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Just watched the movie Office Space again the other day.   Laughed a lot, like I always do.  They were so on the money and I think that is why it has reached “classic” status with a huge following.  One quote really hits home for me as a physician.  Peter Gibbons (not pictured above), the main character, says this:

“…we don’t have a lot of time on this earth! We weren’t meant to spend it this way. Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about about mission statements.”

Does that seem familiar for any of you guys?  Did you fill out your TPS reports…I mean quality indicators yet?

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] 

  5 comments for “Medical Space

  1. Kris Morin
    February 20, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    WHO plans to release the ICD-11 next year. It’s major improvement is supposed to be “multipurpose and coherent classification.”

  2. Stella fitzgibbons MD
    February 19, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I recently attended (well, I dropped out halfway through) a webinar on ICD-10. The speaker told us how we needed to “consider the procedural changes needed”, “assemble a multidisciplinary team”, “mobilize a variety of resources”…in other words, put out a lot of corporate buzzwords without ever giving us the slightest idea of how to deal with the change or what software/information was available to help us. Somebody needs to address the buzzword invasion, or we will be buried under a mountain of meaningless prose.

    • Doug Farrago
      February 19, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Don’t forget the buzzword ENGAGED. My new favorite.

    • Pat
      February 19, 2014 at 11:08 am

      “will be”????

  3. February 17, 2014 at 10:13 am

    “yeah, i’m going to have to ask you to come in on saturday. and sunday as well…..”
    soon, with all the docs leaving primary care, we’ll be working 7 days a week too. that will definitely help reimbursements. who needs time off?

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