Medicare/Medicaid architect sees vision realized in many ways, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 30, 2015

Regarding coverage of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, in 1979 as an American Hospital Association/Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association fellow, I had the privilege of meeting Wilbur Cohen, the architect of Medicare and Medicaid, and the first secretary of the Department of Health,...

Taking a closer look at hospice, palliative care, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 23, 2015

I want to applaud Modern Healthcare for the May 18 cover story on assisted suicide/hospice. It's a great topic, and as a family member of multiple hospice patients and executive director of Pathways Hospice in Ohio, I know that education on this subject is vital.

Don't overlook risks from automatic data entry in EHRs, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 16, 2015

Regarding the article “Getting the data stream flowing: Hospitals want monitoring devices and EHRs to communicate”, entering vitals such as blood pressure, respiration rate and oxygen saturation from electronic monitors directly into the electronic health record saves time and...

Financial services sector offers lessons for healthcare IT

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 25, 2015

Regarding the April 20 Q&A, “Healthcare should emulate banks on IT interoperability”, I spent 25 years as a chief information officer in the financial services industry, and I agree with the comment about technology interoperability.

Competitive market helps keep drug prices in check and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 11, 2015

The recent commentary on the price of cancer medicines, “Strong action needed to curb cancer drug prices,” ignores the competitive biopharmaceutical market that exists in the U.S., which keeps a check on spending growth while spurring the development of innovative new therapies for...

Effective use of data analytics can help prevent readmissions

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 04, 2015

Regarding the recent guest commentary “Preventing readmissions requires engaging care team, employing technology,” (, March 30), data analytics can play a part in this as well.

Osteopathic students have multiple chances for a match, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  March 28, 2015

Regarding the article “Medical grads, seniors learn where they're going in record Match Day”, while appreciating the coverage of this important day in the lives of future physicians, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine must take this opportunity to correct an...

Patient-assistance program comparisons misleading and other letters

March 21, 2015

The provocative title of your article, “Lifesavers or kickbacks?”, got my attention. However, it seems misleading to suggest that patient-assistance programs are either lifesavers for patients in need of help or kickbacks to drug manufacturers, which would be a felony offense as defined...

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