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MLK’s Unfulfilled Dream

January 15, 2018 @ 6:59 am
posted by Dr Ginther

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr preached at evening chapel at Wesleyan University (CT) too few weeks before he was killed.  He spoke and prayed briefly with those of us in the chapel choir before the service.  Not a tall man, he was none-the-less a giant among us.  Then, he preached his dream to a packed house.

He dreamed of a day when all persons could mingle and live together free of the superficial factors of race, ethnicity, economic class, religious denomination, or political affiliation. He dreamed of a day of peaceful cooperation among all peoples.

Unfortunately we remain too much human and too little humane.  All of us.  On this day let us all remember that we are each part of the problem.  Let us all strive to be part of the solution as well.  A unified society which must include us all.  Let us fulfill the dream.

Jay Ginther, MD

Puffball Birds

January 13, 2018 @ 8:52 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Our birdfeeders have been mobbed by birds looking like puffballs.  With temps below zero F, everyone has their feathers fluffed out as far as possible, but especially the house finches.  Chickadees, juncos, cardinals, blue jays, goldfinches, downey woodpecker and the occasional house sparrow are all bundled up for cold too.  Great news – haven’t seen or heard crows in weeks.

Take time to step into the Blue Zones of the natural world.  All life is wonderful.

Jay Ginther, MD

Christmas Blue Zones

January 1, 2018 @ 8:10 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Grandkids are Blue Zones.

We visited the younger set (Trevor and Isabel) through Christmas morning in Chicagoland.  Isabel is just learning to crawl.  Trevor has forgotten how to walk and runs all the time.  Both went bonkers over the packages under the tree.

We arrived in the Pacific Northwest Christmas evening to see the older set.  Gwen at 4 is now a Big Girl full of chatter on all topics.  She thoroughly enjoyed a very good Nutcracker (Balanchine choreography).  RJ at 7 is a hockey fanatic.  We watched him practice and watched the World Juniors (under 21) with him on the TV.  He knew all the US players and many others who play in the NHL.  Children’s museum, etc too.

Now work starts again tomorrow

Jay Ginther, MD

Healthcare Reform 2018

November 2, 2017 @ 8:27 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Lots of new regulations go into effect 1 Jan about what additional data must be recorded for every patient visit and about how it is to be formatted.  Our group has to purchase an entirely new Electronic Medical Record system in order to be in compliance for 2018.  We have already been very busy preparing new templates to meet the new requirements.  “Go live” is the end of the month.  That is when the real fun will begin.

Most of the new reporting requirements are about conditions I do not treat.  Therefore, their utility in treating the issues for which I am seeing the patient will be limited.  We hope that some day the public health information potential of the additional data can be realized.  But first we need to be able to share data across systems.  Even within the ACO we belong to, that is challenging.

We hope to have things under control in early 2018.

Jay Ginther, MD