Melissa Young, MD, FACE, FACP, is an endocrinologist in private practice, an assistant clinical professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and a working suburban mother of two in Freehold, N.J.
The Prior Authorization Process is Needlessly Complex
There are several redundant questions and processes when trying to obtain a prior authorization. It needs to be simplified.
Clothes Do Make the Private Practice Doctor
While it may seem trivial to some, the way doctors in private practice present themselves is an important part of the job.
Is Joining a Medical Association a Worthy Investment?
Medical association fees can add up into the thousands each year if you join more than a few. What do you get out of it?
The Clinical and Financial Costs of Medical Devices
Sometimes it makes clinical and financial sense to purchase a medical device. Other times, it doesn't add up.
What to do about Non-Adherent Patients and MIPS?
Some patients are just not going to adhere to a physician's guidelines; is it fair to get penalized by CMS for that?
The Rising Cost of Operating a Medical Practice
The cost of running a medical practice is going up, but unlike other businesses, doctors have no power over what they are paid.
Looking Back on Switching to Private Practice
Seven years ago, this doctor made a decision to go from being an employed physician to owning her own practice. She looks back at what's happened since.
The Problems with Direct-to-Consumer Pharma Advertising
While there may be a benefit to pharmaceutical companies advertising to consumers directly, this doctor sees too many problems with it.
When Doctors Have to See Other Doctors
Dr. Melissa Young talks about the moral dilemma that doctors face when they have to receive care, perhaps from someone they know.
The Frustratingly High Cost of Medication
One doctor commiserates on the fact that drugs can be incredibly expensive, forcing her patients to choose between medications and paying rent.
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