A hospital puts profits over patient safety First do no harm.
That’s part of every medical school graduate’s oath. It should be the motto of anyone working in healthcare.
But I just read
in my local newspaper, the a disheartening piece of investigative journalism Seattle Times, about a hospital where I trained, worked, and received care. The story highlights how the perverse financial incentives in healthcare (do more, get … read on is a satirical YouTube video series created by a real-life physician, Dr. Waqas Khan, to highlight problems within our broken healthcare system. Healthcare Not Fair
Their latest video takes a stab at electronic health records, EHR—or, as they call it,
Electronic Hell Records! Other videos by Healthcare Not Fair:
I just saw my primary care physician a few …
read on An error of omission
A few weeks ago there was a lot of news about how
medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US, behind heart disease and cancer.
A medical error is defined as
“an unintended act (either of omission or commission) or one that does not achieve its intended outcome.”
a Philadelphia paper is highlighting one very common mistake: when you … read on
I just read a funny-not-funny post on the health care blog
KevinMD: This doctor orders pregnancy tests on men. You’re probably doing it too
The author, a physician, laments that his hospital’s electronic health records system (EHR or EMR) makes it way too easy to make mistakes, such as ordering pregnancy tests on male patients.
Now this may sound funny to you, and I know the nurses love to read
We’ve all heard the phrase “cancer kills.”
But guess what? So can the high cost of treatment.
I just read about
a study that came out of the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center here in Seattle.
The results won’t surprise anyone familiar with
how much cancer treatment costs (a lot!), but researchers found:
…cancer patients who go bankrupt are nearly 80 percent more likely to die than patients who don’t,
I read two articles yesterday that complemented each other:
Kaiser Health News (KHN) Heavy Use Of CT Scans Raises Concerns About Patients’ Exposure To Radiation
two radiologists posted KevinMD The financial costs of treating CT-induced cancer
Each underscores the fact that CT scans are significantly overused in American healthcare.
Although CT scans are an essential diagnostic tool, the Food and Drug Administration reports that an estimated
read on I’ve spent most of the holiday weekend happily engaged in reading through a pile of health care books.
And the one I absolutely have to recommend to everyone is
by Leslie D. Michelson. The Patient’s Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love
Michelson is not a physician, but has worked in the health management field for more than 30 years, helping individuals and companies …
This post if for any of my readers who are Medicare age or about to be Medicare age.
I think it’s important to understand what changes are in the pipeline that will affect your doctors and their ability to be able to treat you.
Some doctors already refuse to see Medicare patients because of government red tape and poor reimbursement.
But starting in 2017 it’s going to get worse, and …
A few months ago I posted about
CYA—Cover Your Ass—medicine being one reason why too many diagnostic tests are ordered and health care costs are high.
CYA medicine is when the doctor or doctors are pretty sure what your problem is, but they order extra scans and x-rays and blood tests anyway because “failure to diagnose” is one of the leading causes of medical malpractice suits. They aren’t going to …
I was invited to share this very interesting infographic on the looming shortage of nurses in this country.
The last of the baby boomers will reach retirement age in 2029. Although baby boomers can expect to live well into their 80s and 90s thanks to healthier lifestyles and modern medicine, they won’t be without chronic health conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, and early dementia.
That will …