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How to Identify Unknown Pills in 2 Minutes
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.
How to Find 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 and hospital may have been paid for those services.
What Are ICD Codes and How Can You Look them Up?
ICD-9 or ICD-10 Codes, International Classification of Disease Codes, assign a number to any diagnosis assigned to a patient. How to look them up.
What Are CPT Codes and What Do They Mean?
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.
Did You Know There Are Different Levels of...
Find out more about what medical professionals mean when they talk about levels of care including primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary care.
What Does Shingles Feel Like? How Do You...
Even though the majority of shingles patients experience the rash and burning, there are other symptoms, too. From backaches to blindness, there can be symptoms that aren't reported in many places, but are important for patients to learn about. Here is one shingles experience, and an invitation to share your experience, too.
Getting Copies of Your Medical Records
Savvy patients know that their medical records can help them make decisions about their healthcare. Federal and state laws spell out who may obtain which medical records, who must share them, how much it will cost to gain access to them, and the procedures for doing so. Here are the steps to take to get copies of your medical records.
Medical Codes are Used for a Variety of Things...
Patients can use medical codes to learn more about their diagnosis, learn more about the services their practitioners have provided, and much more.
What Patients Need to Know About the Shingles...
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.
Here's How Americans Can Buy Drugs From...
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.
Why Do I Have to Return to the Office to Get...
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.
How to Uncover a Doctor's Medical Malpractice...
How to check a physician's medical malpractice record. Learn how to analyze and understand the findings if there have been suits against doctors.
What Is a CPT Code and Where Can You Find It?
CPT Codes, Current Procedural Terminology 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. Here's how and where to find CPT codes.
What Are Medical ICD Codes and How Do They...
ICD codes are used to classify diagnoses and causes of death, too. Here is some background information about ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes to help you understand what they are, the differences between them, implementation, and how they can affect your care.
Is Buying Prescription Drugs Online Legal?
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.
How to Get the Most from Symptom Checker Apps
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.
Learn How to Complain About a Doctor or Other...
Sometimes a doctor or other healthcare provider does something so egregious that patients feel as though they need to tell someone else about it.
Get Medical Records Even if Your Doctor No...
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.
What Is a MRSA Infection and What Does MRSA...
MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is an extremely difficult to treat infection that kills thousands of patients every year. Smart patients will learn what they can about MRSA, what MRSA looks like, and why the best approach is prevention.
Make a Smooth Transition to a New Doctor
For many reasons, patients may need, or wish to, make a change in their doctor or other health care providers. It's smart to make the change systematically so you won't create a problem.
How to Buy 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.
A Background Check Can Help You Be Confident in...
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.
How to Understand Medicare's HCPCS 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.
Behaviors Watched for in Pain Drug Seekers
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.
A List of Stores that Offer Free and Low Cost...
Check this master list of stores that offer free or low cost antibiotics, pre-natal vitamins, some diabetes drugs and hundreds of other generic drugs.
Learn About MRSA, VRE, and Other Hospital...
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.
How to Avoid C. Difficile and Other Hospital-Ac...
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.
5 Steps to Correcting Errors in Your Medical...
From simple typos to major mistakes in the recording of medical test results or symptoms, errors are commonly found in patients' medical records.
Is It Safe to Buy Drugs From Online Pharmacies?
Buying prescription drugs from an online pharmacy seems convenient and may save money, but how can you be sure it's safe?
How to Check Your 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.
What Does Ambulatory Mean in Medical Settings?
The definition and use of the word ambulatory in healthcare settings. What does ambulatory care mean and what are ambulatory patients?
State-by-State Health Medical and Health...
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.
Here's the Safe Way to Buy Prescription Drugs...
Buying prescription drugs online - or any drugs online - can be easy, convenient and money-saving. Or it can be a nightmare, robbing you of your money and/or your health. Learn how to purchase your prescription drugs safely and legally from an online pharmacy.
What Is a Health Insurer's Drug Formulary and...
Each health insurer maintains a list of prescriptions it will pay for called a formulary. A formulary's tier pricing system greatly impacts expenses.
How Private are Your Medical Records?
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.
Can Doctors Fire or Dismiss Their Patients?
There are more and more reports that patients are being dismissed by their doctors. They ask
Choosing to Leave the Hospital Against Medical...
If a patient wants to leave the hospital early, against medical advice, then it's important the decision is being made for good reason, and that he or she knows what to expect from the process.
Can You Trust Physician Rating 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.
One Way to Save Money on Prescription Drugs
Whether or not you have insurance and prescription coverage, comparing drug prices online makes sense if your goal is to save money.
