No Fight Left

Here is an article from the American Medical News that describes 3 steps to quality pay for physicians.  Are you kidding me?  It goes on to say:

Physicians, both employed and independent, need to take steps to ensure they are receiving the appropriate share of pay-for-performance or value-based purchasing bonuses, medical consultants say.

Whether the quality pay program is from a health system, insurer, accountable care organization, patient-centered medical home or some other model, physicians need to understand what metrics they have to meet. In addition, doctors need to determine how to meet them and ensure they have the tools to do so.

I read this as saying:

You as a doctor have no spine and have given up fighting back over, well, basically anything.   Therefore, no matter which way you turn you are going to have to bend over and take it.   Let’s show you the best ways to get violated. 

Wow, we are so sad.   One idiot at the end of the piece says, “If you want to have some control over your destiny, start getting together with your staff to figure out the most important metrics”.   Really?  That is how we get control over our destiny?  I don’t think so.  Getting control over our destiny would be to expose how these systems of payment are flawed, break away from the hospitals, take only cash for payment and eliminate jerk-offs like the dude who made that comment.   Ahhh. That felt good.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “No Fight Left

  1. Scott Miller, MD
    September 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Asshole docs, bitchy nurses, totally divided and ultracompetitive. So what did we expect? They divided and they conquered as a good businessperson does. And yet we still squabble, bitch, and wave our arms and scream about quality of care. Do you think they care? They care about profit, nothing else. We are getting what idiots deserve. This is one idiot who is glad to be retiring.

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