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Posted on 20. October 2011

Giving Patients Direct Access to Test Results: Is It a Good Idea?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed a change in federal regulations that would allow patients direct access to their laboratory test results. Good idea? Weigh in. [More]
Posted on 13. October 2011

We Tip Our Hats to Those Who Give

As patients living with immune globulin (IG)-mediated conditions, you know the amazing gift that you receive at each infusion. We pay tribute to those who roll up their sleeves to provide their precious plasma. [More]
Posted on 6. October 2011

Sickness and Suffering

There’s a big difference between a chronic illness and an acute one. With chronic illness there is no quick fix, and the emotional suffering linked to chronic disease can be just as bad as the physical symptoms. [More]
Posted on 29. September 2011

Double Check Your Medical Bills

Your probably double check your credit card bills. Do you apply the same diligence to medical bills? Maybe you should – did you know 8 out of 10 medical bills contain errors? [More]
Posted on 22. September 2011

All the Good Spots Are Taken

Disability placards are intended to help those who live with the limitations of chronic illness. Do you know your rights? They vary from state to state but you might be surprised by what’s available to you. [More]
Posted on 8. September 2011

Putting a Face On an Invisible Disease

Those of us with an invisible, chronic disease would not wish our disease on anyone, yet when a well-known athlete goes public with the same disease, we secretly celebrate. [More]
Posted on 11. August 2011

That is Not What I Meant

These days we communicate via Facebook, blogs, email and texting — just to name a few. Rarely, it seems, does anyone ever pick up a telephone to make a call. But is what we say always what we actually meant? [More]
Posted on 4. August 2011

Maybe It's Not the Patient Who Is Difficult

Preparing in advance for a doctor's visit is an important part of taking an active role in your healthcare. In medical school, many medical professionals are taught to use the SOAP (subjective, objective, assessment, plan) acronym to help them organize their thoughts when charting. Patients can also use this acronym to learn how to communicate in an effective manner, which can create more realistic expectations and result in higher satisfaction. [More]
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