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How Are We Alike – Begin With The Differences

The latest trend toward an ever increasing integration of behavioral and social/environmental interventions with clinical care is highlighted in a Health Affairs article, entitled “Why Behavioral and Environmental Interventions Are Needed To Improve Health At Lower Cost.” One flaw in the starting point of population health management is that there is no “one” population.  Cost […]

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Is Death All There Is To Life? Creating a Better Ecosystem

In The Problem with Federalizing Medicaid Josh Barro writes that although the fiscal case for federalization is strong, federalization would pose operational problems: “It might make sense to federalize the aged and disabled components of Medicaid, which closely resemble Medicare and often serve the same beneficiaries. But for the portion of the program that serves […]

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Déjà Vu All Over Again?

Anyone who remembers the US healthcare industry of the 1990s will surely recall the feeding frenzy among hospitals acquiring physician practice as an antidote to managed care.  By the end of that decade, a wave of divestitures and restructurings left many wondering whether hospitals should be in the business of owning and operating medical practices.  […]

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Creative Destruction or Creative Construction?

In The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Dr. Eric Topol suggests that the emergence of new monitoring and communication tools will allow the center of patient care to move from a hospital-centric environment to a home-centric environment. In addition, he states that over 95% of seniors wish to stay at home and not be institutionalized in […]

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Leveraging Social Media

Patients are talking about your organization on the soccer field, at conferences, and during cocktail parties. How better to learn what you are doing right and where you can improve than in an open forum of communication where you can set the story straight? What about tweeting about health and how best to improve your […]

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Managing Up

Many early careerists feel limited in their ability to add value to their organization because they have limited authority and experience. If you’re an early careerist, how do you persuade those with more authority and experience, for example, handling a disagreement between two executives at a meeting you’re facilitating? You could push. The people in […]

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Communication

Act Right So More Patients Like You, Comply and Brag About My Healthcare Team Despite considerable evidence that requiring doctors to follow a checklist results in better patient outcomes, it took a notoriously long time for even Atul Gawande to gain some acceptance for his now famous Checklist Manifesto. Part of the genius of his […]

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