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What is Medicaid fraud?

Many people in West Virginia rely on Medicaid to supply them with medical insurance. If you are one of these people, this coverage is probably very important to you. However, it can be taken away if abused. It does not even have to be you who abuses it. Medicaid fraud put everyone at risk of losing benefits. There are several ways a doctor may commit this type of fraud.

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicaid fraud often happens through deceptive billing practices. For example, a doctor may bill for unnecessary services or even bill for services he or she never provided. Some doctors may unbundle services to get higher rates or bill at a higher level for services performed.

What do you need to know to work in the oil and gas industry?

The oil and gas industry in West Virginia provides you with many career opportunities. This growing industry is a great place to establish yourself in a job that offers great pay and future possibilities. To know if this field is right for you, you need to take a look at what it means to be an oil and gas worker.

According to Offshore Energy Today, one of the first things to think about is what you want to do as it relates to oil and gas. There are many jobs in this field. While you mind may first go to the physical jobs, such as working on an oil rig, there are many job options. Figure out what position best matches your skills.

Vehicle strikes pedestrian at intersection near hospital

When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian in West Virginia, the hospital is often the next stop for the pedestrian. In an ironic turn of events, an intersection near a hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia was recently the scene of an accident in which a vehicle hit a pedestrian. Responders did not take the woman to the nearby hospital for treatment; due to the extent of her injuries, they instead took her to the trauma center of another facility where she remains in serious condition.

The accident occurred Thursday morning at an intersection in an area that sees a lot of foot traffic from hospital employees crossing the street between the facility's campus and an adjacent parking area. Representatives of the hospital released a statement expressing concern for the parties involved in the accident but did not confirm whether the pedestrian is an employee of the hospital. 

What are the levels of spinal cord injuries?

Defining spinal cord injuries helps both doctors and patients understand the extent of the injury. However, the process is not always that easy. The spinal area affects both mobility and sensation. If you have an injury, you may lose both mobility or sensation or just lose one of them. This complicates things for your doctor in West Virginia when it comes to defining the level of your injury.

According to the Travis Roy Foundation, doctors typically identify a spinal injury based on the first level affected. Other healthcare professionals may use other methods. All will define based on what function or sensation you have below the injury site. You can better understand your injuries by understanding the different sections of the spine.

Manufacturers of blood clot filter sued in West Virginia

For West Virginians facing serious health issues, the cure may sometimes be as bad or worse than the disease. Pulmonary embolism, for example, is a serious condition that occurs when a blood clot travels via the bloodstream from the veins deep in the legs into the lungs, making it difficult to breathe and potentially causing death. When a patient has already had one pulmonary embolism, doctors wish to prevent a recurrence. One means of prevention is a filter surgically placed in the inferior vena cava, the main vein in the body that leads from the legs to the heart. In theory, the filter allows normal blood flow to the heart and lungs while preventing clots from traveling to the vital organs. 

Following treatment for a pulmonary embolism, one West Virginia man had such a filter implanted to prevent recurrence. According to the assurances he allegedly received, the device could be surgically retrieved with ease and was only necessary on a temporary basis. Nevertheless, the patient claims that the filter had migrated between the time of implantation and the date intended for its removal, causing the surgeons to terminate the procedure when they were unable to retrieve the device as planned. 

Proper use of child restraints may reduce injuries in an accident

For parents of young children, there is always something begging their attention and driving in the car is no exception. Often, parents are doing their best to stay focused on the road while answering questions, negotiating arguments and trying to hand food or toys back to their children to keep them content on the drive. While car seats may seem like just another monotonous item on the to-do list, protecting children from debilitating injuries in a car accident in West Virginia can be more doable with the proper application of child restraints designed to keep children safe. 

According to Nationwide Insurance, parents should spend adequate time reading through the owner's manual on any car seats they purchase for their children. These documents will tell them how to safely install the car seat, provide information about weight and height requirements and give details about the car seat's manufacturing information including expiration dates and maintenance tips. 

Unique dangers of driving on rural roads

Car crashes are shockingly common in West Virginia, perhaps partly due to the prevalence of rural roads. In fact, nearly 62 percent of deadly auto accidents in the state take place on rural roads. 

Due to our winding hilly road and a lack of barriers and signs, people are more likely to end up colliding with something on a rural road than a standard street. If you ever find yourself driving along these rural roadways, then you need to be aware of the following dangers to avoid an auto accident.

Can I be prescribed the wrong medication?

Following your trip to your West Virginia doctor, you may receive a drug prescription for your newly diagnosed medical disorder. Naturally, you expect that your physician has done due diligence in making sure you have the correct medication or that your pharmacy will fill the correct order. However, sometimes a patient can end up with the incorrect drug.

The U.S. News World and World Report website lists a number of reasons why a patient might be given a wrong or mislabeled prescription. These can include any of the following:

  • The drug has a name that looks like another drug.
  • The name of the drug looks very similar to another drug.
  • The patient receives the right medicine but the wrong dosage.
  • The drug is correct but the directions to consume it are wrong.

How can I cope with a traumatic death?

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy. When a death is sudden and especially traumatic, it can be exceedingly difficult to navigate the grieving process. Having the right support is key in this case, as support can provide healthy methods of coping while also enabling you to work through your grief. Psychology Today offers the following advice to help people who’ve experienced tragic and unexpected personal losses.

Anger is a natural emotional response

What is PTSD?

Some mental disorders can occur suddenly in a person who has no family history of them. One of those is post traumatic stress disorder, which is a psychiatric disorder caused by trauma of some type, according to the American Psychiatric Association. PTSD can happen to anyone in West Virginia. Although, it is often associated with people who have serviced in the military, specifically in combat zones, and those who have been through a seriously traumatic experience.

PTSD causes intense feelings and thoughts that are linked to traumatic experience. It can cause flashbacks, depression and emotional distance. Some people with the disorder may also start abusing drugs or alcohol. It may make people retreat away from others or react strongly to certain situations or triggers, such as sounds, people, smells or other sensory stimuli. The severe reactions that characterize PTSD can be triggered by anything that even remotely relates to the trauma the person went through.

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