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How to Stop Johns Hopkins Medical White Papers
How to stop receiving and getting billed for Johns Hopkins Medical Hospital and University white papers, health and news alerts you don't want.

Are You Seeing the Right Specialist?
When a patient has a difficult time getting a diagnosis or thinks he may have been misdiagnosed, he may be working with the wrong kind of specialist.

The Right to Die and Religion
One of the important aspects of choosing to die in your own timeframe is understanding how your religion or spiritual views may affect your choice.

Cost of Getting Copies Of Your Medical Records
When you request copies of your medical records, you may be charged for them. Learn how much it costs to obtain copies of your medical records.

Right to Die and Death with Dignity Organizations
A list of organizations in the United States and Canada that educate the public and lobby for legislature about euthanasia and the right to die.

What Is Universal Healthcare Coverage?
In discussions of healthcare reform, we often hear the term universal health care. What does that really mean?

When to Stay Home from Work Due to Illness
You feel lousy and want to stay home. But your big presentation is today, or you need the paycheck. Should you go to work or is it time to call in sick?

Health and Patient Advocacy Career: Health Coach
One form of patient advocacy is Health Coaching which focuses more on wellness and lifestyle management of its clients. Learn more about a career in health coaching and becoming a health coach.

What Does Indolent Mean?
What does the word indolent mean when used in medical terms? Find out examples of what can you expect from a slow-growing malignancy or ulcer.

CPT and HCPCS Codes for Telephone Calls and Emails
CPT and HCPCS codes have been developed so doctors can be reimbursed for their time spent on the telephone or exchanging email with patients. Learn more about these codes and what to do if you find them on your bill or your estimate of benefits.

Determining Medicine Dosage Through Titration
Titration is used in a medical sense to figure out drug dosages in at least two ways. Titration is used by doctors in medications to treat ADHD.

High Deductible vs. Catastrophic Health Insurance Plan
How can we know whether a high deductible or catastrophic health insurance plan is the right choice for saving money?

Sepsis vs. Septicemia: What Is the Difference?
Sepsis and septicemia are medical terms that refer to serious infections and your body's response to those infections. Learn exactly what they mean.

Affordable Care Act and Patient Satisfaction
One initiative of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is to align Medicare payments to hospitals with patient satisfaction scores.

Medicare Plans - Types and Definitions
It's easy to be confused about Medicare plans. Here are the differences among those different types of Medicare plans.

Are Medical Records Private?
Your private medical record is not as private as you may think. Here are the people and organizations that can access it and how they use your data.

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Out of Network Claims and Bills - Insurance Problems
When services are not covered, they are considered out of network. Bills are higher and claims are rejected. Learn more about out-of-network costs.

What is Medical Triage?
Triage refers to a sorting of injured people according to their need for emergency medical attention. It's used to determine who gets care first.

Patients - The Invisible Stakeholders in Health Care
Patients are the most important stakeholders in the world of health care, but they are invisible when it comes to practice and policy discussions.

Riddle Me This: Who Is the Surgeon?
A surgeon refuses to operate on a boy who survives a car accident that kills his father. Why? Who is the surgeon? This riddle exposes our biases.

Will Obamacare Deny Cancer Care to Seniors Over Age 75?
Does the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, deny cancer treatment to seniors over age 75? Find out the truth about this urban legend and stop worrying.

Dr. Oz, McDreamy, Dr. Nancy Snyderman - Who to Trust?
Which TV celebrity doctor should you trust for medical advice? Dr. Oz, Dr. McDreamy and Dr. Nancy Snyderman present a big contrast in who is credible.

What is a Medigap Insurance Plan?
A Medigap plan is intended to do just that - cover the

ACA Insurance Exchanges - Navigators or In-Person
Insurance Exchanges provide navigators and in-person assisters to help people make the right choices regarding the individual mandate of the ACA.

Difference Between a Naturopath and Naturopathic Doctor
Naturopaths and naturopathic doctors do not have the same level of training or capabilities. Learn more about the important distinctions between them.

Understanding Slippery Slope Arguments Relating to Health and Medical Care
Slippery slope arguments are intended to scare people into behaving a certain way that may not be good for them. They are manipulative, and when they are involved in the realm of health and medical care, they can be dangerous.

How To Share Your Patient Story about Bad Medical Care
Do you have a personal story of bad medical care? Here are guidelines to help you share your adverse medical stories appropriately and effectively.

Why Do Health Insurance Premiums Increase Each Year?
Why do health insurance premiums increase each year, even if you are healthy? Find out what goes into determining your health insurance costs.

Why Is It Difficult to Find a Primary Care Physician?
The number of primary care physicians is dwindling in the United States, and sometimes it seems impossible to find a primary care physician.

Coverage for Alternative or Complementary Therapy
Millions of Americans are interested in pursuing alternative medicine or complementary therapies. Why won't health insurance cover the cost of CAM?

What is Alternative Medicine?
Alternative medicine is an approach to medicine that is an alternative to, and is commonly used to replace, traditional treatments and therapies.

What is Balance Billing?
Balance billing is a medical practice of billing patients for the balance between what they want to charge and what the insurance company has reimbursed.

What Is Defensive Medicine?
What is defensive medicine? Doctors may order additional tests, treatments, drugs and procedures to protect themselves from malpractice claims

What Is the Difference Between Epidemic and Pandemic?
An epidemic refers to a contagious, infectious or viral illness that spreads to many people in one specific geographic region, while a pandemic spreads.

What is Health Insurance Policy Rescission
Before the Affordable Care Act, rescissions were used to cancel health insurance policies retroactively, especially for high cost patients.

Definition of Therapeutic
What does therapeutic mean? How does it relate to treatments and agents and how do they differ from palliative and non-therapeutic medical procedures?

Setting Up a Patient Website
Patient websites are great communications tools that provide up-to-date information to everyone who wants it when someone is sick or hurt.

Padma Lakshmi - Endometriosis Pain and Positive Steps
Padma Lakshmi suffered the debilitating pain of endometriosis for 20 years. She founded the Endometriosis Foundation to help women get treatment.

What are Biologics or Biological Agents?
What are biologics and biological agents and how are they used? These drugs are derived from living organisms and include vaccines and gene therapy.

The Growing Trend of Organ Trafficking
Despite legal consequences and ethical questions, human organs are being bought and sold every day all over the world, including the United States.

