Patient reminders? Delegate them!

Various Patient Groups Prefer Different Appointment Reminder Types
Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Of course the computer today is a ubiquitous instrument; it’s very simply found everywhere. Hospitals, of course, use it to give their patients an automatic appointment reminding message. This practice has many benefits but probably the best of all its benefits is that medical appointment reminding messages have virtually halted all patient “”Did Not Attends”.” This is, of course, highly pleasing to hospitals that can make new appointments instead of having an empty room because of that particular no-show. There are in actuality three different kinds of appointment reminders, and these are the email, SMS, or telephone.

Email reminders. Your computer can send out emails to patients whose appointments are coming up. Emails are easy to input personal information into. For instance, each email should give a salutation from the office staff, followed by a description of the name of the person who has the appointment, the exact appointment date, and the time. Email reminders should also include a phone number or site address if the patient wishes to change the appointment. Personalized information from your custom database (such as the name of the person, appointment type and length of time) can be included in your appointment reminders. Many younger people frequently check their emails all day and into the evening, and thus prefer getting these reminders as emails, which also make it easy to respond to if they cannot honor the appointment.

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Costly Medicare Misconceptions

Four Medicare misconceptions that can cost you
By Kristen Gerencher, MarketWatch
First Posted: March 07, 2011 – 8:05 am

SAN FRANCISCO — The federal Medicare program is popular among older Americans, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to navigate.

Medicare is a complex web of health benefits serving more than 46 million seniors and disabled people.

It’s easy to get confused, said Joe Baker, president of the Medicare Rights Center in New York. For instance, because the age to collect full Social Security benefits “is moving up to age 67, a lot of folks think Medicare eligibility has changed as well, but it hasn’t,” he said. “It’s still at 65.”

Here are four common Medicare misconceptions:

MEDICARE WORKS LIKE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE: With Medicare, you can’t be rejected for coverage because you’re too sick, and you won’t face higher premiums if you’re ill. That gives Medicare a big consumer advantage over many private individual health plans that are currently allowed to deny coverage or charge higher premiums based on health status.

But if you’re a high earner, you’ll pay a premium surcharge for Medicare Part B, which covers doctors’ visits and outpatient services, and Part D, which covers prescription drug costs.

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