Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 28

Defensive Medicine: A Cure Worse Than The Disease

by Hal Scherz, MD & Wayne Oliver     Originally published in Forbes on August 27, 2013 A middle age man enters the emergency room with chest pains. The attending physician diagnoses him with indigestion. The physician wants the man to change his diet, take medication and go home. But due to a worried look on the …

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Aug 28

More Unintended Consequences of Federal Health Reform

by Wayne W. Oliver Originally published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on August 8, 2013 The implementation of the Affordable Care Act also known as ObamaCare has caused some interesting responses and reactions within the medical community. Most of those reactions are the direct opposite of the stated goals of ObamaCare. Let’s look at the …

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Aug 28

Elevating Patient Safety

by Wayne W. Oliver     Originally published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on July 10, 2013 Since publication of the Institute of Health (IOM) report entitled “To Err is Human,” our healthcare system generally, and hospitals specifically, have tried to create, develop and nurture a culture of patient safety. The IOM reported almost 100,000 Americans lose …

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Aug 28

Defensive Medicine: More Than Just Another Extra X-Ray

by Wayne W. Oliver     Originally published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on June 5, 2013. Defensive medicine occurs when physicians order tests, procedures or consultations of doubtful clinical value in order to protect themselves from costly and frivolous malpractice suits.  Doctors detest the very thought of being sued so they find every means possible to …

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