Nov
13

Hospital Rankings Part Three…

This is the third in a series of posts concerning hospital rankings and comments on how we feel they could be more beneficial to patients while simultaneously reflecting a better view of reality. First, Do No Harm Without being overly nostalgic, we remember a time when the primary objective of medicine was to comfort, treat…
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Nov
12

US Hospital Ranking Wars: The Beat Goes On…

As mentioned in an earlier post, we will delve a little more deeply into the topic of Hospital Rankings and what purpose they serve, how they are created and whether they can be trusted. We start with an introduction produced by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), who produced a report on report…
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Nov
10

CMS Data Shows Huge Variability in Pricing by DRG

These interactive chart were created using the end of 2Q 2013 CMS Database.  The show the volume of procedures by category (DRG) and  State down to the hospital level. Moving through the tabs left to right, drill down on data by selecting state and other variables.   Learn About Tableau  

Jul
29

For Medication: Make it or Fake it is not Good Enough

This post is partially in response to an April editorial in JAMA, which begins with: “When Hippocrates advised physicians to never give a deadly drug, he assumed they would know for sure that the medicines they prescribed were safe. Today, criminals and unscrupulous manufacturers have permeated the global pharmaceutical market, calling into question this basic…
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Jul
01

Religion at the End of Life, Church vs. State Issue

Based on good responses and comments on LinkedIn and our site, we went back to our 2006 contributions to the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management, Monograph, Volume 26, Issue 2 to review those comments relative to the Religion and the end of Life. Although, there was no real mention of religion in the Monograph article,…
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Jun
29

Religion at the End of Life – Reflecting on DHHS HealthBeat (May 28, 2009)

The issue of “End of Life Decisions” and when and who makes those existential calls are and have been the subject of considerable controversy, and which I have watched over many years. In 2006, I was a participant in an American Society of Healthcare Risk Managers (ASHRM) Monograph (Perspectives on advanced directives) which appeared in…
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