Cranston Doctor Finds Fame and Glory

Well, it’s kind of glorious. Dr. Yul Ejnes was interviewed in the Sunday New York Times. If I were him I’d buy about 20 copies and frame them. Cranston is on the map, now. It’s the coolest thing since the national press reported that Paris Hilton’s aunt stayed at the ACI. Good article too. It’s about how traders and dot.commies are on the rise, while doctors and lawyers work harder and push more papers just to stay even.

The doctors are not the only ones who are drowning in paperwork. If I had a tree for every bale of useless forms I have had to fill out in my nursing jobs I could stop global warming.

Complaints about managed care crimping doctors’ income and authority over medical decisions are nothing new, but the problems are only getting worse, several doctors said.

“Remember the ‘I Love Lucy’ episode in the chocolate factory?� said Dr. Ejnes in Rhode Island. “That’s what a medical practice is now like. They keep turning up the speed on the conveyer belt, and before you know it, you’re stuffing chocolates in your pockets.�

One doctor responding to the American College of Physician Executives survey wrote: “I find it necessary about once every month or two to stay in bed for 24 to 48 hours. I do this on short notice when I get the feeling I might punch somebody.�

I think they call that a mental health day. I take one myself, from time to time.

Somewhere, in an office in a gleaming tower, an insurance executive is dreaming up new forms for us to fill out. It’s American healthcare. Complicated, inefficient, and not getting better.

5 thoughts on “Cranston Doctor Finds Fame and Glory

  1. I’m going to let Sheldon Whitehouse play our Knight in Shining Armor on this, as he comes clip-clopping in to Kent Hospital today to review a fancy new electronic medical record. All joking aside, though, I am very excited about the advent of electronic medical records. My agency is supposed to have one in place by the summer. I am looking forward to having to write just ONE incident report, not one for the program, one for the agency, and one for the insurance company. I want to spend the bulk of my time communicating with my clients and families, not with administrators, though I understand and appreciate the need for quality review.

    From the Whitehouse Press Office:

    Whitehouse Visits Kent Hospital to Review New Health Information Technology Initiative

    Providence, R.I. – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) will review a new electronic health records system being implemented at Warwick’s Kent Hospital tomorrow, Tuesday, January 8 at 3 p.m.

    Whitehouse has sponsored Senate legislation to build a national health information technology infrastructure. Conservative estimates of possible savings from a national health information technology system reach into the tens of billions of dollars.

    EVENT: Whitehouse Holds Media Availability Following Tour of Kent Hospital

    WHEN: TOMORROW, Tuesday, January 8, 3 p.m.

    WHERE: Kent Hospital Main Lobby

    455 Toll Gate Road, Warwick

  2. Dr. Ejnes,
    We, your patients, truly know how lucky we are to have you and wish there was something we could
    do to assist. You are greatly admired.

    Thank you for hanging in there as we cannot imagine any other physician caring for our well being
    the way you care. You attempt to keep on the cutting edge of your esteemed profession and it is so noted.

    Simply, thank you!

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