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What Scott and Martha got wrong by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In the John Adams 1779 version of the Massachusetts constitution, the Attorney General was appointed by the Governor. In 1855, the document was amended to provide for dire ... Read on »
Unfair, unjust, and ineffective by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy An  article from the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine (Western J Emerg Med. 2014;15(2):137-141) offers a frightening example of blatantly systemic problems in a hospi ... Read on »
This doesn't apply to us, we are different by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A brilliant reminder from Terry Fairbanks (National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare at MedStar Health), offered as a comment on one of my previous blog posts When ... Read on »
Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I just read a remarkable quote from Leslie Jamison, in her book of essays called The Empathy Exams (Garywolf Press, 2014).  Jamison has taken the role of a standardized ... Read on »
A death spiral in Worcester? by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy "What would you do if you were Eric Dickson?" I asked a knowledgeable colleague about the CEO of the financially troubled U. Mass Memorial Health Care.  "I'd get anoth ... Read on »
Arithmetic by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy An editorial in the New York Times prompts me to take a moment to present some arithmetic to that editorial board, our Attorney General, the Boston Globe , and the busines ... Read on »
Did the early patients know they were guinea pigs? by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy While we're on the topic of marketing robotic surgery , let's note a new article in JAMA Surgery that tells of the real human cost of the rapid infusion of this technology ... Read on »
A hijacking in Maine by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Is this just a technical bloop or an example of the insidious nature of the marketing conducted by those in the robotic surgery medical-industrial complex? Back in Marc ... Read on »
Have you seen the Globe today? by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I admit to having a limited set of contacts and friends, but within that group I try to maintain relationships with people of diverse political backgrounds.  There is alwa ... Read on »
On this day . . . by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy in 1826, 50 years after the Declaration of Independence was adopted in Philadelphia, John Adams died at home in Braintree. One of the great men of the Revolutionary ... Read on »
He makes it sound so straightforward by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Richard Corder started life in the hospitality business and has made a successful transition to the world of health care.  He now assistant vice president at CRICO Strateg ... Read on »
Marketing versus evidence: Which helps patients decide? by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Gary Schwitzer summarized a study a couple of weeks ago .  Perhaps it should be required reading by Dr. Stifelman and others at NYU Langone Medical Center . Meantime, a ... Read on »
Does separate bargaining mitigate market power? by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy One supposed attribute of the recent agreement between the Massachusetts Attorney General and Partners Healthcare System is a provision "allowing payers to split Partners ... Read on »
Victory in defeat by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy You can't have watched the Germany-Algeria match (2-1) without having great admiration for the sprit of the Algerian team.  Even after falling behind 2-0, with virtually n ... Read on »
When disclosure doesn't disclose anything by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A short while ago, I displayed a video from Bloomberg TV in which Dr. Michael Stifelman from NYU's Langone Robotic Surgery Center makes a number of assertions about the vi ... Read on »
At Indian Head Farm: We like it here. by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy People tend to view Massachusetts as an urban state, but there are areas very close to the urban centers that house lovely farms.  On such, which is in its seventh gen ... Read on »
Here's how much she welcomes other views by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It is useful to compare actions to words.  From the State House News, about the Attorney General's recently filed deal with Partners Healthcare The same day the deal wa ... Read on »
I smell a rat! by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A break from health care. One of my favorite architectural features in New York, or indeed anywhere, is a group of three rats crawling up lines into Grand Central S ... Read on »
Breaking news: Boston doctor does human subject research without IRB approval by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Smallpox pustule gauge -- Edinburgh, Scotland, 1870-1930 Today's Massachusetts Moment from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities relates a story ... Read on »
The news from Milwaukee by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In a world of highly variable health care reporting--some good, some fair, and some poor--you might find it unlikely that some of the best work comes from Milwaukee, Wisco ... Read on »