About James Allen, MD

I am a Professor of Internal Medicine at the Ohio State University and the Medical Director of Ohio State University East Hospital

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 […]

A Minor American Hero

A Minor American Hero

Today is Memorial Day, when Americans remember those who died during military service to defend the liberty, equality, and freedom of being an American. They were heroes. But this post is about another American hero, one who was not even in the military. This is not a post about my usual subjects: hospitals, medical economics, […]

The Internet Is Causing A Shortage Of Independent Medical Examiners

The Internet Is Causing A Shortage Of Independent Medical Examiners

Independent medical examiners are indispensable for unbiased determination of disability, life insurance eligibility, fitness for employment, and civil litigation. But suddenly, the supply of competent independent medical examiners is in peril. An independent medical examiner is a healthcare practitioner (most often a physician) who is not involved in a person’s medical care who does a […]

How To Interview For A Medical Leadership Position

How To Interview For A Medical Leadership Position

In academic medical centers, deans, department chairs, and division directors are almost always filled by doing a national search. Even if there is an inside candidate at the institution that is the heir-apparent for the job, a search is done to adhere to preserve the integrity of the hiring process. Sometimes, the medical center will […]