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The Doctor's Lounge

Dr. Hal Scherz

Hal C. Scherz MD has been practicing pediatric urology for 23 years. He has been in private practice in San Diego, California and in Atlanta, Georgia and has been on the faculty of the University of California- San Diego and Emory University. He has been involved in resident and fellow training for all of his career, and has published over 75 peer reviewed articles and contributed chapters to 6 academic texts. He has been a reviewer for over 20 years for the major peer reviewed journals in Urology, has been a primary investigator in numerous clinical research projects and been invited to be a visiting professor in a number of institutions. Dr. Scherz is a former president of the American Association of Pediatric Urologists.

Dr. Scherz has been the chief of Pediatric Urology and Managing Partner of Georgia Pediatric Urology since 1994. He has served on the boards of the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Ambulatory Surgery Center, The Children's Helthcare Network, and Georgia Pediatric Subspecialists. He currently is involved in the exploratory committee to organize a city wide Pediatric ACO in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Scherz has been the Medicaid reviewer for Pediatric Urology since 1996. He has been named as one of the top physicians by Atlanta Magazine, every year since 2005.

In May of 2009, Dr. Scherz founded the physician group, Docs 4 Patient Care, which has subsequently become one of the most prominent physician groups in championing sensible healthcare reform. He was a featured speaker on a healthcare panel at CPAC in 2010. He has had 2 Wall Street Journal opinion pieces published in 2010 and others featured in Real Clear Politics and other online publications. He has appeared on over 50 nationally syndicated radio shows and on Fox News shows.

Dr. Mike Koriwchak

Dr. Michael J. Koriwchak received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in 1988. He completed both his Internship in General Surgery and Residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Dr. Koriwchak continued at Vanderbilt for a fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice.  He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

After training Dr. Koriwchak moved to Atlanta in 1995 to become one of the original physicians in Ear, Nose and Throat of Georgia. He has built a thriving practice in Laryngology, Care of the Professional Voice, Thyroid/Parathyroid Surgery, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and General Otolaryngology.  A singer himself, many of his patients depend on their voice for their careers. Some are well-known entertainers.

Dr. Koriwchak has performed thousands of thyroid, parathyroid and head and neck cancer operations.  He was also one of the first to offer balloon sinuplasty for the treatment of chronic sinusitis.

Dr. Koriwchak has also been working with information technology since 1977. While an undergraduate at Bucknell University he taught a computer-programming course. In medical school he wrote his own software for his laboratory research. In the 1990’s he adapted generic forms software to create one the first electronic prescription applications. Soon afterward he wrote his own chart note templates using Visual BASIC script. In 2003 he became the physician champion for ENT of Georgia’s EMR implementation project. This included not only design and implementation strategy but also writing code. In 2008 the EMR implementation earned the e-Technology award from the Medical Association of Georgia. He has been writing about health information technology since 2010 and has 2 articles published on

