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  • The Difference Between a Naturopath and a Naturopathic Doctor Created: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    Naturopaths and naturopathic doctors do not have the same level of training or capabilities. Learn more about the important distinctions between them.
  • Why Do I Wait In the Waiting Room for Such a Long Time at a Doctors Appointment? Created: Thursday, November 06, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    Follow the money to understand why you wait so long in the waiting room for your doctors appointment
  • Is it Safe to Buy Prescription Drugs from Online Pharmacies? Created: Sunday, May 22, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    Buying prescription drugs from an online pharmacy seems convenient and may save money, but how can you be sure it's safe? Understanding the potential problems with purchasing drugs on the Internet will help you decide which online pharmacies are safe to make purchases from.
  • Pain Drug Seeker Behaviors, Claims and Characteristics Created: Thursday, September 20, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    Here are some of the behaviors doctors look for to determine whether a request for pain medication is based on real medical need, or made by a drug seeker." itemprop="descrTP='t3'" --> itemprop="de...
  • How to Deal with an Arrogant Doctor Created: Thursday, December 04, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    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 h...
  • An Overview of Patient Advocacy Created: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    Health and patients advocates provide many types of assistance and patient advocacy services. Here is an overview of health and patient advocacy with advocate resources included."
  • What Patients Can Learn from Current Procedural Terminology CPT Codes Created: Monday, January 31, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    CPT codes are found on almost every medical record kept about and for a patient. There is plenty patients can learn from CPT codes.
  • Government Health and Medical Links Listed by State Created: Saturday, January 09, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    Each state in the United States has its own laws and policies regarding many aspects of the health and medical care we receive, such as patients' rights, provider licensing, hospitals, medical reco...
  • Effective Patient - Doctor Communications Created: Friday, November 09, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    The most effective and successful healthcare begins with a respectful rapport between doctors and patients. Wise patients understand what comprises that rapport." itemprop=pr="$zTP='t3'" --> itempr...
  • MRSA, C.Diff, VRE, CRE and Other Superbug Hospital Acquired Infections Created: Saturday, October 20, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    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.
  • What is the Difference Between Nurses and Nurse Practitioners? Created: Friday, March 05, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    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 prac...
  • How to Get Your Medical Records if Your Doctor Is No Longer in Practice Created: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    Sometimes doctors close their practices, or they retire or sell their practices, or even die, leaving their practice in new hands. If your doctor is no longer in practice, here is how to find, then...
  • How Americans Can Buy Drugs from Canadian and Other Foreign Pharmacies Created: Sunday, May 22, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    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.
  • When Is It Time to Call In Sick and Stay Home from Work or School? Created: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    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?
  • How to Identify Drugs - Pills, Tablets or Capsules Created: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    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 and Where to Look Up CPT Codes for Free Created: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    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.
  • Seasonal Flu 2013-2014 Created: Saturday, December 03, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    Seasonal influenza and new diagnoses of H1N1 swine flu both continue to infect us in early 2014. Learn about the status of both seasonal flu and H1N1 flu, how to prevent flu, what vaccines or flu shots are available , and what to do if you suspect you've come down with the flu.
  • C.Difficile, Another Hospital Acquired Infection to Avoid Created: Sunday, April 17, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
    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 a...
  • Balance Billing Created: Thursday, September 11, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
    The definition of balance billing when used in a medical billing context.
  • Avoiding Necrotizing Fasciitis, the Flesh Eating Disease, While Hospitalized Created: Sunday, April 17, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    Known as the flesh-eating bacteria or flesh-eating disease, necrotizing fasciitis can be deadly unless it is caught and treated quickly. Learn how this bacteria infects patients and what can be don...
  • Mystery Diagnosis - How to Solve Your Undiagnosed Medical Disease or Condition Created: Monday, February 20, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    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 you...
  • How We Reviewed Doctor Ratings and Rankings Websites Created: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
    There are dozens of physician or doctor online directories, but few of them have the information you seek. Learn how WE rated THEM." itemprop="description">
  • Medicare 101 Created: Monday, October 17, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
    There may be thousands of resources that help explain what Medicare is, but here are the basics to help you get started." itemprop="description">>
  • Eye Pain Lead to Missed Shingles Diagnosis Created: Friday, June 27, 2014 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
    Most shingles symptoms are well known, but not everyone starts out with the same sort of burning or rash. Some of us experience shingles differently, but since that isn't reported, others can't fin...
  • How to Buy Drugs from Foreign Pharmacies Created: Sunday, May 22, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
    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 chall...
  • Drug Class - Class of Drugs - Drug Classification Created: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
    What is a class of drugs? Patient Empowerment.
  • When You Can't Get a Diagnosis Created: Sunday, November 11, 2007 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
    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...
  • EMTALA, The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act Created: Sunday, June 08, 2008 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
    EMTALA, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act
  • Health Fraud - Quacks and False Advertising Created: Friday, September 12, 2008 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
    Health fraud is bilking millions of dollars from unsuspecting patients every year in the United States. Quacks, false advertising and counterfeit drugs are not only expensive, but they may be dange...
  • How to Start a Patient or Other Health Advocates Business Created: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
    If you are an entrepreneur, enjoy patient advocacy work, and wish to start a business caring for others, starting a patient or other health advocates business may be a good choice. Here are the ste...
  • What's New for Medicare 2014? Created: Monday, October 17, 2011 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
    What's new for Medicare Open Enrollment in 2013 that will affect your Medicare in 2014? Find answers and resources here.
  • How to Set Up Patient Websites Created: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
    When someone is sick or hurt, there are many well-meaning people who want information about them. But visitors can become intrusive, and making dozens of phone calls can become time-consuming. Pat...

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