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Melissa Young, MD, FACE, FACP, is an endocrinologist in private practice, an assistant clinical professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and a working suburban mother of two in Freehold, N.J.
Physicians and the Financial Challenge of Providing an Interpreter
When a patient needs expensive translation services, is there an alternative to paying for them and taking a revenue loss?
Physicians and the Tough Task of Delegating to Others
From getting prior authorizations to requesting refills, physicians often struggle with what to handle and what to assign.
Keeping Up with the Copay: Health Plan Changes Always Happen
Changes to health insurance plans are hard to keep up with — for patients and even for physicians.
Patients Should Always Get a Second Opinion after Seeing Dr. Google
When you can access information about anything at any time, it's hard to separate good and bad medical information. That's where doctors should come in.
The Unknown Impact of Health Reform on My Private Practice
Patients are asking how Obamacare will affect my practice. Here's what's happened so far and what could happen in the near future for my staff and patients.
'Physician' is a Broad Description for Many Roles
Physicians in private practice are healers, educators, and clinicians. But, they are also businessmen as well.
It's Unprofessional to Point Fingers in Patient Notes
The hospital chart is a method of documenting care and a means of communication between providers … not a weapon against another provider.
It's Time to Respect the Role of the Primary-Care Physician
A lot of my patients don't have, or don't understand the value of, a primary-care physician. It's time for both to start happening.
Large Expenses Just a Part of Running Your Own Medical Practice
When you run a medical practice, some months you may have extra funds …and some months there are big bills to pay.
Addressing Patient Questions about Other Physicians' Plans
I don't mind when patients call for issues related to what I see them for. I have no time, however, for issues better addressed by their other physicians.