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EMR Disguises Declining Quality of American Medicine

A “Potemkin Village” is a term used to describe a façade intended to “divert attention from an embarrassing or shabby fact or condition”. This presents an impression of greater wealth and stability than reality. Thirty years ago, physicians took short, yet accurate records by hand, often accumulating to a handful of pages over many years. … Continued

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The End of the 10-Minute Doctor’s Appointment

The patient-physician relationship should be balanced, not one-sided with physicians skimping on visit time and not allowing patients to ask enough questions or explain their symptoms well. Eighteen seconds is the average time a patient is allowed to talk before the doctor interrupts or asks another question. Pinnacle Health System in Harrisburg, PA started a … Continued

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Medical Care is Getting Personal

There is a way for Americans to get good health care for less money. Garrison Bliss, MD, a primary care physician in Seattle, was not happy spending all his time dealing with coding and insurance companies, rushing from patient to patient. He wanted patients be the focus of his day, so implemented a concierge-style practice … Continued

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The Wasting of Taxpayer Money

by G. Keith Smith, MD If you are looking for proof of the fact that the wonderful folks in D.C. are more interested in lining the pockets of their pals than demonstrating good stewardship of the loot from the robbery of taxation, look no further. The folks at CMS (Medicare) have interestingly decided to pay … Continued

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