Writing as patient care

I remember a rough day, one of my last days in the hospital. I had a patient immobilized from the waist down and fresh out of surgery who could. Not. Stop. Peeing. In her amnesiac withdrawal from anesthesia, she was rapidly cycling through refusing to use a bedpan and demanding a bedpan. It was madness. […]

Site changes and how a freelancer lives!

Note: I did do a conference call. It’s not all Jenga and mac and cheese.

How The Shutdown Might Affect Your Health | Kaiser Health News

IN SHORT: CDC is the hub for all infectious disease activity in the United States. Every positive flu test goes to those great women and gents, and they generate the data to color the maps that inform the public and help health departments and hospitals and pharmaceutical companies shift around the resources needed to care […]

Why It’s Still Worth Getting a Flu Shot – The New York Times

If I wrote the book on public health I would insist on a subtitle. Here’s how it would read: Public Health: IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU I’m punting to the expertise of Aaron Carroll and his timely Upshot article this week. I myself, a yearly getter of the flu shot, have the flu. AND I WOULD […]

Stories patients tell

I’ve been writing full-time for three months now. Being off the hospital floor has done wonders for my aching back, my parenting, my complexion…and I won’t lie I’m not sorry about missing a horrendous flu season. But I miss patient care. Taking care of strangers was a privilege. And the antidote for the morning news. […]

2018 goal—fix health care

So that might not happen, but at the very least a continuing resolution for CHIP, children’s health insurance that covers nearly 9 million kids, is achievable. As for the rest; it is important to have goals. I’ve got faith. http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/366668-from-chip-reauthorization-to-drug-prices-heres-whats-in-store-for-2018

New year, new health plan!

Enjoy this charmingly inaudible take on my Medicare-receiving Mom logging in to Aetna’s website 🙂

Fee-for-service quick and dirty

In my holiday fervor, I forgot some key points. Doing a quick lit search brought up this lovely paper from 2008 “Health care reimbursement: Clemens to Clinton” by John T. Preskitt, MD. (John you and I should just settle down and raise a family we are perfect for each other). The answer to my stutter […]

Why out-of-control costs matter

Complexity. From how you get insurance (THREE MORE DAYS FOR MARKETPLACE PLANS) to who the emergency department treats to the non-communicating EMRs that create a chorus of fax tones ringing out across this great nation of over-paying under-served… well it ends like this: envelopes. Cramming up your mailbox. Every medical service, every brick and mortar […]

VIDEO W/ DOG on Nurse Practitioners

Here’s a fun video for a dreary Washington Friday. Let me tell you how nurse practitioners and physician assistants are making health care available and affordable and great (again?). Featuring Peanut the dog. Paper cited: http://firestats.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/S2-Naylor.pdf

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