The Pros and Cons of Genetic Testing
Understanding the various uses for genetic tests helps us understand why they are being developed, and the pros and cons for whether we should undergo genetic testing.
The Difference between Hospice and Palliative...
Hospice and palliative care are not the same thing. Understanding the difference between them will help you make choices when you or a loved one is suffering, or is nearing the end of life.
14 Do's and Don'ts for Visiting Someone in the...
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.
How to Get Your Medical Test Results
Smart patients understand the importance of hearing back from the doctor about any medical tests, no matter what the medical test results. Here's now to get those results even when your provider doesn't provide them in a timely fashion.
There Are Many Myths About the Insurance...
There are any number of assumptions that patients make about the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act that simply aren't true.
The Range of Backgrounds and Interests of...
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.
Cons - Arguments Against Death with Dignity and...
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.
How Much Does It Cost to Get Copies of Your...
When you request copies of your medical records, you may be charged for them. Learn how how much it costs to obtain copies of your medical records.
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.
How to Look Up Medicare HCPCS Codes for Free
HCPCS codes are used to reimburse doctors for their care of Medicare patients. You may find HCPCS codes on your medical bills. Use this procedure for your free HCPCS codes look up.
What Patients Can Learn From Current 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.
What is Medical Board Certification?
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 and what the competencies are to make them eligible to be board certified.
8 Things to Consider When Finding the Right...
Good and effective medical care begins by choosing the right doctor for your needs. These tips will help you choose your Dr. Right.
Learn the Difference Between an Epidemic and a...
An epidemic refers to a contagious, infectious or viral illness that spreads to many people in one specific geographic region, while a pandemic spreads.
How to Obtain Free and Low Cost Prescription...
There are several reasons stores and pharmacies might offer free or low cost drugs like antibiotics or pre-natal vitamins. If you understand these reasons, and follow the rules, then you'll find that obtaining your drugs for free or at low-cost can be a great way to save money on drugs.
sepsis and septicemia
the definitions and descriptions of sepsis and septicemia
Do You Have the Right to Refuse Medical...
Whether it's getting a flu shot, attending physical therapy, or going through chemotherapy or radiation treatment, many patients are afraid of treatment, or the cost of treatment. But do patients have the right to refuse medical treatment?
Dysautonomia - The Unusual Diagnosis That's Not...
When patients exhibit symptoms of problems with their autonomic nervous system, they may be difficult to diagnose, and may be told the symptoms are
How to Complain or Provide Feedback to Your...
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.
CPT and HCPCS Codes for Telephone Calls and...
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.
What Does It Mean 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. Knowing the reasons why a diagnose eludes a doctor, and what the outcomes might be, will help you get closer to your own diagnosis.
Why Your Doctor Might Deny You Care
We hear plenty of complaints about doctors and healthcare, but what complaints do doctors have about their patients? Are they fair? What can we patients learn from knowing what those complaints might be?
Mystery Diagnosis - How to Solve Your...
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.
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.
Rate Your Doctor - How to Write an Online Review
There are dozens of doctor ratings websites that invite you to rate or rank your doctor. But you want to be sure it's a good idea to rate your doctor and if so, that you do so fairly and accurately. Here are some considerations and tools for rating your doctor.
What is a compromised immune system or...
What is a compromised immune system?
Legal Barriers to Obtaining Prescription Pain...
To prevent drug seekers or abusers from
How to Know Which Charity to Donate to and...
Learn how to determine which charities are responsible and will actually spend their donations they way you hope and which charities to avoid.
When Is It Time to Call in Sick?
You feel lousy and want to stay home. But your big presentation is today, or you need the paycheck. Or one of your kids is sick, and you can't decide whether you should keep her home. Plus, maybe you feel guilty - like you should stay home with her. Should you go to work anyway, or is it time to call in sick?
What You Read About Your Doctor May Not Be True
There are dozens of physicians ratings and rankings websites available to help patients decide which doctors can help them. But there are some problems with the way the information is interpreted and presented. Wise patients understand the benefits, and the pitfalls of using these sites.
How to Access Your File at the Medical...
Patient-consumers are often surprised to learn of the existence of a reporting agency called the Medical Information Bureau (MIB.) Similar to credit reporting agencies, it may have a file on you about previous health insurance and medical problems that you should be aware of.
4 Reasons Why Your Doctor Needs Your Social...
Why does your doctor ask you for your social security number? Here are some of the reasons, including debt collection and identification.
Programs to Become a Patient Advocate or...
Explore these degree and certificate programs for training to become a patient advocate or health navigator, from certificate through masters levels.
