Some Legislators Consider “Do as I Say, Not as I Do” Approach to California Physicians

Marcy ZwellingHealth Reform, PoliticsLeave a Comment

The California Assembly is about to vote on a bill authored by Senator Mike McGuire that insults the integrity of every practicing physician in California and threatens the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship, which is the cornerstone of effective health care. What’s more, Senator McGuire attempts to hold physicians to a stricter standard than he is apparently willing to hold … Read More

Legislature should not get in the way of important educational opportunities for California medical professionals

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The California Assembly is currently considering a bill, Senate Bill 790, which would put in place severe restrictions around gifts or other financial benefits that pharmaceutical companies can give to medical professionals as part of marketing activities. Not only will the bill limit physician access to important information about new treatments, but it also insults the integrity of every physician … Read More

Bill Harms Doctors and Patients, Doesn’t Cure Cost Problem

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Patients and doctors in California are about to be hit by yet another bad policy that helps the insurance industry while it hurts those of us who give care and our patients who need it. AB72, a bill by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, is the latest gift for the insurance industry and its lobbyists. Unfortunately, California legislators have bought into … Read More

Is America Prepared for Ebola?

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Published in the Orange County Register: October 10, 2014 What does the Dallas Ebola virus experience tell us about the U.S. health care delivery system? It is the first demonstration to the world that Obamacare and a delivery system that focuses on large groups of people over individuals has failed us. These population-based practices require needless record keeping. To comply, … Read More

Administrative Causalities Are Not Uncommon

Marcy ZwellingGeneral, Health ReformLeave a Comment

Published in the Orange County Register: June 5, 2014 The only surprise about the tragedy concerning patients dying while waiting in line at our Veterans Affairs hospitals is that anyone would be surprised. I am surprised that no one is addressing the fact that these types of administrative casualties go on daily all across the country. For years, doctors have … Read More

Doctors Aren’t an Afterthought

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Published in the Orange County Register: May 22, 2014 It may not be long before a hospital will be the least likely place to find a doctor. Pressures are mounting to replace physicians with computers, guidelines, nurse practitioners and even pharmacists. The assault on the patient/doctor relationship continues to mount. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently made a final … Read More

Our Intrusive Medical Bureaucracy

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Published in the Orange County Register: April 17, 2014 Every day in my office it seems I am confronted with a government or insurance clerk telling me that he or she knows better about the treatment of my patient than I do. Too often my patient asks me what their insurer will “authorize.” I always answer, “Who cares?” Sadly, the … Read More

Deceptive Communications Threaten Patient Treatment

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Published in Orange County Register: March 21, 2014 Some California pharmacy benefit managers may be intentionally misleading doctors and making it more difficult for doctors do their jobs. As is often the case when health plans and benefit managers insert themselves into the physician-patient relationship, patients could ultimately pay the price. Pharmacy benefit managers have sent misleading letters to California … Read More

Bound by Medical Regulations

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Published in the Orange County Register: January 24, 2014 It is understandable Americans are distraught about the health care exchange and about losing insurance and their doctors. But, so are doctors. And it is not all about the money. The frustrations and cost of providing care mostly due to regulations and the costs are enormous. My office spends hours of … Read More

Nowhere to Hide your Data

Marcy ZwellingGeneral, Health ReformLeave a Comment

Published in Orange County Register: January 16, 2014 Congress is back in session and the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act to assure Americans that Congress is monitoring the healthcare.gov website. Indeed, consumers need to know that their government is at least capable of securing Americans’ privacy, but there is more. What Congress … Read More