Telomeres And Pulmonary Fibrosis

Telomeres And Pulmonary Fibrosis

My stepfather was the quintessential short telomere syndrome patient. His hair turned gray in high school, his father died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, his sister died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and then he too died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, complicated by bone marrow failure from myelodysplasia. Last month, I attended an international conference on telomeres […]

Predicting The Next Influenza Season

Predicting The Next Influenza Season

Last month, in August 2019, we have our first influenza case in our hospital. The patient recently returned from an international gathering so it is likely that he acquired the flu from a Southern Hemisphere resident attending the same gathering. The Southern Hemisphere has its influenza season at the opposite time of year as the […]

Why Your Electronic Medical Record Upgrade Feels Like A Downgrade

Why Your Electronic Medical Record Upgrade Feels Like A Downgrade

All software undergoes periodic upgrades. This may happen every few years (think Windows or the Macintosh operating systems) or every few months (think Microsoft Word and Powerpoint). Electronic medical records are no different.¬†Sometimes, software upgrades are for improved security, sometimes for better user-friendliness, and sometimes to provide additional features. But whenever they happen, they cause […]

The Total Cost To Train A Physician

The Total Cost To Train A Physician

It costs more than $1.1 million to train a doctor in the United States. The societal investment in creating physicians is enormous and has widespread implications for American health care in everything from acceptance of international medical graduates to the future use of non-physician health care providers. Breaking down the costs Depending on the specialty, […]

DRGs That Pay The Most To Hospitals

DRGs That Pay The Most To Hospitals

The CMS websites have a wealth of information about our nation’s health and about medical economics. One of the more insightful is the Inpatient Charge Dataset that lists the average charges and average payments to hospitals for different diagnoses. You can also search the dataset to find out how much any given hospital in the […]