Brucellosis by Pat Conrad MD

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  In anticipation of the Diane Sawyer, uh, sit down with former Olympian Bruce Jenner, the topic is sure to come up in your practice. As the transgender continues to multiply, further complicated by the impending ICD-10, here is the latest info to assist you in treating the LGBTWTFE community. From icd9data.com: “ICD-9-CM 302.85 converts…

The VA Problem a Year Later

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It’s been about a year since the whole Department of Veteran Affair’s crisis blew up. So, how has it been going since they cleaned house, you ask?  Well, here you go: Ignored claims, manipulated records, cost overruns and even one facility infested with insects and rodents are among the latest issues uncovered by a blistering VA…

The Experts and Biased Articles

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We are all aware of throwaway journals. We, as doctors, get them sent to us all the time.  And to be honest, I do read some of them but mostly because I need fodder for this blog. I really didn’t know how bad they were until I read this article in the Family Practice News entitled…

Standing with Idiots

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It has been about a year since I last paid the AAFP any of my money.  It feels good.  They will never get another dime from me. Here is their latest request to get me back: The AAFP offers the influence you need The fight to improve U.S. health care legislation can seem overwhelming. You’ve…

Exorcisms, Sex and Chiropractic

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Charles Manuel, an Iowa chiropractor, had his license suspended last month by the Iowa Board of Chiropractic after they learned he had traded sex with clients for his chiropractic services and allegedly performed exorcisms on some patients. Okay, this blog entry is not to knock chiropractors.  There have been plenty of doctors guilty of the same…

Solving the Death Problem by Steven Mussey MD

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This story hit the front page of The Washington Post on Easter Sunday: Technology Wizards are moving into healthcare to “solve the problem of death.” These guys treat the “death problem” like some sort of iPhone App technical glitch. “We’ll just get our team on that mortality issue, find the problem in the code causing…

Doc’s Gone Wild by Pat Conrad MD

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This week a Nassau County cardiologist, Dr. Anthony Moschetto, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, criminal sale controlled substances, arson, burglary, criminal possession and sale of firearms, and criminal solicitation (of a hit man). Alas, there were no strippers, or this might have set up for one hell of a CME weekend.…

I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction Scores)

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So they passed the SGR (Doc Fix) bill, huh.  And now quality indicators are going to eventually count for 50% of physician pay?  Nice. Even sweeter is that a major part of these indicators will be patient satisfaction scores.  All of this unproven.  All of this easily manipulated.  All of this destroys the medical profession.  Soon, doctors…

Quality for BCBS in Delaware

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  The above is part of what was sent to me by a reader of this blog.  Here is what he said: I thought you would enjoy the attached presentation that is being pushed by BCBS in Delaware. More of the same old worthless programs that administrators in health insurance and hospitals push to justify…