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Archive for February, 2014

The Country Family Physician is In

February 24, 2014

I know some of you have seen this already, but I thought I’d broadcast this piece one more time. This is a link to a post I wrote for Primary Care Progress. In it, I talk about examples of how family physicians are still faithfully serving the needs of nearly 70...
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Mammography 2014

February 16, 2014

I assume many of you have heard by now of the Canadian randomized controlled mammography study that found that 25 years later, there was no difference in breast cancer death rates between 40-59 year-old women who had mammograms vs. those who did not. I won’t go into a lot of further...
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RUC and the Special Deal of the Ologists

February 10, 2014

This article received some notice when it was first published in August. Haley Edwards writing for Washington Monthly does a great job exposing the insider deals and duplicity of the AMA’s Relative Value Update Committee, or RUC (commonly pronounced “ruck”). This is the AMA’s committee that advices Congress on updates to...
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CTs and Cancer

February 2, 2014

In a wonderfully strongly-worded piece in the New York Times, Drs. Rita Redberg and Rebecca Smith-Bindman talk about the future physical harms of excessive CT scans now. They state that 1 in 10 Americans undergo a CT scan each year. A study by the National Cancer Institute estimated that CT scans...
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