Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

Email tells feds to make sequester as painful as promised.

AMA: taxpayers have no right to know how much the government pays doctors.

Medicare Trustee: the federal government is unlikely to keep its Medicaid promises.

Caesarian births range for 7 percent at one hospital to 70 percent at another.

Nearly one-third of doctors using the EHR system reported having missed or failed to follow up on key electronic alerts about patient test results.

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  1. Kurt Hahn says:

    PRICE OF DRUGS COULD BE CUT 50% SaAVING MEDICARE $650 BILLION Aboutv 5 years ago the forner Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine urged reversal of the Clinton era approval of prescription drug advertising and a more rational approach of approval of new drug patents. During the Obamacare debate several Republicans advocated a similiar approach rather than cutting Medicare funding. There remains bi partisan support for this idea.

  2. Louise says:

    Just guessing based on a real cursory read of that C-Section article, but it seems to me that elective C-Sections probably account for a lot of that variation.

    As women’s workforce involvement increases and reaches higher levels, it’s tempting to take some of the guesswork out of due dates by simply planning to have a baby on ‘x’ day. I’d imagine the prevalence increases by region and also by how willing doctors are to give in to patients who request this service.

  3. Dallas says:

    It’s sad that both political parties are so investing in making the other side’s decisions look disastrous that they’d go so far as to purposely hype the negative consequences of any particular initiative, like the sequester. Shame on them. You know who really suffers? The American people.

  4. Sam Hall says:

    “Email tells feds to make sequester as painful as promised.”

    It is painful to be a young professional during this period with a broken government system and tons of disillusion and uncertainty.

  5. Anthony Sombers says:

    “Professor Kozhimannil said she suspected that the vast patchwork of health management techniques was driving the variation, including how patients are admitted, how their labor is managed and how hospitals and clinicians are paid for the work.”

    Caesarian outcomes driven by health management, broken management that is.

  6. Christian Boozer says:

    AMA: taxpayers have no right to know how much the government pays doctors.

    My bewilderment over this headline should be self-explanatory. We are tax….payers. Of course we have a right to know how much is spent on virtually everything except the most top secret. With Medicare and Medicaid comprising more than a third of the budget, I would like to see the audit of how those dollars are spent.

  7. B. Popplewell says:

    Nearly one-third of doctors using the EHR system reported having missed or failed to follow up on key electronic alerts about patient test results.

    Interesting. We spend billions to digitize health records and develop health IT only to find out that digital reports for doctors get ignored. This information overload is due to a total innudation of technology in daily life.

    “Of course, doctors have plenty of trouble tracking masses of test results on faxes and paper, too. The research letter does not address the rate at which providers missed or overlooked test result information when using solely paper records for patients.

    But still, 87 percent of the health providers surveyed said they found the number of alerts to be “excessive.” And about 70 percent said they were getting more notifications than they found manageable, according to the research letter.”

    So is the study suggesting that doctors just aren’t paying enough attention? Or that they have too many patients? Surely this will get worse in 2014.

  8. Samantha says:

    Nearly one-third of doctors using the EHR system reported having missed or failed to follow up on key electronic alerts about patient test results.

    This sounds more like a lack of attention to electronic medical records from physicians. This makes me think that electronic health records can be very functional and become very useful if they are properly use by the respective instituions. However, if these people don’t know how to make the most of them and how to efficiently evaluate them and use them, then what’s the point of spending all this money and time on health IT if at the end of the day physicians seem to be falling behind on their duties? Doctors need to be able to keep track with technology. Otherwise, all these medical advances are pointless.

  9. Omar says:

    Caesarian births range for 7 percent at one hospital to 70 percent at another.

    Caesarian birth deliveries are more convenient and less painful to mothers, not to mention safer in many cases. I’m not surprised rates have gone up in the past several years. Expect them to go up even more in the upcoming years, especially with all the options that these mothers-to-be have when it comes to releiving the pain and making the entire birthing process more pleasant for them and their babies.

  10. Bubba says:

    Email tells feds to make sequester as painful as promised. That horrible! The federal government could cut 3% from the budget without breaking a sweat. Just about every department in a private company has to do that on an annual basis.

  11. H. James Prince says:

    Sequester as painful as possible:

    Are you all angry enough to do something yet? This is infuriating – attacking the American Citizen’s pocketbook to prove a perverse point. Dreadful.