Coal mining culture and the opioid crisis [PODCAST]
“For me, my own personal stories of opioid patients come to mind, including one who keyed my car when I stopped prescribing his opioid after an acute injury. I think of some local opioid overdose deaths in my community. I would love to hear what other doctors and clinicians have to say about these issues,Read more …Coal mining culture and the opioid crisis [PODCAST] originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 22, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/the-podcast-by-kevinmd" rel="tag" > The Podcast by KevinMD < /a > < /span > Tags: Podcast Pain Management Source Type: blogs

I ’m sorry, but I can’t “clear” your patient
Every primary care provider has been there. A patient comes in requesting a pre-operative evaluation or places a phone call or EMR message expressing the need for“clearance” before having a surgical procedure. Sometimes, we even get a request from the surgeon’s office with paperwork for“clearance.” Time is always, seemingly, of the essence regardingRead more …I’m sorry, but I can’t“clear” your patient originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 21, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/michael-mccutchen" rel="tag" > Michael McCutchen, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Primary Care Source Type: blogs

6 tips for success in medical school
Medical school is like a tennis match —a series of short sprints and challenges that, when put together, tell a larger story. Unlike tennis, however, everyone can win. Being“successful” in med school has multiple meanings —from caring for your rural hometown, working with your institution to implement a racism in medicine curriculum, and matching into orthopedicRead more …6 tips for success in medical school originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 21, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/edward-w-corty" rel="tag" > Edward W. Corty, MD, MPH < /a > < /span > Tags: Education Medical school Source Type: blogs

The pandemic has me angry, infuriated, demoralized, and scared
I would love to say 2021 outshone 2020. But I think sometime around mid-fall of last year, we realized the joke was, sadly, on humanity, and that was not going to happen. Yes, we finally had vaccines (thank God and bless those involved forever), but the life purpose of a virus is to replicate, somehow,Read more …The pandemic has me angry, infuriated, demoralized, and scared originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 21, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/anonymous" rel="tag" > Anonymous < /a > < /span > Tags: Conditions COVID Source Type: blogs

Doctors have had it with tall tales (and those who tell them)
The majority of my coaching clients are physicians. It isn ’t easy for them these days. For the most part, doctors are rational types who believe in science, data, and facts. They have trouble understanding why so many of their patients seem to have signed on as extras in the unreality show of a skilled PiedRead more …Doctors have had it with tall tales (and those who tell them) originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 21, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/steve-adelman" rel="tag" > Steve Adelman, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Practice Management Source Type: blogs

Unrequited: love in the time of COVID-19
If you knew we are like the“Two Fridas,” that our hearts are connected, would you change your mind? Would you stop as you are about to cut the artery feeding your heart and mine? If you knew that when you cry because of your loneliness, because of your longing for your family, that IRead more …Unrequited: love in the time of COVID-19 originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 21, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/rosemary-eseh-logue" rel="tag" > Rosemary Eseh-Logue, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician COVID Source Type: blogs

How advanced analytics can help social determinants of health [PODCAST]
“Advanced analytics can provide the insights needed to understand social determinants and help develop interventions that assist patients in overcoming some of the challenges and adverse environmental and social factors that are barriers to healthier behavior. Moreover, analytics are needed to support the team-based approach to care delivery. With advanced analytics bringing together data onRead more …How advanced analytics can help social determinants of health [PODCAST] originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 21, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/the-podcast-by-kevinmd" rel="tag" > The Podcast by KevinMD < /a > < /span > Tags: Podcast Primary Care Source Type: blogs

A shout out to small hospitals
I ’m a small-time doc in a small town, and I work at a small hospital in the Midwest, and I’m proud of it. The huge university hospitals (like Cleveland Clinic) get all the glory (especially in society and in the press), but small hospitals like mine drive this country. It has been really weird wo rkingRead more …A shout out to small hospitals originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 20, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/mike-sevilla" rel="tag" > Mike Sevilla, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Hospital-Based Medicine Primary Care Source Type: blogs

