Hi Mefites. I'll be starting an online medical coding and billing course in January ( given by the AAPC), after graduating from a relatively well respected state school with a psychology BA in May and finding out far too late in the game that it would leave me with nil in terms of job prospects. After building up quite a bit of credit card debt and deciding that man cannot live on Hulu and Facebook alone, as I've been doing for six months, I decided to look into opportunities that required relatively little training to get started with, and happened upon medical billing, something that seems to fit me quite well. I'm tempering my enthusiasm however, because no amount of Googling seems to give me a clear sense of my path once the course is over. Help? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77
on Dec 8, 2013 -
I just started seeing a rheumatologist for my ankylosing spondylitis. She suggested a long term NSAID rather than just taking ibuprofen as I had been doing. She prescribed two options: diclofenac, which I tried, and Indomethacin, which I have not yet tried. I have questions about the new drug before I start it but my rheumatologist won't be able to respond for about a month. Should I see my family doctor or a pharmacist with questions about the new meds? Are either likely to be really familiar with a random medication?
posted by Naib
on Dec 5, 2013 -
Hello everyone, my mom was taken to a hospital by ambulance a few mornings ago when she couldn't move her legs and get out of bed. This stems from a previous issue with nerve damage and spinal problems which she's had surgery for before. She met the same doctor from her previous surgery, whom she couldn't pay, and was berated and threatened by him. [more inside]
posted by FireballForever
on Oct 17, 2013 -
Negotiating self pay medical bill. I want to have an idea of how much the surgical practice/surgeon would have been paid if the patient had had insurance.
How much will they get if they hire a collection agency? Do they get a percentage or just sell the debit for a fixed price?
The patient is being billed 1850.00 self pay for the procedure.
The procedure was at a major Boston hospital and the patient is being billed self pay due to a temporary lapse in subsidized insurance. The hospital has already written off the bill. The billing date was sometime around the end of March 2013.
The patient has been told by the billing organization that represents the surgeon that they have to deal directly with the surgeon or their practice.
posted by flummox
on Aug 27, 2013 -
I was at urgent care for a ear problem and the doctor only spent less than 2 minutes with me, didnt even look at the other ear, gave me a prescription and left. The nurse came in and wanted me to sign a form saying I was "satisfied with my treatment and had all my questions answered" I told the nurse I had more questions for the doctor before I would sign it. She said the doctor was not going to answer any more questions and I overheard him saying to call the police, I was amazed as I was being very polite. So I left, as I was leaving he said I was banned from the clinic. Can they do that?
posted by john123357
on Aug 10, 2013 -
I have a slight curvature in my spine however, it seriously put my whole body out of alignment. I discovered my body was misaligned upon looking in a reverse mirrored image of myself when trying on a bathing suit as a 15 year old. I'm much older now, but since the problem was never treated, my skeletal structure is the same, if not worse. This presents a problem in my field of work as a performer. I'm a busty woman with slender hips and because of my bust, its more pronounced. A view of my left side from a third degree angle looks amazing. Looks feminine and tall. However, the view from the right on a third degree angle looks boyish and collapsed. I see pictures of myself performing and it makes me cringe when angles of my right side are taken. My structure look deformed and I feel is limiting my opportunities to go further in my industry. I'm having a hard time deciding which doctor to see since I don't have health insurance. I would really love to correct this problem but I don't know where to start. Please help!
posted by InterestedInKnowing
on Aug 3, 2013 -
Help me find my biological father: artificial insemination in the 1980s edition! [more inside]
posted by kthxbi
on Jul 19, 2013 -
Was my experience with a new medical office as egregiously wrong as I think it was? If so, how do I report what happened? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated
on Jul 3, 2013 -
You are not my doctor, but you might know what kind of doctor I need to find or what kinds of questions to ask. Please help me piece together a plan so I can get some health issues sorted out. [more inside]
posted by gursky
on Jun 9, 2013 -
I like my specialist doctor. However, he has an assistant/nurse who makes me feel uncomfortable, although nothing she has done is explicitly unprofessional - I just find her creepy and unnerving. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by ladybird
on May 26, 2013 -
Suppose you've noticed a growing red skin blemish on your arm that's irregular, raised, and a little flaky towards the center. At what point do you start to worry it's skin cancer and go see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by meese
on May 11, 2013 -
No symptoms present, no evidence of exposure. To blood test or not to test? [more inside]
posted by emoemu
on Jan 15, 2013 -
My "ovaries are polycystic, but this is not a significant pathological process" -what? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276
on Oct 17, 2012 -
Anyone recommend a family doctor in Vancouver/Burnaby? One that can deal with allergies would be nice. Or at least give me suggestions on how to get one, because I've never done this before. [more inside]
posted by Hawk V
on Sep 26, 2012 -
My doctor's office billed me up front for an IUD and told me I would be reimbursed. Today, after calling them repeatedly, I found out that they have not filed a claim for the device, and they couldn't give me a satisfactory explanation as to why. I have no idea what to do now. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz
on Sep 20, 2012 -
Good afternoon. I am in the market for a doctor, of the general practitioner variety, a dentist and a new laboratory in NYC. Any referrals you could provide would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet
on Aug 4, 2012 -
Are there risks in having botox injections for a neutropenia sufferer?
