As Physicians Change, Will the AMA?

Dr. Aaron Carroll, guest blogger on The Washington Post with Bloomberg (Ezra Klein-In The News) states that “doctors were once overwhelmingly male and usually owned their own practices. They generally favored lower taxes and regularly fought lawyers to restrict patient lawsuits. Ronald Reagan came to national political prominence in part by railing against “socialized medicine” on doctors’ behalf. But doctors are changing Read More
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Atul Gawande suggests that, when it comes to physicians, we need fewer cowboys and more pit crews

Dr. Aaron Carroll agrees and believes that “we as physicians imagine ourselves as heroes working individually, instead of as part of a team, perhaps in a more supporting role. I think there’s something to this, but it’s only a part of it. We in medicine are obsessed with the new. Whether it’s the latest drug, the newest procedure, or the latest homeopathic cure, we are sure that the thing that’s going to make everything better is just around the corner. This focus, however, means that we spend too little time fixing what we already have. Take asthma. It’s not like we don’t know how to care for it; we’ve known for quite some time.
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Elaine Sanchez Presents Caregivers Survival Training

A lighthearted presentation with stories every caregiver will relate to and
advice from noted author and speaker Elaine Sanchez will be offered on June 2nd 2011 at noon-2PM and again from 6-8PM, sponsored by The Kensington, an assisted living residence in White Plains, NY. Opening in July, 2011, The Kensington is an upscale assisted living and memory care residence and will be licensed for “enhanced assisted living,” which means residents will be able to age in place—getting all the care they need with bathing, dressing or even more extensive nursing care—seamlessly in the suite they choose as home. For those with memory loss, The Kensington will offer care in two specially designed neighborhoods, one for early- to mid-stage loss, and one for late-stage loss.
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Baby Boomers Increase the Need for Geriatric Social Workers

The headline in the Chicago Tribune, May 5th, goes on to say that families need to be prepared to care for family elders. Elaine Sanchez addresses a survival plan for caregivers and a ‘Boomer Bootcamp,’ designed to help families conduct the difficult conversations and gather the information they will need to make decisions about issues such as long-term care, life support, and the distribution of material belongings.  Read more about Elaine


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$1 Billion Goes to Cutting Medical Errors

Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services were in Dallas May 5th to launch the Partnership for Patients, an initiative to reduce hospital-acquired ailments by 40 percent and cut preventable hospital readmission rates by 20 percent by 2013.  In addition to saving 60,000 lives, meeting the reduction goals will save the health care system $35 billion nationwide, including $10 billion for Medicare, said Dr. Renard Murray, administrator for the Dallas and Atlanta regional offices of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.  Dr. Rick Brinkman addresses quality and patient safety in his program: Difficult Behavior is a Threat to Patient Health, where he talks about rude language and hostile behavior among health care professionals posing a serious threat to patient safety and the overall quality of care.
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Bill Germanakos, WINNER-Season 4 Biggest Loser, discusses successes and challenges with Bodyweightculture.com

Bill Germanakos says that, while on the show, his greatest challenge was the fact that he was struggling with so many injuries, both old and new. He had suffered many knee and ankle injuries in his life and had several knee surgeries, including an ACL reconstruction. Therefore,his trainer Jillian had to create a workout plan for him that involved almost no running, as his legs just couldn’t take it. The alternative was a regimen of intense cardio workouts and resistance training that was designed to elevate his heart rate without further injuring his knees, ankle and hip.  Bill also provides a free sign-up for weekly motivational messages. 
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PRISM Awards honor shows for mental health awareness

USA TODAY announced the PRISM award winners for realistically showing mental health issues including substance abuse, addiction and bi-polar disorder. Black Swan, The Fighter, and Mad Men were among the list of winners. For celebrities who speak on these issues, visit our celebrity healthcare page to read about speakers Terri Cheney, Ellen Burstyn, Meredith Baxter, Carrie Fisher, Christopher Kennedy Lawford and Susan Ford Bales.
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