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]

Health Insurance Addiction

Here is a great article by my friend, Dr. Jeffery Gold M.D. It’s called Our Unhealthy Addiction to Health Insurance. PLEASE read it, but more importantly, share it. In it he discusses: The unbelievable high cost of health insurance and the lack of value delivered in return. (we are paying Porsche prices for Yugo performance)…

Quote of the Week: Winnie the Pooh

“So it is! It’s first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatety mornings, and toasting marshmallow evenings, and best of all, leaping into LEAVES!” Winnie the Pooh (It’s a little late on this quote but who does love Winnie the Pooh?) Tweet

Nice MIPS

I just found this ripped out article that I never blogged about. It turns out that nearly 20% of small/solo practices took a pay cut in the first year they participated. How many government workers took a 20% cut? How many insurance company CEOs took a 20% cut? The truth is that they want to…

Friday Funny: Breaking Bad Bill

Okay, let’s do this again. I am a big fan of Breaking Bad. Still need to watch El Camino. In Season 3, Marie starts handing Sklyer some of Hank’s medical bills. This is directly from the set of Breaking Bad as I bought it from ScreenBid. It goes with my other medical bills I display…

Why Insurance Companies Suck

I prescribed Androgel (generic) for a patient with very low testosterone (total and free). He also has the accompanying symptoms. He tried to use his insurance and I needed to waste time doing a prior authorization. Here was their response: You requested the drug listed above for your late-onset (age-related) hypogonadism. A drug is covered…