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A Higher Purpose of Leadership

I was reading a book called Leading At A Higher Level by Ken Blanchard and I was really intrigued about how he redefined what leadership really is.  Here is an excerpt: We believed that anytime you tried to influence the thoughts and actions of others toward goal accomplishment in either your personal or professional life…

It’s A Trap!

A recent WSJ article had an enticing header.  It said “An Rx? Pay More to Family Doctors”.  It sounded so alluring.  My pulse quickening as I started to read but then I realized it was a trap.  Where is Admiral Ackbar when you need him? The article starts out with how Wellpoint (an insurance company)…

Keep On Keepin’ On

A new study in the American Cancer Society journal CANCER looked at 2,456 lung cancer patients and 3,063 colorectal patients and discovered that at the time of diagnosis, 38 percent of the lung cancer patients and 15 percent of the colorectal patients were smokers. Five months later, despite a cancer diagnosis, 14 percent of the lung cancer…

Respect by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Long ago physicians were respected members of society. Benjamin Rush  M.D. was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and did quite a few phlebotomies on George Washington (probably not too helpful). The physicians were knowledgeable but had few effective remedies and often did little good.   Over quite a few years physicians became considerably more…

State of the Medical Union

Last night at the State of the Union address President Obama said, “Millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that do the same.  It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom. No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts. An…

Statins, Diabetes, and Animal House

For those who haven’t heard, a new study has shown that statins (to treat cholesterol) raise the chances of the person, who is taking the medication, of getting diabetes by 50%.  This is the fourth publication to show that.   It looks like a real risk.  Wow.  So, let me get this straight.  The idiots…

Why Primary Care Has A Bright Future

  I have made a new friend. His name is Dave Chase and he is the CEO of Avado.com.   I have been reading his stuff at KevinMD and we have now been emailing each other back and forth as I try to pick his brain.    Here is one of the editorials he wrote…

ER Visits for Dental Issues

The USA Today recently discussed the cost issue of Medicaid patients going to the ER for their dental issues.   This is because many states don’t offer dental care for these people or if they do then few dentists actually offer it.    The article makes the point that the state is paying more in…

Medical Progress by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Medical examinations in 2012 have made the electronic medical record (EMR) one of the main instruments required.  Many times such things as the stethoscope are being ignored.  The EMR is a potent tool and advances our capabilities.  It is, however, still important to realize that it propagates not only facts but errors.  This gives it false…