Morning news rounds

I have an extra half-hour this morning before I see patients, so here are some interesting stories to start your day.

Despite tort reform, some physicians are leaving high-risk practice.

An article on people who steal physician identities.

I do some work at the VA, so I see first-hand many of the primary care physician shortages (6+ month wait in some cases). With a ...

Read more...

Time is money

Interesting study from Vanderbilt University.  Paying physicians to take more time with patients.  I guess it would make sense if there was a correlation between improved patient outcomes and the length of the visit.  

A small number of physicians at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, are taking part in a study to find out if it's more cost effective in the long run to pay doctors to take more ...

Read more...

New cholesterol guidelines

As you may have heard, the new NCEP cholesterol guidelines were released yesterday. The biggest change is a goal LDL of < 70 in the very high risk group. Now, what classifies as very high risk? They are the following:

Established CAD plus:
i) multiple major risk factors (esp. diabetes)
ii) severe and poorly controlled risk factors (i.e. continued smoking)
iii) multiple risk factors of ...

Read more...

Medrants has recently ranted about going to back to basics:

We need to return to first principles. The reason we became physicians was to care for people, not patients! By that I mean, caring for the patient, rather than the disease.

We need a revolution in our thinking. This revolution actually is occuring in retainer practices and cash only practices. Patients will, I believe, be willing to pay ...

Read more...

Harvard Medical School is planning a medical campus in the United Arab Emirates. Some interesting points:

. . . there are enormous hurdles to fostering US-style health care in a region where medicine is so spotty that the 100 million Persian Gulf residents spend $25 billion a year getting treatment elsewhere, according to Dubai Healthcare City officials. Many medical school students enroll straight out of high school and ...

Read more...

Associated Press:
Some of the world's biggest drug companies are working behind the scenes to convince regulators to let older cholesterol-lowering drugs be sold without a prescription in low doses, as Britain has just done.

While doctors say the drugs are safe, less than one-half of Americans who could benefit take them, mostly those at highest risk of heart disease, other complications and death, experts say. Most of the ...

Read more...

Most Popular

Join 150,000+ subscribers

Get the best of KevinMD in your inbox

Sign me up! It's free. 
close-link
✓ Join 150,000+ subscribers 
✓ Get KevinMD's 5 most popular stories
Subscribe. It's free.