Fred N. Pelzman, MD

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Name: <a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/fred-n-pelzman" rel="tag">Fred N. Pelzman, MD
Date registered: November 16, 2017
URL: https://www.kevinmd.com/blog

Latest posts

  1. Clicking checkboxes doesn’t meaningfully improve care — October 7, 2018
  2. Health care has too many moving parts — September 26, 2018
  3. It’s time for an army of people to help take care of our patients — August 23, 2018
  4. Making the world a better place for new medical interns — August 13, 2018
  5. A better way to handle patient handoffs from the hospital — August 4, 2018

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Clicking checkboxes doesn’t meaningfully improve care

Earlier this week, I was pleased to learn that my practice had achieved a statistically significant increase in box clicking. In reviewing data from our accountable care organization, graphs were shown to us demonstrating improved compliance with several of the measures that they’ve instituted institution-wide for the purpose of reporting back to Medicare on how […]

Health care has too many moving parts

So many moving parts. Just last week, a patient I’ve cared for over 20 years came to see me, and she was despondent over a number of issues. First and foremost was that her partner of over 60 years has had progressive dementia, and finally things got so bad that he had to be transferred […]

It’s time for an army of people to help take care of our patients

This was the end-of-the-hallway conversation with an elderly patient after wrapping up a recent office visit, as we walked away from the exam room toward the front desk to schedule her follow-up appointment, and she realized that we were “celebrating” 20 years together. I met her when she was admitted as an inpatient when I […]

Making the world a better place for new medical interns

It’s that time of year again. The start of a new academic year, marked by the arrival of a brand-new class of interns starting out in their training. Clutching their freshly-minted medical degrees, they appear so ready, so anxious, so excited, so eager to learn. Now it’s our job to make sure they stay this […]

A better way to handle patient handoffs from the hospital

As we all know, the time around discharge from the hospital is a tricky one. In more ways than one can imagine, patients are in a delicate state, judged by those caring for them to no longer be sick enough to need to remain in the hospital, but possibly not quite completely ready to be […]

Love smart functions in your EMR? This doctor doesn’t.

How smart do we want our electronic health record to be? Somewhere between as dumb as a piece of paper and a pen, and too smart for our own good. Many, many years ago, before we spent the majority of our office visit staring at a flatscreen LED and typing away, our charts were simple […]

Why are we treating outpatients like inpatients?

Repercussions. Every action that is taken, especially when it comes to healthcare, has ripple effects, which often end up being more far more significant than we anticipate, turning that ripple into a tidal wave. Every time somebody besides actual health care providers steps into the mix and tell those of us taking care of patients […]

We need the time to apply our noticing skills to our patients

Noticing. If you think about it, that’s really a lot of what we do a lot of the time. As clinicians, we are trained as observers to notice, to use our eyes, our ears, our hands. To notice. We notice that our patients seem different today. More tired. A little pale. Notice a change in […]

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