In the Public Eye

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Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 11:45am

Elective procedure – sounds benign. Emergency room visit – definitely not. My family has experienced plenty of both. We’ve developed a kind of healthcare kit, a strategic plan that has both physical and mental components. Here’s a bit of the drill.


In the Public Eye

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 3:21pm

It’s 4 a.m. About 40 emails have accumulated since I last checked my phone six hours ago --- news alerts, various listserves, political updates.

It’s 5:30 a.m. If I’m lucky, the delivery driver has left three newspapers at my door – the Fresno Bee, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Print is not dead, but some days it takes three papers in a blue bag to keep the wind from blowing the contents away. Before I head to work at 6:30 a.m., I will have read two, saving the Journal for later.


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.