Author: Deborah Chiaravalloti

Deborah Chiaravalloti is an award-winning writer and former hospital executive. Her insider experience helps healthcare clients launch medical procedures, products including artificial intelligence software and knowledge sharing platforms. Deborah writes websites, blogs, opinion pieces, and marketing strategy for elder care, health care consumerism, revenue cycle management (RCM), and the business of healthcare. Her printed pieces have been published and her radio shows syndicated nationally.

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CME Requirements for MDs, PAs, and NPs

CME Requirements for MDs, PAs, and NPs

There is no doubt that maintaining certification can be complicated and different practitioners must meet different CME requirements. Whether you [...]
Scope of Practice: Physicians and Advanced Level Practitioners

Scope of Practice: Physicians and Advanced Level Practitioners

The standing definition of “scope of practice” is “the activities that an individual healthcare practitioner is permitted to perform within a spec [...]
Understanding the Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice

Understanding the Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice

If you are in healthcare, you have no doubt heard the term “silver tsunami” to refer to the growing population of seniors in the United States. As [...]
Does Board Certification Matter?

Does Board Certification Matter?

There is always an ongoing debate as to whether board certification enhances a physician’s skills or if it is little more than a money-making sche [...]
How Physicians Can Help Stop the Opioid Epidemic

How Physicians Can Help Stop the Opioid Epidemic

In the US, 130 people die every day from opioids alone. Since 1999, the country has seen three separate waves of opioid overdose deaths that have kill [...]
Old  Nursing Skills You Don’t See Anymore

Old Nursing Skills You Don’t See Anymore

The medical field is always growing and changing. Over time, many of the most popular medical techniques are eliminated. While you may think that [...]
Are Doctors Addicted to Prescribing Opioids?

Are Doctors Addicted to Prescribing Opioids?

Addiction to opioids is a national epidemic, yet public discourse does not recognize that it is a multi-faceted problem. On the one hand, up to 1 [...]
How to Address the Ongoing Battle with Opioid Abuse

How to Address the Ongoing Battle with Opioid Abuse

Even as physicians work to prescribe opioids in an effective, educated manner- the river of past, unabated opioid prescribing will continue to cou [...]
Social Determinants of Health in Seniors

Social Determinants of Health in Seniors

Social determinants of health is a term that is tossed around with increasing frequency. Literature and policy makers tout it as an effective way [...]
Real-Life Molotov Cocktail: Senior Opioid Epidemic

Real-Life Molotov Cocktail: Senior Opioid Epidemic

The story of the senior opioid abuse epidemic is one of a Molotov Cocktail- an unpredictable situation fraught with unstable components that could [...]
Should Empathy Be a Factor in Medical School Admissions?

Should Empathy Be a Factor in Medical School Admissions?

You've earned a high GPA and you've hit your target scores on the MCAT. The medical school of your dreams should be almost a guarantee, right? But [...]
Choose the Right Online Test Banks for Your Goals

Choose the Right Online Test Banks for Your Goals

We all learn in different ways. Whether you prefer visual aids, or you excel with auditory lessons, it is important to play to your strengths duri [...]
Auto Brewery Syndrome: Drunk Without a Drink

Auto Brewery Syndrome: Drunk Without a Drink

If you are a beer lover, you're likely always seeking out the best new brews to quench your thirst for barley and hops. But for those living with [...]
Nursing Positions That Don’t Require Working Weekends

Nursing Positions That Don’t Require Working Weekends

From the first day of nursing school, it’s made clear that working nights and weekends are part of the job. Wanting to become a nurse without a wi [...]
New Requirement: Mandatory Opioid Prescription Training

New Requirement: Mandatory Opioid Prescription Training

Beginning in January of 2018, all doctors in Georgia will be required to take three hours of continuing medical education on opioid prescription t [...]
How to Discuss Palliative Care and Hospice with Patients 

How to Discuss Palliative Care and Hospice with Patients 

Discussions about end of life are some of the most difficult to hold with a patient and his or her family. Some clinicians report that they never [...]
CPNP-PC Exam Replaces Retired PPCNP-BC Exam

CPNP-PC Exam Replaces Retired PPCNP-BC Exam

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Certification retired the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (PPCNP-BC) exam [...]
Learning to Use “People First” Language with Patients 

Learning to Use “People First” Language with Patients 

With all the regulations and documentation and cultural requirements you have to absorb into your daily practice, changing the language you use to [...]
It’s Official, Burnout is a Disease

It’s Official, Burnout is a Disease

It’s official: burnout is recognized as a disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) insisted that burnout should be part of the International C [...]
Do I Have to Report My Mental Illness as a Physician?

Do I Have to Report My Mental Illness as a Physician?

Despite the fact that mental illness is talked about more openly than in decades past, and in some corners, its stigma is being reduced, many rema [...]
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