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'Be a Prepared Patient' Gets a New Look

CFAH Staff | October 1, 2014

Finding good health care and making the most of it is critical for each of us. Yet all too often, reliable, unbiased information is hard to find and understand. On the redesigned Be a Prepared Patient website, we have collected trusted resources and tips to help people navigate their way through health and health care decisions and experiences...

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But... What Did the Patient Want?

Anne Polta | September 29, 2014
It's truly a dilemma for the doctor. The patient's test results are back and the news isn't good. But it's Friday afternoon and there's a decision to make: Call the patient now or wait until Monday?

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Prepared Patient Now on Twitter

CFAH Staff | September 24, 2014
Today, CFAH launched @PreparedPatient, a new Twitter feed featuring trusted tips, resources, stories and news to help followers find good health care and make the most of it. Prepared Patient was created by the late Jessie Gruman and continues the themes of @JessieGruman tweets...

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The Harm to Patients From Two-Tiered Generic Drugs

Trudy Lieberman | September 24, 2014
As we head into health insurance enrollment season, which opens in November, consumers/patients will face yet another challenge in selecting the best health plan...

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A Nurse's View of Discharge Planning

Virginia Wepfer | September 22, 2014
Jessie Gruman's Viewpoint article in the July 2014 issue of the American Journal of Nursing reflected many of the thoughts and experiences I have had as a parish nurse. "Discharge planning should start on the day of admission" is something that every nurse has heard, but I don't think I have seen that in practice at all!

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Another Strategy in the Health Care Reimbursement Game

Trudy Lieberman | September 17, 2014
American health care has become a gigantic game board with players of all sorts strategizing to win. Winning, of course, means getting more money from payers...

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Jessie Gruman: Poetry in Motion

Sarah Greene | September 17, 2014
We New Yorkers have been marveling at the beautiful weather bestowed on us this summer, and yet the dark and heavy cloud of Jessie's leave-taking on July 14 has kept me in a months-long swelter. What I want to recall here is the soulful side of my friend Jessie – surfacing in full bloom in her college years as an English major and finding expression throughout her life...

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A Preventable Medical Error Hits Home

Darla Dernovsek | September 16, 2014
My 77-year-old parents were recently impacted by a medical error. The good news is that the story ends happily. The bad news is that it could have been averted simply by checking the date on lab tests...

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