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Mark Lopatin MD, FACP, FACR, FCPP

Rheumatologist, Trustee for the Pennsylvania Medical Society Board of Directors, Health care advocate

About

As a practicing rheumatologist, I knew NOTHING about politics until I was named in a frivolous lawsuit in 2000.  Due to issues of joint and several liability and venue in place at the time, along with my naiveté in medical legal issues, I settled the suit.  However, my anger at the system spurred me to become politically active, both in organized medicine and at a grassroots level.   Initially I spoke and wrote primarily about tort reform, but over the years, that became less of an issue in Pennsylvania.  Over the years,  I have evolved. I have written numerous articles and op-eds regarding issues such as prior authorization, scope of practice, MOC, venue, cost transparency etc..   I have recently completed writing a book, entitled Rheum for Improvement which describes my journey.  It should be available early in 2022.  I am retired as of the beginning of 2021.

"Health care should be a human interaction between a patient and a physician, rather than a business transaction between a consumer and a provider"
Mark Lopatin: If physicians are not willing to fight to protect our profession, who will?
Mark Lopatin MD, FACP, FACR, FCPP
Rheumatologist, Trustee for the Pennsylvania Medical Society Board of Directors, Health care advocate

"Health care should be a human interaction between a patient and a physician, rather than a business transaction between a consumer and a provider"

My Articles

Are Physicians Human?

Sometimes I am going to say the wrong thing.   I must learn to forgive myself when I do.   Should I have made that statement to that patient?  Absolutely not.  I am a physician.

Prior Authorization Compromises Patient Care

Prior Authorization Compromises Patient Care

Prior authorization by insurance companies compromises patient care in a number of ways. Insurance companies must be held accountable for the medical decisions they make, just as physicians are accountable for the medical decisions we make.

Price Transparency is Essential.

Health care is the only industry where a consumer does not find out the cost of a product or service until after they have purchased it. That needs to change.

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Negotiate as a Physician and Win

Catch this 8-part series, hosted by physician & business consultant David Norris, MD, MBA & produced by Dana Corriel, MD. Learn to be a stronger negotiator with these important tactics.

Conversations with Shem: Season 2

Medical literature icon Samuel Shem, author of “The House of God” returns for season 2 of conversation, in order to discuss the broken healthcare system. This time, he’s brought the guests!

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Doctors On Social Media Teach Podcasting

Today’s health experts are sharing their expertise in audio format using podcasts. Join us as we explore how we do this and bring on the innovators who are giving it their all.

How-To Physician: Season 2. We're back with Season 2 of our lecture series. This time, new physicians take on the virtual airwaves, to teach other physicians a skill they’ve leveraged, in a single, casual livestream.

How-To Physician: Season 2

We’re back with Season 2 of our lecture series. This time, new physicians take on the virtual airwaves, to teach other physicians a skill they’ve leveraged, in a single, casual livestream.

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Latest episodes

Episode 1: The One with Doctor Fritz Francoise

The One with Doctor Fritz Francois

The CMO of NYU Langone Medical Center in NYU, Dr. Fritz Francois, discusses putting the HUMAN back into healthcare with Samuel Shem, author of “The House of God”.

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