Sarasota Urologist Challenges Regulators Print E-mail
Written by Carol Gentry | Health News Florida   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:58

Sarasota urologist Ronald Wheeler says he's going to continue doing a controversial prostate-cancer treatment, even though an FDA panel recently voted against it and even though the state could punish him for it.

Because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved the French device that Wheeler uses for high-intensity focused ultrasound, called HIFU, he has been treating his patients in Mexico...

... The FDA panel isn't Wheeler's only current problem. As Health News Florida reported in June, the Florida Board of Medicine is so suspicious of his style of practice that it voted to seek his suspension, calling him "a menace to society."

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Does direct primary care improve quality measures? Print E-mail
Written by Stephen C. Schimpff, MD   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:28

In earlier posts, I have described direct primary care (DPC) in its various forms called membership, retainer and concierge. There are some concerns with DPC. Does more doctor-patient time really mean better quality care? Does it really mean lower total costs? It seems logical that closer care means better care, fewer referrals to specialists and fewer hospitalizations. Most DPC physicians will tell you this is the case but there are few studies to actually document results. Here are two based on data from a large DPC organization.

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Misdiagnosis: Can It Be Remedied? Print E-mail
Written by Joyce Frieden | medpage TODAY   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 10:50

Misdiagnosis -- diagnosing a patient with the wrong disease, or with the correct one too late -- continues to be a big issue for healthcare providers. And despite continuing efforts to reduce it, the problem isn't going to go away any time soon.
The major areas of misdiagnosis -- commonly defined as "a diagnosis that is missed, wrong, or delayed, as detected by some subsequent definitive test or finding" -- have not changed much over the years...
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