While there are many good reasons why a doctor might refer a patient to an outside physician, from an organizational standpoint this occurrence — known as referral leakage — is bad for business. Organizations lose on average $780,000 annually per employed physician that refers out of the health system, according to ReferralMD, a physician referral management organization. That translates to an estimated $200 million to $500 million in lost revenue to competitors each year.Read More
I went to my primary care doctor for my annual checkup recently. I got a full physical, which included an EKG for my heart, breast exam, and a full blood workup. I had to wait for my blood test results. And I have to say, I was a bit nervous about a particular blood test result. But it’s probably not the one you think it is.Read More
A few weeks ago, a group of black doctors urged federal officials to ban the sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes because of its high usage in black communities. They’re right. It is time for the FDA to ban mentholated cigarettes.Read More
If you follow fitness instructors on social media, you hear a common refrain: Being healthy is a lifestyle, not a trend. In many ways, that is true. Multiple studies prove that dieting does not lead to long-term weight loss. But in some ways, that statement is completely incorrect. Sometimes being healthy has nothing to do with how many servings of fruits and vegetables you consume daily.Read More
I was speaking with a marketing veteran last week about passions, gifts, and goals. The conversation helped me process through blocks I have been having for quite some time — what is my next right step to turn my gifts and passions into measurable goals. But before we get to that, we have to go back.
I met Melanie, the marketing maven, during a career counseling session a couple of weeks ago. During the session, she gave me homework – answer 12 questions. One of which was: If you could do anything, what would you do?Read More
In the days since we learned of the death of former first lady Nancy Reagan, there has been an array of articles about her legacy. For many she was an icon – a stylish dresser, a pop culture maven, and the definition of a modern first lady. But for others, particularly those living with HIV, she was an angel-faced killer.Read More
I’m concerned about Charlie Sheen. Like genuinely concerned. It’s not because he disclosed he is HIV positive. It’s not because as of late he looks like a character on The Walking Dead. It’s not because he went off his antiretrovirals to take an alternative treatment method (well I am concerned about that but not as much).
It’s because he clearly has a mental health issue and the people in his life that are supposed to protect him are putting him in a precarious position.Read More
If you know me in my personal life, you know I have a strong distaste for Dr. Oz and “medical professionals” of that ilk. How someone who is respected in the medical community could degrade himself and his credentials in such a manner is beyond me. He’s like the Sham-wow guy or Mr. Set-it-and-forget-it without a catchphrase.
What’s alarming is he’s not the only one.Read More
At the crowded New Hampshire rally, Hillary Clinton supporters chanted, waiting for the presidential hopeful made her way to the stage. She wasn't alone -- beside her was former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. As Clinton stood just inches from the feminist icon, she looked as if she could hardly contain herself.Read More
Louie Ortiz-Fonseca is on a mission to show the diversity and uniqueness of the gay and queer Latino community in his hometown. Through a multimedia storytelling project he launched in 2013 with his friend, Anthony Leon, he seeks to answer the question: What is it like to grow up Latino and gay?Read More