In 2000, my husband Brian was diagnosed with Stage III B Hodgkin lymphoma, which has since become a prominent part of our lives. My children and I belong to Gilda's Club, a cancer support community. And recently, we were asked to help record a promotional video to be featured at a fundraising gala for the local chapter and on the club's website. I'm not a "spotlight" kind of girl, and I ...

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Dear Dr. Price, Congratulations on your upcoming appointment as the new Health and Human Services Secretary under President Trump. As a physician myself, it’s great to know that a fellow physician will head up the agency. I’m sure you understand too, having been a practicing orthopedic surgeon, how disheartening and frustrating it is to have non-clinical “experts” making key decisions about health care. I’m sure you’ve also seen the news about how ...

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american society of anesthesiologistsA guest column by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, exclusive to KevinMD.com. As a lifelong resident of southeast Louisiana and a veteran of numerous weather and flood-related events that have required me to use my homeowners and flood insurance, I am very familiar with gaps in insurance coverage.  Insurance policies are very detailed agreements that many ...

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“Afternoon,” the doctor says. “What brings you here today?” A cough? A cold? A belly ache? Some feelings of dismay? Well, tell me just what ails you, and I’ll try to do my best, To sort through all your problems and put your fears to rest. But give me just a moment -- my computer must get started. Without attention to its needs, your visit goes uncharted. You say your chest is hurting? And you’re really ...

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On an ordinary day last month, I saw patients for eight and a half hours. I addressed a dozen computer messages, took four or five calls from outside providers and held innumerable curbside conversations with medical assistants, case managers and colleagues. I didn’t get to any of the 100+ lab results or 50+ documents in my electronic inboxes. Consequently, the care for several dozens of my patients didn’t move forward. Many of ...

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Making health care more patient-centered is rightly on the agenda for all hospital administrations across the United States. The need to give our patients the best "service" possible has also been pushed to the forefront as a result of reimbursement models which place more of an emphasis on patient satisfaction. Unfortunately, this has led to some in the hospital industry making comparisons with hotels, and how hospitals can take lessons from ...

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From the first year of medical school, we are trained in probing into the most personal aspects of patients’ lives; but when it comes to spirituality, we shy away. In a survey of the U.S. general public, the 2008 Gallup Report demonstrated that 78 percent of people believed in God and an additional 15 percent believed in a higher power. Other studies have shown that religious beliefs and ...

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During this recent emotional and divisive election cycle, much ink was devoted to analyzing the brave new political world we now live in, a world in which just about anyone with an audience and a platform can issue statements that are accepted as fact by millions of people, often in the face of solid evidence to the contrary. I’m talking, of course, about the world of post-truth politics. Two ...

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"What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a common question we ask our youth, and I remember as young child sharing my aspirations with family members. When I answered "I want to be a doctor when I grow up”, I received positive feedback and praise. As an innocent little girl, I had no idea that there were people in the world who wouldn’t be as supportive of a woman in medicine. Later ...

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Over the past couple of months, I have had the privilege of meeting with several colleagues in my community. When I contacted them, I offered to bring them lunch if they would give me a few minutes to share an idea about a project that I am really excited about. However, what I really wanted was a chance to engage with physicians who I knew little more than their name ...

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