At least for now, things are looking bad for doctors treating Medicare patients, with a nearly 30% pay cut coming January 2012, unless Congress intervenes.
So the AMA has been sending messages to doctors about our options for 2012, including opting out of Medicare.
Now the curious part is this: along with the opting out information came a solicitation to order a new book:
Death in Large Numbers: the Science, Policy, and Management of Mass Fatality Events
(Along with this they recommend the Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness Journal, as well as The Core Disaster Life Support® Manual.)
It makes a person wonder what they’re thinking.
To introduce the book they include the following paragraph:
Each year worldwide, thousands of people die from natural and human-caused disasters. In a mass fatality event, mortuary affairs systems could become overwhelmed, making it crucial that communities have programs in place to effectively carry out the management of human remains and respond to the needs of family members of the deceased. Death in Large Numbers provides critical information for those responsible for preparedness, response, and recovery operations in catastrophic incidents with mass fatalities.
I haven’t yet ordered this $180 book, and am not sure I will, but perhaps I should contact our local authorities and see what they have planned (if anything).
Any of you (anonymous) military/government folks or doctors care to comment?