An IT Love Letter by Pat Conrad MD

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Dear Dr. Mostashari, Prior to reading your interview in Medical Economics, I had only heard of your office, but didn’t know specifically who you were. Based on your previous job title, I would have guessed that you got your medical degree in the Ivy League, and I would have guessed that you had a real…

$4.90 PMPM

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The new per-member, per-month (PMPM) care management fee is starting to get noticed as, well, a big nothing.  As this article states, “That fee is designed to pay physicians for patient care that falls outside of a normal office visit, but the amount varies among payers and is almost universally considered too low by physicians.”  Once…

So This is Healthcare?

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I don’t even know what I am reading any more.  In the article Challenges posed by accountable care drive new data uses I was stumped to even recognize this as even healthcare.  Here are some samples: In many cases, ACOs are finding they need to incorporate data from a variety of sources, placing new importance on activities such…

And Here We Go Again

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From the AMA Rounds: As part of a series on the American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative, Repertoire Magazine reports on the importance of preparing tomorrow’s physicians through non-traditional education subjects such as economics and biostatistics. Brown University’s Medical School Primary Care-Population Medicine program includes such “third science” coursework, formerly known as…

The Fantasy of Family Medicine

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This was recently touted from the AAFP: Family medicine draws more interest among medical students than any other specialty, according to survey data published recently by Medscape. They go on to quote to AAFP President Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., of York, Pa: “When you go into family medicine, you have the opportunity to become the physician you…

Physician Bill of Rights by Sudha Prasad, MD

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The Physicians’ Bill of Rights For quite some time now, I have been reading about the state of medicine from physicians in the trenches. Their attitude has gone from dismay to alarm and then to stirring entreaties to fight against the forces that control our time and the care that we deliver to our patients.…