Dancing With The Scars by Pat Conrad MD

We all spent some time in OR’s during medical school and residency, and got good first-hand looks at the cramped quarters, tense, tedious, and occasionally scary atmosphere.  And every single one of us heard surgeons cuss, tell dirty jokes, saw them throw things, pitch fits, and generally act in ways they would never tell their…

Ridiculous Study of the Week: Zipper Injuries

From “Consultant” journal comes ZIPPER-RELATED PENIS INJURIES: A MEDICAL CONCERN OF MODERN-DAY MEN:  Although the separable fastener, marketed as the zipper, has become a necessary component of modern life, its convenience comes at a price: its attack upon the penis. Nearly 2000 US males sustain a zipper-related penis injury (ZIRPI) annually, and many of these…

IBM’s Watson to Replace Doctors…Never

So, how is IBM’s Watson doing?  I have no idea because after the big hoopla of how great it was going to be I never heard another peep out of, well, anyone.  Now I have heard some things and it isn’t great: But three years after IBM began selling Watson to recommend the best cancer…

Miffed MedPAC Mainly Mad at MIPS

The circle of life comes around again. MedPAC, whose members include physicians, healthcare executives, and other policy experts charged with advising the Department of Health and Human Services on Medicare policy issues is mad at MIPS or the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.  Don’t forget that MIPS is the umbrella for MACRA or the Medicare Access and…

The American Mentality

People talk about a single payer system for our country all the time.   Bernie now wants Medicare for all.  The extreme left wants socialized medicine.  Others bring up Canada and England.  I am NOT going to argue their pros and cons today.  There are tons of both.  Actually, my issue is with our own…

Quote of the Week: Tom Petty

“Well I won’t back down/No I won’t back down/You could stand me up at the gates of hell/But I won’t back down.” Tom Petty from “I Won’t Back Down” (1989) RIP. He left us way too early.  Heed his words! Click here to get your free weekly newsletter. No Spam. No giving out of your info. Promise.)…

Less Than One in Three Hospitals Can Share Records Electronically

The year is 2017 and the only profession that still uses faxes, beepers and can’t share records electronically is our healthcare system.  How embarrassing is that? A new study found that: Just 30 percent of hospitals had achieved so-called interoperability The most common barrier these hospitals reported to using outside information was that their clinicians…

At Their Best by Pat Conrad MD

University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, mass casualties:  the shootings in Las Vegas have locked the national attention and horrified everyone watching.  I’ve no interest in the politics of the scene, and am not here to discuss the motivations, terrors, opposing views, or potential societal consequences of this nightmare. This site celebrates “authentic” medicine, and…