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Of course emergency department visits are increasing by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Health reform and ED use. Not everyone missed the mark The lead paragraph in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal article ( Emergency-Room Visits Keep Climbing ) is t ... Read on »
Huffington Post reports on Health Business Blog’s first decade by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I was flattered that the Huffington Post decided to publish a story ( “Think how your are adding value”: David Williams interview ) to commemorate the first 10 years of th ... Read on »
Big Vertex bonuses seem defensible to me by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Is that for me? The Boston Globe devoted its top story this morning to criticizing Vertex Pharmaceuticals for paying $54 million in retention bonuses to top exec ... Read on »
The new primary care docs: retrained specialists by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Sign me up! https://healthbb.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/hbdew0033-david-e-williams-interviews-dr-leonard-glass.mp3 As the US healthcare system becomes more ... Read on »
Do it yourself death panel by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine How you feelin’ today, mom? Federal law allows states to recover Medicaid costs from heirs. This little known provision is getting more attention as part of the ... Read on »
Meaningless Use: Pediatric portal example by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I love my family’s pediatrician. He’s an old school guy who keeps up with the literature, is a great diagnostician, has an informative and comforting manner, and uses the ... Read on »
Health Wonk Review is up at Managed Care Matters by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In the mood for a great roundup of healthcare policy posts? Then look not farther than Managed Care Matters, host of the latest installment of the Health Wonk Review blog ... Read on »
Popular in Pittsburgh by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Pittsburgh, PA I’m quoted in two recent articles in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Highmark asks patients to ‘Meet Mr. Right’ — about the use of speed-d ... Read on »
Financial services shows the way for healthcare (again) by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Seven hundred million people  worldwide have obtained access to financial services for the first time over the past three years, according to a Gates Foundation funded in ... Read on »
E-cigarettes: the California Cooler of the 21st century by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Just a harmless, tasty treat? If like me you came of age in the 1980s you remember the California Cooler, a sweet wine/juice combo that made it easy for kids to ... Read on »
Care transitions: Interview with Curaspan CEO Tom Ferry by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Tom Ferry, Curaspan co-founder and CEO https://healthbb.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/hbdew0032-david-e-williams-interviews-curaspan-ceo-tom-ferry.mp3 When To ... Read on »
See you at #HIMSS15 by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I’m packing my bags and heading to #HIMSS15 in Chicago as a Social Media Ambassador. I look forward to seeing everyone there. I’ve been enjoying reading Scott Tharler’ ... Read on »
Tufts and Boston Medical Center merger: Why not? by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The Boston Globe ( Boston Medical Center, Tufts in merger talks ) shares the not-very-surprising story of two teaching hospitals thinking about teaming up. Partners He ... Read on »
Cancer drugs: Why the high and rising prices? by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Cancer drugs. Good stuff cheap? When Americans talk, pharmaceutical companies listen. And what they’ve heard is that initiatives to contain or regulate medical c ... Read on »
Heading to #HIMSS15? Share your story with the Health Business Blog by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I’ll be covering the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference #HIMSS15 for the Health Business Blog again this year. I’m interested in inte ... Read on »
Why I drink Samuel Adams beer by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Good… and good for you? When I worked at the Boston Consulting Group in the 1990s, the firm held internal quarterly conferences to present new insights and build ... Read on »
ACA progress according to Athena and RWJ by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Note the big jump in Medicaid in expansion states Healthcare wonks everywhere are excited that Athenahealth and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have teamed up ... Read on »
Digital pathology in action: Interview with Omnyx CEO Mamar Gelaye by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Omnyx CEO Mamar Gelaye https://healthbb.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/hbdew0031-david-e-williams-interviews-omnyx-ceo-mamar-gelaye.mp3 Pathologists are physicia ... Read on »
Health Wonk Review is up at Wing of Zock by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Some blogs have cool names. Example: Wing of Zock, which hosts the latest Health Wonk Review blog carnival. You’ll want to check it out because it contains a rich trove of ... Read on »
Hospitals say: Show me the money! (I’m quoted) by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Hospitals and other healthcare providers are struggling to collect out-of-pocket costs from patients. This has always been the case to some degree but with the growth of h ... Read on »