Easy Wins in Healthcare

There are SO many things wrong with healthcare and ALL the employee benefits professionals I speak with are SO busy, that the result is often: Little Progress. I can’t blame them.  Given the myriad tasks that an employee benefits professional must handle, it can seem overwhelming to: (1) lower ... Read More

Mayo Clinic Reports: Doctor Waste Set in Residency?

There is a great study and commentary in the March 2015 Issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The study by Dr. Ryskina et al. is entitled, “The Role of Training Environment Care Intensity in US Physician Cost Consciousness.” The corresponding commentary by Drs. Cynthia D. Smith and Deborah ... Read More

7 Exclusive Stats on $$ Payments Linked to Provider Quality

There is an excellent article in the March 10, 2015 issue of Medical Economics magazine by Jeffrey Bendix entitled, “From Quantity to Quality: Meeting the new demands of value-based care.” The article describes how healthcare providers (doctors, hospitals, physical therapists, etc.) are being ... Read More

Why Is Insulin Still So Expensive?

There is an excellent article in the March 19th, 2015 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine by Drs. Greene and Riggs entitled, “Why Is There No Generic Insulin?  Historical Origins of a Modern Problem.” According to the article: 21 million people in the US have diabetes 6 million ... Read More

5 Inspirational Quotes Along Your Healthcare-Improvement Journey

Improving healthcare can be a grind. Two steps forward. One (or two) steps backward. However, there is always hope and at Compass we always press onward toward the goal! One of our Compass employees, Angad Sachdev, shared a cook book with me written by his mother, Pratibha Masand Sachdev. In this ... Read More

PCMH: No Brainer or Terrible Idea?

There was an article that was recently published in the February 10, 2015 issue of Medical Economics magazine by Jeffrey Bendix entitled, “Making a Critical Decision for Your Practice:  ACO / PCMH.” The article describes how a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a practice that: --treats ... Read More

How To Stop Referral Inertia in Healthcare

I was recently in a meeting with the head of benefits with a large (tens of thousands of employees) industrial firm and he brought up a very good point to me: Head of Benefits:  “Once a doctor makes a referral to another doctor, then the ball is already in motion and there is not much I can do to ... Read More

Physician Referrals: JAMA Article on the ‘Science’ Behind Them

There is an excellent article in the November 14th, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by Dr. Niteesh Choudhry et al. entitled, “ Selecting a Specialist: Adding Evidence to the Clinical Practice of Making Referrals.” Having one physician refer a healthcare ... Read More