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Corporate medicine use doctors as pawnsThe solution for burnout is for physicians to be able to devote their full energies solely to the wellbeing of their patients by opting-out of the demands of all third-party contracts and not becoming hospital corporate employees.
Pain is not the fifth vital sign
Pain is not the fifth vital signAfter years of exaggeration, misinformation and a national epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse, the nation is finally coming to terms with the fact that pain is not the fifth vital sign.
United Airlines fiasco should be a healthcare wakeup call
United Airlines fiasco should be a healthcare wakeup callThe forcible removal of a passenger from the United Airlines flight has reminded flyers of their general dissatisfaction with the airline industry. Perhaps surprisingly, it should also be a stern warning to physicians
Physicians must fight to save Medicaid expansionAfter receiving feedback on my previous blog, Medicaid expansion must remain safe in healthcare reform, I must continue to encourage that Medicaid, a joint federal and state program that funds healthcare for the poor, be protected.
Here’s how to reduce healthcare costsThe recent White House-Congressional fiasco epitomizes the lack of basic understanding regarding healthcare and healthcare reform.
Cost, not access, is underlying problem facing American healthcare
Cost, not access, is underlying problem facing American healthcareThe current conversation fails because it does not address the fundamental barrier to healthcare access - which is not insurance coverage, but rather the cost of healthcare coverage.
Medicaid expansion must remain safe in healthcare reform
Medicaid expansion must remain safe in healthcare reformAlthough I am no great fan, there is a very favorable element of the ACA that I would be loath to see disappear.
Uncertainty in healthcare driving DPC growth
Uncertainty in healthcare driving DPC growthToday, insurance mostly dictates the way we pay for healthcare—from basic primary care to hospital stays and treatment for cancer and other catastrophic illnesses.
Do quality measures disillusion young doctors?If patients are going to hurt the practice’s financial bottom line by causing adverse scores, are they patients we want to continue to serve?
Marriage, children cause more burnout for female physicians
Marriage, children cause more burnout for female physiciansBy now, we know that women physicians have higher rates of burnout than their male counterparts, with increased levels of depression and suicide.