US, people resist as you really don’t have a clue with very complexly written privacy statements that are presented.  Most tell you they sell aggregated data and then also have a statement that tells you if the company is bought or acquired, hey anything could change and thus the privacy policy could be nullified.  So along with using a device as such you kind of need to stay on top of that too along with making a commitment to use the device and it’s mobile app.  Most all the products either have an app or a mobile responder of some type that takes your data and sends it somewhere.

I just said the other day that patient engagement goes beyond “go fix yourself” with an app.  Some have developed software now that involves others so you have a community.  That is nothing new but now you have software to track what goes on in the community.  Some people don’t like that either with sharing data in a community; however in a talk group of humans sharing with anonymity there’s no problem, so that tells me the business models with the wearables have issues. 

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Let me clarify this too as I am not talking about devices that doctors use such as a mobile EKG to help diagnose as that’s a different category in itself and software and devices like that that help are great.  This is more of a discussion along the lines of the consumer devices and software.  So for whatever reason Nike is changing course here it certainly send a message that there’s not enough money being made, as why else do folks make changes like this and thus so we circle back around to the business model and once again have ask ourselves “do people work like that”.  It’s not an easy nut to crack and has been around since software has.  We hear all this talk about intuitive apps and devices and that’s hard.  You get fooled all the time and I go back to when I wrote software.

I was not above getting fooled as it happens all the time with a proof of concept sounding really good, thinking people are just going to “love” having whatever information your queries put out there, and guess what, they don’t like it or they don’t care.  So for developers there’s an old saying out there of “eating your own dog food” and even then if you use your own products you can still get fooled as it may work for you but it might be too complex for someone else, or they just don’t like it. 

Marketing with wearables tells us today “we have to like it as the data is helpful”…well some do and some don’t and if you have to force this issue, then something’s wrong with the model.  Would I use a patch instead of taking a pill to dispense medication for one example, sure I’d give a try.  Now what if that patch had a sensor that sends the data somewhere for someone to monitor and bug me and end up at a wellness company owned by an insurance company, nope, give me a pill instead without the chip that goes down my digestive tract too  as I think I’m adult enough to take whatever medications I would need to help whatever condition I could have.  I’m also not adverse to reminders that would help me as well, but I don’t want that too blasted all over creation and I can just as easy enough set my own reminders with Outlook to do that and still enjoy my privacy, the phone does that real well and how I function today with reminders too so they are all in one place.   By doing such I would also be admitting to myself that hey I’m going to use a little technology to make me smarter and more efficient and I don’t need another app for that. 

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Nothing much is going to really happen here until we lay out the privacy and give consumers information on where their data goes and more so on where it gets sold, profile data or entire history.  Just recently the World Health Organization presented a report on the “Scoring of citizens in the US” and it’s interestingimage as we lead the pack with the data addiction game and selling.  No where else in the world are people scored right and left with proprietary software that you have no clue on how it works and where the data goes, and who’s data is it really.  Here’s a good example below along with a link to the World Privacy report which you can also read below.

When you hear FICO say all they need is your name and address to score you from 0 to 500 on medication compliance, well for me it’s  time to get out of Dodge as I have no clue as to what data sources they are using.  When your data gets turned loose, how do you get scored by who, where and what other data sources get queried with it?

“Consumer scores are found in a wide array of “offline” arenas, including businesses, health care providers, financial institutions, law enforcement, retail stores, federal and state government, and many other locations. Some of the more social consumer scores may be online, but mostly consumer scores are not solely focused on just online activities.

Consumer scores in use today affect a consumer’s marketplace opportunities. Some of these opportunities are major (e.g., financial, employment, health,), some are minor (e.g., receiving a coupon, spam, or junk mail), and many are in between. Consumers are adversely affected by scores that are kept secret, and consumers are adversely affected when they do not have rights to correct scores.

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The worst part about the fines given by the FTC at the link above is that the one data broker could not pay a million dollar fine so they reduce it to $60,000.  Think about that as if a consumer had a million dollars in medical bills, they go to bankruptcy court.  This battle will go on and on until consumers have the flat out bottom line on who collects data and what kind and where it goes.  Also at the link above you can see where Google is doing a study to find out “how people work” and it’s kind of amusing to a degree after years of hiring thousands of people that they need a study and don’t have a clue and sure they have had success in building software that is intuitive which is fine but they have also had some dogs too over the years, so again it’s tough to always know what will work out there. 

