Data Re-identification

I have spoken about how important the selling of data is to third parties. It’s called money. From a colleague of mine: I am not inherently opposed to analyzing my practice (population) as a whole — on terms that are actually helpful to me and not overly burdensome. In fact, I think it would be…

The EpiPen and the Free Market

Drugstore chain CVS Health Corp is now offering an alternative to Mylan Inc.’s EpiPen.  Adrenaclick, made by Impax Laboratories Inc., is priced at $109.99 for a two-pack. This is compared to EpiPen cost of $649.  Personally, I think this is a win for the free market.  When the news of the jacked up cost became transparent,…

Who is Christine Sinsky, MD?

Not too long ago Pat Conrad MD blogged here about the AMA’s attempt to fix burnout.  The main expert was Christine Sinsky, MD who is now the AMA’s Vice President of Professional Satisfaction.  As Conrad pointed out, WTF is that anyway? Christine Sinsky, MD coauthored a 2015 Mayo study that found: physician burnout had risen 15% since…

Another Growth Industry by Pat Conrad MD

So who knew that Krispy Kreme’s would be a big hit in Sweden? (trick question: Krispy Kreme doughnuts are a hit everywhere with everyone, me included). Two complimentary studies in the U.S. and Sweden show long-term weight reduction from gastric bypass surgery in teenagers, with cohorts of 58 and 81, respectively. Most of the subjects…

The UnitedHealth Definition of Quality

  Please pass this around to spread virally.  This comes from a physician I know personally.  She is doing Direct Primary Care. She used to bill insurance companies but opted out from them over a year ago!  This means all of 2016.  Obviously, she has not seen one United patient but is somehow rated as…