Patient Centered Nonsense Needs to Go Away

Remember when the whole Patient Centered Medical Home crap came out years ago?  Remember when I shredded the whole concept as bogus?  Well, if you don’t then here is something from 2012 and here is something from 2013 but you can search in the lower corner of this blog using the term PCMH and see how many times…

How Not to Make Money

Leaders of SCL Health will close St. Francis Hospital in Topeka soon but “it’s business-as-usual for the three primary care clinics it still owns in the state”. Sounds great, right?  The clinics serve the poor and people without insurance.  They say that patients pay a flat rate of $15 per visit.  You would think that…

Introducing the Accountable Health Communities Program

Are you ready for some more quality BS?  Here is the summary from an AAFP newsletter: The 32 initial participants in the CMS Accountable Health Communities program will need to keep comprehensive databases with information on health care professionals who can address health-related social needs, collect and share beneficiary data, and monitor and evaluate how well…

Out With the Old and…You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me by Pat Conrad MD

For the record, I never liked Vivek H. Murthy, MD.  He was and remains a collectivist political hack, hiding behind a medical degree to push for larger government.  He founded Doctors for Obama (later called Doctors for America), which…hell, that’s self-explanatory.  According to the New York Times, Murthy is “a self-described dreamer and grass-roots organizer…

Ridiculous Study of the Week: Men vs. Women

Hold onto your hat.  This was hyped by a British newspaper: Men are FOUR times more likely than women to want sex on the first date I know, earth shattering, right?  The brilliant results came via a poll by YouGov Omnibus, whatever the hell that is. Say goodbye to good science. (make sure you sign…

Quote of the Week: William Osler

“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” William Osler, physician (make sure you sign up for our weekly newsletter for reminders and extra insights/columns) Tweet0

UnitedHealth Cleans Up

Great news for UnitedHealth!  They are making some serious cash: Shares rose 2.3% as the company raised its annual revenue and profit outlook. It now expects revenue of about $200 billion, compared with $197 billion to $199 billion previously. It also raised its forecast for adjusted earnings per share to $9.65 to $9.85, up from…

Wasting Doctors’ Time

In a new study in Health Affairs it was found that physicians log “an average of 3.08 hours on office visits and 3.17 hours on desktop medicine each day”.  So, to summarize, MORE time is spend on the damn EMR!!  Now the authors of the study did make a bold prediction that there is “potential for physician…