What is permissible for texting patients? From JAMA…

This review notes that: a) Over half of doctors use text messaging for clinical communications. In reality the use is likely universal. b) The OCR division of HSS which enforces HIPAA, recommends technological neutrality (no security standards or minimum encryption requirements) for electronic communication. c) A set of security standards proposed by the JACHO were Read more about What is permissible for texting patients? From JAMA…[…]

Best Children’s Hospitals 2017-18. Honor Roll.

The 2017-18 rankings were created from data collected through a clinical survey sent to nearly 200 hospitals and a reputational survey sent to about 11,000 doctors who are pediatric specialists. RTI International, a North Carolina-based research and consulting firm that also generates the Best Hospitals rankings, administered both surveys and analyzed the results.More

A fable to help understand and solve the Physician burnout problem from a non-FACHE.

Are Physicians really burned out? Or just poor sport? You have to decide for yourself but the fable about the US rowing team is never the less very interesting. “Once upon a time there was a Red rowing team.  This Red team agreed to hold an annual rowing race with a Green team. Each team would contain 8 Read more about A fable to help understand and solve the Physician burnout problem from a non-FACHE.[…]

Even Insured Can Face Crushing Medical Debt, Study Finds

In the new poll, conducted by The New York Times and the Kaiser Family Foundation, roughly 20 percent of people under age 65 with health insurance nonetheless reported having problems paying their medical bills over the last year. By comparison, 53 percent of people without insurance said the same.  Carrie Cota learned the hard way Read more about Even Insured Can Face Crushing Medical Debt, Study Finds[…]

Surprise! Insurance Paid the E.R. but Not the Doctor

When people go to the emergency room, they are often stunned to discover that doctors who treated them are not employed by the hospital and bill their insurance company separately. How common is this? New research published in The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday found that more than one in five patients visiting the emergency Read more about Surprise! Insurance Paid the E.R. but Not the Doctor[…]

Closest Thing to a Wonder Drug-The exercise Pill

In a meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal by Stanford professor John Ioannidis, MD, DSc, culled data from more than 300 clinical trials, representing more than 300,000 individual patients. In comparing the effectiveness of exercise with various drug interventions to prevent mortality for patients with coronary heart disease or prediabetes, exercise and drug interventions appeared to have similar effects on mortality. Read more about Closest Thing to a Wonder Drug-The exercise Pill[…]