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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 […]

Tags: Health care policy · Health care reform · Medicine

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 […]

Tags: Health care reform · Medicine

Almost Cut My Hair…

August 7th, 2011 · 7 Comments

Almost cut my hair, Happened just the other day. It was gettin’ kinda long, Could’ve said it was in my way. But I didn’t and I wonder why, I feel like letting my freak flag fly, And I feel like I owe it to someone… I’m suffering from whiplash — perhaps I should call one […]

Tags: Faith & Reason · Faith & Religion · Medicine · Prayer

Well, Isn’t THAT Special…

August 3rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

Well, now, isn’t that special… Forbes reports on a new investment vehicle, tailor-made for the get-rich-quick crowd: Playing The Odds: Hedge Funds Finance Medical Malpractice Claims: An entirely new industry has cropped up in recent years as trial lawyers set their sights on making money off physicians, corporations and other targets–particularly financing malpractice suits through […]

Tags: Medicine · Medicolegal

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 […]

Tags: Blogging · General Interest · Health care reform · Medicine

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 […]

Tags: Health care policy · Health care reform · Medicine

In the Doldrums

March 28th, 2010 · 11 Comments

Down dropt the breeze, the sails dropt down, ‘Twas sad as sad could be ; And we did speak only to break The silence of the sea ! All in a hot and copper sky, The bloody Sun, at noon, Right up above the mast did stand, No bigger than the Moon. Day after day, […]

Tags: Faith & Religion · Medicine

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 […]

Tags: Health care policy · Health care reform · Medicine