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The Upside of Down by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A short while back , I introduced you to Catherine Crock, who heads up the Australian Institute for Patient and Family Centred Care . While I was in Melbourne, she han ... Read on »
Pulling out all the stops by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I'm trying to figure out what's going on here, following up from my recent post about a hospital system president who encouraged his doctors and former trainees to registe ... Read on »
People deserve better by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy After reading my post below about the slow pace of quality and safety improvement in my home state, a reader wrote an in-depth summary of her mother's experience at one of ... Read on »
Team-Based care on WIHI by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Madge Kaplan writes The next WIHI broadcast — The Road to Team-Based Primary Care and Behavioral Health  — will take place on Thursday, December 4, from 2 to 3 PM ET, ... Read on »
Falling behind on safety and quality in the Hub of the Universe by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I'm sitting here in Massachusetts trying to reconcile two stories.  First, this optimistic one put out by AHRQ, reported by Modern Healthcare's Sabriya Rice.  The lede ... Read on »
How to ensure a "statistically valid sample" by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Here's something to give you even more confidence in validity of the US News and World Report hospital rankings, also the work being done as part of that process by Doximi ... Read on »
What happened to pairing risks and rewards? by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Here's a point of view guaranteed to upset those who religiously believe (nothwithstanding structural flaws ) that the move to accountable care organizations with an accom ... Read on »
Always visualize the data by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Sometimes comments on Twitter offers useful perspectives.  Kris Peeters (@peeterskris), of datamined , tweeted this set of plots along with some excellent advice Thes ... Read on »
Meet Dr Olivia! You are in for a treat. by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The following might be the most adorable video in the health care world.  The purpose is to help people understand that a visit to the emergency room ("A&E," or "Accident ... Read on »
The search is over by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Ah, I've finally figured out where change happens. Have a great Thanksgiving! Read on »
Wellness programs are not doing well--or good. by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A new article at the Health Affairs Blog by Al Lewis, Vik Khanna, and Shana Montrose evicerates many of the claims of wellness programs offered in the health care marketpl ... Read on »
Who let this through at HBR? by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Harvard Business Review online often has interesting and thoughtful pieces, but this one is so self-serving as to make me gag--and wonder about the editorial policies ... Read on »
Intensive training on line by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I learned today of an impressive on-line educational tool produced by folks at Alfred Health in Melbourne.  It is Intensive , an educational website for doctors and other ... Read on »
Danish get a pasting by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Gary Schwitzer reports on the proliferation of robotic surgery in Denmark, in a publicly financed health care system.  He quotes Frederik Joelving, a Danish journalist “W ... Read on »
Pursuit of excellence at Alfred Health by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I had a chance in advance of some presentations I'll be making this week at Alfred Health to view a number of the clinical process improvements at The Alfred , the system' ... Read on »
Whac-A-Mole disguised as high-deductible plans by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In the zeal to "bend the cost curve," the US health care system has focused on more "consumer-directed" aspects of health care, often in the form of high deductible in ... Read on »
Iron filagree enhances Melbourne by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I'm breaking from health care today, with a throwback to my training as a city planner.  I'm spending several days in Melbourne, Australia, and had a chance to visit s ... Read on »
What's up with the residency programs at St. Elizabeth's? by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I've written about the financial difficulties leading to the closure of Quincy Medical Center and have suggested that these almost inevitably resulted from the business mo ... Read on »
Lean is not a program by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Over two years ago, I wrote a post saying, You don't "do Lean."   Beyond suggesting that there should be a form of medical malpractice lawsuit against those consulting fir ... Read on »
The die was cast for Quincy Medical Center in 2011 by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I wish I could say that it was unexpected, but the current story around the closing of Quincy Medical Center in Massachusetts, after its purchase by a private equity c ... Read on »