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Commentary: Raising the bar on 'cooperating fully' with the government

Commentary: Raising the bar on 'cooperating fully' with the government

By Lisa S. Rivera and Jeff H. Gibson  |  November 11, 2016

With the publication last year of a policy memo that called on prosecutors to consider individual liability in all corporate misconduct cases, the U.S. Justice Department immediately accomplished one goal: The memo from Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates made everyone sit up and take...

Commentary: Why can't our EHRs be more like smartphones?

Commentary: Why can't our EHRs be more like smartphones?

By Dr. Mark Jarrett and Dr. Michelle Schreiber  |  November 07, 2016

With decades of work and billions of dollars of public and private investment, electronic health records have become ubiquitous. Yet providers and patients are extremely frustrated with what they perceive as the deleterious effects of the EHR on patient care and provider satisfaction.

Commentary: Urban hospitals still fill a unique role in their communities

Commentary: Urban hospitals still fill a unique role in their communities

By Barry R. Freedman  |  October 29, 2016

The ability to keep moving has enabled Einstein Healthcare Network to survive 150 years and grow from a 22-bed hospital in an old farmhouse to a comprehensive healthcare provider and education leader with hospitals and outpatient-care centers across the Philadelphia region.

Commentary: Why Mayo Clinic wants to rethink how hospital quality is graded

Commentary: Why Mayo Clinic wants to rethink how hospital quality is graded

By Dr. John Noseworthy  |  October 22, 2016

Many measurement programs currently in use—and others being developed—do not differentiate complexity of patient conditions nor account for their settings of care, which results in inaccurate reports on value, says Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy.

Commentary: Have we returned to a pre-antibiotic era in medicine?

Commentary: Have we returned to a pre-antibiotic era in medicine?

By Kristi Kuper  |  October 19, 2016

In many countries, indiscriminate antibiotic use in humans, agriculture and animals used for food production has led to the rise of bacteria that are resistant to all commercially available antibiotics. Many are now asking: “Have we returned to a pre-antibiotic era?”

Commentary: 'Legitimate' healthcare pricing would slash costs 33%

Commentary: 'Legitimate' healthcare pricing would slash costs 33%

By Steven I. Weissman  |  October 14, 2016

To slash costs, Congress need only mandate that all hospitals, physicians and labs publish legitimate prices—like all other businesses. They can continue to set their own rates, but a different rate for each patient must be prohibited.

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