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Wise Health Care Consumer Guide: Medical Power of Attorney and Advanced Directives

When a patient cannot speak for themselves and their loved ones are unclear about that patient’s wishes, this leaves the health care team with little to no guidance as to how to proceed in a moment of crisis. In addition, sometimes there is confusion about which loved one should be making the medical decisions in […]

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Wise Health Care Consumer Guide: HIPAA forms

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed in 1996 and modified and tweaked for several years afterward. It was mainly intended to help people maintain their health insurance as they went from job to job. HIPAA also had the goal of keeping our medical information private as that knowledge in the wrong […]

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Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON): Important Information for All Medicare Enrollees

Today, March 8, 2017, the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) goes into effect.  This is important for all Medicare participants who might need to go to the hospital during a medical crisis. -All hospitals are required to furnish patients with an oral explanation of the patient’s hospital status as well as a written form to […]

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Fax Machines: Still the Heart of Health Care

Many people are surprised when they are asked to fax health care information in order to handle medical issues.  It’s important to understand that unlike emails, faxes cannot be hacked, so they are the perfect way to keep our personal information private. Yet, many people have gotten rid of their fax machines in favor of better, faster […]

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Dealing with Knee Pain

  Trying to walk and stay active with knee pain can make every day a struggle. Any type of joint pain can send us scurrying to see a doctor, but knee agony is one of the prime reasons people go to see an orthopedic surgeon. Yet, in today’s health care world, that visit to the […]

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Supplements: Getting our money’s worth

Many of us (myself included) rely on supplements to keep us healthy and happy. The problem is this: unless the supplement causes harm by having extra ingredients in it, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t step in to regulate them. What to do? Seeing this need and wanting to do something about this, Consumer Labs […]

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Informulary: Prescription information at your fingertips

Have you ever picked up a brand new prescription only to pull out the folded piece of paper that comes with it and tried to read the tiny little print? And while looking at paragraph after paragraph of medical jargon on that drug information insert, wondered what it all meant and if there’s something important there […]

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