Therapy Dogs to Improve Mental and Physical Health
Learn the differences between service dogs and therapy dogs, and how therapy dogs can help improve your overall mental and physical health.

Safe Painkillers - How to Take Pain Drugs Safely
You can take painkillers safely to relieve your pain. Comprehensive safety advice for both prescription and over-the-counter painkillers.

Which Drugs Does the Controlled Substances Act Cover?
The Controlled Substances Act covers drugs that people can abuse, including illegal drugs like LSD and prescription medications like Oxycontin.

What Does "Meaningful Use" Mean to Patients?


What Is a Health Insurance Co-Op?
What is a health insurance co-op or a health insurance cooperative? Learn about how health insurance co-ops work and the pros and cons of the plans.

Stay Away From Personal Online Doctor Medical Advice
Websites that offer doctors to provide you with personal, one-on-one health advice can be worthless or dangerous, here is how to tell good from bad.

Understanding the Issues in Healthcare Reform
Healthcare reform in the United States revolves around numerous issues. They remain relevant even after the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

What Is Healthcare Rationing?
Healthcare rationing is used by health insurers, the government and individuals to save money. Some believe healthcare rationing is for the greater good.

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Warning About Natural and Herbal Weight Loss Supplements
The FDA has determined that at least 28 natural and herbal weight loss supplements may be contaminated or otherwise unsafe to use for weight loss.

Using HON to Find Credible Internet Health Information
HON and the HON Code of Conduct represent the Health on the Net Foundation which credentials reliable health information on the Internet.

Finding Credible Health Information Online
Anyone can publish anything they want to on the Internet, no matter how true or phony it is. A wise patient uses these guidelines to determine which health information is truly credible, reliable and objective, and which is not.

How to Know When You Need to Change Doctors
There are a number of reasons a patient may decide to change doctors. Sometimes it's a necessity, and others it's a choice. Learn about good reasons for making changes and the first steps toward a smooth transition.

Choosing the Right Doctor for Your Medical Needs
Good and effective medical care begins by choosing the right doctor for your needs. These tips will help you choose your Dr. Right.

Failure to Diagnose: When You Can't Get a Diagnosis
One form of medical misdiagnosis is called Failure to Diagnose. It occurs when a patient can't get an accurate diagnosis, also called a missed diagnosis.

What are the Phases or Stages of a Pandemic?
Pandemic has a specific definition and phases or stages as outlined by WHO, the World Health Organization. Understand these to be better prepared.

Using Online Symptom Checkers and Apps Wisely
Symptom checker applications are available, but how accurate can they be? Here is why many of us use them and why they are often nonspecific.

What to Do if You Have Lost Your Health Insurance
If you have lost your health insurance, here are some steps to take and possibilities to consider to make sure you have continued health coverage.

Outdated Terms for Diseases and Conditions
Older names for diseases and conditions are falling by the wayside, usually because they have been replaced by a newer, perhaps more accurate name.

Steve Jobs, His Transplant, and Whose Business Is It Anyway?
When Steve Jobs needed a new liver, he had the money and ability to relocate to get one. Was it unethical to jump the line for an available organ?

Understanding Healthcare Consumerism Basics
Patients can wield their power as healthcare consumers to improve access and satisfaction with their providers, services and costs of health care.

What Are Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)?
A health savings account (HSA) is a great way to save money on healthcare, if you're eligible to use one, and if your health expenses aren't too high.

What Is Healthcare Billing Fraud?
Healthcare billing fraud costs Americans billions of dollars each year, and contributes to the dysfunction of the healthcare system. Understanding how fraud takes place can help us patients recognize it, and take steps to report it.

Patients Denied Medical Care from Blacklisting
Patients report they have tried to see a doctor but they are denied medical care by any doctor. They report that they have been blacklisted, blackballed or that entries have been made to their records indicating they should not be seen or treated.

Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) Profile
We hear the term primary care physician often, but what does it really mean? Learn more about PCPs, their practices, and their focuses.

Saving Money with a Prescription Drug Discount Card
Many of us can save money when we buy our prescription drugs using a discount card. See whether you are eligible for a card and how you can get one.

What is a Drug Formulary and Tier Pricing?
Each health insurer maintains a list of prescriptions it will pay for called a formulary. A formulary's tier pricing system greatly impacts expenses.

What is Socialized Medicine?
The term socialized medicine comes up in debating health care reform. What does it mean, do we already have it, and should you worry about it?

How Does Patient Modesty Affect Medical Care?
Patients who are modest or embarrassed about their body parts sometimes don't get the medical care they need. How to recognize this issue.

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8 Steps to Avoid Health Insurance Scams and Frauds
Learn about the warning signs that a health insurance company is fraudulent, how to check bona fide ones and what to do if someone tries to scam you.

Why It's Important to Dispose of Drugs Safely and Properly
What are the health and environment considerations for disposing of unwanted or expired drugs? Why you need to learn the right way to discard drugs.

What to Say and What Not to Say to a Sick Friend
It's difficult to know what to say or do when a friend is seriously ill or injured. Here are appropriate ways to reach out to them and offer help.

Starting a Patient Advocates Business
If you enjoy patient advocacy work, and wish to start a business caring for others, starting a health advocates business may be a good choice.

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Reading Your Insurance Explanation of Benefits or EOB
Since most of us don't pay our medical providers directly ,you should read the insurance or payer's Explanation of Benefits (EOB).

Affordable Care Act (Healthcare Reform) - Highlights
So much of the information about the Affordable Care Act is confusing. Here are the highlights and what they mean to you.

Legislation That Supports a Patient's Right to Die
Is the right to choose one's time of death legal in the U.S.? It depends on where you live. Here's an outline of the status of right-to-die legislation.

Medical Blog - Choose Your Platform, Register Your Health or Medical Blog and Choose a Template
Once you have named your blog, it will be time to choose your platform, register your blog's name and choose a template for your health or medical blog.

Health Blogging - How to Get Your Blog Found by Search Engines
The point of writing a blog is to be found by new readers. That requires being found by, then showing up in search engines.

Your Diagnosis is Listed on Your Appointment Receipt
When you leave the doctor's office, you are given a receipt for the medical services performed during your visit. Understanding the information on that receipt will help you learn about your visit, and keep track of medical expenses, too.

CPT Codes - Review the CPT Codes on Your Doctor's Appointment Receipt
When you leave the doctor's office, you are given a receipt for the medical services performed during your visit. Understanding the information on that receipt will help you learn about your visit, and keep track of medical expenses, too.

