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DNP Online

I happened to see this big ad on Facebook and it made me very curious.  It was for an online degree to get become Doctor of Nursing Practice.  Really?  Online?  Enough said. Tweet0

Medical School Debt

The  the health information technology company Epocrates  surveyed 1,015 students at more than 160 medical schools nationwide and found that their medical school debt is their biggest challenge in life.  The average student debt is $162,000 for allopathic students and $205,674 for osteopathic medicine students.  Eighty-six percent of allopathic medical school graduates and 91% of osteopathic…

Employed Physicians by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Optimum performance of any employee requires diligence and commitment on the part of the employee but also on the part of the employer who must utilize every means at his disposal to create the proper environment as well as inculcate in the employee the desire and the need for complete dedication. These principles are especially…

The Impossible Has Happened

Check this NPR article out.   The “elite” medical schools are getting into what they call the next frontier of medicine – primary care.  You may remember how I used to gripe about all the quotes used in mainstream media by professors from these schools pontificating about the shortage of family practitioners.   It was…

Oh, the Games We Play

Remember how great EMRs were in helping you code better?  Well, now the government believes hospitals are using the EMR as a tool to “inflate payments or to exaggerate the intensity of treatments in order to reap profits from Medicare.”  Now this should scare you.  First of all, our coding system is a joke.  An…

Report Your Doctor! by Val Jones MD

Here is a another great editorial by Val Jones MD at getbetterhealth.com: In another example of government over-reach, the NYT describes how the Obama administration is enlisting the help of patients to report physicians (whom they believe may have made a medical error), directly to the federal government. While there are systems already in place for such reports…

Facility Fee Probed

About three weeks ago I blogged about how hospitals and administrators have discovered a new type of greed. In the past, hospitals bought up doctors so they could control where the patients were being sent.  In other words, all admissions, x-rays, labs, etc. came to the hospital that owned the practice.   Well, since there…

Hard to Fathom

A study conducted by the non-profit research group RTI on behalf of the NY state’s health department found that poor smokers in New York State spend about a quarter of their entire income on cigarettes.  Wow.  Since these people are making less than $30 K there it seems to me that $7500 is a whole bunch of money.…