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Effective population health strategies require leadership diversity

By Kathryn J. McDonagh and Nancy M. Paris  |  May 14, 2016

Much has been written and discussed about the value of diverse leadership and thinking to stimulate creativity and innovation, but there's little to show in terms of improvement in the makeup of governing boards and C-suites.

Commentary: We can do better in protecting our frontline caregivers

Commentary: We can do better in protecting our frontline caregivers

By Karen Daley  |  May 13, 2016

Fifteen years ago, the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act was enacted to protect healthcare workers across the U.S. from preventable needlestick injuries and exposure to bloodborne pathogens. But despite initial progress, the momentum behind doing the right thing for our caregivers has slowed...

Commentary: The underappreciated role of medical assistants

Commentary: The underappreciated role of medical assistants

By Timothy Hoff  |  May 06, 2016

The new heroes of American healthcare do not have medical degrees. They are the indispensable go-to workers of the new American healthcare system because they are inexpensive to use and can be plugged into many different workflows within a medical setting. They are medical assistants.

Advance care planning vital to true patient-centered care

Advance care planning vital to true patient-centered care

By Dr. Richard Lopez  |  April 30, 2016

A report issued by the Dartmouth Atlas Project this year found that as people age, many continue to receive care that does not align with their own preferences. This is especially true at the end stages of serious illnesses.

Commentary: The triple aim of healthcare reform—where does the ED fit in?

Commentary: The triple aim of healthcare reform—where does the ED fit in?

By Dr. Anthony Napoli  |  April 27, 2016

The emergency department sits at the crossroads of outpatient and inpatient medicine. However, the unsubstantiated perception is that many who go to the ED are misusing this resource. EDs are frequently described as expensive and often the target of public health officials trying to reduce...

Commentary: We can't lose focus on quality in pursuit of healthcare value

Commentary: We can't lose focus on quality in pursuit of healthcare value

By Dr. Catherine H. MacLean  |  April 23, 2016

It's widely recognized that the U.S. pays more for healthcare than other developed nations, yet achieves comparatively worse health outcomes, leading for calls to lower costs to improve value. But what if we increased quality at the same cost?

Commentary: Healthcare realities in rural Oklahoma

Commentary: Healthcare realities in rural Oklahoma

By Landon Hise  |  April 20, 2016

Oklahoma's rural healthcare is going up in flames, and state leaders won't take the steps necessary to douse the fire, says Landon Hise, a hospital CEO from that state.

Commentary: Most top-rated health systems still on board with ACA plans

Commentary: Most top-rated health systems still on board with ACA plans

By Katherine Hempstead  |  April 11, 2016

A lot of attention is being paid to how health insurance products in the ACA marketplaces have changed this year. There are scattered reports about loss of access to specialty hospitals in some markets, and a general narrative suggesting that overall access to top-rated providers in marketplace...

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