Don’t miss this live-stream event @ Guillian-Barre Syndrome: “Getting Better Slowly”-Feb 26th, 2017

By Adam Pownall

At the age of 26, in the space of three weeks, I went from being a fit and healthy dancer and performer to a paralyzed man unable to blink unaided. Getting Better Slowly is the story a two and half year battle back to health, from learning to walk and talk again to the movement classes to the first time I managed to play football again. The show toured extensively in the UK through Autumn 2016, and will now be live-streamed on 26th February.

We’ve received great feedback from the show, with many nurses and other healthcare professionals commenting that it made them think about how they treat patients that are conscious but who are paralyzed or who have no way of responding. One nurse said she came away reflecting on many situations she’d experienced with patients she’d have looked after over the years, and that she thought the show should be used as a teaching aid.

The show will be streamed on the GAIN (Guillain-Barré & Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies) Charity website here.

I regularly support GAIN Charity, I go and visit any current sufferers to offer them my story as a way of hope and positivity to help them in their ordeal, and Getting Better Slowly is part of this venture to create awareness and inspire hope. The show is an hour long, and will be followed by a Q&A when people can tweet in their questions to @gbsproject or #GBSlive.

Adam Pownall – Creative Producer/Performer

Adam is a Theatre Programmer and Producer in the UK, Currently Artistic Manager of the Lincoln Drill Hall following programming for Derby Theatre. In 2014 he won the Olwen Wymark Award for supporting New Writing within Theatre for the Writer’s Guild for his work in opening and running Create Theatre a state of the art studio theatre in Mansfield. He specializes in support of emerging companies, artist development, and new writing and is a proud advocate for regional theatre in the East Midlands. 


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Challenge The Competition With Complete Medical Billing

by Dr. Dipak Nandi, MD

Dynamic processes will be determining the future of medical billing. The key to any service provider in healthcare revenue cycle that is looking to make fast inroads in the competitive scenario will be to implement sound measures and well-connected platforms that accelerate medical claims submission practices of a provider.

As a healthcare practice, it is indispensable today to have robust operational best practices helping in faster reimbursements will claims. Also, helping providers with an end to end practice management support with quality eligibility verification and authorization will help them save millions in the longer run.

Reducing time is critical and ensuring result driven checks and balances with customized prior authorization is a must have for any practice. A medical billing company has to provide convincing solutions in authorization and verification that will help their clients with a streamlined insurance claims process.

Customization is the buzzword today and a specialized billing company should be working as a perfect operational extension. The idea should be to enable a provider to improve their patient care with better financial returns and excellent account management methods.

In fact, a provider today will be looking for a comprehensive support plan with aging as well as current accounts. The timely filing of the claims, better handling of rejections, ensuring collections and finally reducing the accounts receivable (AR) days will be the top priority.

A billing company has to enhance the transparency of the claims with quality medical coding and billing. They should have a competitive team of billers and coders that understand the immediate requirements of respective payers. In fact, a disciplined assessment of the claims adjudication needs of a payer will be helping a medical billing company induce proper measures reducing process loopholes of a provider in the longer run.

Improving on accounts payable will need fast, connected processes that share information in a secure manner and reduce turn around time (TAT) considerably. It is true that the competition is immense and medical billing companies must have flexibility in their processes and their engagement model to give a clear picture of how they will be able to challenge the conventions with tailor made revenue cycle management solutions.

To conclude, references, case studies, unique partnership approach will be vital for any billing company to make a mark. Finally, it will be the cost effective model and how they will help a provider reduce their billing costs and simultaneously improve collections that help a provider with financial viability.

Author Bio: Dr. Dipak Nandi, MD, has been responsible for major developments in the field of healthcare outsourcing, especially medical billing, insurance claim administration, and telemedicine. A New York-based psychiatrist and entrepreneur and a key member of the United States-India Business Council (USIBC), he is currently engaged in key initiatives in the segment of knowledge process outsourcing.

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Meet the awesome team of creative professionals working on Medical Improv Primer!

Medical Improv:  A New Way To Improve Communication (with 15 Activities You Can Teach STAT!) is in the final stages of proofing, cover design, and formatting.

