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NQF readmissions study not about quality improvement, and other letters
Modern Healthcare | August 02, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Regarding “NQF to study socio-demographic factors in 30-day readmissions,” I find it ironic and more than a little telling that the motivation behind this study is not to actually improve quality of care.
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Who should lead care team? Not necessarily a doctor, and other letters
Modern Healthcare | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Regarding the Q&A with Dr. Robert Wah, the new American Medical Association president, “Doctors should be captain of the ship,” I wish to offer a more contemporary view that patients and families want the provider who is best prepared to meet their needs and preferences to lead the...
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Better regulation needed for data analytics, and more letters
Modern Healthcare | July 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Regarding the article “Data collection could stump next wave of predictive analytics," it's a very good article, capturing many instances of data analytics that illustrate the benefits and the challenges in this...
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Clarifying some issues over commercial support for CME
Modern Healthcare | July 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Reporter Jaimy Lee wrote a very balanced article in the June 30 issue “CME Shelter,” in which she accurately laid out some of the battle lines surrounding the merits of commercial support for accredited continuing medical education.
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Fee-for-service isn't to blame for healthcare's ills, and other letters
Modern Healthcare | July 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Regarding the June 30 editorial “Insuring against the future,” this article is another attempt to sell Americans on the notion that fee-for-service is the cause of our healthcare spending woes and must be abolished if we hope to get spending under control.
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Prescribing addictive drugs to boost scores isn't 'unlikely' scenario, and other letters
Modern Healthcare | June 28, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Regarding the article “Senators concerned docs prescribing addictive drugs to boost survey scores”: Unlikely scenario? This is a totally “likely” scenario that is happening every day. Talk to an emergency department physician.
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Team-based care needs physician leaders, not nurses, and other letters
Modern Healthcare | June 21, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has changed much of how we deliver healthcare, our challenge still remains to provide more, while maintaining the high standards the medical profession demands and our patients expect and deserve.
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Throwing more money at VA won't solve problems
Modern Healthcare | June 07, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
I was sincerely disappointed by your last few paragraphs crying about how VA administrators are not paid enough money.
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VA scandal shows the realities of rationing care
Modern Healthcare | May 31, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Veterans Affairs Department is an example of single-payer, government-provided healthcare.
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Need to be alert to 'dark side' of Affordable Care Act
Modern Healthcare | May 17, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
I've only been a doctor for 45 years, so maybe I've slept through something, but it sure looks to me like there's been wholesale rationing for years—only it's been hidden or accepted as “the way things are.”
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