The Department of Veterans Affairs announced yesterday that nurse practitioners were granted the authority to act and order without the oversight of a physician. Opposition from the American Medical Association (AMA) did not deter the VA from amending its medical regulations to permit full practice authority of three roles of VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) when they are acting within the scope of their … Continue reading VA Nurse Practitioners Win One, Lose One
Big Changes are Big News Keeping you updated on the latest changes that affect the way you maintain your license and credentials: Homestudy Changes The required number of test questions per CE credit for homestudies has been reduced . You will find AHEC has already and is implementing these changes. (This is great) You may now take the same CE homestudy over again in a … Continue reading News Flash for Radiologic Technologists!
This new term, “uberizing” or “uberization”, has many different meanings. As I see the term used in articles, blogs, and ads it seems to have different interpretations. But, specifically, it should mean on-demand at-home care delivery. Will this bring back the house call? Those of us familiar with the Uber principle of transportation find that it has many advantages over the utilization of a rent … Continue reading Uberizing Healthcare: Bringing Back the House Call?
One of my favorite late night shows was Jay Leno and his segments on “Jaywalking” This segment had Jay going to a public park or boardwalk and interviewing people with common questions. The questions were generally current events, current politics, or some common knowledge such as the capital of a state, or my favorite Question: “Why did women burn their bras in the ‘60”s (meaning … Continue reading Is It Apathy or Is It Ignorance?
So here I sit on New Year’s Eve contemplating this year of 2014. I will not be sad to leave it behind and as the eternal optimist I look forward to a better year in 2015. It’s a surprise that we can get up every morning if we listen to the media. So much hate, so much violence, so much war, so much obesity, so … Continue reading Bang Head Here!
Several of my friends, independently, have told me their stories about their experiences with Obamacare. All the stories are similar in many ways and entail recounting of large deductibles and small coverage. The news media has recounted different stories, each with a different problem, but basically all with the same theme. My favorite of the most recent ones in my realm is of a wife … Continue reading Are We Sinking Ourselves in Medical Debt?
The media is finally addressing one of the most important and interesting societal changes happening in our country today. When we are not reading about the violence our society has encountered, the whole world is changing its mind about marijuana. Just last month Dr Sanjay Gupta, medical expert for CNN, broadcast his special about “Why I Changed My Mind on Weed”. Conservative Senator John McCain … Continue reading Marijuana Laws Collide
In the last few weeks the online and print communities have been touting neuroimaging research. Every disease of the brain, as well as some normal functions, are finding their way through the newest and greatest of fMRI, MRI, and PET. Recent studies for depression, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s are reporting findings that help identify different parts of the brain where the disease resides … Continue reading Can Brain Scans Become the new EKGs for Mental Illness?
If you have been a patient in any health care situation recently, you have experienced a denial of some type of medical care. It could have been a procedure that was not approved, a diagnostic test that someone determined was not necessary, or more likely a medication that was not on your approved list. Health care is changing rapidly and even though you have not … Continue reading The Patient’s Rights and the 5 ”Rights” of Imaging
Do you have a job? Or are you one of the many, either experienced or newly graduated, who cannot find employment? Visit any of the social media websites such as LinkedIn or the chat rooms and blogs at various sites and you will find many examples of wailing and gnashing of teeth of radiologic technologists. Radiologic Technologists have stories of being replaced by new graduates … Continue reading Boom or Bust: Has Radiologic Technology Employment Seen It’s Day?