Online directories – The Directories http://thedirectories.org/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 04:34:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://thedirectories.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/icon-7-150x150.png Online directories – The Directories http://thedirectories.org/ 32 32 Say no to phone books and yes to mobile-friendly websites https://thedirectories.org/say-no-to-phone-books-and-yes-to-mobile-friendly-websites/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 04:34:34 +0000 https://thedirectories.org/say-no-to-phone-books-and-yes-to-mobile-friendly-websites/ When was the last time you picked up a phone book or checked the yellow pages for a product or service? I’d venture to guess you haven’t done this in the last few years, or ever if you’re a millennial or younger. Whether you don’t use a phone book, what makes you think your patients […]]]>

When was the last time you picked up a phone book or checked the yellow pages for a product or service? I’d venture to guess you haven’t done this in the last few years, or ever if you’re a millennial or younger. Whether you don’t use a phone book, what makes you think your patients are?

Telephone directories: a thing of the past

Let’s step into the late 1800s. Imagine not having indoor plumbing, electricity, or the technological advancements and conveniences of today. People got recommendations by talking to their neighbors. Communication with anyone further away than the local town was by mail.

In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell invented a telephone.1 Soon after, telephone operators (often teenage girls because boys were considered too unruly) were hired to route calls through the public telephone system.2 Imagine picking up the phone, dialing “0” and asking the “hello girl” to forward your call to your dentist, doctor or friend.

The first telephone directory came out in 1878.3 A sheet of cardboard with the names of individuals and businesses that had telephones was nothing like the two-inch-thick yellow pages we have seen in modern times.


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Fast forward to January 1, 1983, the Internet’s official birthday.4 Before that, computer networks could not communicate with each other. By the mid-1990s, the World Wide Web (the Internet as we know it) was up and running, allowing people around the world to communicate instantly through messaging sites, email, video chats, and more. Advancements in technology, such as smartphones and tablets, and the rise of the Internet have forever changed the way people communicate, research, read the news, and even find their dental providers.

Break away from phone books

The internet has changed marketing strategies for all businesses, including dental offices. When using telephone directories or yellow pages, dentists had the option of simply listing their name and address or paying for a print ad in the book. Think about your life or your dental practice today. How long has it been since you used the yellow pages or a phone book?

But when was the last time you used your smartphone, iPad or computer to search for information? It’s time to break away from the exclusive use of print ads and yellow pages searches and embrace the internet and its mobile-friendly websites.

Get a mobile-friendly website

Nowadays, connecting with a dentist is more complex than simply asking the operator to dial the number. For patients, it’s as simple as searching for the dentist’s name or location. Once the Google My Business (GMB) listing or website appears, the patient can click to call the office right from the palm of their hand.

Sounds simple, right? It starts out simple – for the patients. It is as it should be. Dentists must be accessible to their patients. If you’re hard to reach, your GMB listing is out of date, or your website isn’t showing, patients will move on to the next dentist. So, your next step should be to develop a mobile-friendly and mobile-friendly website with search engine optimization (SEO) designed to attract new patients.

Why does your practice need a mobile-friendly website?

Do you want patients to find you and learn about your practice and all the great services you offer? All the marketing in the world means nothing if you don’t have a website. Patients will research you, and they will do so through your website, online profiles, and social media sites. No website means potentially losing new patients.

When a patient searches for a dentist, their website and GMB profile appear during the search. The GMB profile gives patients a bit of information, such as your hours, contact details, and reviews. It also directs them to your website. If you have a social media page, they can do the same by sharing social teasers about your practice. The goal is to direct patients to your website. Although these are valuable elements of marketing, your website is the crucial element. It allows patients to find out about you and then contact you or make an appointment.

What makes a website mobile-friendly?

The answer is in the name: a mobile-friendly website is usable on a mobile phone. This means that your content is playable on a desktop computer as well as on a phone. Patients can easily view your information, click on links, and navigate the website.

A website that is not optimized for mobile devices contains very small text. Users have to zoom in and out and scroll the whole page which makes it much more difficult to navigate and navigate the website. A mobile-friendly design is responsive, which means that as the screen size changes, the content also changes. Content adjusts to fit the screen legibly.

Your mobile-friendly website should be easy to scroll through and consume content. It should include:

  • Responsive and proportionate content
  • Simple navigation menus
  • Clearly displayed calls to action
  • Small blocks of text
  • A clear and simple font instead of fancy script text
  • A search bar for easy navigation
  • Limited use of pop-ups
  • Fast loading content

Half of online traffic comes from mobile devices.5 When patients click through to your website through your GMB profile or search results using their phone, what do they find? Is your website inviting and usable on a mobile phone or tablet?

What makes a website user-friendly?

Optimizing websites for user experience is a new trend. What is user experience and what does it mean for your website? While before there was a big push for SEO and keywords, there is also a focus on the usability of a website.

A user-friendly website will perform better and may improve your chances of success or converting potential patients. Not only does appearance matter (your website should look good), but the use and navigation of the website should be seamless. Having both will give you a leg up on your competition.

A website optimized for user experience should have:

  • Mobile compatibility
  • Strategically planned and original content
  • Well formatted content
  • The rapidity
  • Accessibility for all users
  • Efficient browsing
  • Internet browser compatibility
  • Usable forms and clear calls to action

Keep in mind that 42% of users leave poorly performing websites quickly.6 Is your website attracting patients or driving them away?

It’s time to live with the times. Unless you live alone in a cave, you have embraced electricity, indoor plumbing, and modern technology. It’s time to put away the phone books and their print advertisements. Update your website to be mobile-friendly and user-friendly and get ready to connect with more potential new patients.


Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the September 2022 print edition of Dental economy magazine. Dentists in North America can take advantage of a free print subscription. Register here.


References

  1. Morris J. History of the Telephone – ITPA. Independent Association of Telecommunications Pioneers. Accessed June 9, 2022. https://www.nationalitpa.com/history-of-telephone
  2. Daugherty G. The rise and fall of telephone operators. Story. August 2, 2021. https://www.history.com/news/rise-fall-telephone-switchboard-operators
  3. Eschner K. The first telephone directory had fifty listings and no numbers. Smithsonian Magazine. February 21, 2017. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-telephone-book-had-fifty-listings-and-no-numbers-180962173/
  4. Internet history. 2022 June 3. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Internet
  5. Clement J. Share of global mobile website traffic 2015-2021. Statistics, February 18, 2022. www.statista.com/statistics/277125/share-of-website-traffic-coming-from-mobile-devices
  6. Fitzgerald A. 25+ essential web design stats to know in 2022. June 3, 2022. HubSpot. https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/web-design-stats-for-2020
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Qmed+ is a game changer for provider directories https://thedirectories.org/qmed-is-a-game-changer-for-provider-directories/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 13:14:13 +0000 https://thedirectories.org/qmed-is-a-game-changer-for-provider-directories/ DM+DI changes the look of online supplier directories with the launch of Qmed+. To do this, the team behind DM+DI and Qmed interviewed purchasing influencers at major medical device OEMs, midsize manufacturers, and start-ups to understand their sourcing processes and pain points. The result is Qmed+, a next-generation online supplier directory dedicated exclusively to the […]]]>

DM+DI changes the look of online supplier directories with the launch of Qmed+. To do this, the team behind DM+DI and Qmed interviewed purchasing influencers at major medical device OEMs, midsize manufacturers, and start-ups to understand their sourcing processes and pain points.

The result is Qmed+, a next-generation online supplier directory dedicated exclusively to the medical device industry based on feedback directly from the medical device industry.

