Doug Farrago

Good Perspective

The following is from A Dr. Sidney  Goldstein. It was in the  Family Practice News though it is syndicated in other pieces.  It is a worth a read: The New Doctor’s Office The doctor’s office, at least my office, has changed over the last few decades with an increase in personnel added to make my…

Escaping the Rat Race by Val Jones MD

Animal research has shown that the best way to get a rat to press a pellet-producing lever is to set the mechanism so that it doesn’t always release a pellet with each push. The unpredictability (or scarcity) of the reward causes the rat to seek it with more fervor. Casino owners are well aware of this phenomenon,…

Suspensions for Erections?

I have been blown away by the lack of media attention on all the four-game suspensions given to NFL players this year.    Most of them seem to be from using the drug Adderall.   Not really known to build size or increase speed, I think once again the athletes know something that science does…

Weed at 7

Here is an example of good intentions going poorly.  Maybe there is a need for medical weed but now a 7-year-old girl, who is suffering from leukemia, has become one of Oregon’s youngest medical marijuana patients.  Really?  “First you get hungry,” Mykayla told the paper. “Then you get really funny, and then you get tired.”  You…

P4P for Health Insurers? by Val Jones MD

In a recent post entitled, “The Joys Of Health Insurance Bureaucracy” I described how it took me (a physician) over three months to get one common prescription filled through my new health insurance plan. Of note, I have still been unable to enroll in the prescription refill mail order service that saves my insurer money…

Joke of the Day

A doctor walks into his office the Monday after Thanksgiving.  He has over thirty patients already scheduled, hundreds of labs and other documents to sign off on, and thirty pressing patient calls waiting.   Then the phones get turned on from the answering service and all hell breaks loose. You finish the rest……    …

The MJ Scam

Here is a very interesting guest commentary by Gregory W. Rutecki MD in a recent Consultant magazine:   Fibromyalgia, or for that matter many chronic pain syndromes, are not uncommon in primary care. In the case of fibromyalgia, there is no ideal treatment. Patients with the diagnosis therefore may choose to seek pain relief from…

When a Contract Isn’t a Contract

This is for you young pups out there.  Buyer beware.  I have been around the block in the past 16 years.  I have worked for two different hospital organizations and have been recruited by many others.  I am absolutely amazed how much administrators want all the leverage and not even the pressing need to hire…

Just So You Know

Below is what doctors have to pay yearly for medical malpractice insurance.   Enjoy. Where doctors spend the most — and least — for liability insurance The medical liability market nationwide held steady in 2012, with overall rates dropping a scant 1.7% over the previous year. But rates that physicians pay vary greatly, depending on…