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What choice will Russians do? [Mar. 3rd, 2012|08:34 pm]
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Putin is a devil candidate for presidency! [Mar. 1st, 2012|11:48 pm]
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LETS OPEN OUR EYES [Dec. 3rd, 2011|04:53 pm]
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Why do you think it is so hard to burst into to the ranks of elite? You may think they guard so hard the purity of their family bloodlines only out of the idea of preserving the status of their ancestors. It already became a tradition over the centuries. Does it mean people outside of their status are not considered worthy anymore? It all has much deeper reasons than you ever thought of.
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Master of Healthcare Leadership program...spread the word! [Apr. 12th, 2007|12:40 pm]
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[mood |excitedexcited]

Hi, everyone!  I am the Program Coordinator for the Master of Healthcare Leadership program at Park University.  The program is completely online, and is a brand new program that's already making waves at the university.  Don't let the online factor fool you - we have high standards for our students and our goal is to prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders (not just managers or administrators) to change the shape and form of America's healthcare industry. 

If you or anyone you know would be interested in this program, please let me know!

Here's our website: http://www.park.edu/grad/mhl-general.htm

And here's our blog: http://mhlatpark.typepad.com/

PS - We also offer a fantastic Healthcare Advocacy Certificate (both professional and volunteer).  See here for more details!

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Newbie to the healthcare world [Dec. 12th, 2006|06:18 am]
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Hi, my name is Jesse. I'm 27 and recently started working as an intake person or "Access to Care" coordinator for a local Community Health Center. Basically, I help people get on Title 19,WIC and other state and federal programs to help under and uninsured patients. It is stressfull at times, but rewarding to help someone navigate and advocate for themselves in ( as you all know) a rather hostile social services world. I cannot even begin to tell you how bad the DSS people treat my clients when they go it alone. Luckily one phone call to me usually stops the harrasment. I plan to stay a year at least before looking torwards Grant-writing/program design type work. Ideally, i'd like to work for a non-prof or agency and implement community action or grassroots social service programs targeting HIV+ or at risk for HIV transmission populations.

Of interest to Connecticut DSS or Health Advocates: our AG has decided to go after some of the top insurance HMO's because of their refusal to disclose their rate practices as well as shady deeming practices. A study also found ( and my patients confirm this) that hospitals regularly delay or deny treatment to patients who are on Medicaid. Patients are often told that they CANNOT be seen because "we don't take medicaid". Other patients have been forced to pay out of pocket or threatened with a lien when they don't "pay up". Both of these practices are illegal yet commonplace. I have considered writing complaint letters to UCONN medical and a few other fascilities including Yale-New Haven asking them to stand by the state health laws.

Anyone else have any similiar Medicaid/Medicare abuse stories?
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(no subject) [Oct. 5th, 2006|07:59 am]
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Hey everyone, I'm new here!

My main interests in regard to politics are birth politics- rights of a laboring or pregnant woman, availability of homebirth services, etc. I'm also interested in rights of parents to make medical decisions regarding their children's health.

My background- I'm a SAH momma to one boy (who is nearly 3), and soon to be momma of a little girl, who is due next week. No real educational/professional background to speak of at the moment, though I will be attending school online in a few months (I'd like to major in journalism, but can't find a legit school online). I'm somewhat of a soft-spoken natural childbirth and breastfeeding activist. By "soft-spoken" I mean that I try to inform people who are interested, but I don't like to push my ideas on anyone.

OK, so I do have a question that I am hoping someone will be able to help me out with. I have a friend who was given an unnecessary episitomy during birth, even though she was vocal about not wanting one. I know that patients have a right to refuse any medical treatment they deem unnecessary. If she's able to prove that it was unnecessary (probably by having a different OB examine her charts), what legal actions could she take against this OB? Someone has mentioned assault, and the EMTALA came into my mind, but I haven't been able to find anything about it online.
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(no subject) [Sep. 28th, 2006|12:40 pm]
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It was suggested to me here that the following post might be more appropriate here, even though here it is out of the blue and there it was in context. Anyway, hope you folks are interested.

I was unaware that Urgent Care facilities were required to treat patients just as hospital emergency rooms are, and I live near a medical group that called itself Urgent Care when they opened and for awhile afterwards. I drove by it today, and noticed it is now called Convenient Care. I did some googling, and found the following. What I'm wondering is how can a consumer know whether a particular facility is legally required to treat patients without regard to ability to pay? It becomes unclear when facilities start doing name changes that cease to imply that they are Urgent Care facilities. I wonder if I should stop in and ask them if they are Urgent Care, but if you know of a website that tells of the law you refer to, it could be useful to people willing and able to fight for health care.

FirstMed Clinics To Be Renamed Genesis Convenient Care

Other communities of this size have discontinued Convenient Care or Urgent Care services. Within the last 18 months, the hospitals in New Prague and Monticello closed their Urgent Care Services....

Why is District One closing Convenient Care?

There are three primary reasons.

“It is really important for people to establish a relationship with a primary care physician. Too
many people were using Convenient Care as their ‘primary care clinic,’” says Cheryl Arnold,
Emergency Department manager.

By consolidating the two areas into one, the department can be more efficiently managed and
operated. By combining both staffs into one, there are more hands available during peak patient
census in the ED.

By eliminating Convenient Care as a stand-alone service, District One hopes to stem financial losses in that area. Payment from insurance companies didn’t match the cost of providing services. And many insurance companies require a referral from the primary care physician to Convenient Care
before they’ll pay a claim.
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Yikes! [Sep. 27th, 2006|02:17 pm]
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Sorry about the silence around here boys and girls! I went back to school and life has been a whirlwind ever since.

In recent news, there's a 20 year gap in life expectancy in the US and there's a new killer TB strain in South Africa. It's affecting mostly AIDS patients, of course.

To get things started, let's all introduce ourselves. I'll go first :)
I'm in my last semester of my BSN. I can't wait to finish and be a real nurse! I'm planning to start in critical care, but I'm also interested in hospice, travel nursing, and public health (duh). I have big plans which hopefully involve an advanced practice degree at some point in the future... When I'm not thinking about nursing and nursing-related topics, I like to think about knitting, cooking, and gymnastics.

More coming soon, I promise!
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Old drug ads [Aug. 18th, 2006|09:57 am]
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Check out this bunch of old medication ads. I guess heavily marketing pharmeceuticals isn't new news after all.
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Welcome! [Aug. 16th, 2006|12:15 pm]
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I sure hope we can share a lot of interesting information here and get some lively discussions going. Please bear with me as I learn the tricks of community moderation--I'm new at this!

The community user pic is of Florence Nightingale: nurse, activist, scientist, and political mover extraordinare. Did you know that she came from a long line of religious and political radicals? Or that she spent the latter part of her life locked in her room, tirelessly campaigning for improved public health conditions in England? You can read a short bio of her here. She is holding a book to remind us to read widely. Flo was lucky--her father believed that women should be educated, and so she recieved a fine education in times when women were thought to be silly and inferior. She could read and speak several languages, and read all the latest scientific journals. I often wonder, "What would Florence do?"

So let's think of her and hope we can be just a fraction as successful as she was. I'll get more going on here just as soon as we have a membership! Thanks for coming by.
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