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What to Know About Shingles and the Shingles Vaccine
A diagnosis of shingles seems confusing to most patients. How does it relate to chicken pox? Can it be treated? Or prevented? Learn more about shingles and the shingles vaccine.

What Is Medicare's Never Events Policy?
In 2008, Medicare instituted a never events policy intended to improve patient safety, refusing to pay for certain types of patient safety violations that occur in hospitals.

What Is Boutique Medicine?
A concierge practice, also known as boutique medicine, is a practice model used by doctors who do not accept a patient's insurance for payment.

What is the Definition of an Inpatient in Medical Care?
Inpatient is a term used in medical care that has a couple of meanings, as it is both a type of medical patient and a specific type of health care.

What is a PHR - Personal Health Record
Personal health records, also known as personal medical records, are records kept by a patient for their use in navigating the healthcare system.

What is a Frequent Flyer in a Healthcare Setting?
What do medical professionals mean by frequent flyer in a healthcare setting? Why do these high-utilizers repeatedly come to the emergency room?

What Is Health Insurance Coinsurance?
At its basic level, coinsurance refers simply to the spreading of an insurance plan among multiple parties.

What is Health Insurance Portability?
What does portability of health insurance mean? How does ACA and HIPAA affect portability and what may be debated for future health care reform?

Drug Interactions and Medication Conflicts Basics
Taking drugs in the wrong combination or with the wrong food can make you sick or even kill you. Learn about medication conflicts and interactions.

Using COBRA for Health and Medical Insurance Coverage
COBRA requires employers to continue to offer health or medical insurance coverage to employees or their families after certain qualifying events.

Rare Diseases may be Undiagnosed or Misdiagnosed
If you haven't been able to get a diagnosis, it may be you have one of over 6000 rare diseases. Here is how to find out more about orphan diseases.

What is Informed Consent?
Informed consent is a concept that requires patients to understand the risks and benefits of any test or procedure that a doctor recommends.

Types of Pain and How it Is Measured
There are four general types of pain that we suffer. The measurement of pain can be done in several ways, including scales, but is still subjective.

How to Prevent or Tell if You Have Been Misdiagnosed
Patients are misdiagnosed too often and most don't realize they are at risk of misdiagnosis. Learn how misdiagnosis happens, and what a wise patient can do to prevent being misdiagnosed.

Medical Records, Privacy, Accuracy and Patients' Rights
From the moment we are born, our medical records are a chronology of everything that has affected our health or created a medical problem.

Serious Reportable Events - Never Events Listed by NQF
Serious reportable events, also called never events, are designated by the National Quality Forum (NQF). These medical mistakes have consequences.

Refusing Treatment and/or Choosing Death
Once we've been diagnosed, we need to decide what treatment is best for us. There are four goals for medical treatment. Deciding what the goal is helps us manage our expectations and determine which goal will work for us.

The 4 Goals of Medical Treatment and How to Use Them
There are four goals for medical treatment: preventative, curative, disease and pain management and palliative. Use them to manage your expectations.

Preventive Treatment as a Goal - Avoiding the Health Problem Before It Starts
Preventive treatment helps decrease the chance we will acquire a disease or injure ourselves to begin with, which may keep us from needing other treatment later.

Disease Management as a Goal -- Maximizing Longevity and Quality of Life
When a medical problem can't be cured, then learning to manage it is the next best option. Disease management can provide longevity and quality of life.

Career Path - Patient or Health Advocate or Navigator
If you are interested in a career as a patient or health advocate or navigator, these resources will help you find training and set up a practice.

10 Myths About Lyme Disease & Other Tick-Borne Diseases
With the controversy that surrounds the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme Disease, especially Chronic Lyme or Post-treatment Lyme disease Syndrome (PTLDS), many myths about its transmission and possible treatments have developed. Find the facts here.

What Are Your Risks and Benefits in a Clinical Trial?
Before choosing to participate in a clinical trial, patients need to be aware of the risks and benefits. Here is what to consider before you enlist.

Johns Hopkins White Papers - Readers' Complaints and Taking Action
In March 2009, I first told you about a

The Individual Mandate and Health Insurance Requirement
The individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act requires all Americans to purchase health insurance, or be covered in some way, or be fined.

