Most of us are fortunate to have a primary healthcare provider who is able to take care of the vast majority of our medical needs. For certain conditions and symptoms, however, more specialized care is required. We access that specialized care through the medical referral system.
The issue of medical bias in our healthcare industry is getting some well-deserved attention. When physicians graduate, they take the Hippocratic Oath that includes this phrase, “I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings….” In its ideal form, the practice of medicine is driven by strong provider-patient relationships underscored by solid protocols of diagnosis and treatment. That’s what we expect, so when we see a doctor, we expect to be treated objectively, fairly, and compassionately.
MetroWest Medical Center recently announced plans to shutter nearly all services at its Natick Campus, also known as Leonard Morse Hospital. Gone will be the medical/surgical unit, intensive care, operating rooms, the emergency department, and outpatient rehabilitation. Owned by Tenet Healthcare Corp. since 2013, an out-of-state for-profit healthcare company, Leonard Morse has been a community fixture since 1893. The closing should be complete in under four months.
The decision to trust a nursing home or similar facility with the care of a loved one is never easy. We trust that the facility we select will treat and care for our family member’s needs as we would with the added security and comfort of the staff’s training and expertise.
Mail order pharmacies have made significant inroads in capturing a greater percentage of the drug dispensing business. And, it is a big business. Americans filled approximately 5.8 billion prescriptions in 2018 (a record). With a U.S. population of about 327.2 million, that equates to 17.7 prescriptions per person. Nearly 96% of employers offer a mail order pharmacy option with a health insurance plan. In fact, many insurance plans highly encourage the use of mail order pharmacies and structure their benefits accordingly.
We know the title of this blog is stark, but so are the figures in a recently-published study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing that pregnancy-related mortality rates (PRMRs) for black women 30 years and over was 4 to 5 times that of white women. (The rate for Native American or Alaskan Native women was 2.5 times greater.)
Referrals can sometimes be a complicated matter for attorneys. When to refer, who to refer to, and what to expect from making a referral. We’ve all seen examples (or been recipients) of “bad” referrals. However, when done in the right spirit, referrals can be a great way to build credibility with your clients and expand your trusted network. Especially for individuals or smaller practices, referrals can be an important tool in your overall business strategy regardless of compensation details.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a final rule update regarding nursing homes and binding arbitration agreements when Medicare/Medicaid funds are involved. The new rules once again allow nursing homes to offer binding arbitration agreements as part of entry paperwork for prospective residents and their families. Here’s what you need to know.
When we visit a doctor or other healthcare professional, we expect fair, caring, and knowledgeable providers to manage our evaluation and treatment. We wouldn’t expect bias to figure into any part of our care equation. And, an objective unbiased approach is exactly what medical schools teach when it comes to making clinical decisions.