Foreseeing the morass of litigation that will ensue:

Medicare's announcement it will refuse payment to hospitals for treatment caused by hospital mistakes redounds most severely on the patient entangled in a labyrinth of complex legal issues between the hospital and Medicare. At a minimum, this will result in credit damage and financial distress to the patient. Added to this is the foreseeable paranoia of hospitals with Medicare patients and the ...

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Pier Francesco Parra is an Italian physician getting some publicity from tennis players lining up outside his hotel room to receive treatment:

Nor do they have one for a magician, which is one of Parra's nicknames. No matter. Open players already recognize him because of his three-laser healing machine. The mysterious device makes him the tennis version of Dr. James Andrews, the much-sought-after surgeon who treats baseball's broken pitchers ...

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Uwe Reinhardt wonders what took so long:

"I'm surprised it took this long for a model like concierge medicine to emerge," Reinhardt said. "In contrast to education, where the offspring of the rich go to prep schools and then Ivy League universities, and the income-based justice system, U.S. health care seems almost egalitarian. Concierge medicine seems more natural."

Reinhardt accuses the middle-class of hypocrisy in being bothered by a ...

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I wonder how he can enforce this?

Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards says his universal health care proposal would require Americans to go to the doctor for preventive care . . .

. . . He says if Americans are going to choose to be in the healthcare system, they can't choose not to go to a doctor for 20 years. He says they need regular checkups.

Combo drugs

First Zetia and Zocor becomes Vytorin. Now Claritin and Singulair is set to become a new combo.

I predict a Pepsid/Zantac and PPI combo to be on deck.

A somewhat predictable pattern of donations.

Two are in the works.

It's a matter of listening, something that the system doesn't allow:

This is interesting since the PAs and nurse practitioners see the 'less complicated' patients, you would think that it would be they who had only 15 minutes per patient...with their easy patients and all. And the physician would be graced with over 30 minutes per patient....to decipher the nuances of the more complicated patients, and make more difficult ...

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Which brain is lying?

When the EMR goes down

The hospital grinds to a halt:

IT people that work at a hospital: yes, your department now truly influences whether patients get better or worse, and indirectly, live or die.

Panda answers this and other burning questions.

A chef and his tongue

A star chef has cancer of the tongue. Instead of the standard treatment of cutting out part of the tongue, he's opted for more unconventional treatment.

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(via Dr. Wes)

Like Billy Walsh on Entourage, doctors have disdain for "suits". Here's why:

But now the intrepid blogger of Over My Med Body may be getting an inkling why doctors who have had years of training like this can get so upset when their dedication, knowledge, or work habits are questioned by some "suit" with a six-, seven-, or eight-figure income, a "suit" who is comfortably in ...

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Medicare error P4P

Dr. RW looks further at the unintended adverse consequences, saying it will outweigh any benefits.

Pallimed looks at several recent articles discussing EBM.

As common saying goes, "A physician who treats him(her)self has a fool for a patient."

So, what to make of these numbers?

. . . a survey conducted of Michigan psychiatrists regarding their opinions toward self-prescribing. A survey of more than 500 Michigan psychiatrists showed that more than 40% would medicate themselves for mild to moderate depression and that 15% had actually done so in the past. Seven ...

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Zero percent financing

Coming soon to a doctor's or dentist's office near you:

For $3,500 laser eye surgery, $6,000 ceramic tooth implants or other procedures not typically covered by insurance, millions of consumers have arranged financing through more than 100,000 doctors and dentists that offer a year or more of interest-free monthly payments.
Richard Reece comments on the practice.

Zagreus Ammon with a somewhat different take:

I don't think working forty eight hours straight is the problem. More likely the fact that those 48 hours have become as grueling and punishing as an ultra-marathon. The fact is that medical interventions have become much more intense than ever before and no patient lounges around the hospital waiting to get better. The cost-containment pressures on the health care system have ...

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