“The new platform builds on the legacy of the Qmed brand to address the medtech industry’s most important vendor discovery challenges while delivering value,” said Shana Leonard, vice-president. President Content and Strategy, Information Markets – Engineering. “The digital landscape is changing at a breakneck pace, but online supplier directories have remained static and unchanged for years. Qmed+ breaks the mold by focusing on facilitating meaningful connections, saving time, and giving medtech professionals a more personalized sourcing experience through high-value built-in features like chat, favorites, batch bidding, and online meeting capabilities.

When launching a new vendor search online, medical technology professionals often waste time scrolling through pages of irrelevant and unqualified Google search results. The Qmed+ online supplier directory eliminates the clutter of search engine results to immediately connect medical technology buyers with relevant potential partners. Qmed+ only offers approved suppliers with direct experience serving the medical device industry, ensuring that all potential partners understand the rigors and regulations associated with this complex industry.

New features and functionality include:

  • Build capacity to track potential partners
  • Easy-to-use communication tools that allow users to quickly connect with the right supplier and contacts using an in-platform instant messaging tool
  • Scheduling and online meeting features on the platform that move the conversation forward and get questions answered quickly
  • A Request for Proposal (RFP) submission tool that allows users to identify relevant vendors; enter criteria such as budgets, specifications, and desired turnaround time; a massive explosion at identified businesses; and track responses to speed up and streamline the bidding process
  • Category keywords, robust search functionality and selection filters that help users quickly find relevant vendors that match specific search criteria
  • Detailed vendor profiles that showcase highlights of key capabilities, products and services, as well as additional marketing content such as white papers, brochures, data sheets, company news and other educational resources for inform the selection of suppliers

Qmed+ has more than 1200 qualified suppliers for the medical device industry. Vendors featured on the site include Qosina, Accumold, Master Bond Inc., Teleflex Medical OEM, and 3DEO, among others. Visit qmed.com for more information.

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SRQ Magazine :: SRQ Directories https://thedirectories.org/srq-magazine-srq-directories/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 23:27:57 +0000 https://thedirectories.org/srq-magazine-srq-directories/ ONLINE DIRECTORY OF SRQ LAWYERS The legal profession is part of a long and proud lineage that has been essential to the establishment of our modern world. The quality of a society can be judged in part by the measure of fairness manifested in the way individuals are treated by our system of laws. Search […]]]>

ONLINE DIRECTORY OF SRQ LAWYERS

The legal profession is part of a long and proud lineage that has been essential to the establishment of our modern world. The quality of a society can be judged in part by the measure of fairness manifested in the way individuals are treated by our system of laws. Search our directory for Palmetto, Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton attorneys in Sarasota, Venice and Northport. Lawyers included in the directory are actively licensed professionals in good standing in the region. Lawyers who have been recognized through the Elite Top Attorneys peer-review program are also recognized for the corresponding program years in which they were honored. Visit the Directory of SRQ Lawyers.

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About the Elite Top Attorneys Annual Peer Review Program

In partnership with research firm DataJoe, SRQ Magazine produces an annual peer review program inviting area professionals to nominate their peers. The Sarasota and Bradenton area is home to a strong cadre of legal minds. As part of the annual SRQ Magazine Elite Top Attorneys program, we invite attorneys from Anna Maria and Lakewood Ranch to downtown Sarasota, Venice and North Port to nominate the peers who have earned their highest respect, whether either on the same side or on the opposite side of the negotiating table. Respect from one’s peers, especially in the demanding legal profession, reflects a defining level of great achievement.

Click on here to view Elite’s current digital legal guide to top lawyers.

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ONLINE DIRECTORY OF SRQ DOCTORS

We depend on the insight, experience and expertise of healthcare professionals who are dedicated to supporting our region. Physicians included in the directory are actively licensed practicing physicians from Palmetto, Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton in Sarasota, Venice and Northport. Physicians who have been recognized through the Top Doctors peer review program are also recognized for the corresponding program years in which they were honored. Visit the SRQ physician directory.

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About the Top Doctors Annual Peer Review Program

Honorees in this year’s prestigious SRQ Top Doctors program received overwhelming support from colleagues in Greater Sarasota’s professional medical communities, including Palmetto and Palmetto Bay, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Venice and North Port, Florida. The Colorado-based team at DataJoe Research facilitates all aspects of the online peer voting process and conducting government referrals.