How to Prevent Prescription Errors at the...
Patients need to be on guard against prescription errors at the doctor's office, then later when they get their drugs from the pharmacy. Knowing how to double check the prescription against the drug received helps ensure patients get the right prescription.
FSA and HSA Qualifying Expenses
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are great ways to save money as long as you use the money you save for what the IRS calls
curative care
Definition of curative care. Patient Empowerment.
MRSA Is Related to Impetigo
This child was diagnosed with impetigo, a highly contagious infectious disease that can be caused by
It Can Be Difficult for a Patient Advocate to...
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.
MRSA Infection Photos - What Does MRSA Look Like?
MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is an infection usually acquired in the hospital,
4 - MRSA May Look Like a Spider Bite
Depending on how it's acquired, the early stages of MRSA may look like a spider bite
The Right Way to Let Your Doctor Know You're...
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.
The Real Reason You Spend So Long Waiting for...
Follow the money to understand why you wait so long in the waiting room for your doctors appointment
How to Deal With an Arrogant Doctor
Sometimes we encounter a doctor who is so arrogant and condescending that we can't get the care we need. Learning to deal with an arrogant or egotistical doctor may be necessary for improving our health.
Can Discount Prescription Drug Cards Really...
Many of us can save money when we purchase our prescription drugs even if we don't have insurance. Understanding how prescription drug discounts work and whether we are eligible may reduce our cost for our prescriptions.
What Are the Benefits of Electronic Health...
How can moving patient records to a computerized format help improve a patient's health? There are a number of ways electronic health record systems benefit patients.
How to Determine Your Doctor's Experience Level
We hear the terms. Patient Empowerment.
Understanding Your Medical Test Results
You've been put through a medical test result, and now you've got a copy of the results. They are incomprehensible - why? - because by themselves they mean very little. Is
How to Save Money on Prescription Drug Purchases
As drug prices continue to climb, insurance and prescription payment plans are more costly, too. Here are some tips for saving money on our prescription drug purchases.
What Is a Naturopathic Doctor vs. a Naturopath?
Naturopaths and naturopathic doctors do not have the same level of training or capabilities. Learn more about the important distinctions between them.
From Denial of Care to Healthcare Reform,...
Healthcare rationing is used by health insurers, the government and individuals to save money. Some believe healthcare rationing is for the greater good.
3. A MRSA Infected Incision
Staph infections, like MRSA, can enter the body through an incision or cut. This incision is in the later
Who Advocates for Patients When They Need It?
Health and patients advocates provide many types of assistance and services. Here is an overview of patient advocacy resources and organizations.
MRSA May Appear as a Pustule
Early MRSA can appear as a large red patch with a pustule, or without
What Patient Advocate Services Can Help You?
Patients need many kinds of assistance from medical help, to cost and billing review, to transportation, legal or hospital assistance. Each of these patient advocates services requires a different type of approach and background.
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.
Not All Medical Tests Ordered by Doctors are...
Most medical tests the doctor orders are necessary to help diagnose a medical problem or determine a treatment. Not all tests are necessary however.
Is It Possible You Have Lyme or Another...
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.
How to Find a Doctor Online and Avoid Pitfalls
Learn how to do a useful online search for a physician. Find out which web sites will give you the best information and how to avoid pitfalls.
What to Do if You are Denied Access to Your...
Even though laws are clear, some patients are denied access to their medical records. Use these steps if you have difficulty getting them.
Patient Advocacy is a New and Upcoming Career...
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.
What You Should Look for in a Primary Care...
We hear the term. Patient Empowerment.
Why Don't Some Doctors or Healthcare Facilities...
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?
What are the Basics of Medicare?
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.
Triage: Definition of Medical Triage and How It...
The definition of triage, how medical triage works, the role of EMTs and nurses in triage.
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.
Donate Your Organs, Tissues or Body - An End of...
Many parts of the human body can be transplanted to other people to help improve or extend life. Making the decision to become an organ or body donor should be considered as we think about our end of life wishes.
Is It Time 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.
How Do a Nurse and a Nurse Practitioner Differ?
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, and when to seek help from nurses vs nurse practitioners.
How to Make Sure Your Doctor's Diagnosis Is Right
The process of differential diagnosis helps patients understand the evidence used to determine their diagnosis, helps them learn about alternatives, and helps them confirm that their diagnosis was made correctly.
Have You Been Blacklisted, Blackballed or...
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.
