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Finding Out The Price Of Healthcare Should Be A Realistic Expectation

October 24, 2013 9:53 am | by Jessie Gruman, PhD | Comments

For most of us, the cost of healthcare (i.e., the dollars required by the system to produce and deliver care) isn’t what brings us the most anxiety. It’s when we’re patients or helping a loved one find care that so many of us are deeply concerned about the price of our healthcare: what we — personally, individually — pay to acquire the services, drugs, and devices we need...


The Value Of Robotic Surgery: It All Comes Down To Training

October 23, 2013 12:02 pm | by Jeff Berkley, PhD, Founder and CEO, Mimic Technologies | Comments

As media coverage has accurately included as part of its reporting, when adequate training is provided, the robot is safe for patients.  As we have this debate on which technology and what techniques are better for the patient, it is essential that we discuss and consider the training aspect. But even more, we must look at the level of care a surgeon can provide patients after they reach expert levels of performance...


Insurers Should Stop Paying For Robotic Hysterectomies

October 22, 2013 11:11 am | by Jennifer Gunter, M.D. | Comments

A new study confirms what previous studies tell us:  a robotic hysterectomy is not a safer or a more efficient way to remove a uterus for non-cancerous (benign) surgery than a traditional laparoscopic approach. This study indicates that there is little difference between the two types of surgery with one glaring exception, a robotic hysterectomy was $2,489 more expensive than a laparoscopic hysterectomy...


Why Electronic Medical Records Are Dangerous To Older Adults

October 21, 2013 8:53 am | by Michael Wasserman, M.D. | Comments

A recent experience with my father-in-law reminded me of something that has concerned me for some time. While EMRs have some benefits for older adults, on balance I believe that they portend more dangers. There are multiple reasons, but the biggest is that healthcare providers tend to believe everything they read in an EMR. Even if what they read is wrong...


Not All Adverse Events Are Preventable

October 18, 2013 9:13 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

The “belief that ultimately all adverse events may be preventable” is not supported by any facts, which are not necessary I suppose if one simply has a “belief.” Personally, I do not share the belief that all adverse events are preventable. Let me give you a few examples of why...


Health IT Will Dictate How Health Is Provided In The Future

October 17, 2013 10:58 am | by Margalit Gur-Arie | Comments

Health IT is hot and health IT will be leading the revolution and health IT will transform itself and healthcare. The big (and rather comfortable) enterprise health IT will just get stronger and bigger to better support industry consolidation. The little data feeder and analytics health IT will service the big health IT...


I No Longer Wanted To Be A Surgeon

October 16, 2013 9:24 am | by Bongi, M.D. | Comments

I no longer wanted to be what I am. I no longer wanted to struggle and fight in theater against the odds to stave off the inevitability of death. I no longer wanted to see the snuffing out of promise and life. I no longer wanted to think about the devastation left in the wake of the disasters that cross my table. I no longer wanted to be a surgeon...


Medical Students May Find Themselves Without A Job

October 15, 2013 10:12 am | by Christy Duan | Comments

I once thought that the prospect of medical students being unable to become practicing physicians was inconceivable, even absurd. But soon, despite the nation’s physician shortage of more than 16,000, it’s possible that MD students will be graduating with four years of intensive schooling, an average debt of $166,750 — and no job...


Healthcare Fraud: A Hospital Rolls The Dice And Loses

October 14, 2013 9:29 am | by The Pathology Blawg, M.D. | Comments

A U.S. District judge in South Carolina has ordered Tuomey Healthcare System (THS) to pay $238 million for violations of the Stark Law and False Claims Act (FCA).  The judge originally ordered Tuomey to pay $277 million, but one of the government attorneys pointed out the judge had awarded $39 million more than the government had asked for, and the penalties were immediately reduced...

On The Wrong Side Of The Knife

October 11, 2013 9:10 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

Two weeks ago, I underwent surgery for what proved to be an extensive tear of my right rotator cuff. I have never had a major operation before. Here is how it went down. The bad news is I will be in a sling for six weeks and under activity restrictions for four months in total. You have no idea how important your right arm is until you can't use it...

To Cut Hospital Costs, Look At The Supply Chain

October 10, 2013 9:27 am | by David Nash, M.D., MBA | Comments

As deliberations over how to make healthcare more cost-effective continue to play out in forums across the country — from the U.S. Congress to state governments to health systems and hospitals — it strikes me that we are paying insufficient attention to what should be an obvious consideration – the cost of supplies...


Doctors Can Learn From How Nurses Provide Care

October 4, 2013 4:26 pm | by Kevin R. Campbell, M.D. | Comments

The very best nurses that I have worked with over the years are advocates for those who are too scared or too debilitated to advocate for themselves.  Many times early in my career, I did not pay attention or listen to the lessons that were all around me on the hospital wards.  However, as I approach mid-career I am much more attune to these very same lessons that I may have missed earlier...


The Fallacy Of The Current Resident Duty Hour Rules

October 4, 2013 3:42 pm | by Akhil Narang, M.D. | Comments

The brutal hours that generations of past trainees faced was suboptimal. but it appears as if the current duty hour rules also might be less than ideal from a learning perspective. Hopefully, in the coming years, the ACGME will reevaluate its policies in light of the data they will see...


Easing Doctor Burnout With Mindfulness

October 3, 2013 4:41 pm | by Pauline Chen, M.D. | Comments

Research over the last few years has revealed that unrelenting job pressures cause two-thirds of fully trained doctors to experience the emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion characteristic of burnout. Healthcare workers who are burned out are at higher risk for substance abuse, lying, cheating, and even suicide...

Six Thoughts After Testifying At A Medical Malpractice Trial

October 3, 2013 2:18 pm | by Robert Centor, M.D. | Comments

A few weeks ago I was an expert witness in a malpractice trial. I first became involved in this process several years ago. My involvement included a deposition, reviewing medical records, reviewing other expert depositions, discussing the patient’s most unfortunate story with lawyers for two different defendants, and finally testifying. This most unfortunate patient died but I do not believe that the defendants did anything wrong...


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