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Out With the Old and…You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me by Pat Conrad MD

For the record, I never liked Vivek H. Murthy, MD.  He was and remains a collectivist political hack, hiding behind a medical degree to push for larger government.  He founded Doctors for Obama (later called Doctors for America), which…hell, that’s self-explanatory.  According to the New York Times, Murthy is “a self-described dreamer and grass-roots organizer…

Ridiculous Study of the Week: Men vs. Women

Hold onto your hat.  This was hyped by a British newspaper: Men are FOUR times more likely than women to want sex on the first date I know, earth shattering, right?  The brilliant results came via a poll by YouGov Omnibus, whatever the hell that is. Say goodbye to good science. (make sure you sign…

UnitedHealth Cleans Up

Great news for UnitedHealth!  They are making some serious cash: Shares rose 2.3% as the company raised its annual revenue and profit outlook. It now expects revenue of about $200 billion, compared with $197 billion to $199 billion previously. It also raised its forecast for adjusted earnings per share to $9.65 to $9.85, up from…

Wasting Doctors’ Time

In a new study in Health Affairs it was found that physicians log “an average of 3.08 hours on office visits and 3.17 hours on desktop medicine each day”.  So, to summarize, MORE time is spend on the damn EMR!!  Now the authors of the study did make a bold prediction that there is “potential for physician…

Breaches in Patient Information

HHS data shows 1800 large data breaches since 2009.  This from the Health Data Management site: The health care sector experienced almost 1,800 large data breaches involving patient information between Oct. 21, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2016, with health care organizations reporting more than 1,200 of the incidents, according to an analysis of HHS data…

And Then You Have This…

Once again I am bothered about this.  This is ALL about creating confusion for the patient.  It is a concerted effort by the lobbying groups behind the NPs.  It devalues me and my education. It confuses the patient.  And it is not good for our healthcare system. So, to summarize, first you have this: And…

Answer This Simple Question by Pat Conrad MD

Before we move on…We all had an interesting exchange last week about the curious rise of “nurse doctors”, wherein one respondent referred to them as part of “your supporting and collaborative team.”  That rhetoric is in line with this “5 Reasons to Get a Doctorate Degree in Nursing,” which apparently include research, access to better faculty posts, leadership blah-blah,…