Quote of the Week

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” George Bernard Shaw Tweet

Weed at 7

Here is an example of good intentions going poorly.  Maybe there is a need for medical weed but now a 7-year-old girl, who is suffering from leukemia, has become one of Oregon’s youngest medical marijuana patients.  Really?  “First you get hungry,” Mykayla told the paper. “Then you get really funny, and then you get tired.”  You…

P4P for Health Insurers? by Val Jones MD

In a recent post entitled, “The Joys Of Health Insurance Bureaucracy” I described how it took me (a physician) over three months to get one common prescription filled through my new health insurance plan. Of note, I have still been unable to enroll in the prescription refill mail order service that saves my insurer money…

Joke of the Day

A doctor walks into his office the Monday after Thanksgiving.  He has over thirty patients already scheduled, hundreds of labs and other documents to sign off on, and thirty pressing patient calls waiting.   Then the phones get turned on from the answering service and all hell breaks loose. You finish the rest……    …

The MJ Scam

Here is a very interesting guest commentary by Gregory W. Rutecki MD in a recent Consultant magazine:   Fibromyalgia, or for that matter many chronic pain syndromes, are not uncommon in primary care. In the case of fibromyalgia, there is no ideal treatment. Patients with the diagnosis therefore may choose to seek pain relief from…

When a Contract Isn’t a Contract

This is for you young pups out there.  Buyer beware.  I have been around the block in the past 16 years.  I have worked for two different hospital organizations and have been recruited by many others.  I am absolutely amazed how much administrators want all the leverage and not even the pressing need to hire…

Just So You Know

Below is what doctors have to pay yearly for medical malpractice insurance.   Enjoy. Where doctors spend the most — and least — for liability insurance The medical liability market nationwide held steady in 2012, with overall rates dropping a scant 1.7% over the previous year. But rates that physicians pay vary greatly, depending on…

New Ways to Sue

Physicians have to be constantly aware that they could get sued when they treat patients.   And that drives up unnecessary tests.  Now there are other ways to sue doctors.  Lawyers are getting creative.   Here are some examples from an American Medical News article: One unusual way that physicians can be sued is for…

Quality Gains Alone

A funny thing happened when we bought into the bullshit quality movement.  It seems that just hitting quality targets would produce only modest savings.  Really? Here is more from the American Medical News article: A simulation developed by the health care data modeling company Archimedes, based in San Francisco, shows that achieving benchmarks for better…