Category Archives: Patient Access

Physician Filmmaker Documents One of America’s Busiest ERs in Code Black

By Sarah Sonies There are few places of such constant drama and excitement as a hospital emergency room. Crowded with patients awaiting urgent care, Los Angeles County Hospital’s ER is one of the busiest. Code Black, a documentary directed by … Continue reading

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Train the Next Generation of Doctors to Take Housing and Hunger Vital Signs

By Megan Sandel, MD, MPH Early in my residency, a young girl was hospitalized in the intensive care unit for a severe asthma attack. We were puzzled; her asthma was previously well controlled. But a single piece of vital information … Continue reading

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Telemedicine: Leading the Way to Virtual Care Delivery

By Sarah Sonies Health care and insurance specialists predict that within a few years, almost the majority of health care will be delivered virtually. In remarks two weeks ago in the opening of the 2014 American Telemedicine Association (ATA 2014) annual meeting and … Continue reading

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No Dignity Required: Improving Patient Engagement by Elevating Humanity

By Lisa Goren All it takes is a single visit to the doctor’s office to place one’s pride and self-esteem a dozen notches below baseline. I didn’t think much of my appointment, knowing it was just a routine scan at … Continue reading

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Medical–Legal Partnership Builds a Culture of Upstream Advocacy

Originally posted on March 13, 2014 By Elizabeth Tobin Tyler, JD and Edward Paul, MD Sometimes the screening questions a doctor most needs to ask her patients are not the ones she has traditionally been taught to use. During a recent visit, Dr. … Continue reading

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University of New Mexico Residents Design #GetCovered App

By Sarah Sonies New Mexico has one of the nation’s highest rates of uninsured. With the expansion of Medicaid and New Mexico’s participation in the federal health insurance exchange, over 300,000 New Mexicans are eligible to enroll in a health … Continue reading

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TRANSforming Medical Education

By Chelsea Fullerton, M.Ed. Katie Couric’s recent interview with transgender model Carmen Carrera and Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox—and the controversy that quickly followed—calls attention to a rarely discussed subject in the medical community, yet one that … Continue reading

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So Far and Yet So Near: Virtual Quality Improvement Networks in Health Care

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD Posted December 27, 2013 Membership in the global Indian diaspora comes with a price, and my family and friends use Skype and FaceTime with regularity to bridge distances. It then comes as no surprise that health … Continue reading

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A New Year’s Resolution That Matters

By Joanne Conroy, MD Admit it: You made one or more New Year’s resolutions. Many of you committed to losing weight, working out more, and organizing your life. Any resolution that makes you healthier and happier is great. But have … Continue reading

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Hot Spotting: Innovative Approaches to Caring for the Very Ill

By Melinda Rogers Could incorporating the philosophy of “hot spotting”—taking the time to better understand what’s going on in the lives of patients who chronically end up in the hospital and frequently access health care—cut overall health care costs while … Continue reading

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