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Melissa Young, MD

Melissa Young, MD

Melissa Young, MD, FACE, FACP, is an endocrinologist in private practice, an assistant clinical professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and a working suburban mother of two in Freehold, N.J.




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I believe it is the human aspect of my job that keeps me from flinging my laptop against the wall every day.


Medical association fees can add up into the thousands each year if you join more than a few. What do you get out of it?

How do you manage a patient’s insistence on an unnecessary test or drug? Is patient satisfaction a factor?


Sometimes it makes clinical and financial sense to purchase a medical device. Other times, it doesn't add up.

In a world where insurance plans constantly change, it is important to remind patients that they need to understand their policies.

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Some patients are just not going to adhere to a physician's guidelines; is it fair to get penalized by CMS for that?

When your patients have questions, how do you counteract the onslaught of misinformation and malpractice that exists on the Internet?

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The cost of running a medical practice is going up, but unlike other businesses, doctors have no power over what they are paid.

If payors require patients to use particular businesses, it behooves them to ensure that these companies are doing their job and doing it right.

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Seven years ago, this doctor made a decision to go from being an employed physician to owning her own practice. She looks back at what's happened since.


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