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In The World Of Rationing, What Are YOU Worth?

Rationing is defined as “the controlled distribution of scarce resources, goods, or services”. In health care, rationing is not a new concept and has been occurring for years, most often in times of emergency but also when resources are merely limited or demand is greater. For example, an increased need for ventilators in the winter […]

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Here Lies Donald Berwick, MD….

It appears that the appointment of Don Berwick, MD as head of CMS has come to an end before it actually started.  The man  with a vision of transforming Medicare into a lean, mean fighting machine, one with quality of care and cost efficiency as its engine.  You can read his bio here, but in […]

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End Of Life Discussion Is Not Health Care Rationing

The term ‘Death Panels’ has been thrown around since the first draft of the new health care bill emerged.  In that bill, section 1233 originally stated that Medicare beneficiaries were entitled to one visit with their primary care provider every five years to discuss end of life issues.  Not a bad idea but, honestly, every […]

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Are All Health Care Related Blogs Newsworthy?

On a recent visit to The Health Care Blog, I ran across a blog entry by Dr. Robert Wachter, the undisputed father of Hospitalists and Hospitalist Medicine.  In this most recent post he references an article by a colleague cautioning the potential dangers of CT scans, at least the unnecessary ones, which can, in and […]

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Is It Time To Revisit Physician Unions?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) isn’t quite one year old but has already had far reaching effects while generating visceral responses from all involved.  For those who were added to the roles of covered individuals..a sigh of relief.  For just about everyone else..retching, headaches, fear and loathing.  From insurance providers and employers […]

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