Patient Noncompliance by Steven Mussey MD

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€œ “Your patient is noncompliant with prescribed medication” reads the notice from the insurance company. Daily, we get these letters and faxes, tattling on our patients. “œNo kidding! Tell me something I don’€™t already know!”, I often mumble. Other times, the drug in question was stopped months ago. More unhelpful paperwork! What do you with this…

IOM Adding More Social Metrics

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In another attempt to destroy the time allowed for patients to see doctors, the Institute of Medicine is now recommending all electronic health records be equipped to record and track 12 social and behavioral determinants of health. In addition to measures that are routinely collected now – race/ethnicity, tobacco use, alcohol use, and residential address…

Changing Landscape of Medical School

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Who wants to vomit?  Well, here you go.  Per a recent article in the WSJ, “a wave of innovation is sweeping through medical schools, much of it aimed at producing young doctors who are better prepared to meet the demands of the nation’s changing health-care system.”  Are you ready for this?  Here is a list of…

Choosing Your Physician by Jack Forbush DO

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Okay, so I’m not sure about all of you, but I’m a little tired of this “match” service for finding a physician. I’ve never thought that finding a physician would be the equivalent of a “hook up” service. They have apps for that don’t they….”Tinder” anyone? For that matter, I didn’t know you could “break…

Doctors on Strike

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Here is something real interesting.  It seems that about 150 doctors at the University of California’s student health centers are staging a one-day strike over contract negotiations. Here is a synopsis of the article: They are protesting what they describe as unfair labor practices. It’s the first time in 25 years fully licensed doctors have gone…

Being the Doctor Your Patient Wants

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“And all you have to do is be the kind of physician your patient is hoping you will be.” Easier said then done. The industrialized medicine model makes it very hard. Doctors need to care (most really do) plus they need time. It’s that second piece that is so elusive. That is why doctors become…

The Greater Good by Pat Conrad MD

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From the Institute of Medicine web site: “Established in 1970, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.” “The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers…