The Doctor's Lounge Radio Show

Hosted by Dr. Hal Scherz and Dr. Michael J. Koriwchak

Real doctors from the front lines of medicine engage the man-made crisis in American Healthcare. Hal Scherz, MD FACS (Pediatric Urologist) and Michael J. Koriwchak, MD, Otolaryngologist (Head and Neck Surgery) airs The Doctor's Lounge on America's Web Radio on Thursdays at 8:00 am Eastern.

"Every hospital has a private area where Doctors go to get a cup of coffee and get together to talk amongst themselves to discuss medical and health care matters... This show is a window into the private conversations doctors have that impact your world."

Dr. Gross Doesn’t Go To Washington

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The stage was set to take the innovation of DPC (Direct Primary Care) to the halls of the Senate when the wheels came off with the drama of the Kavanaugh nomination hearings.

Testimony on health care innovation has been postponed in the wake of the last minute accusations swirling through Washington.

“One thing that is clear is that Washington only knows brinksmanship.  It is precisely that Washington obstruction mentality that has handcuffed small practice and driven them into near extinction.
Do we want that brinksmanship to be what guides our entire national health care system?  That’s what will happen if we adopt a government controlled single payer health care system.”

– Lee Gross, M.D., President of Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation.

Dr. Gross steps into The Doctor’s Lounge with host Mike Koriwchak to share some of the testimony he was scheduled to deliver to the Senate committee.

 

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Physician Led Alternatives to the Insurance Market – Expanding HIP Nation

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Seventy to eighty percent of health care needs are resolved at the primary level – doctor to patient in the Direct Primary Care practice model.

The perceived Achilles Heel of Direct Primary Care is the need for specialists in more difficult health issues.  Wrap around insurance is there to fill the gap but we are seeing rates go up, as the service is declining.

HIP Nation is the DPC solution for the specialist needs that is working out an innovative health care model around Atlanta.  Seven locations are serving the area with three more opening in the fall.

Host Hal Scherz, M.D. explains how the free market can even work to reduce costs for intractable problems in specialist care.

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Power in the States!

Show host, Hal Scherz, M.D. will discuss the successes in the ground game of medical reform.

From the Florida success in DPC (led in part by D4PCF President Lee Gross) to the end of MOC in Texas through the efforts of State Rep. Dawn Buckingham, M.D., local leaders and physicians are finding solutions the Federal government fails to address.

Tune in for the report and the next steps D4PCF is coordinating in the citizen revolt against bureaucratic third party medicine.

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EMR Mandates

Marion Mass, M.D. launched the latest salvo in the battle to protect the doctor/patient relationship calling for the deregulation of electronic medical records in the Wall Street Journal.

Mass, a pediatrician, steps into The Doctor’s Loungeto discuss the administration’s updates to EMR and her activism for medicine leading physicians into social media.

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Juggernauts Enter Health Care

Three of America’s leading companies have sent shock waves through the health care industry by announcing a partnership to serve the health care needs of their vast employee networks.

Host Hal Scherz, M.D. will explore the possibilities and problems of these juggernauts upending health care for millions of lives.

From the announcement:
Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) announced today that they are partnering on ways to address healthcare for their U.S. employees, with the aim of improving employee satisfaction and reducing costs.

The three companies, which bring their scale and complementary expertise to this long-term effort, will pursue this objective through an independent company that is free from profit-making incentives and constraints. The initial focus of the new company will be on technology solutions that will provide U.S. employees and their families with simplified, high-quality and transparent healthcare at a reasonable cost.

 

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Fiction Based in Fact

Coming of Age for an Early Female Surgeon

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Urologist Martha Boone steps into the Doctor’s Lounge to discuss her new book, The Big Free.

A work of fiction based on her own experiences in the medical world, Dr. Boone has crafted a humorous, dramatic, coming of age story for a female doctor in one of the busiest trauma centers of New Orleans.

Colleague Hal Scherz, M.D. interviews Dr. Boone.

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Rise of Online Doctor Ratings

Patients Venting but Few Praising?

Micke KoriwchakYelp has become ubiquitous in rating everything from restaurants to services nationwide.

Online ratings have become a mainstay in modern life, but has it filtered down to patients rating doctors in a useful way?

In the next episode of the Doctor’s Lounge, Dr. Michael Koriwchak tackles the impact of online doctor ratings.  Are patients motivated to praise online, or does it only skew toward reporting when there is a problem?

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