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Job pairing: A Physician and a ?

I am about to enter medical school. My partner works in an entirely unrelated field, but doesn't plan to stay in that field. It recently occurred to us that (with appropriate training) he could switch to a job in healthcare that would enable us to work together after I finish my residency and begin my practice. We are trying to come up with an exhaustive list of jobs that exist in the office of a primary care physician in private practice. Can you help us flesh it out? The things we've thought of so far are nurse, nurse practitioner, billing and coding, office manager, bookkeeper. Please point out if you know of someone who does this job in the same office as their partner/spouse.
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2013 - 29 answers

Record of improper private medical information disclosure?

Would a U.S. health care service provider be required to publicly report the improper disposal and disclosure of health care records and other personal information? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2013 - 4 answers

Tips on getting a job in Healthcare?

I am trying to make a career change. I'm really interested in healthcare but I'm having trouble breaking in. Most non entry-level jobs require direct healthcare experience but I only have some indirect experience (a couple healthcare clients from 5 years of traditional marketing/consulting). Any tips for someone looking to make a career change? Thanks!
posted by shotgunbooty on Jul 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Is this surgery center breaking the law?

I had planned surgery yesterday, which was cancelled on the part of the surgery center because of equipment issues. I originally paid a deposit to lock in the date/time, and also made a partial payment on a CC the day before (because it was not my card and the cardholder wouldn't be present on the procedure day). Am I right in demanding a refund of the money paid thus far, and is it actually illegal for them to NOT refund me? [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Jul 10, 2013 - 16 answers

Health insurance for the first time....should I use it?

I have insurance for the first time, and I haven't been to a doctor since I was a child (>20 years). I am not sure exactly how doctors...work. Like, when it's appropriate to make use of the insurance. [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Jul 2, 2013 - 23 answers

Questions in preparation for early retirement

I am thinking of retiring early, relatively soon. Probably within five years, maybe much sooner. I want to make sure that I correctly understand various things, so I have several questions related to taxation, Obamacare, health savings accounts, IRAs, and SEPP. [more inside]
posted by Sock McPuppet, Jr. on Jul 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Fighting/rectifying a mistake made by FSA admins

Asking for my SO. Short version: Because of incorrect information we received from ADP (our FSA administrators) in February, we're about to lose $1400 in SO's FSA that we had saved for her Lasik. We've contacted a healthcare advocate, and are trying to move up her surgery; in your experience, is there anything else we can do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Should I become a phlebotomist as a path to PA school?

I'm 27 and would like to become a physician's assistant (PA), but don't have any background in medicine, a prerequisite for nearly every PA program. Should I go through a phlebotomy program? Are there phlebotomy jobs out there? Would this be a good way to get working hours as a medical professional? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Short term healthcare coverage in Massachusetts

Short term health insurance options in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Can anyone tell me about UHC in chicago? (United Healthcare Consortium)

Hi, UHC looks pretty interesting as a company. But I am having trouble grasping what the company does in reality (aside for all the marketing material on the website) and what is the REAL mission of this company. UHC is apparently an alliance of university medical center and affiliated hospitals website is www.uhc.edu Anyone in the know? or able to decode what is it they do? what is their role in the industry, .where they stand..etc.
posted by kirikara on May 24, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me buy my own health insurance.

I'm self employed. I need health insurance. My main concern is a random ER visit that will put me in debt for the rest of my life, so I told my wife not to worry about deductible prices, since I only need to go in once every few years anyway. She found something with a $4,000 deductible. And that was like $80/mo. The other ones were even more expensive. Is this price range right? Is this the only way to protect myself from crippling debt?
posted by brenton on Apr 29, 2013 - 31 answers

Urgent: Cheapest wound care/tetanus vax near Howell, NJ?

Trying to coordinate help for a friend. She stepped on a nail, doesn't have current Tetanus vax. She needs to have the wound thoroughly cleaned and get a tetanus vax. Just the shot at Walgreen's would be $200 - she needs something cheaper (no insurance). [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Apr 26, 2013 - 14 answers

Basic questions about American healthcare system

I'm a Canadian and somewhat ignorant about the U.S. healthcare system. Some simple questions inside. [more inside]
posted by barnoley on Apr 26, 2013 - 72 answers

How high can a fever get before seeking care?

Feeling ill yesterday and today, with a fever, slight cough, stuffed nose, sore joints. Taking dayquil and nyquil, and keeping track of my temperature every few hours. What temperature means "go to the hospital?" What other symptoms re: the cough and nose might man go to the hospital? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Apr 22, 2013 - 28 answers

Is there a doctor in the house?

