The AMA and the ICD-10

Finally, the AMA did something right!  They have adopted a resolution to try and stop of the implementation of ICD-10, which would be used in place of the current ICD-9.  For those that don’t know, doctors bill for services using CPT codes but use the ICD codes to record patient diagnoses.  The idiots in charge…

Too Old To Screen

There are 37 million people in the United States are 65 and older and the  U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends against routine screening for breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer at age 75 and beyond, and advises against cervical cancer testing after 65.  But the screenings still occur.   A study published in the Dec. 12/26 issue…

Organized Weakness by Pat Conrad MD

Putting “ACO” into the search window yielded at least one (probable) pornographic reference, which is a likely harbinger of the very near future.  Fast on the heals (sic) of the widespread customer satisfactions garnered by H.M.O.’s in the 1990’s, the Obama Care law bearing down on us seeks to replicate these successes.  An Accountable Care Organization is…

The One Billion Dollar Innovation Reward

A new program called the  Health Care Innovation Challenge is being  offered by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid and will award up to $1 billion in grants for efforts to improve care and lower costs for patients with public coverage.   This could go to physicians and other health professionals, payers, local governments, community-based organizations. …