More than two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries suffer from two or more chronic conditions, which often require more time and resources to manage than most physicians say they have, according to a new report from SmartCCM.
I think it was about a year ago that my children came home from school, and something or a series of somethings triggered one of our worst collective blowout-meltdowns of all time. I don't remember the catalyzing event, only that the kids were shrieking, falling all over themselves and calling each other names. They may have found some holes in my parental armor against everyday disdain and absurdity as well, which may or may have not led to a tearful tantrum of my own.
I would have forgotten all about (i.e., blocked out) that afternoon if I hadn't found the faded Post-It on which we worked on to set things right. In an effort to not just apologize but also press "reset" on our day and our relationships, I asked them to sit on the couch and help me make a list of everything we loved about one another.
My six-year-old recorded these qualities--an astounding number of them--on a two-by-two-inch sticky note. All three of us scored points for being "weird," my son was reminded we think he's creative and "hansom" and my daughter got appreciation for her "spunk." I don't have great solutions to problems all the time, but on a fluke that one had a profound and long-term effect on restoring peace to our home.
You may never love ICD-10, certainly not the way a mother loves her children. But you do have to live with it. It's unpacking its bags and moving into your practice tomorrow.
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