Archive for September, 2010

The insurance appeals process – Part 1: How it all works

September 30, 2010 17 comments

Ruling the insurance appeals process – Part 1: How it all works

One thing that many residents do not know is that there are more benefits to becoming a board certified physician than just that plaque on the wall.   One of these benefits is that ability to pick up a few extra hours of work here and there doing consulting for the multitude of companies that would like the opinion or expertise of a physician.

In some cases this consulting can be about products under development.  Sometimes it is reviewing the work that another physician has done, perhaps for a hospital quality care committee.  There is also work for some reviewing legal cases.   But probably the biggest area of this work is insurance work – usually in the area of appeals.

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Categories: Business of Medicine

Academic OB/GYN Podcast Episode 25 – Journals for August and September 2010

September 5, 2010 6 comments

In this episode special guest Dr Paul Browne joins me to discuss current literature from the August and September issues of the Green and Grey Journals!  Topics include generational gaps, contraceptive efficacy in obesity, and abuse of the least publishable unit.

Academic OB/GYN Podcast Episode 25 – Journals for August and September 2010

On resident autonomy, and getting yelled at

September 3, 2010 7 comments

When one is a medical student, pretty much everything one does is directly supervised.  Though a student is allowed to assess patients and make recommendations, rarely is a student given the autonomy to make decisions that will affect patients.  They practice these decisions, but there is always someone more senior ratifying them.

Once a student becomes  a resident, things start to change.  As residents are physicians, they have the power to write orders and have them executed without anyone else approving of them.  In the beginning, this is a scary power for the resident, as they are terrified they will hurt someone.  At the same time, it a welcome reward after years of having to ask someone’s permission to do anything at all.

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Categories: Education
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