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A Life Lesson in Cost-Awareness

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Blog, Stories | 0 comments

A Life Lesson in Cost-Awareness

By Christi Lucus, RN, BSN It was July 2012 and I was pregnant with my third child. As an experienced mother and labor and delivery nurse, I felt very comfortable at 29 weeks gestation and anticipated the usual course of pregnancy. However, at 30 weeks, I started battling with preterm labor issues. This eventually led to the early delivery of my son, a four week and stay in the NICU, and a life lesson in cost-awareness of medical care. My third child, Alex, was due October 8, 2012. My husband and I were thrilled to be expecting our second son. As for myself, I anticipated a fairly normal...

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Pharmacy Cost Savings

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Blog, Stories | 1 comment

Pharmacy Cost Savings

By Megan Sanders-Sneller There are several different scenarios that I can think of in the past four years of pharmacy school that exhibit the high cost of prescription health care.  Prescription medications are constantly becoming more expensive.  Patients are unaware of their prescription benefits and how prescription insurance works.  It leads to a lot of frustration for pharmacies and patients on a daily basis.  However, every now and then there is something that we as pharmacy staff can do to help patients with the cost of their care. I recall one particular instance when I was...

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From Teacher to Doctor: Lessons Learned on Minimizing Costs

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Blog, Stories | 0 comments

From Teacher to Doctor: Lessons Learned on Minimizing Costs

By Anonymous, MD I remember being a New York City public school teacher, prior to medical school, and buying my own supplies for my classroom. I did not realize I would apply similar budget saving skills to treating my patients. Every Friday morning, I would look forward to going to my primary clinic at the VA. I was delighted to treat my veteran patients. I would also look forward to the personal stories they would tell me which ranged from war stories to updates on their grandchildren. Their stories were often unrelated to health care but it was the essence of what made my primary care...

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Making Profound Changes from an Office Visit

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Blog, Stories | 2 comments

Making Profound Changes from an Office Visit

By Adam Philip Stern, MD Mr. D was my patient in the partial hospital program for the chronically and persistently mentally ill, and he was barely maintaining the level of functioning necessary to remain outside of the inpatient unit. A middle aged man with long-term psychotic and depressive symptoms, Mr. D’s care was made even more complicated by an extensive history of alcohol dependence and intravenous drug use that had left him with a severely damaged liver. A combination of hepatitis C viral infection and long-term daily alcohol use had left his body without the tools most of us...

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Managing My Costs of Care

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Blog, Stories | 1 comment

Managing My Costs of Care

By Jay Warner Before losing my health insurance in 2009, it never occurred to me to be concerned about a little thing like a blood test.  Since 1986 I’d been having three vials of blood drawn each year during my physical.  My doctor would authorize it, the nurse would draw the blood in the office and send it to the lab for processing.  A few days later she would call me with the results and I would refill my prescriptions accordingly.  But then a series of events changed everything.  I lost my job and with one month left to go on COBRA,  my former employer suddenly changed health...

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