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!

Sesame Chicken

I often suggest my patients use smart phone apps to help them with their diet, in particular Lose It! or MyFitnessPal. Both progams have the ability to scan a bar code of a food item, which will then show the … Continue reading

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A High Tech Call Schedule

Typical of many physicians, I have to take turns being on call. This mostly involves taking calls in the evening, at night, and on weekends for my patients, or those in my call group. I belong in a group with … Continue reading

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Medicare Payment Formula Finally Changed – Win or Loss?

Congress passed a  law in 1977 linking Medicare payments for physician services to growth in the economy.  Because it failed to take into account inflation and other factors, Congress has had to act 17 times to prevents cuts to physician … Continue reading

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Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives

  I recently attended the 11th Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives Conference put on by the Harvard School of Public Health and the Culinary Institute of America. It was a literally delicious combination of lectures from physicians, dieticians,  chefs, and others. … Continue reading

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Patient Satisfaction / Physician Dissatisfaction

Have you received a survey after you visit your doctor? You may be surprised to learn that how you rate them may affect their pay, their mental health, and even possibly your health. Surveys, as administered by Press Ganey, and … Continue reading

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January Resolutions

This is the time of year people make New Year’s resolutions. Many goals get made repeatedly each year because it’s hard to sustain changes in habits to make progress in things like losing weight. People start off good, but a … Continue reading

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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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