Are Your Medical Records Safe?

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If you haven’t heard,  Community Health Systems was cyberattacked and the hackers took information on more than 4 million patients.  This company is from Tennessee so the information is pretty redundant, as everyone is related, but that is besides the point (relax, it was just a joke).  The company is notifying patients affected by the attack and…

100 Hours of BS

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I actually thought this was a parody from the site Gomerblog.  I was sent this article with title 100 Hours of Meaningful Use Stage 2 Attestation: A Success Story and just started giggling.  Then when I started to read it I realized it was actually real! Here are some highlights, none were intended to be a joke.…

Your AMA and Their Good Work by Pat Conrad MD

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Sometimes a commentary just writes itself: “The AMA’s delegates defeated a resolution that asked the organization to put a moratorium on Maintenance Of Certification until it was proved to improve the quality of care and patient outcomes.” The July issue of Family Practice News headlined some blather about insulin in primary care, and buried this…

The ABFM Travesty

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All family doctors hate the burdens placed upon us by American Board of Family Medicine.  The testing is useless, the requirements are bogus and they are getting rich off our dime.  NO ONE likes them.  Recently, they sent out this letter to all family docs: Dear Colleague, I would like to take a brief moment…

40% With Diabetes

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According to the new CDC estimates, 40% of adults will develop diabetes in their lifetimes.   That’s two out of every five Americans!  Are you kidding me?  This is not an infection, people.  It is not contagious.  This is a behavioral/dietary issue and we have lost the battle.  What we are doing is not working. Please…

Universal Access by Stella Fitzgibbons MD

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My community clinic sees a depressing number of uninsured people with serious health problems: diabetics with proteinuria, rheumatoid arthritis ladies who can’t afford anything more up-to-date than methotrexate, and my biggest nightmare: the patient over 50 with bowel habit changes and iron deficiency anemia.  Yeah, you kind of put off your screening colonoscopy until age…