MRI Abuse

May 6, 2010 in Health Policy by RangelMD

What happens when your health care provider doesn’t have either the time or the experience and training to perform a proper diagnostic work up for your symptoms? Why, they just order an MRI!

The Donut Hole of Sleep Duration Mortality

May 5, 2010 in Medicine by RangelMD

Chronic sleep deprivation or oversleeping is associated with a small increase in premature death.

How the Federal Government Screwed up Health Care Costs

May 3, 2010 in Health Policy by RangelMD

Health care costs just keep going up. You can blame anyone you want but currently the elephant in the room is the Federal government and the dysfunctional way it establishes Medicare reimbursement rates.

Using Antibodies to Fight Addiction

April 23, 2010 in Medicine by RangelMD

In the near future, you may be able to be immunized against nicotine.

Auto-appendectomy: Antarctica Survival Guide

April 19, 2010 in Medicine by RangelMD

“When the preparations were complete Rogozov scrubbed and positioned himself. He chose a semi-reclining position, with his right hip slightly elevated and the lower half of the body elevated at an angle of 30°. Then he disinfected and dressed the operating area. He anticipated needing to use his sense of touch to guide him and thus decided to work without gloves.”

Massachusetts to Force Doctors to Accept Lower Rates or Lose License

April 16, 2010 in Health Care "Reform", Health Policy by RangelMD

What the hell is going on in Massachusetts?

“Where’s My Free Obama Care?”

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

Still waiting for your Obama check to arrive in the mail? Keep waiting.

Why Health Care Reform Will Cause More ER Overcrowding

April 8, 2010 in Health Care "Reform" by RangelMD

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is going to enable millions of additional patients to enter into community health care systems that are already poorly designed, underfunded, and overcrowded.

Let the 21% Medicare Pay Cut Stand!

April 6, 2010 in Health Care "Reform", Health Policy by RangelMD

Given the political difficulty in fixing the perpetual 21% Medicare pay cut, maybe a few million angry voters will help things.

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.