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Primary Care in the Driver’s Seat

Two new care models recently launched in Maryland reveal how physician leadership of care models can benefit physicians and patients. Farzad Mostashari, MD, and Peter Beilenson, MD, the physicians behind a new ACO and Co-operative, describe how their ventures are taking off.

Are Your Medical Records Safe?

Medical record protection is an important part of today’s medical practice. Although the switch to electronic record keeping has many advantages, it also entails many new risks. Read about the reasons why so many medical records are at risk.

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Creating More Coordinated Care

Maryland Physician recently interviewed Donna Kinzer, executive director of the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) since mid-2013 about the impact of the new waiver on providers and patients. More coordinated care is one of the waiver’s key goals.

Managing Pain, Avoiding Addiction

With opiate abuse and deaths a growing problem, physicians have a responsibility to help patients manage pain without contributing to the trend. Physicians discuss how Maryland’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program can help.

New Insights Into Autism

The CDC estimates that 1% of the world population has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and its prevalence is growing at an alarming rate. New studies highlight the importance of early screening and intervention, and indicate that those with ASD may lack the normal pruning of neural connections.

Current Departments

Good Deeds

Walking with the Spirits

This past summer, I joined my son on a community service project in South Dakota to help the Lakota Native Americans prepare for their sun dance ceremony, an event that has occurred regularly for several years. Our destination was a track of land within the Pine Ridge reservation, outside of Rapid City. [...]

Cases

Current Awareness and Treatment of Critical Limb Ischemia

A 59-year-old male laborer presented with a non-healing, left great-toe ulcer. He also described severe rest-pain in his same forefoot. His past history was significant for insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), hypertension, dyslipidemia, renal insufficiency, obesity and 40 pack/years of smoking. [...]

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Living

Maryland’s Beer Industry Tradition, Science & Craft

After my adventures exploring the state of Maryland’s wineries, I started to think about our craft beer industry. Is it as robust as the wineries I visited? How do our local beers stack up against other states’ products? After attending a couple of Octoberfests and renowned beer-lovers’ bars, I found that in the great state of Maryland [...]