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Who Benefits from our Current Health Care Dysfunction? - Mallinckrodt's Leadership Maintains Impunity After Well Publicized Opioid Settlement

The Latest Mallinckrodt Settlement Jeff Sessions, the current US Attorney General, is ginning up a lot of press coverage of his recent crackdown on makers of narcotics. For example, per the Washington Post on July 11, 2017...The Justice...Show More Summary

Inexact Sciences

Thoughts on the place of science in an era of false convictionSome recent articles, noted by a few of us in journals regularly monitored by HCR bloggers, provide real food for thought in our New World Order of alternate facts, fake news...Show More Summary

Gutting the Health Care Corporate Strike Force

Health care corruption is a severe problem in the US, and globally.For years, we have ranted about the US government's lackadaisical - to use an execessively polite term - approach to wrongdoing by big health care organizations. TheShow More Summary

More Dumb Things Politicians and Political Appointees Say About Health Policy

As we previously discussed, the fierce debate about whether to revise, or "repeal and replace Obamacare", more formally, the Affordable Care Act, continues in the US. The legislators in the US House of Representatives, and then the US...Show More Summary

A $1.7 Million/ Year CEO of a Safety Net Hospital - Alleged to Have Hired a Dangerous Surgeon, Paid Unethical Bonuses, and Associated with Organized Crime

We have long contended that a major reason for health care dysfunction is perverse incentives, including those that allow top health care leaders to become rich by putting money ahead of patient care. We have presented case after case...Show More Summary

Follow the Money: Non-Profit Hospital CEOs Quietly Collect Their Millions While US Health Care Reform Battle Rages

In Washington, DC the health care policy wars continue, with a few Republican senators working behind closed doors on a bill to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act, and Democrats decrying their secrecy. Just as...Show More Summary

Health Care Corruption No Longer a Taboo Topic?

We have been going on about the ruinous effects of health care corruption, the role of impunity in enabling worsening corruption, our lack of good ways to challenge these problems, and our ongoing inability to even discuss what amounts...Show More Summary

Trumping Up a Health Care Charity - Trump Organization Received Increasing Revenue from a Children's Cancer Care Charity

While health and health care are clearly not central interests of the current US President, Donald J Trump, we have noted some disturbing stories about the effects of his leadership on health care. Most importantly, prior to the election,...Show More Summary

"The Most Complicated Piece of Health Care is the Revenue" (Say What?) - The Shameless Managerialism of a Hospital CEO

Introduction Managerialism, in my humble opinion, is one of the major reasons why the US health care system is so dysfunctional. We have long discussed how people whom we first called "generic managers" have taken over health care. Increasingly,...Show More Summary

Robert Martensen's A Life Worth Living

Robert Martensen, A Life Worth Living: A Doctor's Reflections on Illness in a High-Tech Era (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008). In recent years, doubtless because of the anxious disquiet of so many who have witnessed experiences...Show More Summary

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

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