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]

Medical Progress by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Medical examinations in 2012 have made the electronic medical record (EMR) one of the main instruments required.  Many times such things as the stethoscope are being ignored.  The EMR is a potent tool and advances our capabilities.  It is, however, still important to realize that it propagates not only facts but errors.  This gives it false…

Beating Alzheimer’s by 2025

Health and Human Services officials gathered recently with other medical experts and stated that the No. 1 goal in the early draft of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act is to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s by 2025.  Good for them.  I love these proclamations that mean nothing.  Don’t get me wrong, I wish they were on…

The 1%…..in Healthcare

Here are some interesting facts that those outside the medical industry might not know.  It appeared in a recent USA Today article.   One percent of Americans accounted for 22% of health care costs in 2009, according to a federal report released Wednesday.  Want more?  Five percent accounted for 50% of health care costs.   They…

No Choice by Pat Conrad MD

Let me stipulate from the outset that this is not a criticism of Medical Economics magazine, a well-presented and generally upbeat publication.  I like the mag, and enjoy browsing through it as a way to keep an eye on the current industry trends, beyond whatever lies, threats, and prevarications lately dispensed by HHS and the…

Colonoscopy Controversy Continued

I blogged and did an Authentic Medicine Moment Video on the subject of insurance companies not paying for screening colonoscopies if a polyp is removed. Hit the link to review.  I received this email from an insurance manager who allowed me to share it with you.  My response follows but I would love your thoughts on…

Top Ten Reasons Your Laptop is…. (sent in by a reader and for mature audiences)

EMR, uhhg. Like most non-medical “advances” in medicine in the past decades(HMO’s, cost-limiting formularies, etc.), it has improved the lives of someone other than physicians. The clerical staff no longer play find-the-chart, billing can e-file claims, my transcriptionists took the early retirement we subsidized at $.14/line for the last 10 years, and triage can track…

Army’s Surgeon General Not a Doctor

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho is the first woman and first nonphysician to become the Army’s surgeon general.   Lt. Gen. Horoho is a nurse.  I know this is a controversial topic and will get some people pissed (on both sides) but it seems to me that we need to start doing a better job defining certain…