Few things are more important to PAs (physician assistants) than being able to work in a progressive and positive environment – a place where they are valued for the high-quality medical care they provide for their patients and respected as integral members of the healthcare team. PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal provider. They work in every state, in every medical setting and across all specialties. The American Academy of PAs’ (AAPA) Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management (CHLM) launched the Employer of Excellence Awards in 2018 to recognize those organizations that create and maintain an environment in which PAs can provide the very best care for their patients and are afforded opportunities for professional growth and leadership in their institutions. In 2019, CHLM had 72 percent more applicants than the previous year. Fifteen … [Read more...] about Patient care benefits from positive work environments for PAs
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Cancer survivors Evalyn Bodick, 74, and Barbara Marsic, 63, are caught in the crossfire of one of the fiercest health care fights in the country. They fear they are about to lose access to the doctors they say have kept them alive. The reason: the latest skirmish in a nearly decade-old battle between two large health systems in Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Both are nonprofit and both sell health insurance as well as provide care. Only a handful of companies nationwide do both. The dispute — headed toward a court date in May — has implications far beyond Pennsylvania’s borders. Evalyn Bodick says a Medicare Advantage plan offered by Highmark offers the best coverage at the lowest price for her and her husband, Joe. But that means she could lose in-network coverage for her breast cancer care at UPMC. (Courtesy of Evalyn Bodick) Among the issues at stake are consumers’ access to care, … [Read more...] about Patients Caught In Middle Of Fight Between Health Care Behemoths
During the lucid moments, when she was out of meds and walking the streets of Colorado Springs for days and nights on end, too afraid to sleep, Cait Pfeifer would often ponder the seemingly random domino fall that brought her down.Born to a solidly middle-class family, she’d had a healthy childhood and “incredible, loving and devoted” parents who valued education and encouraged advocacy.But, as a young teen, she was sexually molested and suffered a breakdown that led to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and PTSD. She fought her way back with the help of her parents, doctors and medications, and by her mid-20s, she was working as a consultant and pursuing her second master’s degree.It took just three months, and a cascade of health and life misfortunes, to wipe out all that progress.The girl who’d been born with a “silver spoon in her mouth,” who at 25 was not only managing her illness but launching a career and planning a startup, found herself … [Read more...] about Mental health care in Colorado in a state of crisis and a ruthless cycle of destruction
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........Copyright © 2019 Albuquerque JournalEditor’s note: Today the Journal kicks off a three-part series examining the severe lack of timely access to health care in New Mexico. Stories will be published today, Monday and next Sunday.On Feb. 5, all but three Presbyterian Medical Group primary care practices in Albuquerque were at capacity. The earliest appointments for the few providers available were three to four weeks away. Judy KaplanAs of last week, not a single primary care physician in one of the state’s largest group of medical providers was accepting new patients in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. During calls to Presbyterian schedulers, one suggested that prospective patients check with their insurance companies and find doctors elsewhere.ADVERTISEMENTSkipMeanwhile, urgent … [Read more...] about Feeling the pain: Waits frustrate patients seeking prompt medical care
Sean Stephens, by his own admission, was an old man in a young man’s game.In 2006, at 38, he enlisted in the Army National Guard, “a little bit older, a little bit used,” he says, but he didn’t let it get in the way of his duties in Afghanistan. He could still keep up with the 19-year-olds double-timing through the desert with 110-pound packs, still stand for 12 hours straight in the back of a Humvee manning the .50-cal. Sure, the pain at the end of the day didn’t wash away with some Advil and a good night’s sleep like it used to, but he could handle it.By the time his fourth tour rolled around, though, his labors were catching up with him. He was 42, and the hours he was spending on quad bikes training Afghan police on the eastern frontier were taking their toll. What started as a weird clicking in his neck and a twinge in his back devolved into a searing, debilitating sensation, and soon his head no longer felt connected to his spine. His hands … [Read more...] about Could This Treatment End Chronic Pain?