This week's PMD Critical List looks at the return of house calls, the advent of physician "mechanics," and the tough civil liberties questions posted by the Ebola virus.
This week's list of stories every physician should read includes reflections on the Ebola virus' civil liberties implications, the employer/physician relationship in family and medical leave cases, and the nation's prison system.
• Doctors Make House Calls Again (Santa Barbara Independent)
An innovative healthcare program in California, Doctors Assisting Seniors at Home (DASH), has resurrected an illustrious doctor-patient connection—the house call. And it’s working very well for both doctors and patients.
• The Beginners' Guide to Healthcare Blogs (Health Works Collective)
It’s a fact—3 out of 4 patients go online for their health info. Docs must have a presence. Here’s a quick guide for physicians seeking to connect with patients via social media.
• Ebola vs. Civil Liberties (Washington Post)
Charles Krauthammer is a national columnist, Pulitzer-Prize-winner, and physician. His writings, particularly on health, are intelligent and accurate. Here he takes on Ebola and why a little worry might be in order.
• 9 Real Technologies That Will Soon Be Inside You (Yahoo News)
“I’m a doctor not a mechanic,” is a classic comment from Dr. “Bones” McCoy of Star Trek. But astonishing medical technology and patient demand may soon force physicians to be both.
• Doctors Can Lead the Way on Family Medical Leave (JD Supra)
For many of the nation’s businesses, the matter of family medical leave is a growing concern. Employers must understand that physicians can be useful and still be ethically bound to a patient.
• Physician Burnout on the Rise (Chicago Tribune)
Every stressed-out doctor who quits costs $250,000+ to replace. Docs totally fed up with our healthcare system are now “the rule, not the exception.” Solution: Better communication and teamwork.
• Why Doctors Give Obamacare a Failing Grade (The Hill)
It’s not so much the doctors who dislike the law (though they now do by a 2 to 1 margin), rather it’s their patients who tell them of the absolute loss of “trust and continuity” in care.
• Jailhouse Doctor: Inside & Out (Corrections.com)
America is the prison capital of the world (25% of all the world’s prison population is in the US). A doctor with decades of practicing medicine in a prison offer ups some interesting thoughts on good healthcare.
• 100 Healthcare Statistics to Know (Becker's Hospital Review)
Did you know? There are 893,851 professionally active US physicians. Nurse Practitioners average $95,070 in annual salary. 83% of doctors now use EMRs. The nation will be short 130,000 physicians by 2025.