In the Public Eye

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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 12:36pm

It was an exhortation from a Sunday sermon. Pastor Janette suggested we look for grimy stuff that’s gotten hidden under the hood since our car was dazzlingly new. Playing with that soulful metaphor, how are the gears meshing in Obamacare, healthcare reform or, if you prefer, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? We’ve had this measuring rod in place since 2010, last fully checked in 2012 by the Supreme Court, now getting more legal and legislative servicing, buffing and buffeting. How well does it ride – this Tesla or super-annuated Pinto?


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.