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I went to this hospital 11th sep. My son had little fever and mild head pain. Spent at most 30 mins.Doc just checked without any kind of test. Last week I got a mail that for this visit , they charged me $860 ..!!!! Bills have no break up .... why they charged me so much. My insurance going to pay some amount and rest $637 ..I NEED TO PAY BY MYSELF ...!!!! THIS IS INSANE ..!!!I called hospital's accounts department and they said, "THEY PROVIDED LEVEL 2 SERVICE ... I STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT IS LEVEL 2 SERVICE ...THEY ALSO MENTIONED, THEY HAVE LEVEL 1 TO LEVEL 5 SERVICE ( NO ONE MENTIONED ME THEY ARE GOING TO PROVIDE LEVEL 2 SERVICE ) ..I AM LUCKY ..IF IT WAS LEVEL 5 ..AMOUNT WOULD BE MUCH MORE ..!!!!!ASK , WHICH LEVEL OF SERVICE THEY ARE GOING TO PROVIDE YOUR KID, BEFORE YOU TAKE SERVICE FROM THEM ...!!! "NOT RECOMMENDED TO ANYONE .....!!!!
A one-stop shop! Interlock, DUI classes, education, individual and group counseling. Nice, friendly staff.
After a year+ of Children's I found the ED to be exceptional along with nursing staff, many residents, and most attending. However, I would give their OR 1 star and their Kidney Center 2 stars. After discharge, I kept trying to get an appt but our contact nurse, Sylvia, repeatedly told me we couldn't come in. My child developed a number of side effects that the Kidney Center did not manage and let get out of control. We've been lucky to see a very good doctor (not all the docs there are good--one promised to meet me in the emergency room and never bothered to show), but have had to deal with Sylvia who talks over you and doesn't listen. Feeling completely unsure my child was getting enough care, I took him to Johns Hopkins. My son's disease is vascular, but no one from rheumatology ever followed up with us. I didn't even know Children's had a rheumatology dept. (Hopkins was AMAZING btw.) I came back armed with a few things we should've been doing that no one at Children's recommended. It took me ten calls to the Kidney Center to get the ball rolling on other preventative measures to keep my child healthy. Kidney Center is WAY too laid back and generally not proactive.
First of all this is an uncomfortable review to write because I am sure there are many very talented and life-saving physicians treating very sick kids at Children's. However, my experience in trying to find behavioral/psychological services for my teenager was so awful that I have to alert others.First if you are in my position you already know how hard it is to find services, especially if you are low-income. I spent an entire day (6 solid hours) talking to Children's and encountered the same compartmentalization, bureaucratic attitude, misinformation and lack of compassion from multiple people.I will tell you what I learned as for me it was a wasted day and there is no sense in anyone else going through that. First, I had called there about a year ago looking for an Asperger's assessment. I was told the wait was two and a half years. I could not believe my ears. That is ridiculous! So I had completely ruled out Children's for any services. But then a therapist told me she had a client who got her child in for behavioral treatment in two months (still ridiculous but not insane) so I thought I'd try again.I was really surprised and pleased when I was given an appointment in just a few days. But then over the course of the day and talking to various people it turned out that the appointment I was given was in their medical unit for medical problems. This despite me being very clear about the reason I called and what I was looking for. My child already has a primary physician and I was told all that a referral would be given us for psychological/behavioral issues. I explored getting those referrals on the phone but no one knew any so i just cancelled the appointment.Next I started looking for a parenting support group and I was sent to Parent's Smart which after four transfers I learned was a referral source for parents with physically ill children. Then I started pursuing talking to someone directly in the behavioral or psyche units. They were so compartmentalized: nurses, social workers, operators, volunteers that no one has any idea what other departments are doing. At one point I asked a nurse if she could just call another unit and ask what services were available and she was very snippy and hung up on me. Finally I was sent to Rita Brinkman an insurance expert at Children's. (she was really awful) who told me that my son was not covered for services. I had already spoken to the insurer and been informed that he was. I repeatedly asked for e-mails confirming what I was being told but everyone refused. I also was told I would get calls from other people, but never did. I would say that the infrastructure of the hospital is so disjointed and populated by really uncaring people that any treatment experience there other than medical would be terrible. I was told over and over again that the reason I was having so much difficulty was because the hospital is so big. I worked as a behavioral med provider for years at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and never heard anyone having these experiences. Also, in a site called GlassDoor where employees anonymously review their employer the hospital is getting very low grades and professional staff sound miserable. Not a good environment for healing!One of the reviews on this site is written by a doctor who was also disgusted by the treatment he got there as a prospective patient. The only nice woman I talked to all day was an employee who after trying to get her teenage son treatment there took him somewhere else. I think that says it all.Good luck and keep trying.
