Not everything that counts can be measured. Not everything that can be measured counts. -Albert Einstein Recently, a disturbing trend of monitoring physician quality and accountability has taken another ominous turn: tracking physician's movements at scientific conferences (so called "tag and release") using RFID tags embedded in attendees name badges at national scientific sessions. Having had personal experience with the American College of Cardiology meeting, this technology was also embedded in the name badges ...

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Recently, an editorial from a plastic surgeon Lloyd Kreiger, MD, appeared in the Wall Street Journal entitled "ObamaCare Is Already Damaging Health Care." While I'm not sure I'm ready to concede that Obamacare has already damaged health care in America, I will agree the law is certainly is changing health care, aligning health care corporate interests with political interests, with ...

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With the explosion of social media, I am amazed at how many doctors I encounter who know little to nothing about blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz and the like. "I'm too busy." "Who has time for that stuff?" "I wouldn't have time for anything else." "How can I possibly keep up?" And yet today, as more and more patients reach out to the web to find medical information or, more importantly, ...

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What we're learning from the 21% Medicare pay cut to physicians that occurred today: * There really must be a cost-control crisis with Medicare and the only politically-acceptable way to implement those cost controls are by cutting working physicians' payments. * There’s was widespread political support for blocking the scheduled pay cuts to doctors, but central government control moves very slowly. That's because doing so is expensive. For now, doctors have been ...

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