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The Furry Convention 2015 by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Anthropomorphic Convention is this weekend in Pittsburgh. Athrocon began in 1997 and is now the largest Furry Convention in the world. Over 5500 Furrys will attend the ... Read on »
July 3rd by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It was July 3rd, an almost National Holiday, and my job that afternoon was to watch, hang out, and play with the six, seven, and eight year old girls before taking them on ... Read on »
Beverly Hills by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy June 18th to the 27th meant trips to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Johnstown, New York, Naples, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh again.  These trips provided an entirely ... Read on »
What is Population Health? by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy “Population health:” what does it mean? The term is being newly used in the health space, but what it actually means depends on whom you ask. Population health impacts hea ... Read on »
Moving Along by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As a high school graduate, there was always the knowledge that there would be class reunions; time to reminisce and to catch up with old friends.  Some of us skipped the 5 ... Read on »
My Brother and ME by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I wrote this in March . . . and just added the ending. Yes, he took my binky and threw it away because he thought I was too old to still have a binky. (Okay, he was ri ... Read on »
“Expert Panel Backs a Drug to Increase Women’s Sex Drive.” by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The New York Times breaking news headline last night was “Expert Panel Backs a Drug to Increase Women’s Sex Drive.” The new drug, flibanserin, is only intended to impact t ... Read on »
Baby Think by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy What do babies understand and how do they think? In a 2011 TED talk that I recently watched by Dr. Alison Gopnik, she hypothesized that broccoli may be the secret to findi ... Read on »
Memorial Day and the Girls by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy My son and his wife were leaving for her best friend’s wedding.  This gala weeklong event was to be held on some island in the Caribbean. The funny part about that is that ... Read on »
I’ve Seen Fire, and I’ve Seen Rain by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I’ve flown over the Sahara, visited Italy, France, Germany, Spain, England, Nigeria, Bosnia, Serbia, the Netherlands, Greece, Turkey, Corsica, Malta, Mexico, Aruba, Canada ... Read on »
Abraham Flexner – Good News – Bad News – New News by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Having spent nearly thirty years as a non-clinical, healthcare insider, the treasure trove of knowledge that I’ve accumulated has been both fascinating and frustrating.  I ... Read on »
On Time and Life and Goodness by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   One uncomfortable truth about getting older is that it sometimes feels wrong and even intellectually wasteful to me. As our brains fill with more and more useful and ... Read on »
Everybody Has a Story by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Everybody has a story.  This morning I stopped in two coffee shops over a three hour period, one for caffeine and one to give back the coffee I had consumed at the first s ... Read on »
An Amazing Idea . . . by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy No one can escape it, aging that is, unless of course we come smack up against its alternative.  We want to have some fun, enjoy ourselves, live a little, but if we wait t ... Read on »
Become Certified in Integrative Health! by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine (AIHM) Offers First Course & Certification in Integrative Health for Executives September 04, 2014 11:00 A ... Read on »
Preparation for Life! by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It all started at the age of eight with my paper route. Each day the three paperboys from our little town, Howdy, Roy and I would sit in front of my aunt’s grocery store c ... Read on »
BMW . . . ing by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   If you don’t know what that abbreviation stands for, Google it!  I’m not referring to: BMW: Born Moderately Wealthy, BMW: Brought My Wife, or BMW, Bring More Worries ... Read on »
Smokin’ and EATIN’ by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy If you’ve ever seen the television series, Mad Men, you can begin to get the flavor of the environment back in the 60’s. Cigarettes were so glamorized that we literally li ... Read on »
I’m about an hour away from my son driving me to the hospital.  by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The interesting thing about time is that it can go by in a wink, like life, or it can drag on like some form of ancient water torture, one drop at a time.  I’ve decided to ... Read on »
ICD10 – Struck by a DUCK! by Nicholas J. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy For several years something called ICD-9s dominated the healthcare providers’ reimbursement landscape.  It’s how they get paid for treating their patients.  There were 13, ... Read on »