Thursday, May 28, 2015

Boeing Develops EMP Weapon for US Air Force



As a geek, the concept of EMP has always been a cool one for me.

An “Electromagnetic Pulse” or EMP destroys electrical systems, magnetic media (hard drives, jump drives, basically all storage) as well as electrical power, Internet connections, etc.  The biggest fear has always been a nuclear explosion which, in addition to the human destruction, also generates a massive EMP.  

However, now Boeing has developed a missile-type weapon that can specifically deliver an EMP to a targeted building, leaving the surrounding infrastructure and systems intact.

I remember in the Gulf War that one of the first smart bombs dropped was on a large building housing Saddam Hussein’s telephone control systems.  The building was obliterated and I’m sure there was a serious loss of life.  Now, a weapon could be fired at command & control buildings while leaving the surrounding area and people unscathed.

It’s a fascinating concept.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Newly-Published DentalCodeology eBook Explains the Complexity of New Medicare Rules Their Impact on Dentistry

An update/correction from an earlier post.



“What Dentists Need to Know about Medicare NOW” 

is Now Available in Digital Format

 

Addison, IL – May 20, 2015 – Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS, a prominent dental hygiene thought leader, recently published the 4th installment of her continuing DentalCodeology mini-book series entitled “What Dentists Need to Know about Medicare NOW” 

 

For this edition of the popular mini-book series, Patti partnered again with insurance coding authority Christine Taxin, and with another qualified coding and Medicare expert, Jan Palmer to provide dentists with an easy-to-follow primer on how to make informed Medicare decisions that will benefit their patients and practices alike.

 

“The time is now for dentists to get smart about Medicare,” says DiGangi. She further states that the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ruling that goes into effect on January 1, 2016 will impact many older patients if their dentists prescribe medication, perform biopsies that require pathology tests, or simply refer their Medicare-eligible patients to a specialist.

 

DiGangi warns that the Medicaid opt-out clause can be particularly confusing and may have a devastating financial impact if not fully-understood. For example, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a final rule in May 2014 that requires all physicians and eligible professionals—including dentists—who prescribe Part D covered drugs to be enrolled in Medicare or opt-out for those prescriptions to be covered under Part D. 

 

Here’s the tricky part - by signing an affidavit to opt-out out of the program, dentists are out of the

Medicare system for two years - not one year. This means that they cannot receive any direct or

 

indirect Medicare payment for services provided to Medicare patients during that time. 

 

“Two years is a long time to sit on the Medicare bench,” states DiGangi. “With the aging of our baby boomers, opting-out of Medicare may cause many of their patients to abandon dentists that didn’t may any choice at all. The dentists will leave a lot of money on the table that could be going right to the bottom lines of the practices.”

 

Early reviews of the mini-book have been extremely favorable. For example, practice-building thought leader Linda Miles had this to say, “Every member of your team should not only read this, but have their own copy for easy referencing. It would cost thousands of dollars and many hours of a team’s time to discover all this information and these resources on their own.”

 

For more information about “What Dentists Need to Know about Medicare NOW’ including how to order, visit www.DentalCodeology.com. Follow DentalCodeology on Facebook. To inquire about bulk discount pricing for manufacturers, schools and associations, contact sales@DentalCodeology.com.

 

About the Authors:

 

Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS

 

Patti DiGangi is a vision driven-clinician helping people see their future of choice and ways to make it profitable. Patti holds a publishing and speaking license with the American Dental Association for Current Dental Terminology © 2015 and SNODENT diagnostic coding. She is an American Dental Association Evidence Based Champion.

 

Christine Taxin

 

Christine Taxin has extensive training and experience in both dental and medical coding based on her roles as the administrator of a critical care department at Mt. Sinai Hospital and management of a comprehensive multi-specialty dental practice.

 

Jan Palmer

 

Jan Palmer trains dental offices in the administrative aspects and requirements of treating the medical condition obstructive sleep apnea in the dental office with oral appliance therapy. Covering medical coding and billing, teaching to better understand the necessary office protocols to maintain Medical records and how to follow the mandated policies set forth by Medicare.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Smart Toys on the Horizon for Google?

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Cute and cuddly… or creepy?  That’s the question being asked by an article at Newsledge.
 
It seems the Google gang has filed some patents on toys that may just communicate with us or our kids.
 
The article says, in part:  
 

Nice. I always wanted a gremlin…

What type of toys? Looking at the patent filings, Google is looking at stuffed animals. Rabbits and teddy bears. Taking interaction to the next level, capabilities of the toy might “open its eyes, lift its head and/or focus its gaze on the user.”

 

 

Oh, and if you want the full article, which I think is definitely worth a read, click here.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Newly-Published DentalCodeology eBook Explains the Complexity of New Medicare Rules Their Impact on Dentistry

 

 

“What Dentists Need to Know about Medicare NOW” 

is Now Available in Digital Format

 

Addison, IL – May 20, 2015 – Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS, a prominent dental hygiene thought leader, recently published the 4th installment of her continuing DentalCodeology mini-book series entitled “What Dentists Need to Know about Medicare NOW” 

 

For this edition of the popular mini-book series, Patti partnered again with insurance coding authority Christine Taxin, and with another qualified coding and Medicare expert, Jan Palmer to provide dentists with an easy-to-follow primer on how to make informed Medicare decisions that will benefit their patients and practices alike.

