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The problem with “measuring quality” – as Donabedian told us

So who is Donabedian? He wrote the classic paper “Evaluating the Quality of Medicare Care” in 1966. Most researchers and experts revere the Donabedian formulation. I would argue though that many advocates of P4P need to read Donabedian. I will give a few quotes from his paper as food for thought: Which of a multitude […]

‘The Interview’ Draws Crowds, Laughs & Media At Opening-Day Screening In L.A.

Dennis Lavalle had a special reason to be one of the first in line to see The Interview on its opening day in theaters. His brother-in-law, Capt. John Ogonowski, was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center on 9/11. Show More Summary

Hardly anyone is opening their own practice anymore. Why?

Young doctors are often progressive thinkers who like to support small businesses, buy locally grown produce from food shares, shop from individual merchants on Etsy, and never be seen in any chain store larger than Trader Joe’s. It seems every industry is recognizing the benefits of the personal service of a small business. Continue reading […]

China vs. the U.S.: Which Has the Bigger Internet of Things Opportunity?

Both China and the U.S. are building new products and networks that allow formerly unconnected products to communicate with each other and with us. This “Internet of Things”, or IoT, is one of the fastest-growing technology segments, with Cisco Systems estimating its global value will hit $19 trillion by 2020. In China, telecoms are leading Continue reading ?

Unity Farm Journal - Christmas at the Farm

It’s Christmas Day on Unity Farm and the every creature has had extra attention, special meals, and new toys.What better gift for our livestock guardian dogs (Great Pyrenees) than soft fluffy beds in the barn loft? As the pictures below illustrate, this was an ideal gift - the most fun they have had all year tearing each bed into a 1000 pieces. Show More Summary

Uber is called a “Criminal Enterprise” by Philly Cabs

Uber, the ride-sharing app company, has been called a “criminal enterprise” by Philadelphia cab drivers. Uber has expanded across the U.S. and in parts of the world, and has become a target for criticism. Uber drivers do not have to follow the same rules and regulations (i.e. fees) that cab drivers and their companies have […]

‘The Interview’ Top Seller On Google’s Play Store, YouTube Movies Sites

The online version of The Interview is topping the movie sales chart on the Google Play store, and leads the “Top Selling” playlist on the YouTube Movies site, according to charts on both Google-owned sites. Neither Sony nor Google representatives were disclosing actual sales numbers on the Google sites. Show More Summary

Make The Yule-tide Gay

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Christmas Present: Sony Playstation Network Down Again This Morning – UPDATE

UPDATE: 9:18 DEC. 25 After recovering from about a six-hour or so outage last night, the PlayStation Network is back down again this morning, it appears. And the hacker collective claiming credit for the outage said it also has taken...Show More Summary

‘The Interview’ Hits Theaters: Alamo Drafthouse Austin Screenings Sold Out

Refresh for latest news on The Interview hitting theaters today. UPDATE, 9:15 AM: The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin is reporting that every showing of The Interview today is sold out. KXAN in Austin says Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League will be introducing the film at the 1 PM screening. Show More Summary

‘The Interview’ Review: Seth Rogen & James Franco’s Christmas Turkey

UPDATE Christmas morning, 5:30 a.m., adding more information: The Interview isn't the worst movie ever made. It's not even the worst movie Sony released this holiday season. To: Amy/So how far do we let the boys go with the Kim-has-no-butthole...Show More Summary

Heather Hicks Ervin, KoMut Entertainment Exec, Dead At 39

Heather Hicks Ervin, coordinating producer at David Kohan and Max Mutchnick's KoMut Entertainment died unexpectedly Monday night, December 22, at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She was 39. Ervin had worked with Kohan and Mutchnick...Show More Summary

‘American Sniper’ Hits Theaters Christmas Day – See The Making Of Clint Eastwood’s Powerful True Story (Video)

EXCLUSIVE: When Clint Eastwood's American Sniper premiered at the AFI Fest last month, I wrote that I felt it was his finest film in the decade since his 2004 Million Dollar Baby earned him Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for the second time  (after 1992's Unforgiven did the same trick). Show More Summary

Roman Polanski’s Latest Plea To Close Rape Case Falls On Deaf Ears

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanksi remains a fugitive from American justice despite a 133-page petition filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court by famed defense attorney Alan Dershowitz. The motion sought to have Polanski's case...Show More Summary

Buffett’s Smart-Grid Idea Takes Over Your Washing Machine

Warren Buffett wants to tell you the best time to wash your clothes. Or at least his energy company in the U.K does. Buffett’s Northern Powergrid Holdings Co. is working with Siemens AG (SIE) to test a so-called smart grid that has the ability to control when consumer appliances will be used in the home. Continue reading ?

Unhappy Holidays, Part 2

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Throwback Thursday: In 1956, Miss Sweden Anita Ekberg Dazzled at the Golden Globes

She lost the Miss Universe crown but scored a studio contract before going on to star in films like Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita' read more

The people who will cure cancer are the patients

Sometimes I tell people I’m learning how to treat cancer, and their first question is ‘why haven’t we cured cancer yet?’ We will.  It’s coming. In medicine we’re much better at treating infections than cancer, but it wasn’t always that way: We didn’t know washing your hands before delivering a baby wassafer for women until 1847. The […]

ISIS Claims They Shot Down F-16, but Captured Jordanian Pilot

The Islamic State, known as ISIS, IS or ISIL, claimed to have shot down a F-16 fighter jet belonging to the country of Jordan. But, the U.S. said that ISIS did not do so. More on the story at BBC here.

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