The PMD Critical List: Sleepy Eyes

This week's list of must-read stories includes a novel way of measuring physician fatigue, a look at how high-deductible insurance plans squeeze doctors, and one doctor's take on the relative value (or lack thereof) of being on a "Best Doctors" list.

This week’s list of must-read stories includes a novel way of measuring physician fatigue, a look at how high-deductible insurance plans squeeze doctors, and one doctor’s take on the relative value (or lack thereof) of being on a “Best Doctors” list.

Physician Fatigue? It’s All in the Eyes (Science Codex)

Scientists in the Annals of Surgery show that measurement of a doctor’s eye movement after a long medical shift is a more objective way to access his or her level of work weariness.

Why Are Patients Drawn to Certain Doctors? (Pacific Standard)

Good physician bedside manner isn’t a trivial skill. Researchers find that an “emotional fit” can be the vital component when it comes to doctor evaluation, selection, and compliance by patients.

10 Best Business Books of 2014 (Inc.)

Most doctors are better readers than they are entrepreneurs. Take some time to review this list of “real eye-openers.” Now more than ever physicians must become the CEO of their life.

High-Deductible Insurance Plans Impact Physician Pay (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

With almost half of large US employers now offering workers high-deductible plans and enrollment jumping, doctor compensation will continue to get squeezed. Medical practices must develop new and different skills to get paid.

The Man Behind the Nation's Fastest-Growing Hospital Chain (Modern Healthcare)

A fascinating story on physician-executive Prem Reddy, who is turning around failing hospitals and along the way has won supporters and detractors. “Saving lives and saving jobs,” is his goal.

Can You Trust a Virtual Doctor Visit? (BankRate.com)

Here’s a good review (in plain old English) of a growing but still unsettled style of medical practice from a respected financial/consumer information website.

Eyeing a BB Gun For Christmas? Don't Go There, Doctors Say (WBUR)

It’s that time of the year—for holiday gifts and A Christmas Story movie classic. Doctors tell parents that a child’s wants shouldn’t be a deciding factor for what comes under the Christmas tree.

Denham Harman, 98, Dies; Sought Leverage on Aging (The New York Times)

RIP to a Nebraska medical professor whose 1954 paper, “Free Radical Theory of Aging,” changed thinking on old age and vitamin therapy—for good and bad.

Coaching in Medicine (The Doctor Weighs In)

A successful physician-coach explains the ins and outs of her work and why doctor-clients must be shown that “hard science” and “soft science” both matter in this new field.

Does it Pay to be in a “Best Doctor” Directory? (Los Angeles Times)

No, one doc says. All you can really claim is minor bragging rights, a plaque to hang in your office, and usually a costly catch. It’s far better to just be good at your work.