Doug Farrago

Medicare Fraud

Finally, the government is getting on the ball by finding, arresting and prosecuting the doctors who abuse our Medicare system.  The recent arrest of 108 doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers from around the nation was impressive as they had bilked the country out of $455 million, which was the highest amount of false claims pursued in…

Removing the Third Party

I love the concept of independence.   Unfortunately, when I came out of residency it was not an option.  I was broke, had a family, and needed security after spending a decade of my “earning” years in school.   Now, doctors are trying to eschew insurance and directly bill the patient and I love it!…

Extra Story of the Day

Sent in by one our readers to give you a smile: Back in the 1970s, I spent six months of my clinical psychology internship year with the department of medicine at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, working with the Psychological Medicine division that focused on psychosomatic illnesses. One of our weekly case conferences involved…

RIP Junior Seau

I love the game of football.  I LOVED watching Junior Seau play; especially for the Pats.  Hall of Famer, for sure.   I am sure his brain will show the results of playing linebacker and that will make me sad, too.   Either depression, concussions or the combination of both helped make this happen.  It…

Transforming Health Care

Get ready to have your mind blown.  The Wall Street Journal published a huge piece entitled “The Simple Idea That is Transforming Health Care“.  You want to know what that idea is?  It is called QUALITY OF LIFE.  Confused?  Yeah, me too.   I thought the objective numbers of cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and…

High End Dental

I am always trolling for new stories and new ideas in the healthcare field.  It is a hobby of mine.  Here is another cool one that I recently discovered. A Florida dental practice has gone concierge with a greeter, a complementary glass of champagne or wine upon arrival, an iPad to play with and on and on.…

Monday Laugh

The pastor asked if anyone in the congregation would like to express praise for answered prayers.Suzie Smith stood and walked to the podium. She said, “I have a praise. Two months ago, my husband, Tom, had a terrible motorcycle wreck and his scrotum was completely crushed. The pain was excruciating and the doctors didn’t know…

CHF and HbA1C

According to a study published  in The American Journal of Cardiology, diabetic patients with heart failure who had lower levels of glycosylated hemoglobin were more likely to die or need urgent heart transplantation during two years of follow-up compared with those with higher HbA1c levels.  Yes, y0u read that right.    Who knows, maybe the study…

Big Time SUQASS

Many you know my about my disgust for the “quality movement”.   Please search through my past blogs to get a feel for my argument.   I also recently put out a piece we used in the Placebo Journal called SUQASS.  In the parody we allude to the joke that something must be of quality if you…