One critical way to change aging for the better is to radically alter the way in which doctors are compensated so that your visit is a real doctor-patient interaction, not an assembly-line model of efficiency.
Changingaging readers know that Dr. Bill Thomas recently debuted a dramatic play at The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.
You might be surprised to learn the play was not about aging. Harking back to his days as a med student at Harvard, the play, “Play What’s Not There,” (PWNT) takes us through the pressure cooker of medical interning for doctors and explores how the choices we make impact our future selves.
Despite all the attention paid to patient satisfaction, empowerment, and doctor/patient communication in the last number of years, true collaboration between physicians and those in their care is rare. The ideal of “shared decision making” is broadly embraced but equal … Continue reading →
Recently I had a medical test at a community hospital with free guest wireless, and I accomplished all sorts of work while waiting. The somewhat invasive procedure was fairly quick but with a longer wait than expected. However, I barely noticed. When I…
PART TWO If patients become better informed and play more active roles with their doctors to manage their health care, some reduction in overtreatment might result, but it wouldn’t have a major impact because of the way doctors, patients, and family me…
Physician blogger Richard Young wrote this provocative guest-post at the popular medical blog KevinMD.com regarding patient-centered care reforms in primary care billing. During a recent conference on primary care research, Young challenged the current evaluation and management (E/M) billing system … Continue reading →