I have been in the hospital with my 14 year old for four days, she has a very rare and serious disease. From the moment we were admitted via flight for life, I made it very clear to every person that walked through her door that I needed two things. 1. A doctor who had knowledge of said disease to discuss my child's condition and explain things to me 2. A plan for pain. As her disease does not allow her to take many of the drugs, and since her level of pain during an attack is comparable with childbirth, i asked to utilize this hospitalization to explore some pain options as the only pain option we have currently is a very hardcore narcotic. I have been asking for both things for four days, and I was told I would see both of these come to fruition day 2. Here we are day 4, such a long stay because the doctors twice gave her a substance that caused a re-attack, and not one of my goals has been realized. They are sending me home in the exact same position I came in. Not once have I had access to a knowledgeable doctor, my own can't hide his ignorance of the disease. Nor have they attempted to remedy my medicinal issue. I just called my specialist to ask her to rally with me, to help them understand the situation and she said that she has been trying to get a hold of my Dr. all weekend, and he has never called her back. Actions speak much louder than words. Compassionate care? I think not.
DO NOT RECOMMEND: owner, Jacque Frank, is purely caustic. Every contact has been cripplingly painful. She refused to feed my kids. She has stupid arbitrary deadlines and insanely user unfriendly forms. My disdain for this company and its jail house mentality cripples my kids nutrition as I try every day to make them a healthy meal "to go" rather than rely on this woman and her rotten company. AWFUL customer service. Rude. Aggressive. GO ANYWHERE ELSE!
Great care but dealing with the billing department has been a degrading, frustrating process. We couldn't pay our bill in its entirety and were offered a payment plan. Great- or so I thought. The representatives in the financial department have been so rude and insulting that I cried after one rep's confusing and degrading explanation of my account. I don't cry easily. I did get an apology from the manager (the representative, on top of being rude, was feeding me wrong information about the account) but wondered about the type of employees they hire.Months later I missed one payment and was sent a reminder letter. I paid the past due amount plus the current month and then was informed I was being turned over to a collection agency unless I paid the amount in full. This is ONE missed payment that was then made current. Terrible. I will never send my child there again.
If your looking for a catering service or cater for school lunches completely avoid Lunch On The Go like the plague. The owner is passive aggressive, rude and very unprofessional. The food is overpriced and mediocre at best.
If you or your child is on Medicaid expect to get crappy care and not be top priority regardless of the circumstances. Unfortunately I have taken my children to this dump of a hospital because im a nice person and was giving them the benefit of the doubt. First let me start out with mess up #1: I had just had my son and I was being seen there as well in the "young mother's clinic" for my post pardom visit. I had my pap and all the other things that went along with it but no urine sample to test for the STDs. I know this because I remember thinking to myself oh she never brought in the cup for me. Well a few days later I get a phone call from them saying my urine test came up positive for Gonorrhea! At that point I had forgotten that they didn't get a urine sample from me. I freaked there was no way I could've had something after being with the same person for 5 years! So of course I thought he was fooling around he cried and was worried about me leaving him he denied any foul play. I wasn't convinced and we went up to the children's hospital together and on the way there I remembered they didn't get ANY urine from me. While we were there they gave us these huge round nasty tasting horse pills, but before we took it I told them they didn't get urine from me and that I wanted another test done right now. They seemed to be offended by what I said but agreed to get "another " urine sample from me. After I gave them my sample they stressed to us that we need to take those pills right now . So we took the pills before leaving. The next week I called to get the results of my test and it was as if nobody wanted to tell me. Finally after being on hold forever I was told my test was NEGATIVE for ALL STDs! !! I then confronted the lady who told me that on the phone and of course she was acting stupid and giving me the run around game. That whole week me and my FAITHFUL. fionce were sick from that medication! To Be Continued ...
