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Addressing threats to health care's core values, especially those stemming from concentration and abuse of pow [Read More]

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Promoting Amphetamines for Over-Eating - What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Every day seems to bring the latest breathlessly touted innovation in modern health care.  The endless hawking of new health care wonders is beginning to inspire some skepticism, but maybe not enough.The Promotion of Vyvanse for Binge Eating...
Health Care Renewal
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Timing Discharges to Maximize Revenue - "Corruption" of Corporate Long-Term Hospitals?
A recent Wall Street Journal article that focused on a quirk in US Medicare payment rules that may be gamed by long-term hospitals also revealed the plight of physicians employed by such hospitals, and worse, the danger posed by such gaming to patien...
Health Care Renewal
Monday, February 23, 2015

You Called Me "Greedy?" - $2.2 Million/Year CEO of Catholic Health Care Whose Mission is to Bring "God's Mercy to the Poor and Under-served" Sues Union for Defamation
From the annals of cognitive dissonance....Background Here is the background.  Mercy Health, formerly Catholic Health Partners, claims to be the largest health system in Ohio, and one of the largest in the US (look here).  It's miss...
Health Care Renewal
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pay 'em When They're Up, Pay 'em When They're Down - CEO Value Extraction Even at Small Non-Profit Hospitals
To the tune of "Dirty Laundry," by Don Henley, some more of health care's dirty laundry...We have frequently discussed the seemingly unstoppable rise of compensation given to top hired managers of health care organizations.  Their compensati...
Health Care Renewal
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Wall Street Journal: "ObamaCare's Electronic-Records Debacle"
This WSJ Op-Ed could have been entitled "President Sucker:  Led Down the Garden Path by The Healthcare IT Industry."It is entitled "ObamaCare's Electronic-Records Debacle", as below.  First, though:On Feb. 18, 2009 the WSJ published...
Health Care Renewal
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The $5.3 Million a Year Government Bureaucrat - The Top Administrator, or CEO of a "Government Entity," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority, "Doing Business as" Carolinas Healthcare Gets a Raise
The pay given to top managers of health care organizations continues its seemingly inexorable rise, and the justifications for it seem to be increasingly perfunctory.  However, a closer look at individual cases can generate even more questio...
Health Care Renewal
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Outsize Compensation for "Teflon-Coated" Executives - After Many Lawsuits and Negative News Stories, Norton Healthcare Executives Still Get Millions
In an earlier era of chemistry, politicians who continued to acquire votes while shedding doubts, criticisms, and allegations were called "Teflon-coated."  Teflon may be outdated now, but there certainly seems to be some health care executiv...
Health Care Renewal
Thursday, February 05, 2015

ONC on healthcare IT and patient rights: These systems "have to be rolled out to know where the problems lie"
An anonymous commenter to my blog post about the USA Today article on bad health IT ( noted this, that I myself missed:Anonymous said...Gettinger's comment is stunning, ...
Health Care Renewal
Monday, February 02, 2015

Former ONC Director David Blumenthal (Inadvertently?) Honest About EHRs in USA Today Story
USA Today has published a story on health IT difficulties.  Read it in its entirety; it is fairly balanced.  (I was one of many who spoke to the reporters about this story.) Feds move into digital medicine, face doctor back...
Health Care Renewal
Sunday, February 01, 2015

Time to "Look for the Union Label?" - "First US Doctors' Strike in Decades," at University of California Student Health
The First US Doctors' Strike in Decades A few news media outlets in California have reported on what has been up to now a very rare event - a strike by physicians.  An initial summary was in an article in the San Diego Union - Tribune, whose...
Health Care Renewal
Friday, January 30, 2015

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