Archives for March 29, 2011

Doctors, Gun Groups Compromise on Gun Ownership Questions | Sunshine State News

Rant follows the pull quote here:

The National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups had pushed for a much stronger bill that would have precluded doctors, in many cases, from asking patients about whether they own guns. Backers of the measure, sponsored by Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, had said patients were being harassed over gun ownership.

But citing the confidentiality of what is said between doctors and patients, and a broader desire to protect other members of patients’ families, doctors had pushed back hard against the bill (SB 432). The issue had promised a fight between two of the most powerful lobbies at the Florida Capitol.

But an amendment adopted before the committee’s vote on Monday would now generally allow doctors to ask questions about gun ownership, as long as the physician doesn’t “harass” the patient, and doesn’t enter the information into the patient’s record without a good reason. That leaves enough room that doctors now support the measure, as does the NRA.

via Doctors, Gun Groups Compromise on Gun Ownership Questions | Sunshine State News.

Nobody should support this bill. I’ve said so before. And to remind everyone, I’m a doctor who owns a gun.

Your doctor harasses you about guns? Stand up, walk out, get another doctor. Tell your shooting friends to avoid that doc. That’s fine. Look, if you own a gun, ostensibly for self defense, but cannot say ‘no’ to a question you think is out of bounds you need to sell your gun. Use the money to buy a sign that says “Please don’t hurt me, I’m unarmed (and don’t ask me questions in an offensive manner either)”.

What kind of sissies live in Florida that if their doctor ‘harasses’ them about guns they need a law affecting all doctors in their state so they don’t have to say ‘none of ya beezwax’? Really, this rose to the level of insult to the patient population that legislation was required? This is where our Republic is, we need to regulate speech so nobody gets offended?

Nothing good will come of this special interest encroachment into what can be discussed in a physician patient relationship. This sets a terrible precedent going forward. ‘Well, it was okay to ban conversations about guns, so now the (insert special interest group) manufacturers have this bill, see, and…’.

Shame on the Florida docs for agreeing to this travesty. Opposing this, and taking it to court had it passed, would have been the right thing to do. For your profession, your patients, and your country.

MLB, Players Association adopt new protocols regarding concussions | News

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association adopted a new series of protocols under the new joint policy regarding concussions, including the creation of a seven-day disabled list.

A committee of experts created the policy, which will oversee the manner in which concussions are diagnosed initially and will be used to determine when players and umpires can return to the field following a concussion. The new policy goes into effect on Opening Day.

via MLB, Players Association adopt new protocols regarding concussions | News.

That’s a really good idea. I’m impressed.

Family Medicine Rocks – Family Medicine Rocks Blog – Mike Sevilla, MD – Grand Rounds Volume 7 Number 27

I’m honored to be hosting Grand Rounds for the fourth time. This is not the GR theme today, but I did want to mention that it’s Doctor’s Day tomorrow in the United States. Doctor’s Day was first observed on March 30, 1933. Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles Almond, decided to set aside a day to honor physicians.

The red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors Day. In 1990, law was passed designating March 30 as “National Doctors Day.” Big shout out to all my physician colleagues out there!

via Family Medicine Rocks – Family Medicine Rocks Blog – Mike Sevilla, MD – Grand Rounds Volume 7 Number 27.

From the formerly anonymous Dr. Anonymous, it’s the well-known Dr. Mike Sevilla at his new blog, Family Medicine Rocks.

Yahoo! News: US News breaks out the best hospitals by 1 Mil Metro areas

To take a bite out of their guesswork, U.S. News tapped its latest annual evaluation of the nation’s nearly 5,000 hospitals and, for the first time ever, ranked the best ones in the 52 U.S. metropolitan areas with 1 million or more residents. Today’s release of those rankings represents the largest expansion of U.S. News Best Hospitals since the annual rankings began more than two decades ago.

via Yahoo!.


Update: Hmm, that article over-spoke. Here’s more what’s happening, from the WSJ: they’re just getting less support, not running away.


Google Drops Health Project – GLG News

Google Health being dropped is a setback for Electronic Medical Records EMRS in three ways: 1 Widespread adoption through cloud access; 2 Time-to-market and payback; and 3 Cross-industry collaboration.

via Google Drops Health Project – GLG News.

My summary: Google couldn’t find any way to make money doing this, so they bowed out.

I think that’s a completely rational decision for them to make. Unfortunate for the world, but that’s business.