Personal injury lawyer Eric Turkewitz responds to my recent USA Today piece on fixing the medical malpractice system. by Eric Turkewitz In a USA Today op-ed, Kevin Pho tackles the medical malpractice liability system. Some stuff I agree with, but suggestions regarding improvement of the current system are unlikely to work. Kevin correctly states that malpractice legal fights often go on for years. In New York, it could easily take three years ...

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How important is it for doctors to have computer skills?

It's imperative.

Emergency physician Shadowfax is recruiting doctors for his hospital, and balances the typical choices one must make balancing clinical knowledge versus interpersonal skills.

One deal breaker, he notes, is the lack of computer skills:

Unfortunately, in this modern age, if an employee can't use a computer effectively, they are a liability. Our group performs most of its essential communications ...

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I recently cared for a patient who raised my heart-rate a bit. Of course, any emergency physician will tell you, the potentially difficult and complicated cases often come at the end of the shift, as you’re trying to clean up all of the paperwork and ‘head for the house.’ Nurse Ginger came to me and said, ‘we need a doctor in room 11.’ I snarled, snatched the paper, grumped and ...

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According to recent data from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, upwards of 60 percent of patients first consult the internet for their health issues. This is leading to more educated patients, taking an increasing role in their own health care. And that's a good thing. I'd rather be seeing patients who are interested in staying healthy and conscientious about their conditions. But it's unfortunate that the incentives within ...

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A version of this op-ed was published on October 26th, 2009 in the USA Today. President Obama has acknowledged that changes in the medical malpractice system must be considered with other health reforms, and recently ordered that pilot projects to improve the way we compensate injured patients be implemented. Reforming medical liability has historically been a source of major contention. Physicians argue that the system is expensive, promotes multi-million dollar awards ...

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If asked what a doctor does, most people would probably come up with the standard description of diagnosing and treating disease, usually while wearing an ill-fitting white coat. Before I entered practice, even during my medical training that probably would have been my answer too. But my years in the trenches of real medicine have altered that definition greatly. I do spend time doing the things I learned in medical school ...

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by Michael Kirsch, MD Physicians and plaintiff attorneys have philosophically divergent views on our tort system. I know the attorneys’ views on this issue well. There are lawyers in my family who have prosecuted physicians for alleged medical malpractice. Sometimes, there hasn’t been enough antacids in our house to douse my flaming heartburn after some of our discussions. Obviously, one reason that lawyers support the current system is because it enriches them. ...

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Originally published in MedPage Today by Michael Smith, MedPage Today North American Correspondent Good hand hygiene among healthcare workers is an important factor in preventing the spread of disease, but exactly how important depends on an individual's job, researchers said. In a mathematical model, so-called "peripatetic" workers -- such as therapists or radiologists -- were most likely to spread pathogens if they ...

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The following is part of a series of original guest columns by the American College of Physicians. by Steven Weinberger, MD, FACP Many would argue that lack of universal coverage is the primary problem with health care in the United States, accompanied by the logistical and financial difficulties of obtaining coverage for someone with a pre-existing medical condition. Others would argue ...

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Originally published in HCPLive.com by Jeff Brown, MD Physician burnout has a tremendous effect on the financial bottom line and is far more common than docs want to talk about. When I say the bottom line, I am referencing studies that have been done on "workaholics," another softly defined term, that show in spite of increased hours and apparently focused activity, productivity in ...

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