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Ebola watch by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Here are some random thoughts about Ebola.  Remember when it used to be in the headlines? A friend wrote I recently read Jose Saramago’s fictional 1997 novel, Blindnes ... Read on »
When a company is run by droids by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This column was originally to be focused on Uber, which allowed its shortage algorithm to increase the prices of taxis out of the Sydney central business district by four ... Read on »
Please answer the question. by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy If you haven't answered the question I pose below , would you please do so as a comment on that article?  It requires no technical knowledge, and I'd value your opinion.  ... Read on »
Enforcing AG's agreements with hospital systems by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Bruce Mohl at Commonwealth Magazine reports that the state of Massachusetts has started "to assess $1,000-a-week fines on Steward Health Care for failing to turn over to ... Read on »
Please answer this question by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy At a meeting this week of the MedStar Health patient and family advisory council, Rosemary Gibson and Anne Gunderson asked, "As a patient or family member in a hospital ... Read on »
Everyday innovators show the way at U. Mass. by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I hear through the grapevine that my July post about U. Mass Memorial Health Care in Worcester was not well received by some colleagues in Central Massachusetts.  I can ce ... Read on »
Not really a victory by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Quincy city officials and the Attorney General are likely to claim victory in getting Steward Healthcare System to agree to open a "satellite" emergency room at the otherw ... Read on »
CLER as mud by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Back in April , I raised the question of why the ACGME was not publishing the results of its surveys with regard to CLER, Clinical Learning Environmental Review .  The pr ... Read on »
How bad is it? It's so bad that . . . by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It struck me that this old Dilbert cartoon characterizes many hospitals.  The situation described may present a problem as they try to run ACOs to manage patient care ... Read on »
All That's White Isn’t Necessarily Propofol by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy With thanks to Saskatchewan's Health Quality Council Chairperson Susan Shaw for the reference, please check out this short article on a near miss in a large community hosp ... Read on »
Getting the skinny on skin conditions by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I usually get nervous when something seems too good to be true, but every now and then the spark of human goodness comes through. Unless I am missing something, here's an ... Read on »
Randi Redmond Oster questions protocol by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Back in April, Randi Redmond Oster sent me a copy of her book Questioning Protocol with the following inscription My mission is to help make this book obsolete in 10 ... Read on »
Pedestrian injuries from cell phones by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy You will recall the excellent advice of my primary care doctor, Amy Ship, when it comes to using a cell phone while driving.  Don't! Now comes this story from Governin ... Read on »
I'll take generic cancer treatment, please by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Speaking of insipid hospital advertising in Jacksonville Airport , what's the story about this one from Mayo Clinic?  Who on earth doesn't offer personalized cancer ... Read on »
NowIknowmemorial. Do you really? by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Passing through Jacksonville Airport, we saw the advertisement above for a local hospital.  I guess I should be used to ads that suggest that robotic surgery has "qu ... Read on »
When they lose their way by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This story by Renee Dudley and Liza Lin at Bloomburg News shows what often happens in "make your numbers to make your bonus" organizations.  Summary Cracks in the fo ... Read on »
Two leaky lifeboats strapped together? by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Priyanka Dayal McCluskey and Robert Weisman at the Boston Globe report that Boston Medical Cemter and Tufts Medical Center are considering a merger, "a deal that, if appro ... Read on »
HealthNewsReview lives on! by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Many of us are extremely pleased to hear that Gary Schwitzer and his colleagues at HealthNewsReview have received a major grant from the the Laura and John Arnold Fou ... Read on »
Commoditizing patients by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This report on BetaBoston made me uneasy.  I'm almost reluctant to comment because my colleagues in the industry may see it as a part of a pattern to criticize a cert ... Read on »
Only at IHI! by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Annual Forum run by the IHI always has some surprises.  The best one for me this year:  Only here could you be in the ballroom watching a keynote address by Atul G ... Read on »