Michael Kirsch, MD

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Name: <a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/michael-kirsch" rel="tag">Michael Kirsch, MD
Date registered: May 27, 2014
URL: http://www.kevinmd.com/blog

Latest posts

  1. The rise of patient navigators is a sign that medical billing needs to be reformed — November 12, 2017
  2. Most of the documentation physicians perform don’t help patients — November 3, 2017
  3. C. difficile: We are not winning the war against this cunning adversary — October 27, 2017
  4. Why are you seeing the gastroenterologist? — October 18, 2017
  5. The cost of drugs confounds this gastroenterologist — September 25, 2017

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The rise of patient navigators is a sign that medical billing needs to be reformed

To accomplish certain tasks, we need a little help from our friends. No one can do it all, although many of us are more resourceful than others. Some folks are adventurous and dive into a new arena with excitement. They may be tinkerers who aren’t afraid to play with new gadgets. Sure, they might break […]

Most of the documentation physicians perform don’t help patients

Let me post a question that neither I nor readers can answer: How much of what I do during the course of a day directly benefits patients? Perhaps, I don’t want to really know as I would be dismayed at how much of my effort benefits no one. Ask a nurse who works on a hospital […]

C. difficile: We are not winning the war against this cunning adversary

If any reader has heard of C. difficile, affectionately known as C. diff, then I presume you have had closer contact with this germ than you would have liked.  It’s an infection of the colon that can be serious, or even fatal.  There isn’t a hospital in the country that isn’t battling against the infection. […]

Why are you seeing the gastroenterologist?

Gastroenterologists, as specialists, are called upon by other doctors to address digestive issues in their patients. For example, our daily office schedule is filled with patients sent by primary care physicians who want our advice or our technical testing skills to evaluate individuals with abdominal pain, bowel issues, heartburn, rectal bleeding and various other symptoms. […]

The cost of drugs confounds this gastroenterologist

Most of us do not know the basics of economics, although we should. It impacts every one of us every day that we are alive. Yet, for most of us, once we get beyond the law of supply and demand, our knowledge of the subject starts to vaporize. I can’t explain fiscal or monetary policy. […]

After a $417 million judgment: What should corporations do?

I have written about talcum powder previously.  Indeed, I have not only opined on the slippery substance, but I am also a regular consumer of the product.  Talcum powder has become magic legal dust that brings forth zillions of dollars to those who have been attacked by the poisonous toxin. Just last year, I informed readers of […]

The risk that genetic engineering will be used to achieve non-medical results

We cannot let the anecdote rule over us.   We don’t make sound policy if we are swayed by isolated emotional vignettes.  Of course, a vignette describes a living, breathing human being, but we must consider the greater good, the overall context and the risk of letting our hearts triumph over our heads when making general […]

When it comes to after-hours care, expectations need to be adjusted

Today’s patients must adjust to seeing many physicians, many of whom are strangers. If you need a doctor on the weekend, at night or just need a same day appointment, you may very well not be seen by your physician. This is not your father’s medical practice. The days of the physician house call have […]

Why this physician doesn’t prescribe pain medications

It may seem strange that a gastroenterologist like me does not prescribe pain medicines. Let me rephrase that. I don’t prescribe opioids or narcotics. I write prescriptions for so few controlled substances that I do not even know my own DEA number. You might think that a gastroenterologist who cares for thousands of patients with […]

When your doctor’s computer crashes

Earlier this week, as I write this, our office lost a skirmish against technology. It was my procedure day, where lucky patients file in awaiting the pleasures of scope examinations of their alimentary canals. A few will swallow the scope (under anesthesia), but most will have back-end work done. We are a small private practice […]

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