I'm looking for a good primary care doctor in New Haven, CT who accepts United Healthcare insurance. I'm also okay with driving a short distance outside of New Haven. I need someone who does not have a long waiting period to schedule appointments for new patients. Do you know of anyone, or do you know of a good way to decide which of the thousands of doctors on the internet are any good (healthgrades.com was decidedly unhelpful)?
posted by cheerwine on Apr 21, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I navigate this health insurance situation?

How do I figure out the details on a tricky health insurance situation so I am not doing anything shady, but also don't accidentally end up many thousand of dollars in debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Find Ourselves a City to Live In

We're a family of two writers and a preschooler, looking for resources & advice on picking a place in the US to move to. [more inside]
posted by muckster on Apr 3, 2013 - 28 answers

Another US health insurance question

How are things looking over the next few years as far as health insurance costs in the US? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Mar 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me spend my LIMITED PURPOSE FSA

I am new to the world of Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts and I think I've enrolled in an FSA that I won't use. [more inside]
posted by young sister beacon on Mar 5, 2013 - 19 answers

We need to buy Healthcare. How should we go about this?

My family needs medium-term health insurance, and we're not really sure where to start or what type of plan would work best for us. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Mar 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Past medical history and health insurance

I'm in the United States and will be working for myself for the first time. This is exciting, but I have a pre-existing health condition, ADHD, and I take medication daily. Will this still be covered if I go on my own health plan or will this be out of pocket? I'm male, non-smoker, mid-20s with no other pre-existing conditions. The whole new health care initiative is confusing, I was under the impression that this sort of thing is now covered.
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Sliced finger in LA...ER or Urgent care? Need ideas.

I'm almost certain I just severed the tendon in my pinky...the bleeding is under control but I cannot bend it. I have severe fear of ER costs due to bad past experiences that cost me lots and lots of money. How bad is this, and can it wait for an Urgent Care place? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Feb 22, 2013 - 25 answers

Going to the doctor like a Real Adult

I've never really had a regular doctor as an adult and I'm thinking I should change that. Should I? How do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Feb 6, 2013 - 22 answers

Is a concierge doctor worth it?

I've been very disappointed with my doctor--she's obviously rushed and makes simple mistakes (like writing me a prescription for an over-the-counter medicine, telling me I need bloodwork but then not testing for the things she said she was going to, etc). I've also felt on several occasions that she didn't really listen to what I was saying to her. I'm thinking of joining this concierge medical center but I wanted to hear other people's experiences with this form of health care first. [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jan 31, 2013 - 21 answers

I'm not sure if I should discontinue my health insurance or not.

I'm not sure if i should discontinue my health coverage or not, and how to handle it - and if there's any way to *temporarily* discontinue my health coverage. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Deciphering individual health insurance plans

I'm trying to figure out the best choice for individual health insurance for myself, and I'd like to have it pay for my currently-out-of-pocket therapy, but I have questions about how this works. Does therapy count as an "office visit"? Do I actually want insurance to cover therapy? (I'm in the US.) [more inside]
posted by mysh on Jan 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Help Me Pick Good IT Training for 2013

Training for Senior Business Analyst - looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Dec 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Taking the right care of Great Grandpa

We are lucky enough to have a Grandpa who is 84 years old. He just had a consult with his urologist and has elevated PSA and prostate biopsy positive for cancerous cells ( that is the phrase that keeps being repeated) . [more inside]
posted by slothhog on Nov 29, 2012 - 17 answers

Is the new insurance company pulling a fast one?

US-InsuranceFilter: How do I know if an insurance plan is grandfathered under the new ACA "coverage of young adults" policies? The insurance company is acting like it is, but won't answer direct questions about being grandfathered. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Nov 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me find a scholarly book about Women and their experiences with the current Healthcare System?

Help me find a more recent book about issues surrounding women and the healthcare field, and issues surounding the field in general in terms of the attitude that medical professionals are almost superhuman, and the authoritarian attitude of doctors. [more inside]
posted by pandorasbox on Nov 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me win arguments with libertarians

Help me win an argument with a libertarian: my friends are smart and libertarian and I am smart and a bleeding heart liberal (for example, I believe that if a government has the ability to provide health care to its citizens, it should do so). Give me short reads to help my arguments. [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead on Nov 12, 2012 - 52 answers

Why not let the feds manage your health insurance exchange?

What are the practical advantages of a state setting up its own health insurance exchange, versus letting the federal government create/manage the exchange for the state? [more inside]
posted by pokermonk on Nov 12, 2012 - 2 answers

How to decide between a bad PPO and unknown HMO health plan?

It's health benefits selection time at work! I'm fed up with the PPO I have now, but the only other choice I can afford is an HMO. Is switching a good idea or a bad idea? (I'm looking at Aetna HMO specifically, but I'd value more general input too.) [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Nov 2, 2012 - 11 answers

The Old "Foot in the Door" Conundrum

Plenty of education, but no experience--how do I break into health information management or roles as a trainer in a healthcare setting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Work experience now or later?

