“Top Doctor” awards – scam, or legitimate? ProPublica researches, concludes, “Scam!”

“Top Doctor” awards – scam, or legitimate?  ProPublica researches, concludes, “Scam!”

MHConceirge previously posted about “top doctors award” plaques, after getting a phone call from a person who sounded profoundly bored and tried to sell me a plaque for a couple of hundred dollars. Since I practice in Minnesota and the company was located in another state, I wondered how the company could possibly establish that I am a “top doctor.” A few minutes of online research located an ABC News investigative report from 2012 about these “top doctors” plaques. The report found several, frankly, fishy examples of these awards, such as an MD with a history of dental school, but

Telehealth/telebehavioral services in MN, update #4: DHS, PreferredOne and BCBS MN updates

Telehealth/telebehavioral services in MN, update #4:  DHS, PreferredOne and BCBS MN updates

Providing telehealth/telebehavioral services can be an opportunity to both expand your practice and help people with difficulty getting to your office.  There are, however, a lot of regulatory and authorization details that you need to attend to.  Here is another update from MHConcierge, following up on previous posts, Telehealth, an Overview and Telehealth, Getting Started.

Depression and Mild Cognitive Impairment – treat depression to improve cognition

Depression and Mild Cognitive Impairment – treat depression to improve cognition

“Evaluation and Treatment of Depression May Reverse Memory and Cognitive Difficulties in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment”  reviews interesting research which found that older individuals with worse depression and mood symptoms are more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and to progress from MCI to dementia. The worse the symptoms of depression and mood disorder, the more likely the progression from MCI to dementia.

Bariatric surgery can result in relationship changes- probably, but not certainly, for the better

Bariatric surgery can result in relationship changes- probably, but not certainly, for the better

Associations of Bariatric Surgery with Changes in Interpersonal Relationship Status: Results From 2 Swedish Cohort Studies finds it bariatric surgery is associated with both increased incidence of divorce/separation and marriage/new relationship. The study had 2,010 participants, and a matched (obesity) control group. The surgery group had twice the incidence of marriage/new relationship after surgery compared with controls. Those with the best outcome from surgery had a higher incidence of marriage/new relationship outcomes. After four years, the cumulative incidence of divorce/separation was almost twice as high for the surgery group as for the control group. The authors theorize that the incidence