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. …

Empathy Mandate On Its Way

  A recent study described here it the American Medical News is trying to show that doctors can learn empathy from a CD-ROM program. Personally, I this is just another exaggeration for a future product sale. The study examined how often oncologists empathize when patients relay feelings such as fear, sadness or distress. About 50 oncologists…