Trisha Torrey's Misdiagnosis Story
Receiving a wrong diagnosis can be devastating. Learn how the About.com Guide to Patient Empowerment found out she received a wrong diagnosis and how this misdiagnosis taught her about the importance of taking an active role in one's health care.
What Is the Difference Between Original...
It's easy to be confused about Medicare plans. Here are the differences among those different types of Medicare plans.
Weighing the Benefits 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.
Coinsurance Refers to the Spreading of an...
At its basic level, coinsurance refers simply to the spreading of an insurance plan among multiple parties.
Physician Ratings Sites Exist to Make Money for...
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.
What Does Standard of Care Mean?
What does standard of care mean in the medical setting and to patients? Find out how the legal definition contrasts with practice guidelines.
Health Insurance Problems - Out of Network...
More and more we are finding holes in our health insurance coverage, and are told that the doctor we want to see or the hospital we want to be treated in is not covered by our health insurer. 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 and how to prevent them.
How to Find and Choose a Patient or Health...
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.
A Concierge Practice Does Not Accept Health...
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 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.
7 Rights You Have as a Patient
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.
Step 2 - Aligning CPT Codes Between Your...
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.
It Can Be Very Difficult to Find a Primary Care...
The number of primary care physicians is dwindling in the United States, and sometimes it seems impossible to find a primary care physician.
The Wise Patient's Guide to Rights and...
What are your patient rights and responsibilities? Find out which are legally enforced, and which are commonly accepted or missing in America.
What Does Iatrogenic Mean?
What is the definition of iatrogenic?
5 Steps to Repair Your Patient-Doctor...
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.
Diagnosis, Treatment, Anger and Controversy -...
Many patients who have trouble getting diagnosed eventually believe they may have Chronic Lyme Disease. Here is information about the controversy over a Chronic Lyme Disease diagnosis and how patients can get around the controversy to get the treatment they wish to get.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Private Patient...
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 to Diagnose Yourself Using the Internet in...
Diagnosing yourself using the internet has many pitfalls. Here are sensible steps of self-diagnosis to find the best answers and treatment options.
Prescription Assistance Programs
Patients seeking help paying for their prescription drugs and medications will find hundreds of programs available. Some are useful; a few are scams.
How to Be 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.
Relieving Pain Without Drugs
Many patients who suffer pain would prefer to avoid taking pain relieving drugs. They may find those drugs are too expensive, or they may fear becoming addicted or dependent on them. Here are some non-drug ways to relieve pain.
Do You Know the Difference Between a Service...
Learn the differences between service dogs and therapy dogs, and how therapy dogs can help improve your overall mental and physical health.
How to Prevent Hospital-Acquired Infections
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.
Why Communicating Well With Providers Improves...
The most effective and successful healthcare begins with a respectful rapport between doctors and patients. Wise patients understand what comprises that rapport.
Learn About the Use of Service Assistance Dogs
Many patients who need assistance with every day tasks from crossing the street safely, to keeping their balance, find the assistance of a service dog, or guide dog, to be invaluable. But there are laws and rules that must be followed by both the patient, and anyone who encounters a service dog.
Generic Drugs: Know the Pros and Cons, Benefits...
With the skyrocketing costs of healthcare, use of generic drugs can save you money. But there are some differences between generics and their
What Is Healthcare Billing Fraud and How Can It...
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.
What is Universal Healthcare Coverage?
In discussions of healthcare reform, we often hear the term
Why Your Doctor May Hesitate to Prescribe Pain...
When patients are in pain, they hope their doctors will prescribe drugs to help relieve the pain. But sometimes they run into roadblocks from their doctors, and are turned away, or put on tight prescribing schedules. Learn why doctors are reluctant to prescribe pain drugs for some patients.
Arm Yourself With Knowledge About VRE and...
VRE can be deadly if not treated effectively. Patients and healthcare providers should understand the infection's risks, prevention and treatment.
Patients Are Often Discharged From a Hospital...
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.
HIPAA and Issues of Privacy and Security
HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act provides the basis for the sharing of healthcare information among those with a role on a patient's healthcare team. Empowered patients need an understanding of these laws to help them get the medical assistance they need.
How to Avoid Being Placed on Hospital...
In recent years, hospitals have begun holding patients in
How to Read Your Doctors' Bills or Other...
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.
How to Get Your Doctor to Return Your Telephone...
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.
Why You Should Avoid Ask-a-Doctor Web Sites
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.
Exceptions to Your Right to Refuse Medical...
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.
Will Drug Interactions and Conflicts Hurt You?
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.
Flu Vaccines and Vaccinations - Problems, Side...
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.
Titration or Titraded Defined
The definition and usage examples for the term

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