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A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released on August 31 calls for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to ensure that physician fees reflect efficiencies that commonly occur when services are provided at the same time (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09647.pdf). The...
I talked with a man recently about my cancer. He had trouble finding words. He didn't know what to say and looked to the ground. The “breast” part of it all made him noticeably uncomfortable. When I first felt pain, and later a lump, below my left nipple, it didn't sink in that I, a man, could...
House leaders are continuing to look into the business practices of health insurance companies and their cancellation of policies associated with high-cost claims. On August 31, Rep Henry Waxman (D, Calif), chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Rep Bart Stupak (D, Mich),...
Edited by Bernard F. Morrey and Matthew C. Morrey 416 pp, $235 Philadelphia, PA, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007 ISBN-13: 978-0-7817-9891-4 Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery: Relevant Surgical Exposures describes the approaches most commonly used in orthopedic surgery today. Immediate...
CURRENT MEDICAL LITERATURE St. Paul Medical Journal October The point emphasized by Judd is that the surgeon can promise a definite cure in the majority of cases in which the patients present themselves for treatment on the appearance of first symptoms. As the technic develops, and physicians...
To the Editor: Dr Regge and colleagues1 stated that because CT colonography is less invasive and thus more tolerable, it may increase adherence to colorectal cancer screening. However, this may not be true. Assume that one 10-year cycle would require 2 CT colonography screenings vs 1 optical...
Since the economic nosedive began, orthopedic surgeon Thomas Fehring, MD, has watched his 3-month patient wait list for joint replacement surgery shrink to about 6 weeks. Facing a recession, some patients will delay elective surgical procedures and some surgeons may postpone retirement as they...
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