Screening Physicians For Drug Use

June and July are busy months for our medical center’s credentialing department. Every year, we have more than a hundred new residents, fellows, and attending physicians who apply for privileges. Part of the application process is a mandatory urine drug screen. Positive drug tests for marijuana are becoming more and more common in physicians coming […]

Pain, The Most Regulated Vital Sign

In 1996, the American Pain Society introduced the concept of “pain as the 5th vital sign” in order to increase awareness of insufficiently treated pain. As a consequence, in 2001, the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) added a requirement for healthcare providers to ask every patient about their pain in order […]

Do You Need A Medical Rock Star?

Recruiting famous physicians In hospital administrative circles, we have a word them, the Medical Rock Stars. They are the high-profile physicians that bring fame and notoriety. They’re the ones that the newspapers and television news reporters always seem to quote. They’re the ones that when you introduce yourself at a cocktail party, you get the […]

How Climate Change Affects The Operating Room

The climate scientists were all wrong when projecting future increases in the Earth’s temperature… it is happening much faster than they thought it would. These hotter temperatures turn out to have a big impact on hospital’s operating rooms. June 2016 was the 14th straight month that broke the monthly record for the hottest of those months […]

Psychiatric Surge

No matter what your political leanings, one thing we can all agree on is that the United States does not have enough inpatient psychiatric beds. De-institutionization of patients with psychiatric disease in the 1970’s has overall been a good thing for most patients with psychiatric disease but the consequence is that there are many patients […]