This link too is relative as now you can see where Google is partnering with data brokers to follow you into the stores now to match up ads with sales which will never be an exact “science” if you want to call this “data dig” that.  My post on 100 Bottles of Beer does a good job explaining why you may have 80 bottles or it may be 200 but it will never be 100 in the real world.  I used to be a query monster and know exactly how data is manipulate at at times and how false values get marketed and sold and we end up with more cases of “The Grays”. 

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Back on topic here though when it comes to wearables though, Apple could have a shot at it as they have tons of money and don’t have to succumb to a “data selling model” that we see out there and it’s no easy task for them either to figure out “how people work”. 

I think it’s pretty safe to say that the lack of privacy and the “data selling epidemic” along with the compulsive proprietary “consumer scoring” that is taking place in the US is having an impact on this market for sure.  Speaking for myself only, that’s exactly why I would even think of wearing one.  Now a take as simple pedometer that connects to a PHR where the data is for my use and measurement only and where I’m in control, different story as now I have a tool “for me” and not one that going to blast a data profile all over the place as folks trying to figure out “how people work” are just salivating all over the place to buy such data. 

I say leave it up to the official clinical studies and scientific folks to work on that, not the average Joe out there who thinks they can take data from any credible or non-credible source such as social networks to create the “Holy Grail” on behavior.  Anymore too you have to watch some of those studies a we read about some that cheat to make money there too.  I’m just looking at the entire big picture of why folks are not jumping out of their skins into the wearable business.  For those that use them and it helps, fine but on the other hand can you please have a little consideration for those who don’t buy in for privacy reasons? 

I’m not going to discount anyone who finds a tool that helps them, but I’m also a realist that understands marketing and business models too and the “selfie” move of hearing the same thing over and over with folks having to put their results on social networks is getting old as we flooded with such and people ignore it after a while and just kind of look and figure “there’s one of those selfie’s again” who thinks I care:)  Fact of the matter is and I’m speaking for myself and others may share this is that I’m too involved right now with my own data as I have email, logging on with my financials, etc. to have time to look at it anymore.  We are all busier today with using technology information sources and I tune out what I don’t see as something of value for me at the present time.  It gets to be noise. 

We are always going to have this quest to figure out how to make things work and sometimes the models just break no matter what you do.  Companies selling broken models that don’t have a large enough appeal sure feel it too and will jump through hoops to create perceptions that the model is not broken as they want to make money..augh..and so it goes.  So we come back around to the same question again “do people work that way” and what’s virtual values and the real world values.  Some mix and some don’t and we come back to “The Grays” again and ask ourselves what virtual values (i.e. data from devices here) intersect with the real world here and how do I balance it.  So in the meantime I have to figure this out and cut through the noise. 

You read about electronic medical records and doctors complaining there too, what’s up with their models you could ask?  You know when electronic medical records came out, I wrote one in the early days and really worked hard to make a tool for the doctors that would help “them”, but again the “data selling epidemic” here has encroached there as well.  Insurance companies want to make money selling their research on mining records, a shift away from the original FDA Sentinel program where all would “share for the good”, so here’s that battle ground as again it’s money and a few years ago the shift changed from being a doctor’s tool to being an insurance tool for payments.  The US has the absolute most complex system in the world in the way medical coding works and it plays out with electronic medical records and thus the software is geared for coding first and clinical second it appears anymore.  Larry Page at Google was a bit out of touch too with his recent comments on medical records.

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Now we have hospitals and other medical entities trying to make use of the data from the wearables too and we come back to the same old thing again with where does my data go.  In order to participate with any of them I now have to submit to the device and the app to give them my data so it can be maybe combined with a program a hospital has that can maybe use the data in a constructive way?  Physicist Sean Gourley does a good job with this in this video below , we need algorithms but who’s are they and will I benefit. Larry Ellison also recently gave us a good warning too with being careful with artificial pieces of software that’s smarter than you.  He knows as code has been his business for years.

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Do I need to be a Techno Serf to benefit?  This is pretty much what we have built out there with the data selling epidemic and wearables have their part of the equation built in here too. BD

Algorithms That Exploit, Sean Gourley CEO of Quid, Physicist Extraordinaire Describes and Talks About How the World Is Being Ruled by Algorithms, Who’s Algos Are They, Am I Going To Benefit From Them, And Where Are The Good Algos?

