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]

They Want Me to Buy Your Data!

People ask me why it is so important for hospitals, EHRs and insurers to demand you use EHR system. As the guy who runs this website, I am bombarded with this kind of stuff: Subject: Cerner Users ListFrom: Amy Rosa Hi, Would you be interested in acquiring of Cerner Users List to boost your sales and marketing?…

No Emergency Here

There is a new series on CBS called Medical Price Roulette and I love it. Listen to how the insurance company screwed this patient: Frank Esposito says it started last March with unrelenting back pain. He could barely move, and an MRI soon showed a bulge in his spine. A specialist told him to go…

Pain: How to Teach About It

Looks like Johns Hopkins jumped on the pain train. They decided that they needed to expand their teachings on the subject and get a nice NPR piece about it. The authors got to interview some medical students: She wasn’t the only one aware of how fraught pain can be right now. Student Jenny Franke says…

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…

Quote of the Week: Prison Mike

“The worst thing about prison was the… was the Dementors. They were flying all over the place and they were scary and then they’d come down and they’d suck the soul out of your body and it hurt!” Prison Mike Tweet

How You Look at Things (Residents and Patient Deaths)

Am I going crazy? I saw this article “shortening trainee doctor hours hasn’t harmed patients” and was confused. I am seeing a young lady and they are seeing the old lady. The brilliant “educators” are saying this: “Some still long for the old days of 100-hour work weeks, but most of the world has moved…