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America says, "Let MDs share my data--for free!" by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Every now and then, the wisdom of the American people shines forth, especially if you phrase a relevant question in an understandable manner. Check out the lede from t ... Read on »
Huh? HUH? by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I've written at length about the push given to capitated contracts by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts--and have suggested a number of public interest-related quest ... Read on »
Monitoring stress of patients in ICUs by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Here's a link to an intriguing paper produced by Julia Somerdin, a participant in the MIT System Design and Management program. She states the challenge A cost-effecti ... Read on »
A video that should be required viewing in Colorado by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Regular readers may have picked up on the fact that e-Patient Dave deBronkart and I are friends, dating back to our time as classmates at MIT.  He has a classic story ... Read on »
An NHS GP asks, "How long do I continue to push my luck?" by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy David Shepherd has been a GP with the National Health Service for over two decades and also trains doctors in that profession.  He recently published this story I made a ... Read on »
HemOnc.org offers value by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Way back in 2012 , I wrote about a wiki Peter Yang created to share clinical knowledge about his field. I was pleased to receive this update from him Thank you again ... Read on »
In memoriam: John Costa, Sr. by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy There are thousands of these stories across the county--and indeed, in every country--but this one left me with a warm feeling, and I thought you might like to see it. ... Read on »
The Secret Language of Doctors by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In the firmament of admirable doctors, Brian Goldman is a shining star.  I'm not just talking about this TED talk-- Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that? --wh ... Read on »
Three years makes a trend by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Priyanka Dayal McCluskey reports that Steward Health Care System, owned by the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, has finally given the state a portion o ... Read on »
Where are the obvious and hard questions? by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy I don't want this to seem like I am picking on any one newspaper, but this one has the most "ink" in our region and therefore its reports carry the most weight in terms of ... Read on »
S(uch) S(trange) M(edicine) by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy SSM Health, one of the nation's largest hospital and health care systems, has adopted a statement of values which includes the following Excellence We expect the b ... Read on »
Bundles on WIHI by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Madge Kaplan writes: The next WIHI broadcast —  Bundles and Buy-In for Value-Based Care  — will take place on Thursday, March 12, from 2 to 3 PM ET, and I hope you'll ... Read on »
Minute for Medicine by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Several of my buddies associated with the Telluride Patient Safety camps have started a new venture called Minute for Medicine to provide useful video clips to hospita ... Read on »
Ezine from America's Essential Hospitals by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy There's a new online magazine-- Walls Down --from America's Essential Hospitals (formerly the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems), which repr ... Read on »
Bending the cost curve, up by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Here's a quiet but powerful article that is an indictment of the oncology drug industry and public policy surrounding that industry.  It's called " Pricing in the Market ... Read on »
Stop their expansion? Hell, shrink them. by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Priyanka Dayal McKluskey's Boston Globe article reports on concerns by the MA Attorney General that the acquisition of a physicians group by Partners Healthcare System wil ... Read on »
Not significant enough to warrant enhanced statistical tracking by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Photo: Frank Franklin II/Associated Press A doctor friend notes this section from a Wall Street Journal article So-called ... Read on »
"Grief is my twin" by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy My colleague Carole Hemmelgarn is the guest columnist over at Educate the Young this week.  Please read this thoughtful and moving piece.  Excerpts March 8th starts N ... Read on »
Will these truths be handed down from Mt. Sinai? by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy As I read this person's quote at the start of the article, my thought was that the only thing lacking to achieve success was modesty “We’re pursuing problems that are com ... Read on »
In memoriam: Claude Brenner by Paul L. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy It is with great sadness that I pass along word of the death of Claude Brenner, MIT '47.  So many of us associated with the Institute have had the good fortune to know ... Read on »