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Founder of Generic Drug Maker Murdered

Barry Sherman, 75, the founder and chairman of the generic drug maker Apotex, and his wife, 70, were found strangled last month. I saw the obituary in the Wall St. Journal.  It included this” He also feared retaliation from rivals. “The branded drug companies hate us,” he said in an interview excerpted in a 2001…

The ACP Now Wants in on Physician Burnout

I have mentioned before how the AMA and the AAFP have suddenly jumped in on the “physician burnout” bandwagon.  Well, the American College of Physicians just realized there is a money train here as well and don’t want to be left out: Led by the Physician Well-Being and Professional Satisfaction Task Force, the program will provide…

Friday Funny: What Would Dr. Jerry Maguire Say If He Was A DPC Doc?

Let Dr. Jerry Maguire push you over the edge. [WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE at end of this clip. May or may not be appropriate for your sensibilities, place of work or household]

Direct Primary Care Alliance

The Direct Primary Care Alliance is a grassroots organization providing vision, leadership, and guidance to the DPC community through physician-led education, mentorship, advocacy, and organizational intelligence.

 

 

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Admission Restrictions at the Veterans Affairs

The NY Times exposed something called “admission restrictions” at the VA and it’s not pretty.  Why did this happen?  Quality metrics. Yup, those nasty little mandates that make healthcare worse. Here is what the article said: The denial appeared to be part of an attempt by members of the Roseburg Veterans Administration Medical Center to…

The Road to Value

This comes from an article in Modern Healthcare: The shift to value-based payment stalled in 2017 largely because of decisions made by new CMS leadership and distractions caused by efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, health quality experts say. And this is a bad thing?  Here’s more: Over the last year, new CMS Administrator…

Happy New Year! Make 2018 Awesome!

We at Authentic Medicine wish you the best of health and success for 2018!  There are a lot of things wrong with our country but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed.  We also have a lot of things right with America.  Please stay optimistic, work hard to achieve your goals and help others along…

And Still #CanadaWAITS

There are still rumblings up north about the wait times for patients.  The hashtag in this blog’s title is the new Twitter theme in Canada.  This article in the Huffington Post (Canada edition) talked about more stories being offered by patients: Patients and physicians started tweeting out stories of ridiculously long wait times. Do you…

Certain Death by Pat Conrad MD

Don’t ya hate when a patient or family member asks how long they have before the Big Departure?  Yeah, me too.  But not to worry:  “A New Algorithm Identifies Candidates for Palliative Care by Predicting When Patients Will Die.” Some smart boys and girls at Stanford think they have identified “a deep neural network that…