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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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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Nurse practitioners vs Doctors: The Same Old Story

Recently, there has been a flurry of blog entries on the role of nurse practitioners (NP) in healthcare.  The American Academy of Family Practitioners (AAFP), came out very strongly against nurse practitioners as being designated as primary care providers.  The argument is NPs don’t have the same amount of schooling as doctors and don’t understand…

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Why It Is Important to Read Your Medical Records.

Here it is in a nutshell.  Take the time to read a copy of your medical record because some of the information may be incorrect.  Impossible to imagine because the record is supposed to be your information, your test results and doctor’s notes.  However, mistakes are made from incorrect diagnosis to having another patient’s lab…

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Why Nurse Practitioners Matter To Healthcare

I honestly don’t understand why the American Medical Association(AMA) is so opposed to the role of nurse practitioners (NPs) as independent primary care providers.  It is certainly not based in the research.  I believe it is  foolish and reckless. I have tried to argue the merits and the research supporting NPs positive outcomes and cost…

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If Doctors Are The Only One’s Using The Title Doctor, Will it fix our Healthcare System?

The debate rages, fueled by the AMA’s fears and deep money pockets, to stop anyone else in the healthcare profession  from using the title “doctor” when introducing themselves in clinical settings. The battle has picked up steam because nurse practitioners are now required to have a doctorate in order to practice.  The AMA  and state…

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Evidence Based Gibberish

It was with great joy that I read Alex Beam’s opinion on evidence based medicine in the Boston Globe, July 8,2011.  I have been writing about the absurdity of evidence based medicine and  the premise that is a new and exciting way to practice medicine.  I especially enjoyed his comments on the current medical description…

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Slaying The Dragon:The Quest For A Timely Medical Appointment

One aspect of my job is helping clients get timely medical appointments.  It is not unusual to make a call and be told the next available appointment is in a month.  The other day, when trying to get a newly diagnosed breast cancer client an appointment to get started on treatment, I realized how increasingly…

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Family Frustration: Nursing Home Medical Care

Several of my clients are in skilled nursing facilities (SNF) or nursing homes.  One of the complaints I frequently hear is, why can’t I see my own doctor?  In order to be seen by your own MD/NP, they need to be credentialed with the facility.  This means the MD/NP have to submit their credentials for…

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What Does Your Doctor/NP Believe In?

The other day I was speaking with an ER doctor about a client of mine who was having chest pains.  My client is a caregiver for her husband.  His illness occurred suddenly and my client spent the first three months trying to get what her husband needed.  She was over the top with stress. I…

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