Mission Not Impossible: Healthcare Reform After the Election

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So here we are in mid-November with no more baseball to discuss, receiving no more candidate robo-calls and with an election in the bag (the bag being a nice silk purse if you are a Democrat, a sow’s ear if you are a Republican).  As a result, we are now all blessed with an immeasurable […]

Avengers Assemble! Prepare to Defend Your Healthcare Coverage

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I happened upon a pretty funny healthcare piece on FunnyorDie.com, the comedy website owned by Will Farrell and other comedians and venture capitalists.  It is unusual to think about a group that includes people from those two professions joining together;  I am guessing such a coalition works since the phrase most often heard by venture […]

Choosing Elephantoplasty Wisely

On April 4, 2012, American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) together with 9 other leading physician societies launched the Choosing Wisely® program, which they describe as, “an initiative of the ABIM Foundation to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about the overuse of tests and procedures and support physician efforts to help patients make […]

Vision Without Execution is Hallucination

Thomas Edison: Turn on your heartlight

Recently Steve Case wrote an Op-Ed in the Washington Post called Give Entrepreneurs Room and They Will Grow the Economy. For those not familiar with him, Case was the original founding CEO of AOL and he has been an active healthcare investor, among other things, for the past 7 years. My firm, Psilos Group, has […]

Healthcare Reform is Coming to Town!

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Last year about this time of year I wrote a parody of Twas the Night Before Christmas about the coming of healthcare IT and meaningful use.  I decided to make these holiday parody songs an annual event.  I figure I have years of material, as there are so many ways of ruining an otherwise joyous […]

At Least I'll Die On a Mattress

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Ugh.  I am recovering from my fourth ear infection/cold/flu thing of 2011, which completely sucks.   Nothing worse than a healthcare person interacting with the medical system. We know too much. I went to my doctor yesterday, finally, after realizing that neither pretending I wasn’t sick, nor begging the gods to make it stop, nor the […]

At Least I’ll Die On a Mattress

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Ugh.  I am recovering from my fourth ear infection/cold/flu thing of 2011, which completely sucks.   Nothing worse than a healthcare person interacting with the medical system. We know too much. I went to my doctor yesterday, finally, after realizing that neither pretending I wasn’t sick, nor begging the gods to make it stop, nor the […]

Eye on the Prize

Innovators, come on down!

There has been a lot of talk in healthcare circles about the concept of “gamification,” a super-annoying made-up word that means turning health tasks into games so they are more engaging and people are more willing to do them.  People and companies are coming up with all sorts of games for kids with asthma and […]

Doing the Right Thing: Priceless

Seriously, people still eat this.  First cigarettes, then Velveeta

I saw an article when I woke up today and it compelled me to dash off this quick post.  Entitled “Wal-Mart Cuts Some Health Care Benefits,” the article details Wal-Mart’s decision to eliminate coverage for new part-time workers who work less than 24 hours/week and to increase costs, including deductibles and premiums, for virtually all […]

Smoke on the Water: Fireworks in Cleveland

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I spent the early part of this week attending the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit and, despite the fact that the Cleveland Clinic stubbornly insists on holding it’s conference in Cleveland (aka The Mistake on the Lake), it was well worth attending. Cleveland is an interesting town. Once upon a time, when old white men […]