Host Michael Koriwchak, M.D., our in house Health IT guru will unpack the complexities and comment on the problems and possibilities ahead. Bitcoin, the digital currency, rose to prominence from it's start in 2009 built upon Blockchain encryption and records keeping technology.Instead of a database that is centrally located and maintains the records (be they currency or health records), blockchain shares the data among a network of computers allowing users to add transactions (or information blocks) to the chain.The information is kept secure through cryptography and distribution over a wide array of computers. The implications of a decentralized network maintaining records and overcoming the ongoing challenges of interoperability have excited a flurry of articles and papers over the past six months.
Host Hal Scherz, M.D. returns to the Doctor's Lounge to discuss the new standards rolling out in the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Staging Manual. Recommendations for prostate testing as well as mammograms have been swinging back and forth with perhaps the largest fury erupting over the USPSTF recommendations prioritizing economics and population data over the doctor's clinical judgment.
Dr. Meg Edison touched off a firestorm in late 2015 when she decided she had had enough of MOC. Edison exposed MOC (maintenance of certification) for ABP (American Board of Pediatrics) as a large scale money making scheme that allowed its leaders a laundry list of luxuries while costing struggling pediatricians thousands in direct fees, testing, and office based self reporting. Edison published her reasons and ignited a groundswell of support from like minded doctors. The ensuing outrage has even risen to a general vote by the AMA to (in part) reject MOC requirements for practicing physicians. Meg steps into the Doctor's Lounge with host Michael Koriwchak, M.D. to update us on the battle over MOC taking place in states around the country.
Michael Hamilton, Managing Editor of Health Care News for the Heartland Institute, just published "Health Care Reform Lives, Vindicating House Conservatives" and steps into the Doctor's Lounge to discuss what happened, what went wrong, and how the potential for real reform (that was actually passed in prior Congressional sessions) is stronger than ever.
Join Dr. Hal Scherz, MD as he discusses the real cost of health care, doctors moving out of private practices and hospital charges."The inability of the GOP to get a healthcare bill to a vote is typical of the dysfunction that describes the Republican Party. As opposed to the Democrats who march in unison and can get legislation through Congress, the GOP is paralyzed by competing ideas. They have forgotten what it means to govern, and can only whine about what they would be able to do if they were given the chance. Well, they asked for the House, for the Senate and the White House.
Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute and member of the D4PC Foundation Advisory Board steps into the Doctor's Lounge to discuss not only the bill and the process, but her call for compromise.
Host Mike Koriwchak, M.D. attended the 2017 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annual conference in Orlando last week. Koriwchak described the competition for market dominance in health information technology as a Game of Thrones. Tune in as he reviews the event and unpacks the state of IT post-conference.
Join Dr. Hal Scherz and his guest Michael Hamilton from the Heartland Institute as they discuss potential changes in health care and the potential re-placement of the Affordable Care Act.
Host Dr. Michael Koriwchak will look at the reaction from a few segments of the medical community and give us an update on some encouraging news coming out of Johns Hopkins regarding workflow efficiencies arising from applying health IT. The latter half of the show will revisit a few segments from Dr. Chuck Webster on a recent show where they discuss innovating IT workflows.
Dr. Brian Hill joins Dr/ Scjerz in the Doctor’s Lounge to explain the scope of the problem and share the solutions that he thinks are necessary to disrupt and transform healthcare.
Prolific blogger Chuck Webster, M.D. steps into the Doctor's Lounge this week to discuss IT and Business Process Management.
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Join Dr. Scherz as he explore several larger principles - how do you lower cost systemically? How do you empower patients and doctors?
Join host Michael Koriwchak, MD as they talk about the ACA and the free market approach to health care policy. Senator Hill hopes to fill the large shoes of long time friend of D4PCF, Representative Tom Price, who has been chosen to lead the Department of Health & Human Services. If approved by the Senate, the 6th District of Georgia will become vacant and Georgia will hold a special election.
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Join Dr. Scherz and long time friend of the Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation, Sally Pipes returns to the Doctor's Lounge to discuss all things health care.
Host Mike Koriwchak invites two business leaders serving the health care community into the Doctor's Lounge. Don Lee hosts #hcbiz - a blog, weekly tweet chat and talk show that takes a practical look at The Business of Healthcare. In the second segment, Randall Oates, the developer of SOAPware - a EHR provider (among many other services for the health care industry) - steps into the Doctor's Lounge to round out our business episode.
Join Dr. Hal Scherz and his guest in the Doctors Lounge Alfredo Ortiz is the President and CEO for the Job Creators Network, a nonpartisan organization founded by entrepreneurs like Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus who believe the best defense against bad government policy is a well-informed public.
Dr. Michael Koriwchak discusses all the election results and explores the opportunities ahead for real health care reform.
State Senator Patrick Colbeck steps into the Doctor's Lounge to tell the story of codifying Direct Primary Care into law in Michigan.
Host Michael Koriwchak, M.D., speaks to the health IT you've never seen but always dreamed of with DPC (Direct Primary Care) and created with no regulations stifling the technology. Imagine your EMR free to serve you and your patients.
Host Dr. Hal Scherz debriefs us on the conference and gives some behind the scenes insights into the training and mentoring that is giving birth to a model of medicine the resurrects the sanctity of the Doctor/Patient relationship.
