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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When Doctors Don’t Talk to Each Other

I lived with the illusion for many years, that doctors communicated with each other.    After all, every time I call any provider, the automated voice tells me, if you are a physician press #1.  Presto! the conversation begins. Recently, I had a situation where the lack of communication between physicians put a client of…

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Harvard Pilgrim On Facebook: Best Way To Keep Good PCP Relationship

Just to keep in the loop with insurance companies, I “like” their Facebook pages.  The other day, I was going through Facebook and there was a great posting from Harvard Pilgrim.  Whoever runs the site posted the following question. “Keeping a good relationship with your primary care physician is key to managing your health. What do…

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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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Medical Billing Offices:Swimming with Sharks

I would like start by stating, that I understand medical billing offices have a job to do.  What I am writing about is how the billing offices go about the business of recouping their money since the economic downturn.  With insurance raising premiums and the least expensive policies having higher deductibles and larger coinsurance, patients…

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When Will The AMA Pull Its Head Out Of The Sand About NPs?

I am so tired of reading about the fuss that doctors, the AMA, American Association of Family Practitioners and other medical associations are making in regards to Nurse Practitioners and their ability to practice.  It is so annoying and I am getting bored with the  arguments because it all seems more emotional than fact based.…

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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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