Psychiatrist, Advocate for Patient Care

Lee Beecher, MD

Dr. Beecher and Dave Racer spent more than 28 months discussing ideas, researching, writing, and finally producing Passion for Patients. Racer serves on the Board of the Minnesota Physician-Patient Alliance where Dr. Beecher serves as its President.


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Passion for Patients


After a professional psychiatric career of more than 43 years, Dr. Lee Beecher has experienced wave after wave of healthcare "reforms" - some good and some not so good. Dr. Beecher believes that every reform should focus on the patient, not on management systems.


Currently there is an over-reliance on mental health managed care. Mental health diagnoses and treatment in 2017 is almost exclusively defined and paid for by third party payers (insurance companies, government) rather than chosen and directed by patients and families. It is a mindless process of linking (pairing up) allowable DSM or ICD diagnostic codes with allowable (CPT) procedural coding. 


The best medicine happens when physicians who are passionate for their patients partner with patients who are passionate for their own care.


"For the best outcomes, patients must take control of their own healthcare decisions," Dr. Beecher says. "This includes having skin in the game." 


How did Dr. Beecher reconcile his passion for passionate patients? "We both had skin in the game."

See the Table of contents and sample each chapter.

Read the Preface.

Read the Introduction.


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