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New CMS Pick No Better Than Berwick, Doctors Say

Donald Berwick, M.D., Obama’s recess appointee to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has resigned rather than face a Senate confirmation hearing. He would have faced intense questioning about his affection for […]

Practice Guidelines Fail – Again!

By Richard Amerling, M.D., Yet another expensive drug has been withdrawn from the market, even though it was “recommended” in a prestigious “practice guideline.” This month’s casualty is Eli Lilly’s Xigris (drotrecogin alfa). A large […]

Your Medical Privacy–Another Obamacare Casualty

By: Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. It was a sad day recently when a married menopausal woman learned that her recent Pap test was positive for human papilloma virus (HPV). “How could this happen?” she asked. […]

Earth to Berwick and Emanuel

By: Tamzin Rosenwasser, M.D. Donald Berwick, in charge of Medicare and Medicaid, says “Too many Americans are being harmed by care that is supposed to help them.” I say “Too many Americans are being harmed […]

Mature Physicians May Quit Rather than Recertify

While most physicians are genuinely dedicated to constantly improving their skills, increasingly costly bureaucratic demands for recertification may cause many to say “Enough!” just as baby boomers retire and a physician shortage looms. In the […]

Premiums Up, Choices Down: The First Wave of Obamacare

By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D., Kaiser Family Foundation just released further bad news about the poorly named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). American families facing a bad economy, high unemployment, and crashing home […]