May 30, 2013
As president of the Maryland chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and its over 900 member physicians statewide, I am writing to express support for Dr. Jeffrey Cain's concerns surrounding pharmacy based clinics in your article, "The drugstore clinics debate" and their impact on patient centered medical homes. When children are seen in pharmacy based clinics, they are intrinsically not receiving the level of care provided by the child's primary care doctor. The medical home is best described as a model or philosophy of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible and focused on quality and safety.
May 6, 2013
Harford Community College has received a $25,000 grant from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to support development of an electronic health records system that will bolster training of the institution's nearly 2,200 Nursing and Allied Health students. The grant for Harford's Emerging Technologies Project -- Electronic Health Records will enable HCC to acquire the high-tech equipment necessary to launch the project across the Allied Health and Nursing curricula and provide state-of-the-art education in a crucial workforce skill for the health care industry.
March 18, 2013
On March 13th you published a letter written by reader Lois Raimondi Munchel titled "Stop the spread of deadly bacteria in nursing homes. " The letter was timely. It should send alarm bells ringing not only through the hallways of our nursing homes but also through our hospitals and our operating rooms. Not too long ago, at the NIH hospital, deadly Klebseilla bacteria resistant to all antibiotics, were found. Fifty percent of patients with this bacterial infection will die. These lethal, resistant bacteria have appeared in hospitals up and down the East Coast.
March 1, 2013
The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System leadership sent this letter today outlining how much federal budget cuts will cost the medical system. From: Paul B. Rothman and Ronald R. Peterson [ mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ] Sent: Friday, March 01, 2013 1:50 PM To: Subject: Update on Sequestration To JHM faculty, staff and students Dear Colleagues, Yesterday's decision on sequestration and its impact on academic medicine have reverberated throughout our halls.
February 22, 2013
As a 35-year employee of St. Joseph Medical Center, I have followed with interest your coverage of issues the hospital has faced over the last several years. While overall the reporting has been accurate, the most recent articles have not conveyed a fair or accurate picture of the hospital's efforts to regain its stellar reputation ("St. Joseph center not certified by Medicare," Feb. 13). Under the new management by the University of Maryland, there has been diligent examination of every detail of the hospital's operation by management as well as all staff.
February 11, 2013
In December, a young man in Newtown, Conn., killed 20 small children and seven adults, including his mother, and then committed suicide. This tragic massacre has prompted legislators to reexamine firearms laws and quickly propose legislation that might prevent future mass murders. Much of it focuses on people who have sought mental health care. The Maryland General Assembly is considering legislation that requires mental health clinicians to report patients who are potentially dangerous for the purpose of restricting their access to guns.
January 26, 2013
A recent article highlighted the dysfunction resulting from the broken Medicare physician payment system ("End the 'doc fix' charade, once and for all," Jan. 22). Physicians who care for millions of Medicare patients across our nation are weary of the destabilizing series of scheduled cuts and short-term patches, coupled with payment rates that have fallen well below the rate of inflation over the past decade. It is widely agreed that Congress must eliminate this problem once and for all. But this is only the first step.
January 22, 2013
Doctors are breathing a collective sigh of relief because we again escaped a cut in Medicare payments. But this whole recurrent charade underscores, once again, the unresolved issue of how to pay doctors. The fiscal cliff rescue included the usual "doc fix" - an override of the 27 percent Medicare reimbursement cut required by the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) law this year. That law has dictated annual cuts in Medicare reimbursement, which have been overridden by Congress annually. Nevertheless, this escape only postponed the crisis for older patients for another year.
December 19, 2012
Among the select few physicians honored with the prestigious Patients' Choice Award this year is Dr. David Jaffe, of Havre de Grace. Of the nation's 870,000 active physicians and dentists, just five percent consistently received top scores from their patients on sites like Vitals (http://www.vitals.com), qualifying them for this honor in 2012. Millions of patients go online each year to rate their doctors on various components of care, including accuracy of their diagnosis, the amount of time they spent with the doctor, and the doctor's bedside manner and follow-up care.
December 2, 2012
In 2006, when Eugene Semenov was an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University, he volunteered at the medical clinic of Baltimore Rescue Mission, which provides free medical attention to people who are homeless. He couldn't help noticing that the record-keeping system was stuck in a pre-computer era, with volunteers tasked with taking vital signs and gathering information. The result was a lack of standardization, and a system of physical paper, which could not be transferred electronically to other doctors.