Test Your Healthcare Brains: 13 Analogy Quiz

Remember analogy tests of intelligence?  For example: “Halloween” is to “October” AS “Thanksgiving” is to ____________.  And then you would have to fill in the blank (the answer would be ‘November’ of course). The SAT used analogies to score students for college entrance and often ‘brain ... Read More

Pioneer ACO Update: From 32 to 23 to 19

There is a great update on Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in the November 1st, 2014 issue of Internal Medicine News by Alicia Ault.  The article describes a presentation on the state of the Pioneer ACO project by Dr. Patrick Conway, the Chief Medical Officer for the Centers of ... Read More

The ‘Promise’ of Healthcare IT: Lower Cost or Higher Cost?

Understandably so, people view information technology (IT) as a way to solve many of the problems in healthcare.  Understandably, because technology has revolutionized so many other industries such as travel (think Travelocity), sales management (think Salesforce.com), retail (think Amazon.com), ... Read More

Soooo Boring? High Blood Pressure Stats that Will Knock Your Socks Off

You, as a population health manager should be very concerned about high blood pressure.  As an internist, I loved treating high blood pressure.  Most doctors think it is sooooo boring.  But, I loooooove it! Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke, ... Read More

Gastroenterologists: What Consumers Need to Know

Gastroenterologists: What Consumers Need to Know | Compass Healthcare Consumerism Blog Gastroentrologists are specialists for the digestive system.  Gastroenterologist is a long word, so it is most frequently abbreviated as GI—for short.  The digestive system includes the esophagus, stomach, ... Read More

Compass Announces New Website and Logo

Today is an exciting day.  Compass has a new website and logo!  The new website is still at the same address www.compassphs.com and has many enhanced features. Here is a brief overview: Compass Home Page: Links to our 3 products: (1) Transparency, (2) Prevention and (3) Pathways Client ... 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

Price-Transparency Explained for the Layman

In this 6-min video by me, I explain the difference between submitted and allowed amounts for healthcare services.  When people talk about the ‘price’ of healthcare, they often confuse submitted with allowed.  Learn the difference. I also explain the difference between Medicare allowed amounts ... Read More

Your Risk Prior to Surgery? Now You Can Know

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) as part of their National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) have developed an online pre-surgical risk calculator for surgeons and healthcare consumers to use. Considering having an upcoming surgery and want to know what your risk of complications ... Read More

Optum Labs: Big Data Leads to Population Health Insights

There is an interesting article from the July 2014 issue of Health Affairs entitled, “Optum Labs: Building a Novel Node In The Learning Health Care Sytem,” by Dr. Paul J. Wallace and his colleagues.  Optum Labs is a collaboration primarily between Optum—the subsidiary of United Health Group—and Mayo ... Read More