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Who rounds 2.4 up to 3? Who reports 14 as 29? by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Martha Coakley either will or will not be Governor-elect on November 10, but she will still be the incumbent Attorney General when the Court takes up arguments that day on ... Read on »
Still using horses and buggies by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I recently had to reschedule a routine exam with my hospital-based primary care doctor and so decided to use the supposed rescheduling functionality on the patient portal ... Read on »
Return from South Africa by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy You’ve already read some health care stories from my recent trip to South Africa, but now please permit me some general summations of other things I learned. I ... Read on »
View from above by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Some final thoughts from South Africa.  The picture above from Kruger National Park is just to get your attention! Here's the more serious photo from the Best C ... Read on »
A new look at "safe seats" by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Michael Millenson, President, Health Quality Advisors , writes:   Working with data analytics colleagues, I've produced a report on safest Congressional districts ... Read on »
Rainbow nation by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy "Rainbow nation" was the term coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to describe post-apartheid South Africa, after the country's first fully democratic election in 1994.  ... Read on »
New word: "maieutikos" by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Among the joys of teaching Lean process improvement with people like the Lean Institute Africa's Norman Faull are the unexpected language lessons. Today at a Best Care ... Read on »
For want of a nail . . . the battle was lost by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Health Minister of South Africa, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi joined the HASA and Best Care . . . Always quality improvement summit and gave a thoughtful overview of the c ... Read on »
I felt like I was back home by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy While I made presentation at a quality summit sponsored by Discovery Health , as usual I learned more than I imparted.  The similarities between the South Africa health ca ... Read on »
Not so different after all by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I'm so pleased to be in Johnannesburg to present some sessions in association with the Hospital Association of South Africa at a quality improvement summit hosted by Best ... Read on »
Maura Healey bobs and weaves off the court, while John Miller takes a shot by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Maura Healey is a thoughtful and serious candidate for Massachusetts Attorney General, offering years of legal experience.  One thing she likes to mention is that part of ... Read on »
Lazarus lives again in Massachusetts, but at what cost? by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy There was a lot of coverage last year about the glitches and extra costs associated with the federal government's health care exchange website.  Must less was said about t ... Read on »
Mental health in hospitals on WIHI by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Madge Kaplan writes about some of my most favorite people from Contra Costa! The next WIHI broadcast —  Mental Health Care in the Hospital: Preventing Harm, Promoti ... Read on »
An expanded view of a pediatrican's role by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Budd Shenkin, looking at some of the recent NFL news, offers an interesting perspective on the role of pediatricians.  I had never considered this aspect of the profession ... Read on »
P4P: The bureaucracy of documentation by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Way back in 2010 , I raised serious doubts about the efficacy of the pay for performance metrics that were being imposed on hospitals by private and public payers.  After ... Read on »
CFOs join surgeons in quest for robots by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This analyst's report from BTIG tells you all that is wrong with health care in some US academic medical centers today.  An excerpt, with emphasis added Subject: Hospital ... Read on »
Something the MA Attorney General should read by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy She won't, of course. But maybe the two candidates for Attorney General, John Miller and Maura Healey, will.  Speaking of which, when is some reporter in Massachusetts goi ... Read on »
Don't blame the EHR! by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Back to our Ebola case in Texas.  Here's a report from the Washington Post Thursday night, the hospital said it released him because “separate physician and nursing wor ... Read on »
Asani offers thoughts on religious illiteracy by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I'm moving off health care for this post.  Sorry to those who object, but sometimes other topics (beyond soccer!) raise issues that I like to explore with you. This one is ... Read on »
45 days buys you very little by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy While I appreciate the efforts of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to improve the quality of care in the Military Health System, his order directing "all health care faci ... Read on »