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December CFSAC Part 2: Touchdowns Will Win the Game

In this Part 2 of my review of the December 2017 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee meeting, I'll address a question discussed there: Should we target specialists or primary care doctors in a physician education project?

Dr. Jose Montoya said in the meeting that the best place for the type of clinical care SEID patients need is in the specialist setting. I absolutely agree. Those who are our experts now give a long time to each patient, an amount of time that is not profitable for each patient in a primary care setting. Our system is still set as a pay for service.
"It's not unusual for primary care doctors' appointments to be scheduled at 15-minute intervals," says a 2014 USA Today article. This is not a match for our multi-system, multi-symptom, multi-treatment disease.

Setting aside the time element, there is also the level of knowledge needed. Specialists are specialists because they know more than a primary care doctor about a segment of diseases.…