Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Advance Care Planning Presentation at BellHOP Cafe

Advance Care Planning:  Starting a Conversation in our Community
Sponsored by Open Arms Health Clinic at the BellHOP CafĂ© May 20, 2015;  9 AM
Pastor Ralph Vencill, PhD, Pat Jonas, MD

Introductions  People, Ohio DNR Form
Advance Care Planning:                      What it is
                                                             What it does
                                                             Why it’s important
                                                             How to do it
UD/MVH Symposium in March
               Dying in America
               Respecting Choices program in Wisconsin
               Honoring Choices program in Minnesota
America Bar Association
Centers for Disease Control
Tool Kits
What about us?
Pastor’s Perspective
Panel

Next Steps

Friday, May 15, 2015

Professionalism in Medicine

The new Journal of the AMA (JAMA) edition is about Professionalism and Governance.  It's loaded with great information about "Professionalism, Self-Regulation, and Motivation".

The five sections include Education and Professionalism, Board Certification and Lifelong Learning, Self-governance and Self-regulation, Professionalism and Employment, Perspectives on Medical Professionalism.

It's timely for the public also to be aware of what's happening to the medical profession.

Look into it.  WWW.JAMA.com

I'll comment on my BlogTalk Radio Show about these subjects.

What do you think?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Family Medicine: Refreshing and Expanding Our Voice Through Direct Primary Care

I love doing Family Medicine!  I am me when I do Family Medicine.  I could not have found a better career choice for me to have my voice.  My career values, goals and dreams are fulfilled when I do Family Medicine.

I made a choice that helped me find my voice.  Having that voice has enabled me to help others to find theirs, to be who they are by having their health and knowing that they matter.

Sinister forces that I've blogged about from time to time are trying to take away my voice.  I've quested to protect my voice as a Family Physician.  

Direct Primary Care (DPC) is one way to keep, refresh and enhance my voice.  

I offer DPC to new patients which offsets the piles of useless administrative drivel that bombards me as a Family Physician daily.  On that side of the practice, I do more and more and more to be paid less and less and less.  It's not sustainable.  So it will end sooner or later.

The insurance companies, government initiatives, the pharmaceutical industry, electronic medical records and non-payment of claims have negatively impacted my ability to help people to have their health and better align with their values, goals and dreams.

Direct Primary Care (DPC) development inspires physicians to find a path for patients to be able to pay their own way for family medical care.  There are imaging and laboratory companies willing to deal at a much lower price point than is publicly posted.  There are specialty physicians willing to care for patients who personally pay for their services.  Etc.

As deductibles soar for patients, they will realize that a DPC practice will cost less than their deductible and maybe help them not to meet their deductible by more cost-effective care and decisions made with their DPC Family Physician.

We can help the medical profession to get beyond the risk of becoming "Statin Sluts", by bypassing the paradigm of over-management of medical decision making and "bonus based" practices that are bankrupting America shamelessly.

Direct Primary Care is one answer to protecting our voice, or finding it again.  DPC offers a more direct relationship between patient and physician with more time to practice medicine and align with both patient and physician values, goals and dreams.

Learn more at www.dpcare.org