On Patient Satisfaction
There has been quite a lot of discussion recently on patient satisfaction and attempts by Medicare and other insurers to use it as a measure of quality of care in hospitals as well as in the outpatient environment. Hospital and clinic administrators are beginning to use tools to track patient satisfaction and medical providers are encouraged to make efforts to improve their patient's satisfaction with the care they relieve.
On Medicare Forms Redundancy
As a practicing physician, I am afraid I haven't seen any progress made when it comes to cumbersome, unnecessary, redundant paperwork that comes from insurance companies and piles up on my desk every day. Let me give you an example.
On HCG Diet Dangers
It's been a while since I wanted to write a piece about hCG diets. I've had several patients coming to me recently asking for advice as to whether it would be a good thing for them to do in order to lose weight. I have seen a lot of interest for hCG diets not only among my patients, but even among my peers.
On Blood Tests for Cholesterol in Children
We have moved one step closer to adding statins to drinking water. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends a cholesterol check between ages 9 and 11, with a repeated test between ages 17 and 21.
Vitamins & Supplements
Are supplements worth the money spent on them? Do they deliver any of their promises? Is there any reason for concern when using them? This article reviews a recent major study on the impact of supplements on mortality.
On Steve Jobs' Cancer Treatments
How could a highly intelligent man like Steve Jobs, who revolutionized the computer and music industry, make such a poor decision by postponing potentially life-saving surgery for his pancreatic cancer for 9 months, while pursuing alternative cancer therapies?
I don't think Steve Jobs was stupid when he put off his surgery. And I don't think he was in denial for a whole nine months either.