I go on because I must: for my patients and for my children
I stare at the sharply rising line in front of me, its stark outline harshly highlighting the data –data that shows that we are in the midst of yet another surge. That graph haunts me, intruding upon my thoughts, hovering at the edges of my life. I hold my breath, not knowing when this sly encroacherRead more …I go on because I must: for my patients and for my children originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 20, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/huma-farid" rel="tag" > Huma Farid, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Infectious Disease Source Type: blogs

Breaking down the real cost of the opioid epidemic
I have been writing of late about recent developments in the opioid saga. My first piece talked about a fresh decision in California’s seven-year-old The People vs. opioid pharma case. The next one focused on how the middle-man, distributors, contributed to the epidemic’s picture. Now, I wanted to write an overarching piece hitting some astoundingRead more …Breaking down the real cost of the opioid epidemic originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 20, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/rebecca-thaxton" rel="tag" > Rebecca Thaxton, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Pain Management Source Type: blogs

Words often spoken, but go unheard
I want to scream out loud:“Wake up people, we’re circling the drain!” Does anyone notice the state of our country, the state of the world that we are living in? The world is torn apart by something we cannot even see. Millions of lives have been lost; others who survive the COVID attack areRead more …Words often spoken, but go unheard originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 20, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/michele-luckenbaugh" rel="tag" > Michele Luckenbaugh < /a > < /span > Tags: Patient COVID Source Type: blogs

What I learned about medicine in the House of Pain [PODCAST]
“Guiding kindly illustrates mentorship, whether it be in the dojo or in an academic medical setting. Regardless of one ’s stage in medical training, certain errors in patient management will be made … this is part of the learning process. It is the role of the mentor (i.e., attending physician to resident, resident to medical student,Read more …What I learned about medicine in the House of Pain [PODCAST] originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 20, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/the-podcast-by-kevinmd" rel="tag" > The Podcast by KevinMD < /a > < /span > Tags: Podcast Medical school Source Type: blogs

COVID vaccination: If not for yourself, then for the rest of us
“It’s my right not to be vaccinated. It’s my body.” So goes the argument for the COVID anti-vaxxers, emphasizing personal freedom taking precedence over everything else. Unfortunately, and perhaps unfairly, we health care providers do not have that same freedom; our profession requires us to perform our duties despite the risks to us. We placeRead more …COVID vaccination: If not for yourself, then for the rest of us originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 19, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/randall-s-fong" rel="tag" > Randall S. Fong, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Conditions COVID Source Type: blogs

How to combat imposter syndrome in medical school
When I was about to take my first quiz in medical school, I was convinced I would fail while everyone else felt prepared and would score perfectly. While I floundered to believe in my mastery of the material, my peers had seemed confident and secure. This couldn ’t be farther from the truth: I was indeedRead more …How to combat imposter syndrome in medical school originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 19, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/margaret-hogan-smoot" rel="tag" > Margaret Hogan Smoot < /a > < /span > Tags: Education Medical school Source Type: blogs

Can patients just say no to treatment?
When can a patient say“yes” or“no” to a recommended colonoscopy? A blood transfusion? A COVID vaccine? As 2022 opens, health officials predict a tsunami of new coronavirus cases worldwide due to the Omicron and Delta variants. For more than a year, official messaging has been that vaccination is the way out of theRead more …Can patients just say no to treatment? originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 19, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/charles-hebert" rel="tag" > Charles Hebert, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician COVID Source Type: blogs

A message to physician job recruiters: First impressions count
More than half of all physicians in the United States are employed by health care organizations, and the numbers have been trending upward since 2019. Recruiters who work for health systems are tasked with finding the best physicians available, and their roles have become more important than ever. In-house job recruiters, and recruiters contracted withRead more …A message to physician job recruiters: First impressions count originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 19, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/arthur-lazarus" rel="tag" > Arthur Lazarus, MD, MBA < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Hospital-Based Medicine Source Type: blogs

Culinary medicine and why clinicians should garden [PODCAST]
“For too long have gardeners allowed our food supply to be dependent on mysterious logistics. We have criminally allowed our own food growing capacity to be displaced. Growing something you eat and trading with people who grow what you don ’t are ways to be less reliant on Big Food and its failed connections and alsoRead more …Culinary medicine and why clinicians should garden [PODCAST] originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 19, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/the-podcast-by-kevinmd" rel="tag" > The Podcast by KevinMD < /a > < /span > Tags: Podcast Nutrition Source Type: blogs

