Monthly Archives: December 2011

Viewing Doctor’s Notes

Should patients be allowed to see doctor’s notes? Legally they can, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good idea. Patients would like to, but physicians are not so sure. People make strong arguments, but I think it’s really nuanced. … Continue reading

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Obamacare and the Supreme Court

This week the Supreme Court agreed to hear a legal challenge to the healthcare reform law, colloquially known as ‘Obamacare”. They have scheduled 5 1/2 hours for oral arguments, dividing the law into four parts, that they will hold over … Continue reading

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Medicaid Documentation Nightmare

Washington State Medicaid has new requirements for ordering imaging tests. I ordered a dobutamine Cardiolite stress test for one of my patients. The coder in my office brought me the Cardiac Imaging Questionnaire – CarePlanner/iEX form. It had 41 questions … Continue reading

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Let the Sunshine In, Let the Sunshine In

A GlaxoSmithKline representative came by to drop off samples in my office and asked if there was anything else they could do for us. GSK makes some inhalers so I asked if they could supply spacers to give to patients, … Continue reading

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