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Blogs and Thoughts for June 15th to June 21st:
Here is what we had this past week
- RIP Larry Weed MD
- ABMS and Extortion
- Interest In Direct Primary Care Still Climbing
- Goodbye, Flounder
- Home Health Rejection and Your Grandma
- Quote of the Week: Brennan Huff
1. RIP Larry Weed MD
June 21, 2017
If you haven’t heard of Larry Weed MD then you don’t know SOAP. Yup, he invented the SOAP note. A brilliant guy. If you want more of his story then read this. He really changed the game and for the better. Sorry, for the crude joke but that is what we do here and we don’t want Gomerblog doing it first.
2. ABMS and Extortion
June 20, 2017
We all believe that doctors need certification. Most of us, however, think this recertification process (I have done it twice already) is a money grab and a joke. Just look the the coffers of the ABFM or the ABIM and you realize this is a scam. I don’t love the AMA but I will give them credit for trying to end this garbage. Currently, physicians who pass their initial board certifications get their names dropped from some ABMS member boards’ websites if they opt out of any of the MOC recertification. I have been sent blackmail letters from the ABFM that unless I pay up they will remove me in December. It will be like I have never certified at all.
Delegates voted to challenge this practice, adopting the resolution’s proposed language that “the names and initial certification status of time-limited diplomates shall not be removed from ABMS and ABMS member boards’ websites or physician certification databases even if the diplomate chooses not to participate in MOC.”
The new policy seeks to apply the same protections to time-limited physicians—those who are required to recertify every 10 years—as it does to “grandfathered” physicians, who received their initial certification prior to the era in which recertification was requisite.
What does this move mean? I am not sure. I need help from others to explain this to me Dr. Wes Fisher, are you there?
3. Interest In Direct Primary Care Still Climbing
June 19th, 2017
This weekend the AAFP put on the DPC Summit. I know many of the speakers who were there (Julie Gunther, Josh Umbehr, Ryan Neuhofel, Jack Forbush, etc) and I heard it was a smashing success. The interest in simplifying primary care continues to grow. It turns out we don’t need third parties to get in the way of us treating patients. We don’t need administrators to set us straight and treat us as three year olds. There is hope.
For those that missed this event there and are considering DPC there is another non-AAFP DPC conference in Orlando this October. It is put on by the Doctors for Patient Care Foundation and I will be speaking. More information to follow.
4. Goodbye, Flounder
June 18th, 2017
It’s Father’s Day. My youngest kid starts college this fall. And Flounder is dead. It sucks getting old. I can still laugh, though. Love this tweet below from “Otter”:
5. Home Health Rejection and Your Grandma
June 17th, 2017
It has been shown that 28% of people discharged from the hospital reject home health services. Most of these are seniors and the do it because they just want to be left alone. “Refusing home health care after a hospitalization puts patients at risk of a difficult, incomplete or slower-than-anticipated recovery. Without these services, older adults’ odds of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 or 60 days double”. You know what that means, right? It means bad scores for the doctors and for the hospitals. That’s the real travesty. Forget patient independence. Forget free will. We are talking Press Ganey scores here! We are talking quality metric scores here! We are talking less bonuses for the hospital CEO! Something needs to be done to fix this. I hear the term Soylent Green being whispered around at hospital meetings. What does that mean?
June 16th, 2017
From cartoonist Dan Piraro at Bizarrocomics.com. Brilliant guy.
7. Quote of the Week: Brennan Huff
June 15th, 2017
Brennan Huff: I smoked pot with Johnny Hopkins.
Nancy Huff: You dont know anyone named Johnny Hopkins.
Brennan Huff: It was Johnny Hopkins, and Sloan Kettering, and they were blazin’ that shit up everyday.
UNTIL NEXT TIME, KEEP SMILING, KEEP LAUGHING AND KEEP OUT OF THE SAMPLE CLOSET!
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