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Archive for January, 2014

Obscene Ologist Charges

January 26, 2014

I assume many readers of American HealthScare have already read this piece from the New York Times. But just in case you haven’t, if you have any anti-nausea medicine at home, take it 30 minutes before reading this. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/health/patients-costs-skyrocket-specialists-incomes-soar.html?_r=0&referrer= I continue to be flabbergasted that the private sector allows this to...
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Humility and the Flu

January 20, 2014

Many parts of the U.S. are in the throes of the flu season. And as usual, plenty of misinformation is circulating and passed from one person to another, just like the flu virus. The good news is that unlike more egregious examples of waste and greed in the U.S. healthcare system,...
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Supporting Primary Care – Little Talk and No Action

January 13, 2014

Here we go again. There is yet another round of evidence of how the physician workforce hole we’ve dug for ourselves keeps getting deeper, but there has been still no substantive payment reform on the government side (Medicare/Medicaid) or the private payer side. One recent study appeared in the journal Academic...
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Assuaging Grief with Expensive Medical Technology

January 7, 2014

The case of Jahi McMath is incredibly sad. She is the 13-year-old girl in Oakland, CA who had tonsil/adenoid surgery to treat sleep apnea. Her throat began bleeding profusely hours after the surgery. This ultimately led to her being placed on a ventilator, experiencing period of low oxygen in her blood...
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