Negotiating Healthcare Issues with Legislators
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Negotiating Healthcare Issues with Legislators

This post is about how physicians can successfully negotiate with legislators over health care issues. Many books have been written about the art of negotiating, and I am certainly not the person to write one about negotiating with legislators, but … Continue reading

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ISIS’ Most Dangerous Weapon: D. Trump
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Trump at his rhetorical worst.

After hearing Donald Trump’s most recent responses to the Orlando terrorist attack / mass shooting, I couldn’t help but reflect on this tragedy from a preventative public health perspective. Ordinarily, I try to avoid using this blog to offer political … Continue reading

Emergency Physicians Sue the Feds: Backstory
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Emergency Physicians Sue the Federal Government

The decision by an organization representing some 30,000 emergency physicians (ACEP) to sue the federal government suggests a level of frustration serious enough to overcome the threat of retaliation by bureaucrats who control many of the decisions and rules affecting … Continue reading

Forced Contracting: BCBS’s Answer to Balance Billing
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Forced Contracting of Facility-based Physicians

In what may be the most aggressive effort to date by a commercial health plan to undermine the value of physician services, and put a halt to surprise balance billing; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia sent out a notice … Continue reading

Will the ER Be There When You Need It?
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ER closed

Sooner or later, you will need the ER. I don’t care how healthy you are, how much you hate going to the hospital for care, how much you distrust doctors or modern medicine, how rich you are, or how deep … Continue reading