Quality Gains Alone

A funny thing happened when we bought into the bullshit quality movement.  It seems that just hitting quality targets would produce only modest savings.  Really? Here is more from the American Medical News article: A simulation developed by the health care data modeling company Archimedes, based in San Francisco, shows that achieving benchmarks for better…

Investment Advice

Weed is the future.   A few states have legalized it.    More and more states made it ok for medicinal uses.   I don’t smoke MJ.   There may be a use for it in chronic pain but I would make the case only if the patient did not take opioids.  That being said,…

Look Familiar?

Training, Tax Credits Among Ideas to Solve Pilot Crisis.  That’s the title of the article in the WSJ.   The story is the same as the one doctors are going through.  Here are the highlights if you can’t read it: A looming U.S. airline pilot shortage is prompting novel proposals for expanding participation in flight-training…

Was It Worth It?

Linds Redding, a New Zealand-based art director who worked at BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi, died last month at aged 52 from an inoperable esophageal cancer. His blog on perspective in life as got a life of its own.  The parallels of his profession and the medical profession are extraordinary. It is IMPOSSIBLE to read…

Virumax

Virumax was the name of the fake drug we parodied in the Placebo Journal. Five days of nothing that really does nothing for your virus.  The bottom line is that people who go to the doctor want something for the effort.  They do not like hearing “it’s just a virus”.  A recent article talked about…

Does My Ass Make My Ass Look Fat?

Have you heard of the tube feed diet?  That is what a receptionist, where I work, recently asked.  I thought it was a joke.  It was not. The K-E Diet has doctors putting feeding tubes into healthy people – usually young women before their wedding days – to help them lose weight: Up to 20…

And So It Begins

Every action has a consequence.   Business owners have complained about Obamacare from the get go.  Now we have this: Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter said he plans on passing the costs of health care reform to his business onto his workers. Schnatter said he will likely reduce workers’ hours as a result of President Obama’s…