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Rideout Hospital, California: CEO Pinocchio on quality of patient care during hospital computer crash
EHRs and other clinical IT are touted as essential to improving safety, among many other benefits.Yet when hospital systems crash, the common refrain by hospital executives to the press, when such stories are reported, is "...but quality of care was ...
Health Care Renewal
Monday, March 02, 2015

Turn, Turn, Turn - Another Health Care Revolving Door Update
It has been a while since our last revolving door update, so it's time to take another spin.Summary of the Revolving Door Phenomenon Before we get to some cases, though, let me summarize an important article on the revolving door that came out since....
Health Care Renewal
Monday, March 02, 2015

Did You Ever Notice?
To quote the late 60 Minutes curmudgeon Andy Rooney, "did you ever notice" how documentary movies--we could extend this to all sorts of documentation as Lancet does it far better than any American medical journals--on anechoic topic...
Health Care Renewal
Saturday, February 28, 2015

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

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