Involve Docs to Maximize Profits

I read this article called Involve Docs in Using Health Data, Expert Tells Health Insurers and just wanted to share my thoughts with you. I actually re-read the title when I first saw it. I thought it said Extort Docs in Using Health Data. I am probably not wrong. Anyway, here are some highlights: “We…

Cynicism Up, Answers Down

I really don’t know how to truly define burnout. It seems complicated. Zdogg likes the term “moral injury”. Fine. Maybe it’s just when doctors truly start hating their job? I’m not sure. All I know is that it’s getting worse. A recent study on March 15, in JAMA Network Open, observed an increase in burnout from…

Pilot Training

This article in the NY Times just came out about the Ethiopian plane crash. Feel free to read it. Critical points of concern: Overdependence on automation  The most seasoned pilots are aging out of the profession — they are required to retire at age 65 in the United States — and many said their successors…

If Finland Can’t Get It Done …? by Pat Conrad MD

Often the rationale for universal, state-run health care is that of course it can be done because so many developed countries provide it.  Opponents counter this might be due to a number of those European nations having smaller, more homogenized populations.  We often regard those Scandinavian states as such, and so completely different from ours…

Prior Authorizations

All doctors hate prior authorizations. Why? Because we ALL know that it is only based on saving insurers money. As their profits go up and their stocks increase, we physicians sit on the f%cking phone only to fight with an idiot on the other end. Or, better yet, we get an electronic prior authorization to…

Friday Funny: ABIM Parody

Thanks, Mike, for tipping me off about this twitter group. Love it. Check them out here. May the Ides of March fall upon the ABIM and the rest of the ABMS. Get our awesome newsletter by signing up here. We don’t give your email out and we don’t spam you. Tweet

Can the AMA be More Clueless on Burnout?

I just love it when the same organizations who agreed to everything that has caused burnout now pretend they want to fix it. Did you know the AMA is now the “expert” in this crap? Me either. Here is their most recent article on it. Let me skip down to this point to explain something…

Robot That Delivered Bad News is Labeled Disruptive

You may have heard the news how a California man’s family was upset after his life-threatening diagnosis was delivered to him by a robot. What you haven’t heard is that the robot itself* has been placed in a “performance improvement program”. It has also has been labeled “disruptive” by the administration because it made them look…