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26 May “Seeing” Health Costs

By Sriranjani Padmanabhan He was a 24-year-old African American man with no history of medical or eye problems.   On an ordinary Thursday evening at 8 pm, he arrived into the emergency department complaining of a sudden loss of vision in both eyes. “He couldn’t see a thing...

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12 May The Costs of One Wild Night

By Sammy Ta The clock read 9:30PM and in front of me was dozens of notes, PowerPoint slides, and practice exams to review before 8AM. The all-too-familiar finals week all-nighter beckoned, and though I’ve had my fair share of experiences with studying until the sun rose,...

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05 May Playing Roulette with a Life

By Sarah Smith, MD Another backboarded body rolls in. I slip from my perch at the computer and greet the emergency medical technician. “Seizure. Lasted a few minutes, done by the time we got there. Fell and cut his face.  Vitals stable. Sugar fine. Oriented but postictal....

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21 Apr The Value of Coding Knowledge

By Michelle Del Monico As health care providers are tasked with more administrative duties such as documentation, coding, and billing, the goal to minimize health care costs will continue to be extremely challenging. In my role, I work with physicians on these challenges daily to ensure not...

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07 Apr I’ll Do It for $1,110

By Robert Gray, MD Where I’m from, you can have someone killed for $5000.  I will do it for $1,110. I’m a hand surgeon. I practice (or practiced, by the time you read this) in an area that is what we often refer to as “underserved.”   Rather,...

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31 Mar Labor and Delivery

By Ashley Lane On December 31, 2011 right before midnight, I took the test of excitement and new beginnings and found out that I was pregnant. While this news was joyous in nature, it was soon marred by uncertainty and harsh reality. After my test, I followed...

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