Host Michael Koriwchak brings the best of his interviews with thought leaders at the State Policy Network Conference to the Doctor's Lounge. Brian Blasé, Forbes columnist and Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center and Michael Hamilton of the Heartland Institute both step into the Doctor's Lounge to cover a range of topics.
Topic: Upfront pricing and no third parties to interfere with your health care - all while driving down costs and improving medical outcomes Our President, Dr. Lee Gross steps into the Doctor's Lounge to discuss his own experience in this practice model and our organization's steps in promoting it throughout the country.
Vahan Kassabian, a practicing urologist with extensive work in academic medicine, steps into The Doctor's Lounge to discuss the study and the popular article in Wall Street Journal with show host, pediatric urologist Hal Scherz, MD.
Show Host Dr. Koriwchak takes the reins this week with a two part special show to address breaking news on topics he has been following closely for the Doctor's Lounge.
Radio host and colleague, Dr. Craig M. Wax steps into the Doctor's Lounge to discuss the insurance industry and direct primary care. The ongoing failure of the State exchanges, insurance companies pulling out of Obamacare, and the continuing onslaught of regulation has opened the hearts & minds to opt out of the system through Direct Primary Care. Imagine making house calls again.
Join Dr. Hal Scherz as he discusses ObamaCare and the future of medicine in the U.S. in the future.
Long-time friend of D4PCF, Dr. Kris Held has been raising the alarm about population based medicine rising above the local physician's clinical judgement. Philosophy matters and Dr Held shares a compelling personal story in unpacking these principles
From our own Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation Advisory Board, Jennifer Schubert-Akin steps into the Doctor's Lounge to brief us on the agenda for this year's conference.
Free market medicine is getting a boost from Mercatus Center Senior Fellow Robert Graboyes. He steps into the Doctor's Lounge to discuss his just published article arguing the future of health care is moving toward the free market and Uber is the model.
Grace-Marie Turner, member of the advisory board of the Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation, steps into the Doctor's Lounge to brief us on her recent debate in Colorado regarding a State based single payer health care system.
As the elections approach, show host Hal Scherz, MD presents a special episode reviewing the history, examining the present, and unpacking the new Prescription from the Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation. In part one, Scherz will review Hillary Clinton’s history on health care - particularly her leading role in the Health Security Act of 1993 (unofficially nicknamed "Hillarycare"
Twila Brase, RN steps into The Doctor's Lounge to explain her new project - a free trade zone for health care!
Daniel Carviotto, MD, one of multiple doctors appearing in the campaign, steps into the Doctor's Lounge to explain the motivation behind the video outreach to patients.
Dr. Marion Mass, board member of PWT (Physicians Working Together), steps into the Doctor's Lounge to explain their collaborative mission to engage doctors and patients across social media.
Grace-Marie Turner, President of the Galen Institute, steps into the Doctor's Lounge to brief us on Colorado Care and talk strategy.
The Man implementing MACRA fields the tough questions live on the air Andrew Slavitt, Acting Administrator of CMS and the "quarterback" for the implementation of MACRA, joins Dr. Koriwchak in the Doctor's Lounge for a groundbreaking interview.
Bob Moffit, Senior Fellow in The Heritage Foundation's Center for Health Policy Studies steps into the Doctor's Lounge to unpack the impact of MACRA and how it threatens to further undermine the private practice of medicine in America.
Join Dr. Koriwchak as he calls out the shell game with respect to the most sweeping proposed federal regulations since Obamacare.
Join Dr. Hal Scherz and his guest Henry Fabian, MD, MBA of the Spine Center of Steamboat Springs in the Doctor's Lounge to brief us on the battle over ColoradoCare.
A $1.4 billion segment of GE Healthcare, Mark Segal, Vice President of the Government & Industry Affairs of GE Healthcare IT steps into the Doctor's Lounge with host Dr. Michael Koriwchak.
Dr. Hal Scherz’ guest was Becki Gray, the Vice President for Outreach at the John Locke Foundation. Dr. Scherz and Ms. Gray cover a number of timely topics concerning health care in North Carolina with the overarching theme of freedom.
Join Dr. Hal Scherz and his guest John Nothdurft, Director of Government Relations for The Heartland Institute, as he steps into the Doctor's Lounge to discuss the goals in the partnership with Docs 4 Patient Care.
Beth Haynes, MD, Executive Director of the Benjamin Rush Institute, joins Dr. Michael Koriwchak in the Doctor's Lounge to respond to some of the problems identified and critique the solutions.
Dr. Richard Armstrong steps into the Doctor's Lounge to explain the value of our partnerships and the strategy for health care that is shaping up.
Host Michael Koriwchak updates you on the meeting between several physician groups and CMS to seek relief from EHR (Electronic Health Records) and meaningful use.
Join Dr. Mike Koriwchak as he discusses the growing impact that this social media revolution will have on the delivery of healthcare in America.
Join Dr. Hal Scherz as he discusses what healthcare solutions will look like under ObamaCare.
Join Dr. Koriwchak as he reviews the latest and greatest health information technology as it is unveiled at HIMSS 2016.
Dr. Richard Armstrong joins Dr. Scherz and Dr. Koriwchak, D4PC Foundation doctors in the Doctor's Lounge to discuss the top issues in healthcare.
Jim Bailey steps into the Doctor's Lounge to discuss his novel, The End of Healing with host Dr. Mike Koriwchak.
Sally Pipes steps into the Doctor's Lounge to discuss with Dr. Hal Scherz the top healthcare issues we will face in 2016.
Host Michael Koriwchak will update you on the manufactured interoperability crisis in health care IT.
Join Dr. Hal Scherz and his guest Nina Owcharenko for the Heritage Foundation in a unique discussion our medical care today and the future.
The President of the CCHF (Citizen's Council for Health Freedom), Twila Brase, RN steps into the Doctor's Lounge to discuss breaking medical news.
Georgia State Senator Judson Hill steps into the Doctor's Lounge to talk about a bill he's re-introducing called the Flexible Choices Act. As more and more Americans are opting out of visiting the doctor for fear of high deductibles and unknown pricing of care, DPC is no longer falling on deaf ears.
Dr. Koriwchak kicks off the new year with a look at the influential ideas bubbling to the surface.