Despite the Affordable Care Act's creation of accountable care organizations and its push toward value-based medicine, some of the nation's highest-paid doctors still work largely under a fee-for-service model, according to an article from U.S. News & World Report.
There's a coincidental theme running through a few of this week's top stories, and it has to do with the challenge of relating to patients when they're not quite themselves. Let's use the example of managing parents' concerns related to childhood immunizations to start, as it's one I can relate to.
In fact, I recently took my children for their annual physical. And much to their relief, the quick flu jab was the only shot involved this time. But even as comfortable as I am, eager even, to take advantage of this form of preventive medicine, there's always that flash of fear. How do I know the substance in that syringe is actually flu vaccine and not a misplaced lookalike? How do I know it's not contaminated? How do I know for sure that the nurse administering it is doing so correctly? Rationally, I know I can trust the systems and people in place to ensure all goes as planned, and can therefore resist the paranoid maternal urge to examine the vial and nurse's CV myself.
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