Self-esteem relates to the way that we feel about ourselves, it's a reflection of our inner sense of self value and entitlement, whereas confidence is a reflection of the way that we experience ourselves in our external world.
Modernizing Medicare is the most important domestic policy challenge facing the United States. Medicare is at the heart of the spending explosion built into the federal budget over the next decade, rising from $603 billion in 2014 to $1.04 trillion in 2024 -- a rise of 72 percent.
Now that campaigns for midterm elections are behind us, Congress can turn back to the important business of governing. There is one pressing issue that offers our elected officials the opportunity to show they can solve problems in a bipartisan manner -- keeping our children healthy.
For those on the front line it's a difficult, and potentially deadly, task. The body of an Ebola victim can be highly contagious in the hours after death.
Health-system markets are being pushed toward a volume vs. value-payment tipping point. This is driven by the confluence of states moving Medicaid and...
The historic progress our nation has made in reducing the rate of uninsured children appears to be slowing down. While we've achieved the historically low child uninsured rate of 7.1 percent, our research shows that we're starting to see some stagnation.
As folks know who are either familiar with the data or live in the real world, the economy is still bad for most people. President Obama can rightly say that he inherited a mess from his predecessor, but at some point that does get old. He can also honestly blame the Republicans in Congress who have eagerly proclaimed their opposition to any economic proposal that doesn't have the primary purpose of making the rich even richer. While the grim reality can offer legitimate excuses, the Democrats still suffered from the fact that they didn't have a real economic agenda for the bulk of the population. The Republicans at least have a clear agenda. Everyone knows if they get back in control they will give everything left on the table to the richest 1 percent. But what would the Democrats do?
A prime goal of our health care system should be to honor the wishes of patients and their families and encourage advance care planning. The death of the "death panel" lie should help.
Now is the time for medical communities everywhere to examine existing processes critically, pursue thoughtful advances in how we deliver care, and promote a culture that engages staff in the improvement process. Taking care of patients is not only about the therapies we provide but also having the most effective care delivery systems possible. By that metric, American health care still has significant room to grow.
The rich always vote for themselves. They go for their self-interest, their tax breaks, their liability escapes (think Wall Street). Meanwhile, they've relentlessly instructed the non-rich that they too must vote for the rich.
Some people think aiming to lose 175 pounds is insane. For me, it is the only way to get there. When I've set "impossible" goals in a business setting, I've always made them. I get excited and motivated. Small goals don't interest me at all.
Ending child poverty in the world's largest economy should be a no-brainer. Children cannot afford the burden of poverty. And our nation cannot afford the costly economic and moral burden of child poverty.
For those who follow the ongoing conversion of U.S. health care from paper to electronic information systems, Texas Health Presbyterian's reflex to blame its EHR was revealing at many levels.
There's a rapid increase in the number of doctors and aid workers volunteering to serve in the nations hit hardest by the Ebola epidemic. Will these volunteers be protected by the aid organizations, or left to fend for themselves?
Competition for the biggest waste of time in Washington is fierce, but certainly the annual "doc fix" exercise deserves to be in the running.
The bottom line is, sometimes there is no good news. But all news should still be delivered with kindness and compassion.