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Organizing Medical Records & Paperwork

Tips for Managing the Never Ending Mountain of Medical Paperwork & Files

Managing medical bills, keeping track of doctor visits, filing insurance claims, and organizing medical records can all leave you feeling overwhelmed. Here are a few tips that can make managing TMJ disorder, or any chronic illness easier – and might stop you from pulling out your hair!

Records that are important to keep:

  • Medical Bills
  • Records of phone calls, emails and letters from doctors and insurers
  • Insurance claims forms including claims filed, reimbursements, and explanations of benefits.
  • Records of hospital stays, treatments, procedures, exams, lab tests, drugs prescribed and prescriptions filled.

Doctor Visits & Hospital Stays – What to Keep Track Of

Keep a log that includes:
1. Medical appointments
2. Prescriptions filled
3. Lab work
4. Procedures

Whether you have insurance or not, this is an important thing to do. Keeping logs of appointments, prescriptions, procedures (and their costs) will help you when the bill comes around. Hospitals are notorious for including charges for things you didn’t even use. If you’re in the hospital, don’t rely on your memory to record the medications, tests, and procedures you have. If you can, assign a family member or friend to be your advocate…they can record everything for you so that it’s much easier to ask questions (and to talk with the insurance company if you have a dispute).Read More »Tips for Managing the Never Ending Mountain of Medical Paperwork & Files

7 Apps to Help You Manage Chronic Pain & TMJ Disorder

With over 350,000 applications available on the iTunes App Store, and thousands in the health and medical categories, it can be overwhelming to decide which ones to try. We’ve gone through hundreds and found our favorite applications for chronic pain and TMJ disorder patients.

1. Chronic Pain Tracker

Price: $free or $14.99    Rating: 3.5 Stars
Link to app

This comes in a free trial version (Lite) and a more robust version ($14.99).

  • Record your pain level on a scale of 1-10, along with a description, comments, & medication usage
  • “Paint” your pain level with colors on a body
  • See how your pain levels have changed over time
  • Export the results in PDF, XML, or CSV format to keep records or show your doctors
  • Create your own description terms for your pain
  • Build your own list of frequently taken medications

As I have said before, I think it is very important that you learn to notice trends in your health so that you can report changes to your medical team. This app could definitely help you keep track of useful information both for you & your medical team.

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