Regarding the danger of in-office surgeries (Modern Healthcare's Daily Dose, Sept. 8), where can I read more about it?
Director of public relations
Delaware Valley Healthcare Council
Editor's note: You can read the abstract and order a copy of the full text by going to the Archives of Surgery Web site at archsurg.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/ abstract/138/9/991
Try the high road
I must confess that I was taken aback by the inappropriate picture of a female physician on p. 36 of the Sept. 29 issue of my professional journal (Outliers, "Charity buffs"). While her heart may have been in the right place, her body placement in Modern Healthcare demonstrated poor judgment on your part.
Healthcare leaders need to reflect on the important roles and responsibilities our physicians have in our communities and they deserve our respect. This picture does not demonstrate a respectful physician image and has no business in our journal! As healthcare leaders, we must stay on the "high" road.
President and chief executive officer
Susquehanna Health System
I was wondering where one could purchase the calendar that you mention in Outliers in the Sept. 29 issue. There is a picture of a lady with skis.
Much appreciated and congratulations on a useful and informative tool.
Charleston (S.C.) Memorial Hospital
Having a little fun
Having fun and fun-raising (fund raising) is a difficult task. The reward is in the profits made toward the goal. Such as it must have been for those who participated in the Outliers item titled "Charity buffs." I would like to purchase one of their calendars, Docshots 2004.
Would you happen to have an address or Web page where I can make my charitable contribution and obtain a calendar?
Thank you for your open-minded sense of humor in choosing this as part of your Outliers feature.
Editor's note: It's available for purchase at docshots2004.com
Give credit to Thompson
Every few years I feel like Modern Healthcare's "cover story curmudgeon."
I last wrote in 1999 about your cover story on Rochester, N.Y., and their mistake (in my view) of turning their back on Rochester's illustrious and successful history of healthcare collaboration ("Rochester: Can't we just get along?" Oct. 25, 1999, p. 2).
This time it's your cover story ("It was 20 years ago today ?" Sept. 29, p. 6) on the 20th anniversary of Medicare's prospective payment system.
Despite the superb article articulating the pros and cons of this revolution in hospital payments, no one gave personal credit to Modern Healthcare's 1995 Hall of Famer John Devereaux Thompson and his colleague Robert Fetter for their seminal work on diagnosis-related groups at Yale.
For all these so-called "great programs" in health administration, none had (or has) the creativity of the late John Thompson as program director.
"Tommy's boys and girls" salute and remember you John!
President and CEO
Greater Flint (Mich.) Health Coalition and Yale University
1970 program in hospital administration
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