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Military Disability Fraud

We all respect out military veterans.  Sometimes out of respect we let things go and fear talking about issues that are blatantly disgusting.  For example, the number of veterans getting disability is climbing sky high now.  Why?  It’s taboo to question these men and women.  People don’t want to be disrespectful.  The problem is when…

An Authentic Doctor Retires

I was recently sent this article about a longtime pediatrician who is finally retiring.  It is nice that the newspaper did something on it. Dr. Joseph D’Cruz, 69, retired June 30 from Pediatric Healthcare Associates in Altoona, the practice he founded in 1978.  Check out the article here. Cheers to one of the good guys! If you know…

Two More Years

The AMA is actually trying to be useful again.  Go figure. Their House of Delegates recently voted to lobby lawmakers and CMS for a two-year grace period to avoid complying with the ICD-10 transition deadline in October 2014.   If you don’t know, the switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets means that health care providers and insurers will…

Medical Home Working?

The American Medical News is reporting the wonderful story of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, which covers patients in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.  They have come out and claimed that their patient-centered medical home program is benefiting everything it hoped to help: its own bottom line, patient care and physician pay.  Hooray!!  See, it works.  Maybe.…

Auditor Alert

Here is some more good news.   With more and more people going onto Medicaid as inspired by the ACA, there will be more and more auditors and more and more audits: Medicaid’s operation as a federal-state program means that health care professionals face the prospect of being audited at both of those levels. State…

Just Drive Faster by Pat Conrad MD

  “I guess what we do is just drive around this circle here” – Clark Griswold, “European Vacation As the summer hits high gear, we hit one of my favorite mileposts of the calendar, the annual changing of the AMA president.  The old guy gives his farewell editorial in the American Medical News, and we…

Aussies and Healthcare

This was an interesting piece describing a dilemma going on in Australia.   They claim to get better value (no definition given) than us but they are trending in a scary direction: It’s Australia’s fastest-growing industry by employment, rivalled only by our burgeoning services sector and the mining industry. It’s the biggest single employer of…

Feeling the Burn

Remember those slideshows you had to endure in the old days?  It was either a bad lecture or even a visit to a relative’s house who wanted to show you their family vacation pictures.  Well, here is another one.   There are 25 slides in this show from Medscape’s presentation of the major findings of the…