Drug abuse and addiction is a public health issue with serious consequences. From prescription drugs to cocaine, inhalants and marijuana, illicit substances have affected nearly every community and person in some way. But what exactly is drug abuse and how do people seek treatment for this disease?
Making the decision to seek help for drug addiction is a huge step toward improving your health and overall wellness, as well as that of your family and community. But where do you start? There are many options.
Attend a Rehabilitation Program: There are a plethora of rehab options available to people who abuse drugs. You should be able to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. For a very intensive treatment, try an inpatient rehab program at a facility that is well-versed in addressing long-term addiction. These organizations provide a place for you to stay while you go through withdrawals, as well as medical assistance if it is needed. Drug rehab facilities offer therapeutic programs such as cognitive behavioral therapy to help users address the problems that may drive them to drug use. You'll also be surrounded by others in similar positions who are looking to stop using and seek support, which can be very helpful and inspiring.
1. Intake Process: Every person beginning an inpatient rehab program will go through an intake process. This involves a physical exam from a doctor and a mental exam from a therapist or psychiatrist. These professionals note any mental conditions, like bipolar disorder and depression, as well as physical issues, such as chronic fatigue or multiple sclerosis, which may be affected by drug use. New patients are usually searched to ensure they do not bring any drugs to the facility on their person or in their belongings. Once a patient has undergone the intake process, they will likely not be allowed to have visitors or even talk with friends and family over the phone for a few days. This promotes focus on recovery without distractions. Each facility is different, but after a few days or weeks, patients are typically allowed to make phone calls and receive visitors.
2. Detox: The first week of inpatient drug rehabilitation is often spent detoxing. Most facilities do not host many classes or require users to attend functions at this time, as it is instead spent dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of coming down from drug use. Long-time users may experience intense symptoms such as temporary blackouts, memory loss, depression, irritability, unpredictable mood swings, headache, insomnia, anxiety, nausea and more. Most patients just entering rehab find their first few days are some of the most difficult as they must completely adjust their habits and mindset, all while going through complex bodily symptoms. Physicians supervise this time of withdrawal to address any symptoms that require medical attention. After you have completed the detox phase and there is no more trace of drugs in your body, you will likely begin attending group and individual therapy sessions.
3. Therapy: While in drug rehabilitation, you don't simply stay away from the substance that you've become addicted to. Instead, you will spend your time learning about what triggers your abuse, and how to address urges and make amends. You will also likely attend group therapy sessions where you and other addicts can share your experiences and learn from one another under the supervision of a therapist or psychiatrist. Being in the presence of others who are learning how to restructure their lives after drug abuse can be very helpful. Knowing you're not alone is a huge step, plus you may be able to turn to those in similar situations for advice.
4. Reintegration: Eventually you will need to leave the safety and routine of your inpatient rehabilitation program and return to regular society. This comes with a lot of risks, as you may interact with situations and individuals that triggered your drug use. Before you leave a drug treatment program, you will learn skills to cope in the real world that don't involve turning to drugs. You might learn to walk away from certain individuals or not go to particular places where you formerly used to go. You may also return to the inpatient program facility for outpatient counseling. This helps many drug users to reintegrate into society and still maintain some source of assistance by going to daily or weekly therapy sessions.
Consider an Outpatient Program
Outpatient programs offer similar assistance to inpatient options such as therapy sessions and counseling, but the patient sleeps in his or her own home and is not confined to the rehabilitation center. Some patients prefer this option because it resembles some form of normality and allows them to potentially work and partake in family activities. It is important to note, though, that a person may require more serious, constant treatment than these outpatient programs can offer. If you are considering seeking treatment for drug addiction, discuss these possibilities with your doctor. He or she will help you decide what program is right for you.
