(I CAN’T GET NO) Satisfaction

The American College of Radiology’s Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute published a study which concluded that physicians could lose up to a total of $1.3 billion a year from their Medicare pay by not satisfactorily reporting quality measures to the program.  You can read the rest of the article in the American Medical News but it is so convoluted that I got disgusted and bored.   The truth is that these quality initiatives have never been proven to help patients and has been created only to save money by confusing and frustrating physicians.

It did give me a chance to put in a good Rolling Stones song title and picture, though, so I feel good about that.

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] 

  3 comments for “(I CAN’T GET NO) Satisfaction

  1. Ken
    January 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

    “Under My Thumb” would also be appropriate here.

    • Doug Farrago
      January 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Good one

  2. Pat
    January 22, 2013 at 8:10 am

    The Stones had a lot of good songs – while the AMA,AAFP. et al are bleating out pale, Inaugural Bawl rap-lounge versions of ‘Emotional Rescue”, real doctors can dial in “Between a Rock-and a hard Place”, “You Can’t Always Get what You Want”, and as the noose tightens, “Gimme Shelter.”

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