August 2008 archive

Aug 25 2008

Daniel’s SPTCL Diagnosis is Suspect, Too

When I was (mis)diagnosed with SPTCL (subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lyphoma) in 2004, I was handed a book, published in July 2004, that stated that “fewer than 100 cases have been reported in the last decade.” Yeah — really, really rare. Because that’s a book used by oncologists all over the world. Then, from Fall 2004 …

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Aug 16 2008

Never Events — Shooting the Messenger

Beginning October 1, 2008, Medicare, and many health insurance companies, will no longer pay hospitals for the additional services needed for patients who suffer from “never events.” Never Events, as defined by the National Quality Forum, are those events which should never happen to a patient.  There are 28 errors on the list ranging from …

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Aug 14 2008

Ulterior Motives for Eating Disorders, Too

I had lunch today with a long-time friend, Mindy.  (No, of course that’s not her real name…) It’s been at least a year since we saw each other, and probably two since we had a long conversation. My heart broke as I learned that her daughter, Lindsay (not her real name either) has, for lack …

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