CSA News

Changes Coming to MOC: Will Physicians Get Relief?

Anger and near-revolt were the obvious emotions of physicians a few years ago when the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) made it tougher and more expensive to attain maintenance of certification (MOC).

Price-Fixing Doctor’s Fees?

A California Lawmaker has written a bill to create a government-appointed commission to price-fix physician fees with the intent to control California healthcare costs, improve quality, and increase equity in California’s healthcare system. All objective evidence and experience suggests that government price-fixing of physician fees will accomplish none of those things. Today, I have healthcare economist and President of Fulcrum Strategies, Ron Howrigon, in the studio to analyze this bill and the unintended, and potentially disastrous, consequences to California’s patients, physicians, and hospitals.

Why it’s so hard for doctors to understand your pain

Each person experiences pain differently, from an emotional perspective as well as a physical one, and responds to pain differently. That means that physicians like myself need to evaluate patients on an individual basis and find the best way to treat their pain. Today, however, doctors are under pressure to limit costs and prescribe treatments based on standardized guidelines.

Instead of single-payer pipe dream, this legislation will expand health care

Care4AllCA – a coalition of more than 50 consumer, community, labor, progressive and health care organizations – introduced a comprehensive approach to create a realistic pathway towards universal access.

The Other Opioid Crisis: Hospital Shortages Lead To Patient Pain, Medical Errors

Dr. Shalini Shah, the head of pain medicine at the University of California-Irvine health system, pulled together a team of 20 people in January to figure out how to meet patients’ needs. The group has established workarounds, such as giving tablet forms of the opioids to patients who can swallow, using local anesthetics like nerve blocks and substituting opiates with acetaminophen, ketamine and muscle relaxants.