Tanning Industry Fights Back

The tanning industry is using some interesting tactics to fight for their lives.   They are slamming the dermatologists and the resultant decrease in vitamin D that we are seeing in this country.  They are hammering them for making the sun and sunlight so evil.   Yes!  I have been saying this for a long…

Unfinished Business

Here is a joke that may make you think about  where healthcare is going: A company chairman was given a ticket for a performance of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony.  Since he was unable to go, he passed the invitation to the company’s Quality Assurance Manager.  The next morning, the chairman asked him how he enjoyed it,…

Quote of the Week

“One thing that could be a problem is breaking old habits. It’s not that you don’t understand what the new responsibilities or plays are, but just the fact that you’ve been doing something a long time and you’re kind of used to doing it, it’s a habit, and that’s not what’s required in the other…

Walk Away From The Table

“The single most powerful tool for winning a negotiation is the ability to walk away from the table without a deal.” Harvey Mackay in Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten This is a very good book, by the way, and I was just reading it again recently.  What reminded me of this quote was…

Waste

A report from the Institute of Medicine states that about 30 percent of health spending in the United States in 2009 (or  about $750 billion) was wasted on unnecessary services, excessive administration costs, fraud and other problems.   Finally.  I LOVE the “excessive administration” accusation.  YESSS!   And, by the way, it has got to be…

Another Authentic Doc

This came from a fellow doc.   He is a real authentic one. I thought you might like knowing how I managed to make it thru the rigors of medical school (1958-1962.) It was my “Placebo Journal” at the time….cartoons that let me vent my spleen and stay sane. I’m attaching a video that was made for my…

Facility Greed

Are you ready for some more hospital greed?   In the past, hospitals bought up doctors so they could control where the patients were being sent.  In other words, all admissions, x-rays, labs, etc. came to the hospital that owned the practice.   Well, since there are a lot of administrators to feed, the hospitals…

Dr. Whistle Blower

A nephrologist in California, Mark Fahlen, MD,  reported several problems with his hospital’s  nursing staff to nursing supervisors and the center’s administration between 2004  and 2008.  This American Medical News article summarizes the story but he  claimed: nurses were failing to follow his directions, thus endangering patients’ lives. In one instance, nurses refused to follow…

Boomers Bumming

Here is a nice AP article talking about the primary care doctors shortage.     In rural Oregon they are barely even keeping the docs they have.  One area where it has really become evident is Josephine County.  The place has attracted retirees because of the “low taxes, cheap housing, wineries, a symphony and low traffic”,…