Why Cleveland Clinic Won’t Recommend ‘Medical Marijuana’ for Patients

By Paul Terpeluk, D.O. Medical Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Employee Health Services On Sept. 8, Ohio law began permitting state-licensed dispensaries to sell marijuana to treat a specific set of health conditions, with a doctor’s recommendation. We at Cleveland Clinic, however, will not be recommending “medical marijuana” for our patients. At Cleveland Clinic, we believe … Read More

How AI Could Help Your Bad Back

Cleveland Clinic’s Thomas E. Mroz, M.D., and Ghaith Habboub explain how artificial intelligence can help those with back pain, on the website of Scientific American: “(T)he spine is a tricky and complicated region of the body. Several different conditions and diseases can affect the spine, resulting in a wide range of procedures used to treat them. … Read More

Why Cleveland Clinic Is Increasing Its Minimum Wage to $15

Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Tom Mihaljevic, M.D. explains why Cleveland Clinic is increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour, today in The Plain Dealer: “Every caregiver’s role is important. Increasing our minimum wage demonstrates our commitment to our employees and their families, as well as the community and our patients. It is a … Read More

Doctors Are Called to Heal, Not Just to Treat

Jame Abraham, M.D., co-director of the Cleveland Clinic Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program writes in U.S. News & World Report:   “As technology progresses, that the humanity of medicine is at an impasse … Science, advancing at an accelerated pace, is constantly challenging the medical profession, presenting new options and providing new treatments. While innovation remains crucial … Read More

Antidote to rising drug prices languishes in Congress

Cleveland Clinic Chief Pharmacy Officer Scott Knoer, M.S., Pharm.D., writes in The Hill:   “Two new proposals from the Trump administration (aimed at lowering drug prices) … should be celebrated. However, neither strategy will halt egregious price increases or bring down overall health care costs bloated by unsustainable drug prices. Prices for the top 20 most-prescribed … Read More

Heads Up: CDC’s New Guidelines if Your Child Suffers from a Concussion

Every hour, of every day, 90 children are treated in emergency departments for mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), or concussion. That’s an alarming 800,000 children annually. And that is just a fraction of the 2.5 million high school students who have had a sports- or physical activity-related concussion in the past 12 months. The good … Read More

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Has Offered Free Tuition Since 2008

As medical educators, we applaud the decision by NYU’s School of Medicine to provide tuition-free medical education to all its medical students. As the enlightened architects of that policy are well aware, the costs of medical education and the high debt burden born by many medical students often condition students’ choices, forcing consideration of indebtedness … Read More

Pharmacy Benefit Managers Costing Consumers Millions of Dollars

Cleveland Clinic Chief Pharmacy Officer Scott Knoer writes in STAT News:   “Pharmacy benefit managers market themselves as keen negotiators able to squeeze pharmaceutical manufacturers for better deals that save money for insurers, patients, and society. Yet they are turning out to be little more than middlemen, adding scant value but significantly increasing costs. They have … Read More