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Richard
03-26-2009, 07:23
FYI 18Ds - be careful out there. ;)

Richard's $.02 :munchin

WHO issues pessimistic global tuberculosis report
Bradley Brooks, AP, 24 Mar 2009

The number of people infected with both tuberculosis and HIV is twice what researchers previously thought, top health officials said Tuesday.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090324/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/lt_med_who_tb_report;_ylt=At69WWLu9pmj6UgTEkRHSjG3 IxIF

Red Flag 1
03-26-2009, 08:22
FYI 18Ds - be careful out there. ;)

Richard's $.02 :munchin

WHO issues pessimistic global tuberculosis report
Bradley Brooks, AP, 24 Mar 2009

The number of people infected with both tuberculosis and HIV is twice what researchers previously thought, top health officials said Tuesday.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090324/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/lt_med_who_tb_report;_ylt=At69WWLu9pmj6UgTEkRHSjG3 IxIF

As the article points out, increased reporting likley has a role here. The 1186 page document ICD-9-CM is a World Health Organization Document (WHO). All things treated by medical providers have a distinct code number. WHO tracks these numbers and identifies trends such as the rise in TB noted here. Financial reimbursement is attached to these codes thus encouraging increased reporting. More nations are now using ICD-9-CM and the 748 page CPT Manuel (AMA Document); not suprisingly, numbers are rising. It would be interesting to see if the percentage increase in TB is related to the percentage increase in reporting nations.

The alarming part of this report is the rise in drug resistant strains of the bacillis. With HIV sufferers recieving better treatment, life expectancy has expanded. With TB being one of several opertunistic infections, a rise in the numbers among HIV patients is not suprising. Richard's advice to 18D's is spot on, particullarly considering the indig populace 18D's see daily.

As an aside, there is a growing industry in medical coding. Formal education resulting in certificates and degrees for medical coders can be found on line, and nearly every campus. National Certifying exams must be passed to become a Certified Professional Coder (CPC). It takes yet another year of professional coding practice to rise above apprentice status. Coders are found working in physician offices, hospitals, and insurance companies. Accuracy in reporting is tied to reimbursement from insurance companies. Great effort is taken to assure the reported codes accurately reflect what is supported in the clinical records. As mentioned above, this effort also gives the WHO a more accurate picture of the state of medical care world wide.

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Richard
03-26-2009, 09:30
As a Civic Action dispensary and during MEDCAPS in SEA 35 years ago, our average WHO funded patient load for various Dx and population control programs was between 100-150 per day - and around 20% of those we saw and Rx were TB related...with nearly 100% of them also having co-related vitamin deficiency Dxs. Reasonable precautions and good health on our part resulted in none of us ever having a positive IPPD. :)

OTOH - AIDS was not an issue then...:eek:

Richard's $.02 :munchin