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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).

Hospitals Push Florida GOP Legislators To Back Obamacare

Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

If there was ever one thing that would compel Republican state leaders to set aside their political and ideological opposition to President Barack Oba...

Surgery: What to Expect in the Hospital

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Mirza Grotts

I have always loved my doctors, and I regard general anesthesia as a chance for the kind of deep sleep that I don't often get. At the time of my last surgery (nothing big), I thought of several tips that can help anyone who is admitted to the hospital for a medical procedure.

Better Nurse-to-Patient Ratios a Must for Psychiatric Hospitals

Mona Shattell | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

Maybe a standard nurse-to-patient ratio is the way to go. It would certainly be better than what we have now. Patients on our inpatient psychiatric units deserve better than what we, given staffing cuts, are able to give.

Shopping for Surgery?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

If you're an uninsured New Yorker shopping for a hip replacement, the going rate in Manhattan is $18,260. If that sounds steep and you're willing to try medical tourism, the rate drops to $7,500 in Boston, $7,099 in Baltimore or $6,399 in Washington.

Dave Jamieson

One Of The Biggest Labor Unions Just Got Bigger

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the largest labor unions in the U.S. will get a bit larger on Thursday, when the 1.5-million strong American Federation of Teache...

We Know What Works in Nursing. Now Let's Do it.

Christina Patterson | Posted 04.11.2013 | Health News
Christina Patterson

It's almost every day. On Tuesday, it was the nurse who phoned the wrong family five times to tell them that their mother, who was sitting up in her h...

The Dishonorable Republicans

Ethan Rome | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

While Republican governors like Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Rick Perry of Texas play games with people's lives to throw red meat to the extremists in their party, Kasich and the a growing number of GOP governors put the needs of their state before their political party.

In Psychiatric Emergencies, Emergency Rooms Not Always Safe

Mona Shattell | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

Communities need specially-designed psychiatric emergency departments. Private insurance companies should provide more and better community care for persons with psychiatric problems, and more community alternative programs for persons in emotional distress should be developed.

Spiritual Support At The Hospital Is The Soul Of The Healthcare System

Gina Ryder | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
Gina Ryder

Small gestures of personal consideration is everything when it comes to humanizing the automatic world of modern day medical care.

Mississippi's GOP Governor Says No American Lacks Health Care

Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) doesn't like President Barack Obama's health care reform law. It's too expensive and too intrusive, he says. And Bry...

Improving Medical Education in Rwanda

Adam C. Levine | Posted 01.15.2013 | World
Adam C. Levine

One of the wonderful things about knowledge and training is that they are inherently renewable resources. Unlike drugs and equipment, knowledge never has a stock-out, never breaks down, and never stops working when the power goes out.

A Doctor's Best Friend

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

As a man who assumes the community role of a health care provider and the personal role of a chronic hypochondriac, the potential for canines in medical care may just be the last straw I need to finally become the dog owner that I never thought I'd become.

Penalizing Hospitals for Re-admissions: Will It Work?

D. Brad Wright | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

It raises questions about the quality of care provided while a patient is under observation, and it seems like an ideal way for hospitals not to lose up to 3 percent of their Medicare reimbursement going forward. So, will penalizing hospitals for re-admissions work?

I'll Be Home for Christmas

Patrice Bendig | Posted 02.09.2013 | Impact
Patrice Bendig

Instead of decorating our Christmas tree that week, we spent hours in the hospital watching my mom go through major heart surgery, fight for her life connected to tubes, and then reconcile with the fact that her life would never be the same.