MASS. MED. BLOG: Dr. Kate Atkinson Nails It: The Primary Care Crisis in America

Kate was featured on the Massachusetts Medical Society Blog Dr. Kate Atkinson, a family physician and MMS member from Amherst, Mass., is featured in a great story in today’s edition of the Daily Hampshire Gazette. About 20 primary-care doctors in the Pioneer Valley have bailed out in the past two years, she said. She’s worried that doctors like her are …

CBS NEWS: Mandated Health Insurance?

Watch the video here! President Obama says everyone should be required to have health insurance, much like car insurance. As Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports, are Massachusetts’ mandatory health insurance laws on the right track?

BOSTON.COM: State Seems to Revamp Way Doctors, Hospitals are Paid

Original Article is archived on Boston.com here, and was written by Liz Kowalczyk Massachusetts soon may embark on another bold healthcare experiment, with a state commission poised to recommend this month that insurers radically change how they pay doctors and hospitals.

PBS NEWS HOUR: States Faces Shortages of Primary Care Doctors

In 2009, Doctor Kate appeared on a PBS News Hour segment about shortages of Primary Care Providers in Massachusetts! “While universal healthcare legislation in Massachusetts mean more people today are insured, the new demand for primary care doctors outstrips that supply. Educational loans, low wages, and fights with insurance companies are turning growing numbers of students away from the field. …

WASHINGTON POST: Prescription Data Used To Assess Consumers

Original Post Appeared in the Washington Post by Ellen Nakashima By Ellen Nakashima Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, August 4, 2008 Health and life insurance companies have access to a powerful new tool for evaluating whether to cover individual consumers: a health “credit report” drawn from databases containing prescription drug records on more than 200 million Americans. Collecting and analyzing personal health …

NEW YORK TIMES: Trying to Save by Increasing Doctors’ Fees

Original Article by Milt Freudenheim in the New York Times Cutting health costs by paying doctors more? That is the premise of experiments under way by federal and state government agencies and many insurers around the country. The idea is that by paying family physicians, internists and pediatricians to devote more time and attention to their patients, insurers and patients can …

SIMPD Has a Better Idea

SIMPD Has a Better Idea Thomas W. LaGrelius, MD, FAAFP PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS   Delivered May 5, 2008 at SIMPD annual meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada Good morning SIMPD members and friends!  Welcome to SIMPD’s fifth annual meeting here at the beautiful Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.  It’s great to be here with the most independent doctors around.   We in SIMPD have …

NEW YORK TIMES: Universal Health Care, but by Whom?

Article Originally Appear Here in the New York Times To the Editor: Re “Universal Coverage Strains Massachusetts Care” (front page, April 5): So hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents have been forced to buy health insurance only to find that there are long waiting lists to see doctors for basic primary and preventive care. Dr. Patricia A. Sereno, one of the …

NEW YORK TIMES: In Massachusetts, Universal Coverage Strains Care

Original Article by Kevin Sack in the New York Times Also appears in the Seattle Times, Berkshire Eagle AMHERST-Once they discover that she is Dr. Kate, the supplicants line up to approach at dinner parties and ballet recitals. Surely, they suggest to Dr. Katherine J. Atkinson, a family physician here, she might find a way to move them up her …