It ’s time to rethink board recertification
Doctors are reporting an alarming rate of dissatisfaction and burnout, with some leaving the practice of medicine altogether. Administrators and insurance companies are often blamed; however, our own professional organizations impose a significant portion of the problem. Several years ago, Danielle Ofri wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about how doctors’ precious timeRead more …It’s time to rethink board recertification originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 18, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/olapeju-simoyan" rel="tag" > Olapeju Simoyan, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Primary Care Source Type: blogs

The real value of high-value care
When newly admitted medical students enroll in their respective programs, they participate in the cherished White Coat Ceremony, in which they eagerly vow to stop at nothing to help patients —to go above and beyond to provide the highest quality care to any and every individual who needs it. Though this aspiration is not overtly naïve,Read more …The real value of high-value care originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 18, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/julia-canick-and-walter-lee" rel="tag" > Julia Canick and Walter Lee, MD, MHS < /a > < /span > Tags: Policy Public Health & Source Type: blogs

The painful anniversary of Dr. Susan Moore
“You have to show proof that you have something wrong with you in order for you to get the medicine. I put forth, and I maintain that if I was white, I wouldn’t have to go through that.” – Dr. Susan Moore. In a 7-minute-and-22-second Facebook video documenting her treatment at a suburban hospital inRead more …The painful anniversary of Dr. Susan Moore originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 18, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/sophie-m-balzora" rel="tag" > Sophie M. Balzora, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Conditions COVID Hospital-Based Medicine Source Type: blogs

How do we embrace the plot twists in our life?
The most memorable books have twists, turns, and surprises. A plot twist is a literary technique involving a radical change in an expected outcome. It involves withholding critical information until the time is right, changing our perception of preceding or current events. There are often hints along the way, foreshadowing what is to come, butRead more …How do we embrace the plot twists in our life? originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 18, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/amy-vertrees" rel="tag" > Amy Vertrees, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Practice Management Surgery Source Type: blogs

Analyzing the deficit of African-Americans in academic medicine [PODCAST]
“The lack of diversity in academic medicine is a significant issue that can compromise our patients ’ health and the education of our training clinicians. There is a vicious cycle in which there are few black academic physicians, leading to seemingly fewer available mentors for black students, which in turn leads to even less of themRead more …Analyzing the deficit of African-Americans in academic medicine [PODCAST] originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 18, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/the-podcast-by-kevinmd" rel="tag" > The Podcast by KevinMD < /a > < /span > Tags: Podcast Medical school Source Type: blogs

The letter this physician wants to write to her patients
Before there was doom-scrolling, there were sad books. For me, it was Chapter 18 in Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman. The chapter is a fictional portrayal of Mr. Grossman imagining his mother’s last words. The protagonist —modeled on the author—and their two mothers have the same fate at the hands of the Nazis. I triedRead more …The letter this physician wants to write to her patients originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 17, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/yuliya-malayev" rel="tag" > Yuliya Malayev, DO, MPH < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician COVID Source Type: blogs

This physician is running for U.S. Senate. Here is his health plan outline.
Martin Luther King once said,“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” Sadly, this remains true today. Instead of simply providing the care one needs, access to care varies based on wealth, status, and the type of insurance product a person has. I have been workingRead more …This physician is running for U.S. Senate. Here is his health plan outline. originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 17, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/kevin-m-baumlin" rel="tag" > Kevin M. Baumlin, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Policy Public Health & Source Type: blogs

A booster shot of humility
Since the first cases of COVID-19 started trickling into the U.S. in January 2020 (or December, depending on what sources you believe), leaders have made confident statements promising containment, to eradicate the virus, to provide resources for hospitals in need, to research and identify treatments that work, etc. I think that we can agree thatRead more …A booster shot of humility originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 17, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/nathan-c-armerding" rel="tag" > Nathan C. Armerding, DO < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician COVID Source Type: blogs

