What Does Aetna’s CEO Think About Healthcare?

Here is basically the whole article in Becker’s Hospital Review: During a keynote discussion at a Financial Executives International conference in New York City Monday, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini described healthcare as a “rat’s maze,” according to CFO. Mr. Bertolini joined Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky in a conversation about healthcare’s shifting reimbursement landscape.…

Doctor Wants to Kill Netflix by Pat Conrad MD

Hey, does this sound familiar?  Just up the road from King Doug in Lynchburg, another Direct Primary Care spark has flamed up in the region.  Dr. Maura McLaughlin has a DPC practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, “one of nearly 700 nationwide.” Here is some info from her website: “Ages 0-30 years: $30/month, discounted to $15/month if enrolled…

Ridiculous Study of the Week: Medicaid Payment

You are not going to believe this but lower Medicaid fees are linked to scarcer primary care appointments.  Crazy, right?  It amazes me that they had to do a study to prove this.  The recent study alluded to, in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that “when the fees paid to healthcare providers by Medicaid go up,…

Quote of the Week: Pauline Kael

“Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open.” Pauline Kael (Click here to…

Growth Days Ahead for Registered Teacher-Practitioners by Pat Conrad MD

“No profession improves in response to lower standards,” said Dawn Penich-Thacker, a spokeswoman with Save Our Schools Arizona, and I could hug her for it.  While some of you may want to say “Thanks, Captain Obvious”, our society has gotten so dumb that we have to keep repeating simple, inescapable truths. Every politician loves education,…

Backroom Deal For Hospitals

You learn something new every day. Recently, “the federal agency that runs Medicare said it would sharply lower what Medicare pays for certain drugs that certain hospitals buy and administer to patients through the subsidy program“. Initially, this seemed unfair to hospitals but then the article explained further: Hospitals eligible for the program buy drugs…

Wait Until You See The Schedule from the New AAFP Well-Being Conference

Family Physician Health and Well-Being Conference Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, FL | April 18-21, 2018 Welcome to well-being. Rejuvenate and pay us dearly during a three-and-a-half-day onsite experience, while creating an action plan to help reduce risk or actual causes of physician burnout. A component of the AAFP’s Physician Health First initiative, this…

Hospital Employed Physicians Increase Costs?

This just in: Medicare costs for four healthcare services rose $3.1 billion between 2012 and 2015, an increase a Physicians Advocacy Institute study links to a 49 percent uptick in physician employment by hospitals. For the nonprofit advocacy group’s study, conducted by Avalere Health, researchers examined practice patterns of employed physicians and how treatments performed…