I Searched My Problem on the Web :My Doctor Thinks I’m Nuts!

I was at an appointment with a client when a medical professional  cautioned him to be wary of the internet sites on his disease.  The reasoning was, the sites sometimes only told the negative side and it wasn’t necessarily factual.  My client was young, computer literate and had been using the web to get a…

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Evidence Based Medicine: If Only The Emperor Had Clothes

Evidence based medicine is the politically correct thinking in the healthcare profession.  If you are not on this train, you had better keep your thoughts to yourself. I ask the simple question, when has medicine not been evidence based? The philosophy is evidence based medicine is rooted in current research. What is not stated is…

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MD/DO/NP: Have You Actually Read A HIPAA Form?

Yesterday, I had a new client which meant I needed to send HIPAA release forms to all involved medical professionals.  Tedious but necessary in order to get medical records or talk to anyone. My forms are standard with all the necessary information mandated by the federal government.  No matter what facility you go to, the…

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How To Avoid Being Blind Sided By Rehab Staff on Discharge

There is no adequate way to explain to my clients why rehab/skilled nursing facilities staff do not communicate with them.  It seems to be endemic throughout the country.  There are many reasons why communication is essential for the family, foremost being the need to know if discharge is imminent. I tell my clients to be…

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The Medical Record:A Suggestion for Accessibility.

Medical records accessibility seem to create great angst with many providers.  I find myself wondering about this issue when a client experiences resistance when requesting a copy or viewing of records.  The common refrain from the provider is the invoking of the HIPAA law.  The same law that gives the patient the right to see…

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