Healthcare

Just a Job.

Diabetes Advocacy, Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes July 25, 2016 2 Comments

“I’m just a medical assistant, so my job isn’t as important,” she said as she took my blood pressure and entered the data into my digital file. “Seriously?  How can you say that?  You probably have more face-to-face moments with patients than the doctors do.  You set the tone for the appointment.  What you do matters.”  I paused.  “Take my…

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Reimbursements.

Healthcare June 9, 2016 8 Comments

“I’m not positive I can make it in for that appointment, since I’m traveling for work for the majority of those weeks.  Would it be possible for me to send my device data by email and have you review it for any issues?” Without pausing, my endo said, “Yes, we can do that.” We’ve seen a lot of one another…

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Diabetes Blog Week: The Healthcare Experience.

Healthcare May 19, 2016 5 Comments

The Healthcare Experience:  Most people who live with a chronic illness end up with a lot of experience when it comes to dealing with healthcare. How would you improve or change your healthcare experience? What would you like to see happening during medical visits with your healthcare team? How about when dealing with your health insurance companies? What’s your Healthcare…

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Diabetes Access Matters.

Healthcare May 11, 2016 6 Comments

A running list of medications/devices I currently use throughout the day to attempt to manage my type 1 diabetes: insulin pump (t:slim) insulin pump supplies (cartridges, tubing, cannula) glucose meter (Verio Sync) glucose test strips (One Touch) Humalog insulin vials continuous glucose monitor (Dexcom G4 at the moment) Toughpads (to prevent Dexcom adhesive reactions) prenatal vitamin And then there are…

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Not in a Vacuum.

Healthcare, Real Life Diabetes May 6, 2016 8 Comments

It seems like the full assessment of my diabetes is only found in my paperwork, in my lab work.  But diabetes is more than that.  This video is a quick and dirty buzzword-laden rantish type moment about whole person care and how it’s not yet a “thing” in the land of chronic illness … but it will be.

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Guest Post: Diabetes Isn’t Easy, But Acting on Policy Can Be.

Diabetes Advocacy, Healthcare April 5, 2016 No Comments

This morning, Bennet Dunlap is taking over SUM because he has something to say.  Changing health policy has become a project of Bennet’s for personal reasons, and with the help of the diabetes community, he and others are aiming to make a difference.  Today he’s writing about the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition and how it’s aiming to be the “easy…

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