The ABMS MOC Scam Continues

Recently, the Journal of the American Medical Association came out with an article partly exposing the money making machine that is the American Board of Medical Specialties.  Why partly?  Because they hide the money.  I am using this blog to highlight the one guy who has fought these extortionists for years.  Here is Wes Fisher’s…

You’ll Be Fine by Pat Conrad MD

For years I have gotten laughs from non-medical, administrative types in health care, saying that it would be easy for them to step into my shoes, with just one simple skill.  I’ve maintained that any CEO, CFO, or credentialing assistant could slap on a white coat, stethoscope, and start seeing patients if they could just…

One Way to Fix the Healthcare System

This article in the LA Times is all about diabetes.  Did you know that about half of Americans have diabetes or prediabetes?  HALF!  You can read the piece for more of the specifics but I pulled out the ones I felt important: The number of newly diagnosed cases of diabetes among children and teens under the age of…

Taylor vs. Quality by Steve Vaughn MD

Most people in medicine shy away from the term “quality measure.” It promises more work and worse outcomes. Most people intuitively suspect that quality measures are a superstition. The American business community is structured around a model of large national corporations run with centralized planning and goal-setting to achieve desired corporate outcomes. That is one…

“Thank you for calling, please hold…” by Pat Conrad MD

Internist Stephen Schimpff, MD is concerned about physician-physician, hospital-PCP communication.  Writing in Medical Economics, he begins with a case study of an elderly demented female nursing home patient who had mental status changes and was rushed to the hospital.  Of course she got the full ER “G” panel, and was admitted for a UTI.  Before it…

Ridiculous Study of the Week: Bathroom Line

Ghent University researchers have studied why women’s bathroom lines are longer. Yup, that was studied. And here is what they found: Men’s Rooms Accommodate More Occupants More Time Spent Less Space + More Time Spent = Longer Lines Yup, that is science for you.  Feel smarter now? Tweet0