The following deceptive advertisement appeared in my church's bulletin yesterday:

Life Line Screening, the nation's leading provider of preventive health screenings, will offer their affordable, non-invasive, painless health screenings [in the church cafeteria] on April 9th. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries, which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms, which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the ...

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I find that it takes more effort for me to talk patients out of doing tests than it takes to get them to submit.  It doesn't seem like it should be that way:

I need you to undergo a test where you fast for 12 hours, show up to the hospital 3 hours before the sun comes up, strip down and slide into a breezy hospital ...

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I believe that the most important reason for healthcare professionals to engage in social media is to take advantage of its tremendous inherent ability to help facilitate in providing all patients with trusted, accurate, meaningful and useable healthcare information. Most healthcare practice consultants and social media experts more often than not highlight the beneficial effects that the use of social media can have on the marketing efforts of healthcare practices, ...

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Everybody has a theory of what’s wrong with American health care and why costs are high. I have my own theory – talk is cheap. By this, I mean Americans and third party payers are unwilling to pay more for what mere talk is worth. They do not want to pay more for a visit to the family doctor, ...

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Ok, I confess. I have contributed to the $2.3 trillion that our country spends on health care every year. As a patient I want the best possible care for my family and me. As a physician I am the gatekeeper to expensive procedures, medications, and diagnostic tests. However, by several indices including life expectancy, infant mortality rate, and satisfaction with the health care system, we are not getting our money's ...

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Part two of the three-part series, Let’s Pay Popular People More! Take a moment to ask yourself whether any of these categories describe you or someone you love:

  • Never had cancer
  • Psychologically distressed
  • No regular health care provider
  • No health insurance
  • Lack confidence in self care
  • Avoid doctors
  • Minority race
If any of these terms describes you or a loved one, then you are statistically more likely to give a doctor a lower Read more...

When I was called to see the patient after a motorcycle accident I expected the worst. The patient sustained a thoracic spine injury with cord transsection at T5 level as well as significant chest wall injury on the right side. Multiple ribs were broken; some with a significant displacement. Managing patients with a significant chest wall trauma could be a nightmare. Pain control is only one of the challenges. Read more...

by Jeffrey L. Cohen and Albert R. Meyer Chiropractors and medical doctors (or D.O.s) have had a long and somewhat complex relationship. Though they approach healthcare issues differently, there are many instances where they share care or even work together.  Such "M.D./D.C." relationships are legally complex, but often prove to be rewarding in many respects.  Properly constructing the arrangements is critical, especially since government regulators and payers tend ...

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joplin hospital tornado Dr. Kevin Kikta was one of two emergency physicians on duty at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, MO on Sunday, May 22, 2011, when an EF-5 tornado struck the hospital. You never know that it will be the most important day of your life until the day is over.  The day started like any other day for me: ...

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In recent weeks, headline news has been reporting on the battle to curb the federal debt.  What does this have to do with medical professionalism? The federal government must borrow forty cents of every dollar it spends.  In health care, it needs to borrow from China and other lenders to reimburse doctors, hospitals and other providers who bill federal programs. The government’s debt totals $14.3 trillion.  It is ...

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