Click on here to view the current SRQ Top Doctors digital medical guide.

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DearDoc Announces Partnership with WebMD Care and Vitals Directories to Bring AI Chat to Practitioner Lists https://thedirectories.org/deardoc-announces-partnership-with-webmd-care-and-vitals-directories-to-bring-ai-chat-to-practitioner-lists/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 15:39:27 +0000 https://thedirectories.org/deardoc-announces-partnership-with-webmd-care-and-vitals-directories-to-bring-ai-chat-to-practitioner-lists/ AI Chat feature on WebMD listings “With this new integration with WebMD Care and Vitals, we are further bridging the gap between online communication between patients and physicians.” NEW YORK (WEB PR) 06 September 2022 DearDoc, the cloud-based growth platform for practice owners, announces a partnership with WebMD Care and Vitals Directories to enable […]]]>

AI Chat feature on WebMD listings

“With this new integration with WebMD Care and Vitals, we are further bridging the gap between online communication between patients and physicians.”

DearDoc, the cloud-based growth platform for practice owners, announces a partnership with WebMD Care and Vitals Directories to enable direct patient-practitioner communication via DearDoc’s AI Chatbot technology.

Through this partnership and the integration of technology, physicians in the WebMD Care and Vitals directories can now add a “Chat Now” button that takes patients to DearDoc’s AI Chat feature. The AI ​​chat invites patients to book appointments and get answers to frequently asked questions, such as services offered or insurance accepted. Additionally, the technology enables 24/7 accessible communication between physicians and patients with a single click.

“Patients often prefer the convenience of digital communication, and we’re helping more practices deliver that modernized experience through technology,” said Joe Brown, CEO of DearDoc. “With this new integration with WebMD Care and Vitals, we are further bridging the gap between online communication between patients and physicians.”

In 2021 alone, DearDoc’s AI chatbot helped drive over 300 new patients per practice by turning online chat requests into paying patients for medical practices. “We’re on a mission to help physicians modernize their practice and their interactions with patients so they can help as many patients as possible,” said Joe Brown.

For practitioners who want to unlock this feature in the WebMD Care and Vitals directories, book a free consultation call with DearDoc now: https://go.getdeardoc.com/webmd-pressrelease


About DearDoc

DearDoc is a practice growth platform that helps physicians grow their customer base and increase business efficiency through artificial intelligence. We won Built In NYC’s “Best Places to Work in 2020” award and have been featured in Business Insider, among others. For more information on how to grow your practice, please visit https://www.getdeardoc.com/.

About WebMD Care

With an enhanced profile of WebMD Care, healthcare professionals can promote themselves to the largest audience of “ready to buy” consumers seeking healthcare on WebMD and Vitals directories. WebMD’s powerful brand of consumer trust, combined with the massive audience of people seeking healthcare each month, creates an effective channel to attract new local patients, build a strong online reputation and make it easier to find health care practices on search engines.

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Your guide to the technology your business needs https://thedirectories.org/your-guide-to-the-technology-your-business-needs/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 14:40:00 +0000 https://thedirectories.org/your-guide-to-the-technology-your-business-needs/ I’ve been writing this column on legal technology for the ABA Journal for over four years. Each month I cover a different category of legal software. I explain why lawyers should use it, what to know before choosing it, and give an overview of the options available on the legal technology market. My column is […]]]>

I’ve been writing this column on legal technology for the ABA Journal for over four years. Each month I cover a different category of legal software. I explain why lawyers should use it, what to know before choosing it, and give an overview of the options available on the legal technology market.

My column is simply a starting point. From there, attorneys often do their own research, which typically involves interviewing fellow attorneys about the software tools they use, attending trade shows, and doing internet research, which often leads to a assortment of software directories.