The physician and the podcast interview
As I plug in the microphone and check the link, I imagine them on the mountain, kicking frozen boots into the night ice as the wind explodes over the ridge and rifles through the down of their parkas. I imagine the anemic glow of Jeff ’s headlamp against the expanse of the Himalayas and Erik bendingRead more …The physician and the podcast interview originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 17, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/benjamin-rattray" rel="tag" > Benjamin Rattray, DO, MBA < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Public Health & Policy Source Type: blogs

Empathy and decreasing medical liability [PODCAST]
“Through empathy-based training, physicians and other health care providers learn the skills to have honest informed consent discussions without causing undo fear, while also preparing patients for all possible outcomes. Empathic skills make for better physicians, better communications, and better conversations for all outcomes. With a strong alliance, a reduction in medical professional liability claimsRead more …Empathy and decreasing medical liability [PODCAST] originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 17, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/the-podcast-by-kevinmd" rel="tag" > The Podcast by KevinMD < /a > < /span > Tags: Podcast Malpractice Source Type: blogs

Let ’s talk residency: COVID edition
It is 2022, and the COVID-19 pandemic is still unrelenting, with no end in sight. Health care workers have been challenged mentally, physically, and emotionally. Sadly, some may never fully understand the struggles of many medical professionals, especially residents. It is no new news that residents have historically been underpaid and overworked. However, what isRead more …Let ’s talk residency: COVID edition originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 16, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/angela-awad-and-catherine-tawfik" rel="tag" > Angela Awad and Catherine Tawfik < /a > < /span > Tags: Education Residency Source Type: blogs

My father and a gallon of wine: an executive and alcoholic
An executive father. Alcoholism. And that gallon of wine. As I walked through the wine section at the grocery store, I spotted one of those gallon jugs of wine. I was searching for Christmas presents for my friends. But that brand glared at me. Daddy — my IBM executive father. We loved him so. ButRead more …My father and a gallon of wine: an executive and alcoholic originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 16, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/debbie-moore-black" rel="tag" > Debbie Moore-Black, RN < /a > < /span > Tags: Conditions Psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Legal challenge from Disability Rights Texas may have repercussions in schools across the country
Parents of disabled children together with Disability Rights Texas won a ruling in November that could have ramifications well beyond the state of Texas. In July, Texas Governor Abbot issued an executive order, GA-38, that prohibited schools from instituting a mask mandate. He insisted that whether a child should be compelled to wear a maskRead more …Legal challenge from Disability Rights Texas may have repercussions in schools across the country originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 16, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/eva-kittay" rel="tag" > Eva Kittay, PhD < /a > < /span > Tags: Policy Public Health & Source Type: blogs

Pay heed to the little life traumas that hit us daily
In a world where everything is fast-paced, I believe we miss out on some stuff that deserves our attention. Just like we need to stop and smell the roses, we need to stop and pay heed to the little life traumas that hit us daily.  For today, I will jot down the list of small thingsRead more …Pay heed to the little life traumas that hit us daily originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 16, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/dr-natasha-khalid" rel="tag" > Dr. Natasha Khalid < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Hospital-Based Medicine Source Type: blogs

Superheroes can have disabilities, too [PODCAST]
“Today, more students are disclosing and speaking out about their disability and how their disability is an asset to their way of learning and what they can bring to their field. Across college campuses, more student-led organizations are forming to promote initiatives to identify and remove structural and systematic barriers to ensure equal access inRead more …Superheroes can have disabilities, too [PODCAST] originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 16, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/the-podcast-by-kevinmd" rel="tag" > The Podcast by KevinMD < /a > < /span > Tags: Podcast Medical school Source Type: blogs

I am tired of the racism that remains embedded in our culture
A 2012 letter to Mr. Leonard Pitts, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. I am not sure why I feel so compelled to write you. You probably will not even see this email, but I still must do so. I am a 56-year-old Christian white male physician living in North Carolina. I am a graduate of theRead more …I am tired of the racism that remains embedded in our culture originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 15, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/andy-lamb" rel="tag" > Andy Lamb, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Public Health & Policy Source Type: blogs

When retirement is code for “You’re fired!”
A colleague announces he is retiring. Unknown at the time is the fact that there were a series of fires and suicides committed by patients at the psychiatric facility where he was chief medical officer during the year prior to his departure. State investigators condemned the incidents and found an array of policy failures andRead more …When retirement is code for“You’re fired!” originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 15, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/arthur-lazarus" rel="tag" > Arthur Lazarus, MD, MBA < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Hospital-Based Medicine Practice Management Source Type: blogs

