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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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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Who Controls Your Healthcare,The Insurer, the Doctor Or You?

I wonder who has the most control in my health care decisions.  Is it me or the doctor or my health insurer?  I have to consider who gets to say NO the most. Here is how I see the flow.   I go to the doctor for a variety of reasons from annuals to sick visits. …

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Hope And Courage Through 14 Surgeries

Spencer is 26, has ulcerative colitis, and recently had his fourteenth surgery in three years.  Some of the surgeries have been up to ten hours while others  were short diagnostic and exploratory procedures.  The last one was supposed to be the final surgery.  Each procedure and surgery offered hope to be  the last.  Infections and…

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The Empowered Patient: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

The other day I was with a family member in the day surgery waiting room.  This was the second surgery in six weeks for a client with newly diagnosed breast cancer.  Before the first surgery to remove all calcifications noted on the mammogram, the surgeon had kept telling us he thought it would be benign.…

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How I Spent Today Waiting and Waiting at Brigham & Women’s and Dana Farber

Here I am sitting in  the preop testing area at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston with a client.  When we first got here, my client was told she had no appointment and would have to be squeezed in.  Of course, I had made the appointment so I had all the  information.  It took a…

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Continued Conversations With Danielle:At The Hospital

Yesterday Danielle’s partner , Spencer had another surgery.  It was a surgery that needed to be pushed up because complications had started.  It had taken much work to get the date moved but as usual Danielle was persistent and tenacious. Surgery was scheduled for 2:50PM but they had to arrive at the hospital at 8:30…

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