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]

Patient Engagement

Are you read for the newest term to hit healthcare reform?  It is called “patient engagement”.    Somehow this will defined in a muddy kind of way and used to grade a physician or practice to see if they are truly “engaging” patients.  In the American Medical News, they discussed the layers of patient engagement…

Were You Recognized?

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Sometimes I think we, as physicians, are the prototypical April Fools.   We work hard, treat patients, and yet get more and more disrespected each day by the “businessmen” who run the hospitals.  In that light, please answer the above poll.

I will spread the results around so please get other docs to click a response as well.  Make this viral to show the world how poorly we are treated.

Let’s Not Jump To Conclusions….But…

This story about the homeless woman removed from the hospital (in cuffs) who was then jailed and died is absolutely terrible.   It happened in September so there really shouldn’t be any new facts discovered (i.e. the “hoodie” case).    How three hospitals could miss a DVT is weird.     I do not like…

Happy Doctor’s Day

I hope you get a chance to celebrate the fact that what you do matters.    On March 30th, 1933 Eudora Brown Almond, wife of a Dr. Cha Almond, commemorated the anniversary of the first use of anesthesia back in 1842. From 1933 to 1958, the Women’s Auxiliary of the Southern Medical Association kept the tradition…

EMRs May or May Not Save Money

Two recent studies came out that seem to be contradicting each other.  One shows that doctors order less tests because the EMR (electronic medical record) allows them to see what has been ordered in the past.  The other shows that  the EMR, for some reason, led to more testing.  Ah, the beauty of research.  Different…

More Mandates

Here is how to handle the crap being sent our way….M.A.S.H. style: Lt. Col. Henry Blake: Man. More stuff’s coming in from headquarters. New orders, regulations. Read that first one, Radar. Radar: Uh, yes sir. Uh, the winners of the model yacht race at the cesspool are… Lt. Col. Henry Blake: Not that, Radar! Capt.…

Obamacare and Effectiveness

I found this article on MSN, a notorious left-leaning organization.   I use a lot of references from both sides when I write this blog including Huffington Post, WSJ, AMNews, USA Today, etc.  I lean fiscally conservative but socially liberal.  That’s just how I roll.  I am NOT a Republican nor a Democrat.  Actually, both…

Diabetes Cured By Surgery

A couple of new studies show that undergoing gastric bypass or banding will cure people of their diabetes.  Even more surprising to the authors was that this happened so quickly and sometimes even before they lost weight.  Why this is surprising to them is even more surprising to me.   Diabetes (Type II) is about…

R.I.P. Bert Sugar

I am on the board of what is called Ring 10 which is a group that helps retired boxers.  Actually, it helps retired boxers help themselves.  My brother started this particular “Ring” and all the money they collect (I mean ALL) goes to fighters that have medical problems and are not well off.    My…