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]

A Whole New World

I found this article in the WSJ Business section. You may not be able to read it so I will highlight it. Here is the title: Young Workers Seek Mental Health Accommodations, Employers Try to Keep Up Accommodations for anxiety, PTSD and other conditions under the Americans With Disabilities Act differ for the workplace versus…

One in Four Doctors’ Orders Get Denied

The Texas Medical Association found that one in four people say their health insurance company has refused to cover what their physician ordered for them or their families. My answer to that is, “No sh$t, Sherlock”. It is time we break the addiction to these criminals. I started my career in Medicine thirty years ago.…

Quote of the Week: David Brent

“Life is just a series of peaks and troughs. And you don’t know whether you’re in a trough until you’re climbing out, or on a peak until you’re coming down. And that’s it you know, you never know what’s round the corner. But it’s all good. “If you want the rainbow, you’ve gotta put up…

Who Needs Transparency When You Can Have an Estimator?

We all know hospitals and insurers are pissed about having to be transparent. Well, they are not going down without a fight: ACHP hopes it can convince the Trump administration to abandon its proposalto require health plans to disclose their negotiated rates with providers, which both insurers and providers fiercely oppose. Instead, the group wants a…

Hey, Dude, Where’s My Operating Room?

I love to point out how bad the government is when they try to run healthcare. In this article Six CEOs and No Operating Room: The Impossible Job of Fixing the Indian Health Service you will see that the absolute mess they create: That is despite extensive efforts at renovation and hundreds of thousands of…

Ridiculous Study of the Week: Burnout

The results are in: Physicians between the ages of 40 and 54 experience a higher rate of burnout than older or younger doctors, according to a recent survey of more than 15,000 physicians who cited administrative tasks and work hours as key drivers of their stress. I am all for saying the same thing over…

Great News: UnitedHealthcare Raking in the Profits!

Not sure if you heard but: UnitedHealth Group said its 2020 revenues will surpass $260 billion next year as the company prepares to unveil its business strategy Tuesday. Already the nation’s largest health insurance company, UnitedHealth is poised to grow its top line by about 9%. UnitedHealth operates commercial, Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plans via its UnitedHealthcare…