How One Heroic Woman Got Medicare To Change ID Card Numbers

Her name is Eileen(compromise is no last name) and she really didn’t want me to mention her but I insisted.  I told her what she had accomplished was nothing short of a miracle.  She didn’t want me to use her name because she will humbly tell anyone, she only did what had to be done…

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Do Public Health Regulations Lack Ethical Scrutiny?

Recently, I had a disagreement with the public health medical director in Santa Fe about the application of a public health policy related to gastroenteritis in an assisted living facility.  The interaction occurred because my mother’s facility had placed the residents on isolation for meals and group activities.  This meant that the main social event for…

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Healthcare Whisperer Blog is back online!

Welcome to new Healthcare Whisperer website! I know I have been away from my blog for many months. I needed to create this new and beautiful website. So the journey continues. I have missed blogging and I am so excited to continue. I thank you for your patience while I fixed all the problems. I…

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To The AMA: Nurse Practitioners Are Not The Problem

It finally struck me.  The AMA is a bully.  They are the bully in the medical and healthcare arena towards nurse practitioners.  They can’t play nice in the playground and they will do anything to intimidate, usurp and destroy the role of the nurse practitioner.  Reason, kindness, artful communication and research have had no impact…

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NY Times Article On After Surgery Bill: My Comments

Elizabeth Rosenthal wrote a thorough and revealing article in the NY Times called “After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From A Doctor He Didn’t Know”. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/21/us/drive-by-doctoring-surprise-medical-bills.html?_r=0 This is a must read to understand what many patients experience.  I have dealt with this much too frequently with clients.  Hospitals and doctors overcharge and it isn’t known…

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Take The Time To Read Informed Consents: Your Life May Depend On It

Informed consent is the form that needs to be signed before any medical procedure can occur.  Essentially, it is the form that allows the medical and research team to perform their duties. Its purpose is to provide the patient with information about the procedure, the risks and benefits, who is performing the procedure and all…

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How the Affordable Care Act Failed Me

I was a staunch supporter of the Affordable Care Act.  I loved the immense possibilities of providing healthcare to everyone.  It wasn’t a one-payer system but the prospect of everyone having health insurance made me giddy.  As a patient advocate, I had visions of sugar plum fairies dancing in my head. I am afraid my…

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Healthcare Proxy Need More Respect Or Why Do Medical Staff Ignore Them?

Doctors, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, nurse, hospital administrators and all others I left out in the medical field, need to understand what a healthcare proxy and/or medical representative (wordage per state) is, what it represents, as well as the legal and ethical implications when ignored.  I say this because, my experience as a patient advocate…

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