The Blog is Back!

It is has been too many months since I last wrote. I was having problems with my site and had to transfer to another template. I am back and will begin writing on the many healthcare issues. Today’s blog is going to be very simple. What has happened to Pizza? I asked this question because…

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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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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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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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When Doctors Sue Patients? Malpatient?

What a crazy world we live in!  The Boston Globe, Sunday March 31,2013 had a front page article by Liz Kowalczyk, called  “Doctors Firing Back at Patients’ Online Critiques.”  It is the story of a patient’s spouse who blogged about a doctor and stated the person was not compassionate. Since the Boston Globe doesn’t let…

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