It is these directories that are the subject of this article. My goal in writing this column has always been to help lawyers choose legal technology, and there are software directories online that further that goal. Others, however, provide very little relevant information.

If you’ve researched legal software lately, you know what I’m talking about. Most of the less useful sites tend to dominate in search results, no matter what type of software you are looking for. A visit to the site will quickly discover the fact that whoever maintains the software listings knows very little about the legal industry or the software tools included. You will often find seemingly random software bundles. Sometimes you’ll be able to locate tools that are appropriately listed in a category, but most of the time you won’t.

When looking for information on legislation-specific software tools, the downside of sifting through inaccurate general purpose software directory sites can be a laborious and time-consuming process at best and an inefficient waste of time at worst.

This is why lawyers should focus their efforts on software directories limited to legal technology products. These sites are focused on the legal industry and provide knowledgeable, accurate information, and appropriately categorized legal software product listings.

Take a look at each one listed below, study the site and its features, then check out one or two of the listed categories. Some directories may be better suited to your needs or preferences than others, but you will no doubt find that at least one of the sites will help guide and inform your decision-making process as you embark on your legal technology software buying journey. .

Who made the list?

So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best legal software directories online.

LawNext Legal Technology Directory

The LawNext Legal Technology Directory was co-founded by Bob Ambrogi, a longtime veteran of the legal tech space who worked for decades as a journalist covering legal tech. Through his experience, he has an in-depth knowledge of legal technology software tools and the companies that produce them. Its feature-rich directory is a good resource for legal tech buyers.

The directory provides information in a clear format that is easily navigable. Each software listing includes information about the company that owns the software, including when it was created, the name of its president or CEO, links to their social media profiles, and a description of the software. Product features are categorized and listed appropriately. Access to product reviews, company media coverage, and pricing information is also provided. Product resources including videos, white papers, e-books, and product screenshots are also available.

Legal Technology Directory of Legal IT Professionals

This directory doesn’t offer a lot of bells and whistles from a feature standpoint, but does provide listings covering many different categories of legal software. The lists consist of brief descriptions of each software. The directory is focused on large enterprises and includes both cloud-based and on-premises software products.

If you’re a solo or small law firm attorney looking for advice on legal software, this may not be the directory for you, and you’ll find software tools you’ve come to expect. to see listed and which are often used in small laws. companies will be absent from this directory. However, if you’re looking for legal technology advice related to software for large corporations, you’re in luck and this is a very useful resource.

Above the Law Legal Tech Directory

The legal blog Above the Law also has a base legal technology directory which includes listings of many software products that appeal to law firms of all sizes. The products are listed in alphabetical order and are not categorized. For this reason, I would consider this site a secondary resource that will provide you with additional information about a specific software tool that you want to learn more about.

It includes 59 products, and once you click on a product, you’ll be taken to a page that provides a link to the company’s website along with a description of the software. The list also indicates the size of the company where the product is typically used and provides links to recent blog posts about the software vendor.

Legaltech pole

Last but not least, there is the Legaltech pole. This legal technology directory covers a wide range of products and, like many others, requires vendors to submit their software for inclusion. It covers a wide range of software categories for businesses of all sizes. Each listing includes a description, applicable practice areas, target users, videos and screenshots of the product in use, and pricing information.

If you’re looking for new legal software, there are several legal software directory sites to choose from. Some are sturdier than others and offer different levels of coverage and functionality. Even so, they generally provide useful information that informs your tech buying process and far exceeds the coverage found on more generic software review sites.

The next time your business is ready to invest in new software, you’ll know where to start this process. You are sure to find a match for your business needs on one of these sites.


Nicole Black is an attorney, author, and journalist based in Rochester, New York, and she is the legal technology evangelist at My case, a company that offers law practice management software for small businesses. She is the nationally acclaimed author of Cloud Computing for Lawyers and is co-author of Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier, both published by the American Bar Association. She is also co-author of Criminal Law in New York, a treatise by Thomson Reuters. She writes regular columns for ABAJournal.com and Above the Law; has authored hundreds of articles for other publications; and regularly speaks at conferences on the intersection of law and emerging technologies. Follow her on Twitter @nikiblackor it can be attached to [email protected].