Is Universal Healthcare the Same as Socialized Medicine?
No. Period. It is not. While healthcare reform has taken quite the back seat to the economy during this presidential election, one thing is clear.

Get Your Doctor to Return Telephone Calls or Emails
Once you understand the reasons your doctor won't return a telephone call or an email, then you can figure out how to get them to communicate with you.

How to Work Well with Your Second Opinion Doctor
When you need a second opinion, it's important to know how to work with the doctor providing it. Here's how to make the most of this consultation.

How Review Your Medical Records for Errors
Any discrepancy in your medical records can make a difference in your medical care. Here's how to review your medical records and request corrections.

How to Prepare for a Doctor's Appointment
It's smart to prepare for a doctor's appointment. Here is a checklist of ideas to help you prepare for your next medical office visit.

How to Participate in Clinical Trials
If you are considering participation in a clinical trial, there are a number of steps you'll want to take to be sure you will both benefit.

Maintaining Objectivity in Medical Decision-Making
When faced with a new diagnosis, making treatment decisions when you have several options can be difficult. But staying objective can help. Here's how.

Is It a Spider Bite? Or Is It MRSA?
It's puffy, red, itchy - and you aren't sure where that sore came from. Is it MRSA? Or is it a spider bite? Here's how to figure it out.

How to Get Copies of Your Medical Records
Savvy patients know their medical records can help them make decisions about their health care. Take these steps to get your own copies.

Fighting a Hospital Discharge
Hospital discharge is the process by which one prepares to, and leaves a hospital. Often, patients are forced to leave before they are ready to.

How Smallpox Vaccine Helped Win the American Revolution
Did vaccination save the American Revolution? George Washington gambled on smallpox inoculation and his troops were protected from the deadly disease.

How to Diagnose Yourself Using the Internet in 4 Steps
Diagnosing yourself using the internet has many pitfalls. Here are sensible steps of self-diagnosis to find the best answers and treatment options.

Step 1: Understand Your Self Diagnosis Goal: Develop Your Differential Diagnosis
Despite the fact that most experts will tell you not to attempt to diagnose yourself using the internet, we do it all the same. Therefore it makes far more sense to approach your self-diagnosing in a measured way, providing a better chance that you'll come up with the right answer and will eventually get the right treatment.

Make Your List of Diagnosis Possibilities
Despite the fact that most experts will tell you not to attempt to diagnose yourself using the internet, we do it all the same. Therefore it makes far more sense to approach your self-diagnosing in a measured way, providing a better chance that you'll come up with the right answer and will eventually get the right treatment.

Use the Process of Elimination to Narrow Down Your List of Possible Diagnoses
Despite the fact that most experts will tell you not to attempt to diagnose yourself using the internet, we do it all the same. Therefore it makes far more sense to approach your self-diagnosing in a measured way, providing a better chance that you'll come up with the right answer and will eventually get the right treatment.

Visit your doctor to complete the diagnosis process
Despite the fact that most experts will tell you not to attempt to diagnose yourself using the internet, we do it all the same. Therefore it makes far more sense to approach your self-diagnosing in a measured way, providing a better chance that you'll come up with the right answer and will eventually get the right treatment.

Buy Drugs from Foreign Pharmacies - Understand Personal Importation and Reimportation
Sometimes the best drug pricing can be found in other countries, including Canadian pharmacies, Mexican pharmacies, even online drug stores in other countries. But Americans must tackle these challenges - is it legal and safe to purchase drugs from foreign pharmacies? Next step - understand personal importation and re-importation.

How Much Does a Private Patient Advocate Cost?
Private patient advocates are not covered by insurance. How much does it cost to hire one, and what are the considerations for determining that cost?

How Common Is Misdiagnosis or Missed Diagnosis?
If you have symptoms that won't go away, or you find treatment isn't working well for you, it's possible you have been misdiagnosed, or that your diagnosis has been missed. That may seem like a long shot, so you might want to understand better how common missed and misdiagnosis are.

Right to Die - What You Need to Know Before You Make Your Choice
An overview of self-determination - or the right to die - important considerations to keep in mind and links to resources for making the decision.

How Accurate Are Your Medical Test Results?
There are several reasons why medical test results may be wrong or inaccurate. Learn why they should be confirmed and discussed with your doctor.

