Author Archives: JK

Paradigm Shift

March 23, 2014, marks the 4th anniversary of the historic piece of federal legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  January 10, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and the state of Maryland partnered on a historic piece of healthcare regulation which allows the state to adopt new policies which will, […]

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March/April 2014


Hospice of the Chesapeake, the premier non-profit provider of hospice care to patients with advanced illness in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties, has announced the largest donation in the nonprofit’s history – $5 million dollars – from John and Cathy Belcher of Edgewater, MD [...]

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Physician Opportunities in the New Maryland Medicare Waiver

SCOTT RIFKIN, M.D. Maryland’s new Medicare waiver is bringing a needed sea change to healthcare in this state, and also presents a host of new challenges and opportunities for providers. The original intention of the Maryland waiver was to set hospital rates that all patients would be required to pay. This all-payer system prevented cost […]

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Morbid Obesity and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease


ELIZABETH A. DOVEC, M.D. Case: A 45-year-old morbidly obese female with past medical history significant for hypertension presents for evaluation of burning epigastric and substernal pain that has recurred almost daily for the past four months.  She says these symptoms are worse when she lies down and after meals.  She denies difficulty swallowing.   The patient […]

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mHealth Harnesses Care Improvements


What’s more impressive than the explosion in mobile devices is that mHealth is moving beyond gimmicky devices and interesting apps to make an impact on health and healthcare delivery.

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A New Era: Maryland’s Medicare Waiver


After almost 40 years under the existing Medicare waiver, and with healthcare reform underway nationally, Maryland healthcare policy leaders agreed to revise current incentives in favor of a population-based approach.

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Putting Up the Good MS Fight

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Throughout April and May, thousands of Marylanders will walk in one of 11 local 5K events planned and sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation’s Maryland Chapter. Collectively, their efforts will raise thousands of dollars to support research and the continuous search for a cure [...]

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Asheville, North Carolina


As someone who is typically drawn to active vacation destinations focused on beach or outdoor sports, Asheville, North Carolina, was not on my radar as a potential vacation spot. However, I’d heard so many great things about it so I followed my inclination to jump at new opportunities for adventure [...]

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Managing The Inflamed Gut


Maryland gastroenterologists explain how to better manage the inflammation in Crohn’s and celiac disease and how to help women with inflammatory bowel disease through pregnancy and childbirth.

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How to Avoid Legal Pitfalls in Hospital Employment Agreements

Medicine is squeezing all it can out of the dollar.

In Maryland and elsewhere in the U.S., health reform and other factors are fueling the trend toward hospital employment of physicians. Consider these issues If you are considering the sale of your practice to a hospital.

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