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Pig in a Poke Health Reform

By UWE REINHARDT From a political perspective, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s trashing of ObamaCare (a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act or ACC) during CNN’s recent town hall meeting probably was quite effective. One would, of course, not expect a staunch political opponent of ObamaCare to render a “fair and balanced” picture of the program, to plagiarize

Hidden Figures and the Ambitious Working Mother

An early scene in Hidden Figures shows an exhausted Katherine Goble (Taraji Henson) returning to her well-appointed suburban house, hours after sundown. Her NASA colleagues and friends Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) have dropped her off before continuing on to their own houses. Show More Summary

No, Trump’s America Won’t Be The Hunger Games

Earlier this month, in a final sketch as President Barack Obama’s ever-exasperated “anger translator” on The Daily Show, comedian Keegan-Michael Key compared the dawn of Donald Trump’s presidency to a certain popular book-cum-movie franchise. Show More Summary

Barren walls: When passion becomes a business

I bought my first house a few days before starting my second year of residency in St Louis. It was a townhome: two bedrooms, one and a half baths, hardwood floors and lots of wall space. So much wall space, in fact, that I immediately began to look for ways to adorn all those barren […]

Betsy DeVos Is Not a Mainstream School Reformer

Ahead of Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing Tuesday to be President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of education, multiple media outlets offered helpful explainers on the “ loaded lingo ” and specialty terms in debates about America’s schools. Show More Summary

The Impossible Price of Going to College

The largest college alumni group in the country consists of people who have student debt and no degree. There have always, of course, been more students entering college than graduating, entrants who found freedom or beer or Math 101 too challenging to surmount. Show More Summary

PBMI 22nd Annual Drug Benefit Conference

PBMI 22nd Annual Drug Benefit ConferenceMarch 6 – March 8, 2017 | Orlando, FloridaLocation: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal OrlandoThe conference will kick off with an opening speech by Scott Gottlieb, M.D. Dr. Gottlieb is a practicing physician and Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Show More Summary

The debate over how many hours an intern can work misses the point

I still don’t know how I did it.  I don’t know how I got through life as a lower-level neurosurgery resident.  I vividly remember the horrific call nights and weekends.  There are certain sensations you get when you have gone weeks without more than two or three hours of sleep at a time.  It wasn’t […]

A Plea to President Obama: Pardon Edward Snowden

The constitutional pardon power is best known for its association with historic events like Watergate, which is why it is generally discussed in terms of the worthiness of its beneficiaries, rather than the god-like authority it vests in the president alone. Show More Summary

Health IT VC Funding Tops $5.6B in 2016: 10 Things to Know

Health IT VC funding set a new milestone in 2016 as it eclipsed $5 billion in 622 deals, compared to $4.6 billion raised in 2015 in 574 deals, according to that latest report from Mercom Capital Group. The report finds that total corporate funding in health IT companies – including debt and public market financing... Read More

With MACRA Rule, What’s Next for Meaningful Use in 2017?

Editor’s Note: Michael Nusimow is the CEO and Co-founder of drchrono, an EHR, practice management, medical billing and healthcare API platform that focuses on iPad, iPhone and web.  Michael has been working in information technology for over 15 years and implemented components of the Bloomberg Terminal, used by customers worldwide.  Despite all of the changes... Read More

I Think It Is Important We All Express Our View On This. Time Is Running Out.

This appeared a little while ago.National Digital Health Strategy consultation: What have we learned so far? Created on Friday, 13 January 2017 How should Australia take advantage of the opportunities that new technologies offer to improve...Show More Summary

My primary care doctor sent me to the emergency department

My wife who is eight months pregnant went to a routine prenatal appointment last week. She told the OB doctor that she was concerned she had pink eye. OB providers, along with pediatrics, family medicine, and internal medicine all constitute primary care providers (PCP) and pink eye is a common primary care condition. Surprisingly, the […]

Obesity and empathy: A physician’s New Year’s resolution

Empathy is the cornerstone of quality patient care. It is no surprise that the fundamental moral code that has facilitated human kindness for thousands of years is what drives physicians to commit to their oath today: Treat others as you would have yourself treated. When it comes to the disease that is obesity, I can […]

An order of ceviche, please. With a hospital visit on the side.

It’s October, and I’m a second-year medical student. My best friend Carly and I have just finished a backpacking trip through South America. We fly out tomorrow from Lima, Peru, and we have just one thing left to do: eat shrimp ceviche, the classic South American dish of raw seafood marinated in lime or lemon […]

A millennial’s guide to medical school

When I started medical school, I believed the challenges would be purely academic: a rigorous four-year chapter in my life, with a shiny MD on the last page. I had no idea it would alter the very core of how I approach the world. I came to medical school immediately after undergrad — a path […]

3 ways you can advocate for better health care

Being sick is a horrible enough time without having to worry about how much it’s going to cost you. Unfortunately, the United States is unique among developed nations in not ensuring that the populace has a safety net that will protect them against exorbitant personal health care expenses. It’s a terrible thing to have to […]

A day in the life of a radiologist

“Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave, and it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way.” – Alice Childress, American playwright, actor, author (1912-1994) I am awakened in the wee hours by the sound of rain.  Ordinarily I would return to bed in hope of […]

Trump’s Team Is Shaping Up to Be Dangerously Incoherent

Liberals, and even many conservatives, are finding some relief in the hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet, as nominee after nominee repudiates his most extreme and heterodox positions. The New York Times last week unexpectedly...Show More Summary

At Scott Pruitt’s Confirmation Hearing, Science Will Be on Trial

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt may be a climate change denier, but that alone won’t derail his nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. So when confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s controversial pick begin on January 18, you can expect to hear a lot about mercury. Show More Summary

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