File this video under “Adorable.”
I’ve posted a lot about end-of-life issues and hospice in the last few months because my father recently passed away after a short stint on hospice.
So I couldn’t resist passing along this viral video of JJ the Hospice Therapy Dog doing his thing—being a warm, soothing and unconditionally-caring presence.
JJ has his own Facebook page, so you can go there if you want to watch other videos and read some of “his” stories (his owner is a hospice nurse).
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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.
U.S. District Judge Paul Borman this week heard stories of brittle bones and fried organs as patients chillingly described the effects of excessive chemotherapy at the hands of Dr. Farid
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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.
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What’s in your medical chart?
I like books about writing and the English language, and the other day I picked up a book titled The Bride of Anguished English: A Bonanza of Bloopers, Blunders, Botches, and Boo-Boos by Richard Lederer.
Among all the entertaining examples of mixed metaphors, slaughtered syntax and runaway sentences was a chapter with a medical twist. The American Association of Medical Transcriptionists had submitted a few gems of mangled English gleaned from physicians’ dictations. The results are some pretty hilarious chart notes.
I worked as a medical transciptionist for several years before and during nursing school, … Continue reading
Getting to know you
I started this blog a little less than a year ago. I was so frustrated by the decline in our health care system and the rise in costs. After listening to me vent my grievances on oh-so-many occasions, my friends and family finally suggested, “Why don’t you blog about it?” So I did.
And it’s been fun! But our health care system is still in decline and the costs are still climbing. And I’m still frustrated.
My real purpose behind the blog, I think, other than letting off some steam, was to start a conversation.
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Farewell to a beloved husband and father
Today I am in Idaho attending the memorial service of my father-in-law.
He passed away two weeks ago at the age of 85, after suffering for several years from declining health and increasing dementia. His wife of 59 years and all four of his children were at his bedside when he died.
Death is not pretty, but neither is childbirth. Both involve pain, fear and uncertainty. And hope. Hope that mother and baby are healthy at the end of the ordeal. Hope that the dying one finds peace and an end to physical … Continue reading
I’m not saying it’s cronyism…
The Los Angeles Times reported that the health insurance giant WellPoint, which operates health plans in several states, including California, posted a strong 2nd-quarter profit jump of 24%.
Carl McDonald, a health care analyst, was quoted:
“Earnings from WellPoint’s government business more than doubled sequentially in the second quarter, aided by the California Medicaid business, favorable Medicare prescription drug plan, seasonality, and what was likely another strong quarter of Medicare Advantage results.”
Interestingly, as I pointed out in a post last January, a former WellPoint vice-president, Elizabeth Fowler, worked closely with Senator Max … Continue reading
Flight delayed? Learn CPR!
For the next six months, Dallas-Fort Worth airport is hosting a trial program to teach “hands-only” CPR to travelers. An automated kiosk, developed by the American Heart Association in partnership with American Airlines, guides passengers through a simplified CPR technique using video instructions and a manikin torso. If the program is successful, it will be expanded to other airports.
Hands-only CPR does not require rescue breaths and is as effective as regular CPR. It sounds like a useful way to pass some time, and I’d love to try it if I’m ever in one … Continue reading
How much does good health cost? Apparently less than we are spending…
Once again, a study has shown that although Americans far outspend other countries on health care, our health is poor in comparison.
The healthiest citizens, no surprise, are in the wealthier cities and states, and vice versa. And it’s not because they can afford better health insurance. Other studies have linked education and income level to better lifestyle choices – diet and exercise – rather than access to health care.
In my opinion, we should be spending tax-payer dollars on all levels of education (Congress, what about … Continue reading
Big companies get a temporary break from Obamacare
Other than Egypt’s turmoil, the biggest news this week was out of the Treasury Department, which announced that they were going to delay a key feature of Obamacare until January 2015.
Delayed one year is the mandate that large businesses (those that employ over 50 people) must provide health insurance for their employees or pay a fine.
Small businesses (under 50 people) are not affected because they are not mandated to provide health insurance. Of course, if they want to, they can, but will have limited options because of the previously announced … Continue reading