Quote from KatieMI
Who or what prevents every rehab RN to do a med check on her patients every week or so and then call the provider BEFORE scripts expire? I thought it is one of their job responsibilities - at least, I did it when I was there. They definitely do not hesitate to call at any time of day and night for "something for (insert any symptom you can think of)", so I do not see any problem except lack of organization and time (yes, this order, not opposite).
I started to tell patients that those maddening 30 days limit scripts were created by some guys up there on Capitol Hill who never in their lives hold up anything heavier than a silver spoon, so if they want to change this and any other laws, it is their homework to meet their reps and let them know that there's job to be done or there'll be time to pack bags and go home rather soon.
I understand your frustration, but do not believe legislators never experience hard work or pain. They just have excellent access to the best care.
I agree that we all need to be in contact with our lawmakers to let them know the experiences of the common people.
And I learned long ago why some nurses always got their breaks and went home on time. They never picked up a phone to get orders for things like a cough, constipation, pain, diet changes, and the like. Smart doctors order these things rather routinely and regularly, some just don't seem to bother.
They had time to make themselves beloved of their patients and their patients' visitors, accept tips and gifts, exchange phone numbers, attend their weddings and bar mitzvahs, because they were only half doing their actual work, while fools like me were calling doctors for needed orders, reporting various pressing issues, etc.