The Doctor Connect

Demystifying Insurance, Deductibles, And Patient Rights with Dr. Adler

December 12, 2023 Dr. Liudmila Schafer
The Doctor Connect
Demystifying Insurance, Deductibles, And Patient Rights with Dr. Adler
Show Notes

In this episode, Dr. Adler explains her personal involvement in alternative therapies and how they complement traditional Western techniques. Encourage patients to openly discuss alternative therapies with their physicians and share an unexpected patient experience.

Dr. Adler discusses:

  • How the healthcare system has changed, and how much more difficult it is to cover medical care by insurance companies.
  • Why insurance companies have been slow to embrace alternative pain management therapies.
  • The challenges of gaining acceptance for alternative therapies, including the lack of traditional scientific evidence and cost-related issues.
  • The importance of safety and patient feedback in evaluating these therapies.
  • Key insurance terms that patients should be aware of and explains the importance of patient advocacy.
  • The urge for physicians and healthcare organizations to advocate for resources that empower patients and reduce the burden on physicians.
  • The potential of machine learning and artificial intelligence to streamline administrative tasks in healthcare.


Dr. Alexandra Adler is a board-certified pain management specialist and anesthesiologist. She graduated from Yale University in 2007 Magna Cum Laude with distinction with Phi Beta Kappa honors. She was awarded a Gates Cambridge Fellowship and studied at the University of Cambridge from 2007-2008, graduating with a Master of Philosophy in Biological Sciences. She then returned to Yale School of Medicine to complete her medical degree. She did her residency training in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and continued on at MGH for a fellowship in chronic pain that emphasized a multidisciplinary approach to pain. She joined the Pain Center team in 2020 and became a partner in 2023.

Dr. Adler splits her time between Lowell General Hospital and the Pain Center. Her goal is to provide exceptional, comprehensive care to a wide variety of patients experiencing both acute and chronic pain. She enjoys working in a community practice while maintaining an interest in research and patient education. Her particular interests include pelvic pain, peripheral nerve pain, chronic back pain and non-medication options for managing and treating pain. She recently contributed to a pelvic pain guide for patients.

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