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Friday, September 21, 2007 - 12:16pm

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:


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Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 12:55pm

The groom's father is basically just supposed to show up. And remember that he's supposed to pay for the rehearsal dinner. And buy a swell wedding gift. Well, with a teenie-tiny reminder or two, I did my job.


However, since this is the health care biz, and in the interest of full disclosure, here's what my wife packed in her emergency bags if things went sideways at the wedding (they didn't at least not while we were there).  I think this is where somebody yells "semper paratus!"


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Friday, September 14, 2007 - 9:39am

Do any of these fit your definition of irony?


POINT: The American Cancer Society has switched its advertising strategy this year from anti-smoking to advocating for universal health coverage. That spawned a Sept. 14 scolding op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by former New York lieutenant governor Betsy McCaughey who wrote, in part:


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Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 1:09pm

"Modeling" sounds sexy in many contexts, but health care isn't one of them. Still, as other states watch to see how California do-gooders and special interests duke it out on health care reform, the media can poke around for models of where things are done different/better.


Now it's the Netherlands, where the Wall Street Journal reported that waiting lines are shrinking, insurers are innovating, costs are stabilizing -- and every adult is compelled to buy insurance while all insurers must take whoever applies, regardless of their ailments.


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Friday, September 7, 2007 - 1:54pm

Just learned flu shots will be available in a couple of weeks. That means holiday shopping, the Super Bowl and filing tax returns can't be far behind.


That also means the subject of "Are hospitals ready for a flu pandemic?" will be registering on the media radar. Which makes a recent Modern Healthcare magazine article worth noting.