NEW LONDON, N.H.-Holding manila folders filled with pages of her handwritten reports, Dr. Anna Konopka insisted her system for keeping track of her patients´ medical conditions and various prescriptions works fine. But the New Hampshire Board of Medicine disagrees. It is challenging the 84-year-old New London physician´s record keeping, prescribing practices and medical decision making. Part of their concern is her remedial computer skills, which prevent her from accessing and using the state´s mandatory electronic drug monitoring program. The program, which the state signed onto in 2014, requires prescribers of opioids to register in an effort reduce overdoses. Konopka surrendered
The problem isn´t actually using the computers. The problem is that Medicare has mandated that we have to use computers to enter orders(thereby reducing physicians to become secretaries). Orders that used to take me less than one minute to write out now take 15 minutes minimum. We don´t get any extra money for doing this by-the-way. Not only that, we have to enter a bunch of useless "quality" measures for each patient otherwise we get a payment reduction.
In this doctor´s case, it is her patients who will lose.
#3, more importantly, the government does not have access to every detail of her patient´s medical record. That is important, how can the government control people if they do not know everything about them?
Part of the issue, though, is patients who doctor-hop in order to get access pain killers. A computerized database let´s a doctor know how much has been prescribed. If she keeps her records to herself, then she can be contributing to the problem because no doctor will ever know if she gave their patients prescription pain killers.
That’s an issue directly because of ignorant- assembly line doctors. Any doctor worth their salt would see the patient suffering from opioid addiction as soon as they came in. And NO doctor should be prescribing opioids for long term anyway because it points to a larger problem that they’re just trying to medicate away or get the regular $100 insurance copay for a 5 minute visit.
Doctor I used for 15 years decided to retire rather than digitize. He knew how to do it. But it was just too much work. My new doc when she takes my BP or temp immediately enters it into a wireless laptop. Surprised she doesn´t use her cell phone.
#9, the pharmacies know, the doctor doesn´t have to. In my line of work, I have to read treating medical records, and it´s of late it´s clear that the doctors´ reports are the result of just ticking off boxes on an iPad. (Yesterday I was reading the reports of a doctor who was treating someone for an infection and on four consecutive visits, all within a week, the doctor´s report said "counseled the patient on the importance of wearing a seatbelt." Sheesh.) Have you all noticed how your doctor hardly looks at you at all any more (´cause he or she is staring at his or her computer)? Not good medicine.
I know what you´re thinking: what an awful thing to talk about during the Christmas season. We should be ignoring politics and celebrating all those good things we believe should be conserved. I agree with that. Unfortunately, the left does not. Leftists never stop politicizing (and ruining) anything they can. It wasn´t me, nor Trump, who started the politicization of Christmas; it was the left, and decades ago. Up until now, the left has been winning this battle of Christmas, or should I say the battle for Christmas. Christmas has been politicized.As usual, the left started this battle by complaining.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.—Hundreds of volunteers are on the phones at an Air Force base in Colorado, answering questions from eager kids who want to know where Santa is on his Christmas Eve travels.NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command – formerly North American Air Defense Command) turned on its Santa tracking equipment early Sunday at Peterson Air Force Base. It’s the 62nd year for the wildly popular program run by the U.S. and Canadian militaries. It began in 1955 when a newspaper ad invited children to call Santa but mistakenly ran the phone number for the hotline for NORAD’s
It’s ho-ho-horrifying! An artist displayed a painting of a crucified Santa Claus in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Christmas Eve — a stunt that was ripped as sacrilegious. The artwork by Robert Cenedella, which depicts a disheveled St. Nick hanging from a cross over a pile of Christmas presents, was removed from a Manhattan gallery after it received complaints. So the painter took it right to the cathedral in the heart of Midtown on Sunday night — to the dismay of holiday revelers. “You have to be a real piece of crap to try to ruin Christmas for children
Chalk up another failed prediction by The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol. (Tweet) When asked by The Daily Caller about his August tax reform package prediction, he responded Saturday night in an email, “I was wrong.” The neoconservative movement’s most well-known “never Trumper” tweeted back on August 29, after Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, that a tax reform package would not get a vote in Congress this year. He added it would surprise him if the legislation ever made it out of either chambers’ respective committees. Kristol, however, criticized the tax reform package Republicans in Congress passed and