What to Do If Your Provider Insults You Unintentionally
Healthcare is so personal, and so often we patients feel judged. Our providers, like doctors, nurses, even the receptionist may say something that seems insulting. Here are some steps to take if you believe your provider has insulted you unintentionally.

A Patient's Guide to Medical Codes
Patients can use medical codes to learn more about their diagnosis, learn more about the services their practitioners have provided, and much more.

What to Do If Your Provider Insults You and You Believe It Was Intentional
Healthcare is so personal, and so often we patients feel judged. Our providers, like doctors, nurses, even the receptionist may say something that seems insulting. Here are some steps to take if you believe your provider has insulted you intentionally.

What to Do If A Doctor or Provider Insults You
Healthcare is personal, and often patients feel judged. There are steps to take if you think your doctor insulted you, beginning by determining intent.

Reviews of Doctor Ratings and Directory Websites
Doctors ratings websites and directory websites are supposed to help us understand the quality of a doctor's skills and credentials. Very few of them are of high enough quality themselves to do their jobs. This article reviews many of the ratings and rankings sites, so patients can discover which ones are worth the time and effort.

State-by-State Health Insurance Resources
Some of the resources you'll need to use to research your doctor, insurance, or hospital, or the laws that pertain to insurance, medical records or advance directives, will vary by state. Here is a list of resources that can help you answer questions for the state you live in.

Mystery Diagnosis - How to Solve Your Undiagnosed Medical Disease or Condition
Thousands of patients go undiagnosed each year. They get frustrated because no one can seem to solve the mystery of their illness. Here are some steps to take to try to arrive at a solution for your undiagnosed medical disease or condition. There may be some alternative resources that can help you.

How to Solve Your Undiagnosed Illness - Differential Diagnosis
Thousands of patients go undiagnosed each year. They get frustrated because no one can seem to solve the mystery of their illness. Here are some steps to take to try to arrive at a solution for your undiagnosed medical disease or conditions. We'll take a look at the process of differential diagnosis.

How to Solve Your Undiagnosed Medical Disease or Condition - Differential Diagnosis
Thousands of patients go undiagnosed each year. They get frustrated because no one can seem to solve the mystery of their illness. Here are some steps to take to try to arrive at a solution for your undiagnosed medical disease or condition. Here we discuss tracking symptoms and triggers by keeping a log.

Mystery Diagnosis - How to Solve Your Undiagnosed Medical Disease or Condition
Thousands of patients go undiagnosed each year. They get frustrated because no one can seem to solve the mystery of their illness. Here are some steps to take to try to arrive at a solution for your undiagnosed medical disease or condition. Here we discuss possible drug conflicts.

Mystery Diagnosis - How to Solve Your Undiagnosed Medical Disease or Condition
Thousands of patients go undiagnosed each year. They get frustrated because no one can seem to solve the mystery of their illness. Here are some steps to take to try to arrive at a solution for your undiagnosed medical disease or condition. Now we'll take a look at determining possible environmental resources.

Mystery Diagnosis - How to Solve Your Undiagnosed Medical Disease or Condition
Thousands of patients go undiagnosed each year. They get frustrated because no one can seem to solve the mystery of their illness. Here are some steps to take to try to arrive at a solution for your undiagnosed medical disease or condition. Here we'll take a look at possible communications issues.

Mystery Diagnosis - How to Solve Your Undiagnosed Medical Disease or Condition
Thousands of patients go undiagnosed each year. They get frustrated because no one can seem to solve the mystery of their illness. Here are some steps to take to try to arrive at a solution for your undiagnosed medical disease or condition. A rare disease may be the answer.

Mystery Diagnosis - How to Solve Your Undiagnosed Medical Disease or Condition
Thousands of patients go undiagnosed each year. They get frustrated because no one can seem to solve the mystery of their illness. Here are some steps to take to try to arrive at a solution for your undiagnosed medical disease or condition. We'll take a look at the NIH Mystery Diagnosis Program.

How to Solve Your Undiagnosed Illness - Second Opinions
Thousands of patients go undiagnosed each year. They get frustrated because no one can seem to solve the mystery of their illness. Here are some steps to take to try to arrive at a solution for your undiagnosed medical disease or conditions. Here we discuss second opinions.

Plan for your next steps after you refuse treatment.
While some medical decisions seem easy to make, others require some in-depth research and self-discovery. Here are the steps to take to decide whether refusing treatment is the right answer for you.

Solving Your Undiagnosed Medical Condition
For many patients each year, no one can reach a diagnosis for their mystery illness. Here are some steps to help find a diagnosis.

How to Make the Decision to Refuse Medical Treatment
Here are the steps to take to decide whether refusing medical treatment is the right answer for you. Use these steps for research and self-discovery.

Be sure you have the right diagnosis.
While some medical decisions seem easy to make, others require some in-depth research and self-discovery. Here are the steps to take to decide whether refusing treatment is the right answer for you.

Be sure you know about all your treatment options.
While some medical decisions seem easy to make, others require some in-depth research and self-discovery. Here are the steps to take to decide whether refusing treatment is the right answer for you.

Confirm any treatment decisions you make based on your religious beliefs.
While some medical decisions seem easy to make, others require some in-depth research and self-discovery. Here are the steps to take to decide whether refusing treatment is the right answer for you.

Calculate the true cost of treatment and its affect on your budget.
While some medical decisions seem easy to make, others require some in-depth research and self-discovery. Here are the steps to take to decide whether refusing treatment is the right answer for you.

Be sure you have the right to refuse to be treated.
While some medical decisions seem easy to make, others require some in-depth research and self-discovery. Here are the steps to take to decide whether refusing treatment is the right answer for you.

Don't refuse all treatment.
While some medical decisions seem easy to make, others require some in-depth research and self-discovery. Here are the steps to take to decide whether refusing treatment is the right answer for you.

Understand the consequences of refusing treatment.
While some medical decisions seem easy to make, others require some in-depth research and self-discovery. Here are the steps to take to decide whether refusing treatment is the right answer for you.

Explore your feelings about the decision.
While some medical decisions seem easy to make, others require some in-depth research and self-discovery. Here are the steps to take to decide whether refusing treatment is the right answer for you.

Maximizing Your FSA and HSA - Qualifying Expenses
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are great ways to save money as long as the money is used for qualifying expenses.

