Doug Farrago

Madam Chair, We Propose that ‘Happy Hour’ begin 30 minutes Earlier Today by Pat Conrad MD

Over the years I’ve spilled more than a little electronic ink describing how the AMA is an unofficial extension of the federal government that furthers and encourages CMS’ whims and abuses.  But to give the AMA its due, it has successfully adopted the rhythms and reflexes of its benefactor.  Rather than tackling the really tough…

(ABI)Minecraft

Is anyone else playing (ABI)Minecraft?  It is awesome.  Right now I am trying to build a golden temple in the Cayman Islands using MOC money.   Just like real life, ABIMinecraft allows for an infinitely large game world to be generated as long as you have other people’s capital.  This, of course, is your Maintenance of…

Your AMA …Cover for the MOC by Pat Conrad MD

Anyone wishing to cure an overabundant zest for living need only spend a few minutes reading AMA House of Delegates committee resolutions.  The formal tone attempting to dress up a truckload of self-important swirl not nearly dignified enough to be called bullshit is…Contemptible?  Loathsome?  It sure is boring. Remember when the AMA came out against…

How Hospitals Think They Can Fix Burnout

I know that many of you cannot read this article in the Wall Street Journal but I still think there is a need to highlight what was said in it. The online version is called: Hospitals Address Widespread Doctor Burnout To address an epidemic of physician stress that some say puts patients at risk of…

Cigna Making Your Life Easier

This was emailed to me: I don’t know if you saw the email Cigna distributed this week. They started strong: “We’re committed to making it easier for you to do business with us.” And then immediately disappointed: “Our new Precertification web page is one of the many ways…” It’s almost like a giant insurance company…

The Health Insurer Rate Hike Tracker

Did you hear the news? Obamacare premiums set to soar in 2019 Before you start blaming the right or the left, I just want you to know that it doesn’t matter.  I believe I am the ONLY written/blogger that follows this.  I mentioned this farce last year.  The idiotic article above says: Many insurers cite…

Bourdain, Suicide and Sadness

I was really sad when I heard the news about Anthony Bourdain.  It is the same way I felt when I heard about Robin Williams.  I never heard of Kate Spade before so it didn’t hit me as hard.  Why am I so sad?  Obviously, I am bothered that their recent suicides left young kids…