Quality Gains Alone

A funny thing happened when we bought into the bullshit quality movement.  It seems that just hitting quality targets would produce only modest savings.  Really? Here is more from the American Medical News article:

A simulation developed by the health care data modeling company Archimedes, based in San Francisco, shows that achieving benchmarks for better quality actually could increase net costs in some cases. However, health analysts said the simulator’s results should not be surprising, and that most doctors in shared-savings programs know they must look elsewhere to lower costs.

What was that line again? There is a sucker born every minute……

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]