Important Articles
When Lied to, Physicians Need to Trust Their Gut
Mon, 03/26/2012 - 18:27 |


My husband is the one who first uncovered the “Chocolate Milk Cover-up.” In our house, we consider chocolate milk a treat, like a cookie. The kids can have it, but it counts as their dessert. One of our children is not a big fan of milk in general, so doesn’t normally get milk with her school lunch. Quite by accident, my husband discovered her secret when he received an e-mail notifying him that her lunch card balance was running low. He deposited more money but then started...

Adding Ancillaries - Cash Cow or Money Pit?
Mon, 03/26/2012 - 15:30 |


For more than a decade, physicians across the country have been struggling to offset the effect of reduced reimbursement rates by working longer hours, seeing more patients, and trimming the fat from their operations. And for a while, it worked. But as malpractice premiums continue to climb, staff salaries rise, and regulatory mandates chip away at the bottom line, many are finding that this makeshift approach is no longer enough.

Indeed, the Center for Studying Health...

Have We Been Measuring Blood Pressure Incorrectly All Along?
Wed, 03/21/2012 - 14:46 |


Yesterday, it all seemed so simple. Put a blood pressure cuff on the patient’s arm closest to you. Measure pressure once. Use the JNC guidelines and treat to target.

But accumulating evidence seems to be rewriting every line of standard practice. Now there are home devices. Someone may ask, when should you use ambulatory blood pressure monitoring for decision-making? Which technique is most accurate and predictive?

A recent...