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Welcomed Changes: Promoting the right care at the right time

Bo Gamble Bo Gamble

Administrators, managers, and even clinicians have often used the terms “coding” and “billing” interchangeably. However, these terms in fact refer to separate pieces of the health care administrative structure. Services, the actual assistance or guidance provided to the patient, are matched to a ...

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Oncology PA fellowship FAQ

Yue Jiang, PA-C Yue Jiang, PA-C

“So…you are a PA fellow…what’s that?” During my year as an oncology PA fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center, this question came up so many times that I decided to put in some thoughts into polishing my answers. Patients and other care team members usually want to gauge how much they can trust me and ...

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Educating Patients to Be Empowered Shared Decision Makers

Jonathan Cunningham, MPAS, PA-C Jonathan Cunningham, MPAS, PA-C

Several months ago, I went to my primary care physician for the management of high blood pressure. As a medical professional, and an otherwise healthy young adult, I did not like just settling with the diagnosis of idiopathic hypertension. I wanted to find the underlying cause. Thankfully, with the ...

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Serving as Team Lead in a Quality Improvement Project

Natalie Halladay, MS, RN, FNP-BC, AOCNP® Natalie Halladay, MS, RN, FNP-BC, AOCNP®

Quality Improvement (QI) in the healthcare setting has evolved in recent years to improve outcomes in clinical practice.1 In 2010, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) implemented the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification program to evaluate practice performance ...

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HPV-Associated head and neck cancer: Racial Disparities in Outcomes

Faith Mutale, MSN, CRNP Faith Mutale, MSN, CRNP

Although risk factors for squamous-cell cancer of the head and neck (SCCHN) have been identified (e.g., tobacco use, alcohol use, human papilloma virus [HPV] infection), the impact of social determinants of health (SDH) in patients with SCCHN has been poorly characterized. Moreover, ...

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