Flexible Spending Accounts - Know the IRS Rules about FSAs
Learn the important rules the IRS imposes on Flexible Spending Accounts. Many employers offer Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) as a benefit to their employees. As long as we are able to estimate them accurately, they can offer us some real money savings. Here is the way to estimate how much money to set aside in a FSA, and how to maximize the use of a flexible spending account.

Estimate and Maximize Your Flexible Spending Account
Many employers offer Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) as a benefit to their employees. Flexible Spending Accounts can offer some real money savings.

Flexible Spending Accounts - Determine How Much Money You'll Need to Cover Next Year's Expenses
Many employers offer Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) as a benefit to their employees. As long as we are able to estimate them accurately, they can offer us some real money savings. Here is the way to estimate how much money to set aside in a FSA, and how to maximize the use of a flexible spending account.

FSA - Do the Math to Determine Your FSA Set-Aside
Many employers offer Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) as a benefit to their employees. As long as we are able to estimate them accurately, they can offer us some real money savings. Here is the way to estimate how much money to set aside in a FSA, and how to maximize the use of a flexible spending account.

FSA - Preventing the Loss of Your Money Next Year
Many employers offer Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) as a benefit to their employees. As long as we are able to estimate them accurately, they can offer us some real money savings. Here is the way to estimate how much money to set aside in a FSA, and how to maximize the use of a flexible spending account.

Is an Academic Hospital Best for Your Medical Care?
Academic or university hospital systems offer a different experience for patients with specialized needs. Learn about the pros and cons for your care.

How to Decide Whether a Teaching Hospital Is the Right Place for You - the Pros
Academic or university hospital systems offer a different experience for many patients with unusual needs. Here are some of the positive reasons for choosing a teaching hospital or academic medical center to provide your healthcare.

How to Decide Whether a Teaching Hospital Is the Right Place for You - the Cons
Academic or university hospital systems offer a different experience for many patients with unusual needs. Here are some of the reasons to avoid a teaching hospital or academic medical center to provide your healthcare.

Maximizing Your FSA and HSA - Qualifying Expenses
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are great ways to save money as long as the money is used for qualifying expenses.

Non-Qualifying Expenses for FSA or HSA Reimbursement
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) reimburse your medical expenses, but these health costs do not qualify.

Risks Associated with Prescribing Opioids
Learn why doctors may be reluctant to prescribe opioid pain drugs for some patients and why they ensure followup and a tight treatment schedule.

Pain Contracts, Screening, and Prescription Databases
To prevent drug seekers or abusers from obtaining prescription drugs, certain barriers are used by doctors. Learn more about these programs.

What Is the Definition of Ambulatory?
The definition and use of the word ambulatory in healthcare settings. What does ambulatory care mean and what are ambulatory patients?

What is a Lifestyle Drug?
What is a lifestyle drug? These are medications we don't take for therapeutic purposes but take to look better or function better, including sexually.

Definition of Standard of Care for Patients
What does standard of care mean in the medical setting and to patients? Find out how the legal definition contrasts with practice guidelines.

EMTALA, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act
EMTALA, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act requires most hospitals to provide emergency medical screening exams and stabilize patients.

Pre-Existing Conditions and the Affordable Care Act
The ability of patients with pre-existing conditions to buy health insurance changed drastically with the Affordable Care Act. Learn about new options.

Prescription History May Affect Health Insurance Costs
Most patients are surprised to hear that their drug prescription history is tracked as part of the algorithm that determines how much premium is paid.

Patient Advocacy Careers: Medical Bill Reviewer
One form of patient advocacy helps patients and their caregivers review their hospital and other medical bills to be sure they are not being overcharged.

How to Check a Doctor's Background & Credentials
One important step in choosing the right doctor for you is to do a background check on that physician. Learn how to perform a thorough background check.

Differential Diagnosis: Confirming Your Diagnosis
Differential diagnosis helps patients understand their diagnosis, learn about alternatives, and confirm their diagnosis was made correctly.

Why the American Healthcare System Still Needs Reform
We hear healthcare reform discussed continually, but why does the system need reform? What problems need to be solved, even after passage of the ACA?

Reasons Why Your Doctor Might Refuse Care
We hear plenty of complaints about doctors and healthcare, but what complaints do doctors have about their patients? Here's what you can learn from them.

What Are Medicare's HCPCS Billing Codes?
HCPCS codes are used to describe medical and diagnostic procedures and bill Medicare. Here is what a patient needs to know about this coding system.

What Are Bundled Medical Codes?
Bundled medical codes are CPTs that have been combined. Learn more about where you'll find them, how to identify them and how to look them up.

Patient Advocacy Employment
Patient advocacy employment is available through several types of organizations that hire patient advocates, ranging from hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities to insurance companies and not-for-profit organizations. These advocates represent the organization they work for.

How to Become a Patient Advocate or Navigator
The education, skills, and experience needed to be a patient advocate or navigator vary according to the particular type of advocate one wants to be.

What Makes a Good Patient Advocate?
What are the skills and attributes of someone who is a successful patient advocate?

Patient Advocates Who Work Directly for Patients
Private professional patient advocates work directly for patients. As such they are usually self-employed, with no conflicts of interest or they may be volunteers. They represent only the patient who is paying for their services.

Is There a Degree, Certification or Credential Needed to Be a Patient Advocate?
What degrees, certificates or other credentials are needed to be hired as a patients advocate?

What Else Do You Need to Know if You Want to Be a Patient Advocate?
Last words as you consider a career in Patient Advocacy.

What Are the Uses for Genetic Tests?
Knowing about the various uses for genetic tests helps you assess the pros and cons for finding out what your genes may have in store for you.

Genetic Tests - What Types of Genetic Tests Exist?
There are several different kinds of genetic tests, with different outcomes and goals. Understanding what types of genetic tests exist helps us better understand the pros and cons of genetic testing.

Genetic Testing - Why Are There Questions About the Pros and Cons of Genetic Testing?
It seems so straightforward - that we can test for a disease and know whether we will get it. But like most of science and medicine, it's not really so simple. We need to understand the pros and cons of genetic testing.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Genetic Testing
Now that we better understand why questions might exist to begin with, we can better understand the positive reasons - the pros for genetic testing.

Genetic Testing - What Are the Cons of Genetic Testing?
After reviewing the reasons in favor of genetic testing, it becomes important to understand the reasons it is not a good idea, too -- the cons of genetic testing.

