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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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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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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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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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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Doctor To Patient: It’s Not My Area

I get calls to review records for people.  They want a neutral set of eyes to evaluate the information.  Usually, the person asking, has seen multiple specialists and doesn’t have a diagnosis.  They are asking me for direction.  Recently, I had a case that stunned me because the client had seen multiple specialists over a…

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