In Support of a Fake Doctor

Recently, MSNBC reported that respected cardiologist and United Airlines captain Dr. William Hamman is in fact not a doctor at all.  “The AP found he had no medical residency, fellowship, doctoral degree or the 15 years of clinical experience he claimed. He attended medical school for a few years but withdrew and didn’t graduate.”  As a…

Value-Based Purchasing in Nursing Homes

More than 3 million frail and disabled individuals rely on nursing home services in any given year.  About half of these individuals consider the nursing home to be their primary place of residence.  Nursing home quality, however, has often been called into question. Some experts believe pay-for-performance schemes will improve nursing home quality.  Today, I…

Weekend Links

Stocking stuffer for Medicare Advantage plans. An economist explains Hanukkah. Mass meningitis vaccination in Burkina Faso. The joy of statistics. Does the AMA care about patient health or physician income? Groundbreaking research…errrr.

Book Review: Macrowikinomics

The theory behind Wikipedia is that the wisdom of the masses is greater than that of a few ‘experts’.  Many people believe that Wikipedia has greatly enhanced the amount of knowledge available to the common man.  Others lament that the encyclopedia entries are not always screen and the quality of entries is highly variable.  Can…

Evaluating VBP Programs

The call for the adoption of value based purchasing programs has gained in popularity in recent years.  These programs give physicians, hospitals, or other providers bonuses (or penalties) depending on the quality of care their patients receive. The Affordable Care Act (ACA a.k.a Health Reform) includes provisions to establish a VBP program for hospital payments…