Trying to soar with feet stuck in mud, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 01, 2015

There are advances being made in healthcare that border on the stunning. Witness the gains made by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong as one example. Despite laudable gains in knowledge and therapeutics, our healthcare picture remains saddled by inefficiencies and an unsustainable cost structure. In that same...

Measures of productivity need to reflect industry's changes

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 25, 2015

The new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics measure of hospital productivity, featured in the July 13 editorial (“New approaches needed to solve hospitals' productivity woes,” p. 30) admittedly rests on a crude measure of output.

Open Payments website should ensure accuracy

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 18, 2015

I was happy to be involved in the recent Modern Healthcare article on biosimilars naming, “Fate of cost-saving biosimilar drugs may hinge on naming policy”, and thank the publication for correcting the pharmaceutical payment attributed to my name.

Policy changes in kidney care would boost quality, cut costs, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 11, 2015

The recent article on the risks associated with catheter use for patients requiring dialysis “Dialysis patients get substandard care despite guidelines” didn't identify policy solutions that could reduce catheters and lead to increased use of grafts and fistulas, the preferred forms of...

Don't overlook impact of consumer-driven healthcare, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 20, 2015

Regarding the recent Comment/Guest Expert, “Higher employee cost-sharing could undermine job-based coverage system”, the Commonwealth Fund's Dr. David Blumenthal addressed many salient facts and issues relating to employer-based health insurance in his editorial.

Simplify doc payment system, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 06, 2015

Regarding the recent feature “Physician quality pay not paying off”, several reviews have shown no improvement in population health measures or cost savings from pay-for-performance or pay-for-quality.

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...

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