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EKRA and How It Effects Pain Management Physicians

Posted by Alex Metarelis on May 8, 2019 12:53:05 PM

 

What's known as the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (or EKRA) has flipped the world of pain management and laboratory testing. Though the verbiage targets treatment centers, recovery centers, and clinical laboratories, the repercussions have shaken the health diagnostics industry. This is the reality of ghosts of healthcare's past and their crossover into the present. 

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Elite Medical Lab Blood Drive

Posted by Alex Metarelis on Nov 26, 2018 4:20:33 AM
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Elite Medical Lab Tour

Posted by Alex Metarelis on Nov 26, 2018 4:18:13 AM
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Corporate Headquarters Ribbon Cutting

Posted by Alex Metarelis on Nov 26, 2018 4:05:25 AM
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Seasonal Affective Disorder: The Reality of Summertime Sadness & Blue Christmas

Posted by Alex Metarelis on Nov 26, 2018 3:13:08 AM

Summertime Sadness is more than just a song by crooner Lana del Rey, and more people experience a Blue Christmas than just Elvis Presley. Seasonal Affective Disorder (appropriately abbreviated as SAD) occurs when people in good mental health experience depression during certain seasons of the year. We can say this, too, shall pass, but what causes this short-term sorrow and how can it be overcome?

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Health Benefits of Donating Blood

Posted by Alex Metarelis on Oct 18, 2018 8:42:33 AM

You may have heard donating one pint of blood saves up to three lives, but there's another life that may be saved in addition to that: Your own. Not only are you helping those in need, you're also helping yourself. Here are some ways how the health outcomes in giving blood can B+. 

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The Best Blood Tests for Losing Weight

Posted by Alex Metarelis on Oct 12, 2018 1:59:09 PM

Diet and exercise, diet and exercise, diet and exercise – This piece is not a repeat of what's likely been heard a thousand times. Yes, eating healthy and staying active helps, but sometimes the answer goes beyond skin deep – into the blood. Here are a few blood test panels and their significance to identifying the source of weight issues. 

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Common Drug Testing Questions ANSWERED - Part Two

Posted by Alex Metarelis on Sep 28, 2018 12:47:12 PM

We are back for another round of common drug testing questions we can answer from a clinical lab perspective! This time, we're building on the topics addressed in our last drug testing myths FAQspecifically focusing on tactics used to manipulate urine drug test results.

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Alternative Pain Treatments to Opioids

Posted by Alex Metarelis on Sep 21, 2018 4:08:01 PM

Since the late 1990's, Big Pharma had us thinking the only way to deal with chronic pain was through prescription painkillers. Fast forward to now where the death toll inches it's way toward one million American lives claimed by drug overdose over the last 20 years. We see now money lies in the treatment and not the cure, but there is a better way! Here are a few pain management alternatives that don't rely on the addictive nature of opioid pills.

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Back To School: The Known & Unknown Drugs of Abuse

Posted by Alex Metarelis on Sep 10, 2018 11:33:39 AM

September 2018 - As Pain Awareness Month kicks off, there's another trend to be made aware of and that is drugs of abuse among high school students. The stranger-in-the-alleyway stereotype is not necessarily who they're getting it from either as 2 out of 3 teens who have abused prescription medications claimed they received drugs from family and/or friends. Students are making their way back to school, but they may be bringing a lot more than just notepads and pencils. 

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Revenue Cycle Management: How To Get The Reimbursement You Deserve

Posted by Alex Metarelis on Aug 17, 2018 3:41:44 PM

Whether you're a small doctor's office or a regional hospital, revenue cycle management is a huge issue healthcare providers have to take on. Let's put the stethoscope to the financial heart of your business.

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Reinventing The Wheal: Why Allergy Scratch Testing Has Become Obsolete

Posted by Alex Metarelis on Aug 10, 2018 10:38:35 AM

Imagine this: "We don't know if you're allergic to any of these elements so let's give your skin a dose of everything and just see what happens." Take a step back and listen to how archaic this sounds. The pain induced during skin prick testing, the risk of severe reaction to the patient, the time wasted with each individual scratch - and it's still utilized today!

Skin prick testing for allergies is painful, time-consuming, and somehow still considered the traditional method for doctors across the nation. Here's why IgE (Immunoglobulin E) blood testing for allergies is diagnostics' way of saying, "Out with the old and in with the new!" 

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Medication Monitoring: How Often Should You Test Patients?

Posted by Alex Metarelis on Jun 8, 2018 2:01:19 PM

As a healthcare provider, it can be tough determining when to urine drug test patients. With the opioid epidemic in full swing and state medical boards shutting down clinics who fail to adequately monitor patients on controlled medication, the burden of drug testing loyal patients can put you between a rock and a hard place. Here are some recommended practices for medication monitoring based on prescribed regimen. 

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Common Drug Testing Questions ANSWERED - Part One

Posted by Alex Metarelis on May 25, 2018 2:35:37 PM

Some key things to know before reading: Height, weight, diet, exercise, genetics - all of these play a role in the rate at which drugs are metabolized through the body. If Person A and Person B stop smoking marijuana at the same time and take a drug test one month later, it is possible that Person A tests positive and Person B tests negative. The answers to these questions are as close to fact as possible, taking into account differences in metabolism. 

Screening test: Only shows positive or negative for the presence of drugs. No quantities are provided.

Confirmatory test: Determines specifically how much of a drug is in the body. Typically performed after a screening, especially in a clinical setting, and clears up false positives in by showing presence of drug is insignificant.

Now let's get to it!

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Shocking Factors Surrounding the Opioid Epidemic

Posted by Alex Metarelis on May 18, 2018 4:12:05 PM

A state of emergency declared: The Opioid Crisis. Sparked by Big Pharma in the late 1990's, the opioid epidemic has turned into a wildfire that, since 1999, has claimed over 750,000 American lives - more than World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War combined. Even with all these gruesome wars, drug overdoses still exceed the death toll by over 100,000 people. Here are a few contributing factors to the opioid crisis that may surprise you.

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MIPS & MACRA: Is Your Clinic Prepared?

Posted by Alex Metarelis on May 11, 2018 3:16:49 PM

Healthcare providers, you work hard - we know you do. But a new "merit-based performance program" may have you feeling a little nervous. This new system is like a bonus plan set by your employer but in this case, your employer is the federal government. Let's break down each category of the new era of healthcare.

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Highest Drug Overdose Counties in Texas

Posted by Alex Metarelis on Apr 13, 2018 10:49:29 AM

The opioid epidemic claimed 52,000 lives across the nation in 2015. We are holding the magnifying glass up to our backyard - Texas - and breaking it down by county, cities within that county, and number of drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people based on CDC data between 2014 and 2016. Even with these numbers listed, overdose cases are typically underreported. Some counties may seem obvious as they house one or two major cities, however other counties on this list may come as a surprise. Let's take a look. 

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5 Ways To Increase Clinic Revenue By 10%

Posted by Alex Metarelis on Mar 21, 2018 3:57:34 PM

The average clinic has 1 physician, 2 midlevel practitioners, and 4 to 7 office staff. With payroll, utilities, and malpractice insurance all considered, the average clinic overhead costs come to around $800,000 a year. If your clinic is at or over this daunting number, don't fret! Here are a few easy ways to save your practice money. If you apply at least one of these solutions into your clinic, you could see your bottom line increase by 10% or more!

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