Nicolette Asselin graduated from the University of Kentucky Medical School in 1983. She did her clinical medical training at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City, where she practiced for many years. She worked for Executive Health and identified a need. She became the Medical Director for Corporate Wellness, offering employer supported educational services and nationwide flu immunization to curtail healthcare costs. Her primary mission was to prevent illnesses and decrease healthcare costs.
- Patient Rights
- Healthcare Cost Reductions
Dr. Asselin’s worked with Corporate Wellness who’s mission was to involve employers in educating employees on illness and injury prevention. Based on the alarming cost caused by chronic diseases in victims of emotional domestic abuse; she advocated education for physicians and received grants to provide courses to improve recognition and diagnosis for physicians.
- Medical Practices Cost Reduction
Dr. Asselin was involved in re-evaluating healthcare practices to fit today’s need. She was engaged at the forefront of computerized medical records and conceived with network engineers, an internal private network to ease and improve patient care. She saw the risk of new software companies preying on unknowing doctors’ practices with expensive software. Consequently, she accepted to be a consultant to Medex, developers of some of the most affordable practices’ software. With the assistance of a well-regarded healthcare law firm in New York, Epstein, Becker, and Green, she established “Practice Without Walls,”3 a new practice model approach recommended by the New York Medical Society. The model was intended to decrease physicians’ overhead and address the escalating effect of healthcare cost.
- Fraud Reduction
Dr. Asselin created a service (QuickMed) aimed at worker’s compensation fraud reduction. This service offered medical evaluation at a fixed rate or monthly contract. She was able to show that the approach reduced significantly needless claims. A study showed that in certain businesses with high claim rates the method decreased it to less than 1%. Many large companies recognized her fight against insurance and worker’s compensation fraud. She belonged to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
- Public Service
Dr. Asselin was involved with the “Floating Hospital” immunization program for low-income New York citizens, “Drugs Don’t Work.” She was a speaker for the American Cancer Society and many other Health Promotion Non-Profit Associations, such as Domestic Abuse Education programs for physicians.
- Professional Associations Service
Dr. Asselin served on the Board of the Women’s Medical Association and became Vice President of the Association in New York City. She was the recipient of an award for her contributions. She served on the New York County Medical Society’s committee on public relations and grievance. She actively promotes the AMA’s Patients’ Action Network and was a member of the American Academy Family Physicians.