Hospital Cyberattack by Steven Mussey MD

Last year, I watched a few episodes of the deeply depressing show “Mr. Robot.” I bring this up because it contains a brief commentary on the state of hospital computer technology.  Watch this clip and be aware it is totally accurate.

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This past week, a massive, but sloppy, cyber attack shut down huge chunks of the British Health System and wrecked computers worldwide.  Amazingly, though, the American hospital system seemed to escape intact (as far as we know).

Unfortunately, more of this is coming and it will be far more sophisticated in the future.

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Tough Choices by Pat Conrad MD

The hilariously named Affordable Care Act is working exactly as intended.  It is collapsing, leaving an even worse sinkhole into which a fearful public, hyperventilated celebrity/media class, and gullible Republicans are diving.   We are – and I really hope I’m wrong – accelerating toward the dreamed of/dreaded “single-payer” system.  I’m not wrong. We couldn’t afford…

Another Round of Insurance Price Hikes Coming

Per the AMA Morning Rounds report about an AP article: health insurance companies prepare for next year, “early moves…suggest” customers will see “another round of price hikes and limited choices” in policies offered on the marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act. While “price increase requests are only just starting to be revealed,” state authorities…

The AAFP Attacks Burnout with Fluff

Thank goodness for the AAFP Leadership Conference (combined Annual Chapter Leader Forum and National Conference of Constituency Leaders) because they have offered answers on physician burnout and how to transform it into well-being.  One of the speakers there, Paul DeChant, who is former CEO of the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation — a 300-physician multispecialty medical group in California’s Central…

Puerto Rico is Bankrupt

Puerto Rico has filed for the equivalent of bankruptcy protection.  Here is why: the oversight board appointed to lead the U.S. territory back to fiscal sustainability declared in a court filing that it is “unable to provide its citizens effective services,” crushed by $74 billion in debts and $49 billion in pension liabilities. And there…

Quality Metrics on Drugs?

I think it is very important to keep studying medications and their efficacy. Those studies should be done by researchers that are without conflicts of interest.  With that being said, I am concerned about this new trend affecting the prices of drugs: Deals being negotiated between drugmakers and the insurers who buy medicines now sometimes include…