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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.
Team Care? Patients, Beware
Who's in charge of a multidisciplinary team caring for a single patient? Ideally it shouldn't matter if -- and it's a big if -- members can communicate and work together.
Figuring Out the Health Plan Puzzle
With payer complexities so burdensome, I can see why some physicians forgo health plans altogether.
Some Patients Still Make it Worthwhile
This is a short list of the little things that eat away at my energy and goodwill. Thank goodness there are still patients who make it worthwhile.
New Patient Policies Take Time to Work
In theory, prioritizing patients was great. In practice, however, it ran into three obstacles, namely patients, my staff, and referring physicians.
Medical Supply Companies: Help, Don't Harass
Medical supply companies need to stop cold calling patients offering them medical equipment without a physician's order, and trying to trick busy doctors.
Why Is a “Medical Care Opportunity” a Waste of Time?
Those friendly reminders; you get them every day—Mrs X hasn’t refilled a scrip; Mr J needs an eye exam; Ms Q may be noncompliant with her ARB. Listen, I promise I DO know what the guidelines say!
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.
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