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Blog Profile / Health Care Renewal

Filed Under:Industries / Medical
Posts on Regator:1757
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Archived Since:November 10, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Did You Ever Notice?

To quote the late 60 Minutes curmudgeon Andy Rooney, "did you ever notice" how documentary movies--we could extend this to all sorts of documentation as Lancet does it far better than any American medical journals--on anechoic topics...Show More Summary

Promoting Amphetamines for Over-Eating - What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Every day seems to bring the latest breathlessly touted innovation in modern health care. The endless hawking of new health care wonders is beginning to inspire some skepticism, but maybe not enough.The Promotion of Vyvanse for Binge...Show More Summary

Timing Discharges to Maximize Revenue - "Corruption" of Corporate Long-Term Hospitals?

A recent Wall Street Journal article that focused on a quirk in US Medicare payment rules that may be gamed by long-term hospitals also revealed the plight of physicians employed by such hospitals, and worse, the danger posed by such...Show More Summary

You Called Me "Greedy?" - $2.2 Million/Year CEO of Catholic Health Care Whose Mission is to Bring "God’s Mercy to the Poor and Under-served" Sues Union for Defamation

From the annals of cognitive dissonance....Background Here is the background. Mercy Health, formerly Catholic Health Partners, claims to be the largest health system in Ohio, and one of the largest in the US (look here). It's mission...Show More Summary

Pay 'em When They're Up, Pay 'em When They're Down - CEO Value Extraction Even at Small Non-Profit Hospitals

To the tune of "Dirty Laundry," by Don Henley, some more of health care's dirty laundry...We have frequently discussed the seemingly unstoppable rise of compensation given to top hired managers of health care organizations. Their compensation...Show More Summary

Wall Street Journal: "ObamaCare’s Electronic-Records Debacle"

This WSJ Op-Ed could have been entitled "President Sucker: Led Down the Garden Path by The Healthcare IT Industry."It is entitled "ObamaCare’s Electronic-Records Debacle", as below. First, though:On Feb. 18, 2009 the WSJ published the...Show More Summary

The $5.3 Million a Year Government Bureaucrat - The Top Administrator, or CEO of a "Government Entity," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority, "Doing Business as" Carolinas Healthcare Gets a Raise

The pay given to top managers of health care organizations continues its seemingly inexorable rise, and the justifications for it seem to be increasingly perfunctory. However, a closer look at individual cases can generate even more questions about how we got to this pass. Show More Summary

Outsize Compensation for "Teflon-Coated" Executives - After Many Lawsuits and Negative News Stories, Norton Healthcare Executives Still Get Millions

In an earlier era of chemistry, politicians who continued to acquire votes while shedding doubts, criticisms, and allegations were called "Teflon-coated." Teflon may be outdated now, but there certainly seems to be some health care executives...Show More Summary

ONC on healthcare IT and patient rights: These systems "have to be rolled out to know where the problems lie"

An anonymous commenter to my blog post about the USA Today article on bad health IT ( noted this, that I myself missed: Anonymous said...Gettinger's comment...Show More Summary

Former ONC Director David Blumenthal (Inadvertently?) Honest About EHRs in USA Today Story

USA Today has published a story on health IT difficulties. Read it in its entirety; it is fairly balanced. (I was one of many who spoke to the reporters about this story.) Feds move into digital medicine, face doctor backlash Laura Ungar and Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY Feb. Show More Summary

Time to "Look for the Union Label?" - "First US Doctors' Strike in Decades," at University of California Student Health

The First US Doctors' Strike in Decades A few news media outlets in California have reported on what has been up to now a very rare event - a strike by physicians. An initial summary was in an article in the San Diego Union - Tribune, whose title wasFirst U.S. Show More Summary

CMS: Millions of patients across the nation are benefiting from the - um - potential - of Health IT!

I presume this is, in part, a response to the Jan. 21 letter from AMA and the other medical societies as I wrote about two days ago at CMS intends to modifyShow More Summary

None Dare Call It Health Care Corruption

... even when allegedly a prominent academic physician's traded referrals of cancer patients to a law firm, resulting in referral fees to a prominent politician who worked for the firm, for government research grants to the physician's...Show More Summary

"Meaningful Use" not so meaningul: Multiple medical specialty societies now go on record about hazards of EHR misdirection, mismanagement and sloppy hospital computing

The "Meaningful Use" program for EHRs is a mismanaged boondoggle causing critical issues of patient safety, EHR usability, etc. to be sidestepped.This is on top of the grossly mismanaged and unregulated U.S. boondoggle which should probably...Show More Summary

Logical Fallacies in Defense of Aggresive Screening for and Treatment of Hepatitis C

And the hepatitis C follies continue... As we have frequently written, most recently last week, the hepatitis C screening and treatment bandwagon keeps rolling along. There is constant public argument about the prices of treatment regimens, which approach $100,000 per patient in the US. Show More Summary

Making the Arc of the Moral Universe Bend

On this day, the US celebrates the legacy of the Rev Martin Luther King Jr.Martin Luther King Jr once famously addressed the question of how long it would take to achieve some measure of real equality in the US (in the "Our God is Marching on Speech.") He stated,the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. Show More Summary

The Fashion Challenges of the Emperor of Hepatitis C Treatment - Now in the BMJ, but Who Will Notice?

As we wrote, most recently last week, the hepatitis C screening and treatment bandwagon keeps rolling along. There is constant public argument whether about the prices of treatment regimens, which approach $100,000 per patient in the US. Show More Summary

The March of Legal Settlements Continues into 2015 - Daiichi Sankyo Settles Charges of Kickbacks to Doctors for $39 Million

We are just into January and have our first legal settlement by a major health care corporation of charges of giving physicians kickbacks to spur use of a commercial product. Like most such stories, this one got little notice. The most...Show More Summary

Once More, the Hospital CEO as Scrooge - Cape Cod Healthcare CEO Collected Millions in Severance After Laying Off Hundreds of Health Professionals, and Being Sanctioned by the State Medical Board

The theme of non-profit hospital CEO as Scrooge seems to be persisting in the media even beyond the holiday season. (Our last post on this theme was in December, 2014). The previous cases we discussed (also here) involved marked contrasts...Show More Summary

As the Hepatitis C Marketing Frenzy Continues, a Reminder Not to Ignore the Evidence

The Hepatitis C Spin Cycle Continues Since our last post in July, 2014, about sofosbuvir (Sovaldi, Gilead), the $1000 pill proclaimed to be a wonder drug for the treatment of hepatitis C, the marketing juggernaut for new antiviral drugs...Show More Summary

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