It's sad that this is the easiest way to do it: "If a patient is stable - and can be driven to the other hospital by family or friends, you can gently suggest they sign out AMA and just show up over in the other ER. Then the HAVE to take care of the patient. Ola! No transfer paperwork, calls, or legal issues."
The AMA's Ethics Forum takes on the following question: "Can physician-written blogs meet legal and ethical professionalism standards?"
Maurice Bernstein: "Medical blogs, moderated with attention to civil and open discussion among the visitors and following guidelines for ethical operations, make a significant contribution to the medical education of the public and, I dare say, the profession."
Rob Lamberts: "Physician blogs should not be seen as an attempt to ...
We need to do a better job in managing patient expectations:
Healthcare is not a commodity like a Toyota that can be turned out, day after day, in exactly the same way. Every human body is unique. At any moment, a surgeon may run into a surprise. Your cancer may be hiding in place that makes it very difficult to detect on a mammogram"”not impossible, but very difficult. And ...
One strategy some physicians utilize is to buy larger space than they typically utilize. Then they rent out space to other physicians. This is an excellent strategy for those physicians who have the means to do this. In some respects it turns the physician into a real estate investor rather than just a business owner.
In the midst of their boom, here's an article about an institution considering laying off hospitalists.
Hospitalist programs typically operate at a loss, with the financial gains not apparent for years to come. The benefits of these programs also do not directly impact the bottom line, but instead help with recruiting, as well as the primary care physicians affiliated with the hospital.
Trust between patients and physicians are at an all-time low. Although we blame a variety of reasons - ranging from third-party payers to malpractice fears - for this, simply being nice and appearing human can do wonders for the medical profession.
The following op-ed was published on August 22nd, 2008 in the USA Today.
"Why should I care if doctors get a pay cut?" my patient recently asked me.
Therein lies the delicate dilemma physicians face today. While the common perception is that the medical profession is well-compensated, there are serious implications in targeting physician pay to control medical spending.
Congress recently passed a bill protecting doctors from a 10.6% ...