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#GivingTuesday idea: Hearts & Noses Hospital Clown Troupe by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Hearts & Noses Hospital Clown Troupe provides professionally trained volunteer clowns to hospitalized children throughout greater Boston. I’m a great believer in their wo ... Read on »
#HIMSS14 first impressions by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The exhibit hall at the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) 2014 conference is pretty humungous. Even with tens of thousands of people milling around ... Read on »
$400B in pharmacy waste? Maybe it’s higher by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Pharmaceutical Benefits Manager (PBM) Express Scripts released a report claiming that more than $400B in annual pharmacy expenditures are wasted and that the greatest wast ... Read on »
‘Buying Value’ herds private market toward value based purchasing by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine You’d laugh if someone said they were starting an initiative to get companies to consider value when buying steel or other major inputs to their products or services. Yet ... Read on »
‘Buying Value’ herds private market toward value based purchasing (transcript) by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This is the transcript of my recent podcast interview with Gerry Shea of the AFL-CIO. David E. Williams: This is David Williams , co-founder of MedPharma Partners and ... Read on »
“Closing loopholes” could be a form of health care reform by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Both President Obama and Mitt Romney are interested in “ closing loopholes ” as part of broader tax reform, and both are famously reluctant to say exactly which loopholes ... Read on »
“Mein Fuhrer! I can walk!” A happier ending by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In a darkly hilarious scene at the end of the movie Dr. Strangelove , the world is coming to an end as a Soviet Doomsday Device triggers the Apocalypse. Just then, Peter S ... Read on »
(Un)acceptable quality levels in health care by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In the bad old days of American manufacturing aka the 1970s, terms like  “acceptable quality level” were widely used. The idea was that defects and errors were inevitable an ... Read on »
100 Best Health Care Policy Blogs by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine RNCentral.com has published a list of the 100 Best Health Care Policy Blogs. They were kind enough to include the Health Business Blog. Read on »
15 minutes could save you… nothing in medical bills by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Two medical bills arrived in the mail over the weekend. One requested $525 for a specialist office visit, another $250 for a routine colonoscopy at a hospital. Since I don ... Read on »
A better business model for antibiotics by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine For the past couple of decades antibiotics have generally been a low margin, low revenue business that big pharma has stayed away from. Lack of new drug development activi ... Read on »
A clearer way to think about Medicare vouchers by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The idea of vouchers has long appealed to conservatives who want to preserve government funding for a popular program while increasing individual autonomy. The best exampl ... Read on »
A conversation with Lighthouse Learning CEO Jon Leibowitz by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Lighthouse Learning , a new, independent producer of continuing medical education (CME) may have made a bigger splash than it wanted last week on the front page of the Bo ... Read on »
A conversation with Practice Fusion CEO Ryan Howard by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I checked in with Practice Fusion CEO Ryan Howard yesterday for an update on the progress of the company’s free, web-based electronic health record. In this podcast Ryan d ... Read on »
A conversation with Practice Fusion CEO Ryan Howard by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In May I interviewed Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion, a free web-based electronic health record (EHR). A lot has happened in the EHR world since then so I thought I’d ch ... Read on »
A conversation with Practice Fusion CEO Ryan Howard (transcript) by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This is the transcript of my recent podcast interview with Practice Fusion CEO Ryan Howard. David Williams: This is David E. Williams, co-founder of MedPharma Partners ... Read on »
A couple smart health care-related security ideas from Consumer Reports by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Consumer Reports features “Your Security” on its cover and includes articles on keeping a home and family safe. There are a couple good ideas on health care related topics ... Read on »
A couple thoughts on the Walgreen, Caremark spat by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine As you’ve probably heard, Walgreens announced yesterday it won’t fill prescriptions from patients who have CVS Caremark as their PBM. Although the decision is due to take ... Read on »
A different mandate: Insurance exams for those who want to buy mandate-free products by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Many states mandate that health insurance companies include specific benefits in all insurance policies. Examples of common mandates include required coverage for  treatment ... Read on »
A few observations on the PSA testing debate by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Much has and will be written on the new US Preventive Services Task Force (USPTF) recommendations against routine use of the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test in ... Read on »