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With all due respect, the authors of this letter have no idea what they're talking about.
St Mary's in Grand Junction does an incredible job serving a huge number of patients from a large and diverse geographical service area. Any hospitalist working there is most certainly "working in the real world" often taking care of some of the most critical patients referred there by outlying rural hospitals like ours.
"A welfare system for incompetent doctors?" Whoa there partner. Board certified internal medicine docs specializing in hospital and critical care are probably far from incompetent. However, I'll humor the argument for a moment. Say we get an absolutely worthless hospitalist. What then? Well, after discussing this hospitalist proposal with a couple of TMH board members, my understanding is that TMH can request a replacement doc for any reason and that doc will be replaced within 12 hours. It's also my understanding that the agreement with the hospitalist company is a month to month contract. So if TMH or the greater Craig community is not satisfied with the level of service provided, there's no binding contract.
Bottom line. We are in desperate need of more medical providers in town and this is a great way to not only fill that void, but to actually increase the level and quality of patient care available in Craig.
I agree with the previous poster that this is a no brainer. Let’s bring more physicians to TMH and increase our ability to care for more patients. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re in need of more physicians in town, and that need is growing.
I also doubt that there is only one doc in town who cares enough to see his patients in the hospital. Having had family in TMH and having been in there a time or two myself, it seems like all the docs work after hours and on weekends. Haven’t met one yet that wants to “simply forget about their patients after office hours.”
Thoughts regarding Dr. Kipe’s decision not to use the hospitalist service. First, he’s not in any way required to. My understanding is that he can continue his practice the way it currently is without change. HOWEVER, Dr. Kipe may say he won’t make use of this service, but of course he will. Unless he plans on being on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year without ever leaving town.
Bottom line, this is a much needed service at TMH. It benefits the patients by bringing in a higher level of care and increased availability of the on call doctor. It benefits the hospital through increased production and the improved ability to recruit more providers in the future. It benefits the physicians by allowing them time to better focus on and increase volume in their outpatient practices.
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Is there even a remote chance of getting someone with at least a hint of medical knowledge on the board? Seems like we have a bunch of folks that, while probably good and capable at their respective industries, don't have a grasp of anything medical. And yet, they are making policy decisions that affect medical care in our community.
Taxslave, if the contrails are poisioning your thoughts, the government is implanting microchips in your brain, home gardens are outlawed and our duly elected President is a foriegn born socialist muslim antichrist, then why the heck haven't you left the country? Maybe because even you don't actually believe your insane rants?
As for my hope for Craig in 2011, how about a little common sense? I know it's a long shot, but guy can dream.
Just a few thoughts.
Not sure who this "new breed of doctors" are. All the new docs I've met and seen in town are dedicated, concerned and seem to work round the clock, unlike Dr. Kipe who seems to be on vacation monthly. If Dr. Kipe is the old breed, I think I prefer the new breed.
Moffat Family Clinic will be closed in less than a year. Their track record for retaining physicians is dismal at best. How many have they gone through in the last few years? Dr. Johnson, Dr. Reishus, Dr. Huffmire, Dr. Reilly, Dr. Philips, Dr. Roberts, Dr. Crow and probably a few other I can't recall. If they're interested in employing such great doctors, why can't they get any of them to stay?
Lastly, I'm guessing by the overall lack of comments, the community of Craig ain't too concerned about the downfall of Moffat Family Clinic. I know I'm not.
Couple of corrections. Under HIPAA, a release of information does not have to be signed if a patient is being refered to a specialist. You certainly don't have to sign a release for a doctor to transport records with him to a new location.
Also, it's a huge leap to accuse Dr. Kinder of selling personal records to other agencies. It's one thing for a physician to be reimbursed for the time spent to transfer records with him to a new location. It's a completely different (and illegal) thing for a physician to sell personal health information to outside agencies.
If you are so concerned about your records being moved, go to Dr. Kinder's office and ask to recieve copies of your records and close your charts. Since only active charts are being transfered, your closed chart would stay put.
Apparently I'm not as literate as taxslave, but if I was actually able to read on my own, I would hazard a guess that the section of the healthcare bill he's referring to would be pages 1000 - 1004 from the original bill calling for the FDA to make a registry for implantable devices, such as pacemakers and hip implants. This never had anything even remotely to do with implanted microchips in people. More importantly, the requirement of a national registry for implantable devices was dropped from the final bill.
Again, sorry to let the truth get in the way of some good fear mongering.
I'm always impressed at how quickly us Craig-ites can take any subject and quickly change it to an anti-Obama rant. Seems a bit reaching to go from concerns over hosital bills to Obama requiring chip implantation, but you made it work.
Anywho, I took your advice and read through the bill (again.) Surprisingly, I couldn't find the part requiring chip insertion nor the anti-garden clause in the food safety bill. Oh well.
But I digress. Healthcare is expensive. So is health insurance. But it's completely worth it to me and my family. Is healthcare free to undocumented illegal aliens? Not any more than it is to anybody else. While I'm not privy to TMH accounting statements, I'm pretty sure more free care is given to legal citizen white folk that don't pay their bill than to illegal immigrants. But don't ever let the truth get in the way of a good arguement.
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