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lavacarancher":16nwqyml said:
chippie":16nwqyml said:
Yes, they have nurse practitioners. They can write prescriptions. As I said, it is a part of the Memorial Health Care System. The hospital is across the road.

OK, Chippie. Don't want to carry this on but how much do you think they would charge for an real emergency (three broken ribs) and what would you think they would have done about it? And you are right about some of them being part of a bigger network - the one I went to was. I can tell you first hand they charged my insurance a little over $3000 and did absolutely NOTHING except pick up a phone and call an ambulance which transported me to "their" hospital. Ambulance cost - about $1000. Would have been much better off going directly to the hospital emergency room and about $4000 richer. Oh, by the way. Nurse Practitioners can NOT write a prescription for pain killers without a doctors approval.

You went to HEB for medical care???????? Really???? OMG! Did you pick up a dozen eggs while you were there?
Here visit was for a sports physical and a checking for flu. Nobody was having a heart attack. Give her the benefit of the doubt and think she probably would have gone across the street to the hospital for anything serious. These facilities have a place in industry...Condemn the whole world because you chose a place that f_ _ ked you over.



Do nurse practitioners need a DEA number in order to write prescriptions?

The short answer to this question in "No". Nurse practitioners must be licensed by their state in order to prescribe but do not need a DEA number. A DEA number is required only to write prescriptions for controlled substances, not for medications like antibiotics.

Although a DEA number may not technically be required to write prescriptions, insurance companies and pharmacies often use the DEA number as a way to identify medical providers. Practicing without a DEA number be a hassle as these entities won't have a systematic way to track things like insurance claims for your patients or prescriptions you write.
 

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Weatherford ER now. Finally getting a CT scan. Urologist wanted me here. Should have had kidney CT scan 10 days ago. It's a shame I haven't already past the stone. All they'll do is put me on antibiotics. CT scan will validate what's wrong.
 

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hurleyjd":n23sh284 said:
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They clipped my wings it seems. I am not getting out

Best wishes for you to get well soon.

Thanks. Bladder contracted. Kidneys dialated. They're putting in the tube tomorrow. I hate that. Drinking lots of water but remain dehydrated. They 're going to scope the rest out. Hoping for resolution Really tired of the pain. Finally agreed to morphine a half hour ago.
 

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lavacarancher":y8ndalcq said:
chippie":y8ndalcq said:
Yes, they have nurse practitioners. They can write prescriptions. As I said, it is a part of the Memorial Health Care System. The hospital is across the road.

OK, Chippie. Don't want to carry this on but how much do you think they would charge for an real emergency (three broken ribs) and what would you think they would have done about it? And you are right about some of them being part of a bigger network - the one I went to was. I can tell you first hand they charged my insurance a little over $3000 and did absolutely NOTHING except pick up a phone and call an ambulance which transported me to "their" hospital. Ambulance cost - about $1000. Would have been much better off going directly to the hospital emergency room and about $4000 richer. Oh, by the way. Nurse Practitioners can NOT write a prescription for pain killers without a doctors approval.

You went to HEB for medical care???????? Really???? OMG! Did you pick up a dozen eggs while you were there?

I am not stupid.
We would have gone to the hospital. Those pop up clinics and emergency rooms are for minor injuries and illness.
Any smart person would not that they do not have the facilities or resources that a hospital has.

And yes they can prescribe medications in Texas. http://www.texasnp.org/?page=5
 

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backhoeboogie,
sorry to heard about your problem and hope that you are doing better. kidney stones are not anything to mess with. been there, done that.
the pain is worst than giving birth to a child.
 

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I never understood all the hoopla over kidney stones. Until this bout. Pain was excruciating. Never this bad before.

I had a trouble spot in the bladder. They took biopsies. Finally on antibiotics. Doing much better. Drank 5 quarts of water post op yesterday. Plus they still have the IV going treating for dehydration. I have been hitting the restroom every 10 minutes. Flushing out.

I feel much better. I was put on morphine yesterday. On oxy now. Ready to get out of this hospital.

More than likely my annual deductible has been met already. Wondering just how many nickels all of this cost.

They are telling me I have two bulging discs in my lower back. That's not hurting at the moment but I'll have to go see the surgeon who fixed my neck last fall. That appointment is Wednesday. Praying that surgery is not required.
 

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Hope you get out there real soon Backhoe! It's got to be getting old by now.

My dad was in the hospital a lot during his later years and it seemed the doctors at the hospital were always finding something. As one of his caregivers I never wanted to take chances with his health so would take him in. Reflecting back, i suspect that because his insurance was so good the doctors may have been motivated to find whatever they could. One doctor at Methodist who was a geriatric specialist strongly suggested I get my dad out of there and back home. His view was that hospitals can make a person sicker or they can pick up something they didn't have before.
 

