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Unreality show

Posted in Uncategorized on October 13, 2009 by drbobbs

From RangelMD: 10 Rules for Doctor TV Shows

Data Breach

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 10, 2009 by drbobbs

DataBreachBlueCross BlueShield data breach affects 850,000 doctors:

Physicians’ names addresses, federal tax ID numbers and national provider numbers were contained in an unencrypted file on the laptop.

The data breach presents the possibility of massive medical insurance fraud, but the 187,000 doctors who used their Social Security numbers as tax ID numbers or provider numbers are most at risk of identity theft.

The unnamed employee, in dereliction of company policy, downloaded the database to his personal laptop to work on it at home. The computer was stolen from the employee’s car August 27 and the crime was reported to the Chicago police.

No patient information was in the file.

The file was encrypted while on the insurance company’s network according to protocol, but the employee unencrypted it before downloading it.

I’d like to buy the world a Coke

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 9, 2009 by drbobbs

AAFPCokeSo, any reaction to that AAFP/Coca-Cola deal?

The Skeptical OB says Family docs: Have a Coke and a bribe!

The Radical Clarity Group says In one stroke, AAFP has indicated that it can be bought.

The Newbie Vegetarian likens the deal to the sale of the AAFP’s soul.

On a practical level, the money the AAFP will get from the Coca-Cola Company will doubtless be put to good use.  The question is how much ire from the Academy’s membership and how much lost credibility with the public is the organization willing to accept?

UPDATE: Marion Nestle at Food Politics says This partnership places the AAFP in embarrassing conflict of interest.  Julie Deardorff at Julie’s Health Club says the venture will—and should—undermine the credibility of the AAFP, one of the leading family doctor groups in the U.S.

UPDATE II: From the Later On blog: Oh, Jesus! This is just pathetic.

UPDATE III: Ken Terry at BNET: [A]t the end of the day, corporations do not spend money on “educational materials” unless it somehow promotes their products. And I am not sure that the AAFP is doing people any favor by telling them it’s ok to consume soft drinks that have no nutritional value but can make them fatter–and therefore, more subject to a host of chronic diseases.

Blogger Lauren Melissa says the AAFP has sold their soul.  Adds Melissa: Pardon my language, but what the shit?!

UPDATE IV: Katherine Hobson at U.S. News & World Report has picked on the story.  Some interesting comments. too.

UPDATE V: Several [AAFP] members spoke [at a recent town hall meeting] of their concerns about the AAFP partnering with a company whose products have been linked to increased obesity, especially in children.

Things go better with Coke

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 6, 2009 by drbobbs

CokeFrom the What Were They Thinking? Department:

The AAFP today announced a corporate partnership with The Coca-Cola Co., in which the beverage giant will provide a grant for the Academy to develop consumer education content related to beverages and sweeteners for the AAFP’s award-winning consumer health and wellness Web site, FamilyDoctor.org.

Yeah.  This was a good idea.  All will go well with this.  I mean, no AAFP member backlash or anything.  Nope.  Clear skies and smooth sailing.

Tired doctors told to drink more coffee

Posted in Uncategorized on September 7, 2009 by drbobbs

CoffeeThe Australian government has found the solution to fatigued physicians: drink coffee and/or energy drinks.

Hey, it worked in med school.

H1N1 Plush Toy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 6, 2009 by drbobbs

SwineFluToySwineFluToyThe swine  flu virus that  is the cause of so much hysteria concern by the news media is now available as an adorable plush toy.

Talk to your plants

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on August 13, 2009 by drbobbs

First it was irate people shouting down the speakers at these town hall meetings.  Now there are allegations that some of the people at these meetings are Democrat plants.

An 11 year old girl allegedly chosen at random told President Obama at one such meeting that there were people “outside saying mean things about reforming health care”.  The girl’s mother was reportedly an Obama organizer.

And at a Texas town hall meeting attended by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tx), a questioner who was purported to be a “pediatric primary care physician” is reportedly a graduate student in social work and an Obama delegate.