In the Public Eye

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Monday, August 11, 2014 - 2:15pm

Although DC insiders skewer each other all the time, it still can be fun to listen when someone who’s carried himself with the gravity of a deadly serious job – being Secretary of Defense – plunges into retirement, sells his memoir and lets loose with the snarkiness that he was forced to stifle during his lengthy government service. I’m referring to Robert Gates whose service included heading the Central Intelligence Agency and serving on the National Security Council.


In the Public Eye

Monday, November 4, 2013 - 12:58pm

Has the word “patient” outworn its usefulness? That question surfaced some months back at a Mayo Clinic symposium focusing on having patients take greater responsibility for their own care (or should I say “wellness?”).

The noun suggests one thing, the adjective something else again. Are folks awaiting medical care actually long-suffering, uncomplaining? (if yes, does that mean they are “compliant,” if no does that mean they’re an obstacle until handed off?)


Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 9:09am

Oxymoron: Memorable, positive PowerPoint presentation. Truth is we remember the truly bad ones. A PowerPoint is a tool, not a truckload of words and graphics. I’ve seen a bunch recently, and two stand out in contrasting content and the styles of their presenters.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 8:29am

Conference speakers tend to have a compass with three needles -- poking fun,  jabbing fingers or revving up encouragement. Dr. Eric Coleman nailed two of them in a presentation about the importance of hospitals investing n high-quality transitional care.

Hospitals, like Community Medical Centers, that have skilled nursing facilities will soon be penalized under the Affordable Care Act for what he called care-sensitive, preventable readmissions.


Monday, September 23, 2013 - 10:51am

Never fished a day in my life, but know that a chum line – throwing out bait to lure fish – is one way to describe the way healthcare has been roiled by the Affordable Care Act. The frenzy of mergers, acquisitions and closures is intensifying, but certainly has not yet peaked. Here’s some of what’s occurring.


Friday, September 13, 2013 - 2:32pm

Communities build hospitals, just as they do houses of worship. I grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., which some referred to as the borough of “bars and churches.” I choose not to do a headcount of those institutions, but from afar I sure can see how shutters are being pulled on neighborhood hospitals in Brooklyn and New York City as a whole.