Author: Pat Conrad MD

Both Sides of the “Crisis”

One of the fashionably bipartisan Washington topics for chest beating is the opioid cris-, sorry, “THE OPIOID CRISIS!!!”  I’m one of the apparently few physicians who thinks that there should be no federal role in...

Do You Order Too Many Tests?

Do you order too many tests? A lot of doctors are told we do, for various reasons, and every one of us knows the expected talking points when asked:  too many tests lead to incidental findings...

Not a Real Hula Dancer

The Aloha State is having some growing pains with its Payment Transformation system, a capitated model run by “Hawaii Medical Service Association, the state’s largest health care insurer.”  It works like this:  HMSA pays a family...

No Winners

Here is another story about a doctor convicted of overprescribing, which led to the death of a patient, and this 71 year-old is going up the river for a likely 20-year term.  U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman...

Quick, Someone Call the AAP!

Anyone with half a brain knows very well that sodas contain a lot of sugar.  And consuming a lot of sugar can cause all sorts of tooth rot and will make you fat, the...

The AAFP Puts the Spin on Doctor’s Day

Over the weekend, our buddies at the American Academy of Family Practice got the jump on April 1 with a great tongue-in-cheek mass email for National Doctor’s Day. My thoughts in parenthesis. Around here,...

15 Minutes Into Our Future?

San Francisco continues to originate things I had never bothered to imagine:  “Medical residents, interns walk off the job at UCSF Medical Center over failed contract talks.” “Resident physicians, interns and clinical fellows walked...

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