Safely and Legally Buying Drugs From Online Pharmacies
Buying prescription drugs online can be easy and money-saving – or not. Learn how to purchase them safely and legally from an online pharmacy.

Myth 10 -- Your medical information cannot be legally sold or used for marketing purposes.
Patients may think their privacy is protected by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) or they may think HIPAA just gets in the way of their care. There are any number of assumptions patients make about HIPAA that just aren't true.

Myth 11 -- HIPAA can be used as an excuse
Patients may think their privacy is protected by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) or they may think HIPAA just gets in the way of their care. There are any number of assumptions patients make about HIPAA that just aren't true.

Why is My Physician in Such a Hurry?
Because doctors are paid for the number of patients they see, there's real incentive for a doctor to spend as little time as possible with each patient.

Asking the Right Questions About the End of Your Life
When it's time to determine what your wishes are for managing the end of your life, there are several questions that you will need to address.

You Have a Right to Leave the Hospital When You Want To
Can a hospital keep you from leaving? A man is suing a hospital because they wouldn't let him leave. What are your rights are for hospital discharge.

Denial of Care - Why Health Insurers Deny to Coverage
Why do payers deny coverage of care to patients that is recommended by their doctor? What alternatives are there? Use these steps if you are denied.

Doctor's Appointment Services - Learn about doctor's appointment services
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.

Getting a Job as a Patient Advocate
It can be difficult for a patient advocate, also called a health advocate, to get a job with an organization that provides a paycheck and benefits.

Access to Free Medical Screenings, Tests and Services
Under the Affordable Care Act, a wide range of preventive health screenings and services are available at no out-of-pocket expense to insured Americans.

What are Patient Rights and Responsibilities?
What are your patient rights and responsibilities? Find out which are legally enforced, and which are commonly accepted or missing in America.

Patients' Rights in the American Healthcare System
Find out more about your patients' rights. In American health care, these seven rights are accorded to you by law and by ethical medical practice.

Your Responsibilities as a Patient
Just as we have rights as American citizens, we have corresponding responsibilities that help maintain those rights The same is true for medical care.

Health or Patient Advocate or Navigator Career
Explore information on a career as a health or patient navigator or advocate. Learn more about the job description and qualifications needed.

Where Did My Tumor Go? Following Up on Tissue Samples
Following the trail of the tumor that was removed from me, to see whether it had been disposed of, sold or stored, or used in medical research.

Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infections - Introduction
The best approach for avoiding hospital acquired infections is to prevent them to begin with. Patients can play a big role in avoiding infections themselves. Here are some steps to help you prevent hospital acquired infections.

Prevent Hospital Infections - Step 9: Plan for times you can't advocate for yourself.
The best approach for avoiding hospital acquired infections is to prevent them to begin with. There are times in the hospital that a patient can't be on top of things. Here's how to plan for those times you may be sleeping, under the influence of painkillers or other drugs, in a coma or otherwise unable to pay attention.

Prevent Hospital Infections - Step 1: Know how hospital infections spread.
The best approach for avoiding hospital acquired infections is to prevent them to begin with. Patients can play a big role in avoiding infections themselves. We begin by understanding how infections spread.

Prevent Hospital Infections - Step 2: Choose the cleanest hospital for your care or treatment.
The best approach for avoiding hospital acquired infections is to prevent them to begin with. Patients can play a big role in avoiding infections themselves. Here's how to choose a cleaner hospital to begin with, so your risk of infection will be lower.

Prevent Hospital Infections - Step 3: Choose a doctor with a lower infection rate.
The best approach for avoiding hospital acquired infections is to prevent them to begin with. Patients can play a big role in avoiding infections themselves. One way is to choose a doctor who has a lower infection rate.

Prevent Hospital Infections - Step 4: Prepare ahead of time for your hospital stay.
The best approach for avoiding hospital acquired infections is to prevent them to begin with. Patients can play a big role in avoiding infections themselves. Here are some items to pack to help you prevent acquiring a hospital infection.

Prevent Hospital Infections - Step 5: Insist on hand washing.
The best approach for avoiding hospital acquired infections is to prevent them to begin with. Patients can play a big role in avoiding infections themselves. One way to do that is to insist that hands be washed.

Prevent Hospital Infections - Step 6: Prevent the spread of germs from unsafe surfaces.
The best approach for avoiding hospital acquired infections is to prevent them to begin with. Patients can play a big role in avoiding infections themselves. There are ways to prevent the spread of germs while in the hospital.

