In the Public Eye

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 9:05am
Stepping behind the podium, it sure helps when an all-star quarterback can also throw some dazzling word spirals.
 
“Pressure is what you feel when you don’t know what you’re doing,” said Peyton Manning, taking care to distinguish it from nervousness and anxiety – sensations he admits to experiencing.
 

In the Public Eye

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 10:55am

Dilemma: Millions more Californians getting covered by health insurance, but not enough physicians to treat them – outlook especially bleak in the Central Valley. Potential remedy: Scale back regulations and allow folks like pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and optometrists to act as primary care providers – to do things outside their current “scope of practice.”


Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 10:05am

Had just about reached a vacation rental in Cambria when the cell phone rang. The news: a relative had been stricken critically ill. The caller had learned the news via a Facebook posting.  The dark tidings sent our heads and our next days spinning. Now, a tad more composed, the question I posed myself as a regular user of Facebook and Twitter: Did it matter that Facebook was the medium for conveying a grave message?

We’re not “friends” with the person who posted the message. But we still got the message and confirmed its authenticity with a real person.


Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 1:06pm

Here’s one definition of lunacy. In 2012, more than 4,200 bills were introduced in the California legislature. But there is a good side to this madness. It gives writers and satirists, like Greg Lucas, geysers of material.

Lucas spun some of his favorite political buzzwords the other day to a group of 60 hospital government relations worry-warts, including me, during a lunch break at a California Hospital Association forum at the Sacramento Hyatt.


Friday, December 21, 2012 - 9:56am

Two issues getting a lot of play these days in the healthcare world --- dissatisfaction/uneasiness in the face of change and healthcare reform. In many ways, it's one and the same issue. Below are some quotes from health executives. The first four are excerpted from interviews in the December issue of HealthLeaders magazine; the final one from a Q&A in the Wall Street Journal.


Friday, December 14, 2012 - 12:11pm

First the good news: The mental health crisis center that reopened last May is a success – praised by clients and their families and welcomed by hospitals in Fresno County, particularly Community Regional Medical Center, as it’s helped ease the logjam of behaviorally challenged patients coming to emergency departments.