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Insurance Companies as Nice Guys

Now that Obamacare has mostly passed, the insurance companies will be putting on their best faces.  A recent NYT article Aetna, Cigna, Humana an others have “introduced elaborate marketing campaigns to reposition themselves as consumer-friendly health care companies, not just insurance providers.”   Please. As the article states, insurance companies are generally hated.   They want to…

Don’t Go There, Paula

You may remember my blog entitled  Gender Pay Gap for Doctors.   You may remember that I questioned the validity of a researcher doing research on her own colleague’s pay.   You may also remember that I felt that this issue has nothing to do with the doctors who actually PRACTICE medicine. Regular physicians bill for what…

Register for the Physician Data Restriction Program

You want to stop drug companies from tracking your prescription tendencies?  The AMA Physician Data Restriction Program (PDRP) offers physicians the opportunity to restrict their prescribing data from pharmaceutical sales representatives.  Sounds good to me.  Go HERE to clear your name.  It will make you feel good.   Tweet

Collegiality by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

The ability and desire of physicians to work together was an attribute that added to the status of the medical profession in the eyes of the public. Physicians shared their knowledge as well as their expertise with their colleagues. Ethics were a major consideration and recognition by their colleagues was considered important. Today various groups…

Dying of The Light by Jordan Grumet

I read the letter incredulously.  The writer was a medical school administrator and had seen my poem published in The Annals Of Internal Medicine.  He was hoping I would send a few dozen signed reprints for him to share with the medical ethics class he taught at the local university.  I carefully fingered the paper and then…

Medical Homes and Quality

Medical Homes.  Patient Satisfaction Scores.  Quality.  All bullshit terms that are have been fabricated, abused, prostituted and co-opted.   And news studies show they may not even relate or effect each other.  One study in the journal Health Services Research asked 393 physician practices whether they implemented medical-home elements such as team-based care, electronic health records, disease registries,…

Sense of Entitlement Likely To Metastasize by Edwin Leap MD

Obamacare has been ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court, those esteemed individuals we consider sages when they agree with us and tyrants when they don’t. The decision has rendered supporters of the law positively apoplectic, even rapturous. Detractors have been lying in fetal positions taking antacids and trying to figure out how it all happened.…

Profession of Fear by Pat Conrad MD

If you’re off to broil on the beach and looking for a good book, I can recommend Michael Crichton’s State of Fear, a real page-turner and thought provoker. Hardly an establishment right-winger, Crichton’s 2004 techno-thriller about eco-terrorists challenges sincere minds with interesting questions, all based on a pop science establishment with a self-aggrandizing agenda, and…

$99,750 Bill For An Ear Wax Removal

Really?  I am all for physician-owned surgical centers but ridiculous bills like this make me sick.   Nothing but greed and they make us all look bad.   That is not what competition and capitalism is all about.  Now Aetna is going to court to fight  over what constitutes fair health care bills.   Why do we need…