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Why Professionalism Matters: A Patient’s Point of View

As an employee of the ABIM Foundation, I’ve batted around the phrase “medical professionalism” for several years but it didn’t really hit home for me until I encountered it – and the lack thereof – as a patient. Over the past six months, I’ve logged a few miles in the frequent patient program. I underwent [...]

It Was Just a Cough: Wasteful and Potentially Harmful Medicine

Over the past year I’ve written much about the Choosing Wisely® campaign, but a recent personal experience serves as the inspiration for this post.

Knowing the Cost: A Prescription for Choosing Wisely®

Still fresh from the recent ABIM Foundation Forum, I stumbled across a striking example of the need to integrate the principles of the Choosing Wisely campaign into our daily medical practice.  I stopped by the drugstore after work and while waiting in line for a prescription, saw a man who appeared to be upset as [...]

The Train Has Left the Station: But Who is On the Train?

I recently attended the Midwest Business Coalition on Healthcare’s (MBCH) Annual Meeting about the Choosing Wisely® campaign. MBCH is a member of the consumer coalition that will disseminate Consumer Reports’ patient-friendly translations of the 45 recommendations of tests and procedures that physicians and patients should question. At the meeting, a high-level physician executive of one [...]

Questioning the Price

Costs of Care (Twitter: @CostsOfCare), where this post was originally published, is a Boston-based, non-profit organization that helps caregivers deflate medical bills and provide high value care. As part of the 2011 Costs of Care Essay Contest, more than 100 anecdotes were shared by patients and providers around the country that illustrate the role of cost-awareness [...]

Healthy as a Horse No More: My Recent Patient Experience

I knew that I would come to rue the day I wrote my post on my EKG claiming I was a healthy individual with no apparent illnesses. On November 3, I had my first surgery in 40 years – a procedure for a detached retina (vitrectomy with a scleral buckle and pneumatic retinopexy; I read [...]

Compassionate Care Requires Compassionate Systems

In the article, “An Agenda For Improving Compassionate Care: A Survey Shows About Half of Patients Say Such Care Is Missing,” published in Health Affairs (September 2011, Vol. 30 No. 9), Beth Lowen et al. make a good case for the connection between compassionate care and quality outcomes and patient experiences. The authors also conclude [...]

Less is More But Will Patients Buy It?

The September 12th issue of Modern Healthcare reports on Thomson Reuters’ study of the 100 Top Hospitals that analyzes the relationship of financial performance and quality. Like results from other studies, higher quality was associated with lower costs – the “less equals more” drum beat continues.

You Say Consumer, I Say Patient: Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

There has been a long debate among health care policy wonks, thought leaders, patient and consumer advocates, and the public about the use of the word “consumer” versus “patient.” Similar debates have ensued about the use of “provider” when referring to physicians, hospitals and other clinicians. I recently heard an interesting exchange between a physician [...]

Experience Trumps Policy in Changing Our Health Care Beliefs

Every day in the U.S. countless experts discuss plans and policies to contain the cost of health care using words and concepts that run counter to our (the public’s) experiences with finding and using care. Most of us ignore the steady stream of proposals until one political party or the other crafts an inflammatory meme [...]