This column reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily the views of the ABA Journal or the American Bar Association.

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‘Ghost’ providers poison mental health repositories, impacting access https://thedirectories.org/ghost-providers-poison-mental-health-repositories-impacting-access/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 11:14:00 +0000 https://thedirectories.org/ghost-providers-poison-mental-health-repositories-impacting-access/ As Americans seek to reduce health care costs, patients have often been encouraged to use online tools find providers in their network from whom they can obtain care at a lower cost. But one new study suggests that the entire system of health care directories may be faulty. According to Oregon Health and Science Universityresearch […]]]>

As Americans seek to reduce health care costs, patients have often been encouraged to use online tools find providers in their network from whom they can obtain care at a lower cost. But one new study suggests that the entire system of health care directories may be faulty. According to Oregon Health and Science Universityresearch shows that up to 58% of all providers listed in Oregon’s Medicaid system in 2018 were “phantom providers” who are unavailable to see patients.

The numbers were particularly stark for mental health specialists; while about 54% of all primary care providers were “ghosts,” more than two-thirds of mental health prescribers fell into this same category.

According to Jane M. Zhu, lead author of the new study, “Phantom Networks: Discrepancies Between Reported and Realized Mental Health Care Access in Oregon Medicaid,” the results are concerning, especially if they also reflect other provider systems. . “If the majority of providers aren’t actually accessible, it leads to delays and disruptions to the care and treatment that people need,” she said.

The findings come at a time when mental health care is particularly hard to come by. Some 37% of the US population lacks adequate access to mental health professionals, according to a 2021 study by the nonprofit organization USA Facts, with some states, including Wyoming, Utah and Mississippi, experiencing particularly high shortages of qualified mental health care providers. This study estimated that more than 6,000 additional mental health professionals would be needed to eliminate care shortages.

“We just need more mental health professionals to meet the demand,” Zhu said.

The study authors suggest that discrepancies in Oregon’s Medicaid directory may be due to administrative tracking issues. Whatever the cause, inaccuracies are not just a problem for patients. As the study notes, “significant discrepancies between providers listed in directories and those that registrants can access suggest that provider network monitoring and enforcement may fail if based on directory information. “. In other words, health insurance companies may mistakenly believe that their enrollees have access to more doctors than they do – and law enforcement agencies may also believe that more options are offered to patients than is correct.

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These online directories can help you find Black-owned business partners, suppliers and contractors https://thedirectories.org/these-online-directories-can-help-you-find-black-owned-business-partners-suppliers-and-contractors/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 10:14:49 +0000 https://thedirectories.org/these-online-directories-can-help-you-find-black-owned-business-partners-suppliers-and-contractors/ Marketplace website MinorityBiz has a 51-page directory to find, compare, and hire minority and black-owned businesses across the United States to meet your business needs. It’s not the only directory that tries to shine a light on black professionals and their businesses. Here is a list of online directories to help you find the right […]]]>

Marketplace website MinorityBiz has a 51-page directory to find, compare, and hire minority and black-owned businesses across the United States to meet your business needs.

It’s not the only directory that tries to shine a light on black professionals and their businesses.

Here is a list of online directories to help you find the right black-owned business partners for your needs. We will continue to update this list as we find more resources.

Official Black Wall Street

Official Black Wall Street hosts a variety of local and online consumer products as well as business services, such as consulting, event planning and insurance.

We buy black

We buy black is a marketplace for all your consumer goods needs, like cleaning supplies, snacks and books. Sellers who want to sell their products on the site can quickly migrate their stores from Etsy or Shopify.

Black directory

When you need to hire a contractor or supplier, Black directory provides comprehensive lists that you can narrow down by category. For example, the site currently lists 1,593 black lawyers and 1,493 black accountants.

