American Discharge

Heart attack patients from the United States were 68 percent more likely to be readmitted within one month of their discharge than patients in 16 other countries.  More evidence that we have a bad healthcare system, right?  Not exactly.   The study in JAMA also showed that U.S.-based patients were more likely to have shorter hospital…

Social Needs

A recent survey by Harris Interactive found that eighty-five percent of primary care physicians and pediatricians say unmet social needs are directly leading to worse health for all Americans.  Only 20% of doctors feel confident or very confident in their ability to address those needs.   Being a doc in the trenches for the last…

Parents Hold The Key

There is just something about studies that point out the obvious that drive me nuts.   They seem to attract my attention which leads me to share them with you.  It’s like an itch that I have to scratch.  Here is another good one.  In this article entitled “Parents May Hold Key to Healthy Weight in…

Harvard Medical Students

Here is a very media friendly article in the American Medical News about a new program at Harvard Medical School.  The Harvard Medical School Cambridge Integrated Clerkship at Cambridge (Mass.) Health Alliance is called a longitudinal integrated clerkship because it is “a training model that veers away from traditional clinical block rotations. Instead of studying…

SaveOn This

A new program called SaveOn, by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, has Massachusetts members directed to hospitals or medical facilities that charge less for the same tests.  They first call  a “clinical concierge’’ service and then receive a check  ranging from $10 to $75.   Eric H. Schultz, chief executive of Harvard Pilgrim, said this in the…

Why ER Visits Need To Be Appropriate

Here is an example sent in by a reader.   If patients don’t understand or abuse our healthcare system then these types of visits happen.  EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT CLINICAL COURSE AND DECISION MAKING: This is an 18-year-old female who presents to the emergency department with headache. After I have spoke to her for a while, she says…

New Labels

Researchers at Johns Hopkins’s Bloomberg School of Public are recommending that junk food and sodas be packaged with “exercise labels” to let consumers know exactly how much exercise is required to burn off the calorie and fat content within the products.   In a study published in the American Journal of Public Health they found for…