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Sunshine For All

In May 2018, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Fighting the Opioid Epidemic with Sunshine Act to shed light on how our opioid crisis developed and what is driving it. As noted earlier in this White paper, there is now some limited light shining on costs via the…

Doctor Debt, CEO Salaries, and Taking Back the System

This article sheds light on a ‘physician stereotype’ that has been getting less and less true, although the momentum and the hate on docs for being “rich @**holes” (as my attending once said) shows no sign of giving way. I agree that pay for physicians “has remained flat or declined in recent years,” but that…

It’s Time to Teach the Elderly About Computer Safety

Medicare wants doctors to get patients on their computers.  Doctors are required to set up computer portals to communicate with patients.  These portals use two factor identification and presume substantial computer literacy from patients in their late 70s or 80s.   Yet, there are limits.  For many geriatric patients, a cell phone means a feature phone with gigantic numbers. If…

Hi, I’m your Doctor and I Curse

“So…you have to take down the cuss word on your home page.” This came from a business consultant I spoke to recently. She wanted to review my business, website, offerings, etc in order to assess my strengths and weaknesses with the work I’m doing in life coaching and coaching in healthcare. Ultimately, she wants to…

Friday Funny: Side Effects

Sorry, this was sent to me. Don’t know the source but it was too funny not to show. (update by a reader: This cartoon was drawn by George Danby and appeared in the Bangor (Maine) Daily News. Danby is assistant editorial page director for the paper.) Tweet

Burned Out of Burnout

Physician burnout is the buzz phrase heard daily on social media, physician blogs, and it’s even in medical journals and CME line ups. This recent article references a study on the topic. The phrase is actually code for the stress, anxiety, and depression that inflict physicians and physician students at all career stages. Those are…