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  1. no insurance refusing tests refusing MRI I would send a nice letter to him recommending a Neuro consult - set it up for him, give him the appointment time...... sorry but purely defensive medicine at play - I have tried to help the uninsured in the past and most the time if has bitten me in that ars......
  2. wow forged is really really bad Lawyer (and a good one at that) and defend your license. I do not suspect you will be rehired - but you can make it a learning lesson.... Try like mad to get them to have to hire you - that is the quickest path to reemployment. (and be crazy apologetic as that was just an incredibly unprofessional thing to have done) If you were not a great employee I suspect you will have a big fight on your hands to get your license back.....
  3. When I opened my practice the local newspaper misquoted me and might have called me doctor.... I sent in a correction letter immediately and they ran is soon there after. I took a little bit of heat for it from locals, but that is the press for you, and I always pointed out the correction.
  4. you will not get a PhD from lynchburg... please at least learn the correct language PhD is a research degree and not what we are advocating for.
  5. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/in-the-woods-and-the-shadows-street-medicine-treats-the-nations-homeless/2017/11/21/6ef037e8-ca54-11e7-b0cf-7689a9f2d84e_story.html?utm_term=.e300c39659be&wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1 In the woods and the shadows, street medicine treats the nation’s homeless By Laurie McGinley November 22 at 6:38 PM Under a bridge in downtown Allentown, Pa., outreach specialist Bob Rapp Jr., left, works with team leader Brett Feldman, center, and nurse Laura LaCroix as they check on homeless patients cared for by a local street medicine program. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) Nurse Laura LaCroix was meeting with one of her many homeless patients in a downtown Dunkin’ Donuts when he mentioned that a buddy was lying in agony in the nearby woods. “You should check on him,” said Pappy, as the older man is known. “But don’t worry, I put him on a tarp, so if he dies, you can just roll him into a hole.” LaCroix called her boss, Brett Feldman, a physician assistant who heads the “street medicine” program at Lehigh Valley Health Network. He rushed out of a meeting, and together the two hiked into the woods. They found Jeff Gibson in a fetal position, vomiting green bile and crying out in pain from being punched in the stomach by another man days earlier. Feldman told him he had to go to the hospital. “Maybe tomorrow,” Gibson replied. “Tomorrow you’ll be dead,” Feldman responded. Months later, the 43-year-old Gibson is still in the woods, but this time showing off the six-inch scar — for a perforated intestine and peritonitis — that is evidence of surgical intervention. He greets Feldman warmly. “You’re the only person who could have gotten me to the hospital,” he says. “You’re the only person I trust.” ADVERTISEMENT Pappy and Gibson are “rough sleepers,” part of a small army of homeless people across the country who cannot or will not stay in shelters and instead live outside. And LaCroix and Feldman are part of a burgeoning effort to locate and take care of them no matter where they are — whether under bridges, in alleyways or on door stoops. “We believe that everybody matters,” Feldman says, “and that it’s our duty to go out and find them.” Brett Feldman, a physician assistant who heads the street medicine program at Lehigh Valley Health Network, bandages an injured finger for Jeff Gibson. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) Most of the time, members of his team provide basic primary care to people who live in dozens of encampments throughout eastern Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. During their street rounds, they apply antibiotic ointment to cuts, wrap up sprains and treat chronic conditions such as blood pressure and diabetes. But they also help people sign up for Medicaid, apply for Social Security disability benefits and find housing. Three or four times a month, they deal with individuals threatening to commit suicide. After heavy rains, they bail out “the Homeless Hilton,” a campsite under an old railroad tunnel that frequently floods — and where two rough sleepers once drowned. Many days, they simply listen to their patients, trying also to relieve emotional pain. Street medicine was pioneered in this country in the 1980s and 1990s by homeless advocates Jim O’Connell in Boston and Jim Withers in Pittsburgh. Yet only in the past five years has it caught fire, with a few dozen programs becoming more than 60 nationwide. A recent conference on the topic in Allentown drew 500 doctors, nurses, medical students and others from 85 cities, including London, Prague and New Delhi. Most programs are started by nonprofit organizations or medical students. Even as it comes of age, street medicine faces new challenges. A younger set of leaders is less interested in cultivating a bleeding-heart image than in establishing the approach as a legitimate way to deliver health care not only to the homeless — whose average life expectancy is about 50 — but also to other underserved people. Backers say street medicine should be considered a subspecialty, much like palliative care is, because of the unique circumstances of treating its target population. Proponents also are pressing for much more financial support from hospitals, which can benefit greatly when homeless individuals receive care that helps keep them out of emergency rooms. Feldman’s program — which includes the street team, medical clinics in eight shelters and soup kitchens, and a hospital consultation service — has slashed unnecessary emergency room visits and admissions among its clientele. The result, to the surprise of Lehigh Valley Health