$1 Million Lawsuit is Latest Development as Online Doctor Reviews Continue to Grow in Popularity

Medical and healthcare practice reviews are currently the third-most read review category online, following only restaurants and hotels. In other words, online reviews have quickly become a popular way for prospective patients to learn about doctors. In fact, according to a survey conducted by softwareadvice.com, “almost three-quarters (72 percent) of patients use online reviews as their first step in finding …

Who’s the Baby: Trump or Kim?

After the Singapore Summit, there are varying opinions as to its success. Obviously, those who have previously held President Trump in high regard think that the meeting was monumental, and those that have nothing but disdain for Trump feel that it was a waste of time as there are no details of any deal that have been forthcoming. Grudgingly, they …

No entiendo. 'Ana La 'Afham. Mujhe Samajh Mein Nahi Aata. Wǒbùmíngbái. When Language Becomes a Barrier to Medical Care

No entiendo. ‘Ana La ‘Afham. Mujhe Samajh Mein Nahi Aata. Wǒbùmíngbái.

When Language Becomes a Barrier to Medical Care “I don’t understand.” These three words are of concern to every medical professional. The broad canvas that is the United States of America brings in new citizens from around the world. Statistics show that in 2016, 1.49 million foreign-born individuals moved to the United States, with India as the leading country of …

Surgery Center Deaths: Who Is To Blame, If Anyone?

Interesting and Comprehensive Response from a Blog Reader

In response to the AXO BILL Blog post “Surgery Center Deaths: Who Is to Blame, If Anyone?”, Dr. Vincent Jaeger, M.D. penned his comments: Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs), or outpatient surgical centers, exclusively provide surgical and medical procedures with the expectation that the patient will not need hospitalization nor exceed a twenty-four-hour stay. The first ASC was created because physicians …

Denied: How the Proposed Travel Ban Could Affect Health Outcomes

No matter your political beliefs, one of the unintended consequences of the media concentration on Stormy Daniels, the Mueller investigation, and whether attorney Michael Cohen had improper dealings, is that many important issues fade away. One of those issues is immigration and particularly how immigration bans may affect us. The “Muslim travel ban” is a contentious and provocative issue to argue …

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Waiting…Waiting…Waiting. Time for a New Waiting Room?

A screaming child to the right, a coughing man to the left, and a woman speaking on her phone at what seems to exceed the acceptable decibel level. Patients often feel that a waiting room is like purgatory. Even though they know it’s likely that their appointment will not be right on time, humans are predictable animals, becoming restless at …

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How to Turn First-Time Patients into Lifetime Patients

Growing a practice takes more than just attracting new patients, you also have to get those new patients to come back and see you again. This is often easier said than done but there are things you can do to increase the likelihood of a first-time patient becoming a lifetime patient. Here are some ways to encourage patients to come …

Medical Terms Had Their Day

Have These Medical Terms Had Their Day?

Like “gay-related immune deficiency,” “imbecile” and “catastrophic schizophrenia,” there are a large number of medical terms that have become obsolete. This could be because more information about a particular disease has come to light (“Bright’s Disease” was a term used for a number of kidney diseases that now have their own classification). While someone with an intellectual disability can now …

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Why Don’t Some People Listen to Their Doctors?

Ah, the good old days. How many of us watch a classic movie or TV show wistfully as the screen portrays the “And how’s Auntie May doing?” banter between doctor and patient. There’s just no time for all of that anymore, is there? Trust is one of the most important instruments a medical professional keeps in his/her metaphorical medical kit. …

The Tide Pod Challenge for Medical Professionals

The Tide Pod Challenge for Medical Professionals

No one knows who woke up one morning and thought: “I’ve got a great idea! Why don’t I consume liquid laundry detergent covered in a water soluble plastic compound, see how sick it makes me, and then challenge other people to do the same?” A recap: “The Tide Pod Challenge” is currently going around social media platforms such as YouTube …

Obese Patients: The Ongoing Professional and Moral Dilemma

An ongoing debate in healthcare around the world is the treatment of people who are grossly overweight. This is a discussion that won’t go away; a report in 2017 showed the highest ever recorded incidence of obesity in the U.S. In fact, almost 40% of American adults and nearly 20% of adolescents are obese. It gets worse – more Americans …

Passport Please: Medical Tourism Continues to Take Off

It’s not going away – medical tourism is real, and no amount of indignation or ignoring it will change the situation. The rising cost of surgery in the U.S. and the ever-improving facilities in developing countries are leading to more and more Americans turning to medical tourism. The Medical Tourism Market is projected to grow from U.S. $56.333 billion in …

Cannabis Oil for Cancer Treatment

From the outset, this is a controversial topic. I can just hear the cries of many from across the globe – both the naysayers (some members of the medical profession included), and those who fully support cannabis oil as a treatment for cancer. Anecdotal Evidence The internet abounds with anecdotal stories of the near-miraculous healing properties of cannabis oil for …

5 Ways to Reduce Uncompensated Time & Improve the Profitability of Your Practice!

5 Ways to Reduce Uncompensated Time & Improve the Profitability of Your Practice!

If you find yourself spending a lot of time during the day on “uncompensated tasks” … you are not alone. According to the Physicians Foundation, doctors lose at least $50,000 in revenue annually simply because they are dealing with uncompensated tasks, which can include prior authorizations, EHR data entry, paperwork and more. In fact, statistics say that the typical physician …

Make Your Medical Practice Run More Smoothly

Make Your Medical Practice Run More Smoothly

Let’s get one thing straight from the start – you are not running your medical practice. While you get your head around that notion, think about the group of patients you see in your waiting room every day. All of them are waiting in anticipation of their name to be called. They run your practice. The person on the front …

Doctor Dog on Duty – The Rise of Therapy Animals

Doctor Dog on Duty – The Rise of Therapy Animals.

More and more, television and online news is featuring the faces of the new frontline of mental health care – therapy dogs. The benefits these canines have been giving to the returning students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parklands, Florida, have highlighted the comfort that animals offer humans. It’s not just the Parklands students – in Uganda, traumatized …

Who Takes Care of the Caregivers

Who Takes Care of the Caregivers?

Often the unsung heroes, a primary caregiver battles in the front line of healthcare. If his/her physical and mental health needs are not met, the strain on the entire healthcare system increases. The role of a primary caregiver is so important that advocacy groups such as nurses and social workers have helped convince policymakers that care giving is a major …