And … Slow Dentistry, too!
By Ann Miller RN MHA
We don’t know exactly when, but the practice of medicine has morphed into the delivery of health care.
Of course, if healthcare has become big business, we at the ME-P through our publication, text and handbooks, advertisers and sponsors, as well as speaking and consulting engagements may be partially to blame. But, hopefully not to the extreme it has become in some cases.
For example, did you know that Medicare has a CPT® medical payment code for a ten minute “treadmill” office visit?
God’s Hotel – The Book
So, if you aren’t sure – or are too young to know – of what’s happening today, the new book “God’s Hotel” is for you. It’s an engaging book by Dr. Victoria Sweet, a general internist from Laguna Honda Hospital that chronicles her perspectives from the last almshouse in the United States.
IOW: She is off the insurance grid and has discovered a way to benefit patients, not necessarily medical providers, by practicing something called “slow” medicine.
THINK: Marcus Welby MD
Of course, our own ME-P investigative reporter Darrell K. Pruitt DDS, has been commenting and opining on this issue vis-a-vie the dental insurance industry treadmill of “fast” production line oral care.
For example, he often asks his colleagues: Are you fed up with successfully doing intricate handwork to exacting tolerances in mouths of anxious patients and then having to fight to get the patients’ insurance company to pay what they rightfully owe THEIR CLIENT.
IOW: Working faster and faster, for less and less compensation.
“God’s Hotel”: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine
More from the ME-P: The Emerging Discipline of “Slow Medicine” and Professional Liability
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Filed under: "Doctors Only", Book Reviews, Ethics, Practice Management | Tagged: business of medicine, Darrell Pruitt, delta dentall, dental managed care, God’s Hotel, managed medical care, medical ethics, slow medicine, victoria sweet |