Medical Marijuana, Pain Relief, and the Law
Learn about the use of medical marijuana and cannabis for pain relief, when its use might be appropriate, and its legal status as a medication.

Problems with Hospital Observation Status
Hospitals put certain patients in observation status instead of admitting them. See how this can affect your pocketbook, and even your healthcare.

What Is Upcoding in Medical Billing?
Upcoding is fraudulent medical billing in which a provider bills the payer using a CPT code for a more expensive service than was performed.

Darwin's Theory of Evolution and Natural Selection
Charles Darwin's theory of evolution and natural selection describe processes still at work today. See how these continue to affect our healthcare.

Lyme Disease Diagnosis Controversy Issue
Here is information about the controversy over a Chronic Lyme Disease diagnosis and how patients can get around the controversy to get treatment.

Medicare 101: Basics of Coverage and Open Enrollment
Learn the basics of Medicare, the program that pays for health care for retired and disabled Americans. What are the parts, costs and how to enroll.

Comparing FSAs and HSAs for Medical Expenses
Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts can be used to pay for health and medical-related expenses. Here is a comparison of the two.

How to Access the Medical Information Bureau
Patient-consumers are often surprised to learn of the existence of a reporting agency called the Medical Information Bureau (MIB).

The Dangers of Medical Identity Theft
A wise patient understands the dangers of having their medical identification stolen, and what steps to take in order to protect themselves.

Generic Drugs Differences and Benefits
With the rising costs of healthcare, use of generic drugs can save you money. But there are some differences between generics and their branded equivalent.

Your Doctor's Medical School Training and Experience
What are the differences between an intern, resident, and attending doctor when it comes to education, training, and expertise?

Doctor Ratings and Rankings Sites Criteria and Uses
There are dozens of physician ratings sites available to help you decide which doctors can help them. Learn the benefits and pitfalls of using these sites.

Emergency Room 101: Tips for the Empowered Patient
Reading and understanding these emergency room tips will help make your stay in the ER shorter and may provide you with better care.

What Is the FICO Medication Adherence Score?
In 2011, credit score company FICO announced a new scoring system know as the Medication Adherence Score. It affects how patients receive healthcare.

Why Was My Application for Life Insurance Rejected?
Thousands of people are denied the ability to purchase life insurance annually There are several reasons a life insurance application can be rejected.

Difference Between Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
It's easy to get confused about nurses because they seem to serve a variety of roles. Smart patients understand which nurses perform which functions.

Recording Your Family Medical History
Your family medical history can help you and your doctor determine a diagnosis, or help you avoid the risk factors that may lead to disease.

What Relatives Should be Included in Your Family Medical History?
Blood relatives include parents, siblings, grandparents, great grandparents, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, sons, daughters and should be included in your family medical history.

What Types of Family Medical History Information Should Be Collected?
Collect information that details both genetic problems blood relatives were born with, and those that developed later into diseases and conditions as you record your family health history.

What Specific Family Medical Information Should Be Recorded?
Collect information that details both genetic problems blood relatives were born with, and those that developed later into diseases and conditions as you record your family health history.

What Additional Family Medical Record Information Should Be Tracked?
Recording additional family health record information may be useful such as the relative's age, body type, gender, how he died or his age of death, plus whether he had an eating disorder or smoked.

Adopted? No Relatives? Some Ideas for Recording Family Health History
Information for People who are Adopted or Have No Relatives for Recording Family Medical History

Tools for Tracking Family Health History
Tools for tracking family health history

Keeping Your Family Medical History Updated / Additional Resources
It's important to keep your family health and medical history records updated.

How to Compare Drug Prices Online Guide
Whether or not you have insurance and prescription coverage, comparing drug prices online makes sense if your goal is to save money.

What is a Curative Care Medical Treatment?
Curative care refers to a style of medical treatment and therapies provided to a patient with the main intent being to improve or eliminate symptoms.

Do Patients Have the Right to Refuse Treatment?
Many patients are afraid of treatment, or the cost of treatment. But do patients have the right to refuse medical treatment?

Public Option Health Insurance Pros and Cons
What exactly is public option health insurance? Here are the pros and cons to be considered for future health care reform or modification of the ACA.

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Codes
CPT codes are developed by the American Medical Association and are used by doctors and other healthcare practitioners to describe, and bill for, medical, surgical and diagnostic procedures used on patients.

Where to Find CPT Codes in Medical Records?
CPT Codes are found throughout a patient's medical records. They relate to billing, and tracking them is a good way to track the cost of our care.

HIPAA and Issues of Privacy and Security
HIPAA provides the basis for the sharing of healthcare information. Build an understanding of these laws to help you get the medical assistance you need.

How to Correct Medical Record Errors
From simple typos to major mistakes in the recording of medical test results or symptoms, errors are commonly found in patients' medical records.

The Benefits of Electronic Health Records
Can moving patient records to computerized format help improve patient health? Learn about the ways electronic health record systems benefit patients.

How to Uncover Malpractice Suits Against Doctors
Here's how to check a physician's medical malpractice record. Learn how to analyze and understand the findings if there have been suits against doctors.

Why a Doctor's Office Needs Your Social Security Number
Why does your doctor ask you for your social security number? Here are some of the reasons, including debt collection and identification.

What Patients Can Learn from Current Procedural Terminology CPT Codes
CPT codes are found on almost every medical record kept about and for a patient. There is plenty patients can learn from CPT codes.

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants are Physician Extenders
Physician extender is a collective name for highly trained health care professionals such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

How to Obtain Free and Low Cost Prescription Drugs
Stores and pharmacies might offer free or low-cost drugs like antibiotics or pre-natal vitamins. Follow these rules to obtain them.

How to Look Up CPT Codes for Free
Look up CPT codes for free to get answers about what codes relate to what medical procedures and services and how much your doctor may have been paid.

How ICD-9 and ICD-10 Codes Affect Your Care
Here is some background information about ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes to help you understand what they are, and how they can affect your care.

Serious Reportable and Adverse Events in Patient Safety
Patient health can be at risk due to medical errors and hospital safety issues. Find out more about adverse events and serious reportable events.

What is Reimbursement in a Healthcare Context?
What is the definition of reimbursement in a healthcare context? Find out how doctors and hospitals get paid for their services by insurers.

What is a Compromised Immune System?
A compromised immune system means a body does not have good immunity or the ability to defend against illnesses and medical challenges.

