A picture (or a graph) is worth a thousand words.
We might be facing a physician shortage, but apparently not an administrative one. Top-heavy management is another reason
health care continues to cost more and more, and physicians feel more crushed by bureaucracy and paperwork. Related post: ICD-10 and crazy diagnosis codes
The graph is from
Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a group that supports a … read on
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about
Dr. Farid Fata, the Michigan oncologist who has been on trial for bilking millions of dollars out of Medicare and other insurance companies.
Worse than the fraud is that he actually falsely diagnosed patients with cancer and/or treated them unnecessarily with expensive, harmful chemotherapy drugs.
The good news is that
he has been sentenced to 45 years in a federal prison.… read on
A few weeks ago, I posted about a survey that listed
the top ten things physicians wanted to say to their patients—but didn’t.
Another survey gives us the flip side:
10 Things I’d Like to Tell My Doctor, But Don’t
I thought the list would be patient confessions, such as
“I really drink twice as much wine as I admit to” or “I know I told you I don’t … read on
Yesterday’s post was so depressing I feel the need for some humor. And few things in the health care world make me smile as much as ZDoggMD’s musical parodies on YouTube.
Here’s his latest.
read on July 14—an update to this story: Cancer doctor’s fraud sends him to prison
I read a news story out of Michigan yesterday that almost made me literally sick:
Whistle-blower: How doctor uncovered nightmare; Oncologist’s discovery leads to the downfall of a cancer treatment empire
[Dr. Farid] Fata’s Michigan Hematology and Oncology Inc. (MHO) was the state’s largest private cancer practice in 2013, with clinics in seven cities, its own pharmacy
I ran across this video while browsing through YouTube the other day.
It made me smile.
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MedPage Today, a popular health news and policy website for health care professionals, polled a number of physicians and asked them “What is the one thing you wish you could say to your patients, but don’t?”
Here are the top ten:
“If you continue to smoke, I wish you would see another physician.” “I wish I can just tell the prescription drug addicts to stop coming to
A group of researchers out of the University of Pittsburgh did
an interesting study. They looked at over 400 magazine and TV ads for cancer treatment centers to see how marketers tried to attract patients.
What did they find?
Clinical advertisements by cancer centers frequently promote cancer therapy with emotional appeals that evoke hope and fear while rarely providing information about risks, benefits, costs, or insurance availability.
By far …
read on There is a new book I can’t wait to read: The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital by Alexandra Robbins.
The author wrote
a preview of the book for Politico this week.
If you want to know what’s really happening in a medical building, don’t ask a doctor. Instead, turn to the best-informed, hardest-working and savviest professionals in health care: Nurses.
A friend of mine who is an avid reader of both
The New Yorker and my blog sent me the following link: Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?
The author is Atul Gawande, MD, one of my favorite surgeon/writers. It’s a long article, but if you are interested in saving money on your health care (and possibly …