Musings in the life of an internist, cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist.
Monday, March 03, 2014
When Regulators Pay for Peer-review
The ongoing controversy among US physicians over newly-implemented "Maintenance of Certification (MOC)" requirements created by t...
Monday, February 24, 2014
Maintenance of Certification: The Noose Tightens
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) displayed it's enmeshed ties with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), a p...
Saturday, February 22, 2014
The Unintended Consequence of Free Preventative Care
Be careful when hoping for "free" preventative care. From the Charlotte Observer : I have learned since that it’s not unusual to...
Friday, February 21, 2014
What Is "Non-Valvular" Atrial Fibrillation?
With the recent heavy marketing of the relatively new novel oral anticoagulants dabigatran, rivaroxaban, and apixaban, a new marketing phras...
Thursday, February 20, 2014
St. Jude Issues "Dear Colleague" Letter Regarding Older Pacemakers During Surgery
On 29 January 2014, St. Jude Medical issued a "Dear Colleague" letter regarding their review of incident reports on older-model p...
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Are Drug Letters Harming Our Patients?
One week's worth of drug letters Now that a new year has come and gone, I have been swamped with letters from pharmacy benefit manag...
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Patient Safety and Medical Professionalism: How Far Do the Conflicts Go?
Recently, the US Department of Justice levied a 40 million dollar fine against CareFusion, makers of ChloraPrep® surgical skin antiseptic ...
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