Expertise is the backbone of successful spine treatment
People who experience debilitating back pain come to their doctors with one pressing question: Do I need back surgery? Often, they are surprised to hear me, a neurosurgeon, answer, “No.” In many cases, physical therapy, pain management, weight loss management, and physiatry can help people to delay – and in some cases avoid – backRead more …Expertise is the backbone of successful spine treatment originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 15, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/hoag-memorial-hospital-presbyterian" rel="tag" > Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian < /a > < /span > Tags: Conditions Neurosurgery Orthopedics Source Type: blogs

Did the unvaccinated just save my rural hospital?
It’s no secret that rural hospitals have been struggling. According to online data from the University of North Carolina, 137 rural hospitals have closed in the U.S. since 2010. In Appalachia, the rural hospital where I work, which is staffed by a single hospitalist, has been“in the crosshairs” since I arrived in 2016 andRead more …Did the unvaccinated just save my rural hospital? originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 15, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/david-m-mitchell" rel="tag" > David M. Mitchell, MD, PhD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician COVID Hospital-Based Medicine Source Type: blogs

What medicine can learn from the antiwork movement [PODCAST]
“The classic thinking has always been that a career in medicine is more than just a job; it is a passion, a calling, an anchor of identity. There is a pervasive stigma in medicine against the self-advocacy of the worker. Bedside care providers who push back against their work/life imbalance are often made to feelRead more …What medicine can learn from the antiwork movement [PODCAST] originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 15, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/the-podcast-by-kevinmd" rel="tag" > The Podcast by KevinMD < /a > < /span > Tags: Podcast Practice Management Source Type: blogs

COVID-19 vaccination: the Latinx experience
Almost two years since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have confronted the illness and loss of millions of lives and the sad and dangerous reality of having a health care system and a society full of moral gaps, inequities, and disparities. This unprecedented and complex situation challenged all of us on many levels.Read more …COVID-19 vaccination: the Latinx experience originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 14, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/miriam-zylberglait-lisigurski-and-ricardo-correa" rel="tag" > Miriam Zylberglait Lisigurski, MD and Ricardo Correa, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Conditions COVID Source Type: blogs

Get familiar with the 2021/2022 coding changes
In my previous article, we covered 5 proven ways to use 2021/2022 CPT coding changes to leverage your time, team, and outsourcing capabilities to grow your practice and improve patient outcomes. In this article, we’ll dive into specific examples of 2021/2022 CPT coding changes that can help you expand your practice and billables in 2022Read more …Get familiar with the 2021/2022 coding changes originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 14, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/james-maskell" rel="tag" > James Maskell < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Primary Care Source Type: blogs

My left foot is fine. My left arm? Well, maybe not so much.
It began simply enough. There were 12 of us at the spacious table, gathered for a tasty, albeit unconventional Christmas meal of soup and salad. My adult son was seated to my immediate left. Meal completed, compliments and gratitude expressed to the preparer, my son turned to the fellow on my right.“You want someRead more …My left foot is fine. My left arm? Well, maybe not so much. originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 14, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/samuel-m-chen" rel="tag" > Samuel M. Chen, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Primary Care Source Type: blogs

8 scary financial mistakes physicians make with their money
Are you a physician who is having financial difficulties? Doctors are at unusually high risk of making scary financial blunders in their personal lives because they are high-income professionals. Despite having a higher-than-average income, physicians can nevertheless develop unhealthy financial habits that will cost them in the long run. Physicians can easily fall into anyRead more …8 scary financial mistakes physicians make with their money originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 14, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/lyle-solomon" rel="tag" > Lyle Solomon < /a > < /span > Tags: Finance Practice Management Source Type: blogs

Our patients become an inextricable part of our lives [PODCAST]
“The weekend after Isabelle ’s discharge, I take my shoes outside onto the driveway. The sky is a brilliant blue, and green tinges of leaves poke through shells of buds; the wind slips through my fleece. I scrub the spots of blood with an antibacterial wipe, and tan shoe polish comes off instead, leaving the burgundyRead more …Our patients become an inextricable part of our lives [PODCAST] originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 14, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/the-podcast-by-kevinmd" rel="tag" > The Podcast by KevinMD < /a > < /span > Tags: Podcast Critical Care Pediatrics Source Type: blogs

