Zen and the Art of Health Maintenance

In one of my favorite books, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig wrote: “Quality is a characteristic of thought and statement that is recognized by a nonthinking process.  Because definitions are a product of rigid, formal thinking, quality cannot be defined.” If you are a patient or doctor then close your eyes…

Back Surgery Marketing

The Wall Street Journal did a nice piece about how a small California hospital is cranking out the back surgeries for profit.  It is such a black eye for doctors but it needs to be exposed. Tri-City Regional Medical Center billed workers’ compensation insurers $65 million in 2010, up from less than $3 million three years earlier.…

HIPAA-Potamus

  A Very Large, Bloated, Governmental Agency MASCOT,  Dedicated to Keeping Your Personal Medical Information out of the Hands of Those who Need It. (from the Placebo Journal – sorry, do not remember the creator) Tweet0

What Really Is Private?

We think everything in our medical records is private, but is it?  Why do health insurers and life insurers get to peruse it at will?  I think about that before I click that stupid EMR button with a CPT code that drags along side someone for life.    A recent USA Today article reveals that…

The Depressed Texter

Researchers at Northwestern University are developing an app that would monitor the frequency of a depressed person’s phone calls, texts and emails. They feel that people with depression may feel better with more cell phone interruptions when they are in the midst of a low day. The app called Mobilyze!, would tap into the phone’s GPS and…

The Battle of Vermont

I was sent this interesting article about Vermont’s attempt to start a “single payer” health insurance system.   It was written by Wendell Potter, former head of PR for CIGNA for twenty years.   Here are some interesting tidbits about the behind-the-scenes propaganda that goes on at these big time insurance companies: “Part of the strategy is to…

OMG, Not A Sunburn!

An article in the Boston Globe looks at a Pediatrics study and throws out another scare to make us run into our caves.   Like a horror movie it is titled: Most students have been sunburned, survey shows It then goes on to say the following: Previous studies have shown that children who have just…

Are Physicians Really Smarter? By Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Once upon a time physicians were allowed to admit that we did not know everything. This is no longer acceptable by many of the organizations that pay.  A diagnosis of “undiagnosed condition” was once upon a time admissible. I am not sure that all physicians have become much smarter. Unfortunately, at the present time, a diagnosis is needed if payment…

The 2.8%

  On January 28th, I blogged about the “commercial” in the WSJ proclaiming how insurance companies are going to pay primary care doctors more.   I called it a trap because really it is a bait and switch using unproven quality indicators.   A buddy of mine pointed out the graphic above that was in…