Top Ten Things Doctors Don’t Care About During a Pandemic

Here are the top ten things that doctors don’t care about during a pandemic (or other medical crisis):

  1. Their patient satisfaction scores
  2. What the boss administrator says
  3. MIPS
  4. The Joint Commission
  5. CPT codes
  6. Useless committees and meetings
  7. 15 Review of Systems
  8. HIPAA
  9. The Pain Scale
  10. Their own personal welfare

Think about this for a minute.

Maybe important things should matter? Novel thought.

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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 “Top Ten Things Doctors Don’t Care About During a Pandemic

  1. Steve O'
    March 15, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    How about a drive-through lane with a tent at the side of the road, check a fever, <39 and no tachycardia go home, O2 sat & listen to lungs if they're clear go home and come back if you're worse. Green card – go home and stay home, yellow card, go home and get checked if you have DOE or worsening FEVER (like with a thermometer), red card to the hospital.
    Assuming 5 minutes per client per station, we could screen a couple of thousand of "think-im-sick" an hour, until a lawyer discovers it and shuts it down when you don't give out an antibiotic.

  2. Ben Van Raalte
    March 15, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Maybe if instead of worrying about all this crap in the first place, we would have been better prepared. How about a 3 month suspension of malpractice liability with later arbitration panels ( and no pain and suffering) and the medical boards address, for all actions during the crisis. How about suspension of some EMTALA provisions as well so ER can tell the rash to go home at the door. Yes one in a 100,000 will die because something is missed, but thousands more will die if the ER are full of non urgent problems. Also do not go the ER until you cannot breath, as you are more likely to get COVID 19 waiting there, than being home with a cold.
    How about the corporate tax rate only be lower for companies that make their products in the US, and those making overseas, get the former higher rate? How about tax credits going to US mask makers rather than building stadiums?
    How about entertainers saying they will limit their pay to 1 million a year as an example rather than telling the rest of us what to do?
    How about Joint Commission being prepared for a panemic with the steps all planned in advance rather than worry about pain scales?

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