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Melissa Young, MD

Melissa Young, MD

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.

 

 

 

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"When I went to school, all we had was insulin and sulfonylureas...metformin was a big deal when it came out." With new drugs approved every year now, how do you decide when to try them?

In order to help patients with diabetes who need my services most, I've implemented some pre-screening efforts to help prioritize our patient panel.

Online support groups, YouTube videos on injection technique, healthy lifestyle sites--good patient information abounds on the Web. But so do the bad and the ugly. I try to help my patients discriminate; I'm not always successful.

Unless a member of the medical practice team is intimately involved in the cash flow process, they probably don't know what is affordable for the practice.

There is a fine line between being an educated patient advocate, and being a know-it-all family member who is in the medical field.

Usually, an employee leaving is bittersweet. But one recent departure was just bitter given the employee's behavior leading up to and following her resignation.

Someone tell me when a physician's relationship with a patient starts and how far does the physician's responsibility go until the patient receives care.

While the effect of the reform law isn't big for me, I'm seeing patients more aware — and not necessarily happy — about the cost associated with their care.

If we hope to reduce Medicare spending, how about we ask physicians for important strategies vs. just ensuring expensive equipment is used properly.

Getting patients to understand hospital privileges — and what I can do for them when admitted — is often a difficult discussion.

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