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Revolt of the Poster Boys

October 2nd, 2011 · 2 Comments

And the hits just keep on comin’ from our enlightened masters in government-run health care: ‘Poster Boys’ Take A Pass On Pioneer ACO Program: During the health care debate, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger Health System and Intermountain Healthcare were repeatedly touted as models for a new health care delivery system. Now, they […]

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Is There an ACO in Your Future?

August 18th, 2011 · Comments Off on Is There an ACO in Your Future?

As individuals and small groups, physicians have proved to be an independent lot — “herding cats” a common metaphor for getting the profession to toe the line, even on matters beneficial to them. Once they have been herded under one roof, however, the job of controlling and coercing them becomes far easier. Ever hear the […]

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Still Breathing…

June 21st, 2011 · 11 Comments

Word of my demise, widespread and nefarious as it has been, is most assuredly premature. I must put these scurrilous rumors to rest… But life has been, well, most interesting… The past year or so has been one of the most challenging in many a season, on a number of fronts. Professionally, the passage of […]

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The Doctor Will See You Now – Or Else!

July 25th, 2010 · 9 Comments

  It has been clear since the passage of Obamacare, with its ludicrous economic projections and Enron-accurate accounting, that the outcome of this gargantuan medical gewgaw will be enormous shortfalls in funding for healthcare. The long-term consequences of its financial chicanery are legion, from spiraling deficits, to drastic cutbacks in funding to hospitals and health […]

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Medicaid, Anyone?

March 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment

In my prior post I highlighted some of the problems with Medicaid, the joint state and federal health coverage for the poor. In case you might think that physicians won’t participate simply because the reimbursement is so poor (which would certainly be reason enough), check this out, from my state medical society today: The WSMA […]

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The Future in Health Care

March 16th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Future in Health Care

From the New England Journal of Medicine, a recent physician survey on the effects of the pending health care reform legislation on physician supply: Key Findings Physician Support of Health Reform in General • 62.7% of physicians feel that health reform is needed but should be implemented in a more targeted, gradual way, as opposed […]

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Taking the Blue Pill, Rather than the Hip Replacement

January 19th, 2010 · 9 Comments

As the Democrats in Congress press forward in blind determination to pass their health care reform legislation come hell or high water, the pernicious effects of the legislation are increasingly becoming evident to anyone who takes the time to dig into its details. Though our Congressional representatives cannot seem to find the time to read […]

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I’ll Have the Medicare — & Hold the Mayo

January 2nd, 2010 · 3 Comments

The blogs have been abuzz about the big news from Arizona: The Mayo Clinic in Arizona will no longer be accepting Medicare patients for primary care. The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at one of its primary-care […]

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