My latest USA Today column was published this morning: Complex health choices require shared decisions. With so many grey areas in medicine, there is often not a single, absolute answer. I make the case for shared decision making: "The voice of patients needs to be considered for most medical decisions. That way, no matter what choice is made, it will always be the right one." Incidentally, there was a piece published ...

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I’d like to thank various media outlets for recently citing KevinMD.com. 1. Q&A with physician Dr. Kevin Pho. New Hampshire Business Review. Dr. Kevin Pho's days begin when most of his patients are still asleep. Each morning, starting at 4 a.m., the 38-year-old primary care physician spends two hours managing all of his social media postings for the day. 2. Despite flaws, health care law is needed. CNN.com. The primary care deficit is a ...

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On the day before the Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act, my take on health reform is now up on CNN.com: Despite flaws, health care law is needed. Patients need help now, and cannot wait for an unlikely solution that will appeal to both spectrums of the political aisle: "Far too many patients can ...

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My Spring 2012 speaking schedule brings me to Chicago, Toronto, and Philadelphia.  It's truly an honor to be invited to speak at these events and discuss the health care-social media intersection. Details are below. This Fall, I'm scheduled to be in Washington, DC and Las Vegas, speaking the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2012 Annual ...

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I’d like to thank various media outlets for recently citing KevinMD.com. 1. Grand rounds: True stories. USA Today. Who makes your medical decisions? Two different patients (with the same condition) had very different opinions about who should make their medical decisions. 2. How doctors can reduce medical errors, lawsuits. USA Today. Ask doctors what concerns them most, and chances are they'll say, "medical malpractice." A recent New England Journal of Medicine study found that ...

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My column was published in this morning's USA Today: How doctors can reduce medical errors, lawsuits. I discuss the contentious issue of medical malpractice, and explain how doctor-patient communication is key to improving patient safety and reducing lawsuits in the first place: "Doctors also must create and maintain open lines of communication with patients, which is critical to preventing lawsuits in the first place. Doctors have to better explain, ...

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This year, nearly 4 million of you visited KevinMD.com.   Thank you. I'm humbled that so many of you find the time during the day to visit the site and participate in the discussion that often ensues. As our health care world dramatically changes around us, it's important that medical professionals have a say in the process. KevinMD.com provides an influential platform for your voice, and I will continue to do my best to ...

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I’d like to thank various media outlets for recently citing KevinMD.com. 1. Five Reasons Why Physicians Need to Use Social Media. Healthworks Collective. Physician participation in social media is a health care imperative according to Dr. Kevin Pho, a practicing internist and the founder of KevinMD.com, a leading online health portal; however, many physicians remain skeptical about the value of social media. 2. Dr. Kevin Pho: Internal Medicine Physician and Social Media Expert. Other ...

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I’d like to thank various media outlets for recently citing KevinMD.com. 1. Ethics Forum Speaker KevinMD: Social Media Gives Doctors a Voice, Massachusetts Medical Society. We recently caught up with Dr. Kevin Pho, MD, a Boston University-trained internist now practicing in Nashua, NH. His website, KevinMD.com, is one of the Internet’s top sites for physician commentary and news. 2. Defensive medicine adds billions to healthcare costs, Healthcare Finance News. “There is a ...

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My USA Today column was published this morning: Pain management: Education is key. I discuss the pain management conundrum in our country, explaining the no-win situations both chronic pain patients and doctors find themselves in: "Doctors face a conundrum. On the one hand, chronic pain drugs can lead to abuse, which could draw the attention of law enforcement. On the other, chronic pain patients are often inadequately treated. It's ...

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