Prevent Hospital Infections - Step 7: Make sure visitors don't infect you.
The best approach for avoiding hospital acquired infections is to prevent them to begin with. Patients can play a big role in avoiding infections themselves. One necessary step will be to engage visitors to be sure they don't spread infections either.

Prevent Hospital Infections - Step 8: Insist catheters be removed or replaced as soon as possible.
The best approach for avoiding hospital acquired infections is to prevent them to begin with. Patients can play a big role in avoiding infections themselves. Here is what you need to know about catheters and the increased chance of infection while catheters are in place.

Flu Shot Decisions - Are you in close contact with someone who is in high risk group?
It may be difficult to decide whether to get the flu shot. Here are some questions to ask yourself when making the decision - Should I Get a Flu Shot?

Flu Shots - How to Decide Whether or Not to Get a Flu Shot
It may be difficult to decide whether to get the flu shot. Here are some questions to ask yourself when making the decision - Should I Get a Flu Shot?

The Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects - Common Rule
Find out if the medical study you're enrolled in satisfies the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, also known as the Common Rule.

Importance for a Doctor to Be Medical Board Certified
Patients are told to find a doctor who is board certified. Learn why it is important for physicians to be board certified in medical specialties.

Patient Advocate or Navigator Degrees and Certificates
Explore these degree and certificate programs for training to become a patient advocate or health navigator, from certificate through masters levels.

Buy Drugs from Foreign Pharmacies - Law vs. Policy - The FDA's Regard for Personal Importation and Reimportation
Sometimes the best drug pricing can be found in other countries, including Canadian pharmacies, Mexican pharmacies, even online drug stores in other countries. But Americans must tackle these challenges - is it legal and safe to purchase drugs from foreign pharmacies? And what does the FDA say about personal importation and re-importation?

How to Purchase Medications from Foreign Pharmacies
The best prescription prices may be found in foreign pharmacies, but there are legal and safety concerns when buying drugs from foreign pharmacies.

How to Buy Drugs From Foreign Pharmacies
Sometimes the best drug pricing can be found in other countries, including Canadian pharmacies, Mexican pharmacies, even online drug stores in other countries. But Americans must tackle these challenges - is it legal and safe to purchase drugs from foreign pharmacies? And how does US Customers handle personal importation or reimportation?

Buy Drugs from Foreign Pharmacies - Potential Problems with Purchasing Drugs Online from Foreign Pharmacies Found Online
Sometimes the best drug pricing can be found in other countries, including Canadian pharmacies, Mexican pharmacies, even online drug stores in other countries. But Americans must tackle these challenges - is it legal and safe to purchase drugs from foreign pharmacies? What potential problems exist?

My Family Health Portrait Tool - Chart Your History
The US Surgeon General has a great free online application to help us record our family health history. Learn how to use My Family Health Portrait.

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.

Prescription Assistance Programs (PAPs)
Patients seeking help paying for their prescription drugs and medications will find hundreds of programs available. Some are useful; a few are scams.

Take a Look at the Services 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.

Reading Your Doctor's Medical Services Receipt
As 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.

5 Steps to Repair Your Patient-Doctor Relationship
Once a patient-doctor relationship goes sour, it's time to assess whether it can be fixed, and if so, what steps to take to go about repairing it.

How to Complain or Provide Feedback to Your Doctor
There are many reasons patients get frustrated with their doctors and their doctor appointments. Once you have decided the relationship with your doctor is worth keeping, you'll need to voice your opinions and make sure you are heard.

How to Check and Verify A Doctor's Board Certification
Patients are told that a board certified doctor is a good choice for a practitioner. It is important to verify a doctor's board certification and membership.

How to Request Your Medical Records
Find out how to get copies of your medical records, how much it costs, and what to do if you are denied access to your records. Page 2.

Hospital Patient Advocate as a Career
Most hospitals in the United States have positions for hospital patient advocates. Learn more about their work and the qualifications for this career.

Vaccine Injury Compensation - The VICP
Learn about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund Program (VICP), compensation for individuals and families that have been harmed by vaccines.

How to Find and Choose a Patient or Health Advocate
Once you have identified possible patient advocates to help you, here is the information you will need and questions to ask to choose the best one.

