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What Is a Dermatopathologist?

A dermatopathologist studies skin conditions microscopically. They work alongside dermatologists to help identify and diagnose conditions....

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What Is a 504 Plan?

A 504 plan is a formal plan developed to support children with disabilities in school. Learn more about how this plan is developed and what it...

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): What to Know

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) governs public education policy. The ESSA replaced the No Child Left Behind Act. Learn more about what it entails....

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What Is HIPAA?

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects access to health insurance coverage and secures sensitive healthcare...

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How to Be a Better Health Advocate for Yourself

Discover these helpful strategies to better advocate for yourself while seeking medical care. This article is part of our series looking at how Black...

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What Is a Speech Pathologist?

Speech-language pathologists (SLP) are communication experts that guide patients with communication and swallowing disorders via speech therapy. If...

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How to Find, Interview, and Choose a Patient Advocate

Once you have identified possible patient advocates to help you, here is the information you will need and questions to ask to choose the best one. A...

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How to File a Complaint About Your Doctor

When faced with a wrongdoing for which your doctor is to blame, there are avenues you can take to file a complaint and get your grievance answered....

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How to Avoid Hospital-Acquired Infections

The best approach for avoiding hospital-acquired infections is to prevent them to begin with. Here are some steps to help. Hospitals are dangerous...

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The Goals of Medical Treatment and How They Affect You

Preventative, curative, disease and pain management and palliative are the different goals for medical treatment. Use them to match your specific...

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Reasons for Switching Doctors

Learn about the various reasons that a patient should consider switching doctors, plus get tips on the first steps for making a change. Some lucky...

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Medical Marijuana for Back Pain

Medical marijuana for back pain relief may show some promise. Find out what's going on in this industry for people who live with pain. Our...

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Waiting Room Survival Tips to Combat Boredom

Chances are you've spent time twiddling your thumbs in a waiting room. Check out these ideas to make your next wait more enjoyable or productive....

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Problems With Hospital Observation Status

Hospitals put certain patients in observation status instead of admitting them. See how this can affect your pocketbook and even your healthcare....

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Services Offered by Private Health and Patient Advocates

Patients need many kinds of assistance for medical issues. See the services provided by different kinds of private patient advocates. A patient...

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How to Access Medical Information Bureau Reports

Learn how the Medical Information Bureau (MIB), a reporting agency that tracks medical histories, collects patient information. Most consumers are...

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How to Correct Errors in Your Medical Records

Sometimes there are errors in medical records. Learn how to review your medical records and properly correct any errors you find. By law, you...

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Medical Records

Correct and complete medical records are essential to proper care and billing. Start here to learn about gaining access, deciphering codes, and more.

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Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana may be recommended and prescribed for a variety of conditions. Understand the evidence and how to use it safely and legally.

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Navigating Your Diagnosis

Take an active role in working with your doctor to reach a diagnosis, and learn how to explore a second opinion, advocate for different testing, and...

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Your Healthcare Team

From choosing a doctor to making a complaint, learn how to be an empowered patient and communicate effectively with all members of your healthcare...

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Treatment Decisions & Safety

Trust your doctor, but learn about considerations when it comes to your treatment so you can play an active role in getting well and staying safe.

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Patient Advocacy

Patient advocates can help you navigate healthcare decisions and problems, as well as coordinate with providers. Learn about these valuable resources.

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Managing Medical Costs

From checking your medical bills to choosing the right insurance, understand your options and learn ways to spend your healthcare dollars wisely.

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Hospital Stay Safety

From hospital-acquired infections to your discharge rights, learn how to make your hospital stay safer and avoid additional health issues.

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Patient Rights

Patient empowerment makes a difference in the care you receive. Learn about your rights and how to advocate for yourself to be a smart healthcare...

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Brief Guide to Antiviral Drugs

Antiviral drugs like interferon, ribavirin, amantadine, and Tamiflu​ prevent or treat different types of viral illnesses. Viruses are intracellular...

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Recording Your Family Medical History

Your family medical history can help you and your doctor determine a diagnosis or help you avoid the risk factors that may lead to disease. Your...

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