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Whole Foods CEO

Whole Foods CEO again got some heat for criticizing President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, saying “it’s more like fascism,” and that the government controls “the means of production” in health care.    Geez, why are people not allowed to openly criticize a controversial and possible terrible law especially when it directly affects their company?…

(I CAN’T GET NO) Satisfaction

The American College of Radiology’s Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute published a study which concluded that physicians could lose up to a total of $1.3 billion a year from their Medicare pay by not satisfactorily reporting quality measures to the program.  You can read the rest of the article in the American Medical News…

Leader of the Pack

The AMA came out with a position statement which is much like the AAFP.  Wow, this is interesting: Health Care teams must be led by physicians Teamwork is much talked about these days when it comes to health care delivery. Up-and-coming concepts like accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical homes have become familiar terms as…

Reimbursement

I read this really cool opinion sent in by a physician to Medical Economics.   I had never thought about it buy he is 100% on the money: Reimbursement is wrong term Let’s stop using the term reimbursement. It is jargon promulgated by the payers. Why do we use this terminology when it’s clearly designed…

Big Data

The title of the article in the WSJ was Researchers Mine Data From Clinic, Big Insurer and when I saw it I was immediately suspicious.   It started out nice enough: The new effort, dubbed Optum Labs, will be part of UnitedHealth’s Optum health-services arm. UnitedHealth Group Chief Executive Stephen J. Hemsley said the company viewed…

Divided Loyalty

I remember the hospital CEO sending out his email complaining that the hospital is low on admissions and that is was becoming a major problem.   This was about seven years ago.  I immediately “replied to all” asking why keeping patients healthy and out of the hospitals wasn’t a good thing?  Immediately he responded that…

Quote of the Week

We cannot change the world by a new plan, project or idea. We cannot even change other people by our convictions, stories, advice and proposals, but we can offer a space where people are encouraged to disarm themselves, to lay aside their occupations and preoccupations and to listen with attention and care to the voices…

LA’s Pain Med Problem

LA is now coming clean about their prescription drug overdose problem.   In a recent Huffington Post report, they point out some amazing statistics: In 2009, there were 5,382 emergency room visits and 3,048 hospitalizations for prescription drug overdose. More than 60 percent of drug-related deaths in the city between 2000 and 2009 were caused by prescription…

Lance

So Lance Armstrong took PEDs?  No sh%t.  I remember reading an article about Greg Lemond about five years ago.  Here is one passage: The uproar began immediately. Armstrong called LeMond a few days after the 2001 Tour ended. “You’re telling me you’ve never done EPO?” LeMond alleges Armstrong said, referring to the blood-boosting drug erythropoietin.…