Ridiculous Study of the Week: EHRs Are Problematic

You wanted answers to physician burnout? Well, you got it! Some of the most brilliant research minds in the world decided to rack their brains and find the source of the problem. And here are the conclusions from the JAMA article: HIT (Health Information Technology) -related stress is measurable, common (about 70% among respondents), specialty-related,…

The Wrong People to Ask About Physician Burnout

Medical Economics just published an article about physician burnout but they got lazy and asked the same people who get interviewed every time. It is so annoying. You can read the article here. Can someone please share my thoughts on this? Here is my favorite example in the piece: “There are hundreds of different things…

The Quality Inquisition Continues

Who needs proof? Not the “quality enforcers”. Forget the fact that NO ONE can truly define what quality is. Now “Massachusetts is seeking the opinions of thousands of Medicaid recipients about their experiences in the doctor’s office“. This will be fun…and expensive: Beginning this month, nearly 250,000 low-income and disabled patients will be asked questions such…

UK Health Care Goes Full “Loretta” by Pat Conrad

If a politician or other ostentatious do-gooder wants to make a point, it is pretty convenient and routine to get a bunch of doctors to show up in their cute little white coats with their fun little stethoscopes hanging around their necks for a photo op to support …whatever. This isn’t a political site, and…

Quote of the Week: Mother Teresa

“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness…

Who Needs a Billion Dollars?

So there is this: The IRS overpaid nearly $4 billion to Obamacare customers through tax credits last year, and because of the way the law is written it can’t even try to collect on a quarter of that, the Treasury Department’s inspector general reported this week. All told, the Treasury Department paid out roughly $27…

Hospitals Brilliantly Skirting Law

I think the hospitals are having fun with the new transparency law. Since they truly don’t want to disclose or compete they are opting to confuse. It’s a brilliant ruse and they are all doing it. Per the NY Times: The data, posted online in spreadsheets for thousands of procedures, is incomprehensible and unusable by…