Doug Farrago

Meaningful Money

How much does bureaucracy cost?  Well, it turns out that it costs a lot: A new study by the American Hospital Association (AHA) found regulatory burden imposed by federal programs including meaningful use costs health systems and post-acute care (PAC) providers nearly $39 billion a year. Researchers determined the average-sized hospital spends $760,000 annually to…

Saying the Right Thing

The head person (Administrator) of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is saying the right things.  Her name is Seema Verma and here are some of her comments: “I’d like to think of regulatory reform in terms of painting a house.  Typically, repainting needs to occur every few years, and before you do…

New Hampshire Physician Devoured by Weasels by Pat Conrad MD

When you went to medical school, did you look forward to joining a great shambling mass of collective thought that would turn out progressively homogenized, increasingly scrutinized, always more restricted actions?  Me neither.  But that’s what we’ve got now, and the medical profession has become The Blob with no Steve McQueen and no freezer big…

Don’t Be So Quick to Click That Metric Button

I just saw this and couldn’t believe it: A Kentucky doctor convicted of Medicaid fraud has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution. Authorities say 58-year-old Dr. Ezekiel O. Akande of Somerset was sentenced late last week by Pulaski Circuit Court Judge David A. Tapp. State…

Dr. Tim Fixes the Healthcare System

Arthur “Tim” Garson Jr. wrote a piece for the USA Today explaining how to fix the healthcare system.  The title was Half of America skimps to pay for health care. The only fix is to cut waste and it is quite an interesting conclusion.  It starts out with: In a new survey of 9,200 people across 15 states by…

What You Can Eat For Your Country by Pat Conrad MD

The night crew in my ER is talking about sending someone out to the Waffle House later on for a little wee hours snack, meaning pecan waffles, an omelet with Bert’s chili, or maybe some hash browns scattered, covered, and smothered (look it up).  As you can tell, we are all about quality of life…

Coverage Denial

The click-bait title, Insurer allegedly sends coverage denial letter to 9-month-old with brain cancer, may make you think that the insurance company is evil, which they are, but this example may not be a great one: The 9-month-old son of a retired NYPD officer allegedly received a letter from the family’s insurance company recently, explaining that the clinical…