In Memoriam: L. Jay Stein

Judge Jay Stein, a very important person to me, not just in my academic career but in my life, died on Wednesday, January 30, 2014 at Mercy Hospice in Iowa City. I will always remember my first encounters with Judge Stein. I was a first year resident in psychiatry at The University of Iowa Hospitals … Continue reading In Memoriam: L. Jay Stein

Last Day to Vote in APA Elections Tomorrow–Vote!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMOqDGMIFa4 Tomorrow is the last day to vote in the American Psychiatric Association (APA) elections, so please vote if you're a member. If you have access to the APA LinkedIn discussion site, please add your comment to the one entitled "Social Media and APA." My comments are below: "I’ve gotten to social media rather late … Continue reading Last Day to Vote in APA Elections Tomorrow–Vote!

CPCP: Rapid Two Step Screen for Delirium by Medical Students

Hey, another excellent Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) coming your way by stellar medical students Laura Rocwell, in her 3rd year and still deciding on what medical specialty she'll pursue, and Emily Funk, a 4th year student who is looking forward to a career in Family Medicine. Their presentation is about the new delirium … Continue reading CPCP: Rapid Two Step Screen for Delirium by Medical Students

The MOC:PQRS; Now More Than Ever, We Need Leaders

I just got an email from a colleague containing the link to Dr. Kempen's Medical Economics article on MOC:PQRS. You've read my thoughts and I think everyone who believes in the principle of lifelong learning but is opposed to Maintenance of Certification (MOC) as an avenue for achieving it should know Dr. Kempen's views. He's been … Continue reading The MOC:PQRS; Now More Than Ever, We Need Leaders

How Can We Learn from History Repeating Itself?

When I saw the story on CNN about the Kentucky Children's Hospital resuming heart surgeries for kids, I couldn't help but think of history repeating itself and to be reminded of similar sad story, the Bristol inquiry, about the Bristol Heart Babies scandal. It's hard not to see the parallels between the two tragedies and their link to the establishment … Continue reading How Can We Learn from History Repeating Itself?

What’s This About A Rapid 2 Step Delirium Screen?

So the other day, I saw the link to the MedPage article Delirium: What Are the Options? on the American Delirium Society web site. When I saw the reference for a rapid two-step screening method for delirium and looked up the article, I was reminded of a medical student who rotated on the consult service a … Continue reading What’s This About A Rapid 2 Step Delirium Screen?

Maintenance of Certification:PQRS Update!

So let me share what I’ve discovered so far from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) QualityNet Help Desk 866-288-8912. I really appreciate Sandy Nelson’s help from the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Incidentally, a useful link for physicians to have is http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/PQRS/Downloads/2014_MOCP_IncentiveMadeSimple_Final11-15-2013.pdf To make a very long story short, for me and other … Continue reading Maintenance of Certification:PQRS Update!