The list of black companies

The list of black companies hosts an extensive directory of Black entrepreneurs and professionals in a variety of industries and services, from consulting and IT products to financial services and social media marketing.

4theCultr

In addition to selling hair products, body care and home goods, 4theCultr hosts a directory of supplies to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as masks and gloves.

Support Black Eats

Support Black Eats uses a Google Map guide to black-owned restaurants, cafes and bars in major cities across the country.

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Study: Most Medicaid mental health directories list ‘ghost’ providers that don’t exist https://thedirectories.org/study-most-medicaid-mental-health-directories-list-ghost-providers-that-dont-exist/ Sun, 10 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://thedirectories.org/study-most-medicaid-mental-health-directories-list-ghost-providers-that-dont-exist/ PORTLAND, Oregon. — When it comes to medical advice you should trust, the most common advice is to talk to a doctor. But what if you can’t get there? New research from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) found that nearly six out of ten Medicaid mental health directories in Oregon list providers who are […]]]>

PORTLAND, Oregon. — When it comes to medical advice you should trust, the most common advice is to talk to a doctor. But what if you can’t get there? New research from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) found that nearly six out of ten Medicaid mental health directories in Oregon list providers who are unavailable to new patients.

The coronavirus pandemic, mass shootings and divisive political climate have taken a toll on the mental health of many Americans. Having “ghost” networks of inaccessible providers can deter people from obtaining or seeking mental health services.

“If this represents the state of provider directories more broadly, it’s a huge concern for patients,” says Dr. Jane M. Zhu, assistant professor of medicine at OHSU School of Medicine, in a statement. “If the majority of providers aren’t actually accessible, it leads to delays and disruptions to the care and treatment people need.”

The results are a heartbreaking reminder of America’s failing healthcare system. Not only do people pay huge costs for health insurance, but the study finds that people with mental disorders are probably not getting the care they need. Medicaid, for example, is one of the largest mental health care networks, and the study authors note that a disproportionate number of Medicaid enrollees suffer from serious and chronic mental illnesses. About half probably also have unmet medical needs.

“At least on paper, an assurance plan can point to provider directories and say, ‘See, we have all these providers that are part of our network under contract,’ says Dr. Zhu. “But if these directories don’t reflect the providers who are actually seeing patients, then what good are they? »

One of the reasons for flawed mental health directories is the lack of administrative support needed to update them regularly. Current administrators may be too overburdened with medical clinics and insurance to keep up with providers who have retired, moved, or stopped taking Medicaid patients.

Having inaccurate provider networks also has implications for the formation of health care plans. “Many states rely on provider directories to monitor how well a health plan’s provider network facilitates access to care,” Dr. Zhu points out.

A study released last month showed a range of network adequacy standards among state Medicaid programs and weak enforcement of those standards across states. Twenty-eight states had specific time and distance standards for integrating a mental and behavioral health practice. But only a third of Health insurance programs – 14 states – had separate access standards for drug treatment.

“We just need more mental health professionals to keep up with the demand.” concludes Dr. Zhu.

The study is published in the journal Health Affairs.

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OHSU study finds ‘ghost’ mental health care providers in Medicaid directories https://thedirectories.org/ohsu-study-finds-ghost-mental-health-care-providers-in-medicaid-directories/ Fri, 08 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://thedirectories.org/ohsu-study-finds-ghost-mental-health-care-providers-in-medicaid-directories/ According to a new study by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University, directories of mental health care providers for low-income Oregonians grossly overestimate the availability of care. The study, authored by Dr. Jane M. Zhu of OHSU, found that 6 out of 10 “in-network” mental health providers in Oregon’s Medicaid directories do not actually […]]]>

According to a new study by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University, directories of mental health care providers for low-income Oregonians grossly overestimate the availability of care.

The study, authored by Dr. Jane M. Zhu of OHSU, found that 6 out of 10 “in-network” mental health providers in Oregon’s Medicaid directories do not actually see Medicaid patients.

