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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.

An Unknown Deportation Process

AP | DAVID PITT | Posted 06.23.2013 | Latino Voices

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Days after they were badly hurt in a car accident, Jacinto Cruz and Jose Rodriguez-Saldana lay unconscious in an Iowa hospital whi...

The Mistake I Didn't Make With My Kids

Al DeLuise | Posted 06.18.2013 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

One time in grade school, as our substitute teacher read through the attendance list, he paused, laughed out loud, and then read my name. That sort of stuff stays with you.

Jeffrey Young

Bad Incentives: Hospitals Get Paid More Than Double When Surgery Causes Complications

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.16.2013 | Business

Patients who suffer complications after surgery are lucrative for hospitals, which get paid more when they treat infections and other problems, accord...

WATCH: Hospital Staff's Gesture Will Warm Your Heart

Posted 05.15.2014 | Weddings

A cancer patient's dream to get married has come true. David Redmond, a patient at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, married his girlfriend, Ch...

Hospital Rethinking 'Cheat Death' Slogan After Controversy

AP | Posted 04.08.2013 | Business

GASTONIA, N.C. -- Officials at a southern North Carolina hospital are rethinking plans for a newly adopted "Cheat Death" slogan. Caromont CEO Randall...

Let Go... And Grow!

Bonnie St. John | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Bonnie St. John

I have come to realize that in order to experience the rich and rewarding life I seek, there has to be a balance between discipline and passion. My dogged determination to hunker down and plow through any situation often meant that I ignored or missed opportunities for joy in my life.

Jeffrey Young

Six Charts That Illustrate Just How Much Higher Health Care Costs Are For Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.03.2014 | Business

Decades of data have shown time and again that the U.S. has the costliest health care system in the world by a variety of measures. Still, a report...

Floating Health Care: Runa Khan has a Simple Solution to Bangladeshi Development

Student Reporter | Posted 05.22.2013 | Impact
Student Reporter

When Runa Khan first began work, most partners told her that the idea of floating hospitals was too innovative, if not outlandish.

Why Hospital Choice Matters

Joseph Doyle | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Joseph Doyle

As our health care system moves from compensating providers on the basis of quantity of care to quality of care, it's very important to measure hospital performance. But a key limitation for that measurement is patient selection.

Breaking It Down: The Patient Code Status

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Here are a few important and often unrecognized considerations that patients and their families should be aware of when discussing code status with their health care team.

The Joy Of Foreign Healthcare?

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 05.13.2013 | Travel
Dr Layla McCay

In Japan I wandered the pristine halls of Osaka University Hospital, ostensibly charting objective healthcare outcome differences, but really marveling at the anecdotal nuances of difference in ward rounds.

We Need a Coffee Party

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

We need a Coffee Party to wake up the American people. The Tea Party is half right; often our government is not working for the people and we ought to be pissed off. Unfortunately, the Tea Party channels this anger to the wrong address.

The Business of Medical Training

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Although I continue to believe that these professional qualities are paramount to excellent patient care, I am finding that other, less-obvious proficiencies are also required. Ironically, these skills that I have in mind involve a field what we as physicians know least about: business.

Medicare Means Tested -- Who Knew?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

There's no need to debate whether the rich should be asked to shoulder more of the burden of financing Medicare because they already do. The question of the moment is how much more.

Envisioning Tomorrow's Hospital

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric Silfen, M.D.

Tomorrow's hospital will use the new technology to drive seven health care trends -- and enable real-time collaboration between clinicians and patients to improve outcomes while lowering costs.

Paying for Health Care

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

If you're 30, you may not notice. But if you're my age, tell me honestly you don't see a difference. Want to replace fee-for service? Go ahead. I'm for anything that works, as long as it doesn't turn off quality youngsters from wanting to be doctors.

The Trillion Dollar Woman

Tanya Abreu | Posted 04.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Tanya Abreu

It has been awhile since I have blogged here on HuffPost. Blame it on the "endless" presidential election of 2012 or the seemingly disheartened state ...

Time's Brill Persuasive but 'Bitter Pill' Misdiagnoses Health Care Ills

Joanne Conroy, MD | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Joanne Conroy, MD

A Feb. 20 Time magazine article by Steven Brill highlights the very real challenges people have navigating our health system. But as compelling as Brill's stories are, and as persuasive, they ignore much of our publicly available information.

The Perry Principle

James Moore | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
James Moore

The Perry Principle is simple to state: If a law, policy, or idea does not in any manner provide benefit to the businesses and personal welfare of Rick Perry's political donors, it is to be avoided.

When a Loved One Is Critically Ill: How to Survive the Waiting Room

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

I believe the "vigil" saps families not only of their energy, but also their ability to make intelligent decisions. I've put together some tips drawn directly from how my son and I chose to cope with our three-week ICU waiting room experience. They may work for you.

High Prices, Massive Profits, No Transparency: The U.S. Health Care System According to Steven Brill

Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

Time magazine this week is out with a mammoth, 24,000-word story on the state of the U.S. health care system written by Steven Brill. According to the story, Brill spent seven months researching why health care costs so much in America.

To Invest or Not to Invest Federal Dollars in Health IT

Eduardo Garcia | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Eduardo Garcia

The implementation of Electronic Health Record technology produces significant savings in the long run. The question, from a macroeconomic perspective, is whether the implementation of technology does generate savings for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).