Another emergency physician asked me what I think will happen if the “surprise bill reform” with a benchmark fix happens.  I told her privately, but I am sharing, so everyone can understand why I am working so furiously on a seemingly boring and crass issue of reimbursement.  I do believe that patients should be taken out of the middle and shouldn’t ...

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I am just another average physician. It wasn’t my first return from maternity leave, but this busy ED shift wasn’t going well. I kept putting off breast-pumping to complete “just one more thing.” Then my son’s school secretary called. I had told our nanny the wrong pick-up time. She wasn’t answering her phone. I was disappointed in myself and frustrated that I couldn’t leave. But I am a physician — I ...

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