Second Opinion over the Web

…………I was prepared to fly to Cleveland to meet with one of the doctors. Then I discovered a way to obtain a second opinion without leaving home. “My Consult” is a Web-based second opinion service offered by e-Cleveland Clinic, the facility’s Internet service. Patients who have received a diagnosis of any of more than 600 life-threatening Read more about Second Opinion over the Web[…]

Are we subjecting ourselves to too many procedures

Is more truly better. As patients demand more tests to try to get to the bottom of their ailments and as physicians acquiesce and  even push it on them who gains and who suffers? It is in this context that we should truly ask ourselves this very important question. While on the surface it does Read more about Are we subjecting ourselves to too many procedures[…]

Direct Mail marketing….. to Physicians?

1. Direct mail effort is part of a strategic, comprehensive marketing plan, something that is becoming more of a necessity for physicians as the Affordable Care Act continues to change the health care landscape. 2. A 2012 study by the Direct Marketing Assn., whose members include direct mail, phone and electronic marketers, found that direct Read more about Direct Mail marketing….. to Physicians?[…]

Doctors Who Profit From Radiation Prescribe It More Often, Study Finds-NYTimes

Are doctors who have a financial interest in treatment centers much more likely to prescribe such treatments for patients? In fact are doctors that get paid for a certain procedure (fee for service) moe likely to perform that procedure? An piece from the NYT provides some insight. Doctors Who Profit From Radiation Prescribe It More Read more about Doctors Who Profit From Radiation Prescribe It More Often, Study Finds-NYTimes[…]

Trends in Physician Referrals in the United States, 1999-2009

From 1999 to 2009, the number of referrals of patients more than doubled from 41 million to 105 million. Outpatient visits to specialists that resulted in referrals rose from 11 million in 1999 to 38 million in 2009. Primary care physician visits resulting in referrals increased from 22 million to 51 million. Reasons for referrals included Read more about Trends in Physician Referrals in the United States, 1999-2009[…]