How doctors can cope with stress

by Walter van den Broek, MD, PhD

Often I ask my residents that if you can’t take care of yourself, how do you expect to take care of your patients?

Or in another way: the only difference between God and a doctor is that God knows he’s not a doctor. These sound like cliches but there is some truth in them. In short, doctors are just ordinary people …

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Weekend video preview, September 10, 2010

A video preview of what’s coming up this weekend on KevinMD.com.

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Beyond the final Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive rules

by David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA and Brian Klepper, PhD

Finally, we have a Final Rule on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs.

The rules and criteria are simpler and more flexible, and the measures easier to compute. But they are still an “all or nothing” proposition for physicians, who will have to meet all of the objectives and measures to receive any incentive payment. Doctors …

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Bringing a friend or family member on doctor’s appointments

by Diana E. Lee

Most of the resources I’ve read about how to prepare for a doctor’s appointment recommend bringing a loved one with you so that person can help you remember what the doctor said and make sure you get your questions and concerns addressed.

But when I read Paula Kamen’s book All in My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable and …

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How doctors can respond to report cards

by an anonymous physician

Recently, Danielle Ofri had a piece in the NEJM about medical report cards.

You know, those computer generated reports that tell you how many of your patients have achieved normal blood pressures and normal cholesterols and so on. Dr. Ofri concluded her piece by shoving her most recent report card to the bottom of a stack of more important paper and heading …

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Anecdotal accounts of patient experiences with local physicians

by Liz O’Brien

A long time ago — when managed care-style employee healthcare benefits were a new thing — we worker bees learned we might have to throw our old family doc under the bus.

We were given a booklet of providers on the network panel, and if the faithful retainer who had served our family for years wasn’t on that list, it was sayonara — unless we …

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Improve patient safety and cut costs with clinical pharmacists

by Emmanuel King, MD

What if you could improve patient safety, cut costs, broaden your medical knowledge and find 20% more time in your workday?  On October 1, 2010, that is just what we can expect when clinical pharmacists move from the back room to the bedside in ten general medical units at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

As we all know, medications play an intensely complex and ever-growing …

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