HCPCS Can Help You Decipher Medical Bills
HCPCS codes are used to reimburse doctors for their care of Medicare patients. Use this procedure for your free HCPCS codes look up.

Look Up Your ICD Code or Match a Code to Your Diagnosis
ICD-9 or ICD-10 Codes, International Classification of Disease Codes, assign a number to any diagnosis assigned to a patient. Learn how to look them up.

Legal and Moral Issues with Personalized Medicine
Genetic testing and personalized medicine create difficult questions of who owns your genetic information, who should be tested and many more issues.

Government Health and Medical Websites for Patients
Use this master list of government health and medical website resources for patients. Find out how they were created and why you can trust them.

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How to Read Your Doctors' Bills or Medical Bills
There is a wealth of information about your health and healthcare in your medical bills. Knowing how to find the information will help you manage your health and medical care, plus your medical expenses.

Rate Your Doctor - How to Write an Online Review
There are dozens of doctor rating websites that invite you to rate or rank your doctor. Here are some considerations and tools for rating your doctor.

Understanding Your Medical Test Results
You've been put through a medical test, and now you've got a copy of the results. But why are they are incomprehensible?

How To Get Your Medical Test Results
Smart patients understand the importance of hearing back from the doctor about any medical tests. Here's now to get those results.

Make a Smooth Transition When Changing Doctors
For many reasons, patients may need, or wish to, make a change in their doctor or other health care providers. It's best to make the change systematically.

How To Deal with an Arrogant Doctor
Sometimes we encounter a doctor who is so arrogant and condescending. Learn to deal with an arrogant or egotistical doctor for improving our health.

Can My Doctor Fire Or Dismiss Me As a Patient?
There are more and more reports that patients are being dismissed by their doctors. What are the reasons to why doctors dismiss their patients?

Choosing to Leave the Hospital Against Medical Advice
If a patient wants to leave the hospital early, against medical advice, then it's important the decision is being made for good reason.

The Wise Patient's Guide to Being an Empowered Patient
Understanding the reasons for empowerment, and what it takes to be empowered will go a long way in helping you understand the benefits.

Affordable Care Act Hospital Discharges Readmissions
Another provision of the Affordable Care Act relates to hospital discharges and readmissions. It was intended to ensure the quality of hospital care.

How to Identify Drugs - Pills, Tablets or Capsules
You may find a pill on the floor and not know what it is, or you may want to double check the tablets or capsules your pharmacist just gave you for your new prescription. Learn how to identify pills, tablets or capsules.

The History of Snake Oil - It May Not Be What You Think
Most of us believe snake oil is fake medicine, but in fact, snake oil really does exist as a therapeutic remedy for some medical problems.

What Is an MRSA Infection and What Does MRSA Look Like?
MRSA kills thousands of patients every year. Smart patients will learn about MRSA, what it looks like, and why the best approach is prevention.

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Organ Donation - Donate Your Organs, Tissues, or Body
Making the decision to become an organ or body donor should be considered as we think about our end of life wishes. Learn more.

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Money Influences Medical Care We Do or Don't Receive
So often there are aspects to getting good healthcare that are difficult to understand. The answer is

What Services Do Health and Patient Advocates Offer?
Patients need many kinds of assistance from medical help. Each of these patient advocates services requires a different type of approach and background.

The Difference between Hospice and Palliative Care
Understanding the difference between hospice and palliative care will help you make choices when you or a loved one is suffering or nearing the end of life.

The Definition of Iatrogenic in Regards to Patients
Iatrogenesis is when a patient acquires a new illness or is injured by a medical treatment. Learn more about what's considered to be iatrogenic.

Safety and Potential Problems with Online Pharmacies
Buying prescription drugs from an online pharmacy seems convenient and may save money, but how can you be sure it's safe?

Acute and Subacute Pain
Find out the difference between acute pain and other types of pain, along with appropriate treatment for acute pain.

Alternative, Complementary, Integrative Medicine Controversy
Complementary, alternative and integrative medical approaches to treatment and healing have stirred controversy among doctors and patients.

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Alternative, Complementary and Integrative Medicine
Alternative, complementary and integrative medicine are approaches to medicine. Understand what these therapies are and how they can be used.

Don't Call Me Honey! The Problem with Elderspeak
Last evening, my friend Donna and I met for our too-infrequent girls' night out. Food was good, conversation was great, service was quite good... until....

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Wrong Diagnosis - Story of Being Misdiagnosed
Learn how our Guide to Patient Empowerment found out she received a wrong diagnosis and how it taught her about taking an active role in her health care.

How to Compare Health Insurance Plans
Here is how to compare health insurance plans to be sure you're making the right choices. How to find the best coverage for your health and wallet.

Is there an annual or lifetime cap on the health insurance?
When it's time to choose your health insurer, there are important questions you must ask yourself, and them, to be sure you're getting the best coverage for your circumstances and wallet. Here's how to compare health insurance plans to be sure you're making the right choice.

Comparing Health Insurance Plans - What are your personal circumstances?
When it's time to choose your health insurer, there are important questions you must ask yourself, and them, to be sure you're getting the best coverage for your circumstances and wallet. Here's how to compare health insurance plans to be sure you're making the right choice.

Does your doctor accept your insurance plan?
When it's time to choose your health insurer, there are important questions you must ask yourself, and them, to be sure you're getting the best coverage for your circumstances and wallet. Here's how to compare health insurance plans to be sure you're making the right choice.

Pre-existing conditions
When it's time to choose your health insurer, there are important questions you must ask yourself, and them, to be sure you're getting the best coverage for your circumstances and wallet. Here's how to compare health insurance plans to be sure you're making the right choice.

What is the health insurance deductible?
When it's time to choose your health insurer, there are important questions you must ask yourself, and them, to be sure you're getting the best coverage for your circumstances and wallet. Here's how to compare health insurance plans to be sure you're making the right choice.

What is the health insurance co-pay?
When it's time to choose your health insurer, there are important questions you must ask yourself, and them, to be sure you're getting the best coverage for your circumstances and wallet. Here's how to compare health insurance plans to be sure you're making the right choice.

Are prescription drugs covered by health insurance?
When it's time to choose your health insurer, there are important questions you must ask yourself, and them, to be sure you're getting the best coverage for your circumstances and wallet. Here's how to compare health insurance plans to be sure you're making the right choice.

