How a Patient Battled with CVS Caremark and Won: CVS Caremark and Non-Medication Switching 

By Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) This is a modern-day story of David and Goliath of how a patient took on CVS Caremark and won.  In the biblical version, David with just a staff, sling, and stones, fights the giant Goliath and wins. Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliath In the modern-dayContinue reading “How a Patient Battled with CVS Caremark and Won: CVS Caremark and Non-Medication Switching ”

Misinformation is a Patient Safety Issue: 4 Tips for Keeping Yourself Safe from Misinformation

By Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) As the Executive Director for the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, I oversee our blog. I have the responsibility on a weekly basis for writing and vetting articles submitted to us for publication. Many people rely upon PPAHS for health information (ourContinue reading “Misinformation is a Patient Safety Issue: 4 Tips for Keeping Yourself Safe from Misinformation”

Two Steps For Reducing Your Risk of Blood Clots

#1 Tip to Reduce Your Risk of Blood Clots – Make Sure that You’re Not the Victim of Non-Medication Switching Doctors are fighting to ensure their stroke patients are getting access to the medications they need, reports FOX13 News in Memphis, Tennessee: To read the article, please go to the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health &Continue reading “Two Steps For Reducing Your Risk of Blood Clots”

5 Patient Safety Actions You Can Take For Blood Clot Awareness Month

In honor of Blood Clot Awareness Month 2022, here are 5 patient safety actions you can take to help save a life: #1 – Know Your Risks of Getting Blood Clots According to the CDC: As many as 100,000 people die of blood clots each year. PE is a leading cause of death in aContinue reading “5 Patient Safety Actions You Can Take For Blood Clot Awareness Month”

Alzheimer’s caregivers need support

Editor’s note: In this guest post, Anna Preston, a consultant with Live-In Care Hub, a UK non-profit organization, discusses the needs of caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients and provides resources these caregivers can access to get the support they may need. By Anna Preston (Live-In Care Hub, a UK non-profit) According to the Alzheimer’s Society, thereContinue reading “Alzheimer’s caregivers need support”

No Time to Wait: See Your Doctor if You Experience Afib/DVT/PE Symptoms

By Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) There is No Time to Wait if You Experience AFib/DVT/PE Symptoms The world has been a scary place over the last two years with the COVID-19 pandemic raging all around us. With social distancing and masking recommendations, reports of crowded hospitals, and patientContinue reading “No Time to Wait: See Your Doctor if You Experience Afib/DVT/PE Symptoms”

Should Patient Safety Best Practices Be Legislated?

By Michael Wong, JD (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) That’s the question that I have been asking myself ever since the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety was asked to support the Inpatient Opioid Safety Act of 2021(Bill # HR5932) introduced by Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Tom Emmer (R-MN). This bi-partisanContinue reading “Should Patient Safety Best Practices Be Legislated?”

Individualism Fails in the Face of Public Health Crisis Like the COVID-19 Pandemic: 4 Tips on How to Care For Yourself and Your Family, Friends, and Community

By Michael Wong (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety COVID has Exposed Weaknesses in the US Healthcare System Individualism is much prized in the United States. Most Americans believe that they have the best healthcare system in the world. The title to an article published November 4, 2020, probably expresses this sentiment theContinue reading “Individualism Fails in the Face of Public Health Crisis Like the COVID-19 Pandemic: 4 Tips on How to Care For Yourself and Your Family, Friends, and Community”

Don’t Delay Making Sure Your Lungs are Healthy Today!

Speak with Your Doctor About Having a Lung Function Test The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is pleased to release this lung function checklist to help you determine whether you should have a lung function test. A survey of respiratory care clinicians conducted by the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety in theContinue reading “Don’t Delay Making Sure Your Lungs are Healthy Today!”

Does the elderly patient you’re caring for have a gambling problem?

Editor’s note: In this guest post, Anna Preston, a consultant with Live-In Care Hub, a UK non-profit organization, discusses how we can identify gambling issues in the elderly and how we can help those who have a gambling problem. By Anna Preston (Live-In Care Hub, a UK non-profit) Gambling has, in recent years, infiltrated allContinue reading “Does the elderly patient you’re caring for have a gambling problem?”