Burdens We Created


This from the latest AAFP newsletter:

AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., attended a White House event celebrating passage of legislation on Medicare physician payment reform, including repeal of the sustainable growth rate formula. Wergin thanked President Barack Obama for his leadership on the issue and said the Academy’s next step is to improve physician payment and push for reducing administrative burdens related to quality measurement.

First, I am not sure the SGR fix was such a great idea. You can read other posts on this blog for the reasons why.  That being said, I highlighted the last part because I was more of a shocker to me. The ACO, PCHM, metric crazy AAFP now wants less administrative burdens on the quality measurements they endorsed?!  How can they even say that with a straight face?  They created this crap.  They went all in with this garbage by sleeping the government and insurance companies and suddenly they realize that maybe, just maybe, these worthless quality measurements are too demanding?

Well, we better send them donations soon because they are going to need the money to work on this.  It costs a lot to stay in nice hotels, meet with politicians, meet the president, eat at fancy restaurants, have more meetings, travel around the country, etc.  Someone has to pay for this, you know.

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]

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2 Responses

  1. Steve O' says:

    A joke. Not that funny.
    The SS burst into a synagogue, and roust out all the penitents. They yell, “go over here by the shed! We’re going to shoot all of you, right now!”
    A congregant yells out “Go to hell, you filthy SS swine! May you rot in hell for this!”
    His wife whispers, “Shhh, Herbie. Don’t make things worse!”
    We say, “Shhh. Don’t complain about the reforms.”

  2. Perry says:

    As I commented on the AAFP section, while our leaders are celebrating, we are holding a requiem for the passing of private practice as we know it.

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