Quality and Pay-for-Performance Does NOT Work!

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For 13 years I have been saying that this Pay-for-Performance and Quality Metric trend was a scam.  It turns out I will keep saying it. Here is a great article in Modern Healthcare.  Please read it.  The ONLY ones left who believe in this crap are administrators.  Here are some highlights from the piece that…

Another Brick in the Wall

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Here is another article talking about a physician in Maine abandoning the conventional model of medicine.  Yes! I came from Maine 3 years ago. Why didn’t I stay and do direct primary care there? Well, I miss my partners, staff and patients terribly but my wife’s family is from Forest and we always knew Virginia…

Understaffed Hospital Nurses

Being a nurse is ridiculously hard.  I have no idea why someone would even take that path in life anymore.  I have worked with so many great ones that I knew it was a true calling from them.  But the job is getting worse and worse.  Besides the fact that they have to deal with arrogant physicians…

Rethinking How to Get Into Med School

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Check out this article explaining the new thinking on getting into medical school.  The MCAT is changing, medical school itself is changing and now who they are picking for medical school is changing. At Mount Sinai, a “growing percentage came through a humanities-oriented program” where “they majored in things like English or history or medieval…

Health Insurance Plans Keep Getting Worse

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We all should know by now that the health insurance companies are gouging us.  The lack of competition is obvious and the free market is not being allowed to work.  Here are some highlights from an article explaining how bad it is getting: The Commonwealth Fund counts adults as underinsured if they meet one of two…

Quote of the Week

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“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People Tweet

Insurance Rates to Jump Even More!

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According to a WSJ article, “major insurers in some states are proposing hefty rate boosts for plans sold under the federal health law”.  The UNAFFORDABLE care act strikes again. In New Mexico, market leader Health Care Service Corp. is asking for an average jump of 51.6% in premiums for 2016. The biggest insurer in Tennessee,…

Forced Exams

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A Florida college is being sued over forced vaginal exams.  Yup, that sounds as awkward as it reads.  Allegedly,  medical diagnostic students at the Valencia College were forced to submit to the examination of their sexual organs under threat of having their grades reduced or of being blacklisted by future employers.  I may not be a…