Has Accreditation Failed to Keep HealthCare Safe?

This is the first of a three post series on the failure of external accreditation mechanisms to make the US Health Care Industry safer. The first post will serve as background and discuss the current state of Clinical Safety, while the next two will discuss All Hazards Natural Disasters and Biological Agents, while the third…
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How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, 2014 Update: How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally Executive Summary from Mirror, Mirror “The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. Among the…
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VA Healthcare – Elephant in the Room – Enter the Enablers

As the VA scandal unfolds and we watch the talking heads go back and forth on how to minimize waiting times and improve continuity of care, the Congress is acting like this is all a big surprise. Watching the CSPAN hearings today and seeing what testimony was encouraged, and what was cut short unceremoniously, particularly…
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An Open Letter to Veteran Services Organizations about VA Healthcare

Veterans Administration Secretary General Shinseki resigned his position Friday after a meeting with the President, according to this Washington Post report, falling on his sword to eliminate distractions as the VA scrambles to fix widespread failures to provide timely care to veterans. With the hindsight of being an old soldier who has been deeply involved…
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CMS-3178-P Proposed Rule Official Comments

As All Hazards Readiness consultants we have been following the Proposed Rule CMS-3178-P with interest since it was slipped into the Federal Register during the holiday season (December 27, 2013). Being  a third party that is largely in the middle of the issues between Providers and the Public, we see our role as one that…
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CMS 3178-P Extension

Background: This Proposed CMS Rule was introduced very quietly into the Federal Register on December 27, 2013, right in the middle of the holiday season. We were a little surprised at the timing and knew that these proposed changes would have a major impact on the industry for a couple of reasons: 1)      The timing…
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