Will You Have Access to the Hospital of Your Choice Through the Plan?
When it's time to choose your health insurer, there are important questions you must ask yourself, and them, to be sure you're getting the best coverage for your circumstances and wallet. Here's how to compare health insurance plans to be sure you're making the right choice.

Cost of health insurance
When it's time to choose your health insurer, there are important questions you must ask yourself, and them, to be sure you're getting the best coverage for your circumstances and wallet. Here's how to compare health insurance plans to be sure you're making the right choice.

Stores That Offer Free and Low Cost Prescription Drugs
Check this master list of stores that offer free or low-cost antibiotics, prenatal‚Äč vitamins, some diabetes drugs and hundreds of other generic drugs.

Why Did I Get the Stomach Flu After Getting a Flu Shot?
If you got a flu shot and still wound up with a bad case of stomach flu, remember: it wasn't the shot's fault. The stomach flu isn't really the flu.

Hospital-Acquired VRE Infections
VRE can be deadly if not treated effectively. Patients and healthcare providers should understand the infection's risks, prevention, ‚Äčand treatment.

How to Find a Doctor Online and Avoid Pitfalls
Learn how to do a useful online search for a physician. Find out which websites will give you the best information and how to avoid pitfalls.

Flu Vaccines Side Effects and Other Problems
Each year, millions of people get their flu vaccinations, and each year, some problems occur with those vaccines. Seasonal flu, swine flu, bird flu - flu vaccines may cause problems or side effects. Learn more about the problems, how they are being addressed, and what we can learn from or about them.

What Is Swine Flu and How Can You Protect Yourself?
Swine influenza is similar to seasonal flu, but with some distinct differences. Find answers to the frequently asked questions about pandemic swine flu.

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Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Quaternary Care
Find out more about what medical professionals mean when they talk about levels of care including primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary care.

Following up with the Doctor to Get Medical Test Results
Not all medical test results are problematic, yet sometimes doctors expect us to return to the office to get them anyway. This should not be the case.

Evidence-Based Medicine - An Imperfect Science
Basing you health decisions on evidence is a wise approach, but there are some controversies you should be aware of as a healthcare consumer.

Arguments Against Death with Dignity and Right to Die
Those who are against death with dignity and the right to die cite a number of reasons to support their argument. Here are the cons against euthanasia.

Definition of Apomediation and Apomediary
What is the definition of apomediation and apomediary? How does this change how people access and discover medical information bypassing middlemen?

Why Communicating Well With Providers Improves Care
The most effective and successful healthcare begins with a respectful rapport between doctors and patients. Wise patients understand what comprises that rapport.

Finding a Second Opinion Doctor
Learn how to find a second opinion doctor when you've received a new diagnosis and are faced with important decisions about your medical treatment.

How to Review Doctor Ratings and Rankings Websites
To find quality info about doctors online, we need to look behind the sites and assess how they gather information and why it's presented the way it is.

Doctors Tend to Reject Difficult Patients
Often doctors will not see difficult patients, refusing to make appointments or rejecting their requests for help, denying them necessary medical care.

Electronic Health and Medical Records - EHRs and EMRs
An EMR or EHR is an electronic medical record or electronic health record created by medical providers to store a patient's health care history.

Privacy and Security of Electronic Patient Records
Electronic health and medical records, EMRs and PHRs, raise concerns about security and privacy and the risk of data breaches and data mining.

Advance Directive Documents - Patient Empowerment
To make sure your end-of-life wishes are carried out requires documents for living wills, healthcare proxies and do-not-resuscitate orders.

How to Talk to Your Doctor About Alternative Medicine
Patients often find it difficult to talk to their doctors about complementary and alternative therapies. Here is a way to start that conversation.

Quacks and Health Care Fraud (And Protection Tips)
Quackery, quack products and health fraud cost vulnerable patients millions every year in the United States. How to prevent being preyed upon.

7 Reasons for Patient Noncompliance with Treatment
Why are patients non-compliant with treatment decisions? Here are seven reasons for non-adherence that can delay patient healing and health improvement.

Exceptions to Your Right to Refuse Medical Treatment
Most Americans believe they have a right to refuse medical treatment. While that may be true under many circumstances, not all Americans can say no to treatment. Learn the difference, and who may not refuse to receive medical treatment.

What Is Dysautonomia - Overview and Diagnosis
When patients exhibit symptoms of problems with their autonomic nervous system, they may be difficult to diagnose, and may be told the symptoms are

Before You File a Formal Complaint About a Doctor or Other Healthcare Provider
Sometimes a doctor or other healthcare provider does something so egregious that we patients feel as if we need to tell someone else about it. Sometimes it's a matter of discussing it with the doctor him or herself. But other times it needs to escalate to a formal report to a licensing or even law enforcement authority. Find here advice for determining when, where and how to make a report about a doctor who has been derelict in his duty.

What If the Doctor Gets Angry or Upset?
Sometimes a doctor or other healthcare provider does something so egregious that we patients feel as if we need to tell someone else about it. Sometimes it's a matter of discussing it with the doctor him or herself. But other times it needs to escalate to a formal report to a licensing or even law enforcement authority. Find here advice for determining when, where and how to make a report about a doctor who has been derelict in his duty.

Complain About a Doctor or Other Healthcare Provider
Sometimes a doctor or other healthcare provider does something so egregious that patients feel as though they need to tell someone else about it.

When Is It Appropriate to Formally Complain About a Doctor or Other Medical Professional?
Sometimes a doctor or other healthcare provider does something so egregious that we patients feel as if we need to tell someone else about it. Sometimes it's a matter of discussing it with the doctor him or herself. But other times it needs to escalate to a formal report to a licensing or even law enforcement authority. Find here advice for determining when, where and how to make a report about a doctor who has been derelict in his duty.

What Information Should You Supply in the Complaint?
Sometimes a doctor or other healthcare provider does something so egregious that we patients feel as if we need to tell someone else about it. Sometimes it's a matter of discussing it with the doctor him or herself. But other times it needs to escalate to a formal report to a licensing or even law enforcement authority. Find here advice for determining when, where and how to make a report about a doctor who has been derelict in his duty.

Where Can You File a Formal Complaint Against a Doctor?
Sometimes a doctor or other healthcare provider does something so egregious that we patients feel as if we need to tell someone else about it. Sometimes it's a matter of discussing it with the doctor him or herself. But other times it needs to escalate to a formal report to a licensing or even law enforcement authority. Find here advice for determining when, where and how to make a report about a doctor who has been derelict in his duty.

