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We can fix the health-insurance mess

Face it: In today’s economy, employer-based health insurance doesn’t make sense. Whereas Americans used to stay with the same employer for life, nowadays the average worker in a small or mid-sized company changes jobs every 15 months. Thus, people are constantly changing their health insurance and their providers. The result is a mess of growing…

PA- Is PA residency training worth it?

Although physician assistant postgraduate residency programs have been around for 35 years,it’s only in the past decade that they’ve really started to catch on. In 1998 there were 17 programs; today there are 35. As they become more popular, this question becomes more urgent: Are postgraduate PA residencies worth the time and effort they demand?…

NP-We’ve got targets on our backs!

I’m worried—and you should be, too. Nurse practioners are increasingly likely to be sued for malpractice. It’s not because we’re practicing bad medicine, of course, but because we’ve got targets on our backs. Let me explain. </p? Recently, a man in his 20s showed up at a local clinic with respiratory symptoms, fever and a…

We deserve the final privilege

You’ve taken care of Mrs. King for many years, and you have excellent rapport with her family as well. Mrs. King and her family trust you and rely on your clinical judgment. When people ask who her doctor is, Mrs. King tells them you are even though you’ve made it clear that you are a…

We can slow the meth epidemic

After examining 15-year-old Janie, I sat down to chat. “We’re going to discuss some things I talk about with everyone,” I said. Then I asked Janie what she thought of a methamphetamine arrest that had just taken place at her high school. Janie just laughed, but when I asked whether anyone had ever offered her…

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