Richard Bosshardt, MD's Posts

I am not a health care provider

A family practice colleague recently reported to me about a medical meeting he attended. The speaker was addressing a conference room full of family physicians. He referred to the gathered attendees as “primary care providers”. One of the doctors stood up. I was not there, but based on my colleague’s ... Read More »

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Hugh Hefner and Playboy’s empty promise

  A lifetime ago, when I was a teenager, I used to read Mad Magazine. Mad was a little bit edgy and my parents weren’t totally comfortable with it, which cemented its appeal. Looking back, I realize that much of the satire was more sophisticated that it appeared. Its editorial ... Read More »

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Saving patient Ryan- a modern tale of health care

Saving Patient Ryan (a true tale of modern health care) Office manager: “Doctor, the insurance company has kicked out your claim for patient Ryan. They won’t accept your ICD-10* diagnosis code.” Doctor Miller: “What? Why? I know I coded this correctly.” Office manager: “They said it is not specific enough.” ... Read More »

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I think everyone should take a knee

The image of Jerry Jones, multi-millionaire owner of the Dallas Cowboys football team kneeling on the field in solidarity with his players was heart-warming. I am sure that many similar, though not so public, displays went on recently and will continue to do so for a while, at least until ... Read More »

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Good-bye, doctor. Hello, health care provider.

Over twenty years ago, I was filling out a form from Medicaid, the governmental agency that provides health care to the poor, used by physicians to request pre-authorization for surgery on a patient. This was in the days before the internet, Facebook, and Twitter. My analog cell phone weighed two ... Read More »

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Musings on our irrational fear of snakes

  Years ago, when I was a boy, I came across a grass snake, a beautiful, green, non-venomous, totally harmless snake that eats insects. I knew it was harmless and, innocently, I caught it and brought it to show my mother who did not. Her reaction would not have been ... Read More »

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Musings on chain letters and the information age

Thanks to technology, the internet, social media, cell phone apps, etc. I don’t think that anyone would argue that we have access to more information than ever before. In fact, the flood of information has become so great that it often overwhelms our ability to process it. Worse, it often ... Read More »

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