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jodigirl Patient Expert

Naperville, Illinois
I am an attorney who was brought into the field of patient empowerment through no fault of my own.  I have been a patient and was the care-giver for my ill, elderly dad until he died in January 2010.    My dad's death was not necessary.  His autopsy revealed that his own... Full Bio
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Caregiving: When Does "Until Death Do Us Part" Take Effect? by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment As caregivers and patient advocates, we often face the issue of a patient who is so ill or incapacitated/suffering from Alzheimer's that physicians insist the patient no lon ... Read on »
When Doctors Gossiping About Patients Endangers Lives by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment HIPAA purports to protect patients.  But, as with any piece of legislation, attorneys are often hired to find ways to circumvent that protection. Doctor A can certainly ... Read on »
Can You Trust Nursing Homes? by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment Gangrene and Osteomyelitis Cited in Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Nursing Home   http://goo.gl/SnwaF    The author of the above article and The Nursing Home Abuse... ... Read on »
Preventing Caregivers From Suffering Poor Health by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment Last week the Gallup Poll reported that Caregivers Suffer from Poorer Physical Health.  http://goo.gl/z8Clk  According to the article,  Americans who work a full-time job a ... Read on »
Top Ten Most Wanted for Health Care Fraud by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment As an advocate and caregiver, you must be on the watch for insurance, Medicare and healthcare fraud.   Advocates and caregivers should examine and organize every medica ... Read on »
Advocates Must Stop Hospital Staff From Abusing Elderly by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment As an advocate/care-giver/adult daughter of a dad, I watched many events take place in hospitals, clinics, Emergency Departments (Duke University in Durham and Raleigh North ... Read on »
Federal Government Wants to Tighten Hospice Admissions. Why? by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment The Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA),  Pub. L. 111-148, enacted March 23, 2010 (aka Obama Care) includes a section that applies to the terminally ill. The problem from ... Read on »
Drama Exists as Duke University Medical Wall of Silence Persists by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment Congratulations to "Duke Fact Checker" for being the conscience at Duke University.  The work done on this site is commendable and a service to the scientific community and ... Read on »
Patients & Care-givers: Stay Away from Physician Rating SItes, Apologize When Necessary by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment There are web sites on the Internet that make it very easy for patients and families to rate doctors.  Very often, the patients can do so anonymously.   IMHO, those sit ... Read on »
Is JAMA Protecting Duke Medical's Fraudulent Cancer Researcher? by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment Kudos to Retraction Watch: Tracking Retractions as a Window into the Scientific Process. Remember that Duke Medical knew that Anil Potti, MD and Joseph Nevins, MD perfo ... Read on »
More Bad News for Duke University Medical (from the FDA) by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment The Science Insider (Breaking News From the World of Science Policy) is a terrific website and I thank them for sharing this article from The Cancer Letter FDA Audits Hal ... Read on »
Is Your Orthopedic Surgeon Qualified to Perform Joint Replacements? by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment According to the Mayo Clinic, a serious risk of the joint replacement or even orthopedic surgery to repair a fracture is osteomyelitis (bone infection).  http://goo.gl/pHfmJ ... Read on »
Don Imus is an Inspiration for Cancer Patients by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment Don Imus may be the best medicine for men with cancer. Thank you Fox Business News Channel for making room for Don Imus.  http://www.imus.com/imus-ranch/ Don Imus ... Read on »
Can Cancer Patients Ever Trust Duke Medical (Anil Potti, MD; chemo with osteomyelitis; etc) by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment Can cancer patients ever truly trust the once awe inspiring Duke University Medical?   Actually can any patient? I ask these questions with seriousness, respect an ... Read on »
The Sad Day When Orthopedic Surgeons Drank the Attorney Kool-Aid by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment I was horrified when I learned that the AAOS (American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons) would actually discipline courageous orthopedic surgeons who would testify for injured p ... Read on »
Having surgery to remove hardware? Your body, Your car -- Get the parts by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment Are you preparing to have surgery for removal of a stent or screws, nails, external fixator?  Think of yourself as a car.  Remember what your dad told you --- ask the mechan ... Read on »
Thank You Cleveland Clinic Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. George Muschler by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment For reasons that are known only to the physicians involved in the "Duke scam," Duke University Administrators sent me a copy of a letter written by Duke Medical cardiologist ... Read on »
Duke Medical's Ethical Scandal & Will Duke be Honest with Cancer Patients? by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment A report obtained by Nature under the US Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) sheds light on the handling of a case of alleged misconduct at Duke University. Duke continues to ... Read on »
Is it hospital administrators or physicians that are dishonest? by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment All physicians need to accept the reality that "Sorry Works" http://www.sorryworks.net/default  That includes Duke University Medical and every other major and regional medi ... Read on »
Care-giving After Your Loved One Dies by jodigirl Patient ExpertFacebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Patient Empowerment Care-giving and advocating do not end when the loved dies.  The care-giving needs to be for yourself and the advocating needs to be for both yourself and the deceased. ... Read on »