Quote of the Week: Poe

“We are the spark, that will light the fire that’ll burn the First Order down.” Poe Dameron from Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Click here to sign up for your free bonus weekly newsletter.  No spam. Ever Tweet0

Only One by Pat Conrad MD

Recently on this site, we’ve gotten back into discussing the healthcare “team”, the fashionable term for non-physicians that is pushed by the media, academia, midlevels, nurses, and probably the cafeteria workers. Of course, the AAFP has been seized by this garbage, which has been an integral part of its beloved Patient-Centered Medical Home boondoggles.  In 2015…

Letter from a Specialist

This came to me from a loyal reader of this blog: Not a primary care doc, so the details are different, but cut from the same cloth. Here, with a few adjustments, is the meaty part of an email I sent to a colleague who is a senior member of the Department of Medicine at…

The ABIM Falls Flat On Its Face

How bad is this video from the American Board of Internal Medicine?  Well, it’s so bad, and they are so hated, that they had to disable comments for it.  I have a tear in my eye laughing about that.

There are 11 thumbs up and 36 thumbs down clicks.

Forget the fact that the “changes” mentioned never affects their bank account.

Oh, and the guy with the shit eating grin on the left, Richard Baron MD, made $860K in 2015.  I don’t have updated data but I am sure it was much more than that last year.

Also, remember this about the ABIM (per Wes Fisher):

  • No proof MOC works.
  • ABIM is $50 million in debt but their ABIM foundation has $81 million.  Funneling of your money from one to the other.
  • Their by-laws show they can have any conflict of interest they want!
  • All their members (physicians) are research subjects.
  • $2.3 Luxury condo
  • $6.5 million to Cayman Islands
  • They are selling physicians’ research recertification data.
  • NCQA and ABIMF and Richard Baron MD are all linked
  • Kickbacks and illegal lobbying

Stop supporting these idiots!

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Playing Doctor in Michigan by Pat Conrad MD

What to say when the free market conflicts with common sense?  It happens every day, and we should not think that medicine – such as it is – could rise above it.  I’ve written repeatedly here that I think patients should be free to see anyone they want for almost anything, and I should be…

Begging for Quality

This just in: “Physicians have until Dec. 31 to participate in the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System, and can do so by collecting just one quality measure on one patient. Compliance would avoid a 4% negative payment adjustment to Medicare Part B claims in 2019.” How pathetic is that?  One measure on one patient?  Yeah,…