 

“The time is now for dentists to get smart about Medicare,” says DiGangi. She further states that the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ruling that goes into effect on June 1, 2015 will impact many older patients if their dentists prescribe medication, perform biopsies that require pathology tests, or simply refer their Medicare-eligible patients to a specialist.

 

DiGangi warns that the Medicaid opt-out clause can be particularly confusing and may have a devastating financial impact if not fully-understood. For example, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a final rule in May 2014 that requires all physicians and eligible professionals—including dentists—who prescribe Part D covered drugs to be enrolled in Medicare or opt-out for those prescriptions to be covered under Part D. 

 

Here’s the tricky part - by signing an affidavit to opt-out out of the program, dentists are out of the

Medicare system for two years - not one year. This means that they cannot receive any direct or

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indirect Medicare payment for services provided to Medicare patients during that time. 

 

“Two years is a long time to sit on the Medicare bench,” states DiGangi. “With the aging of our baby boomers, opting-out of Medicare may cause many of their patients to abandon dentists that didn’t may any choice at all. The dentists will leave a lot of money on the table that could be going right to the bottom lines of the practices.”

 

Early reviews of the mini-book have been extremely favorable. For example, practice-building thought leader Linda Miles had this to say, “Every member of your team should not only read this, but have their own copy for easy referencing. It would cost thousands of dollars and many hours of a team’s time to discover all this information and these resources on their own.”

 

For more information about “What Dentists Need to Know about Medicare NOW’ including how to order, visit www.DentalCodeology.com. Follow DentalCodeology on Facebook. To inquire about bulk discount pricing for manufacturers, schools and associations, contact sales@DentalCodeology.com.

 

About the Authors:

 

Patti DiGangi, RDH, BS

 

Patti DiGangi is a vision driven-clinician helping people see their future of choice and ways to make it profitable. Patti holds a publishing and speaking license with the American Dental Association for Current Dental Terminology © 2015 and SNODENT diagnostic coding. She is an American Dental Association Evidence Based Champion.

 

Christine Taxin

 

Christine Taxin has extensive training and experience in both dental and medical coding based on her roles as the administrator of a critical care department at Mt. Sinai Hospital and management of a comprehensive multi-specialty dental practice.

 

Jan Palmer

 

Jan Palmer trains dental offices in the administrative aspects and requirements of treating the medical condition obstructive sleep apnea in the dental office with oral appliance therapy. Covering medical coding and billing, teaching to better understand the necessary office protocols to maintain Medical records and how to follow the mandated policies set forth by Medicare.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Football Concussions Linked To Memory Problems In Retired NFL Players

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Although this really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, new info from a study on retired NFL players shows cognitive problems from repeated head trauma.
 
This has become a bit of a passion of mine as one of my best friends is a retired NFL guy.
 
Forbes has published the results and I really think it bears taking a look at the story.
 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

3-D printed jaw helps injured sea turtle eat again

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Today’s post comes from Foxnews.com:
 

Scientists say a sea turtle injured by a boat propeller may soon be able to return to the ocean, thanks to a metal beak created with 3-D printing, BBC.com reported.

Staff at the Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation center at Pamukkale University in Denizli, Turkey, nursed the injured 99-pound sea turtle back to health, but they realized the reptile would need a new beak if it was ever going to be self-sufficient at sea, as its jaws had been sheared off in the accident.

According to the BBC, the rehabilitation center reached out to Turkish company BTech Innovation, which creates customized medical prosthetics and implants for humans, to see if they could do the same for the turtle.

From the pic above, it looks like they did a pretty amazing job!

For the full story, follow this link.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rebilda Post System Kit

 

 

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Procedure kit with solutions for all steps from placement   

of the post to placement of the core build-up 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VOCO introduces a Post Procedure kit that includes all matching materials used from the post cementation to the final core build-up. 

 

The kit includes 4 sizes of Rebilda Posts, dentin like flexible glass fiber posts with high radiopacity, high translucency and excellent light conductivity with matching reamers and drills. 

 

The award winning dual-cured universal bond Futurabond U, can be used in the self-cured mode without any light. This is a great benefit in the root canal thus avoiding the pooling effect (the blocking of the canal due to cured adhesive). Special Endo Tim brushes allow easy application of the adhesive into the root canal. 

 

The kit promotes the Mono-Bloc Concept. Rebilda DC is used as a cement and core build-up material. This not only saves time, but furthermore creates one mono block from the root canal to the core build-up with the same excellent physical properties. The manufacturer claims that this concept leads to higher success rates. Rebilda DC flows well, but is still stackable and cuts like dentin. Endo Tims make the cement application into the root canal very easy.

 

The Rebilda Post System kit has been developed with the input of many dentists. Their recommendations led to the inclusion of many procedure oriented application aids such as special brushes, tips and reamers. All materials match each other and take the guesswork out of the procedure leading to faster, more predictable and successful results.

 

Contact:

 

VOCO America, Inc.

Toll-free phone:1-888-658-2584

Fax:1-888-849-3989

E-mail:infousa@voco.com

Internetwww.vocoamerica.com

 

VOCO America, Inc., 1245 Rosemont Drive, Suite 140, Indian Land, SC 29707