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What if Starbucks billed like ICD-10? by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Ah, yes, ICD-10 is coming!  Yes, the new coding system with 10 times more codes than the previous is slated to go live in 2011.  Much of the world now uses ICD-10 becaus ... Read on »
Billing for Phone Calls: Acceptable Practice or Reptilian Behavior? by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy My trusty health insurance, for which I pay handsomely, (yes, I am self-insured) sent me an email titled, “Calls could cost you.” It states that calling your physician m ... Read on »
Another One Bites the Dust: Dr. T. Leaves Primary Care by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I received a disturbing email from one of the doctors in my group, Dr T.  My group is made up of internists and family practice physicians that fill in locally through o ... Read on »
Resuscitating Primary Care: Part II by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy All right, pencils out, notebooks at the ready!  Quiz to follow!  Here is Part II of Resuscitating Primary Care.  At our last session, we noted the primary care was inde ... Read on »
Resuscitating Primary Care, Part I by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   As promised, I will turn my laser like focus to the task of “fixing” primary care.  I will examine both micro and macro ways of doing this, coming up with to do lis ... Read on »
Black Tuesday For Primary Care: Why Physicians Would Rather Do Anything Else by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I have been in practice for 15 years, and most of my colleagues hate primary care.  (Remember, I come from a cohort of internists, the ones that should be the defenders ... Read on »
Handoffs or Fumbles: Transferring Care Amongst Physicians by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy There are many patient hand offs during EVERY physician’s day.  Primary care physicians hand their patients off to ED docs, who in turn hand them off to hospitalists or ... Read on »
The Medicare No Pay, Never Ever List by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced 10 hospital acquired conditions for which it will not reimburse.  The no pay rule has been in effect since Octob ... Read on »
PookieMD Airlines: How aviation check lists apply to medicine by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I am married to an electrical engineer that loves to fly around in a small airplane.  Because I hang out with him, I’ve been forced to observe the intricacies of not cra ... Read on »
Don’t Recoil: Marketing Your Practice by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Yes, we will talk business today.  No more fluff on being efficient, knowing where the speculum is, and handing out tricolor business cards.  Let’s get to the meat of it ... Read on »
Taking on the JAMA JDs by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Being the socially responsible, business minded physician that I am,  (NO this is not an oxymoron!), I read with interest the commentary from  the Jama, October 15, 2008 ... Read on »
10 Ways to Waste Money in Primary Care by Dr. Marica P. Medical Doctor Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Continuing on the primary care waste theme  (no, primary care is NOT a waste!),  I would like to give you my 10 top ways that primary care physicians waste money.  10 ... Read on »