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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.
Eight Things I've Learned as a Private Practice Physician
It is my medical practice's fifth anniversary. Here are eight things I've learned about myself and running a business.
New Diabetes Drugs: Not Your Grandfather's Metformin...
"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?
Prioritizing Patients a Must for a Busy Practice, Physician
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.
Social Media and Medicine: Can We Compete?
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.
The Tricky Economics of Running a Medical Practice
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.
When Medical Professionals Get Involved with a Family Member's Care
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.
When Medical Practice Staff Unexpectedly Resign
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.
The Patient-Physician Relationship: When Does it Start?
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.
Affordable Care Act Making Patients Savvy Consumers
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.
Cutting Federal Healthcare Spending Requires Physician Input
If we hope to reduce Medicare spending, how about we ask physicians for important strategies vs. just ensuring expensive equipment is used properly.
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