Practice

Making Sense of COVID-19 Clusters

A great deal of medicine can be boiled down to basic pattern recognition.  Advance knowledge enables one to be better prepared—forewarned is forearmed.   Supportive interventions instituted at home, the hospital or even the intensive care unit, could improve patient survival.  After learning more about this research, the fact I had “flu-like” symptoms without a fever, was oddly reassuring. Hopefully, readers will find this information as comforting as I did.  Thankfully, my test came back negative.  And I will never take smelling my gardenias for granted again.

2020-09-05T22:50:09+00:00September 5, 2020|Categories: Patient, Practice|Tags: , |

A Ray of Hope for Small Business: The Paycheck Protection Program

While most Americans believe that the little guys with the big hearts should win, our economy has veered off in a completely different direction: since the 1980s, the Potters have been crushing the Baileys of the world. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacted a heavy toll on the nation’s small businesses. What happens when “little guys,” like the Baileys, see no end in sight to an unrelenting viral assault?

2020-05-26T01:13:59+00:00May 1, 2020|Categories: Policy, Practice|Tags: , , , |

The Harsh Reality Faced by Healthcare Workers on the Front Line

No one asks the soldier whether she is afraid to die. That is her job. Healthcare workers are not afraid of dying, but like all parents, they fear leaving their children without a mother or father. Last night, my son asked me the question I have been dreading. “What if you and daddy die of Covid-19?”

2020-05-23T22:54:21+00:00March 27, 2020|Categories: Physician, Practice|Tags: , , , , |

What You Need to Know About Covid-19

To be honest, our lives will not be saved by the government. And lives will not be saved by elected officials or large institutions. Lives will not be saved by a miracle vaccine this year either. Lives will be saved by everyday decisions made by responsible citizens in Washington State and the rest of the nation.

2020-05-23T22:53:36+00:00March 12, 2020|Categories: Patient, Physician, Practice|Tags: , , , |

The B & O Tax Increase Harms the Independent Physician

Research shows that physician-owned practices provide better quality of care. For example, in comparison to organizations employing more than 100 physicians, practices with 3 to 9 physicians had 27% fewer preventable hospital admissions and those comprised of one or two physicians had 33% fewer preventable hospital admissions. Fewer days spent in the hospital leads to fewer bills for consumers to pay.

2020-05-26T02:28:56+00:00April 16, 2019|Categories: Policy, Practice|Tags: , , , , |

When Doctors Need Our Help: Do No Harm, a Film

In the United States, 400 physicians commit suicide annually – an average of one per day. Physicians have the highest rate of suicide of any profession; almost double that of the general population. While physician suicide has reached epidemic proportions, the general public is relatively unaware of this tragic phenomenon. Robyn Simon has produced a documentary film, Do No Harm, to shed light on this taboo topic.

2020-05-26T02:40:19+00:00March 21, 2019|Categories: Physician, Practice|Tags: , , , , , |

MedStar Franklin Square Hospital: The Case Against Global Capitation

The unforeseen casualty in this story is the pediatric department at MedStar Franklin Square Hospital. On April 3rd, 2018, MedStar abruptly announced all pediatric inpatient care and emergency services were closing, effective April 6th, and all pediatric staff, including eight physicians, were terminated. Sadly, Baltimore County is home to some of the nations’ most vulnerable families, struggling with high rates of drug addiction, domestic violence, and poverty.