Specialty Board Re-certification: Improving Care or a Money Makeing Racket?

April 5, 2010 in Health Policy, Medical Ethics by RangelMD

Repeated testing of physicians seems like a good idea. To bad that there is no proof that this makes any difference in the delivery or quality of patient care.

Medicare Does NOT Pay For Preventive Care

March 27, 2010 in Health Care "Reform", Health Policy by RangelMD

With all the talk about preventive care and coordination of care during the current health reform efforts, you would think that this would have been one of the primary measures in the recent legislation. You’d be wrong.

24/7 Real-time Medical Care

March 22, 2010 in Health Policy, Medicine by RangelMD

A new service provides patients with 24/7 access to medical consultation . . and some don’t like it.

Concierge Medicine: How to Escape From a Dysfunctional Medical System

March 9, 2010 in Health Care "Reform", Health Policy by RangelMD

How can patients and primary care providers escape from a system that is way underfunded and way overloaded? It requires a paradigm shift in the way we reimburse primary care physicians. Hint. Gym memberships are way ahead of the curve here.

How to Opt Out of Medicare

March 5, 2010 in Health Policy by RangelMD

Congress waited until the 13th hour to delayed automatic cuts in Medicare reimbursements of 21% – at least until April. Such a drastic cut will force many physicians to drop
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There are Older Stoners

March 4, 2010 in Health Policy by RangelMD

No, not just Cheech and Chong. Laguna Woods Village retirement community now has a medical cannabis club even though the members are not allowed to grow it in their community
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Winning the Vaccine Wars

March 2, 2010 in Health Policy, Medical Ethics by RangelMD

Statistically speaking, we are winning the vaccine wars . .

DWT vs DWI

February 27, 2010 in Health Policy, Medical Ethics by RangelMD

It’s like driving with your eyes closed for five seconds or more. This is the equivalent to driving while texting (reading or writing). It’s twice as likely to cause a
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Electronic Prescribing Reduces Health Costs!

February 26, 2010 in Health Care "Reform", Health Policy by RangelMD

So why aren’t the Federal government or health insurance companies rushing to compensate and reward physicians who start using electronic medical records systems with e-prescribing ability?

Electronic Prescriptions are . . Legible, Reduce Errors!

February 25, 2010 in Health Care "Reform", Health Policy by RangelMD

Sending prescriptions electronically direct to the pharmacy has been proven to reduce errors from 42% to 6.6%! You would think that the Federal government would be rushing to massively fund such an initiative. But, you’d be wrong.