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Opining FP Docs

I couldn’t stop laughing at the title of this article: FPs Opine on Practice Transformation Network Experience Good for them. Let these clueless ivory tower idiots opine while Rome burns. The goal? Responses Will Help Shape Future Projects Read the article if you want but here is the what one person said: “We don’t know…

When Lawmakers Make Asses of Themselves

Ready for some big news? Well, here you go: House and Senate Democrats introduced a measure Thursday that would mandate that insurance companies provide full coverage to patients for over-the-counter birth control. Wow, impressive. On GoodRx.com this costs about $9 a month. DPC docs can get for next to nothing it would cost nothing for the…

Homeopathic MYTH: US Homeopaths Claim ‘Therapies’ Prevent Measles and ‘Cure’ Autism

“An understanding of the basic function of the immune system is useful in order to understand both how vaccines work and the basis of recommendations for their use.”1(CDC)             So what do measles, mumps, and pneumococcal pneumonia have in common in 2019?  Well, after having spent 6 months on my last medical school rotations in a border…

Maine Doesn’t Need Doctors

This is NOT a piece about abortion.  I’ve been writing op-eds for 16 years and have thus far avoided that topic.  I know what I think about it, and I’m sure you do too.  Our views are probably pretty similar.  And if they’re not, for purposes of this column, I don’t care.  So before this gets hijacked off into…

Clinical Supervision: A Positive Thing For All Practitioners and Physicians

            So lots of social media about negative aspects of having to have clinical supervision and/or collaboration from individuals in states where nurse practitioners (NPs) are seeking full practice authority (FPA). I will state up front, there is no valid argument against those will lesser training to have clinical oversight and/or supervision and/or collaboration from those…

Do You Feel in Charge?

Does your hospital run out of your preferred broad-spectrum antibiotic?  Does your clinic run out of fiberglass splint materials, lab testing kits, or on-the-spot IT wizards to fix your damnable EHR?  There is one thing you probably haven’t run out of (yet):  “But one resource that seems endless — and free — is the professional ethic of medical staff members.” Danielle…

The Manipulation Proclamation

At my office, these letters get a cursory look and are then dropped directly into the shredder. This study assessed the impact of “behavioral nudges” to stem over-prescribing of quetiapine in the Medicare Part D program. Issuing peer comparison letters led to “substantial and durable reductions” in prescriptions for the antipsychotic drug quetiapine, with no…