Painkillers and Therapy
Some drug users who have been abusing pain medications like Oxycontin or morphine require pain relief but must find it in other ways than potentially addictive drugs. To address this issue, some people receive methadone, a synthetic narcotic. Individuals in inpatient or outpatient programs may use methadone, as can people who are not seeking any formal treatment but are trying to stop abusing painkillers. Your doctor may prescribe a methadone treatment plan if you have chronic pain issues and are recovering from addiction. Methadone can be given intravenously, via a tablet or as a dispersible. Use of this medication is carefully monitored as it can cause respiratory issues when you first begin or anytime you up your dosage. If you are concerned that you may be abusing prescription painkillers, talk to your physician about Methadone and other options like Suboxone or Narcan.
Working With a Sponsor
Similar to alcoholism treatment, some former drug users require assistance from sponsors. These individuals are often previous addicts themselves or have experiences as therapists or psychiatrists. They meet with patients regularly and are often available at a moment's notice to talk when an individual is feeling vulnerable and triggered. Sponsors can offer help when you need them the most and provide a firm sense of accountability.
To go through treatment successfully, it's important to find the right facility for you. To do so, first talk with your doctor. A physician can determine how severe your addiction is, which will help you decide if you want to try inpatient or outpatient treatment. He or she can also consider any withstanding health issues such as psychiatric conditions that should also be factored into your decision.
Next, check out facilities and programs that offer treatment for the substances that you abuse. Attending a program that is specific to your drug of choice will make your treatment much more likely to be impactful and successful. Look into potential facilities and learn about their drug policies. Some provide certain users with medications like Valium and Xanax to counteract symptoms of distress associated with alcohol or drug withdrawals. You may not want to attend such programs if you fear that you may instead become addicted to these substances or if you have ever had issues with abusing these medications in the past.
You should also note what potential programs to turn to during drug cravings. Some offer excellent nutrition and wellness plans that use healthy eating and exercise to reduce the physical and psychological want or need for a substance. Learning this coping skill is imperative to transitioning back into society, as you will be better prepared to face cravings once you are no longer in drug abuse treatment.
Some treatment programs promote quick sobriety through seemingly impossible means, such as herbal supplements or religious affiliation. When choosing a treatment facility, be wary of questionable claims like, "Shake your drug addiction in one week!" If the advertising sounds too good to be true, the program could potentially be a scam. Instead, look for organizations that include approval and certification from real doctors and health care providers. If a well-known drug abuse therapist or hospital recommends a clinic, for example, it is much more likely that you will have a successful treatment experience there.
Finances are another major part in your treatment program choice. Some facilities accept health insurance like United Healthcare, BlueCross BlueShield, Cigna, Humana and Medicaid. To learn what options are financially feasible for you, call your insurance provider and ask about any programs with which they are connected. Many carriers support in-state assessment, detox and outpatient treatment. Some also partially cover residential or inpatient treatment.
Because drug addiction is considered a disease, major health insurance providers must treat it like any other chronic condition that requires medical treatment. Make a call to the member services phone line at your insurance company and they can explain both in-network and out-of-network coverage for addiction and drug abuse treatment. Be sure to inquire about co-pays and deductibles so you don't receive a surprise bill months after you start a program. If you don't have insurance, you may be able to find outpatient programs like Narcotics Anonymous that offer counseling and meetings for patients at no cost.
Drug Abuse Facts
Every illegal use of a drug, from prescription medications to a hit of methamphetamine, creates an addiction risk for the user. One single dose of a club drug, for example, can cause long-term cognitive damage because it changes the chemical makeup of the brain. It is not always the substance that leads to a label of drug abuse. Instead, it is the nature in which the substance is used. For example, you may break a bone and require surgery. You will likely be prescribed some painkillers to promote healing in your body and make you more comfortable. If, however, you find that the medication creates feelings of euphoria so you pretend you need the drug longer than you do in order to get more pills, that is considered drug abuse. It doesn't matter that you have a prescription and the substance is technically legal.
Helping Your Family Cope
You are not the only one affected by your drug abuse. You family and friends may also appreciate going to therapy to learn how to cope with your addiction. Many people attend support meetings or join groups to mingle with others who are close to drug addicts to provide emotional assistance. When you go through treatment, those close to you must also learn to change their mindsets and behaviors to address these changes to the new you. Many patients have to stop associating with some former friends in order to stay away from illicit substances and avoid situations that may trigger drug abuse. Starting a hobby is a good way to meet new people outside of these social circles once you've received treatment.