2014 Spring Cleaning

Piles of news backed up in my inbox.

  • Good work by Dr. Branco and his constant effort to get kids immunized.  I will be seeing him next week.  Dr. Branco, if you are not aware is behind the Vaccines Save Lives sticker.
  • In a similar vein, I love this segment (at least his moment, starting ~2:30)from Dr. Stu Cohen.  “It’s like playing Russian Roulette.”
  • It’s a good week to be proud of Vermont, as our Congressman (note the singular) Peter Welch gets a pediatric research bill passed.  The NIH has been decimated going back a couple terms, I am delighted to see a return to valuing science.
  • John Canning is the one who pointed me to a tool from the NYTimes that allows you to see how much Medicare paid specific physicians last year.  It’s all part of the giant CMS Freeing Of Data, which I generally applaud.
  • The pediatrician I’ve known the longest, and the one to whose group I bring our kids, Dr. Joe Hagan, was officially named one of the AAP’s president-elect candidates.  I wish I could provide you to a good link, or a WWW with more information, etc., but this is the AAP we’re talking about here.  So I can’t.  I hope that Dr. Hagan reverses the trend of the organized academic physician voting.
  • Finally, here’s an interesting note.  Do you use a hosted EHR, one that uses a browser?  Look out for an exploit in the CCDA spec that could open your EHR and computer to hacking.  Crazy!
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