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Trisha Torrey

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By Trisha Torrey

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    • Comparing Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts Created: Monday, November 30, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts are different ways to pay for health and medical related expenses that have tax benefits. Because they have confusing rules, we may be relucta...
    • How to Compare Drug Prices Online Created: Sunday, May 22, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Whether or not you have insurance and prescription coverage, comparing drug prices online makes sense if your goal is to save money.
    • How Hospital Observation Status Can Cause Trouble for You Created: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      In recent years, hospitals have begun holding patients in "observation status," not because patients shouldn't be admitted to the hospital, but because it's a way the hospital can make more money. This is particularly a problem for Medicare patients, but might be a problem for others, too. Learn more about observation status and how to be sure it's appropriate for your situation.
    • Patients' Rights Created: Thursday, December 27, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      All patients, regardless of their means or health, should expect to be treated respectfully, without discrimination by their providers and practitioners." itemprop="descrip='t3'" --> itemprop="desc...
    • What Patients Need to Know About Hospital Discharges and Readmissions Created: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Another provision of the Affordable Care Act relates to hospital discharges and readmissions. It was intended to ensure the quality of hospital care.
    • What are ICD-9 or ICD-10 Codes? Created: Saturday, February 14, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      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 the...
    • A Patient's Guide to Medical Codes Created: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Patients can use medical codes to learn more about their diagnosis, learn more about the services their practitioners have provided, or even to double check their billing from either their provider...
    • Pain Management Advocates Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Not everyone who suffers from pain wants to depend on drugs to manage their pain. There are some alternatives to drug therapies. A pain management advocate can help you find the right alternative for you.
    • How to Identify Drugs - Pills, Tablets or Capsules Created: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 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 pill...
    • Levels of Medical Care: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Quaternary Care Created: Monday, August 15, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      Sometimes we hear medical professionals or our insurers talk about "levels of care," so knowing their definitions can be useful. Learn more about primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary care."...
    • What are Medicare's HCPCS Codes? Created: Friday, February 13, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      HCPCS codes, which stands for Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System, are Medicare codes used by doctors and other healthcare practitioners to describe and bill medical, surgical and diagnostic procedures used on patients. Here is more background on HCPCS codes.
    • What Are CPT Codes? Created: Thursday, January 10, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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.
    • How and Where to Look Up CPT Codes for Free Created: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Updated: Monday, April 07, 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.
    • Early Shingles Creates Shoulder Pain and Gas Created: Monday, April 07, 2014 Updated: Monday, April 07, 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 Get Copies of Your Medical Records Created: Monday, June 09, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      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 m...
    • Is it Legal to Buy Prescription Drugs from Online Pharmacies? Created: Saturday, May 21, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014
      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 Help a Friend Who Is Sick Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      When a friend has been diagnosed with something dire, or has been badly injured in an accident, it's difficult to know the right things to say. But saying nothing at all can be misconstrued by the friend, too. Here are some appropriate ways to help the person we care about know we are there for them.
    • What Is a Compounding Pharmacy? Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      Most pharmacies in the United States are not considered compounding pharmacies. Why not - and what's the difference between your corner pharmacy and a compounding pharmacy?
    • Singles at 56 - Too Young for Vaccine Created: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 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...
    • Tingling in Hand - Follow Up from Previous Post Created: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 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...
    • Shingles at Age 56 Created: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 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...
    • Two Shingles Episodes 10 Years Apart Created: Monday, March 24, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 24, 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...
    • Headaches and Sky-High Blood Pressure Created: Sunday, March 16, 2014 Updated: Sunday, March 16, 2014
      Here are stories of people who have suffered for more than a year without being diagnosed. Their stories are shared in hopes it will help them find more resources, or help someone else solve their ...
    • Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants - Sometimes Called Physician Extenders Created: Monday, February 18, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
      Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are found in many practices, hospitals and other healthcare facilities across the country. Savvy patients want to know the capabilities of physician extenders and when it's a good time to lean on them for care.
    • What Is a Mid-Level Provider or Practitioner? Created: Sunday, December 30, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
      What is a mid-level provider or practitioner?
    • What Does "Meaningful Use" Mean as It Relates to Electronic Health Records? Created: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
      What is "meaningful use" and why is it important to patients?
    • Medical or Clinical Scribes and How They Influence Your Care Created: Monday, March 10, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014
      An extra person called a Medical or Clinical Scribe may be present when you see your doctor. Who are these scribes and what are the benefits and problems that may result from their presence and their work?
    • Neuro Symptoms May Stem from Chemical Exposure Created: Friday, March 07, 2014 Updated: Friday, March 07, 2014
      Here are stories of people who have suffered for more than a year without being diagnosed. Their stories are shared in hopes it will help them find more resources, or help someone else solve their ...
    • Prepare for Your Hospital Discharge Created: Sunday, November 10, 2013 Updated: Thursday, March 06, 2014
      Preparing for your discharge from the hospital is an important aspect of your hospitalization because it affects everything that happens once you leave. Learn more about what is required for a successful discharge, including your responsibilities in making it work well.
    • Complain About a Doctor or Other Healthcare Provider Created: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
      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 doct...
    • The Difference Between a Naturopath and a Naturopathic Doctor Created: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014
      Naturopaths and naturopathic doctors do not have the same level of training or capabilities. Learn more about the important distinctions between them.
    • Emergency Room 101 Created: Sunday, October 14, 2007 Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014
      Millions of people find themselves in a hospital emergency room each year. You never know when it will happen to you! Reading and understanding these emergency room tips will help make your stay in the ER shorter, and may provide you with better care.

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