Who is the Healthcare Mafia?

This article was written by a former hospital president.  It explains why the insurers stocks and the hospital stocks keep going up as they cry about losing money: Health reform discussions are the worst kind of political theatre. Congress does the bidding of the industry which spends more on lobbying than the defense, aerospace, and…

Health Insurers Seek More Money Every Year

Here is the title of the article in a recent WSJ : “Health Insurers Seek Big Premium Increases”.   Why do they seek this money?  Because why not?  Another WSJ article on the same day is called “Health Care is This Year’s Surprise Winner”.  Don’t you get it?  They always win.  They always gouge us.…

RIP Larry Weed MD

If you haven’t heard of Larry Weed MD then you don’t know SOAP.  Yup, he invented the SOAP note.  A brilliant guy. If you want more of his story then read this.  He really changed the game and for the better.  Sorry, for the crude joke but that is what we do here and we…

ABMS and Extortion

We all believe that doctors need certification.  Most of us, however, think this recertification process (I have done it twice already) is a money grab and a joke.  Just look the the coffers of the ABFM or the ABIM and you realize this is a scam.  I don’t love the AMA but I will give…

Interest In Direct Primary Care Still Climbing

This weekend the AAFP put on the DPC Summit.  I know many of the speakers who were there (Julie Gunther, Josh Umbehr, Ryan Neuhofel, Jack Forbush, etc) and I heard it was a smashing success. The interest in simplifying primary care continues to grow. It turns out we don’t need third parties to get in…

Goodbye, Flounder

It’s Father’s Day.  My youngest kid starts college this fall.  And Flounder is dead.  It sucks getting old.  I can still laugh, though.  Love this tweet below from “Otter”: Tweet0

Home Health Rejection and Your Grandma

It has been shown that 28% of people discharged from the hospital reject home health services.  Most of these are seniors and the do it because they just want to be left alone. “Refusing home health care after a hospitalization puts patients at risk of a difficult, incomplete or slower-than-anticipated recovery. Without these services, older…

Incubator

From cartoonist Dan Piraro at Bizarrocomics.com.  Brilliant guy. (make sure you sign up for our weekly newsletter for reminders and extra insights/columns) Tweet0