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How to Get Around a State’s Cap on Pain and Suffering

Aug 16, 2020

Written by Physician's Weekly blogger, Skeptical Scalpel Since 1975, California has had a $250,000 cap on pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases. A recent case illustrates how a plaintiff...

Practicing a New Kind of Primary Care in COVID-19 America

Aug 13, 2020

Helping patients practice self-care and embracing telehealth to build a new model.   The devastation of the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our healthcare system—and our private me...

Covid Times Get Stranger and Stranger

Jul 30, 2020

After learning that several players on the Miami Marlins baseball team had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, the team went ahead with a scheduled game on Sunday, July 26. How did they make the d...

COVID-19 Dramatizes the Value of Rediscovering the Power of House Calls

Jul 23, 2020

Homebound patients have always faced daunting logistical and financial challenges in finding basic care. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic, which particularly devastated America’s nursing homes, has painfu...

Acute appendicitis: Will a novel endoscopic “organ-sparing” approach change the treatment paradigm?

Jul 15, 2020

by Skeptical Scalpel, Physician’s Weekly Top Blogger Will a novel endoscopic “organ-sparing” approach change the treatment paradigm? I say a resounding “NO.” An opinion piece with the ...

The New Normal in Food Safety & Regulations

Jul 07, 2020

Food and food-related safety have come to the fore in recent times. There are a whopping 362K online searches on “food safety” since January, with per-day mentions rising up to 60K, which is 70% h...

Unusual cases Part 6: Surviving Bizarre Perforations

Jul 01, 2020

by Skeptical Scalpel, Physician's Weekly Top Blogger One patient, two complications A patient who was to undergo a robot-assisted right nephrectomy because of recurrent pyelonephritis suffer...

It Is Time to Assess Sexual Health in Women With Lung Cancer – The SHAWL Study

Jun 30, 2020

The Lung Cancer Registry has launched a landmark new survey on the impact of lung treatments on women's sexual health. The aim is to explore the magnitude of the problem and provide researchers and cl...

Worst Ever COVID-19 Screening Idea for Airports

Jun 30, 2020

Written by Physician’s Weekly blogger, Skeptical Scalpel In a June 3rd Washington Post article about recent changes in airport screening practices, risk management expert Bruce McIndoe discus...

A Virus Is Killing My People, And I Can’t Even Tell Them

Jun 29, 2020

I am worried. Every day for over a month, I saw tens of thousands of black people around the country marching in protest of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless ot...

The Talk: It’s Time to Move from Curative to Palliative Care

Jun 15, 2020

Physicians may fail to explain to patients when they are being switched from curative to palliative care and may be reluctant to discuss end-of-life options with patients. This can have detrimental ef...

The Skeptical Scalpel Awards

Jun 08, 2020

Written by Physician's Weekly blogger, Skeptical Scalpel Now for something completely different. Here is the first edition of the Skeptical Scalpel Awards. Coronavirus Research Awards (3-Way Tie...

Questions From A Small-Town Doctor

May 24, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has put many practices under great stress as far as payments as patients lose insurance coverage or cannot cover bills.  However, it is essential to remember that the underlying p...

Update: Mortality rate of COVID-19 patients on ventilators

May 11, 2020

Data released on May 8 by the UK’s Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre (ICNARC) shows the mortality rate for 4287 COVID 19 patients who received advanced respiratory support was 58.8...

Diabesity: The Tricky Devil in times of COVID-19

May 08, 2020

We are fighting multiple health devils in our daily lives. While COVID-19 is the most recent one, it’s important that we do not lay our eyes off a few of those healthcare issues that have been affli...

Appreciative Inquiry - The Sugar that Makes the Process Improvement Pill Go Down

May 07, 2020

A foundational barrier to process improvement, whatever the approach, is that it generally offers a moral wound up front, with a promise of suturing, healing, and better things for the distant future....

How not to wear a mask

May 04, 2020

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Dr. MedLaw Q&A: Friends & Family

May 02, 2020

Written by Dr. MedLaw Just about everyone who works at our family practice office (PA’s, an RN and clerical staff) is also a patient there. Needless to say, many of them are accessing their own r...

Dr. MedLaw Q&A: Friends & Family

May 02, 2020

Written by Dr. MedLaw Just about everyone who works at our family practice office (PA’s, an RN and clerical staff) is also a patient there. Needless to say, many of them are accessing their own r...

Facing Unique Primary Care Challenges During the COVID-19 Crisis

May 01, 2020

If you’re a primary care physician, chances are that your practice has changed considerably during the COVID-19 pandemic.  For all of us in the healthcare community, our lives, and the practice of ...