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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A Primary Care Vision

Healthcare is changing again.  There is a movement away from fee for service to global payments for care.  This means that the insurance companies give a provider or practice, a set fee annually to cover an individual.  It is the responsibility of the provider to manage medically and keep costs down.  If a practice goes…

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Day 7 Wish: Doctors Would Test For Strep With Every Sore Throat

Day 7: Doctors would test for strep for all sore throats. How can you tell a viral sore throat from a strep throat?  You can’t except with a throat culture.  So why do so many primary care providers diagnosis sore throat as viral without a culture? My simple wish is PCPs would do a culture…

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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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Does The Role Of the Primary Care Provider Need Changing??

I find myself thinking about the changing role of the primary care provider (PCP).  What will the role be as the healthcare landscape changes?  Do you PCPs feel their roles are changing?  Does the role need revamping? As a nurse practitioner, I have always had the highest regard for the PCP role.  Most of my…

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