Author Archives: Daniel Ginsberg, MD, FACP

About Daniel Ginsberg, MD, FACP

I'm an internal medicine physician and have avidly applied computers to medicine since 1986, when I wrote my first medically oriented computer programs. So yes, that means I'm at least 25-years-old!

When is DNR not DNR?

Patients are often encouraged to make wishes known with a living will or other instrument. If someone says they would not want resuscitation if their heart stopped, they are said to be DNR, as in Do Not Resuscitate, or more … Continue reading

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FMLA Paperwork

I’m often asked to fill out FMLA paperwork, formally known as Certification of Health Care Provider for Employee’s Serious Health Condition (Family and Medical Leave Act). This is either because my patient is ill and they or a family member … Continue reading

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Epic SmartPhrases

If you do not use the electronic medical record Epic Hyperspace, this article is probably of no interest to you. I previously wrote that I have done a lot of customizations to Epic. In this post I’ll explain how I … Continue reading

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How to Get Rich – A Guide for Pharmaceutical Companies

Thanks to Congress, Medicare is not allowed to negotiate for the cost of medications. The bill was shepherded through by congressman Tauzin, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that regulates the industry, who subsequently stepped down then … Continue reading

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Quitting Smoking and Happiness

The FDA is proposing a new rule in regards to tobacco regulation. As detailed recently in the New York Times, the benefits of stopping smoking, such as less heart and lung disease, would need to be discounted 70%, making it … Continue reading

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If Doctors Ran Their Practice Like The Airlines

Physicians could make so much more money if we could charge like the airline industry does. Starting with appointments, there would be a surcharge for the most popular times. Last minute appointments are extra, on the theory that the patient … Continue reading

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Up in Arms, Up in Smoke

If you apply for health insurance, you may find you have to pay higher rates if you’re a smoker. Now federal regulators are trying to decide if insurers who participate in the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) exchanges can add … Continue reading

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Humor Down Under

Bathroom doors at Kawarau Bridge, the first commercial bungee jump in Queenstown, New Zealand.

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Who Are You Calling Old?

A local family medicine residency program sends second year residents to rotate through my internal medicine clinic. Reviewing the note that one of them wrote, I saw that he described my 66-year-old patient as, “Elderly, ” though did note that … Continue reading

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Pierce County Medical Society Website Launch

I’m proud to announce that today the Pierce County Medical Society (PCMS) went live with a newly redone website. I’ve been working on it for over a year. There is a lot to see on the site. I’ve created a … Continue reading

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