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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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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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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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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The POWER in emPOWERed Patient

It is often hard to feel as if you have any power or say when visiting the doctor or lying in a bed in the hospital.  Most people are not medical and don’t understand much of the jargon being bantered around.  We struggle to make sense of what has happened to our body.  We don’t…

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