Easy for Dr. Heimlich

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Recently, Dr. Heimlich had to perform the move named after him at an adult living center. The 98 year-old retired chest surgeon was in the room of an 87-year-old woman who began choking.  Heimlich dislodged a piece of hamburger from the woman’s airway and she quickly recovered.  What an awesome story.  This is the second time Dr.…

The CMS Can’t Get Rid of Fraud

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Found this information on the Family Medicine SmartBrief: Lawmakers criticized the CMS for not doing enough to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Reports from the Office of Inspector General show that fingerprint-based criminal background checks were not used in 37 states and site visits were not done in 11…

Marie & I Fix Food Stamps by Pat Conrad MD

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A new study is claiming that worldwide obesity has hit 641 million, and that the two chubbiest offenders are the U.S. and China. I have no idea how to fix China (insert powdered rhinoceros horn-as-aphrodisiac joke here), but I’ve got an idea to help the home folks. We have a large obesity population in the…

The VA is No Disney

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. The Veterans Affairs Department says it is creating a single regional framework that divides the sprawling agency into five clearly marked regions.  The new framework is part of a larger reorganization that VA leaders say will bring a singular focus on customer service to an agency that serves 22 million veterans. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald got in hot water for saying “When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important? What’s important is, what’s your satisfaction with the experience?” McDonald said.  Yeah, not good.  For one, people don’t literally die waiting in line at WDW.  They…

Kill the MOC

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If you haven’t seen this piece written by a pediatrician then you have to immediately. Here is what she did: Well, it turns out, not complying with MOC is a big deal. Not only has the definition of “board certified” changed, apparently so has the definition of “voluntary.” On December 17, with the blessing of…

Honesty Insecurity

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Most poor Americans are fat.  “Heresy you say? How dare you write that?  You are denigrating poor people!”  Well, it’s true. How do I know that?   Well, most Americans are fat and the poor are even fatter.  Why can’t we be intellectually honest about this issue?  This article in the WSJ at least was.  It discusses…