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America’s self-inflicted opioid crisis
America’s self-inflicted opioid crisisIn the last few years, drug overdoses led by opioids have become the leading cause of accidental deaths, eclipsing that of automobile crashes and violence.
This is why listing healthcare prices as a menu is dumb
This is why listing healthcare prices as a menu is dumbProviding healthcare pricing is important, but listing them in the form of a static menu is not helpful.
How to craft the perfect health IT that delivers for physicians and patientsThe technology is hurting the one group it's supposed to help—doctors.
Isn't it time for a 21st Century Pain assessment?The evaluation of pain is extremely difficult due to its subjective nature. We need to move to an evaluation of acute pain that not only takes the patient’s perception into account, but also, for the first time, incorporates objective measures of pain into a global assessment matrix.
Is there a real time advantage to telemedicine?Time is money, and nowhere is this truer than in the world of healthcare.
Hospitalists, PCPs bad at communication and its hurting patient careThe American health care delivery system is reaching a point of crisis.
When to consult hospice in end-stage Alzheimer’s diseasewWen should you, as the primary provider, ask for a hospice consult?
If you operate a medical practice, you should be outsourcingAs if giving your key employees menial tasks isn’t enough to consider outsourcing, the ever-changing landscape of the medical industry should be the deciding factor.
What is the price of a medical record?
What is the price of a medical record?While all of us recognize the advantages of an electronic record in the respect of data retrieval, the risk has become greater because many practices do not secure their network.
The opioid pain paradoxI was recently discussing the complexities of opioid management of chronic pain with a medical student, when I recalled the following story.