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Archive for January, 2011

Aging Across America Goes to San Antonio

My new photo exhibit, Aging Across America, will make its debut at the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in February 2011. Directed by Ruth Bergrren MD whose background is Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease, the Center hosts special events throughout the year that feature authors, artists and performers from across the country, and …Read More

White House Backtracks on Payment for End-of-Life Counseling

Medical doctors are trained to understand and administer powerful technologies which can prolong life.  They get paid to do this.  But should they also get paid to inform patients of alternatives if they do not want these technologies?  The Obama administration has said no to this question.  During the healthcare reform debate the issue of physician reimbursement for end-of-life counseling took a nasty turn when conservatives adopted …Read More

Common Questions on Coding for MDS 3.0 Section M: Skin Conditions

I recently gave another training session for nursing home professionals for MDS 3.0 Section M: Skin Conditions.  In the audience were nurses, directors of nursing, administrators, MDS coordinators and a smattering of physical therapists, doctors, and social workers.  After the didactic I fielded questions and decided to share the most common ones with my blog readers.  Question 1:  How do I code Section M0700 when …Read More

Art, Geriatrics, and Venice Beach

  I have been coming to Venice Beach since the mid 1990’s, to chill out and enjoy the California sunshine.  Even though I live in New York City, a good part of my life has revolved around this gritty enclave on the edge of Los Angeles.   My first photography show was in nearby Santa Monica in 1999, sponsored by Dan Osterweil at UCLA when he …Read More