Obamacare, MACRA, Medicacre and Opting-Out: form Orwellian Chill to Shakespearean Chuckle

In this cowardly new world of government mandated “Meaningful Use” electronic medical records and mandated adoption and application of World Health Organization derived ICD-10 codes to billing, it’s nice to trade the Orwellian chill for a Shakespearean chuckle every once in a while. Today is one of those days. I am a physician and surgeon […]


United Healthcare’s Bank Enables Even More Data Mining About You

Guest Post From Barbara Duck, Proprietor of The Medical Quack Blog

How many people know that United-owned Optum has a bank?  They don’t offer any retail services outside of an Health Savings Account to the public but many companies offer this for people who have a high deductible health insurance policy.  You can read through Yelp and make your own opinions if you want to dive in a bit more.  The bank is located in Salt Lake City and most of what one would do with this “custodial” bank would be onlineimage of course.  There are other Health Savings Accounts around of course to choose from.  Well here we have MasterCard who we should all know by now are just marketing and mining your data to who ever seems to have the money to buy anymore.  Here’s a company names Argus, who buys credit card information and then continues on to “score” you.  We’re not talking credit scores here, but anything they can think of where they can take data, score you with some query some Rogue software engineer came up with to make money. Continue reading

Government, AMA, and AOA are all on one side, not the patients’ side, but the control side

Guest Post from Gina Reghetti, DO

So sad that government is in medicine at all!

The AOA & Government will end up pushing all doctors right out of their jobs. The problem isn’t drugs and doctors that are “over prescribing,” it’s their agendas that are aimed at taking our prescription writing ability away and putting it into the hands of the pharmaceutical companies, as planned.

The government & AOA are going right along with their created agendas that are to allow pharmaceutical companies to be the primary care centers all over the world.

That’s why they are located at every corner lot in the USA, and are allowed always to use eminent domain to obtain their prime real estate locations.

One can see the enormous powers the state pharmaceutical board has been granted over doctors, with their regulations and monitoring of doctors’ controlled substance prescribing. It’s going to get worse when they are permitted to regulate the doctors and take total control of medicine. Continue reading

OCC isn’t worth a second of my time

Guest Post from Gina Reghetti, DO

Osteopathic Continuing Certification, (OCC) isn’t worth a second of my time to even begin to explain how I feel about it.

Everyone knows it is total non-sense mandated upon the Osteopathic Doctors for no other reason then to line the pockets of all of those who push the unproven, non-scientific, not about patient-doctor medical care, socialistic agenda!

I am totally insulted that the American Osteopathic Association, (AOA) would support something so against the Osteopaths’ way of medical practice, and treat grown doctors as if we are all incompetent to know what we should learn.

The AOA is totally on the wrong track! I believe that it has been hijacked by non-American agendas. Continue reading

If You Are Insured by Cigna, Guess What You Have a New Pharmacy Benefit Manager Named United Healthcare

Guest Post From Barbara Duck, Proprietor of The Medical Quack Blog

imageFirst question out of the barrel might be “how can that be”.  It’s really not too difficult to figure out.  A short while back United Healthcare bought a pharmacy benefit manager named Catamaran, and actually took on $10 billion in debt to acquire them.  This has been in the news for a while actually, so how did you end up with United Healthcare.  It’s easy, Catamaran is the Pharmacy Benefit Manager for Cigna, so when United bought the company, it became a subsidiary of United Healthcare, so there you go.  The company is now a subsidiary of the huge too big to fail health insurer, who actually gets 2/3rds of their revenue from insurance policies and the rest from selling software and algorithms for a big chunk of the other third. Continue reading

How to return healthcare to real healing

“Osteopathic family physicians have always had patient centered medical home practices. We don’t need insurance or government bodies to certify us for money. We also shouldn’t be forced to sell patient and physician private data for money. we shouldn’t be forced to work for hospital systems due to complicated cronyism federal law. DPC Direct primary care changes 70 years of insurance and government lies and deceit back to the privileged individual patient-physician relationship.” Craig M. Wax DO

Back to Puke, Purge and Blister ?

Since 1888 when the first Osteopath put forth the Principles of Osteopathy and a comprehensive therapeutic program that was much more than puke, purge and blister which was the practice of “Medicine” at that time and as a result was run out of Kansas and went to Kirksville MO where he established the first College of Osteopathy and after 6 years began the American Osteopathic Association which is now in the process of ending the degree of DO and sending all graduates of DO colleges of Osteopathic Medicine to ACGME programs approved by the ABMS and they will certified by the ABMS boards and there will be no more Osteopaths.

I am astounded by the apathy of practicing DO;s and an apparent lack of concern. There are many who think that they should unite with the Allopaths especially in acquiring Board certification. I have been a DO

since 1961 and was a practicing “Internist followed by cardiology and then an MD fellowship in rheumatology completed in 1971. In this time I have been threatened by a malpractice suit 5 times and these were never litigated. I practice rheumatology full time and will do so until my demise. We practice the highest standards of healthcare provision and currently have students rotating from 3 DO schools and 2 MD schools. The
students are astounded by the way we practice as we practice Osteopathy that is far advanced from that which is currently taught at Osteopathic Colleges of Osteopathic medicine. They are seeing patients that revere our way of practice.

We are putting all we can muster in establishing The American Association of Osteopathic Physicians and plan on being Osteopaths in our organization. We have established American Boards of Osteopathic Specialties to provide certification in all specialties. We are interested in how many may join us.

Charles L. Clay DO