Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day 2016

Welcome to Memorial Day weekend 2016, the official start of summer, especially here in Minnesota.  It’s also time we honor veterans and those who have served our country, many of us also use this time to honor others that have gone before us. This led me to...
Misunderstanding HIPAA, HIPPO, HUH?

Misunderstanding HIPAA, HIPPO, HUH?

HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that was passed by Congress in 1996. It is a commonly misunderstood law, even by those in healthcare. “I can’t, HIPAA” is commonly heard (see photo for the response I...
How to Spend $186 Million Healthcare Dollars in One Year

How to Spend $186 Million Healthcare Dollars in One Year

What’s Worth 186 Million Dollars? The Top 5 of the Top 5 Apparently. How much money do the top 5 executives of the top five health insurance companies make? I’m not big on math….but have been curious about this number for a while. At first I thought I would take the...
The Life You Save May Take Your Own

The Life You Save May Take Your Own

It was supposed to be sarcastic. The life you save may take your own. This meant to be sarcastic statement was one of our many axioms during residency. And truth be told, as Emergency Medicine residents, in many cases, the lives we saved had taken someone else’s;...
Be Aware: Carbon Monoxide

Be Aware: Carbon Monoxide

Between seven and twenty people have died of carbon monoxide poisoning per year in Minnesota. Fall has come to Minnesota, which means we’re moving into fish/ice house and heating season, reminding me of one of my winter anxieties, carbon monoxide in fish houses....
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