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Hospital Errors Make Money?

A recent JAMA study got some nice media attention (like in this NYT piece) when it concluded that hospitals profit from surgical errors: Hospitals make money from their own mistakes because insurers pay them for the longer stays and extra care that patients need to treat surgical complications that could have been prevented, a new…

The Oprah Foreskin Controversy

The Toronto Star has a story about a Vancouver activist group that is organizing protests against Oprah Winfrey because of the celebrity’s endorsement of an anti-aging cream called TNS Recovery Complex.  It seems the product contains skin cells (fibroblasts) that are derived from the male foreskin.  The bottom line is that the group is against circumcisions…

The AMA Masterfile

Here is some cool news. The American Medical Student Association wants its members to opt out of the American Medical Association’s Physician Masterfile, because AMA sells information from the Masterfile to drug and medical device companies, which use the data to track prescribing patterns and develop targeted marketing campaigns.  Here is what what former AMSA member and now…

A Retiring Teacher

I have highest regards for teachers.  My mom was a science teacher.  My wife was a special education teacher.   If you have read this blog you know that I have used examples of what is happening to them to show how doctors are following in the same path.  Recently, a 62 year-old teacher called…

Doctors Going Bankrupt

Yup, it can happen.  Don’t get me wrong.  I am not crying poor mouth.  And some doctors are spending freaks who have “bit hat but no cattle”.    Here is an article in CNN and the examples are alarming.   These are regular docs, mostly PCPs, just trying to help people.   My favorite quote…

Pure Greed

There are bad apples in all professional.  This dude is one of them.   A “New York City cardiologist with offices on Fifth Avenue and in New Jersey admits he intentionally misdiagnosed up to 80 percent of his patients with heart problems so he could collect millions in extra Medicare money.”  How much money?  Well, about $19…

Ex-Practitioner

Here is a nice piece from the Wall Street Journal.   For those that can’t read the link, here are some highlights: But never have I seen so many good intentions leading irreversibly to hell. A number of lean years passed before I could build a robust practice. Yet the experience was exactly what I—and…

Cool Anxiety by Pat Conrad MD

Hooray, after a long year away, this last Sunday night saw the return of “Mad Men”, and yes, I’m a huge fan of Don Draper’s booze-soaked capitalism, the era’s space age cool, and I could write a whole week on Joan Holloway.  (Focus, dammit, this is Authentic Medicine!) Oh yeah.  Anyway, the beginning of Season…