Dead en route to the ER

The decision whether to bill for the encounter or not.

Striking a nerve

Scalpel, as always, does a good job of that.

Too many doctors?

Dartmouth has long advocated that there are too many physicians. Perhaps some clarification is in order. There are too many proceduralists, not enough generalists. If primary care is appropriately incentivised and its numbers increased, the cost problem will be solved right there.

All for one patient in one year. No wonder the system is going bankrupt.

Those that make money and those that cost money. Where do physicians fit in?

OTC statins

Third time the charm?

The "mid-adult woman"

Political correctness run amok at Merck.

Is the procedure a human rights violation?

Full body scans

"At best useless and at worst dangerous."

Lin Zinser and Paul Hsieh argue this point.

Be a nurse

An inspiring post at Emergiblog.

Anesthesia awareness

How Hollywood isn't doing anesthesiologists any favors.

Despite the folly of this approach, "integrative medicine" is winning the fight.

It is being introduce in Australia with stern warnings. Something that the FDA has yet to address here.

Guess the diagnosis



The answer is here.

What was started by Daniel Carlat last week is turning into a full-fledged scandal.

Why cutting physician reimbursements and other Medicare tactics to cut costs aren't doing the job. Too bad cost-cutting makes for bad politics - talking about universal coverage is so much sexier:

So why aren't Medicare's cost control measures working? Because CMS has focused most of its efforts to limit spending on controlling prices. This strategy arises out of the mistaken belief that if they could just rein in the ...

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No-shows

If you think missing a doctor's appointment is no big deal, think again.

More physicians are ordering this test, despite the lack of evidence behind it. Can't say I blame them.

Broadening liability

Today's news gets worse as physicians are now vulnerable to this:

The state Supreme Judicial Court today ruled that a doctor can be sued over a car accident caused by his patient, greatly expanding potential liability for the medical profession . . .

. . . "This is one more straw on the backs of practicing physicians who feel the liability challenges out there are being broadened," said Dr. ...

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