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]

Medicare Fraud Culprit Going to Jail

Sometimes there is justice: A Florida healthcare executive was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for orchestrating what prosecutors described as a massive $1 billion Medicare fraud scheme. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola imposed the sentence on Philip Esformes, 50, in one of the biggest such cases in U.S. history. Trial testimony showed the wealthy…

Dr. Google (This Story is Not What You Think)

Yes, we have all seen the above mug. We’ve all had a chuckle. But what if Google really was trying to be your patient’s doctor? Every medical search performed by a patient is saved and analyzed by them. They use listening devices in unexpected places. These are just the covert methods. But how about blatantly…

Quote of the Week: Norm

I am moving these to Wednesday afternoon to give our writers a chance to compete to see which has the highest views each week. The Wednesday PM post usually gets screwed so it has been moved to Thursday. You probably don’t care but I thought I would explain. Tweet

You Will Be Analyzed

I am torn. When I first read this this article in the WSJ I was on-board. But then it felt creepy. The title is Investigators Use New Strategy to Combat Opioid Crisis: Data Analytics  Justice Department tracks prescription and billing records to find patterns of abuse in opioid epidemic The article starts out like this…

Medicaid Still Paying for Dead People

I found this amusing: Illinois spent $4.6 million covering deceased Medicaid managed care beneficiaries from October 2015 through September 2017, the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services found. The state did not recover payments made to private insurers administering Medicaid benefits in Illinois, according to the report released last…