Future healthcare-administration graduate: Should I try to get administrative experience while I'm in school or stick with patient-care jobs for now? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Oct 19, 2012 - 6 answers

I get less rejection from OKCupid.

I'm looking for a doctor in Toronto. Does anyone have one they can recommend? [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Sep 18, 2012 - 4 answers

Kaiser?

Can anyone share their experiences with Kaiser Richmond/Pinole - especially in regards to pediatrics? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Sep 17, 2012 - 1 answer

Australian rural healthcare and a broke pregnant American girl ...

My sister-in-law is somewhere in NSW, Australia, pregnant, and a US citizen ... are we supposed to be freaking out? Links to pages of how a US citizen gets healthcare in AUS appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Risingfenix on Sep 15, 2012 - 27 answers

California Health Care and Insurance and What is this lump?

Does anyone have any experience with using the California health care program to treat potential breast cancer? That's my worst case scenario, and yes, I'm scared to death. I'm also without insurance at the moment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Things are bad.

Our marriage is crumbling, and it's taking me with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2012 - 29 answers

Best country with no universal health care?

In the wake of the Affordable Care Act being upheld, there have been a lot of (joking?) references to Americans threatening to move to Canada to avoid socialized health care. But now I'm curious: if someone were really determined to move from America to a country with no kind of universal health care for its citizens, what would the most attractive option be? [more inside]
posted by Alexander Hatchell on Jun 29, 2012 - 32 answers

If Romney wins, can he kill PPACA?

Can someone explain to me how November's Presidential Election in the USA would impact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Jun 29, 2012 - 17 answers

I'm a backa of PPACA

I've been working in health care compliance for a large insurance company. Now that the Supreme Court has upheld PPACA, I'd like to use my powers for good and not for evil. [more inside]
posted by nubianinthedesert on Jun 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Attend Health Care Ruling

Is there any chance at all I'll be able to see the SCOTUS health care ruling this Thursday? [more inside]
posted by ethansh on Jun 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Seeking clinic and urgent care recommendations in southern Baltimore suburbs

Just moved to Baltimore (working in Columbia), haven't had time to unpack let alone find a new PCP, and wouldn't you know it, i'm sick. Does anyone have any recommendations for a drop-in clinic or urgent care facility in the Laurel-Ellicott City-Columbia area that (a) won't charge ER rates and (b) has decent staff? I found several when I googled, but have no way to evaluate them other than google recommendations. Bonus points if you can ALSO recommend other good practitioners (I need a primary care physician, an endocrinologist and a dermatologist) in that area or the south side of Baltimore for when I have time to set up appointments for initial visits.
posted by ubiquity on Jun 3, 2012 - 2 answers

Coach? Therapist? Kick in the pants? What do I need?

I want to change careers, and I’d feel a lot better about it if I could get some advice from a third party. What kind of a person should I be looking for? I’m an academic health sciences librarian right now and I’d like to stay in health information somehow - working for one of the publishers whose stuff I buy would be great, or maybe health IT - but I have no experience or credentials in the types of jobs I’m interested in, and I’m not sure whether I'm doing this right. Could a career coach help me? [more inside]
posted by Sock Career-Puppet on May 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Affordable student health insurance in New York?

I have recently lost my health insurance. While it is possible I will be reinstated to the plan I lost, which is provided in conjunction with my school, I need to be insured again ASAP, and I don't mind the possibility of doubling up on insurance for a short period of time. New Yorkers, do you know of any affordable (<$500 or so per month) plans I might be eligible for? I am a full time college student. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 25, 2012 - 9 answers

My girlfriend might have lost her insurance, and we need help.

AskMe: we need help. My girlfriend just found out that her health insurance was terminated for non-payment (she thought she had paid it, and when I get home this evening we'll double-check our accounts to see what happened.) Whether the error was hers or the insurance company's, the company has stated that it'll take them 10-14 days to know whether or not they can reinstate the plan regardless. She has a pre-existing condition (ADHD), so consistent coverage is very important - and Ms. MP is starting to freak out. What's our next move, and how do we get through this? [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Apr 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Am I going to be booked for HIPPA violations?

Part of my job involves conducting phone surveys for public health/medical research. My employer wants me to start using the Emergency Contact info in the electronic health record to increase our response rate. This weirds me out. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2012 - 9 answers

I'm putting my dentist's kids through college

Individual Dental Insurance. Is there such a thing, and is it affordable, and is it offered by someone other than Delta Dental? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Apr 11, 2012 - 15 answers

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