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Medicine Should Welcome The Fact That It’s A Business

January 6, 2014 9:02 am | by Rich Bottner | Comments

Harnessing business values means thinking creatively to craft solutions for everyday problems. It is about delivering outstanding service while providing a scientific framework for doing so. It begs for efficiency and waste reduction. Perhaps, above all in our current healthcare climate, a good medical “business” is one that manages its costs — something we have profoundly failed at in healthcare...

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Is Arthroscopic Surgery For A Partial Meniscal Tear Unnecessary?

January 3, 2014 9:00 am | by Jennifer Gunter, M.D. | Comments

Arthroscopic knee surgery is big business in the United States. Arthroscopic partial meniscectomies alone cost $4 billion per year. Yes, billion. But do they work? Given the poor performance of these other arthroscopic surgeries, answering the question of whether partial meniscectomies are effective is crucial...              

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Is Obamacare Finally On Track And Moving Toward Success?

January 2, 2014 9:08 am | by Robert Laszewski | Comments

After the disastrous launch of Obamacare the enrollment of 1.1 million people in the 36 state exchanges run by the feds is a major accomplishment. It is likely that the enrollment in the 14 state-run exchanges will take total Obamacare’s private insurance enrollment to near 2 million for the year. Does this mean that Obamacare is finally on track and moving toward success?

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Why Doctors Are The Worst Patients

December 31, 2013 9:07 am | by Natalie Azar, M.D. | Comments

It’s often said that doctors are the worst patients, and perhaps that’s precisely because we’re all too familiar with what it means to be sick and to have the vulnerabilities and fears of the ailing. It isn’t fun. For those same reasons, maybe we haven’t really proverbially grown out of our hypochondriasis...

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Why A Physician Shortage Is Inevitable

December 30, 2013 5:49 am | by Kevin R. Campbell, M.D. | Comments

The Affordable Care Act has already demonstrated the ineptness of government to manage healthcare — the laughable website rollout, newly discovered “backend” issues with signups, inaccurate quotes and information and questionable security. Now, as the mandates loom, consumers are beginning to wonder where exactly they will be able to get care and who may be providing it. How can there not be a physician shortage?

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Five Universal Problems Hospitals Need To Solve

December 27, 2013 1:55 pm | by Suneel Dhand, M.D. | Comments

As health reform sets in, hospitals are gearing up for many challenges. While some of these are new to the health industry, several are against the backdrop of old problems that have plagued us for decades. Speaking as a doctor who has worked in a number of different hospitals up and down the east coast, I would like to identify 5 of these that I believe are fairly universal...

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Why Do Misconceptions About Brain Death Persist?

December 27, 2013 9:15 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

There are many issues surrounding this case. Was the tonsillectomy indicated? Some stories reported that it was done to improve her obstructive sleep apnea. Why wasn't she successfully rescued from her complication of bleeding? I can find no discussion about how she could have bled so much without intervention in any article about the case...

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Three Questions Doctors Should Ask Themselves In 2014

December 26, 2013 9:28 am | by Natasha Deonarain, M.D., MBA | Comments

As we spin into the New Year, the question on many doctor’s mind is this: “What am I going to do next year? For 2014, as a fresh new start, I offer these as questions to be asked by each and every practicing physician in America...    

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Why Graduate Medical Education Is Failing

December 23, 2013 9:04 am | by J. Russell Strader, M.D. | Comments

When a doctor finishes medical school, he or she has been exposed to a lot of data, and has learned a few basic facts about how to be a physician. But the haven’t learned really how to work independently in a field of medicine. That takes the 3-10 extra years of training collectively known as GME to acquire that skill.  It is a skill that encompasses a lot of “non-data” abilities...

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OPINION -- The Affordable Care Act Perpetuates A Myth Of Health Insurance

December 23, 2013 9:02 am | by Luis Collar, M.D. | Comments

Unless we limit our reliance on insurance, costs will continue rising, physician reimbursement and therapeutic autonomy will continue declining, and patients’ understanding of, and control over, their own health will continue to wane...    

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The Friday Four: Doctors Save Hand By Attaching It To Man's Calf

December 20, 2013 9:09 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The Friday Four seeks to highlight some of the people behind some of the interesting stories I stumble upon during my daily search for relevant content. Consider this my (early) Christmas present to you, dear reader. You're welcome.                        

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Eagerly Awaiting The Results Of A Patient Satisfaction Survey

December 19, 2013 9:43 am | by Miranda Fielding, M.D. | Comments

The institution that employs me is very bullish on customer satisfaction. Having come from a fourteen year stint in private practice before I came back into the university fold six years ago, the little things that make a practice run smoothly come naturally to me...

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How Should A Physician Apologize After A Medical Error?

December 18, 2013 9:07 am | by Michael Kirsch, M.D. | Comments

I had thought that apologizing was a straightforward act, but I now realize that it is a nuanced art form. We’ve all heard the “mistakes were made” version, usually issued by politicians who attempt to insert a layer of passive voice insulation between themselves and their screw-ups...

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Defensive Medicine Is More Of A Problem Than You Think

December 17, 2013 9:47 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

You may have missed this when it first appeared. Experts from Harvard and the University of Southern California say assumptions made by some analysts that defensive medicine is not an important facet of the high cost of healthcare may be wrong. Those assumptions were based on data showing that malpractice reforms instituted in some states did little to reduce healthcare spending...

It’s Time To Support Performance Measurement In Healthcare

December 16, 2013 9:47 am | by Richard Patterson, M.D. | Comments

A fundamental mantra of business students is, “If you cannot measure it, you cannot manage it.”  As healthcare costs spiraled and apparent benefits did not keep pace, there was increasing pressure — and rightly so — to manage the resources being consumed, in a way that ensured quality improvement...

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