Again until privacy is full addressed here and people know where their data goes, I think that’s still going to remain to be a huge stumbling block here with apps and wearable devices as people have a huge reason not to trust.  You look around, everywhere, it’s a data hunt for money, stock markets, no different and people will use data whether it’s ethical or non-ethical to make money.  So perhaps with Nike here the business model is opening up for questions.  You do have that other side of the coin too with people using the product but if the business model is broken on the money making side, why continue?  BD 

Nick Statt of Cnet has a scoop: He’s reporting that Nike is laying off most of the people on its team responsible for the FuelBand fitness tracker. Instead of making its own hardware, the company will focus on fitness-related software henceforth.

This I do know: I’m sorry to see the FuelBand go away. Though it didn’t do anywhere near as much as a Fitbit or Jawbone Up, I loved Nike’s hardware design, with its straightforward display and a clasp that locked securely and doubled as a USB connector. (It’s one of the few wearables that doesn’t make you keep track of a stupid little charging dongle.) I was hoping to see it evolve further; Statt says an upcoming model was canceled, though the current FuelBand SE will stay on the market.

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Now that medical practices have been legislated a reprieve from ICD-10 implementation, they need to decide what to do next.

This is not a 12-month snooze button. There are steps they can take to help themselves.

Stretch out the timeline

A 12-month delay in the deadline does not mean medical practices should put off their ICD-10 plans for 12 months. Instead, resources should be allocated over the next 17 months. This gives everyone a chance to schedule upgrades, fix problems and learn new systems.

Most importantly, it’s a chance to spread out the ICD-10 costs.

Many experts advised medical practices to save up to six months of operating cash in case reimbursements become interrupted after implementation.

How realistic is that in the same year as major technology purchases?

Improve workflow

There are steps that medical practices can take to improve efficiency now that pave the way for ICD-10 coding:

  1. Improve clinical documentation

  2. Optimize the revenue cycle

  3. Track key metrics

These steps can improve cash flow for medical practices now while using ICD-9 codes. That will generate much needed cash and strengthen the business for rough times during the ICD-10 transition.

Practice makes practices stronger

This is really key for medical practices that already have invested time and money in ICD-10 training. Assuming that they won’t be able to submit ICD-10 claims until Oct. 1, 2015, they need to keep ICD-10 coding skills and documentation practices sharp.

Dual coding will have benefits now:

  1. Stronger documentation will lead to stronger ICD-9 claims.

  2. Medical coders will gain valuable experience and skill with ICD-10 codes. (Remember all the mistakes made during the National Pilot Program.)

  3. The ICD-10 data can be used to establish metrics that can be compared after Oct. 1, 2015.

Think twice about crosswalks

Faced with less than six months to accomplish ICD-10 implementation, medical practices could be tempted by crosswalks and translation programs. Probably not the best way to do it but better choices were less available.

Now medical practices have a chance to re-evaluate the need for shortcuts and crosswalks. The extra time should give medical practices and vendors time to explore real coding solutions.

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Medical coding might also call for you to relocate to one more part of the world or yet another city or state. This industry generates health-related coders who focus on coding right after a thorough education program plus a certification method. An individual performing this job have to be in a position to comprehend and iron out insurance stipulations and compensation to consumers and patients precisely the same, precisely interpret and finish claim types. They are also the 1 who should resubmit the claim. Medical Coding is usually a method of assigning predefined codes to healthcare procedures, diagnoses, surgery, symptoms of disease and health-related care. medical coding and billing certification Any clinic or hospital will need to have an individual to manage payments, records, and insurance facts in regard to healthcare procedures or therapy offered to individuals. If it is 24 hours, then comply with that requirement. With the education needed to acquire a job commonly taking nine months to two years to full, it has been billed as one particular in the better work-at-home possibilities presently out there. As a medical biller you’ll require to be on task at all times and a few analysis may possibly be required. As well as medical reimbursement, coding is also utilized for preparing and investigation.

