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Stephen Schimpff, MD

Columbia, Maryland
Graduate of Yale Medical School, Yale New Haven Hospital internal medicine residency, 13 years at the National Cancer Institute and remainder of career at the University of Maryland Medical System and School of Medicine. Professor of medicine and public policy. COO of multiple hospital system and... Full Bio
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Frustrations Among Primary Care Physicians Should Be a Wakeup Call by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Primary care physicians (PCPs) are incredibly frustrated. This level of frustration should be a wakeup call. The greatest frustration is “Time, time, time”- or ... Read on »
What Are the Characteristics of a Good Primary Care Physician? by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy PCPs like people. This was true of them long before they started medical school and it will have only blossomed further during training. Ask PCPs, as I have wit ... Read on »
Time - The Impediment to Being a Good Primary Care Doctor by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Did you get more than a few minutes with your doctor at your last visit? Probably not. Why not? Not enough time. The primary care physician (PCP) is the most ... Read on »
The Doctor’s Customer Is The Insurer - Shouldn't It Be The Patient? by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy You the patient are really not the customer of your primary care physician. Since the insurer will determine whether and how much the physician will be paid for a ... Read on »
The Paradox In American Healthcare by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy We have a real paradox in American healthcare. On the one hand we have exceptionally well educated and well trained providers who are committed to our care. We ar ... Read on »
Lack of Listening is the Core Problem in American Health Care by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Crisis in Primary Care – Part 4 There is and will be a need for many more primary care physicians (PCPs).Why? There is a shortage now and it will be exacer ... Read on »
Why Is There A Critical Shortage of Primary Care Physicians? by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Primary care physicians (PCPs) are becoming extinct.  It’s true. Not many medical students choose primary care as their career path. Older PCPs are retiring early ... Read on »
Causes of the Crisis in Primary Care by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Crisis in Primary Care –Part 2 Primary care physicians (PCPs) have too little time per patient which means too many referrals to specialists, too little ... Read on »
The Meaning And Depth of the Primary Care Crisis by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Crisis in Primary Care – Part 1 of a Series The primary care physician (PCP) should be the backbone of the American healthcare system. But primary care i ... Read on »
How Many Patients Should A Primary Care Physician Care For? by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The answer is probably about 1000 or less. But most primary care physicians (PCPs) have a panel of perhaps 2,500 patients and often more.  Why the dichotomy ... Read on »
Small Businesses And The Not So Affordable Care Act by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Affordable Care Act is not so affordable if you own or if you are an employee of a small business. Here is why. Consider the owner of a small service busi ... Read on »
Cheap Drugs From Canada– Good Idea? by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The price of drugs comes from a perverse system and what you as a patient pay is equally perverse. Let’s consider a few examples. Older people often develop ac ... Read on »
Nanomedicine - A Key Component to the Future of Medicine by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Nanotechnology is making fast advances in medicine. I have written about it before here and in "The Future of Medicine - Megatrends in Healthcare." A nanometer is one bil ... Read on »
Have You Had Your Colonoscopy Yet? –A Ludicrous Colonoscopy Rule and the ACA by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy “An ounce of prevention” we all know is good medicine. An example is colonoscopy. It was time for mine so after some lengthy procrastination I called and set up a ... Read on »
A “Grand Bargain” To Improve Quality and Decrease Medicare Costs by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy There are just a few key reasons why Medicare has become inordinately expensive. There is no end in sight for cost escalation. But there are some obvious soluti ... Read on »
Medicare and the Continuing Loss of Primary Care Physicians by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Primary care physicians (PCPs) have been marginalized by Medicare for decades with low reimbursement rates for routine office visits which has led to the 15-20 minute o ... Read on »
Republicans’ Medicare Fix – Defined Benefit Becomes Defined Contribution by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Republicans’ proposals for Medicare are quite different than the Democrats’ in that they begin with fundamental structural changes that will convert Medicare from ... Read on »
Democrats Fix For Medicare –Price Controls by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The two party’s approaches are quite different. The Democrats’ plans are contained generally in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and for the most part are based on ... Read on »
Medicare Is Not Free, As Many Would Believe. by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A retired couple can expect to spend about $6000 per year (or more) for Medicare. And since Medicare does not “cover” all costs, there will be added expenses as ... Read on »
“Why Are Medicare Costs Rising So Fast? – It’s Actually Not Complicated” by Stephen Schimpff, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy My last post was the beginning of a primer on Medicare. Medicare covers about 50 million older Americans for general health care and covers about 75% of covered ... Read on »