If You Read ONE Healthcare Article in 2015: This is It!

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Dr. Atul Gawande has done it again! Dr. Gawande is probably THE most famous medical writer in America today and he has written another masterpiece in the May 11, 2015 issue of The New Yorker magazine entitled, “Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and ... Read More

More Effective Medical Treatment MORE Expensive 72% of the Time

There is an excellent article in the May 2015 issue of Health Affairs by Dr. Henry Glick et al. entitled, “Comparative Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Frequently Agree on Value.” Health Affairs requires a subscription to read the entire article, but the abstract is available for ... Read More

Top 10 Things to Ask Your PCP

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Everyone who visits a primary care physician should ask the following questions either before or during their visit: Before the Visit 1. Are you taking new patients? Must call and confirm this prior to visit. Not all websites are updated correctly. 2. Are you in-network? Also, must call and ... Read More

Inpatient Trick to Get Higher Quality Care

Should you or a loved one ever end up in the hospital, here is a trick for getting better care: Put personal PICTURES of you and your family in your room. I had first heard this through the grapevine from patients, nurses and other doctors, but apparently there has been an actual article about ... Read More

A Benefit Consultant’s Heartfelt Plea and the OODA Loop

I received an email earlier this week from a benefit consultant that I think summarizes the way many in the employee benefits world are feeling: In his words: “Frankly, controlling healthcare costs for my clients seems more daunting every day. I cannot move the needle. Costs continue to go up ... Read More

Dr. Jha of Harvard: Medicare Must Fail to Succeed

There is an awesome article in the May 5, 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by Dr. Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH of Harvard entitled, “Innovating Care for Medicare Beneficiaries: Time for Riskier Bets and Embracing Failure.” Dr. Jha has written a very well thought out ... Read More