James Rickert
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James Rickert is a private practice orthopedic surgeon. He also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. He founded and is president of The Society for Patient Centered Orthopedics, a group of orthopedists that advocates for, among other things, patient interests in our health care reform debate. He graduated with honors from Georgetown University School of Medicine and then pursued his orthopedic training at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. He's published in medical and non-medical periodicals on health care reform.

Recent Posts by James Rickert

What Can Patients Do In The Face Of Physician Conflict Of Interest?

Trust has always been essential to medical care. Of what use are the best communication skills, physician empathy, or clinical knowledge if patients don’t trust the advice and information that their doctors give them? Even the most psychologically disturbed or misanthropic TV doctor—from Doc...

Measuring Patient Satisfaction: A Bridge Between Patient And Physician Perceptions Of Care

Patient satisfaction is at the core of patient centered medicine. Improved patient satisfaction not only leads to an enhanced patient experience—something every sick or injured patient deserves—it is also associated with improved treatment outcomes. In 2008, researchers demonstrated that...

Do Medicare And Medicaid Payment Rates Really Threaten Physicians with Bankruptcy?

Physicians for years now have claimed that their practices lose money when treating Medicare or Medicaid patients. Doctors use these assertions to portray themselves as yearning to offer treatment to the elderly or indigent but unable to do so due to economic realities. The specter of...

Patient-Centered Care: What It Means And How To Get There

At a recent symposium concerning both saving money and improving patient care, Health Affairs Editor-in Chief Susan Dentzer stated, “It is well established now that one can in fact improve the quality of health care and reduce the costs at the same time.”  This is exactly the principle...

Physician Payment Reform: An Opportunity To Bolster Primary Care

With the Budget Control Act of 2011 now signed into law, health care lobbyists are preparing to fight any changes to federal programs that affect their constituents.  One particular concern for physicians is the scheduled 30 percent cut to Medicare reimbursement mandated by the Sustainable...

A Call For Physicians To Contribute To Solutions, Not Costs

 It’s time for America’s physicians, particularly its highly paid procedural specialists, to make a choice.  Are we primarily businessmen with a keen eye on the financial bottom line, or are we above all professionals, well versed in the healing arts and dedicated to our patients’ care,...