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What Does MRSA Staph Infection Look Like?
Wondering what MRSA staph infection looks like? These photos will answer your questions.

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MRSA, C.Diff and Other Superbug Hospital Acquired Infections
MRSA, C.Diff, CRE (CRKP) and other superbug infections are acquired in hospitals and now in the community, too. Patients need to be aware of their origins and how to avoid them.

Maybe Your Medical Problem IS All in Your Head
Patients are sometimes told that it's

Is It Possible I Have Lyme or Other Tick-Borne Disease
Whether or not you know you've been bitten by a tick, whether you were bitten recently, or even years ago, you may have a tick-borne infection, and you may have Lyme (Lymes) Disease. It's a difficult diagnosis, and some doctors will tell you it's all in your head. Here is more information about what Lyme Disease is, how people get it, and what to do if it's possible you've been bitten by a tick.

Is It Possible You Have Lyme or Another Tick-borne Disease?
Whether or not you know you've been bitten by a tick, whether you were bitten recently, or even years ago, you may have a tick-borne infection, and you may have Lyme (Lymes) Disease. It's a difficult diagnosis, and some doctors will tell you it's all in your head. Here is more information about what Lyme Disease is, how people get it, and what to do if it's possible you've been bitten by a tick. Page 2.

Myth 9 -- Your health and medical records cannot affect your credit records.
Patients may think their privacy is protected by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) or they may think HIPAA just gets in the way of their care. There are any number of assumptions patients make about HIPAA that just aren't true.

Myth 6 -- Patients can sue to get copies of the medical records if they are denied access.
Patients may think their privacy is protected by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) or they may think HIPAA just gets in the way of their care. There are any number of assumptions patients make about HIPAA that just aren't true.

Myth 7 -- HIPAA laws cover privacy and security for all medical records.
Patients may think their privacy is protected by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) or they may think HIPAA just gets in the way of their care. There are any number of assumptions patients make about HIPAA that just aren't true.

HIPAA, Patients and Medical Records Privacy Myths
There are any number of assumptions that patients make about the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act that simply aren't true.

HIPAA, Patients and Medical Records Privacy Myths
Patients may think their privacy is protected by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) or they may think HIPAA just gets in the way of their care. There are any number of assumptions patients make about HIPAA that just aren't true.

Myth 2 -- Only a patient, parent or caregiver can gain access to medical records.
Patients may think their privacy is protected by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) or they may think HIPAA just gets in the way of their care. There are any number of assumptions patients make about HIPAA that just aren't true.

Myth - HIPAA Prohibits Email Between Doctors & Patients
Patients may think their privacy is protected by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) or they may think HIPAA just gets in the way of their care. There are any number of assumptions patients make about HIPAA that just aren't true.

Myth 5 -- When you request copies of your medical records, all records you request must be provided to you.
Patients may think their privacy is protected by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) or they may think HIPAA just gets in the way of their care. There are any number of assumptions patients make about HIPAA that just aren't true.

Myth 8 -- Providers are required to correct any errors found in patient records.
Patients may think their privacy is protected by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) or they may think HIPAA just gets in the way of their care. There are any number of assumptions patients make about HIPAA that just aren't true.

Myth 3 -- Employers can gain access to an employee's records because they are a payer.
Patients may think their privacy is protected by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) or they may think HIPAA just gets in the way of their care. There are any number of assumptions patients make about HIPAA that just aren't true.

Curative Treatment as a Goal -- Curing, Healing or Repairing
Once we have symptoms or a diagnosis, then our best outcome is to cure the disease or heal the injured body part.

Pain Management
Pain management may be curative, disease management or even palliative care.

Palliative Care -- Comfort and Relief
When a cure is not available, and a medical problem cannot be managed, then palliative care will provide comfort and relief. Palliative care is often an end-of-life goal.

Fran Drescher Turns Cancer Misdiagnosis Into Movement
We knew and loved Fran Drescher as The Nanny on TV in the 1990s. Shortly after the show ended, she suffered her first misdiagnosis of uterine cancer.

Departure Letter When Changing Doctors
There are many reasons we may choose to change doctors. Writing a letter to the doctor you are leaving can be cathartic to you. It will help you explain your reasons, is a good way to request your medical records and will help your doctor improve his service to future patients.

