Flu Vaccine Shortage!

It appears there is a shortage of the high dose influenza vaccine for those over 65. Hmmm…  Could this be part of a plot to bump off Medicare recipients to save money? Get our awesome newsletter by signing up here. We don’t give your email out and we don’t spam you. Tweet

Friday Funny: Breaking Bad Bill

Okay, let’s do this again. I am a big fan of Breaking Bad. Still need to watch El Camino. In Season 3, Marie starts handing Sklyer some of Hank’s medical bills. This is directly from the set of Breaking Bad as I bought it from ScreenBid. It goes with my other medical bills I display…

Life is a Checkerboard

One recent morning while rereading Napoleon Hill, I came across this quote. Now, he has it in quotations too, but does not attribute it to anybody else. “Life is a checkerboard and the player opposite you is time. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the…

Why Insurance Companies Suck

I prescribed Androgel (generic) for a patient with very low testosterone (total and free). He also has the accompanying symptoms. He tried to use his insurance and I needed to waste time doing a prior authorization. Here was their response: You requested the drug listed above for your late-onset (age-related) hypogonadism. A drug is covered…

Free Market Surgery

I thought I was going to read another story about evil insurance companies and why we need socialized medicine. Instead, this clinical vignette makes a great case for the free market as a way to provide good care at a reduced cost. James Schlieper drove five hours from Central Texas to a surgery center across…

A Collaborative Mess

col·lab·o·ra·tion /kəˌlabəˈrāSH(ə)n/ noun The action of working with someone to produce or create something.“he wrote on art and architecture in collaboration with John Betjeman” cooperation alliance partnership participation combination association concert teamwork joint effort working together coopetition OR Traitorous cooperation with an enemy.“he faces charges of collaboration” fraternizing fraternization colluding collusion cooperating cooperation consorting sympathizing…

Team-Based Care Saves Money?

I have ripped on the Patient-Centered Medical Home crap over and over in this blog. I just love it when articles come out as propaganda for big corporations. For example, listen to this: “The patient-centered medical home is a key foundation to how we’re building our programs and looking at how our programs are going…