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Senior Living: Understanding the difference

INDEPENDENT SENIOR LIVING ALSO KNOWN as retirement communities, independent senior living communities are designed for seniors 55 and older. They commonly offer apartment-style accommodations; however, some also offer cottages, condominiums, and single-family homes. Residents are seniors who do not require assistance with daily activities or 24/7 skilled nursing but may benefit from convenient services, senior-friendly …

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Medical Advice: The keys to unlocking a healthy mouth

FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL DENTAL HEALTH MONTH and a great time to remind individuals about the importance of good dental health and hygiene. It’s easy to take our teeth for granted; however, good oral hygiene contributes to our overall health, including speech and nutrition. Dental care remains a top health concern in Polk County.

Hospice Help: Hospice myth busting

WHEN MOST PEOPLE hear the word “hospice,” they immediately associate the provided care as being intimately tied to hours, or if lucky, days before death. Then there is also the supposition that hospice is only for cancer patients. These are just two myths that need to be busted when it comes to understanding hospice.

Florida’s ranking in the best and worst states for doctors

New report helps reveal Florida’s workplace advantages and disadvantages for practicing physicians WHEN EXAMINING CAREERS, there are few jobs considered to be as esteemed as that of a physician. Being some of the most dedicated professionals, they have to somehow pay for years of expensive education, endure some of the most intense training, and work …

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Countdown to ICD-10

| Considering the coding complications with non-HIPAA-regulated entities | THE GO-LIVE DATE for the ICD-10 conversion is fast approaching, and all HIPAA-covered healthcare entities should be working hard to be ready to go on October 1, 2015. The financial ramifications of the conversion are many, both in preparing for the conversion and once it has …

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Q&A: Helping patients navigate the healthcare system

GETTING HEALTHCARE COVERAGE coverage can be tricky for those not covered by an employer’s insurance plan. We interviewed Melanie Hall, executive director of Family Healthcare Foundation in Tampa, for more information about how physicians can help patients navigate the healthcare system.

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