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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The Healthcare Exchange: A Distraction from Our Broken System

The launch of the healthcare exchange site was a disaster.  I admit I was surprised it was such a flop.  The dismal start has fueled the fires of the many Republicans to increase the rhetoric against the new healthcare law. A rhetoric that distracts from the fact that our healthcare system is broken and not…

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Fads Are For Fashion, Not Healthcare

Vanessa Garcia has written this quest blog. While I’m not a doctor, it doesn’t take one to start noticing trends in medical diagnoses, especially when you are as immersed in the healthcare world as I have been, now that I have a child who has special needs. Every so often it seems like more and…

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Do Hospital Billing Practices Interfer With Patient Care?

There is no question that some hospital billing practices directly interfere with patient care.  For patients paying out of pocket, the journey to get quality care can be hindered by financial offices.  Many hospitals demand 60% or more of a projected amount upfront in order to receive service. This amount is based on the highest…

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Boston Hospital Comes Out of The Closet About Medical Mistakes

The front page of the Boston Globe, April 10,2013 had an article by Liz Kowalczyk,  “Airing Medical Mistakes.” http://bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2013/04/09/brigham-and-women-publishes-stories-medical-errors-focus-staff-attention-solutions/heFVdgGnLc2O9QqL1eiMnN/story.html Thank you Liz!  This is a great article about the steps Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has taken to come out of the closet about medical errors.  The hospital started a staff only intranet newsletter called,  Safety…

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Be Alert To Medication Side Effects and Interactions

One can never be too vigilant when it comes to monitoring medication side effects and interactions.  Every medication has a wide range of potential side effects, many are harmful.  The problem is, the pharmaceutical industry emphasizes the most common potential adverse reactions and downplays the less frequently seen events. Any time, a client starts a…

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How To Become An Empowered Patient: 7 Strategies to Maintain Your Sense of Self

This blog post is written by Michele Rosenthal.  She will be a guest on my radio show on February 28, 2013 at 6PM EST on www.blogtalkradio.com In 1997 my world fell apart. True, it had been sixteen years in the making, but when the rug was pulled from beneath me I was twenty-nine years old…

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Who Me? An Empowered Patient?

What makes an empowered patient?  two things; A desire to have more information in order to make the right decision and the desire to be involved with all decision making.  Now doesn’t that sound simple? In my work, I have the privilege to meet many people who are empowered patients and caregivers and don’t realize…

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