“If the majority of providers are not truly accessible, it leads to delays and disruptions to the care and treatment people need,” Zhu said in a statement.

Oregon consistently ranks among the worst states in the nation for access to mental health services. In 2020, for example, Mental Health America ranked Oregon 46th in the nation.

The study, published in the July issue of the medical journal Health Affairs, compares provider listings in Oregon Medicaid directories to field data collected from Medicaid members age 65 and younger. (Oregon provides medical care to low-income residents through the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s Medicaid program.)

The study authors explain that there are multiple reasons providers may no longer see Medicaid patients, including relocation, retirement, or simply denial.

“But crucially, mental health care providers are extremely scarce – there are too many needs and not enough people to provide care, so they may just not have the capacity to take on more patients, Medicaid or not,” Zhu said.

The discrepancy between the number of practitioners listed and those actually taking patients has implications not only for patient access to care, but also for the enforcement and monitoring of provider networks. Provider network directories are often used to monitor access to care, the authors say, so if a directory listing says one thing but the reality for a patient is different, that also creates regulatory holes.

Zhu noted that low-income patients are particularly vulnerable, which makes the accuracy of directories all the more important.

“People enrolled in Medicaid are disproportionately likely to have severe and persistent mental disorders,” she says.

Zhu says the system must change. “Long term, we need to invest in our mental health systems and build their capacity to meet the demand for services,” she says. “The short-term solutions are to ensure that consumers have access to accurate information and that health plans are transparent about who is available and accessible in their networks.”

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There is a place for advisor directories but they need to change https://thedirectories.org/there-is-a-place-for-advisor-directories-but-they-need-to-change/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 13:30:18 +0000 https://thedirectories.org/there-is-a-place-for-advisor-directories-but-they-need-to-change/ It’s hard to say for sure whether or not an advisor should register with various directories of direct-to-consumer advisors, such as Unbiased and VouchedFor. Any website that helps the consumer access good, independent financial advice deserves a round of applause. In the age of online scams, it is good to know that there are platforms […]]]>

It’s hard to say for sure whether or not an advisor should register with various directories of direct-to-consumer advisors, such as Unbiased and VouchedFor.

Any website that helps the consumer access good, independent financial advice deserves a round of applause.

In the age of online scams, it is good to know that there are platforms that will endeavor to connect a consumer with a need with a professional who has the required knowledge in this field.

Each consulting firm has a slightly different business model, and so whether they should market themselves on these platforms will depend on whether it’s a team of consultants who need a steady supply of leads – most Established consultants don’t, but there may be companies that need to explore different marketing opportunities in order to keep teams busy.

Directories can also be a very useful tool for new advisers who may not yet have built up a large enough bank of clients.

As we know, the larger and more mature a client bank is, the more independent the advisor becomes.

We have used Unbiased in the past and initially had a very positive experience.

We joined in early 2016 and 12 months later had seen significant ROI, generating revenue well over 10x our capital expenditure.

This continued through 2017, albeit at a slightly reduced rate. Starting in 2018, we started to see a deterioration in the quality of incoming inquiries.

We persevered but there didn’t seem to be any material improvement in enquiries, which, coupled with rising costs and overly complex process, led us to cancel our subscription six months ago. .

Unbiased increased the cost of inquiries and tokens to £45 in 2019 and introduced a new subscription service in 2020, which gave advisors four options, suitable for businesses at different stages of their development.

But I think where Unbiased went wrong was a general dumbing down of inquiries.

More often than not, the information we received through the website was of such poor quality that it made the Academic Manager purchase.

For what is for all intents and purposes a tech website, they should have been able to prevent unnecessary and unrealistic requests from getting through, saving everyone time and effort.

Unbiased offered future credit for such surveys, but it was never enough to keep us engaged with the platform.

I think there is a place for directories like these, but I would like to see them changed significantly to ensure that inquiries are of sufficient quality to warrant keeping an eye out for inquiry notifications information and financial expenses.

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