In an interesting article in NEJM this week, researchers performed a sensitivity analysis of the cost of implementing the new IOM recommendations on work hour restrictions. The new recommendations include strict adherence to the 80 hour work week, 16 hour limit on continuous work, 5 hour protected naps for extended shifts, and reduced workload. For all ACGME-accredited programs, they estimated an annual labor cost of $1.6 billion to shift excess work from residents to other providers (abstract). Those are some expensive naps.
The question of appropriate ward garb is a problem for the ages. Compared to photo stills and films from the 1960s, the doctors of today appear like vagabonds. No ties, no lab coats, and scrub tops have become the norm for a number (a majority ?) of hospital-based docs—and even more so on the surgical […]
Prices from a chargemaster are “what a drunken billionaire would pay a hospital if his wife were not around to control the bastard.” — Uwe Reinhardt You might be asking why such an outlandish quote? Last week CMS proposed* to change the way patients see the costs of hospital bills. So what you might utter. […]
“Membership in the American Academy of Professional Coders has risen to more than 170,000 today from roughly 70,000 in 2008.” “The AMA owns the copyright to CPT, the code used by doctors. It publishes coding books and dictionaries. It also creates new codes when doctors want to charge for a new procedure. It levies a […]