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Blog Profile / Health Care Renewal

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The RUC. "an Independent Group of Physicians?" - But It Includes Executives and Board Members of For-Profit Health Care Corporations and Large Hospital Systems

Introduction We just discussed how a major story in Politico has once again drawn attention to the opaque RUC (Resource Based Relative Value System Update Committee) and its important role in determining what physicians are paid forShow More Summary

Now Politico Tries RUC Raking

It has been a year since we wrote about the RUC, the American Medical Association's Relative Value System Update Committee. There is only one thing new since then. Politico just made another attempt to shed some light on this obscure committee and its outsize effect on health care. Show More Summary

Move Along, No Health Care Corruption to See Here

Health care corruption, remains a largely taboo topic, especially when it occurs in developed countries like the US. Searching PubMed or major medical and health care journals at best will reveal a few articles on health care corruption, nearly all about corruption somewhere else than the authors' countries, usually in someplace much poorer. Show More Summary

Yet another health IT "glitch", that warm, fuzzy euphemism for life-threatening malfunctions: Internet outage left doctors without records for hours

Up to 112,000, in fact.Nobody seemed to be listening when I and other "Health IT iconoclasts" warned years ago of issues like this regarding the blind-faith abandonment of paper and proper local computing redundancy. When you're a patient,...Show More Summary

Merging Finance and Health Care Leadership - Robert Rubin Proteges Running DHHS, Spouse of Hedge Fund Magnate Running the FDA

Hidden between the lines of some not very prominent news stories were reminders of how close health care and financial leadership have become in these times of continuing economic unrest after the global financial collapse/ great recession.After...Show More Summary

Don't worry, your information's safe. Community Health Systems says data stolen in cyber attack: just a mere 4.5 million people affected this time.

I have often written about my observations of the generally unimpressive qualifications and capabilities of IT personnel, up to and including the CIO's, in healthcare settings compared to other ssctors such as pharma and academia. I've...Show More Summary

Desperate, Vulnerable Research Subjects, Cost-Cutting Contract Research Organizations and Threats to the Integrity of Clinical Research

Introduction - Clinical Research Done by Contract Research Organizations Dr Carl Elliott seems to be one of the few people willing to investigate how modern medical research may threaten vulnerable research subjects. His book, WhiteShow More Summary

Retrospective on the Blumsohn - Procter and Gamble -Sheffield University Affair: the Unhappy Lives of Whistleblowers and the Anechoic Effect

Introduction - the Unhappy Lives of Whistleblowers The UK Times Higher Education Supplement just published a feature on the unhappy fate of academic, including academic medical whistleblowers.Whistleblowers in universities can hit the...Show More Summary

Medicare Pays $220 Million a Year for Acthar Without Any Controlled Trials that Prove it Works - While We Have No Money to Develop Ebola Vaccines or Treatment?

Introduction - No Money for Ebola Vaccine DevelopmentWhile a new Ebola epidemic continues in Africa, people in developed countries are getting worried. Even the 0.1%, who may have rarely worried about our dysfunctional health care system before, are getting nervous. Show More Summary

No Treatment or Vaccine for Ebola, but a $1000 Pill for Hepatitis C

The Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa continues to grow, and now appears to be the worst known epidemic of that disease to date. In the US and Western Europe, press reports are now raising concerns that the disease could spread there. Show More Summary

New ONC Director Karen De Salvo no better than her predecessors - risk, harms and deaths due to health IT apparently OK for now, and all we need is a "Safety Center"

Karen De Salvo has assumed the role of Director of ONC, the office of the National Coordinator for Health IT at HHS ( pretty face, but the same old tired political hucksterism: In...Show More Summary

New Allegations About Universal Health Services Inc - Why We Should Not be Surprised

Current Allegations of Poor Treatment and Threats to a Whistle Blower This month, a Boston Globe article reported trouble at a local hospital,Arbour HRI, a Brookline psychiatric hospital in recent trouble with regulators, disciplined...Show More Summary

Sovaldi, a Quantum Leap? - Backwards to the Days Before Randomized Controlled Trials

The Sovaldi (sofosbuvir - Gilead) media circus is continuing. The New York Times just reported that sales of the new drug for hepatitis C were about $3.5 billion for the last quarter, which should intensify the kerfuffle over its USShow More Summary

Money vs Mission - How Generic Managers vs Physicians Think

On Health Care Renewal, we emphasize problems in leadership and governance in large health care organizations, and how they affect health care professionals' attempts to carry out their mission, and ultimately how they affect patients' and the public's health. Show More Summary

For Hospital CEOs, Retirement May Mean Never Having to Lose Your Paycheck

Dr Herbert Pardes was once one of the best paid CEOs of a US non-profit hospital system. A new New York Times article reported that the hospital system continued to pay him millions after his retirement. Introduction - the Best PaidShow More Summary

When Money Talks, the Sick Will Walk, or Crawl - Three Illustrations of the Brave New World of Health Care

In the quaint days of yesteryear, there were those health professionals who thought of what they did as a calling. The best care of the individual patient was supposed to come first, especially ahead of maximizing one's own income. Now...Show More Summary

The Price of Compassion - Commercialized Hospices and the Mistreatment of Vulnerable Patients ...

Introduction - Commercialized Hospices We have occasionally written about the rise of the commercialized hospice industry, and concerns that commercialized hospices may not be providing the compassionate care they promise. As we have...Show More Summary

There They Go Again - Merck Threatened Legal Action Against Italian Doctor who Criticized Zetia

It seems that when confronted with unfavorable facts or opinions, Merck executives like to threaten legal action, rather than just argue their side of the case. Last month we discussed how Merck officials used the US court system toShow More Summary

What Does the Blumsohn - Procter and Gamble -Sheffield University Affair Say About the Fitness of the Latest VA Secretary Candidate?

Introduction - New Leadership for the US Department of Veterans Affairs After reports of problems with access, manipulation of data about waiting times, and most recently "a corrosive culture," the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the country's large government run health system, has had a massive leadership overhaul. Show More Summary

Health Care Corruption, "No Dirty Little Secret," but "An Open Sore" - Lessons from India for the US

Health care corruption is widely prevalent around the globe, but remains the great unmentionable.Introduction: Global Health Care Corruption We have discussed health care corruption whenever we have an opportunity, but rarely does the...Show More Summary

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