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5-Point Friday November 13, 2015

Happy Friday the 13th!   Time-space-continuity and limited personal bandwidth kept me from posting last week’s 5-Point Friday….I’m sure you know the feeling!

I hope your week finds you strong and moving towards better health, productivity, and fitness!

1)Positive Thought:

 Progress is man’s ability to complicate simplicity.

–Thor Heyerdahl

2)A Picture Worth a Thousand words:  Ireland 274


3)What I’m Reading:  

Enduring effects of concussion in youth athletes–Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

I’m building a pile of current research and insight on the ongoing issue of sports related concussion injuries.   One of my next upcoming articles will cover this topic in detail.  Of course I’m interested in the science of injury prevention, but also concerned about the integrity of sports that rule changes and restrictions can cause.

4)Thoughts I’m Pondering:  

Where will Telemedicine be in 5 years?

Every week a new article comes out touting both the benefits of Telemedicine (Virtual Visits) and the ever widening acceptance of this mode of healthcare delivery.  While now an answer for all medical complaints or visits, I have long seen the wisdom and efficiency of this type of patient care access.  My clinical team at Future Focus Family Medicine has been using Telemedicine over 2 years for certain minor, acute, or chronic issues.

My questions for readers….

Do you use Telemedicine services?

Do you believe insurance should cover this type of care?

5)Health Nugget:

Healthy Nutritional Sources of Vitamin D include:

  • Salmon (especially wild-caught)
  • Mackerel (especially wild-caught; eat up to 12 ounces a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are low in mercury)
  • Mushrooms exposed to ultraviolet light to increase vitamin D
  • Cod liver oil
  • Tuna canned in water
  • Sardines canned in oil
  • Milk or yogurt — (Preferably whole fat)
  • Beef or calf liver
  • Egg yolks (Yes Eggs are good for you)
  • Cheese

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Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful weekend!

W. Curtis, MD

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  • Kyle November 14, 2015, 6:14 am

    I relate telemedicine to the services I provide in Industrial and heavy equipment repair. It can be very beneficial for the service provider and the customer saving time and expense for simple or preliminary diagnosis. If I can communicate to someone their engine won’t start because a fuse is blown, tell them where and how to replace that fuse, and get them going with a five minute phone conversation, it makes a happy customer and allows the company to focus on more demanding issues.

    No comment on the insurance aspect. Since bcbstx just cancelled my daughters policy I don’t want to make any public statements regarding my feelings toward the ACA, Obama, or insurance companies. They would all be negative!

    • William Curtis MD November 15, 2015, 7:00 am


      I echo you sentiments about telemedicine, as the same hold true for medicine. 80% diagnosis’ come from accurate “History” not “Physical exam.”

      One of the aspects of Obama care centered on the idea that insurance companies could no longer use pre-existing conditions to dictate coverage.

      Of course this premise flies in the face of the financial reality of taking care of higher risk patients. Ultimately these companies find ways to edge out higher risk patients (Those with serious existing medical conditions) despite the rhetoric and laws built to protect the same people.

      I understand and sympathize with the insurance dilemma and will help in any way I can. I also admire your restraint and focus on your families best interests.

  • Nancy Causey December 5, 2015, 9:54 am

    Source of vitamin D, salmon ~ wild caught … hmmm. Believe I’m going to go back to weekly grilled salmon and revisit tuna canned in water ?

  • Rebecca Morris December 6, 2015, 11:25 am

    I think Telemedicine is a great idea and should absolutely be covered by insurance. With such a convenient option, I’d probably “see” a doctor much sooner!

    • William Curtis December 7, 2015, 10:05 am

      More and more companies actually are covering Telemedicine visits. It will be absolutely routine in 1-5 years.

  • Susie December 13, 2015, 11:42 am

    Does Humana Gold cover Telemedicine?

    • William Curtis MD January 6, 2016, 6:41 am

      Technically No, though in our system, we don’t charge the patient because we are paid based on how well we take care of you.

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