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ElectionsVoteFrom the mountains of Korean to the jungles of Southeast Asia and the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula our military men and women have gone above and beyond to protect the values we hold so dear to us in this great nation. And each time the United S(more..)


ElectionsVoteDoctor’s Diary October 12, 2017 (Snippets from the frontline) What’s your DRG? Upon admission to a hospital, Medicare and some insurances assign patients a DRG code (Diagnosis Related Group).  This complex system is based on your (more..)


ElectionsVoteThe emergency room. It is a conveyor belt of medical care. Because the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) did not anticipate the need for office-based primary care physicians, patient overload funneled to emergency rooms cramming colds and flu to comp(more..)


ElectionsVoteInfrastructure: Society needs roads, bridges, and power to function.  Likewise, the human body has an infrastructure requiring vision, hearing, and good teeth.    Physiologic infrastructure deteriorates with age, yet regrettably, Medi(more..)


ElectionsVoteDoctor Bonus Primary Care Physicians are internists, family practitioners, and pediatricians who are frontline doctors encountered by patients seeking medical care. Some physicians are in private practice, while others are employed by medical busi(more..)


ElectionsVoteDoctors and their staff are inundated with paperwork...and it is getting worse.  Despite computerization, the volume is overwhelming, and the data collected is mostly used to substantiate insurance payment and has many times nothing to do with t(more..)


ElectionsVoteYour loved one is seizing and brought to the Emergency Room.  The staff offers “comfort care” and of course who wouldn’t want their loved one to be comfortable.  But in a hospital setting, “comfort care” has a (more..)


ElectionsVoteBring accountability to your hospital stay You or your loved one has been hospitalized.  For most, this is an unfamiliar road. Beware, as nowadays hospitals are run like drive-thru restaurants.  My advice:  Bring with you a yel(more..)


ElectionsVoteA pediatrician decides a struggling teen with mental illness needs hospitalization to neutralize psychologic demons impacting their personal and social life. A Workers’ Compensation doctor requests a neck MRI in a powerline worker with growing(more..)


ElectionsVoteMany nations proudly tout Life Expectancy as a reflection of their healthcare.  For over two decades in our country, this statistic has consistently edged upward due to expanding technology, doctors/patient education, and vibrant emphasis on hea(more..)


ElectionsVoteI had never heard the term “throughput” before a meeting at our hospital two years ago.  It was used to discuss how the emergency department (ED) could yield greater profits by faster patient turnover.  Coordinating various duti(more..)



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