VTE Metrics

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Let’s just say you decided to make up a quality metric.  For example, we will pick what is called venous thromboembolism (VTE) complications after colorectal surgery.  And let’s say you paid more or penalized less if there are fewer of these events.  What would happen if you did this?   Well, the use of VTE prevention…

Before We Outsource Our Doctors to India

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I think you really should check out this special report about the fraud going on in India’s medical school system. Here are some of my favorite highlights: They are using fake or dummy patients to pass inspections and prove that they actually see real patients. More than one out of every six of the country’s…

Stepped In It by Pat Conrad MD

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Looks like we can file this one under “Oops”…or aw sh…. A Fairfax County, Virginia jury ordered a local anesthesiologist and her practice to pay $500,000 to a patient for defamation and medical malpractice. While being prepped for his colonoscopy, “the plaintiff apparently told the anesthesiologist that he had passed out previously while having blood…

ICD-10 and the AAFP

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Here is the headline: AAFP Fights to Shield FPs from ICD-10 Fallout Amazing.  Like these idiots didn’t see this catastrophe coming?  Now they pretend to be saviors by “shielding” doctors?  What a scam.  You can read the highlighted article above but it’s all fluff.  I was tipped off about this charade from the AAFP itself…

Pity the Docs Who Work for the VA

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The VA is still in trouble.   Is that a surprise to anyone?  As the NY Times reports, the number of veterans on waiting lists of one month or more is now 50 percent higher than it was during the height of last year’s problems. Even better, the department is also facing a nearly $3 billion…

AMA vs. Dr. OZ

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  Here is a joke for you. The AMA is going to war with Dr. Oz.  This comes from a medical student who helped craft a resolution for the AMA: “This is a turning point where the AMA is willing to go out in public and actively defend the profession.  This is one of the…

They Stayed

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I found this really cool story about a California nursing home that closed last fall.  Everybody left but…..the 16 residents were still there!  Unbelievably, Cook Maurice Rowland and janitor Miguel Alvarez stayed.  They spent “several days providing round-the-clock care for elderly patients, doling out medication, bathing, feeding, and looking after them”. Finally a local fire department and sheriff took…