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 […]

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 […]