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My Patients ARE Customers Too


I read with great interest a recent editorial by Dr. Scott Haig, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons who also is in private practice in the New York City area. The piece appeared in Time online and you can read it here.
I saw a reflection of […]

Michael Moore’s Sicko and the Bottom LINE


I’ve enjoyed hearing the healthy debate over Michael Moore’s newest movie, Sicko, and the discussions it has spawned. Fact is, not many of us have experienced healthcare in another country and when we do, it’s the healthcare an American experiences, not necessarily what a citizen of that country experiences. I don’t believe all Cubans experience […]

Separation of Medicine from State


Ex-Surgeon General , Richard Carmona, MD, has testified that the president’s administration had muzzled him on a number of healthcare topics because he alleges topics that didn’t fit in ideologically, theologically, or politically, were “often ignored, marginalized, or simply buried.” The current Surgeon General nominee, James Holsinger, Jr., MD is being grilled over if he’s […]

Traditional Healthcare Professionals… Who needs ‘em?


Despite my background as a traditionally trained M.D. in western medicine, I think I’m pretty tolerant of diversity in healthcare. I do know enough to know that none of us knows enough to have patient treatment all figured out. Actually, I’m more than tolerant… I’m downright accommodating for a wide variety of non-western healing sciences. […]

A Plauseable Healthcare at 35,000 Feet


This is not what I intended to write for today.
This week I’m attending my annual National Speaker’s Association meeting in San Diego and I was working on the article I planned to write on the USAirways flight from Charlotte to California. With ipod music piped through noise reduction headphones I was typing away when Russell […]

Katie Couric’s Access to Care Story… tip of the iceberg


One of my blog readers shared an email he received from Doctors For Medical Liability Reform about Katie Couric’s CBS Evening News broadcast from a maternity ward in Philadelphia, (my Medical School Hometown), days before escalating medical liability concerns contributed to forcing the ward to close it’s doors. The story also goes on to tell […]

We Fear the Wrong Things


In Marc Seigel, MD’s book, False Alarms: The Truth about the Epidemic of Fear, Dr. Seigel relates that despite the hype in the media about exotically terrifying diseases, like mad cow disease, is misplaced with the public. Your risk of contracting mad cow makes the odds of winning the Powerball Lottery seem attainable!
I remember one […]

Easy for you to say… Language of Healthcare Misnomers


There are different “languages of healthcare.” Clinicians speak patient language but often don’t speak the healthcare language of regulation, quality, or finance. It pays to understand and effectively translate from one dialect to another. For instance, “medical necessity” may sound “clinical” but it’s really financial. For CMS, “medical necessity” doesn’t mean something that’s “medically necessary,” […]

Bribing Doctors.


Headlines in multiple newspapers proclaim “Doctors admit to bribes!” Read on, and you discover that, HORRORS, Doctors allowed a healthcare sales representative to BUY THEM A LUNCH. Goodness Gracious!!!! What will be next? Candidates running for public office being given obscene amounts of money by people who would like to see them elected for self-serving […]

TV in the Waiting Room.


When you walk into a doctor’s office, or any patient waiting area, when there’s a television on, go ahead and get comfortable, because you’re assured of a wait. Patients hate to wait on doctors as much as doctors hate to wait on patients. And office personnel get stuck in the middle. ER’s in some hospitals […]