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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.
Patient Care Often Extends to a Physician's Personal Time
As a physician practicing where I live, I often interact with patients outside the office. Shouldn't I, and others, get compensated for that time?
When a Patient's Family Member Hinders Physician Care
A recent interaction involving a patient's mother makes me wonder why we can't dismiss family members and if there's a lawsuit on my horizon.
Medical Practice Staff and Bad Weather: To Excuse or Expect Attendance
If I can make it to the office in bad weather, and patients can make it, when do I require staff to also show up vs. stay home?
Patient Visits: When No-Shows Aren't a Bad Thing
Patient no-shows: Most medical practices want to avoid them, but sometimes I hope they happen in the best interests of my office.
Balancing Holiday Joy and Medical Practice Business
A recent discussion with my medical practice staff regarding working Christmas Eve has left me feeling less like Santa and more like Scrooge.
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.