Why electronic medical records are a disaster for some docs

One big reason doctors and hospitals have adopted EHRs is money. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 authorized Medicare to pay sizable annual payouts – up to $18,000 in the first year – to doctors who start using EHR systems. Continue reading Why electronic medical records are a disaster for some docs

California needs to do more to combat prescription drug deaths than just relaunch drug database

The California Department of Justice program that gives physicians online access to a database of controlled substance prescriptions recently sent an e-mail blast to California physicians about a much-needed database upgrade. Continue reading California needs to do more to combat prescription drug deaths than just relaunch drug database

In a world full of drug ads and online advice, ‘Talk to your doctor’ is more than a cliché

I wish I had a nickel (well, maybe a quarter — thanks, student loans) for every time I’ve read or heard the words “Talk to your doctor” on advertisements for medications, supplements, and medical equipment; tucked at the bottoms of blogs or health news articles by non-doctor authors; or as recommendations by my patients’ acupuncturists, chiropractors, and therapists. Continue reading In a world full of drug ads and online advice, ‘Talk to your doctor’ is more than a cliché