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Is the PCMH Movement the Solution?

The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) has been lauded as an innovative approach to improvements in the healthcare system that include reducing cost of care, improving quality of care and the patient experience, and reducing instability in the [...]

June 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Leapfrog Measures Show Grade Inflation

Quantifying hospital performance has become an increasingly important trend. One of the pioneers was The Leapfrog Group, who introduced a self-reported Safe Practice Score (SPS) for hospitals in 2004. Since then, measures of hospital quality have [...]

June 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Analyzing Texas’ Tort Reforms

Malpractice claims are not a popular topic around a physician’s dinner table – in fact, throughout my medical training, I’ve heard peers express unwillingness to pursue certain specialties specifically due those specialties’ high malpractice [...]

June 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Global Budget Cuts Costs but Reduces Access

Efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act have increased pressure to contain Medicaid spending, which now accounts for the greatest share of national health expenditures. In 2012, Oregon reformed Medicaid by organizing care delivery into 16 [...]

June 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

America Should Invest in Gun Violence Research

Suicide is often an impulsive act. A person has a short-term mental health crisis and spontaneously considers suicide. Most who survive suicide do not usually die from another attempt. Committing suicide by gun is one of the most common and lethal [...]

June 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

“Everyone Else Ends up Paying the Price”

“When someone without health coverage gets urgent—often expensive—medical care but doesn’t pay the bill, everyone else ends up paying the price.” Source: http://401kcalculator.org (Flickr/CC) This quote reflects the idea that hospitals [...]

June 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

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