A relation of mine is determined to have botox injections to get rid of wrinkles, however, they suffer badly from cyclic neutropenia which means that their immune system is often weak and have white blood cell issues and consequently they get infections frequently. I am aware that botox is botulinum toxin and I have kept trying to persuade her to see her doctor before having botox injections, to check whether they are safe for her in light of neutropenia. She is desperate to go ahead with this and it is hard to persuade her to get medical advice on this. From a layman's perspective, I am concerned that this may be dangerous for her.
Does anybody with medical knowledge, perhaps haematology, know if this botox is safe for neutropenia sufferers?
posted by conrad101
on Jul 20, 2012 -
In the U.S., what options exist for a nearly immediate increase in hemoglobin levels (or iron) outside of a blood transfusion in a hospital? [more inside]
posted by who squared
on Nov 15, 2011 -
I went to a ENT/facial surgeon recently for something unrelated, and I asked the doctor, who also does facial plastic surgery, what I could do about a large vein I have under my right eye. He had me speak with a woman in the office, and she told me, after looking at my vein(s), about a procedure for veins like mine (not spider veins) wherein they inject saline into the vein and then it goes away. What procedure is that? How much does it cost? Do you have a recommendation for a place in Philadelphia, PA? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea
on Nov 11, 2011 -
Looking for a doctor / nurse practitioner in Portland, Oregon. I want someone who will work with me, as opposed to running the show. More info inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 20, 2011 -
What are other careers similar to a Chiropractor? IE. Health professions/schools that do not require any standardized testing to get into? [more inside]
posted by cruncheweesy
on Jun 22, 2011 -
A friend of mine has a relative with Epstein-Barr. We are looking for information on treatment and doctors in either New York or Chicago. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee
on Apr 23, 2011 -
How can I get a quick appointment with a medical specialist?
I have gastroparesis
and it has recently gotten bad - I am significantly underweight and I am continuing to lose weight because I am not able to take in enough calories. I have gone to a couple of generalist gastroenterologists before but they didn't help me at all. I found some gastroparesis specialists a couple hours away from me, but the next available appointment isn't until the summer. I have done some research and haven't found any other nearby doctors with this specialty. Does anyone know of a strategy I can use to get an earlier appointment? [more inside]
posted by hijol
on Apr 10, 2011 -
I'd like some guidelines on how to be reasonably cautious with my child's health when I can't tell if the nurses are overreacting or not. [more inside]
posted by kristymcj
on Apr 3, 2011 -
Is there a general consensus in the medical world regarding whether it is better or not to use fever reducing medications (aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc.) for medium-grade fevers? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread
on Mar 8, 2011 -
I have many of the symptoms of Lupus, and my mother has the genetic defects that cause a number of autoimmune diseases including Celiac and Lupus. How do I go to my doctor and insist I get tested without her laughing me out of the office or convincing me otherwise that I don't have lupus? Also, I might be crazy. Obviously, YANA/MD [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 14, 2010 -
My little brother is re-taking the internal medicine medical boards and I'm trying to get a better understanding of how much he needs to increase his score. [more inside]
posted by petestein1
on Aug 17, 2010 -
I need an MRI of both my lower back and my left knee. The lady in scheduling told me I will have to be in the MRI for 40 minutes for my back, and then I'll come out and then have to go right back in for another 40 minutes for my knee. This doesn't seem right. Why can't I stay in the MRI machine for 40 minutes and then have my back and knee imaged at the same time? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh
on Jul 14, 2010 -
I've got issues - big complicated medical issues. Help me find a primary care doctor in Kansas City. (TMI lurks within.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 23, 2010 -
Can a US insurance company require or request that you have a physical by a certain date? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks
on Feb 25, 2010 -
Should I try to convince a particular doctor to prescribe me (a transsexual man) testosterone? If so, how should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 13, 2010 -
I want to consult a doctor about some possible health problems, but I don't want my insurance company to know about it. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 24, 2009 -
Can you recommend an urgent care clinic open on nights or weekends in Seattle? Preferably one somewhere near Fremont that is a Uniform Medical Plan provider. I have no current need—this is for future reference.
posted by grouse
on May 10, 2009 -
I will be returning briefly to the US after 6 months abroad and I would like to partake in some of that wonderful US healthcare before I head back abroad. I have a couple of questions. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp
on Feb 18, 2009 -
General medicine in San Francisco:
I'm in need of a basic checkup and a few tests, but the UCSF system is no longer accepting patients. Where else can I see a doctor and have any necessary tests done in the same place? I've a PPO inaurance plan, so I believe I can go anywhere but Kaiser. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
posted by aladfar
on Feb 12, 2009 -