Death With Dignity - Resources for Patients
You can use these resources to find information and help on death with dignity, the right to die and making the choice that is right for you.

What to Do if You Are Denied Access to Your Medical Records
Even though laws are clear on who may or may not gain access to their medical records, and how those records must be shared, some patients are denied access to their medical records. Here are the steps to follow if you have been denied access to your medical records.

What to Do if You Are Denied Access to Your Medical Records
Even though laws are clear on who may or may not gain access to their medical records, and how those records must be shared, some patients are denied access to their medical records. Here are the steps to follow if you have been denied access to your medical records.

What Happens to Your Blood, Organ and Tissue Specimens?
Where do your medical specimens go? The book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks raises many questions about what happens with or tissues and blood.

Stay Informed of Hospital-Acquired Infections
CRKP is on the rise in hospitals all over the world. Understanding the risk and implementing prevention strategies offers the greatest protection.

Avoiding C. Diff and Other Hospital-Acquired Infections
One form of hospital acquired infection is called C. Diff, an abbreviation for Clostridium difficile. Understanding C. Diff and how it is introduced to the body will help patients, caregivers and advocates better understand how to prevent or avoid this hospital acquired infection.

Coping With Grief from Bad Diagnoses or Medical Errors
How to cope with grief from receiving a difficult diagnosis or suffering from a medical error. Here is an overview of the five stages of grieving.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's Five Stages of Grief - Descriptions of Stages 4 and 5
Now that we know that it's normal to grieve for the tragedies in our lives, and we understand the rules that govern how we transition through them, here are the last two Stages of Grief as defined and described by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

Dealing and Coping with Loss and Grief - Underlying "Rules" about the Stages of Grief and their Transition
Before we understand the Five Stages of Grief, it's good to know what rules apply to our transition through them.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's Five Stages of Grief - Descriptions of Stages 1, 2 and 3
Now that we know that it's normal to grieve for the tragedies in our lives, and we understand the rules that govern how we transition through them, here are the first three Stages of Grief as defined and described by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

Health Blog - Introduction to Starting a Health or Medical Blog
What is a blog and how can it help you and others? Read this introduction to starting a health or medical blog.

Medical Blogging - Some Health and Medical Blogging Don'ts - Some Things to Avoid
There are definitely some points and approaches to avoid - some health and medical blogging

Health Blogging - Understanding what a Health or Medical Blog is
If you understand better what a health or medical blog is, you will improve your ability to start a health or medical blog.

Health Blog - Determine Your Blog's Topic and Goals
Decide why you want to blog to determine your health blog's topic and goals.

Medical Blog - How to Name Your Health or Medical Blog
The next step is to name your health or medical blog.

Health Blog - Get Started Writing Your Health or Medical Blog
Once you have established the name and platform for your blog, it will be time to begin writing your health or medical blog.

Your Health Blog - How to Promote Your Health Blog so Readers Will Find It
Once you have some good content in your health blog, you will want readers to be able to find it. That requires some knowledge of promotion.

Your Health Blog - Tips for Making Your Health or Medical Blog More Readable and Useful
Here are some tips for making your blog more readable and popular.

The Definition of STAT = Take Your Time, No Hurry
(This post has been updated -- check out the response from the imaging company.) Saturday morning my husband was doubled over in pain, which he

Placebo Prescriptions - When Your Doctor Fakes You Out
Has your doctor ever prescribed

Get Medical Records if a Doctor Is No Longer Practicing
Do you need your old medical records but you doctor is no longer in practice? Here is how to find, access and then get copies of your health records.

How Americans Can Buy Drugs from Canadian Pharmacies
With Canada in such close proximity to the United States, many Americans wish to save money on the purchase of their drugs by buying them from Canada. But is it legal and safe? Here is what Americans need to know about buying drugs from Canadian pharmacies.

Pain Drug Seeker Behaviors, Claims and Characteristics
Here are some of the behaviors doctors look for to determine if a request for pain medication is medically legitimate, or being made by a drug seeker.

Is it Legal to Buy Antibiotics or Other Drugs Online?
We're tempted to purchase drugs through the Internet, but we're not always sure about how the law regards those purchases. Is it legal to buy drugs on the Internet? Do you need a prescription? Here's the information you'll need to determine whether it's legal to purchase prescription drugs online.

Necrotizing Fasciitis In Hospitalized Patients
Necrotizing fasciitis, the flesh-eating disease, can be deadly if not caught and treated quickly. Learn how the disease strikes and ways to avoid it.

How to Research Which Charity Deserves Your Donation
Learn how to determine which charities are responsible and will actually spend their donations they way you hope and which charities to avoid.

Do's and Don'ts for Visiting Patients in the Hospital
Hospital visitors can be dangerous for patient. Follow these 14 do's and don'ts so you aren't a safety hazard when you visit a friend or loved one.

When Is It Time to Complain to Your Doctor ?
When is it time to complain to your doctor about customer service by him or his staff? How to provide effective feedback to your medical provider.

What Does Shingles Pain and Symptoms Feel Like?
Even though the majority of shingles patients experience the rash and burning, there are other symptoms, too, from backaches to blindness.

Your Patient Role as a Partner on Your Healthcare Team
Meet your healthcare team. It starts with you, the empowered patient, and how you collaborate with the other team members so you get the best care.

Why Won't My Doctor Call Me Back or Email With Me?
Learn why many physicians won't communicate with their patients using the telephone, email or secure messaging. It's probably a billing code issue.

Why Don't Doctors Accept My Insurance?
Whether or not a doctor accepts a certain form of insurance is all based how much your insurance company is willing to pay for his services. How does that work? Why do doctors accept some payers and not others? How does this affect a patient's care?

Why Do I Wait So Long at the Doctor's Office?
Follow the money to understand why you wait so long in the waiting room for your doctors appointment

Why Does My Doctor Send Me for So Many Medical Tests?
Most medical tests the doctor orders are necessary to help diagnose a medical problem or determine a treatment. Not all tests are necessary however.

Patient Advocacy - What It Is and Who Provides It
Health and patients advocates provide many types of assistance and services. Here is an overview of patient advocacy resources and organizations.

When Your Doctor Tells You It's All in Your Head
It's frustrating to have a doctor tell us that physical symptoms may be all in our head. Here steps you can take in order to get the help you need.