Why we should celebrate the Great Resignation
There’s a lot of hubbub about The Great Resignation right now. Millions of Americans are quitting their jobs each month. It’s happening in medicine and other sectors such as education, tech, and fast food. Interestingly, it’s not the typical younger employees driving the massive numbers; it’s mid-career workers. In our household, we have seen bothRead more …Why we should celebrate the Great Resignation originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 13, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/wendy-schofer" rel="tag" > Wendy Schofer, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Practice Management Source Type: blogs

A new boon for Big Data and patient care
Big Data in medicine is the data analysis of large amounts of patient medical information to improve medical care. Analysis of data may be used to pick the best intervention for a patient based upon care outcomes of similar patients or to evaluate physicians. The primary source of patient medical information is patient medical records,Read more …A new boon for Big Data and patient care originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 13, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/michael-r-mcguire" rel="tag" > Michael R. McGuire < /a > < /span > Tags: Policy Health IT Source Type: blogs

Listening to pain in our younger patients
As a family physician for more than 40 years, I have seen countless patients struggling to alleviate chronic pain, with far too many turning to self-destructive coping methods such as alcohol and opioids. Unfortunately, the struggle with chronic pain isn’t going away – and more alarming is the fact that those suffering from it areRead more …Listening to pain in our younger patients originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 13, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/wayne-b-jonas" rel="tag" > Wayne B. Jonas, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Conditions Pain Management Source Type: blogs

3 New Year ’s resolutions that always get results
In a world of delightfully fit health coaches who gleefully snack on kale chips during the holidays, I am not one of them! I like to splurge. Holiday cookies are my weakness, and pecan balls did not disappoint this season! Did you stray from your health goals? I am right there with you. But asRead more …3 New Year’s resolutions that always get results originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 13, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/michelle-housel" rel="tag" > Michelle Housel, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Practice Management Source Type: blogs

How to end the misinformation pandemic [PODCAST]
“The way to do this is by recognizing the power of words. I don ’t mean fervently declaring one’s position and arguing why those who disagree are wrong. There has been way too much of this, and health professionals are no exception. Rather what’s needed to deliver the best health outcomes for the most people isRead more …How to end the misinformation pandemic [PODCAST] originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 13, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/the-podcast-by-kevinmd" rel="tag" > The Podcast by KevinMD < /a > < /span > Tags: Podcast COVID Source Type: blogs

COVID-19 and the Tuskegee syphilis study
Despite health professionals’ efforts at conveying the effectiveness of immunization, many African Americans remain skeptical about the COVID-19 vaccine. Getting to the root of this distrust is critical as the Delta and Omicron variants stoke up the number of positive COVID-19 cases across the United States. And the spread of the virus is not uniform.Read more …COVID-19 and the Tuskegee syphilis study originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 12, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/bintou-diarra" rel="tag" > Bintou Diarra < /a > < /span > Tags: Meds COVID Public Health & Policy Source Type: blogs

The world according to Steinbeck
So I am on the road again — sort of. What I do is work away from home, which isn’t quite the same thing. Where I work as a radiologist is not within commuting distance, so I stay at a nearby hotel. In general, that has worked out fairly well. Not long ago, however, whenRead more …The world according to Steinbeck originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 12, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/samuel-m-chen" rel="tag" > Samuel M. Chen, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Emergency Medicine Source Type: blogs

Good morning and thank you for flying SkyAnesthesia
This article is satire. Good morning and thank you for flying SkyAnesthesia. I am your flight attendant, Dr. Jablonski, and my co-pilot this morning will be Attending Dr. To-Be-Named. This Boston-based flight crew is honored to serve you. While our Team SkyAnesthesia, or TSA for short, does not utilize metal detectors, please remove all jewelryRead more …Good morning and thank you for flying SkyAnesthesia originally appeared inKevinMD.com. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 12, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/megan-jablonski" rel="tag" > Megan Jablonski, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Physician Anesthesiology Source Type: blogs