Coronavirus: Did the World Dodge a Bullet?

Coronavirus is certainly looking very bad.  Yet, a recent technology podcast, “Windows Weekly”, describes how it could be so much worse right now. Every year, in early January, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) convenes in Las Vegas.  I’ve attended many times in the past because I am a technology geek. It is huge. It is…

Facing Pilot Shortage, will California Give Flight Attendants More Authority to Fly the Plane?

What a ridiculous headline right? It’s not real. Thank goodness. But what is different than this: Facing doctor shortage, will California give nurse practitioners more authority to treat patients? NPs and PAs are not equal to MDs/DOs. The difference is a MASSIVE amount of education and training in the latter. As California faces a growing shortage…

One OB Short

Once again, another fine case of a hospital deciding to target a physician, in this instance, an OB/GYN named Rebecca Denman, MD.  “In December 2017, a nurse practitioner at St. Vincent Carmel Hospital reported that Denman smelled of alcohol while working an overnight shift” and reported her … the next day.  Was Denman drinking on duty?  “She noted that…

A Whole New World

I found this article in the WSJ Business section. You may not be able to read it so I will highlight it. Here is the title: Young Workers Seek Mental Health Accommodations, Employers Try to Keep Up Accommodations for anxiety, PTSD and other conditions under the Americans With Disabilities Act differ for the workplace versus…

Regaining Momentum​

Regaining Momentum. Do you remember back to undergrad when you first learned about physics? In particular, do you remember the basic Newtonian principle that a body in motion tends to remain in motion and a body at rest tends to remain at rest?  Of course you do! Well, all businesses and the practice of medicine…

One in Four Doctors’ Orders Get Denied

The Texas Medical Association found that one in four people say their health insurance company has refused to cover what their physician ordered for them or their families. My answer to that is, “No sh$t, Sherlock”. It is time we break the addiction to these criminals. I started my career in Medicine thirty years ago.…

Quote of the Week: David Brent

“Life is just a series of peaks and troughs. And you don’t know whether you’re in a trough until you’re climbing out, or on a peak until you’re coming down. And that’s it you know, you never know what’s round the corner. But it’s all good. “If you want the rainbow, you’ve gotta put up…