What Is Disease Management?
Disease management aims to educate patients to manage their chronic disease. It has dual aims of reducing health care costs and improving outcomes.

What is Capitation?
In a capitation model, a provider or hospital is paid by the insurer (or other payer) an amount per patient during a given period of time.

How to Decide Whether or Not to Get a Flu Shot
It may be difficult to decide whether to get the flu shot. Here are good questions to ask yourself when making your decision about influenza vaccine.

Flu Shot Decisionmaking - Are you at high risk of getting the flu?
It may be difficult to decide whether to get the flu shot. Here are some questions to ask yourself when making the decision - Should I Get a Flu Shot?

Flu Shot Decisions - Are you pregnant?
It may be difficult to decide whether to get the flu shot. Here are some questions to ask yourself when making the decision - Should I Get a Flu Shot?

Flu Shot Decisionmaking - Do you spend time near other people who may become contagious or who might already be contagious?
It may be difficult to decide whether to get the flu shot. Here are some questions to ask yourself when making the decision - Should I Get a Flu Shot?

Flu Shot Decisions - Have you already had the flu?
It may be difficult to decide whether to get the flu shot. Here are some questions to ask yourself when making the decision - Should I Get a Flu Shot?

Flu Shot Decisions - Do you travel using public transportation?
It may be difficult to decide whether to get the flu shot. Here are some questions to ask yourself when making the decision - Should I Get a Flu Shot?

Flu Shot Decisionmaking - Can you afford the time off if you get sick or must be a caregiver for someone who gets sick with flu?
It may be difficult to decide whether to get the flu shot. Here are some questions to ask yourself when making the decision - Should I Get a Flu Shot?

What to Do if You are Denied Access to Medical Records
Even though laws are clear, some patients are denied access to their medical records. Use these steps if you have difficulty getting them.

Medical Records Denial - 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.

How Prevent Exposure to Too Much Medical Radiation
Radiation is used for medical scans and treatments How know if you are at risk of being exposed to too much medical radiation and how to limit it.

Are Patient Advocates Certified or Credentialed?
Is there such a thing as a standard certification or credential for a health or patient advocate? No, programs lack objective accrediting.

Arguments in Favor of Right-to-Die Legislation
Learn about the arguments made by proponents of right-to-die laws, which grant terminally ill patients the right to end their lives and suffering.

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Medical Bills -- How to Read Your Doctor's Bill or a Medical Bills - CPT Codes
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. Page 3.

How to Read Your Doctors Bill or Other Medical Bills and Diagnostic Codes
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. Page 4.

Medical Bills -- How to Read Your Doctor's Bill or a Medical Bills - Pricing
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. Page 5.

How to Read Your Doctor's Bill or a Medical Bills - Services
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. Page 2.

Medical Bills -- How to Read Your Doctor's Bill or a 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.

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Why Aren't You Getting Better?
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You have a gut feeling something is just not right...
6 red flags can signal a possible medical misdiagnosis. Know the steps you can take when each of these occur.

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Celebrity Doctors - Check Their Credentials and Follow the Money
Here we've assessed some of your favorite media and celebrity doctors to determine whether they are credible or not. From Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil to Dr. Mercola, Dr. Laura and others.

Readers Share Stories About Doctors and How to Work With Them
Just as every patient has a distinct personality, so does every doctor or other provider. Here readers share their experiences with the best - and the worst - doctors they have dealt with. Feel free to chime in!

What to Do During Your Doctors Visit or Appointment
Getting the most from your doctor and appointment means knowing how to conduct yourself while you are there. Here is some confidence-boosting advice - some

Medical TV Shows - Reviews of Medical TV Shows
There are dozens of medical TV shows empowered patients like and learn from. Medical TV dramas, sit-coms, reality shows and others keep our attention. Other medical TV shows seem like a major waste of our time. Here empowered patients share their likes and dislikes for medical TV shows.

Health and Medical Internet Resources - Master List of Patient Friendly Internet References for Health and Medical Research
When it's time for you to research your diagnosis or options for treatment, then it's time to go to the Internet for health information. The breadth and depth of Internet health information is astounding, almost overwhelming, sometimes highly accurate and useful, and other times totally worthless.

