Welcome to the belated edition of this week’s update and the first post that I have ever made from work — because I have been snowed in at the hospital for the past 2 days.
These don’t go in your grandma’s bubble bath. When seasoned drug users state that “this is nasty stuff” and that they “would not be disappointed to see it banned,” you know that states are going to take notice. “Bath salts” are causing psychosis in people that snort them. The active ingredient, methylenedioxypyrovalerone or MDPV, is being outlawed in many states.
Choose one from Column A and one from Column B. House Republicans considering whether to turn Medicare into a fixed payment “voucher” system where the government gives you a voucher to buy a private health insurance plan once you hit “Medicare” age. Democrats rightly note that “privatization will make the cuts previously proposed by either party look tame.”
Put on your snowshoes — and donate blood. Blood supplies are running low due to the bad weather in several areas of the country.
Bureaucracy adds another layer of costs to medical care. Physicians are having a difficult time entering information into the computers to create the electronic medical records that the federal government wants. Now more and more emergency departments are employing “scribes” to enter the information.
In San Diego, one hospital is expanding its emergency department and laying off almost one quarter of its staff – due to reductions in payments from Medicare and Medicaid
Medicare is “cracking down” on fraudulent ambulance calls. I’m sure that patients like the one in the article who called an ambulance for chest pain then signed out of the hospital 10 minutes later to go to the nearby bar will be dissuaded from defrauding the system in the future when they get a huge ambulance bill.
11,500 patients treated in emergency departments each year for snow shovel-related injuries. More than half have muscle strains. Twenty percent fall, 15% are struck by shovels. About seven percent of patients had cardiac-related issues and those issues resulted in about 100 deaths per year.
Eating fruit can kill you. Man goes to emergency department with muscle spasms and jerking after eating three slices of starfruit. A physician’s assistant in the ED consulted Dr. Google and discovered that patients with kidney problems who eat the fruit could develop seizures and death.
Sometimes waiting in the emergency department can be bonding time with your kids. Read this fun story about a mom who sat in the ED with a child who injured his ankle.
President Obama considers “fixing” the Affordable Healthcare Act but rules out changing issues relating to pre-existing conditions.