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Why I Stopped Working with Express Scripts

Mail order pharmacies like Express Scripts and Medco have become increasingly prominent players in health care. But these companies are a lot more than simply mail order pharmacies, they are in fact a new generation of pharmacy benefit managers (PBM’s). … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Accident Medical Claims Increase After Michigan Rescinds Helmet Law.

I wrote last year about the Michigan Legislature’s bold move to help improve the chances of people waiting to receive an organ transplant (see article here). As I discussed in that article, motorcycle riders are among the best organ donors, … Continue reading

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Another Letter to Washington, from a Physician on the Front Lines.

 -by Matthew Moeller. Due to the tremendous popularity of Dr. Moeller’s original post as well as some of the critiques and questions it raised, Dr. Moeller has written this follow-up post in response. Thank you to everyone for the positive … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Washington, D.C. From a Physician on the Front Lines.

-by Matthew Moeller M.D. I am writing this letter because I feel that our leaders and lawmakers do not have an accurate picture of what it actually entails to become a physician today; specifically, the financial, intellectual, social, mental, and … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Get Your Implantable Defibrillator on Craigslist?

Yes, I know I’m supposed to bring you the stunning conclusion to my top ten list of medical advances. But I was so excited to talk about this article I read recently that I’m bringing you this post instead. The … Continue reading

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Lung Cancer Screening: Almost There . . .

In 2011 The National Cancer Institute published results from their study of low dose CT lung cancer screening of individuals identified as at risk for lung cancer. The investigators enrolled those between 55 to 74 years of age who had … Continue reading

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Healthcare Armageddon 6: Medicare and Generation X

                                              I’m Talkin’ About My Generation. **Update: Treasury has just issued its reports on Medicare and Social Security, the results making this article more timely and relevant than I had intended. Together SS and Medicare make up 36% of federal … Continue reading

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Snow Birds and The Unfulfilled Promise of Electronic Health Records.

Please enjoy this recycled oldie-but-goodie while I spend the next 6 weeks juggling a high case load with studying for the boards with taking care of two babies, etc. . . The migration has begun. All over Michigan, the annual … Continue reading

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The Daily Docblock: CPAP edition.

The Docblockers strike again. Ran into an insurance today that will not cover sleep studies unless its a severe case and you plead with them. But then they won’t cover a CPAP or any of it’s supplies. Weird.

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EMR and the Loss of Eloquence

Much has been made of the downside of the increasing use of EMR systems by physicians. But I am not going to  dwell on those pervasive complaints concerning the cost and complexity of setting up the systems. Nor shall I rehash the well known issue of what I … Continue reading

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