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Docs Call Foul on Mark Cuban

An article in Forbes magazine entitled “Mark Cuban Doesn’t Understand Health Care” highlighted a series of tweets sent out by Mr. Cuban telling his 2.8 million followers to obtain quarterly blood tests in order to “have a baseline of your own personal health.” The Forbes piece focused on the “problems with Cuban’s argument” and included […]

Choosing Wisely: It’s a New Dawn, It’s a New Day

I recently attended a presentation by Mark Bonchek of thinkORBIT where I was inspired to reflect on the past three years of Choosing Wisely® and how the campaign reflects a cultural shift both in society at-large and in the way businesses operate. This shift has roots in self-determination theory, complexity theory, co-creation and digital strategies […]

Choosing Wisely®: From Engagement to Implementation

A recent article challenged the Choosing Wisely recommendations around routine stress testing before low-risk surgeries. The article, “Stress Testing Before Low-Risk Surgery: So Many Recommendations, So Little Overuse” suggested the campaign’s partners focus on services with “high baseline rates of inappropriate care.” In her Editor’s Note in the same issue, Rita Redberg, MD, called for […]

Information Can Empower the Seriously Ill in a Powerless Situation

One of my relatives has metastatic cancer. He has several tumors in his body, one of which measures five centimeters. Two chemotherapy regimens have failed to beat back the disease. Yet, when he’s not in treatment and has no pain, he is able to go about the daily activities of his life, even going to […]

Oregon Health & Science University: A Journey into Lean Health Care

Regular readers of this blog know I support the adoption of lean methodology to eliminate health care waste. So, it was with great pleasure that I accepted an invitation from Oregon Health & Science University’s (OHSU) Chief Medical Officer (and my friend), Chuck Kilo, to visit his academic medical center and speak about Choosing Wisely®. […]

For Patient-Centered Care, Check the (Road) Map

We all talk about “patient-centered care” without having a clear vision or definition of what it is or means. Thus I was honored to have the ABIM Foundation be one of the many organizations the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) convened to develop a roadmap for patient and […]

Professionalism as a Means for Improvement

Jeffrey Kullgren, MD, MS, MPH, a general internist and researcher from VA’s Center for Clinical Management Research and the University of Michigan Medical School has a method for implementing Choosing Wisely® recommendations. He relies on a behavioral economics technique referred to as “precommitment” which, in this instance, calls upon physicians to make choices rooted in […]

“How Medical Care Is Being Corrupted” — Really?

How is it that when the health care system is going through needed and positive changes, people like Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman write an opinion piece in The New York Times in which they profess a longing for the “good old days” before measurement? For a moment, let’s go back to those old days. […]

Physician Measurement: Good in Theory but Not in Practice

Most issues in health care are replete with nuance rather than absolutes. I was reminded of this recently at the National Physician Alliance’s (NPA) 2014 Annual Conference & Transforming Healthcare Summit. NPA is considered a “progressive” physician leadership organization. It champions transparency in the disclosure of conflicts of interest, health care reform and avoiding waste […]

Henry Ford Physician Network’s Choosing Wisely® Competition: Breathtaking

Since the Choosing Wisely campaign launched in 2012, there have been definitive moments when it felt like what we’re doing is really moving the needle and that change is on the horizon. Never have I felt that more strongly than at the Henry Ford Physician Network (HFPN)’s annual summit, “Collaboration for the Future.”