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Social Needs

A recent survey by Harris Interactive found that eighty-five percent of primary care physicians and pediatricians say unmet social needs are directly leading to worse health for all Americans.  Only 20% of doctors feel confident or very confident in their ability to address those needs.   Being a doc in the trenches for the last…

Parents Hold The Key

There is just something about studies that point out the obvious that drive me nuts.   They seem to attract my attention which leads me to share them with you.  It’s like an itch that I have to scratch.  Here is another good one.  In this article entitled “Parents May Hold Key to Healthy Weight in…

Harvard Medical Students

Here is a very media friendly article in the American Medical News about a new program at Harvard Medical School.  The Harvard Medical School Cambridge Integrated Clerkship at Cambridge (Mass.) Health Alliance is called a longitudinal integrated clerkship because it is “a training model that veers away from traditional clinical block rotations. Instead of studying…

SaveOn This

A new program called SaveOn, by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, has Massachusetts members directed to hospitals or medical facilities that charge less for the same tests.  They first call  a “clinical concierge’’ service and then receive a check  ranging from $10 to $75.   Eric H. Schultz, chief executive of Harvard Pilgrim, said this in the…

New Labels

Researchers at Johns Hopkins’s Bloomberg School of Public are recommending that junk food and sodas be packaged with “exercise labels” to let consumers know exactly how much exercise is required to burn off the calorie and fat content within the products.   In a study published in the American Journal of Public Health they found for…

Medical Gag Orders

A New York dentist who required patients to sign a contract NOT to disparage her online has fined a patient thousands of dollars for doing just that.  Now he is suing her.  The patient also wants the contract, which which gags patient reviews, to be deemed unethical, invalid and illegal.   This was all helped out…

Australia Diabetes Project Dropped

A $200 million program in Australia  designed to prevent diabetes was dropped by the federal government.  This was done in spite of this disease costing the country billions of dollars each year.  The article is located here and I just love the way they use the term “scheme”.    The program was one that worked on…

Patient Satisfaction Scores

For the past fifteen years that I have been an employed physician the subject of patient satisfaction scores have been a very sore subject amongst doctors.   No one ever buys into it.  The reasons are probably many.  The biggest objection is having your payments affected it by it.  I understand that.  The companies that…