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NAMDRC BLOG 12-20-17

Out, damned spot!

Managing Incidentally Identified Pulmonary Nodules

By Robert Albin, MD

NAMDRC BLOG 11-29-17 – ECRI Institute Releases 2018 Top Hazards List

The ECRI institute, a leading independent patient safety organization that focuses on medical devices, has published its “top 10” list for medical technology hazards and cybersecurity threats 2018.

As David T. Jamison, the executive director of the health devices group for ECRI said, “patient safety is on everyone’s mind, but technology safety sometimes gets left behind.”  This list calls attention to hazards in the medical workplace – hospitals, physicians offices – that may be overlooked.
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CMS Proposes New Rule for Telemedicine

From Healthcare IT News…

In the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), 2018, CMS has proposed paying for a few new telehealth services. These services include psychotherapy for mental health crises, chronic care management programs, health risk assessments (eg, a patient self-report questionnaire), and visits to determine if a patient may be eligible for a low-dose CT scan for lung cancer detection.


In previous blogs, we have heard about respiratory medical conditions and their effects on our patient population. This blog is a little different. It is about the loss of the human factor in patient care and the dangerous path our country is taking trying to automate every part of our medical system and our patients’ lives. The opinions that follow are my own.

NAMDRC Blog 6-1-17: Successfully managing chronic cough: It’s as obvious as the nose on your face!

Do you cringe when your medical assistant tells you that your next patient is here to be evaluated for a cough that has been present for 5 years? Making matters worse, they have already seen numerous specialists, none of whom “cured” them. In their own words, you are their last resort, compounding the anxiety you may already be experiencing.

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