They assign different codes towards the patient’s indicators, symptoms diagnosis or diagnoses and procedures, like any laboratory function. A few of the high-priced software include things like functions for instance laboratory charge calculations, tough medical equipment fee calculations, creation of custom charge schedules, and search tables for neoplasm, drugs, and chemical substances. The individual who does this work of coding and decoding is known as an administrative medical specialist. Even though medical coding job opportunities will be believed to become replaced by machines and software to the sake of greater efficiency and reduced price, the jury continues to be out around the matter. That shows just how significant it is usually to give the right code which instantly makes a health-related coder worthy of a good pay package.

This type of function isn’t quite different from the medical coding itself but it seriously helps to understand as it tends to make you far more beneficial. Earning good funds while operating from house as a healthcare coder depends mainly on two points: Accuracy and Speed. A medical coder’s salary depends largely on 4 variables: place, expertise, education and also the location of employment. There is certainly a search option that makes it possible for you to see jobs within a 10 mile radius of the property. The CPC and other exams are administered at computer-based testing centers located nationwide.

Lastly, certified healthcare coders and billers that have been functioning in the field for at least ten years, earned twenty dollars and seventy 3 cents an hour or forty 3 thousand a single hundred and eighteen dollars per year. The most effective method to steer clear of this is to put together a very good plan and leave area for emergencies. Your practice can maximize revenue only by closely following payer requirements, assessing denied claims inside a timely manner, and performing the required comply with up. The approach of medical coding demands an focus to detail to ensure accuracy of billing records. Error cost-free health-related code helps absolutely everyone from doctors, clinics and related health-care organizations to have paid faster and better.

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The students are ready mentally in such a way that they will cope with Medical Coding Coaching applications like massaging, therapy, assisting professional therapists and additionally they’re able to work for respective healthcare support. chart coded and demand coders to maintain a higher accuracy and bench price. Getting this to add worth for your resume, you may have a option of continuing to operate with health-related records inside a hospital setting. Once education has been obtained individuals have to then sit for either the CPC exam that is definitely offered by the AAPC, or for the CCS exam supplied by AHIMA. So that you can become a successful coder, you must have sufficient practice and should not have repetition in generating errors, as wrong codes could impact the reputation as well as the economy on the business. medical transcription The first is usually to earn either a CPC or CCS coding credential. An exclusive particular person who receives a receipt in the mail may well choose to know what each and every code indicates and the way to know what they may be paying for. The work of medical coding specialists is always to read and review medical documentation provided by physicians and other well being care experts. You might obtain some of those schools might be expensive. They will have to also be capable of comprehensive out bookkeeping tasks, cope with medical billing technicalities, get back with insurance organizations and individuals on late bills and bill insurance firms and sufferers stalling.

On major of that, these positive aspects may also be enhanced from the certification level obtained and the quantity of instruction each qualified has regarded. These two certifications will be the only two nationally recognized certifications in the medical coding field. RHIT take responsibility for ensuring that laptop or computer systems contain accurate and comprehensive medical records. In order to fulfill the forth-coming increasing medical needs of the aging baby boomers, and together with the technological advancement in medical field new antidotes and vaccines are developed to cure new diseases effectively. Experience is of utmost importance, as the people in the health industry will respect you more for those who do have more experience than everybody else.

This merely makes it much easier for them to get things accomplished effectively and also tends to make it much easier for them to address any healthcare concerns that may possibly come up within the comfort of their very own residence as opposed to in an office setting that’s seldom equipped to deal with these issues. There are coders who make more or less than is expected for their location, practical experience, education and spot of employment. To become a CPC-H or even a certified expert coder-hospital you will will need to have two years of coding encounter within a hospital setting. These coding experts will be the ones that be sure that the doctor, or other relevant hospital staff members, full the relevant insurance form which ensures that the individuals insurance coverage company pays the right fee for their treatment. She or he uses the coder’s codes for creating invoices that are entered into a computer and checked for the codes.

You can find particular things for you to anticipate from your medical coding college. The RACs acquire a percentage of what they recover in overpayments and are consequently rather ruthless in their audits. The medical coding certification exams are lengthy tests that measure a candidate’s core understanding of health-related terminology, physique systems, anaesthesia, radiology, and other areas of medical education. This only shows that a lot more folks are becoming attracted to creating a career out of medical billing. The price of a billing program ranges from $500 to $2500; the higher finish applications commonly include things like complete coursework and certifications that contain medical coding and transcription, in addition to medical billing.

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