Has the left ever met a bloodthirsty Muslim terrorist that they didn’t want to give a big hug and a wet kiss to? C’mon down, Akayed Ullah, the New York Port Authority bus terminal suicide bomber from Bangladesh, this month’s “diversity lottery” terrorist. In the underground corridor linking the bus station to Times Square, the devout Muslim walked by any number of ads and billboards for assorted infidel products, until he got to where he wanted to detonate his homemade pipe bomb full of nails. He set it off in front of a Christmas poster. Needless to say, The New
The president of Guatemala says the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Guatemala was one of nine nations that voted earlier this week with the United States when the UN General Assembly adopted a non-binding resolution denouncing President Donald Trump´s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel´s capital. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said on his official Facebook account Sunday that after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he decided to instruct his foreign ministry to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (Photos) No other country has their embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, though the Czech
President Donald Trump continued to criticize fake news, even on Christmas Eve. He appeared frustrated by reports that showed his base was shrinking, accusing them of running fake polls to set their narrative. “The Fake News refuses to talk about how Big and how Strong our BASE is,” he wrote. “They show Fake Polls just like they report Fake News.” Trump indicated that White House polling showed that his base was still strong, especially after passing significant tax reform. The president sent his messages on Twitter prior to making several calls with the First Lady to American children, updating them
Pro-Trump group America First Policies plans to air its “Merry Christmas” ad 11 times over a week on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” beginning on Christmas day, The Daily Caller has learned.The ad, previewed on Fox News Wednesday, quickly went viral on social media for featuring citizens “thanking” President Trump for various achievements in the last year. The ad famously ends with a young girl thanking Trump “for letting us say Merry Christmas again.” (Video) “We believe that cable news audiences, perhaps even the employees and viewers of ‘crazy Joe and Mika,’ will find something to love about our new ad. In
At a 9:00 a.m. (EST) this morning President Trump held a video conference with soldiers deployed overseas to wish them a Merry Christmas. The President complimented each representative assembly of the military on how well were doing in the fight against terrorism, and thanked them for their service. “We’re winning. Merry Christmas.” (Video) [Transcript] Via Video Teleconference – Mar-a-Lago Club and Resort – Palm Beach, Florida – 8:59 A.M. EST-THE PRESIDENT: I just wanted to wish everybody a very, very Merry Christmas. We say, “Christmas” again very proudly. Very, very merry Christmas. We’re going to have a great year. It’s
In California governor Jerry Brown’s endless attempts to drag California to third world nation status, he is now pardoning immigrants convicted of felonies in order to save them from being deported.The Sacramento Bee reports: Escalating the state’s showdown with the Trump administration over illegal immigration, California Gov. Jerry Brown used a Christmas holiday tradition to grant pardons Saturday to two men who were on the verge of being deported for committing crimes while in the U.S. Brown, pairing his state’s combative approach to federal immigration authorities with his belief in the power of redemption, characterized the pardons as acts of
Christians celebrated Christmas in Iraq´s second city of Mosul for the first time in four years today - and hymns and cries of joy flooded the church. The seasonal event marked the end of jihadist rule in the city and the Mass opened with the Iraqi national anthem as women wailed with emotion. Despite the modest interior of the church and the armoured police outside, wheelchair-bound Hossam Abud, 48, who returned this month from exile in Iraqi Kurdistan, said: ´This is a sign that life is returning to Mosul.´ In 2014 when the Islamic State group seized the city ordering
President Donald Trump is on vacation in Mar-a-Lago this weekend, celebrating the Christmas holiday with family, but he also seems to be on vacation from his own news cycle, stepping on a week´s worth of goodwill — perhaps the best week of his presidency — with a bizarre tweet about "crushing" CNN. Sometime early Sunday morning, Trump retweeted a doctored photo of himself with a blood splatter on his shoe, conveniently tagged, "CNN." (Tweet) The re-tweet came amid a small, middle-of-the-night tweetstorm, taking CNN to task for its fake news, and refusing to report that now-former FBI director Andrew McCabe
While most Americans are gathering around the television for their annual binge of Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, the left has been busy trashing the outlet for a too-white holiday lineup. The assault on the popular holiday tradition started this month with Salon.com’s report. The article is entitled “A super white Christmas: The Hallmark Channel gives us TV’s most homogeneous view of the holiday; Hallmark’s white Christmas tales have hooked holiday viewers while leaving minority actors out in the cold”: Unless you’re a holiday die-hard or a regular Hallmark viewer you may be wondering why this matters.
