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After all, we are real doctors now. by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Pranay Sinha zeroes in on some important physician training and developmental issues in an op-ed in last week's New York Times.  Some excerpts, with my emphases Interns ... Read on »
How paved roads came about by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Most people don't realize that many of the first paved roads in New England came about as a result of political pressure from bicycle riders in the late 1800's, w ... Read on »
Not always by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A different and humorous approach to appointment management!  Useful for clinics and hospitals? Actually, a variation can be, as noted in this story from Lawrence ( ... Read on »
AG candidates aim to close the barn door, but too late by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Brava to Jessica Bartlett at the Boston Business Journal for asking the question more directly than her colleagues in the "major" media outlets, but how much more wimp ... Read on »
Move Over, Big Data! by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy "Move Over, Big Data! How Small, Simple Models Can Yield Big Insights"    MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series September 8, 2014 Noon - 1 p.m. Eastern time ... Read on »
And soon, a major motion picture? by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy So this book arrives in the mail, with an accompanying note from my buddy and colleague Jim Womack at the Lean Enterprise Institute.  He's writing to entice me to read ... Read on »
Cart. Horse. Whatever. by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Priyanka Dayal McCluskey at the Boston Globe writes Attorney General Martha Coakley is renegotiating a controversial settlement with Partners HealthCare after a sta ... Read on »
Don't forget HOPE Award nominations by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Please don't forget that nominations for the MITSS Hope Award are due by September 19. Read on »
Here's one view about Medicare billing transparency by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy While others have dispassionately made the point that there are unexplained variations in Medicare physician billing data that warrant careful consideration when using suc ... Read on »
Alice in Wonderland had nothing on this CMS billing issue by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Muriel Gillick provides a cogent description of some Medicare billing issues in nursing homes.  If you can provide an explanation for how this can exist side-by-side with ... Read on »
Undisclosed financial ties by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In a recent post about the controversy over the use and cost of femtosecond laser cataract surgery, I relied in part on an article in Review of Optometry .  In that ar ... Read on »
Bad math in the Midwest by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy With appreciation to the They Said What? website , we bring this example of some pretty poor math from the Cleveland Clinic What's wrong?  As the site notes: Not ... Read on »
Don't drive home wet by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy We all expect our car’s airbag to work in the case of emergency.  So what happens when it has been automatically shut off without warning? We thought something was wron ... Read on »
Why pay for end-of-life conversations? by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A story by Pam Belluck in the New York Times left me with mixed feelings.  Here's an excerpt Five years after it exploded into a political conflagration over “death pane ... Read on »
Playing politics by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Here's a very clever ad from Don Berwick, who is running for governor in Massachusetts.  Even if you are voting for someone else--or live out of state--it's worth a smile! ... Read on »
Oops, too much morphine by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A resident noticed a human factors problem that led to an accidental overdose of morphine to a patient.  It wasn't fatal, but it led to some concern, and as he notes could ... Read on »
Factoring in human factors by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This article in Crain's Detroit Business (originally from Modern Healthcare) notes Recent studies have found that rapid implementation of new medical technology — electr ... Read on »
Union attacks one buyer, supports private equity firm by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The plot thickens.  Remember my story from yesterday about an SEIU corporate campaign against a health system?  Now, Beth Kutscher at Modern Healthcare adds a new report ... Read on »
Point, counterpoint, rebuttal by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Laura Beil at Men's Health published a story in July about the risks of robotic surgery for men.  The summary American medicine has a history of embracing new technol ... Read on »
So, ask her to withdraw the deal! by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The two Democratic candidates for Attorney General agree on one thing, that the current Attorney General's proposed deal with Partners Healthcare System will not achieve c ... Read on »