Healthcare From The Trenches: Change Must Come From Us
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A patient came to see me with terrible shoulder pain, which I suspected was caused by an acute rotator cuff tear. As any good orthopedic surgeon would, I ordered an MRI. My radiology tech, however, was not permitted by Medicare to perform the study.
Now, my patient needed to secure an appointment for an MRI across town. Then, after the MRI, she needed to schedule another appointment with me so I could review the images and discuss a treatment plan.
This process took several days and multiple appointments when it should have only taken one appointment and a few hours to come up with an effective treatment plan. This kind of run-around is not an isolated incident, but an incident I suspect many of my fellow clinicians can relate to.
I’ve been in the trenches of the U.S. healthcare system for over 25 years, and in those 25 years, the system has devolved into a nightmare,” said orthopedic surgeon Alejandro Badia, MD, FACS, OrthoNOW’s founder and chief medical officer.
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