Editor’s Note:The author writes, “This poem was inspired by an actual event where a nursing service was using guidelines provided by a third-party payor to determine recommended length of stay. The patient’s condition was not communicated between site of care and site of billing, in spite of a state of the art computerized patient record, resulting in this disturbing phone call.” Robert Baker, MD, FACS, is an Oculo-Plastic Surgeon in Lexington, Kentucky. He was educated at McMaster University, University of California San Francisco, and the University of Kentucky where he was Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology for many years prior to entering private practice. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from National University in San Diego and writes as Bobby Steve Baker.
Editor’s note for authors of submissions to Pectoriloquy: Poems should not exceed 350 words, should not have been previously published, and should be related to concerns of physicians and medicine. First submissions to the Pectoriloquy Section should be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com. Authors of accepted poems will be asked to submit the final version to CHEST Manuscript Central.
—Michael Zack, MD, FCCP
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