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Evidence-Based Policy Making? - Dumb Things Politicians Say About Health Care Policy

There have been multiple legislative attempts at major health care reform in the US. Typically, such attempts feature considerable public debate, including speechs, congressional committee hearings, sometimes progressing to debates by the House and Senate. Show More Summary

Will the Current Crises Finally Prompt America to Address How it is Haunted by Corruption and Impunity?

There is one tiny silver lining in the political storm clouds swirling over the US. Some of the issues about which we have been ranting on Health Care Renewal are no longer so easily dismissed. We have long harangued about the ruinous...Show More Summary

Death By A Thousand Clicks: Leading Boston Doctors Decry Electronic Medical Records

Channeling Lyndon Johnson on Walter Cronkite, in clinical medicine, when you've lost Boston (including MGH), you've probably lost the health IT war.Death By A Thousand Clicks: Leading Boston Doctors Decry Electronic Medical RecordsMay 12, 2017By Drs. Show More Summary

Massive Cyberattack in U.K. Hits 16 Health Institutions, many doctors reported that they could not retrieve their patients’ files, but not to worry - no patient information was looked at or compromised

Perhaps doctors and nurses are clairvoyant? Who needs records, anyway?Cyberattack in U.K. Hits 16 Health InstitutionsNew York Times DAN BILEFSKY and RAPHAEL MINDER MAY 12, 2017 More Summary

Don't Know Much About Health Care, Health Care Research or Quality - Yet Appointed New Director of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)!?

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is a US government agency, part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), whose mission is toproduce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Show More Summary

New HHS Secretary, rather then singing unabashed praise for EMRs like his predecessors, states the obvious. However, the "solutions" are the usual boilerplate.

In the past, politicians on both sides of the aisle have generally sung unfettered and uncritical praise for electronic medical records and other health IT systems.Perhaps letters like this one from Jan. 2015, from near 40 major US medical...Show More Summary

Through the Revolving Door, Darkly

While the rare appointments to top health care positions by the Trump administration deservedly get considerable media coverage, lower level appointments sneaking through the revolving door do not. So we hereby present our latest roundup of same, in chronological order by first coverage. Show More Summary

Health Insurance For Me But Not for Thee? - How Legislators Tried to Rig the Repeal of the ACA to Keep Their Own Health Insurance Affordable

The turmoil swirling around the new Trump administration has flushed into the open some things that the public heretofore was probably not meant to see....We have been writing a lot lately about how the insiders who run large healthShow More Summary

Pontifications About Health Care Reform Written by Insiders Who Benefit from the Status Quo - Worse Than We Think

Perceptions that the US health care system is dysfunctional and needs major reform go way back. A timeline from the Tampa Bay Times noted President Theodore Roosevelt's proposal for a national health service in 1912. Nonetheless, asShow More Summary

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Medication errors in hospitals don’t disappear with new technology". Government: "It's the doctors' fault." I am cited.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published an article on EHR problems yesterday entitled "Medication errors in hospitals don’t disappear with new technology." It is based on a recent study by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, retrievable here:;14(1)/Pages/01.aspxI am cited. Show More Summary

"A Radical Idea for Health-Care Reform: Listen to the Doctors" - Oops, the Corporate Executives, Directors, and Lobbyists

It has been the season for health care reform in the US since at least the Nixon administration. We have endlessly discussed the unholy triad of health care dysfunction: rising costs, declining access, and stagnant quality.These days,...Show More Summary

Part of the Solution, or Part of the Problem? - Health Care Corporate CEOs on Physician Burnout

Physician burnout is in the news again. Late in 2015, an article by Shaneyfelt and colleagues in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings showed an increase in the proportion of physicians reporting at least one symptom of burnout to 54.4% in 2014(1), up from the 45.5% they reported in 2012(2). Show More Summary

An eloquently expressed lesson from Nanaimo (Canada) on electronic medical records failure

Unfortunately, this eloquent piece on EHR failure expresses precisely the major problems with this experimental technology that generic medical managers and other medical bureaucrats are unwilling to hear, and/or unable to fully comprehend. Show More Summary

Who Benefits? - From the Mayo Clinic Explicitly Putting Commercially Insured Patients Ahead of Some Government Insured Patients?

Amidst all the chaotic noise emanating from Washington, DC, little snippets of news keep slipping out reminding us that the US health care system remains monumentally dysfunctional, and that the dysfunction serves the interests of the...Show More Summary

A Beach Too Far - Ill-Informed, Conflicted Members of the "Beachhead Team" for the Department of Health and Human Services

ProPublica recently published an article describing the so-called "beachhead teams" sent by the Trump administration to various US federal departments and agencies. The article statedWhile President Trump has not moved to fill many jobs...Show More Summary

Whose Costs? Who Benefits? - A Close Reading of a Hospital System CEO's Prescription for Controlling Health Care Costs

The attempt to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act has suddenly made health care dysfunction a hot topic in the US. For example, today, in my local paper, the Providence Journal, Dr Timothy J Bainbeau, the CEO of the Lifespan Health System, the biggest regional health system weighed in on the problem of high and increasing health care costs. Show More Summary

Experts, anger, and the madness of crowds

We find ourselves in a most peculiar historical moment. Among other things--many other things--problems of health care policy, research, and clinical practice more and more resemble those of society at large. There's a general sense everywhere that, whatever the outfit, the Wrong Guy is in charge of it. Show More Summary

Patient or Corporate Advocacy Organizations? - New Studies Shed Some Light

Introduction On Health Care Renewal we frequently discuss how people and institutions entrusted to promote patients' and the public's health instead promote commercial interests. For example, health care corporations, particularly drug/ biotechnology/ device companies may enlist key opinion leaders (KOLs). Show More Summary

As US Attorney, Labor Secretary Nominee Enabled Drug and Biotechnology Executives' Impunity

The new Trump administration nominee for US Secretary of Labor is a former US Attorney for the southern district of Florida. In that role, he seemed to uphold the ideas that certain big corporations, particularly big pharmaceutical and...Show More Summary

A Voice for Reason - Dr Mickey Nardo

We mourn the loss of Dr Mickey Nardo, chief blogger at 1BoringOldMan, a voice of reason, a defender of truth in health care. Dr Nardo was one of the principles in the famous re-analysis of Study 329, and has campaigned for rational use of clinical evidence in psychiatry.For further details, see the apparently final post on 1BoringOldMan. Show More Summary

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