welcome to the organic green doctor blog

i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

thankful thanks


i want to wish each of you who read my blog
happy thanksgiving tomorrow

this morning as i read a posting from a former patient about a health
issue i realized what purpose i serve or could serve to those of
you who read this blog

i hopefully answered his question to his satisfaction

i get a lot of emails and personal facebook questions from people on
all type of topics and issues and realized today that i really should
post the question and my answer on the blog for everyone to see

a relative actually two relatives recently went in to see their provider
for a physical and both were on medicare
ones visit was not billed right and the provider was paid nothing and
based on medicare rules the relative can not legally pay the bill
ok it  was for $110

based on my knowledge as a physician and someone who had a special
interest in the ins and outs of insurance billings and codings
i came up with scenarios where medicare would have paid the provider
anywhere form $75 to $220 for the visit
if things had been coded right and the paper work handled correctly

so this is an example of what i have to offer you the readers of this blog

i also get a lot of questions and inquiries on alzheimers from my talks
i have given my blog my personal email my personal facebook and
encounters with folks in my day to day interactions

i really should post these when they occur so others can read them

ive helped people connect with research studies find a provider who
will provide good alzheimers care hook up with caregiver groups
answer questions about medications etc etc

ive helped people revise their medications so they can save money
sometimes as much as $2000-$3000 a year
the system really rips us all off but many of us dont know how to beat
the system

ive been in the system and now am outside the system and have a unique
opportunity help others to beat the system

i know a lot about health insurance and based on responses ive gotten
eg on obamacare writings they have been helpful for others to understand
whats going on with it

i hope in the future to post more of this stuff
to help you the readers of this blog get more information on how to
deal with all this

as a physician and now as a patient i do have a lot to offer you as i
weave myself through our medical system

just this week my flex account folks
you know its my money they have in their possession right
refused to reimburse for dental xrays that were done recenty
even though theyve paid for them in the past
seems like a covered service to me
ive appealed it but theres a good chance i wont win
i will have to send them a check for the xrays since they had already
paid the dentist
but what i did was  i filed for my mileage to the dentist
the pharmacists my neuologist my primary care provider
and for my ultrasound i had done
the amount i filed for is three times what they are denying
take that flex account
youll not keep any of my money
send me the check please

while im at it ill just go ahead in the next month and use your
money and use up all my flex money for the year
dont worry youll get your money back it will just be next august
when you get your final payment

another example of what i have to offer you in this blog
a lot on gardening and a few smiles along the way

do have a happy thanksgiving weekend

the organicgreen doctor


  1. From dirty hands to brain research to warm heart, you DO have so much to offer us. Lucky us.
    Cowgurl friend

  2. I'm thankful that you post about your journey with such honesty and clarity...this self documentation of a disease process is in the best traditions of medicine.
    I'm also thankful that I can recommend your blog to my patients and their families...of course I don't know if they ever remember to come and visit it!