Health care is a team sport, and one of the most important members is the office receptionist.
Receptionists are often the first people patients see when the visit the clinic. And those first impressions count.
In a recent piece from the New York Times, Pauline Chen notes a study of the responsibilities of the medical receptionist, and finds they ...
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently released their recommendations for breast cancer screening.
Previously, they had recommended a mammogram every 1 to 2 years for women between the ages of 40 to 49.
Now, they recommend more intensive screening:
Due to the high incidence of breast cancer in the US and the potential to reduce deaths from it when ...
The following op-ed was published on June 1st, 2011 in the New York Times’ Room for Debate blog.
Medicare should stop paying for prostate cancer screening in men over the age of 75.
You may be surprised to hear that, especially coming from a primary care doctor. But evidence is mounting that screening for prostate cancer is not only ineffective in older men, but may actually be harmful.
The cornerstone of ...
After playing around with Google+ today, I've come away on a more positive note than my speculative post on Google's social network recently.
Before experiencing Google+, I asked whether doctors can separate their personal and professional relationships, and how the Google Circles feature would help.
Well, if Google+ ever takes off for physicians, it will be because of Circles.
Tech blogs, ...
Google has announced its social networking product, Google+.
I haven't received an invite yet, so I don't have first-hand experience with the service. But reading the major tech blogs' take from Engadget, TechCrunch and Mashable, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect.
What should doctors know about about Google+?
Obviously, this is Google's last, best attempt to ...
The government is going to find out about the primary care physician shortage for themselves.
They're resorting to "mystery shoppers," used frequently in other industries, to see what the wait times really are for a new primary care doctor. As mentioned before, come 2014, there will be over 30 million newly insured patients looking for a doctor. This will further stress a system short of primary care resources.
Doctors, as ...
Google Health is dead.
There have been plenty of post-mortems as to why, ranging from the fact that it's not social enough (uh ... no), to the realization that only a minority of practices have electronic medical records, yet alone a patient portal that can incorporate PHRs like Google Health.
I'll chip in with my own reason -- it suffered from "one more thing" syndrome.
PHRs today aren't seamlessly incorporated into ...
The following op-ed was published on June 7, 2011 in USA Today.
More than ever, I find myself fielding questions from patients about the health care reform law. The most common one is, "How will reform affect me?" It's a complicated question, with a different answer for each patient. But as the law's full effects unfold, one of the more significant changes will be in how patients interact with their ...
One of the major efforts of the Affordable Care Act is to consolidate physician groups, so they can be modeled after integrated health systems like the Minnesota's Mayo Clinic or California's Kaiser Permanente.
According to health reformers, these integrated systems can reduce variation in care, which improves quality, and potentially reduces costs.
There's been a major effort to re-organize hospitals and physicians under guises of Patient Centered Medical Homes and Read more...
The American Medical Association recently released its membership numbers, and they're declining.
According to MedPage Today, the AMA "saw another steep drop in its membership in 2010 -- this time losing about 12,000 members or 5% of its total membership."
It's been well publicized that the AMA only represents a minority percentage of physicians, depending on what you read, it's between 20 and 30%. But it seems many physicians have little ...