This Is How They Think

Luckily one of my readers sent me this beauty from the NEJM.    Here is the brilliant plan to reduce administrative costs:

Only the federal government has the clout in health care to effect these changes. Thus, it may be necessary to establish a senior-level office in the DHHS focused solely on implementation and innovation in the realm of administrative simplification. Such an office would lead regulatory efforts in standardization and integration of billing with clinical records, advocate for federal and state legislation to reduce churning in public programs, and coordinate new regulations affecting administrative transactions.

To summarize, we reduce administrative costs by creating more administrators.  Yeah, that will work.

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] 

  4 comments for “This Is How They Think

  1. Greg Salard
    December 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    At least they didn’t use the word “Robust”. That seems to be new catch-phrase that I keep hearing lately.

  2. James Walker
    December 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Why not elevate this office to Cabinet level?

  3. Thalia C. Jennings
    December 19, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Let’s form a committee to study this.

  4. Pat
    December 16, 2012 at 7:30 am

    The phraseology alone was staggering.

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