An Interview With Andy Kessler

Earlier this month, I wrote a post about a new book entitled The End of Medicine : How Silicon Valley (and Naked Mice) Will Reboot Your Doctor written by Andy Kessler. Today, I had the opportunity to interview Andy as my guest while sitting in as a guest host for my friend Mychal Massie on his show, Straight Talk, which plays on Right Talk Radio. John, at Right Talk, graciously allowed me to download the show in order to reproduce it here. I thank John and Right Talk for giving me … [Read more...]

Legislating Ethics: So…Where’s Your Compliance Plan?

You may have heard of them at seminars, seen them referenced in handbooks and vaguely associated them with the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). But what are Compliance Plans and, more importantly, why don't you have one yet? Do You Want a Compliance Plan? You Bet…And You'd Better! The Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services dictates that almost all providers have Compliance Plans. Specifically, the … [Read more...]

How to Save Medicare? Die Sooner?!

A story in the New York Times proposes that the government consider saving Medicare money by having people die sooner(free subscription required to view):ALTHOUGH Social Security's fiscal direction has taken center stage in Washington of late, Medicare's future financing problems are likely to be much worse. President Bush has asserted that the Medicare Modernization Act, which he signed in 2003, would solve some of those problems - "the logic is irrefutable," he said two months ago. Yet the … [Read more...]