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Physicians Are The Biggest Driver Of Health Costs

November 8, 2013 9:20 am | by Kenneth Lin, M.D. | Comments

The U.S. healthcare non-system provides physicians with numerous incentives to “do the wrong thing” in patient care. The more services we provide, the more money we make...             

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Do More Hospital Resources Equal Better Care?

November 7, 2013 9:13 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

For surgical patients, the answer is "Yes." A recent study from England found that mortality rates for patients admitted with high-risk general surgery diagnoses were significantly lower in National Health Service Trust hospitals that used more CT scans and ultrasounds and had more ICU beds...

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Should All Surgeons Have Video Assessments Of Their Skills?

November 6, 2013 9:30 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

Last month, a superb study by the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative showed that the more skilled surgeons were, the better were their outcomes. I agree that the study was well-done and shows that technically better surgeons have better outcomes. But there are some problems with generalizing this to all surgeons...

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Why Insurance Is The Wrong Model For Healthcare

November 5, 2013 10:17 am | by Paul Laband, MD | Comments

Insurance, in its traditional form, is the wrong model for healthcare financing. It is the wrong commodity to be bought and sold. We don’t need health insurance, and I will tell you why. I will also tell you what we do need...    

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A Window Into The Inner Sanctum

November 4, 2013 9:15 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Comments

I love my work and I still have a sense of coming home every time I enter an operating room. When I started, crossing that threshold always felt like stepping into an inner sanctum. Even after forty years, as I greet my co-workers, it still feels that way...

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A Vital Measure: Your Surgeon’s Skill

November 1, 2013 9:35 am | by Pauline Chen, M.D. | Comments

To those of us in training, the hospital was cursed. At least when it came to a certain operation. We dreaded being asked to scrub in at these operations because we knew we would be forced to hold patient parts until our fingers went numb and arms quivered...

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Two Kinds Of Hospital Patients: Admitted, And Not

October 31, 2013 9:30 am | by Paula Span | Comments

Legislation to allow any time spent in a hospital — as an inpatient or outpatient or both — to count toward the three-day requirement for skilled nursing coverage has gone nowhere in two Congresses, but it has acquired more than 100 House sponsors from both parties and more than 20 in the Senate. That may be the more likely situation, someday...

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The Anatomy Of A Good Doctor

October 30, 2013 9:55 am | by Elizabeth Scarboro | Comments

I met Dr. Stulbarg when I was twenty-two, and had just moved in with my boyfriend Stephen. Stephen had cystic fibrosis, but he’d been unusually healthy until now, when his lung collapsed on the way to a party. Then, in the hospital, his lung collapsed a second time. We sat on his bed together, talking with Dr. Stulbarg about what would happen next...

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How Video Can Reduce Medical Errors And Improve Patient Care

October 29, 2013 9:11 am | by Bob Wachter, M.D. | Comments

With tools like smart phones and Google Glass, the technical obstacles to the widespread use of video are beginning to melt away. Of course, other barriers — patient privacy, clinician pride, archiving, cost, the “eewww” factor – will remain. Let’s work through these quickly...

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HealthCare.gov Needs More Than A Tech Surge

October 27, 2013 5:45 pm | by Kevin Pho, M.D. | Comments

The Affordable Care Act is off to a rocky start, to say the least. So Let’s think of HealthCare.gov like the American patient...                                

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Reviewing Three Studies That Question Dogma

October 24, 2013 3:02 pm | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

I like studies that question accepted practices. I also like to question studies that question accepted practices. Here are three new studies with surprising and thought-provoking results...                       

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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