Monthly Archives: December 2018

Reflecting on the state of global anesthesia

179 Shares Share Tweet Share A guest column by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, exclusive to KevinMD.com. I imagine every physician anesthesiologist has experienced drug or equipment shortages in the last year. How frustrating that even in the world’s largest health care system, basic medications can be unavailable. However, when I step back and look at the … Continue reading

To do population health right, think about individuals

12 Shares Share Tweet Share How do we change the way we think about taking care of patients, particularly when it comes to not the individual patient sitting in front of us, but a whole population of patients just like them (or somewhat like them)? In our practice, we have been struggling with how to … Continue reading

Seasoned medical professionals prescribe new medicines sparingly

15 Shares Share Tweet Share I prescribe heartburn medicines every day. There’s a gaggle of them now — Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, Protonix — to name a few. As far as experts know, their primary effect is to reduce the production of stomach acid. This is why they are so effective at putting out your heartburn … Continue reading

After a partial retirement, what this physician misses the most

225 Shares Share Tweet Share This weekend was bliss.  I went from Friday night to Monday morning without a single phone call.  No nursing homes were needing to send a patient to the emergency room: no new fevers or unexpected falls.  I can honestly say that it is the first time in more than a … Continue reading

Reflecting on the state of global anesthesia

104 Shares Share Tweet Share A guest column by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, exclusive to KevinMD.com. I imagine every physician anesthesiologist has experienced drug or equipment shortages in the last year. How frustrating that even in the world’s largest health care system, basic medications can be unavailable. However, when I step back and look at the … Continue reading

To do population health right, think about individuals

12 Shares Share Tweet Share How do we change the way we think about taking care of patients, particularly when it comes to not the individual patient sitting in front of us, but a whole population of patients just like them (or somewhat like them)? In our practice, we have been struggling with how to … Continue reading

Seasoned medical professionals prescribe new medicines sparingly

15 Shares Share Tweet Share I prescribe heartburn medicines every day. There’s a gaggle of them now — Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid, Protonix — to name a few. As far as experts know, their primary effect is to reduce the production of stomach acid. This is why they are so effective at putting out your heartburn … Continue reading

After a partial retirement, what this physician misses the most

225 Shares Share Tweet Share This weekend was bliss.  I went from Friday night to Monday morning without a single phone call.  No nursing homes were needing to send a patient to the emergency room: no new fevers or unexpected falls.  I can honestly say that it is the first time in more than a … Continue reading

5 anomalies about compensation physicians should know about

23 Shares Share Tweet Share The term “physician compensation” could be among the top phrases in health care this year. Though it’s always been a hot topic, it got hotter when the Trump administration announced a proposal that would affect nearly 40 percent of Medicare payments. That plan would replace a fee scale that compensated doctors more … Continue reading

Health care professionals must always be on their A game

19 Shares Share Tweet Share I was having dinner with somebody not so long ago, and the conversation turned to what life is like as a physician. I always find it interesting to have these conversations with people who are not in the medical field, especially those who have got their ideas from watching medical … Continue reading