Category Archives: Medical Humor

Remote Globe Puppy

The New York times just ran a story about how Mongolia uses a system for their mail where each address consists of three words. A clever British start-up company What3Words divided a map of the world into 57 trillion pieces, … Continue reading

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The Medical Paperwork Reduction Act

Today, in a rare moment of bipartisanship, Congress passed the Medical Paperwork Reduction Act. It states that administrative requirements will be decreased to the minimum required for good medical care and billing. The Department of Labor estimated that this will … Continue reading

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Disabled Parking and Needless Paperwork

In Washington State, if you want a disabled parking permit you need your doctor to fill out a form. Effective 7/1/15, a new law also requires a written prescription to help combat forgery. Physicians already have to deal with far … Continue reading

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An ICD-9 Story

Medical billing and epidemiology relies on a classification of diseases maintained by the World Health Organization. On the first of October, 2015, we will transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, a major change that increases the number of available diagnoses from … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Avoiding the Flu Shot

A patient of one of my colleagues, away on vacation, came in for a problem he was having. We were in a fairly severe flu season and I noticed he had not been vaccinated. I asked him if he wanted … Continue reading

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A Halloween Bladder Infection

A patient of mine came to my office today for a bladder infection. Besides treating her with an antibiotic, I offered to prescribe Pyridium (phenazopyridine), a pill that decreases the burning with urination. I always warn patients that it turns … Continue reading

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