Health Care Gap

Here is an article in the WSJ that is worth mentioning.  I am displaying it all here because many can’t get to the link for free: One likely factor in America’s outsized health care bill: the huge premium that specialists earn over general practitioners. A new study (in the journal Medical Care)estimated the lifetime earnings gap…and finds…

Quote of the Week

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” C.S. Lewis Author (Chronicles of Narnia and much more) Tweet0

Diabetes Screening

A new Lancet study had researchers looking at the number of deaths over 10 years among more than 20,000 people, aged 40 to 69, in England. All of them were at high risk for diabetes. The patients were divided into three groups. One group underwent a round of diabetes screening that was followed up by routine…

The Medicare Reality

This is from AOL, which is owned by Huffington Post (a very liberal organization): Chances are you see money deducted from every paycheck to fund Medicare. But while the bite may seem big, payroll taxes cover less than 40 percent of program costs. They’ve never paid for more than 68 percent of Medicare costs –…

All You Have To Do Is Check

Painkillers are a problem.   As a doctor, you are damned if you do and you are are damned if you don’t.  A new report from a Cambridge-based research group found that many docs prescribing narcotics in Massachusetts for injured workers fail to follow recommended treatment guidelines for monitoring their patients.    Here is a surprise: nearly…

RAC on the Go

“A Medicare auditor tasked with reviewing past claims for physician and hospital services in 15 states will start scrutinizing the billing of office visits, claims that previously had been off-limits to recovery audit contractors.”  This is how the American Medical News article starts off.   It says it all.  The RAC or Recovery Audit Contractors…

Rickets For All!

A new study shows that if we mail sun-protection kits, which contain information about the dangers of exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays and skin cancer, as well as swim shirts, hats and sunscreen, to the whole country we can finally protect children from sun ANY exposure. “This is a low-cost, effective intervention that could…

DNP Online

I happened to see this big ad on Facebook and it made me very curious.  It was for an online degree to get become Doctor of Nursing Practice.  Really?  Online?  Enough said. Tweet0