Crash Course in Health Insurance. Part 1

My husband works in the health insurance industry.  He arrived home from work the other evening, steam coming from his ears, mumbling something about "coinsurance" under his breath.  He was frustrated that a certain clinic had no idea how to bill some sort of "coinsurance" claim properly and had completely messed up a client's medical bills (my explanation of this diatribe is probably a little off as I don't actually know what "coinsurance" is either).  "You know what coinsurance is, right?" he asked.  "Nope" I responded unashamedly admitting my ignorance.  

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Virginia

By MidlevelU Team Member Leonel Cabrera

Virginia, "birthplace of our nation", homeland to eight of the country's presidents and the site of over half of Civil War battles is on the forefront of history.  However, this spirit of nationalism and freedom changes when it comes to regulations governing nurse practitioner scope of practice.

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The NP Career Brings Opportunity, But What are the Challenges?

When I blog, I'm overall upbeat about the NP profession because, well, I really do think it's the best!  As a nurse practitioner I earn an excellent income, have an extremely flexible schedule and a job where I am continually learning, challenged and encouraged to improve my practice.  But let's be honest.  Between sewing up lacerations on screaming children, monitoring combative alcoholics and dealing with the occasional case of C. diff, I do have bad days on the job.

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Medical Week in Review 5.31.13

It's almost the weekend!  I hope you enjoyed your short work week.  I took advantage of the holiday and extended the intended single day off work into a week-long international getaway.  I highly recommend getting the most out of what is meant to be just a long weekend.  While away on vacay, I have done my best to gather this week's happenings in medicine to help you get through your Friday.

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Enough With the "Nursing Model"

As I continue to monitor the movement toward advancing the NP profession, I can't help but think we are going about this the wrong way.  In the push to achieve higher levels of independence, nurse practitioner organizations are presenting NP's as equivalent to physicians, the difference between the two professions often stated as a "Nursing Model" rather than a "Medical Model" approach to patient care. 

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Case Study of the Week: Congestive Heart Failure

Nearly 6 million Americans have congestive heart failure (CHF) costing the healthcare system an astonishing $34.4 billion dollars each year.  About half of individuals diagnosed with heart failure die within 5 years of diagnosis.  Nurse practitioners must be prepared to diagnose and treat CHF as early diagnosis and treatment improves quality of life and increases life expectancy for people with heart failure. 

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5 Medical Tests You Can Do at Home

Do you ever wonder about your own body?  I spend hours at work each day CT scanning, drawing lab values and generally investigating the in's and out's of patient's medical problems while largely ignoring myself.  Fortunately, I am young, fit and generally in good health so illness doesn't typically send me running to the nearest clinic.  But, I'm often curious about my own lab values and risk factors.  Recently, I've come across some at-home medical tests and have begun to do a little testing of my own.

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Medical Week in Review 5.24.13

Happy Friday!  Whether you are traveling for the long weekend or staying put, I hope you are looking forward to some fun and sun this Memorial Day.  As you watch the clock anticipating the holiday weekend, check out this week's happenings in medicine.  

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Is Acupuncture Effective for Treatment of Pain?

A friend of mine recently went to an acupuncturist seeking relief from back pain.  I didn't say anything, but I thought she was a bit batty.  I just have a hard time believing that sticking little needles all around your spine causes anything except a bloody mess.  So, I decided it was time to take a look at modern research surrounding this ancient practice. 

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Making it Through Your Nurse Practitioner Program from an NP Who's Been There

My time as a nurse practitioner student in Vanderbilt's accelerated NP program did not go as expected.  I have always been a good student, completed my work efficiently and generally had little difficulty meeting the expectations of my professors.  My nurse practitioner program, however was incredibly time consuming and at times unexpectedly overwhelming.

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Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice: Tennessee

This morning, I'm excited to feature the scope of practice for NP's in my beloved state of residence, Tennessee.  Not only does this great state feature a Dolly Parton-based theme park, the home of Elvis Presley and boast a spirit of volunteerism, Tennessee has pretty favorable laws toward NP's.  Recent rankings show Tennessee is overall the 3rd freest state in our nation.  Fortunately, this attitude of freedom and independence extends to state laws governing nurse practitioners.  

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Wanna Get Away? Summer CME Conferences

Is your continuing medical education allowance burning a hole in your pocket?  Or, maybe you could just really use a getaway and the thought of an employer-funded vacay makes the idea even more alluring.  Whatever your reason for attending a CME conference this summer, here are some excellent options to meet your educational and recreational needs.

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