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Is Malpractice Reform a License to Kill?

Malpractice Reforms That Enable Malpractice It appears that many malpractice-prone doctors flee to nearby states that enact laws that purport to “reform” medical malpractice by capping non-economic damages patients may receive. That, at least, is the conclusion of a recent […]

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Medicare Physician Payments and Medical Errors

Medicare Over-Payments & Medical Errors Much is being made this week of the public release of physician-specific Medicare payments. Given that this has been legally prohibited for many decades by legal proceedings initiated by physicians, the backlash from physicians is […]

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Can You Say No to Your Doctor?

“Thanks, Doc, But No Thanks” I’ve recently had opportunity to decline medications recommended to me by two different doctors. Doing so once didn’t set off any triggers, but after the second time it occurred to me that maybe I ought […]

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Doctor-Centered Healthcare

Healthcare’s Archaic Delivery Model  Much of the failure of our healthcare system lies in the office-based “medical model” itself – doctor-centered, transaction-driven, intervention-oriented, and largely unaccountable.[1] The shortcomings of this archaic model have become more evident with its failure to […]

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A New Year’s Resolution for Smart Patients

Resolve to Be a Smarter Patient With the first deadline for complying with Obamacare’s insurance requirements looming large, it may be hard for many Americans – especially patients in our broken healthcare system – to think about anything else. But […]

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America’s Doctors Need to Look in the Mirror

Doctor, Doctor, Mr. M.D. – What’s Ailing Thee? Doctors in America generally perceive themselves as victims. They’re victims of overly-aggressive lawyers and a litigious culture, of insurance company rules and restraints on their practice of medicine, of government intrusion and […]

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Hospital Feeding Frenzy To Hire Docs

What Hospital-Physician Realignment Means For You If you’ve been hit with a hospital “facility fee” for a doctor’s office visit (see “Hospital Scams About To Explode“), you may not be happy to learn that similar medical bill padding lay in […]

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Patient, Heal Thyself – Because “Patient Engagement” is Unlikely

Patient Engagement Will Follow The Money “Patient activation” is the new buzzword threatening to replace “patient engagement” – long before many patients have actually been, you know, engaged. Apparently, we no longer bother to to wait for our terminology to […]

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Are America’s Healthcare Patients Too Trusting?

MedSmart Patients Are Skeptics One of the “take-home” lessons of MedSmart Patients is that much of healthcare practice – experts estimate as much as 80%[1] – has no evidence to support it. This helps explain why almost half of U.S. […]

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Your Doctors’ Dirty Little Secret

What’s Up, Doc? It’s difficult for many of us to accept that our doctors often put their own financial interests ahead of our safety and financial security. Some readers may even get defensive about it – especially, of course, doctors […]

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