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The Real Hospital Experience Doesn't Come With a Mint on Your Pillow, But Should It?

Leah Binder | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Leah Binder

At the heart of the patient-centered care movement is dignity and respect -- for a patient to feel heard, safe, and informed. We can't do it with pillow mints alone.

Medicare Reform Paves Way for Better Health Care

Robert M. Wah, M.D. | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Robert M. Wah, M.D.

On April 14, history was made. America's physicians commend members of Congress for coming together in a bipartisan, bicameral way to pass long-overdue, monumental Medicare reforms to end the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment policy and create a framework for a more stable and sustainable Medicare program.

African-Americans Receive Heart Transplants at Hospitals With Poor Performance Track Records

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

So how do patients decide where to have their heart transplants performed? And wouldn't a person who needs a heart transplant choose to go to a top center? Quality is obviously a major factor. But there is another big consideration in deciding where to get a transplant: accessibility.

A Dark Day and a New Dawn -- The Evolution of Higher Education and Workforce Learning

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 05.09.2015 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

Colleges close and merge, but that this happened so quickly to a school of such standing was a disturbance of a different dimension. If Sweet Briar was a glimpse of one future for higher education, I got a look at an alternate future in Oakland.

5 Things Doctors Get Wrong

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 04.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

I know we doctors can do a better job and it is time that we reform our own behavior. We can change health care for the better if we are willing to change ourselves first.

Why We Don't Want to Be Our Own Patient Advocates

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 04.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

But, perhaps if we understand why we are making the choices that we are, it will be easier to make changes in those choices -- if we choose to do so.

The Danger of Physician Burnout on the Health Care Highway

Starla Fitch, M.D. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Starla Fitch, M.D.

Whether we're doctors, nurses, med students, or health professionals in other arenas, I can tell you that we went into this for the patients. Someone along the way touched our hearts and our souls and we decided that nothing else but helping patients would put the fire in our bellies.

Kate Sheppard

Doctors Concerned About Impacts Of Climate Change On Patient Health, Survey Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.08.2015 | Green

WASHINGTON -– American medical professionals specializing in respiratory conditions and critical care are concerned about what climate change may me...

Uber for Health Care? Think Again

Saquib Rahim | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Clearly there are some health care startups that will meaningfully improve health care. But there is justifiable concern that too many are focused on the wrong patients and wrong problems using technology with limited applicability.

Be Your Own Advocate

Kayla Redig | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Kayla Redig

Cancer was the first time in my life where I had to be an advocate for myself. Maybe it's pathetic that it took a threat to my life to learn to speak up, but regardless it's a lesson I will never forget.

What the Ebola Virus and Sen. Barbara Boxer Can Teach Us About Health Care Systems

Saquib Rahim | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

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 Appropriate Role of the Hospital

Saquib Rahim | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Hospitals are often the most convenient setting for patients to receive care. Unfortunately, hospitals also are by far the highest cost setting. Curre...

Taking Charge of Your Health in an Era of Health Care Uncertainty

Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN

Unfortunately, for most patients, patient-centered care is an anomaly. Hospitals are trying to change the culture to one of patient-centered care rapidly. Even so, hospitals often miss the mark.

What Does It Take to Make Hospitals More Hospitable? It Might Take Just a Moment

Dr. Tiffany Chow | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tiffany Chow

As horrifying as this was, I felt worst about not speaking out from behind my own curtain to let my roommates and the nurses know that this was not acceptable treatment.

50 Years Later, the Challenge Continues...

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
Joyce S. Dubensky

We have made progress but there is more to do. We ask you and your colleagues to continue to work toward creating the kinds of equal and inclusive workplaces envisioned with the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Phoenix VA Health Care System: Five Tips for Solving the Seemingly Unsolvable

Dr. Andrew Agwunobi | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Agwunobi

To prevent a repeat of this tragedy, the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the leaders of the Phoenix Health Care System (HCS) must quickly turn to a third question: "How can the facility solve its seemingly unsolvable patient access problem?"

Post-Surgery Hell and the Important Lessons Learned

Randy Pipkin | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Randy Pipkin

I have been fighting a PEG tube for long time. But never in my wildest imagination would I think the experience would turn into a gore fest. So, what did I learn from all of this?

When Doctors Don't Know

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

I make it a point to include a statement of uncertainty when offering my assessment and plan to patients in situations where a constellation of symptoms don't immediately add up by the end of an office visit. Am I right to do this? Well, I don't know.

Leadership Requires Boldness

Gerard van Grinsven | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Gerard van Grinsven

Last week the leadership of CVS Corporation announced that they will no longer sell cigarettes or tobacco-like products from any of their 7,600 retail...

CVS Walks the Talk

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Chris Komisarjevsky

Not only does it speak to principles but it now puts teeth into them by walking away from products that, although certainly lucrative, go against the company's purpose and what it believes is right.

It's Time to Increase Value and Connectivity for Patients

Gopal K. Chopra, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Gopal K. Chopra, M.D.

Health care isn't that different from other consumer industries except that we not only need our consumers to return to our establishment, but we also need to be increasingly more integrated into their lives and we are increasingly more responsible for their health outcomes.

High Tech Works When It Enables High Touch

Trishan Panch | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Trishan Panch

François-Marie Arouet, 18th century French author and iconoclast, better known as Voltaire, quipped that, "The art of medicine consists of amusing th...

Is There a Magic Pill for Chronic Illness?

Hilary Hatch, Ph.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Hilary Hatch, Ph.D.

Doctors need tools that help them give patients personalized, specific, actionable advice and the resources to refer patients from the point of care. A doctor's personal recommendation in the visit can be supported by technology and other members of the medical team between visits.

The Courage And Triumph Of The Patient

Leah Binder | Posted 02.15.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

Many providers still do not grasp that improving patient experience requires something more than studying the issue and implementing a few new policies.

No 'Magic Pill' for Helping Patients Manage Chronic Illness

Mark Wagar | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Wagar

Care delivery that puts the patient into focus, and embraces new and innovative ways of engaging patients in their treatment will help us realize the triple aim of health reform.