4 Ways to Improve the Patient Experience in Your Practice

It's not easy being a healthcare provider.  Especially when it comes to establishing and maintaining patient relationships.  In an ideal world, you would spend ample time with your patients- even the ones presenting with a simple case of strep or otitis.  You would call them back the next day to follow-up.  Your provider-patient relationship would be soundly based on trust, peppered with lighthearted laughs despite occasionally serious conversation.  But let's get real.

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Case Study of the Week: Sialolithiasis

Patients presenting with significant facial swelling strike fear in me as a medical provider.  With so many essential and complex structures and in considering proximity to the brain, dealing with facial swelling is certainly concerning and necessitates an accurate diagnosis.  Thankfully, at my continuing medical education conference last week we discussed ENT emergencies including one of my favorite diagnoses, sialolithiasis, more commonly known as the salivary stone. 

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CME Adventure: Of Camels and Tooth Avulsion Treatment

The final stop on my CME Adventure proved to be the most exotic.  Lazarote, a desolate volcanic land nestled in the Canary Islands chain is home to few humans albeit an abnormally high population of camels.  Following a morning camel ride and tour of the local volcano (which included cooking chicken on a grate above an active volcanic steam vent) I was treated to informative emergency medicine lectures.  The most interesting thing I learned today?  Management and treatment of tooth avulsion.

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9 Healthy Fall Foods

Every season has a taste and Fall is my favorite.  The aroma of soups and squash accompanied by a crisp nighttime chill conjures images of football games, Thanksgiving turkeys and trick-or-treaters.  Fortunately, many of my favorite Fall foods come packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients.  Which tasty Fall foods are the healthiest for your diet and savory enough to decrease cravings for those oh-so stealthily marketed Holiday mini candy bars?

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CME Adventure Update: From Paella to Pulmonary Embolism

Hello from Tenerife, Canary Islands!  My CME adventure has so far been magical. From chowing down on Paella at seaside European cafes and wandering the streets of Portugal to medical conferences in the cruise ship conference room, this CME conference pick is proving to be a good one.

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Halloween Safety Tips For Your Patients

For many parents, Halloween is a nightmare.  Little ghouls and goblins running around unsupervised canvasing the neighborhood for treats opens the door to danger.  What Halloween safety advice should you share with your patients?

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Primary Care Medical Home: Will it Work?

In my post last week, I discussed the concept of the Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH), an effort to revamp the primary care system proposed by the Affordable Care Act.  As with any reform effort, the question is "Will it work"?.

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Join Me on My CME Vacation!

My employer offers a generous Continuing Medical Education (CME) allowance.  Each year, I anticipate my free (and educational...) vacation, religiously maximizing my CME spending.  This year is no different.

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Primary Care Medical Home: The Future of Primary Care?

If you watch the news, you probably believe America's primary care system is in dire need of repair.  If you work in primary care, you may have mixed feelings based on your practice setting.  The 'Primary Care Medical Home' concept featured as part of health care reform promises to repair primary care creating a streamlined patient and provider friendly primary care system.  How will this system work?

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A Bra That Detects Cancer: Lingerie and Medical Device Combine

What if a bra could replace the need for your next screening mammogram?  Well it looks like this may be possible the the new 'Smart Bra' developed by First Warning Systems Inc.  Unlike your standard sports bra, this technological piece of apparel not only provides support but also detects breast tumors.

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HIPAA: What Happens When You Don't Comply?

Most nurse practitioners understand the basics of HIPAA.  But, with the abundance of social media and a newfound cultural acceptance of sharing your life online, HIPAA violations are frequent.  What are the repercussions of a HIPAA slip-up?  

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Chronic Disease in Developing Countries: Not Just Americans are Getting Fat

Health relief efforts in poor, developing countries abound.

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