Network officials, was a $3.7 million boost to the bottom line in fiscal 2017. Perhaps the biggest issue facing street medicine, however, is figuring out how to provide more mental-health services. About one-third of homeless people are severely mentally ill, and two-thirds have substance-use disorders. Long waiting times for psychiatric evaluations delay needed medications and, in some cases, opportunities to get housing. Psychiatrist Sheryl Fleisch is working on that problem. In 2014, she founded Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s street psychiatry program, one of a few such initiatives in the country. Every Wednesday morning, Fleisch and several medical residents visit camps in Nashville, handing out shirts, blankets — anything that can build trust. Then they split up to talk one-on-one with people waiting on park benches, at bus stops and in fast-food restaurants, providing a week’s worth of prescriptions as needed. Fleisch says these homeless patients seldom miss an appointment. Many “have been thrown out of other programs or are too anxious to go to regular office sessions,” she said. “We have some patients who will get up and sit down 15 times during our appointments. We don’t give up on them.” Sixty-year-old “Duckie” checks her hair in a mirror at a homeless encampment. She's a former waitress and apartment manager who has been struggling with unemployment and personal issues. The street medicine team helped her get hospital treatment last year for a severe case of scabies. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) On a muggy fall morning, Feldman’s team makes its way from the Hamilton Street Bridge in downtown Allentown to a swath of mosquito-infested woods between the railroad tracks and the Lehigh River. A few blocks away, an extensive redevelopment project, complete with a luxury hotel and arena for the minor-league Phantoms hockey team, is revitalizing parts of the long-depressed area. Bob Rapp Jr., who has worked extensively with homeless veterans and knows the location of many campsites, is the advance man. “Good morning! Street medicine!” he calls out. Feldman carries a backpack full of medicines. LaCroix uses her “Mary Poppins bag” to try to coax people out of their tents: “We’ve got supplies — socks, toilet paper, tampons!” A thin woman with striking blue eyes pops out of a tiny tent, pulling at her wildly askew blonde hair as she glances in a mirror propped against a tree. Her toenails are painted gold. A Phillies cap and a Dean Koontz book, “Innocence,” sit on one of her two chairs. “Tampons!” exclaims the woman, who identifies herself only as Duckie. “I just turned 60. I don’t think I need tampons!” She hugs LaCroix, with whom she bonded after the nurse helped her get new clothes and emergency treatment for a virulent, highly contagious skin infestation called Norwegian scabies. Feldman kneels in front of Duckie with his stethoscope to check her lungs; the last time he saw her, the longtime smoker had bronchitis. No breathing problems this time, but Feldman tells her he wants a psychiatric evaluation. If the doctor confirms that she has bipolar disorder, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder — all diagnoses Duckie says she has heard over the years — she will be able to get the drugs she needs and perhaps transitional housing. “I self-medicate,” she shrugs. But she likes the idea of moving inside with winter coming. “It stinks out here,” she says. “It’s cold. I have to watch out for rats and raccoons and people.” She agrees to see a psychiatrist — a volunteer who comes out once a month — at her tent the following week. Later in the day, the team goes to see a favorite patient. When the group approaches his plastic-covered hut in the woods, Mark Mathews frantically orders them to stop. “I don’t want to be caught with my pants down!” he yells from within. Moments later, khakis on, the 57-year-old emerges. The son of a successful Allentown actor, the grey-bearded Mathews spent years playing Santa Claus in malls. He also worked for a high school theater department and in the 1980s was part of a local cable comedy show, “Sturdy Beggars.” He became homeless after having a falling out with his sister four years ago. “The money ran out, and I couldn’t get another job,” he says. LaCroix takes his blood pressure. The reading is high, something Mathews blames on not having taken his blood-pressure medicine that morning. The team will be back in two days to do a recheck, which is fine with him. “I enjoy their company,” he says. Once, LaCroix carried a mattress across an old railroad trestle and up a steep hill to deliver it to his hut. Like other patients out here, Mathews has the team’s cellphone numbers. He frequently texts LaCroix to tell her jokes or alert her to someone’s possible health problem. Mathews is sure his life has purpose. “I try to help other people,” he says. “I lend people phones if they don’t have them. I help them get to their appointments. I should be nominated for sainthood.” Nurse Laura LaCroix and physician assistant Brett Feldman check the blood pressure of Mark Mathews, 57, who became homeless several years ago. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) About 550,000 people in the United States were homeless in 2016 on a given night — according to the most recent estimate by the Department of Housing and Urban Development — and about a third of them were sleeping outside, in abandoned houses or in other “unsheltered” places not meant for human habitation. In Santa Barbara, Calif., so many people live in their cars that the local street medicine team provides care in automobiles. Federal and regional estimates for the number of homeless people in the Lehigh Valley — which includes the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton — range from more than 700 to almost twice that number. But that’s likely a big undercount. A research study of people who sought care at three area emergency rooms during the summer of 2015 and the following winter identified 7 percent as homeless. Feldman, who led the study, said the finding suggested that more than 9,200 of the health system’s emergency room patients were homeless sometime during the year — in communities with no permanent emergency beds for couples and fewer than two dozen for women. The LVHN Street Medicine program, which he founded, takes care of about 1,500 people a year. Since 2015, it has pursued its mission relentlessly, taking laptops into the woods to get homeless patients insured, usually through Medicaid; today, 74 percent have coverage. Over the same period, emergency room visits by the program’s patients have fallen by about three-quarters and admissions by roughly two-thirds. It has taken Feldman years to get to this point. In high school, he began lifting weights after getting into a car accident and fracturing three vertebrae. In 2000, as a freshman at Pennsylvania State University, he won the National Physique Committee teen championship. “It gave me laser focus, but I was the only person who was helped,” he said. “It was very unfulfilling, and I decided that whatever I did after that would be different.” His close collaborator is his wife, Corinne Feldman, a physician assistant who is an assistant professor at DeSales University. When they first moved to the Lehigh Valley in 2005, the couple wanted to work with the homeless but couldn’t find them — until realizing they were in campsites in the woods. These days, one encampment is even in the shadow of a defunct Bethlehem Steel facility. The Feldmans started by setting up free clinics in shelters where they worked without pay. But a 2013 Boston conference on street medicine sharpened their focus. They would go to wherever the homeless were. “We thought, ‘This is all we want to do with our lives,’ ” he recounted. By then a physician assistant at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Brett Feldman got a grant from a local philanthropy, the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust, that allowed him to do street medicine one day a week. Over time, he received more grants, as well as backing from the health system to set up a full-time street medicine program. It launched in 2014. There have been numerous disappointments and heartbreaks: Two patients at an encampment in Bethlehem froze to death. A man with third-degree burns from sleeping on a heating vent fled rather than have his badly infected lower leg amputated. And before the psychiatrist could come out, Duckie disappeared. Health/Science alerts Breaking news on health, science and the environment. Sign up At the same time, there have been poignant victories. When a 50-year-old man, living in a drainage pipe, was given a diagnosis of advanced colon cancer, he declined treatment but eventually was able to move into an apartment, where the street-medicine team provided him palliative care. When his symptoms worsened and Feldman said it was time to go to hospice, the man replied, “First, I have to clean up the apartment because the landlord was so nice.” The team helped him do the cleaning and then took him to hospice, where he died a peaceful death. “Most of our folks think they will die alone, that their future is canceled,” Feldman says. “Bringing hope is more important than any medicine.” Nurse Laura LaCroix hugs Mark Mathews after she and physician assistant Brett Feldman finish his checkup as part of their street medicine team’s rounds. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)
  6. But not if you are an NP or MD versus PA..... and that is the point....
  7. after 72 replies I am lost can the OP provide the cliff note version....
  8. immobilizer crutches ortho f/u (they can take them off when leaving the ER) Or talk to ortho and see what they want (ct likely) or get a CT and see if it is real, or not.. But then that all takes time and in an ER where through put seems to overrule medical care some days, splint, crutches, ortho.... in a few days it will declare it self
  9. wow besides being unethical, and slimy "would you like some floor mats and mud guards with that used car" I would RUN away from this - clearly your medical decision is not appreciated, just looking for a revenue stream....
  10. Nope Nada just about never (at least not as a PA) Medicare pretty much forbids a PA employed by the facility from billing - you get put in 'overhead' for salary Due to this you have to have a different company you work for to do the billing. But you certainly can work in the NH full time.... NH need medical directors so they are paid (typically 25-50k per year in my area) to fill this role, but they they bill for all the visits the have
  11. if you are not the admitting service, don't write orders..... write recommendations..... let them figure it out... if they don't follow your recommendations and bad outcome - their problem, if they don't (maybe they do know more specifics) then no harm as you likely would never know... As to the Case #2 - who cares.... At times I have my doc "make the decision" as he gets pai 2-3X's more then me and he can shoulder it...... I am certainly more then capable of making it, but ultimatly we are "dependent" and so be it... (hence why we need to be Independent) In the surgical subspecialities the attending many times think they are god. Let them, I will take my really great pay, and give them the crappy decisions...
  12. USAF 4 yrs AD 2A353A (F-15E Crew Chief) prior to PA school and before the GI bill was very good.....
  13. I worked in IR and loved the technical side of it, but disliked that I could not use my Dx brain If you dislike the Dx brain side, try IR
  14. You should contact your state level PA association and ask for paperwork, education material that can be passed onto your doc. Might even have it on the internet, AAPA has some stuff. Till we get OTP we are stuck trying to educate others..