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3 Ways Obamacare is Destroying American Healthcare.

As I was watching CNN news recently, I noted in the headlines different ways Obamacare is failing.  Current problems discussed were the customers’ sticker shock of high deductible plans (up to $12,700 for families), the president blaming the insurance companies … Continue reading

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How a Journal Club and a Blog Challenged the Mighty NEJM

Much has been written about how Web 2.0 tools can change the healthcare landscape.  It would appear a recent set of circumstances has upped the ante. This story begins with a recent study that attempted to tackle the problem of … Continue reading

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Dear Physicians: You Are Far More Wealthy Than You Know.

-By A. Joseph Layon, MD, FACP. This article was written in response to Doctor Moeller’s Post: An Open Letter to Washington, D.C. From a Physician on the Front Lines With interest, I read and re-read Matthew Moeller’s Open Letter.  My … Continue reading

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“When I Was a Resident”: How Duty Hour Rules Are Creating a Lost Generation of Physicians.

  This article was written by a Pulmonary, Critical Care Fellow who completed residency after recent resident duty hour restrictions went into effect. During my internal medicine residency, we were allowed to work  a maximum of 30 hours per shift. … Continue reading

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Why Medical Education Should Embrace Social Media

Social Media and Medical Education: Access Denied. -By Rebecca Hastings, D.O. I have never been very computer or tech savvy.  I’m not up-to-date on the latest technology, but I do have a smart phone and a laptop which I use … Continue reading

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Should a Medical College Dean Take Money from Pharma?

One of the first posts I wrote here, was a about how pharmaceutical reps provide lunch for physicians while presenting information about a medication that they are promoting.  The post, and others like it, have generated visceral reactions on the … Continue reading

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Offer Hospice Patients a Smile.

Hospitals are busy places to work. The work is fast paced, and never seems to stop. For most physicians, the work ends when the work is done, or until you fall over, whichever comes first. So as a consultant, when … Continue reading

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Where Medical Reports Go to Die.

It happens thousands of times a day, all across the country. People go to their doctor’s office after some testing has been performed. The physician, unaware that any testing has been ordered by another physician, asks their usual questions. The … Continue reading

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The Daily Docblock: Antibiotic Edition

   I tried to get IV Bactrim last week, to treat MRSA. Pharmacist called, not on formulary. Bummer :(. According to the IDSA guidelines, I could use clinda, but then there’s the increased risk of C. dif. . .

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Healthcare Armageddon 5: The Crux of the Problem

There’s a central theme running through many of these “Truth About Health Care” posts that I write. Whether it comes to medical centers putting out press releases that are nothing more than thinly veiled advertising, or drug companies trying to get … Continue reading

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