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There is no billing code for compassion

Posted Nov 20 2009 10:00pm
Our Dr. Amy Ship won the Campassionate Caregiver Award from the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center last night. The center conducts programs to educate, train and support caregivers in the art of compassionate health care. It received over 100 nominations for this award, which is designed to recognize people who have exemplified the practice of compassionate care to patients. Here is a background story from NECN television.

Amy's acceptance speech kept the audience in rapt attention. Here are some excerpts. I am hoping to be able to lead you to a video soon. One peak moment was when she emphasized the importance of primary care and bemoaned the current environment that often results in short, unsatisfactory visits. Noting that "there is no billing code for compassion," she called for a restoration of the proper role for primary care doctors.
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