Month: December 2016

Alcohol Abuse, Love, and Frostbite

December 29, 2016

With the New Year ushering in, many of us will usher out for “celebration.” I won’t be one of them as most recent new years, being on call, I’ve managed cases of acute alcohol abuse, frostbite, and love. Cliche dictates we brave the cold for a magical New Year’s kiss, for love essentially. We brave…

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An aspirin a day keeps the heart attack (and colon cancer) away.

December 26, 2016

Aspirin, also known as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), is a medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation and is an NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug). It is often not grouped with other NSAIDs because of it’s blood-thinning effect by binding platelets. It went into mass production in 1899, sold by Bayer, and was a blockbuster, the…

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How to verify a patient’s insurance information is accurate, especially on Christmas Day?

December 25, 2016

5:30 am in a dark New York City, four days after the winter solstice, I guess Santa is making his final rounds for all the good children but what about all the good doctors? Would it not be nice if, because it’s Christmas, if the Health Insurance Fairy left a health insurance company’s fee schedule under…

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What do you call a house call doctor’s practice when the office is closed for vacation?

December 15, 2016

Question: What do you call a doctor’s practice when the office is closed for vacation? Answer: Dead. Prognosis grave. Death imminent. Call the coroner. My running joke since starting New York House Call Physicians: Your Doctor in the Family in 2005 is that I ask my patients to get sick only Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm but…

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Secrets of a House Call Doctor Part II

December 10, 2016

Secrets of a House Call Doctor Part II A good house call doctor is only as good as the equipment carried with them including medications. Let’s face it, as 21st century physicians, we can do little without our gear. Not to be forgotten are the house call doctors that preceded us–which essentially means medical practice…

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Alcohol Abuse Disorder vs Atherosclerotic Disease

December 1, 2016

While I do not drink alcohol, I treat many patients who suffer from alcoholism–the new politically correct term is Alcohol Abuse Disorder. Why medicine has to keep renaming it’s diseases is beyond me, I think so we can sounds smart at cocktail parties but in seriousness, because in the 21st century, we are realizing that…

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Alcohol Abuse, Love, and Frostbite

December 29, 2016

With the New Year ushering in, many of us will usher out for “celebration.” I won’t be one of them as most recent new years, being on call, I’ve managed cases of acute alcohol abuse, frostbite, and love. Cliche dictates we brave the cold for a magical New Year’s kiss, for love essentially. We brave…

Read More

An aspirin a day keeps the heart attack (and colon cancer) away.

December 26, 2016

Aspirin, also known as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), is a medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation and is an NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug). It is often not grouped with other NSAIDs because of it’s blood-thinning effect by binding platelets. It went into mass production in 1899, sold by Bayer, and was a blockbuster, the…

Read More

How to verify a patient’s insurance information is accurate, especially on Christmas Day?

December 25, 2016

5:30 am in a dark New York City, four days after the winter solstice, I guess Santa is making his final rounds for all the good children but what about all the good doctors? Would it not be nice if, because it’s Christmas, if the Health Insurance Fairy left a health insurance company’s fee schedule under…

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What do you call a house call doctor’s practice when the office is closed for vacation?

December 15, 2016

Question: What do you call a doctor’s practice when the office is closed for vacation? Answer: Dead. Prognosis grave. Death imminent. Call the coroner. My running joke since starting New York House Call Physicians: Your Doctor in the Family in 2005 is that I ask my patients to get sick only Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm but…

Read More

Secrets of a House Call Doctor Part II

December 10, 2016

Secrets of a House Call Doctor Part II A good house call doctor is only as good as the equipment carried with them including medications. Let’s face it, as 21st century physicians, we can do little without our gear. Not to be forgotten are the house call doctors that preceded us–which essentially means medical practice…

Read More

Alcohol Abuse Disorder vs Atherosclerotic Disease

December 1, 2016

While I do not drink alcohol, I treat many patients who suffer from alcoholism–the new politically correct term is Alcohol Abuse Disorder. Why medicine has to keep renaming it’s diseases is beyond me, I think so we can sounds smart at cocktail parties but in seriousness, because in the 21st century, we are realizing that…

Read More