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Archive for December, 2011

Time for a Few Thanks

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December 18, 2011

I want to pause for a moment and thank a few people who richly deserve it. First is Chris Gregory, my pit bull buddy advocate for family medicine. His website DocOnomics (www.doconomics.com) is  a mixture of common sense primary care advocacy and concern about the overall financial health of our country....
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Primary Care Physicians Know U.S. Healthcare is Too Aggressive

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December 11, 2011

A study in Archives of Internal Medicine surveyed a national sample of internists and family physicians about cost issues in medicine. Over 600 responded. 42% felt that most patients in their own practices receive too much care, only 6% said too little. When asked why some patients received too much care,...
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Some Unintended Negative Consequences of Quality Targets

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December 4, 2011

As the suits in the healthcare industry continue to try to change the healthcare system in their own MBA image, words such as targets and metrics are commonly used. A recent commentary from the BMJ reminds us of how sometimes when one process is improved another suffers. Patients want quick access...
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