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A Legal Look at the Healthcare Landscape in '16 Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Cohen, JD   
Thursday, 04 February 2016 00:00

Physicians are subject to the brunt of changing healthcare marketplace dynamics. But they're in the absolute best position to take leadership and benefit from doing so!

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My father is no longer a practicing neurologist, but he is forever a doctor Print E-mail
Written by Shoshana Weiner | KevinMD   
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 18:54

Curiosity and apprehension. I experience this tension as a young man ushers me through large daunting doors with "Authorized Personnel Only" posted in bold red letters. Inside, a massive machine dominates the room, and yet my focus turns to the patient lying on the table, face covered in a white mask holding his head still while the technician targets the malignant brain tumor.

"All right in there?" the specialist asks, and the patient, mouth sealed by the mask, gives a thumbs up.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 January 2016 19:01
 
Doctors, He Felt, Were No Longer Helping People Print E-mail
Written by Jordan Grumet, MD   
Saturday, 16 January 2016 13:37

It was never his intention that the name would stick. A decade ago, when he first began working in the restaurant, some of his fellow employees knew that he was formerly a practicing physician and started to call him "Doc". Although many of his coworkers had since moved on, taking the knowledge of his previous profession with them, his moniker persisted.

Doc liked the simplicity and tedium of his bartending job. He spent the majority of his nights doing what he liked most, interacting with fellow human beings. He remembered a time when medicine offered such enticing rewards.

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A short take of the big stories in cardiology in 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. John M   
Friday, 01 January 2016 15:09

What follows below is a short-writing summary of my ten picks.  The hyperlinks go to earlier columns I wrote on the topic....

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Last Updated on Sunday, 10 January 2016 16:23
 
Pharmaceutical free speech is anything but free Print E-mail
Written by Kenneth Lin, MD | KevinMD   
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 00:00

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently called for a ban on direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs and medical devices, arguing that this type of advertising drives the nation's escalating drug bill by creating demand for new, expensive medications that are often no more effective than older ones. Since the first televised prescription drug ad aired in the U.S. in 1983, pharmaceutical companies have spent billions of dollars on DTC advertising, including $4.8 billion in 2014. The ads are worth every penny. According to Kantar Media, 76 percent of Americans have seen at least one DTC ad on television in the past 12 months, and 1 of 3 who viewed these ads took some action as a result.

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Last Updated on Friday, 01 January 2016 15:21
 
Was Granny Sent Home from the Hospital Too Soon? Print E-mail
Written by MD Whistleblower   
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 00:00

Over the years, I have heard families bemoan that their relative who was just readmitted to the hospital was sent home too early just a few days ago. Are they right?
 
First, let me say that in some instances they may be correct. It is certainly possible that the hospital, under increased pressure to kick folks out, may have pulled the discharge trigger too soon. The hospital is not always right even if their 'discharge check list' seemed to be in order. Of course, patients are not adequately represented by a check list any more than physicians' quality can be fairly measured in the check off, cookbook method that the government and insurance companies are now championing.

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T'was the night before the First Tuesday after the First Monday in March, and all through the House (and the Senate...) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Davidson | Florida Healthcare Law Firm Blog   
Thursday, 19 November 2015 00:00

It's that time of year. People are scrambling around, deciding what they want to give and what they want to get. Brand new packages are being wrapped up and filed away. Excitement and tension fill the air. Everyone can't wait for the big day; but in this season that big day doesn't happen until the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March. But it's never too early to start getting ready, right? In fact, the Florida Legislature is currently in session, drafting and filing bills that the sponsors hope will be considered in March and will become law in 2016. And as usual, health care is on a lot of legislative wish lists. Although all of these bills are subject to significant revision, and some may never make it out of a subcommittee, here's a sneak peek of some of the proposed health care legislation (without editorial - for now)...

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 December 2015 09:31
 
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