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.

Obama health care plan on the ropes

Posted in Health Care Policy with tags , , , , on September 15, 2009 by drbobbs

From The Hill: Senate Democrats are going to have to move forward on healthcare without a single Republican supporter after Sen. Olympia Snowe said Tuesday she could not back the Finance Committee’s bill.

From the Associated Press: Health bill harder after Obama speech, says Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel of New York.

President Obama doesn’t get it

Posted in Health Care Policy with tags , on September 10, 2009 by drbobbs

“Now is the time to act,” President Obama said in regard to health care reform. “We have talked this issue to death. … The time for talk is winding down. The time for bickering is past.”

Mr. President, a majority of Americans do not agree with your proposed health care reforms and you heard the voice of that majority during the town hall meetings held this past summer.  The American people are not required to shut up and go along with your proposals if they think they are not good for the country.  As your predecessor learned, sometimes a President can feel very strongly about this or that health care reform or initiative and still be told “No!” by the American public and their representatives.

Public option ping pong

Posted in Health Care Policy with tags , on September 9, 2009 by drbobbs

ConfusionAs of this writing, the public option is a no go again: Ahead of Obama Speech, Baucus Says ‘Public Option’ Cannot Pass Senate