Efficient Care


See the happy CEO?  Isn’t that awesome.  He seems so happy.  You’re the greatest, Chet! He makes millions a year and may make more as the physician lemmings behind him follow along.  Read the article.  The title says it all: CareFirst wants to give discounts to members who choose efficient doctors.  How sweet.  Never mind that the definition of efficient is absolutely NEBULOUS in medicine.  Osler has to be spinning in his grave on this one.   I love how the article tries to spin this as a great thing.  Here is a taste:

The doctor designation is one example of how CareFirst plans to begin using data collected as part of its successful Patient-Centered Medical Home program, which aims to slow rising health care costs. CareFirst is also considering waiving co-pays for some members, when the service is an integral part of their care plan, after learning through the PCMH program that about half of members don’t follow their care plan.

Do you see how the PCMH was a trojan horse? This is something I have saying for years.  Where is the AAFP on this travesty?  I am so happy I no longer play by these rules.  Actually, what rules?  They are always changing.

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] 

  2 comments for “Efficient Care

  1. mamadoc
    November 9, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    PCMH is a crock and always has been. “Medical ‘home’?” Just what the #$% do they think I’ve bee providing for the last 30 years?

  2. Pat
    November 2, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    That article was obscene. Do the doc’s in the photo op know what literal tools they are? Do they even care? I’m betting they don’t. The whole scene is a perfect depiction of health care today. If there are any doctor wannabe’s reading this and considering med school…don’t do it.

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