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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly About Dr. Google

(Hint: It’s not personal.) There is no question that the internet has been the most important tool to ever empower patients with knowledge and information to make informed choices about their health and healthcare. Some have even given it a nickname of sorts, “Doctor Google.” It’s the first place many of us go when we …

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Should you appeal your insurance denial?

  Carla’s* mother had been hospitalized for a week for a hip replacement, and discharged to a skilled nursing facility for rehab. Three weeks after her admission, she received a notice that her mother’s Medicare plan was denying payment for her care because she wasn’t participating in therapy.  Dave* had foot surgery that required the …

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Hospital Discharge: Could it be a bit more hospitable?

I may be one of the few people on the planet who invested my second language studies in Latin. And yes, it probably would have been more practical to study a language people actually speak! While having a working knowledge of Latin has been helpful for crossword puzzles, at other times my intellectual curiosity simply …

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Is that what I said? That’s not what I meant! Now what? Part 2

You took the time to prepare for your visit with your doctor. You asked your doctor to explain her observations with words you understand, you told her what you thought you heard, and she confirmed it. You request a copy of you medical record or log onto your patient portal a few days later, and …

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Health Insurance Open Enrollment: Trick or Treat

Some people think of October as Trick or Treat time; Patient Advocates see it as the kickoff of health insurance open enrollment for the coming year, whether employer-sponsored, individual, and/or Medicare.   It may not be as playful as donning a costume or carving a jack o’lantern, but approaching your open enrollment period with the …

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