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Avoidable emergency department visits: Lessons from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (transcript) by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This is the transcript of my recent podcast interview with Susan Mende of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. David E. Williams: This is David Williams from the Health ... Read on »
Cavalcade of Risk #198: Short and sweet edition by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Welcome to edition #198 of the Cavalcade of Risk blog carnival, the last for 2013. We’ll keep it short and sweet for you. Which way to the Cavalcade? Danger, d ... Read on »
Avoidable emergency department visits: Lessons from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (podcast) by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Download: mende2013.mp3 Susan Mende, Sr. Program Officer Only about 30 percent of patients treated in ... Read on »
Bone marrow donation and compensation: My moral dilemma by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine It’s a criminal offense to pay a person to donate an organ. That policy fits well with societal norms that restrict commerce in certain areas. For example we don’t ... Read on »
Call for submissions: Cavalcade of Risk blog carnival by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I’m hosting the Cavalcade of Risk blog carnival on the Health Business Blog next week. If you have a risk-related post to share, you can email it to cavrisk@mail.com or fi ... Read on »
Health Wonk Review is up at Healthcare Economist by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Healthcare Economist hosts a terse, yet informative edition of the Health Wonk Review blog carnival. Read on »
DocASAP: multi-channel platform for booking doctor appointments (podcast) by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Download: docasap.mp3 DocASAP CEO Puneet Maheshwari DocASAP provides an online platform ... Read on »
Job opening: Pacific Business Group on Health by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The Pacific Business Group on Health is recruiting for a new position: Senior Director for Paying for Value, to work closely with health plans and purchasers to identify a ... Read on »
#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 »
More from the nursing shortage myth annals by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Good news or bad news? FierceHealthcare has a weird little article about nursing shortages or lack thereof ( As market worsens for hospital jobs, nurses look elsew ... Read on »
National Family History Day by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Chips off the old blocks You could be forgiven for thinking that today is Thanksgiving or Hanukkah or even Thanksgivukkah! Actually, it’s National Family History D ... Read on »
Cavalcade of Risk is up at Colorado Health Insurance Insider by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Check out the latest Cavalcade of Risk blog carnival at Colorado Health Insurance Insider. Thanksgiving is here, at least in the blog carnival world! Read on »
The big free-market impact of the Affordable Care Act by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The messed-up launch of the federal health insurance marketplace website is getting lots of attention these days, and rightly so. But ObamaCare is going into effect one ... Read on »
Doctor’s office of the future meets office of the past by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I went to an appointment today with a doctor in a high-paying specialty who presumably has the resources to organize his office the way he wants. I was very satisfi ... Read on »
The absolute case for relative value units by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Fee-for-service methodologies, especially relative-value units (RVUs), keep creeping back into alternative payment models like capitation.  Maybe we should take the ... Read on »
Will work for dental care. Not a bad idea by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine There’s a big gap in coverage for dental care. It’s not considered part of core health care benefits and so many people –even those with commercial health insurance or Med ... Read on »
When evaluating physician and nurse shortages, consider the source by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine ‘Alarming’ Physician Shortages Lie Ahead , according to a HealthLeaders headline that’s bound to raise your blood pressure. Chances are you’ve seen even scarier articles ... Read on »
Harnessing patient activation to reduce readmissions: Interview with Insignia by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Download: insigniadelaney.mp3 Hospitals are getting serious about reducing avoidable readmissions now that ... Read on »
Talking sense about the physician workforce by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The November Health Affairs theme issue, Redesigning the Health Care Workforce, is especially good. Much of what I’ve seen written elsewhere on the topic focuses on allevi ... Read on »
Reference pricing and the role of the government by David W. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Reference pricing for medical procedures constrains costs by capping the amount an insurer will pay for a procedure and making the patient pay the extra amount. In ... Read on »