‘Look!” shouted my older daughter, Daphne, then 2 and a half , as she pointed to a cow. “Mooooooo.” “Moo is right,” I said, squeezed between car seats on the way to our new home. “And goats, too. So many goats.” “No, Mama. Sheep,” Daphne corrected me, her pigtails snapping side to side. She could differentiate farm animals better than I, a native New Yorker dropped from the clouds onto Texas soil. I had agreed to leave the Northeast and move to Dallas for my husband’s advertising career, an enterprise that was more profitable than my writing — alas, the greater good. The
.@RichLowry says it’s hard to see how polling improves for the GOP ahead of midterm elections because “this wave that’s building is built fundamentally on a lot of voters finding Donald Trump personally repellent.” https://t.co/0roLNXzYFb #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/DTPbga6UYX — This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 24, 2017 Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” National Review editor Rich Lowry said it was hard to see how polling improved for the Republicans ahead of the 2018 midterm elections because of “a lot of voters finding Donald Trump personally repellent.” Lowry said, “The problem is, I think this wave that’s building is built fundamentally on a lot of voters finding
Friday on FNC’s “America’s Newsroom,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said a congressional committee had evidence FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe indicated Hillary Clinton was going to get an “HQ special” regarding the investigation of her unauthorized email server and ties to the Clinton Foundation during her tenure as secretary of state. Gaetz, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, described the circumstances at the FBI regarding the investigation as “extreme pro-Hillary Clinton bias.” “The Judiciary Committee is engaged in an investigation, particularly as it relates to the handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal and any potential investigations of the
Before you settle down for a long winter’s nap with adult visions of sugar plums, consider a key fact about the 2018 midterm elections: We already know what they’re going to be about. Republicans, thanks to their last-minute tax triumph, will run on a pro-growth agenda. If the middle-class tax cuts work as promised, if the economy cooperates by continuing to expand by 3 percent or more and produces jobs, jobs, jobs, the GOP will have a strong message to sell. It will need one to protect its narrow margins in Congress, especially because the majority party usually loses seats in the
A passenger on a flight from Houston to Washington D.C. has accused United Airlines of giving her first-class seat to U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. D-Houston, and then threatening to remove her from the plane for complaining and snapping a photo of the Houston congresswoman. "It was just so completely humiliating," said Jean-Marie Simon, a 63-year-old attorney and private school teacher who used 140,000 miles on Dec. 3 to purchase the first-class tickets to take her from Washington D.C. to Guatemala and back home. When it came time to board the last leg of her flight home from George Bush
There´s no mistaking President Donald Trump´s ´Merry Christmas´ message - he wields it as a weapon against political correctness. For weeks, he´s been liberally sprinkling his public remarks with Christmas tidings. And then pointing it out in case anyone fails to notice. Trump has long promised that this year would be different after what he saw as a trend toward giving the Christian celebration short shrift in favor of a more generic and inclusive ´happy holidays´ message. (Photos) ´Well, guess what? We´re saying ´Merry Christmas´ again,´ Trump announced in October at a Values Voter Summit of conservatives. For all of
The minuscule Galilean town in which Joseph and Mary spent their lives and raised their son Jesus was, quite literally, a joke. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” asked one disciple, when he heard where the Messiah was from. Some scholars posit that this was a popular saying in the first century. In any event, Nazareth was on the fringes of the Roman Empire. Roman roads avoided it until the second century. Jesus came from a backwater of a backwater; he and his mother and father, the figures at the heart of the Christmas story, were most likely considered throwaway
Welcome to Gridlock Central, otherwise known as New York City during the holidays. It helps to remember that you’re not in Kansas anymore — or Manitoba, for that matter. Life will be so much better for yourself and everyone around you if you observe a few basic rules. In other words, walk this way: Keep right. If you’re walking more slowly than the natives — and there’s a good reason for the phrase “a New York minute” — stay to the right on stairs, escalators and sidewalks, so we can step nimbly by you. Separate. Two-by-two worked for Noah’s Ark,
Former FBI Director James Comey is accusing current FBI leadership of bowing to political pressure by reassigning the FBI’s top lawyer. “Sadly, we are now at a point in our political life when anyone can be attacked for partisan gain,” Comey tweeted Friday night, in a rare public statement. “James Baker, who is stepping down as FBI General Counsel, served our country incredibly well for 25 years & deserves better,” he continued. “He is what we should all want our public servants to be.” Baker worked closely with Comey during the latter’s time at the FBI and served as the
Remember these names: Jonah Goldberg, David Frum, Bill Kristol, Rich Lowry, Max Boot, Mitt Romney, John Kasich, Joe Scarborough, Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse, Jennifer Rubin, George Will, Josh Jordan, Tom Nichols, Charles Cooke, Stephen Hayes, Tim Miller, John Podhoretz, Nicole Wallace, Steven Schmidt, Bret Stephens, Ross Douthat, Leon Wolf, David Brooks, Rick Wilson, Evan McMullin, Stuart Stevens, Red State, National Review, the Weekly Standard… These are the so-called conservative men, women, and institutions who (among others) fought the hardest to sabotage Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, all in the unforgivable hope that Hillary Clinton would become president.
One of 2017´s defining geopolitical slugfests was between heavyweight personalities President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. It was an international standoff that descended into personal name-calling, with Trump labeling Kim "little rocket man" and the U.S. president being described as an "old lunatic" and a "dotard" in return. If the past year were one round in a boxing match, most analysts say there´s only one winner. "No question, Kim Jong Un won 2017," according to Jeffrey Lewis at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. In January, Trump used his Twitter pulpit to