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Any feed back about Covered California insurance? Any reason the providers discriminate this insurance compared to individual plan or group plan?

Any feed back about Covered California insurance?  Any reason the providers discriminate this insurance compared to individual plan or group plan?

Covered California: Simple answer: poor reimbursement and too many regulations. I cannot keep providing the level of Ophthalmology care my patients need and deserve with the payments under Covered California. ...Read more

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What to do in DES moines to get to see alternative provider?

What to do in DES moines to get to see alternative provider?

Google: On google, use the words 'alternative provider' + 'des moines' should give you a list of local providers. You could be more specific if you want for instance acupuncture or hypnotherapy by adding that term to the search. ...Read more

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Preparing for Labor and Delivery (Checklist)

Watch for signs of labor - increasing contractions or fluid leakage
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If baby isn't moving, do kick counts. Should feel 10 in 2 hours or 5 in 1.
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Call your doc with any questions or concerns
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What is your opinion on nurse practitioners as medical providers?

They are valuable : I don't think they should practice independently . They don't have the training to "replace" mds . We have too many professionals "practicing medicine" now days. I understand there are "shortage"and we want "options". ...Read more

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How do I find a home birth provider?

How do I find a home birth provider?

Why would you?!: No reasonable person would make an informed decision to deliver their baby at home without access to a maternity center with a large blood bank, surgical suites, experienced obstetrical surgeons, round-the-clock perinatal anesthesiologists and neonatal intensive care unit. You should not put your life and your baby's life at risk by delivering at home - multiple studies prove it is much riskier! ...Read more

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Are there any providers of palliative care in home?

Are there any providers of palliative care in home?

Yes is some areas: Most large insurance companies are expanding their home palliative care services, check with them to see if available in the area you live. Most need to meet home health criteria (home-bound patient with a skilled medical need). Some centers are also starting palliative care clinics for those patients not home-bound. ...Read more

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What is the best way to choose a healthcare provider?

Research: Find out what doctors are covered by your insurance and accepting new patients. Ask your primary care doctor which doctors they recommend or do an online search to look for highly rated doctors. I've found the best way is to ask your friends who they see, they will give you the real scoop. ...Read more

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How do healthcare providers or med students remove sutures?

How do healthcare providers or med students remove sutures?

See below: They are usually held at the end and then cut with a suture scissors and removed with a hemostat. ...Read more

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What what kind of provider do you see for lactation problems?

What what kind of provider do you see for lactation problems?

Lactation specialist: Lactation specialists are usually nurses that have experience in helping mother with their nursing issues. You can get referral from the nursery nurses, or look them up in the internet for one near you. There is a volunteer organization called "la leche league" that also helps nursing mothers all over the world. ...Read more

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How many health care providers can help me manage withdrawal?

How many health care providers can help me manage withdrawal?

Manage withdrawal: If its a staright forward withdrawal then you only need you pain management md or pmd. If you have other issues that may complicate this then you should have a counselor, a psychologist, perhaps psychiatrist, addictionologist. ...Read more

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Does having providers work extended shifts compromise patient safety?

Does having providers work extended shifts compromise patient safety?

It all does...: This question has been asked regarding residents and patient safety, since in hospitals residents are the workhorses in most units. Attending physicians and nurses aren't the issue generally. The idea of limiting resident hours were thought to help with concentration, but it results in more "patient handoffs" and people taking care of patients they don't know well, causing more complications. ...Read more

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Where do providers typically like to see iron and transferrin sat levels?

Where do providers typically like to see iron and transferrin sat levels?

Accurate lab results: All that matters is that the lab deliver results that accurately reflect what is happening with the patient. It's all about your health, not trying to keep numbers in range. If you're iron-deficient, we want to know right away to find the cause -- which may be a serious illness we can treat. If the trans-sat is high, we can address possible iron overload. No "decision level" replaces a dr's skill. ...Read more

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What makes up this "team" of providers for interventional pain management ?

What makes up this "team" of providers for interventional pain management ?

Pain team: The best pain groups will comprehensively address the history of your chronic pain condition, review diagnostic tests and or order new ones, perform a detailed pertinent physical examination, then design an individualized treatment plan which can include injections, braces, creams, medications, physical therapy and more options. This may also include acupuncture, massage, pain psychology and rehab. ...Read more

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What sort of steps should day care providers take to prevent spreading illness?

What sort of steps should day care providers take to prevent spreading illness?

Hand Washing: Far and away the best way for a day care provider (or most other people) to avoid spreading germs is to wash hands often and thoroughly. This is true whether the illness in question is being carried by the provider, or whether it's something they have merely come in contact with. ...Read more

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Can't find insurance provider in list? It's blue cross blue shield nj. Do i just pick another?

Can't find insurance provider in list? It's blue cross blue shield nj. Do i just pick another?

Just call around: Blue cross blue shield is a good insurance company and i would say that few if any doc/office not accepting it--my office certainly does. So, pick out a doc/office that is convenient for you and give them a buzz. I am sure they will be happy to add you as a new patient. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I organize all my medical records (including papers) electronically from different providers? Which phr is the best?

How can I organize all my medical records (including papers) electronically from different providers? Which phr is the best?

Phr: Myphr.Com is a good website for storing personal medical records. Some other insurance companies may also provide similar facility. You can divide into folders example containing for each provider, hospital records, radiology, labs, correspondence, insurance letters etc. ...Read more

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I just saw an answer to a question, do healthcare providers really do oral swabs/tests for herpes these days ? I thought they were unreliable

I just saw an answer to a question, do healthcare providers really do oral swabs/tests for herpes these days ? I thought they were unreliable

Testing's hard: Neither the bloodwork nor swabs for cells / viral cultures are 100% reliable. The same is true of most labs. The real question is, "who should be treated, with what, and when?" it's often a judgement call for the physician, with the patient participating as well. ...Read more

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How to handle last visit to pyschologist knowing this is the last one as the need is to refer to another provider, i don't want to go through this. ?

How to handle last visit to pyschologist knowing this is the last one as the need is to refer to another provider, i don't want to go through this. ?

Saying farewell: Hoping you've decided on a new therapist for yourself, so that you can continue your personal work after terminating with your current psychologist. A last session is an opportunity to express your feelings, celebrate what's been learned or worked through, and to say farewell. Grief is natural, along with many other emotions. Use the session for your own healing and awareness. It's your time! ...Read more

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