Doug Farrago

Diabetes Screening

A new Lancet study had researchers looking at the number of deaths over 10 years among more than 20,000 people, aged 40 to 69, in England. All of them were at high risk for diabetes. The patients were divided into three groups. One group underwent a round of diabetes screening that was followed up by routine…

The Medicare Reality

This is from AOL, which is owned by Huffington Post (a very liberal organization): Chances are you see money deducted from every paycheck to fund Medicare. But while the bite may seem big, payroll taxes cover less than 40 percent of program costs. They’ve never paid for more than 68 percent of Medicare costs –…

All You Have To Do Is Check

Painkillers are a problem.   As a doctor, you are damned if you do and you are are damned if you don’t.  A new report from a Cambridge-based research group found that many docs prescribing narcotics in Massachusetts for injured workers fail to follow recommended treatment guidelines for monitoring their patients.    Here is a surprise: nearly…

RAC on the Go

“A Medicare auditor tasked with reviewing past claims for physician and hospital services in 15 states will start scrutinizing the billing of office visits, claims that previously had been off-limits to recovery audit contractors.”  This is how the American Medical News article starts off.   It says it all.  The RAC or Recovery Audit Contractors…

Rickets For All!

A new study shows that if we mail sun-protection kits, which contain information about the dangers of exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays and skin cancer, as well as swim shirts, hats and sunscreen, to the whole country we can finally protect children from sun ANY exposure. “This is a low-cost, effective intervention that could…

DNP Online

I happened to see this big ad on Facebook and it made me very curious.  It was for an online degree to get become Doctor of Nursing Practice.  Really?  Online?  Enough said. Tweet0

Medical School Debt

The  the health information technology company Epocrates  surveyed 1,015 students at more than 160 medical schools nationwide and found that their medical school debt is their biggest challenge in life.  The average student debt is $162,000 for allopathic students and $205,674 for osteopathic medicine students.  Eighty-six percent of allopathic medical school graduates and 91% of osteopathic…

Employed Physicians by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Optimum performance of any employee requires diligence and commitment on the part of the employee but also on the part of the employer who must utilize every means at his disposal to create the proper environment as well as inculcate in the employee the desire and the need for complete dedication. These principles are especially…

The Impossible Has Happened

Check this NPR article out.   The “elite” medical schools are getting into what they call the next frontier of medicine – primary care.  You may remember how I used to gripe about all the quotes used in mainstream media by professors from these schools pontificating about the shortage of family practitioners.   It was…