Doug Farrago

Medical Cost Cutting by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

The application of industrial methods to cutting medical care cost seemed to make good sense. Doctors who were busy and had little desire to be administrators figured it would be best to let others do this type of activity. It did not take long before some of these money saving features intruded on the medical…

Bring In The Clowns

In another media story that means very little, clowns are being brought into a Canadian hospital to help get women pregnant.  Sound ridiculous?  Two professionally trained, university accredited medical clowns from Israel are presented a conference at the McGill University Health Centre’s reproductive centre about the link between clowning and fertility rates.  In a study…

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.…