2008-04-07 00:00:00

Non-profit foundation "Doctors in Peril" helps physicians wronged by IT, EMR, medical device, and other vendors

A friend sent me a note about this forum posting at HIStalk recently. It’s about an interesting new foundation called Doctors in Peril. Here’s the original text:

Hi,

My name is Jim Edison and I work part time for a private, non-profit foundation called www.doctorsinperil.org. The foundation was started after a personal loss of the founder and its mission statement is to assist doctors in obtaining refunds from electronic medical records manufacturers for products that do not work as advertised. The EHR industry is new and many companies are taking advantage of doctor’s natural trust and naitivite. We do not take any money for our services.

We will investigate a complaint filed with us and if there is merit to the complaint, we will use the threat of public exposure to help the doctor or clinic obtain a refund. We also have a legal war chest and a law firm on retainer that may be used for class action lawsuits against companies that ignore our requests or who have a history of widespread abuse.

I am looking for the best way to tell doctors about our service, so please refer me to other popular sites that might allow us to post this announcement. Please feel free to visit our site and register if you have a complaint.

We have recently updated our site with two new sections titled, "Unscrupulous Practices By EMR Companies" and "ADVICE ON PROTECTING YOUR IT INVESTMENT". They can be found here & here.

Thank you,

James Edison

Jim — I applaud your efforts and felt I should publish your request on my blog as well. If any of my physician readers have already used this service or find the new site and organization useful please do drop us a comment here.

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2008-04-03 00:00:00

Some Parents Say No to Vaccines, Creating Public Health Risks

“Say No to Drugs Vaccines”?

According to a recent article in the NY Times, a growing number of parents in California (and 19 other states including Ohio and Texas) are opting to not vaccinate their children against some diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella. Taking advantage of state exemptions to laws that require school-aged children to be vaccinated, some parents are not vaccinating their children in fear that such vaccines are linked to autism, a growing epidemic among children today.

While these parents may be protecting their children from what they feel is the bigger problem, they are also exposing others in the community to these potentially deadly diseases. Children too young to receive the vaccinations are at risk, as well as those who have had their shots, as not all vaccinations are 100 percent effective.

???The very success of immunizations has turned out to be an Achilles??? heel,??? said Dr. Mark Sawyer, a pediatrician and infectious disease specialist at Rady Children???s Hospital in San Diego. ???Most of these parents have never seen measles, and don???t realize it could be a bad disease so they turn their concerns to unfounded risks. They do not perceive risk of the disease but perceive risk of the vaccine.???

Some “exemptster” parents are intentionally exposing their children these diseases by sending them to “parties” to contract specific diseases so they develop natural immunities to them.

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2008-04-01 00:00:00

Physicians, Payors Agree to Draft National Quality Measurement, Reporting Principles

The Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project today announced a national agreement with leading physician groups and health insurers on principles to guide how health plans measure doctors??? performance and report the information to consumers.

The Patient Charter for Physician Performance Measurement, Reporting and Tiering Programs creates a national set of principles to guide measuring and reporting to consumers about doctors??? performance. According to the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project, the accord is an important step toward patient-centered health reform that gives patients reliable information that will lead to better care and help them make informed choices. Where embraced, the Patient Charter will ensure both consumers and physicians will be able to understand, trust and contribute to how health plans rate doctors??? performance.

Consumer, employer and labor groups endorsing the charter include AARP, AFL-CIO, the Leapfrog Group, the National Business Coalition on Health, the National Partnership for Women and Families and Pacific Business Group on Health. Physician groups that support the accord include: the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Surgeons. Supporting insurers include the America???s Health Insurance Plans, Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare and WellPoint. The agreement was spearheaded by the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project, a group of leading consumer, labor and employer organizations that works to ensure that all Americans have access to publicly reported healthcare performance information.

The Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project is an initiative that is improving healthcare quality and affordability by advancing public reporting of provider performance information so it can be used for improvement, consumer choice, and as part of payment reform. The Project is a collaboration of leading national and local mployer, consumer, and labor organizations whose shared vision is for Americans to be able to select hospitals, physicians, and reatments based on nationally standardized measures for clinical quality, consumer experience, equity, and efficiency. The project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation along with support from participating organizations.

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