Comparing Your Medical Bills to your EOBs - Services
Since most of us don't pay our medical providers directly, it's wise to compare our doctor's bills to our explanations of benefits (EOBs). Page 2.

EOB, Explanation of Benefits - Comparing CPT Codes Between Your Medical Bill and Your EOB
Since most of us don't pay our medical providers directly, it's wise to compare our insurance or payer's Explanation of Benefits (EOB) to our doctor's bills. Page 3.

EOB, Explanation of Benefits - Reading Your Insurance EOB (Explanation of Benefits)- Cost and Pricing
Since most of us don't pay our medical providers directly, it's wise to compare our medical bills with the EOB, the explanation of benefits we receive from our health insurer, Medicare or other payer. Page 4.

MRSA Photos - MRSA Staph Infection Photos - What Does MRSA Look Like?
MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is an infection usually acquired in the hospital, sometimes contracted in the community, which is difficult to treat and can cause death. These photos answer the question,

MRSA Photos - MRSA Staph Infection Photos - What Does MRSA Look Like?
MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is an infection usually acquired in the hospital, sometimes contracted in the community, which is difficult to treat and can cause death. These photos answer the question,

MRSA Photos - MRSA Staph Infection Photos - What Does MRSA Look Like?
MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is an infection usually acquired in the hospital, sometimes contracted in the community, which is difficult to treat and can cause death. These photos answer the question,

MRSA Photos - MRSA Staph Infection Photos - What Does MRSA Look Like?
MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is an infection usually acquired in the hospital, sometimes contracted in the community, which is difficult to treat and can cause death. These photos answer the question,

MRSA Photos - MRSA Staph Infection Photos - What Does MRSA Look Like?
MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is an infection usually acquired in the hospital, sometimes contracted in the community, which is difficult to treat and can cause death. These photos answer the question,

MRSA Photos - MRSA Staph Infection Photos - What Does MRSA Look Like?
MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is an infection usually acquired in the hospital, sometimes contracted in the community, which is difficult to treat and can cause death. These photos answer the question,

Navigating Your Healthcare How to Navigate the Healthcare System
There are aspects to getting good medical care and finding your best outcomes that are less about the care itself and more about navigating the healthcare system. From providers and insurers to facilities and diagnosis research, a savvy patient understands how to work the system for his/her best care.

Getting Your Diagnosis, Confirming Your Diagnosis, and Working with Doctors and Other Healthcare Providers
Any diagnosis, no matter how scary or simple, can cause difficulties for patients and their loved ones. Understanding the process of getting a diagnosis, choosing the right doctors, and learning more about your diagnosis are all important steps on the road to your best outcomes.

Explanation of Benefits - EOB - The Basics of an EOB - Explanation of Benefits
Since most of us don't pay our medical providers directly, it's wise to study our insurance or payer's Explanation of Benefits (EOB) to understand how services are covered, and how our doctors get paid.

Getting, Reviewing and Understanding Medical Records and Medical Codes
Your patient medical records are key tools in making sure you have been diagnosed correctly, are receiving the best treatment, and that your care is being accurately tracked and paid for. An empowered patient understands the importance of getting copies of all medical records, and understanding the codes that describe his or her care.

Making Treatment Decisions Based on Evidence Based Medicine
Many doctors and researchers will tell you the

Finding the Right Doctor for Your Needs
Choosing the right doctor can be the first major step toward finding the right answers about your diagnosis, then the right treatment options. These guidelines will help you find Dr. Right, and communicate with him or her most effectively.

Diagnosis - Determining Your Diagnosis
Arriving at the correct diagnosis requires gathering evidence correctly, translating it correctly, and effective communications between practitioners and patients. The right treatment depends on the right diagnosis, so use these guidelines to send you in the right directions.

ICE: In Case of Emergency / Details Emergency Medical Personnel Need to Know
ICE: In case of emergency -- these are the details emergency personnel might need to know about you in order to treat you if you are injured or become sick.

ICE: In case of Emergency
If you have a medical condition that could affect your care in an emergency situation, you'll want to learn about the tools you can use to be sure emergency personnel know about your condition.

Stay on the Safe Side of Prescription Drugs
Errors in the prescribing of, dispensing of, and compliance with prescription drugs kill thousands of us each year. Knowing what to watch for when prescriptions are written and filled will help you stay on the safe side of your prescriptions.