Writing a book is exciting and challenging and having a crew of experts to help is an amazing gift.  I’m getting close to publishing my third, and possibly best book!   As we close in on a publishing date, I’d like to introduce you to the team of experts who are contributing to the high quality of this ‘industry-first’ resource about Medical Improv. They come from all over the USA (MA, ME, FL, AZ, and CA!) and each and everyone is committed to the idea that this resource will improve patient safety, patient experience, workforce health, and cost-effectiveness.  They bring expertise and some heart and soul to the project! 

Meet Editor, Anne Llewellyn, RN-BC, MS, BHSA, CCM, CRRN, Nurse Advocate.Anne has been an incredible co-pilot.  The world of improv has been new to her, but she has a breadth and depth of nursing, writing and editing experience that made her perfectly suited to challenge and assist me in writing a clear and compelling primer for healthcare professionals that not think they can teach fundamental improv activities.  

Anne is a healthcare leader with over 40 years of experience as a critical care nurse, case manager, professional patient advocate, educator, editor in chief and most recently a patient. Anne has lectured nationally and internationally on case management, patient advocacy and care coordination.  She is the author of Nurse Advocate,, a national blog providing information meant to empower patients, care givers and healthcare professionals to improve the delivery of care throughout the complex healthcare system. (Anne has a compelling story that she shares on her blog.)

Meet Linda O’Brien who is the publishing consultant.  She is responsible for the interior design and formatting.  Her expertise is helping the words come to life on every page! Linda always goes the extra mile to meet the highest standards of quality in every aspect of her work.   She and I are both grateful to the influence that the late Ken Cohn, MD, MBA has had in our individual work and connecting us for collaboration. 

Linda is passionate about helping small and start-up businesses innovate, collaborate, and evolve.  She provides virtual services for administrative strategy, content writing and self-publishing, and marketing creative work. She will help you target and develop communication and outreach to attract new business. “Let me help you discover the next level for your new business venture.” Linda O’Brien, Collaborate Virtually!

Meet Graphic Designer, Joanne Muckenhoupt!  I have been very blessed to work with Joanne on a couple of projects and she has a wonderful way of turning an idea or vision into inspiring art.  She is working on the cover of this book and I can’t wait to see her ideas!

Joanne is an advocate and designer!  Her passions are fueled by delivering art….design…function…logos…websites…print material…brand messaging…all in support of those who are following their hearts and changing the world.  These visionaries have an important message to share and an image, text, tag line, color; all affect how an audience feels, sees and absorbs this message, story, goal, desire and plan. “It brings me great joy to support the game changers of today … Through relentless commitment and unwavering humor, together we will change the world!” Joanne Muckenhoupt | 207.752.6035 |

Meet Stephanie Frederick, RN, M.Ed who graciously agreed to write the Afterword for this book.  She knows the system and is an effective and compassionate advocate for all of her clients! Stephanie and I have been collaborating across the miles and years to develop and promote Medical Improv.  We share a vision of the promise it holds for all sorts of positive change in nursing and healthcare.  She continues to be a collaborative presence in this exciting emerging field!

Stephanie is an independent RN Patient Advocate and passionate about guiding individuals to safe, quality, and holistic healthcare.  She understands that to effectively communicate with patients, it is essential to learn and practice a myriad of “soft skills” in both our personal and professional lives.  Stephanie facilitates Medical Improv workshops to help build communication and collaborative tools that benefit organizations, professionals, and patients alike.  Visit Stephanie’s website for additional program and contact information.  And check out this sample video about the power of a simple Medical Improv activity.

Last but not least, meet Candace Campbell, DNP, RN, CNL, FNAP who has written an inspiring foreword for the book!  Candy is another pioneer nurse leader who is bridging the worlds of improv and healthcare.  Her ground-breaking research in using improv for improving communication with nurses is an invaluable, not to mention creative step towards evidenced-based credibility for the promise Medical Improv holds.  

Candy has worked as a nurse, administrator, educator in the areas of hospital and public health for over 30 years. She also holds degrees in Speech Communications and Theatre and has earned awards as a filmmaker, writer, actress, and fine artist. Dr. Campbell is well-known for inspiring and educating workshops where she brings Florence Nightengale to life to address topics involving leadership, bullying, and communication in nursing!

Thanks, everyone! Your expertise and commitment are coming together to help make this book an unparellelled resource.  

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