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Cancer Patients May Not Get The Rehab They Need: A Missed Opportunity To Consider – Better Health

April 5th, 2017 by Dr. Val Jones in Health Tips, Opinion This blog post first appeared at: Curious Dr. George  Rehabilitation medicine is one of the best-kept secrets in healthcare. Although the specialty is as old as America’s Civil War, few people are familiar with its history and purpose. Born out of compassion for wounded soldiers in desperate need of ...

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Telehealth: Cost Saver or Cost Driver? – Better Health

April 7th, 2017 by Dr. Val Jones in Opinion Over 1 million virtual doctor visits were reported in 2015. Telehealth companies have long asserted that increased access to physicians via video or phone conferencing saves money by reducing office visits and Emergency Department care. But a new study calls this cost savings into question. Increased convenience can increase utilization, which ...

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Most Doctors Could Pay Off Their Student Loans Quickly If They Took Short Term Austerity Measures – Better Health

April 21st, 2017 by Dr. Val Jones in Opinion At the risk of vilification by my peers, I’m going to say something extremely unpopular. We physicians have it pretty good financially. Our salaries are generous, and we have a much higher standard of living than most others in America. When I read online physician complaints about student loan debt, I ...

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How Does The Gig Economy Translate To Physician Work? – Better Health

May 15th, 2017 by Dr. Val Jones in Opinion The New Yorker recently featured a long essay about a popular new episodic work style sweeping America: the “gig economy.” The gig economy unbundles units of work previously tied to an employer or specific job. Online platforms serve as conveners to match task requests with those seeking to complete them. The New Yorker notes: ...

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Words Of Wisdom For Doctors Interested In Trying Locum Tenens Work – Better Health

June 5th, 2017 by Dr. Val Jones in Health Tips, Opinion I receive a significant amount of email in response to my blog posts about locum tenens work. Curious colleagues (from surgeons to internists and emergency medicine physicians) ask for insider insight into this “mysterious business” of being a part-time or traveling physician. I am always happy to respond individually, ...

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All Physicians Should Engage In Pharmaceutical Whack-A-Mole: Please Follow Physiatry’s Lead – Better Health

June 12th, 2017 by Dr. Val Jones in Health Policy, Uncategorized Medical school prepares physicians to prescribe medications for prevention and treatment of disease, but little to no time is spent teaching something just as important: de-prescribing. In our current system of auto-refills, e-prescriptions, and mindless “check box” EMR medication reconciliation, patients may continue taking medications years after their original ...

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Patient Access to Medical Services Varies by Individual Physician’s Will to Fight Insurance Companies – Better Health

July 3rd, 2017 by Dr. Val Jones in Health Policy, Opinion American healthcare reform debates are focused on strategies to provide “access” to medical services for all. Lack of insurance (or under-insurance) seems to be the primary focus, as it is falsely assumed that coverage provides access. Unfortunately, the situation is far more complicated. Once a person has health insurance, there is ...

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How to Avoid Shin Splints

Shin splints are small tears in the area where the lower leg muscle attaches to the tibia, aka the shin bone. The tears result from overuse, and since pavement taxes your muscles more than a treadmill, many runners complain of shin pain when they first begin outdoor runs. Shin splints are small tears in the area where the lower leg ...

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