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Monthly Archives: April, 2011

Show Me, Don’t Tell Me

In my experience, physicians are suspicious of health plans, hospitals and their own medical group when they hear talk about controlling costs of care. They immediately equate controlling costs with sacrificing quality and doing less for their patients. How can we get physicians involved in the issue of controlling costs without having them jump to […]

The Challenge Before Us

Garrett Hardin’s “Tragedy of the Commons” is surely now upon us – we have built an unsustainable health care system. In 1975, Howard Hiatt reflected on Hardin’s notion that “ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursing his own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the common.”

Pass Me The Aspirin

As a public health professional, I have received training in epidemiology, statistics and health communication.  I believe I have a solid understanding of how to interpret research studies and how the risks and benefits of different health care procedures should be communicated.  All too frequently, I read stories on health and health care in the […]

What Do Clouds Tell Us?

Word clouds have become useful tools to understand language people use to talk about various topics.  The larger and bolder the words in the cloud, the more frequently they are used.  The word cloud below shows the words physicians used when discussing stewardship of resources and issues related to costs.

Accountable Care Organizations Waltzing With Medical Professionalism

After the release of the proposed regulations last Thursday, it’s clearer what Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) will look like. They just might be the means to realize medical professionalism in the 21st century.