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Now Imagine the Child Is White

Jonathan Wolfman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Wolfman

Initially, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta refused to place Anthony Stokes on the heart transplant list. CHA cited nothing medical. Instead, it keyed on Anthony's low grades and school behavior record.

Dying for Attention, Living for Love: Social Media and My Near Death Experience

J.W. Harvey | Posted 10.26.2013 | Good News
J.W. Harvey

You don't pick and choose who these people are in your life, but when you find them, keep them. Cherish them. With them, you can forgive any guilt or worry without a single expression.

The Patient's Role in Hospital Safety

Dr. Andrew Agwunobi | Posted 10.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Agwunobi

I wish I could say I learned the lesson about the necessity for patients to be assertive from my career as a hospital CEO, but I actually learned it from my wife Elizabeth the day she gave birth to our first daughter.

Ryan Grim

One Man Shows Just How Corrupt Washington Is

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Billy Tauzin stepped down as the high-profile head of the pharmaceutical lobby in 2010, The New York Times penned his political obi...

No Room for a Dog-Eat-Dog World in Health Care

Tanya Abreu | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Tanya Abreu

When hospitals and doctors meet, they don't have to compete. Yes, it's a bit different than a dog-eat-dog corporate model, but in the end, a well-fed pack of dogs resting comfortably is by far a more enjoyable and healthy experience.

When 'Unremarkable' Is a Good Thing

Myra Demeter | Posted 09.17.2013 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

I am usually perfectly capable of holding a conversation via my Bluetooth connection while driving my car. Almost three years ago, I received a phone call from a close relative that caused me to pull over to the side of the road to give the call my absolute attention.

'Catholic' Hospitals vs. Hospitals: Rediscovering the Difference

Dr. Andrew Agwunobi | Posted 09.15.2013 | Business
Dr. Andrew Agwunobi

The era of nuns leading hospitals has passed. The question is not how to go backwards, but how to clearly define the value of a hospital being "Catholic" in today's society and culture.

Super Powers

Lisa Lori | Posted 09.07.2013 | Parents
Lisa Lori

Sometimes I think of these hospital stays as penance. Because despite challenges, between hospital visits we live an incredible life.

Beyond 'Jeopardy!': What's Watson Up To Now?

Dr. Martin Kohn | Posted 08.27.2013 | Technology
Dr. Martin Kohn

Since Jeopardy!, Watson has become 240 percent faster and 75 percent smaller. Watson can now run on a single server, which is the size of four stacked pizza boxes, onsite or through the cloud. And that's why organizations can start bringing Watson into their operations as an assistant, to help sift through the information they're collecting, learn from that data and how it's been applied in the past, and provide specific suggestions quickly and efficiently.

An Opportunity for Healing

Lisa Honig Buksbaum | Posted 08.26.2013 | Good News
Lisa Honig Buksbaum

The darker the night, the brighter the stars. For centuries, people have taken comfort and joy as they gazed at the night sky and were able to recogn...

Health Care Reform: A Time for "Long-termism"

Dr. Andrew Agwunobi | Posted 08.24.2013 | Business
Dr. Andrew Agwunobi

Similar to other businesses, the motivation for hospital excessive short-termism is to meet annual operating margin targets and preserve bond ratings, but the value forgone affects society, not just shareholders, and has slowed and even distorted the evolution of hospitals themselves.

Worried Sick: How Medical Advances Have Made Us More Anxious About Our Health

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

The relocation of death from home to hospital, nursing home and funeral parlor has made it less familiar and consequently more frightening. Attempts to mask aging, while nothing new, have grown increasingly extreme and speak to a more intense reluctance to acknowledge the inevitable.

Helping Hospital CEOs Be Hospital Reformers

Dr. Andrew Agwunobi | Posted 08.19.2013 | Business
Dr. Andrew Agwunobi

The recent news about wide variations in hospital prices underscores that successful healthcare reform requires hospital reform. But hospital CEOs fac...

Extracurricular Credit: 250 College and High School Campuses Raise Millions for Local Children's Hospitals in 2012.

Zac Johnson | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Zac Johnson

Now on more than 250 college campuses and countless high schools, Dance Marathon has proven to be the experiential fundraising and project-based learning event of choice for this country's next generation of revolutionary leaders.

Jeffrey Young

Time To Get Angry About Irrational Hospital Prices Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business

Hospital prices for outpatient procedures like clinic visits, magnetic resonance imaging scans and ultrasounds vary greatly from facility to facility ...

My Winter As a Hospital Intern: How Non-Medical Professionals Will Change Healthcare

Eduardo Garcia | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Eduardo Garcia

Spending six months at a world-renowned hospital institution has been an incredibly insightful and uplifting experience for me. As part of the Master'...

LOOK: Hospital's Unconventional Nursery

wbaltv.com | Posted 06.05.2013 | DC

A hospital in Baltimore, Md., recently became home to an unconventional set of inhabitants. Taking a cue from human behavior, a mother duck built her ...

Jeffrey Young

Hospital Prices Explained: How Charges For Medical Care Got So Crazy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.24.2013 | Business

Why would Orange Park Medical Center in Florida charge $117,445 to place a stent into a patient's artery, while the Mayo Clinic half an hour away in J...

Hospitals Should Be Care Providers Not Loan Sharks

Deborah Burger | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Deborah Burger

If there is one problem that symbolizes the ongoing national healthcare emergency, it is the rampant price gouging in the healthcare industry that continues to price too many Americans out of access to care and into financial ruin.

Adrift in the Waters of Childhood Cancer -- Arguing to Change the Standard of Care

Jonathan Agin | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

April 11, 2008 will always remain etched in my memory for one simple reason. It is the day that we heard the words "your daughter has cancer." They are four of the worst words that a parent could ever imagine hearing.

Jeffrey Young

Why Crazy Hospital Bills Aren't Coming Down Anytime Soon

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business

The high and wildly varying prices for hospital services revealed by President Barack Obama's administration last week likely aren't going away any ti...

Jeffrey Young

Hospital Bill Shocker: U.S. Releases Thousands Of Records Showing Huge, Wildly Differing Prices

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business

When a patient arrives at Bayonne Hospital Center in New Jersey requiring treatment for the respiratory ailment known as COPD, or chronic obstructive ...

A Nurse's Muse: How One Patient Made a Difference

Mona Shattell | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

Now, nearly 30 years later, thoughts of Edith and her psychosis, her time with me (and my time with her) on an inpatient psychiatric unit, my attempts to understand her and care for her, have affected my work today. I struggle with this question: How can we do better?

Innovating Healthcare Payment Systems: Moving Beyond the Fee-for-Service Model

Amy Guan | Posted 07.05.2013 | Impact
Amy Guan

Under the FFS system, doctors are paid based on the number of medical services such as operations, procedures, and tests ordered. As a result, the payment structure encourages physicians to deliver care based on quantity, but does not fiscally incentivize improving patient outcomes.

Patients First

Luis Haro, M.D | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Luis Haro, M.D

I got into the health care field to save lives, and the last thing I planned on doing was to chair a committee and study process improvement. In the beginning, I asked myself how all of that ancillary activity could have anything to do with my mission and calling.