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James T":2ikbnds1 said:
Hope you get out there real soon Backhoe! It's got to be getting old by now.

My dad was in the hospital a lot during his later years and it seemed the doctors at the hospital were always finding something. As one of his caregivers I never wanted to take chances with his health so would take him in. Reflecting back, i suspect that beucause his insurance was so good the doctors may have been motivated to find whatever they could. One doctor at Methodist who was a geriatric specialist strongly suggested I get my dad out of there and back home. His view was that hospitals can make a person sicker or they can pick up something they didn't have before.

There's a lot that goes into medical decisions and care. Trying to make something out of nothing for financial gain I haven't seen, except in Eastern Medicine and Chiropractic voo doo.

I agree with your dad's doctor, over staying isn't a good idea. There are bugs to pick up, but I think people get worn out being in that environment and depressed. Your attitude plays a big role in healing.

With the last baby, between 5 and 8 am there was no fewer than 4 people that had come in and woke my wife up besides the baby. How can someone rest? The photographer caught the wrath of all the previous interruptions.

I figured better the photographer than me. :hide:

Those box store urgent cares should be labeled as such. They are for people that don't want to wait to see their family physician. They serve a purpose but it isn't ER.

Used an urgent care place for kids a couple years ago. It was nice to not have to wait hours to get the little one seen. She had early pneumonia and it was nice to get her started on antibiotics to break the fever. Radiographs and out in about an hour and a half.

Lavaca, I wonder a couple things, the nurse practitioner may not prescribe narcotics so they don't have to deal with drug seekers- may be a quick answer to not have to deal with it. Or she may not have her own DEA license for narcotics and be working under someone else's.
 

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Hope you heal up and get back to the cows soon BHB!! I've never had kidney stones, but have known people that have--sounds horrible.
 

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Wife came home today with a mountain bike. Shes going to ride it around the farm for exercise. I'll let everbody know what kind of service we get at the ER
 
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Commercialfarmer":2ne3sx9g said:
James T":2ne3sx9g said:
Hope you get out there real soon Backhoe! It's got to be getting old by now.

My dad was in the hospital a lot during his later years and it seemed the doctors at the hospital were always finding something. As one of his caregivers I never wanted to take chances with his health so would take him in. Reflecting back, i suspect that beucause his insurance was so good the doctors may have been motivated to find whatever they could. One doctor at Methodist who was a geriatric specialist strongly suggested I get my dad out of there and back home. His view was that hospitals can make a person sicker or they can pick up something they didn't have before.

There's a lot that goes into medical decisions and care. Trying to make something out of nothing for financial gain I haven't seen, except in Eastern Medicine and Chiropractic voo doo.

I agree with your dad's doctor, over staying isn't a good idea. There are bugs to pick up, but I think people get worn out being in that environment and depressed. Your attitude plays a big role in healing.

With the last baby, between 5 and 8 am there was no fewer than 4 people that had come in and woke my wife up besides the baby. How can someone rest? The photographer caught the wrath of all the previous interruptions.

I figured better the photographer than me. :hide:

Those box store urgent cares should be labeled as such. They are for people that don't want to wait to see their family physician. They serve a purpose but it isn't ER.

Used an urgent care place for kids a couple years ago. It was nice to not have to wait hours to get the little one seen. She had early pneumonia and it was nice to get her started on antibiotics to break the fever. Radiographs and out in about an hour and a half.

Lavaca, I wonder a couple things, the nurse practitioner may not prescribe narcotics so they don't have to deal with drug seekers- may be a quick answer to not have to deal with it. Or she may not have her own DEA license for narcotics and be working under someone else's.

CF, my next door neighbor is a PA and she alone CAN NOT write prescriptions, period. She can be an extension of the doctors hand and write as it is dictated by the doctor, even on the phone (no doctor physically present). She CAN NOT write prescriptions even as dictated by the doctor for tittle two drugs, narcotics (Valium, Vicodin, Percodan, etc). Nurse Practitioners are a step or two down below a PA and it would be hard to imagine a NP writing prescriptions for even aspirins. Some folks are so gullible that they think the way you can tell an egg is organic is if it's brown.
 

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greybeard":1j4or6x9 said:
Hope you heal up and get back to the cows soon BHB!! I've never had kidney stones, but have known people that have--sounds horrible.

Thank you. About to get healed up. Biopsy results from the bladder were negative.

Just need to get my system back to normal
 

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