Under-Staffing and Over-Regulation Leads to Less Time with Patients

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Hospital staff are being further and further bogged down by regulation and under-staffing, leading to less and less time spent with their patients. This is where Patient Advocates step in.

With patients spending less time with their care providers to fully understand their condition or treatment options, it’s no wonder that so many are left with inadequate or non-existent care, furthering the need to have an advocate at their side.

In most cases, the role of a patient advocate ends up falling ...

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Do you know how to wash your hands the correct way?

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Washing your hands before you eat sounds like common sense, but you’d be surprised how often people skip such a basic and effective step to prevent the spread of germs and illness.

I came across this quick video from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that explains how to effectively wash your hands in five easy steps – a must see for everyone, not just children and those in the healthcare industry.  Following the steps in the video below ...

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Trump’s Changes to Healthcare

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What will Trump be able to do to change and hopefully improve on the ACA?  This writer suggests that Trump will open up the purchase of insurance over state lines, price transparency and many other things.

He goes on to remind us that no one has been happy with the “marketplaces” to shop for insurance, and quotes Bill Clinton saying, “the costs are up, coverage is down, it’s the craziest thing in the world”.

The author has several suggestions that should be ...

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Deciphering Medical Bills

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Two articles I read recently, that I find quite alarming and you should too. The first is an article that talks about medical bills and what a mystery they are.  The author talks a lot about how he cannot understand his medical bill because it is primarily test codes, scientific terms, CPT codes and ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes. None of which he understood.

The author goes on to tell us that when he questioned the hospital or clinic about the bill ...

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“Study Suggests Medical Errors Now Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.”

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Johns Hopkins Medicine did this study, and was conducted over an 8-year period. The third leading cause of death equates to 250,000 deaths per year due to medical errors.

Heart disease and cancer are the top 2 leading causes of death and they get lots of funding. “National funding is informed from our national health statistics, but those statistics don’t recognize medical care gone awry as a cause of death.”  Medical mishaps are not listed on death certificates and are not ...

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How to Get Discounted Medication

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Are you paying too much money for prescription drugs?  If the high cost of generic medications is hurting your wallet this app is a must have. www.BlinkHealth.com is a new app.

I read about it in an article from CNBC, “Blink Health looks to disrupt relentless rise of drug prices.”  This app is free and they promise you can save up to 90% on generic drugs.  The article stated, “According to Blink’s website 30 tablets of the generic cholesterol lowering ...

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Caregiving and Family Impact

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Forbes magazine recently wrote, “Caregiving is Forcing Women 50+ to Leave the Workforce”.  In consideration of the fact that the baby boomers are retiring in droves and people are living longer, this is presenting with a huge problem.

The article goes on to say that, “two out of every five adults – tens of millions of Americans – are family caregivers of loved ones.”

Women are generally the ones who end up quitting their jobs to care for the family member.  ...

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Terrible Care in an Emergency Room

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I have a Medicaid client that has been going to the ER about once a week to get a paracentesis (fluid drained off the abdomen) due to Cirrhosis of the liver. He has been going to the ER because he was having a tough time finding a Primary Care Doctor who would take Medicaid. He usually gets 8 to 10 liters drained off each time he goes in for a procedure.

The Doctor did do the procedure but would only remove ...

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About 20% of Americans are Misdiagnosed Every Year

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According to CBS News, 12 Million Americans misdiagnosed each year. (CBS News, April 17, 2014).

12 million misdiagnosed each year is a lot of people. It pretty much boils down to 1 out of every 20 Americans, and apparently half of those cases could end up in serious harm.

The article goes on to say that Doctors need to take their time with their patients, and listen to them. That is scary considering Doctors have no time to spend with their patients ...

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Hospitals are Hiking Prices

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Saturday, I read an article in The Washington Post, Under scrutiny for big price hikes, hospitals kept boosting patients’ costs. (October 22, 2016 Politics & the Nation section).

A recent study of 50 hospitals across the U.S. marking up their prices was bad enough. This newest article in the Washington Post tells us that despite public outrage the hospitals continued to raise rates.

Twenty out of the 50 hospitals are in Florida. Over a five-year period one hospital raised its rates more ...

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