Lists are high on my to-do (list)

John Taylor: September 21, 20070 Comments

List-making, it's a life preserver for those suffering from CRS ("can't remember stuff").  Lists are especially helpful in health care. However, here are high and low points.


I'm on a bunch of really nifty listserves. One comes from kaisernetwork.org , a product of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Anybody can subscribe. The listserve is a digest, with links, of the day's key health care developments in Washington and as cited by newspapers elsewhere.


Here's a sampling of the headlines from the Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report of Sept. 21, 2006:


Democratic presidential candidates discuss health care, entitlement programs during AARP debate ... President Bush vows to veto SCHIP expansion legislation, says bill puts children's health coverage 'at risk' ... U.S. faces 'fiscal hurricane' because of entitlement programs, Sen. Judd Gregg says ... 89.6 million U.S. residents lacked coverage at some point during 2006-2007, Families USA study finds ... Minority, poor children in Connecticut have worse oral health than whites ... AND... UAW in deadlock with GM over funding level for VEBA.. (For those who like closure, VEBA is another ridiculous acronym, meaning "voluntary employees' beneficiary association." Phew, I feel so much wiser now.)


Not everyone likes lists, as Modern Healthcare magazine learned after publishing its 100 most powerful people in health care. 


One irate CEO from Macclenny, Fla., wrote to complain, saying, in part: "No one in health care gives a flying rat's posterior about this list ... You need to get your heads out of your behinds and start recognizing that the most important people in health care are not impotent policymakers and ineffective politicians along with others so far removed from the actual delivery of patient care that they have no idea what they are talking about."


Here's a snippet from another irked CEO, this man from Lamar, Mo.: "I have to confess that I have never heard of most of these people and I have been in health care for over 30 years. I am not one to bring attention to myself and seek no recognition, however, I will tell you that I am the most powerful person in health care in Lamar...."


Oh yeah, Modern Healthcare just published a special supplement titled, "Up & Comers Yearbook." Can't wait for the letters. (Fortunately, I have a weekend to-do list.)