What we’re reading

What we’re reading

Nov. 8, 2017
Modern Healthcare
“Overlapping neurosurgeries don’t hurt patient outcomes”
By Maria Castellucci

Nov. 7, 2017
The Associated Press
Study: Over-the-counter pain pills as effective as opioids in treating ER patients
By Lindsey Tanner

Oct. 11, 2017
Congressional Budget Office
“Approaches to Changing Military Health Care”

Oct. 6, 2017
Harvard Business Review
“Doctors Feel Excluded from Health Care Value Efforts”
By Tim van Biesen and Josh Weisbrod

Sept. 28, 2017
DVIDS – News
“BUMED’s Religious Ministry Team Focuses on Value-Based Care during Annual Training”
By Petty Officer 1st Class Laura Myers

Sept. 5, 2017
MHA News Now
“CDC Launches Sepsis Initiative”

Sept. 5, 2017
NPR: the two-way
“America: Calling Nurse A ‘Hero,’ Utah Hospital Bars Police From Patient-Care Areas”
By Bill Chappell

Aug. 30, 2017
Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality
“Study: Antimicrobial nursing scrubs ineffective at limiting bacterial contamination”
By Mackenzie Bean

Aug. 28, 2017
The American Journal of Managed Care
“Geographic Variation in Medicare and the Military Healthcare System”
By Taiwo Adesoye, MD, MPH; Linda G. Kimsey, PhD, MSc; Stuart R. Lipsitz, SCD; Louis L. Nguyen, MD, MBA, MPH; Philip Goodney, MD; Samuel Olaiya, PhD; and Joel S. Weissman, PhD

Aug. 21, 2017
ICT/Infection Control Today
“Bundled Interventions, Ongoing Education Can Address Threat of Device-Related Infections”
By Kelly M. Pyrek

Aug. 14, 2017
Modern Healthcare
“C-suite pay raises target transformational healthcare leaders”
By Alex Kacik

Aug. 11, 2017
Modern Healthcare
“Giving in to providing primary care in the ED”
By Steven Ross Johnson

Aug. 10, 2017
NEJM Catalyst
“Opportunities for Private-Sector Entrepreneurship in Health Care Transformation”
By Steven Ross Johnson

July 13, 2017
U.S. Navy
“Naval Hospital Jacksonville Innovates with Value-Based Care”
By Yan Kennon

July 12, 2017
Kaiser Health News
“Double-Booked: When Surgeons Operate On Two Patients At Once”
By Sandra G. Boodman
Critics of the practice, who include some surgeons and patient-safety advocates, say that double-booking adds unnecessary risk, erodes trust and primarily enriches specialists.

July 10, 2017
Los Angeles Times
“David Theno dies; scientist helped set safety standards after Jack in the Box’s deadly outbreak in 1990s”
By Lori Weisberg

July 7, 2017
The New York Times
“Economic View: Why Single-Payer Health Care Saves Money”
By Robert H. Frank

July 6, 2017
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Press Release
New NAM publication examines improving outcomes, reducing costs for ‘high-needs patients’
Nearly half of the nation’s spending on health care is driven by 5 percent of patients, and improving health outcomes and curbing spending in health care will require identifying who these high-needs patients are and providing coordinated services

July 6, 2017
“VA, Air Force forge telehealth partnership for critically ill patients”

June 13, 2017
Business Wire
“Cardinal Point Proposes to Systematically Improve VA Healthcare”
Marine veteran submits 14-step ‘Mining Healthcare Variations for Gold’ CQI methodology in response to White House request.
Responding to a rare White House request for assistance, Cardinal Point Healthcare Solutions provided input to the forthcoming “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch.” Cardinal Point identified how the Veterans Health Administration can improve veteran healthcare outcomes through a methodology that leverages healthcare variation data in a way that drives continuous quality improvement, while reducing risk, in multi-site organizations. Read full press release at VA Healthcare or at BW VA Healthcare.

May 18, 2017
Becker’s Spine Review
“Artificial intelligence in healthcare: 10 leaders describe the future”
By Laura Dyrda
Artificial intelligence already plays a role on the clinical and statistical analysis side of healthcare delivery. Cardinal Point CEO John Wood, PhD, and 9 fellow healthcare and IT leaders share views of a future where artificial intelligence is more fully integrated with Becker’s editor-in-chief.

May 12, 2017
First Report Managed Care
“Oncology Clinical Trials: A Win-Win for Payers”
By Paul Nicolaus
. . . “If a payer wanted to use data from clinical trials to save money for themselves and still take good care of the patient and still try to understand how to decrease the national overall spending, then the way that they could do it is referenced-based pricing,” Thom Walsh, PhD, told First Report Managed Care. The chief strategy officer and founder of Cardinal Point Healthcare Solutions and adjunct faculty member at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice pointed out that relying on physicians alone to change their behavior based on clinical trial data does not tend to work. One prime example can be found in the treatment of prostate cancer.

“Patients who receive proton beam therapy don’t live any longer, and they don’t have fewer side effects. It’s just way more expensive,” he said, “but putting that trial data out has not diminished the growth in use of proton beam therapy.”  . . . Read Thom’s comments in full and the complete article here.

May 23, 2017
Healthcare IT News
“Trade groups pan Trump’s cuts to health IT”
By Tom Sullivan
HIMSS, AHIMA, AMIA all say the drastic cuts to ONC and other agencies will hamper patient safety and new cures, send innovation in a downward spiral and slow down work toward a learning health system.

May 12, 2017
“The Last Person You’d Expect to Die in Childbirth”
The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world, and 60 percent are preventable. The death of Lauren Bloomstein, a neonatal nurse, in the hospital where she worked illustrates a profound disparity: The health care system focuses on babies but often ignores their mothers.
by Nina Martin (ProPublica) and Renee Montagne (NPR)

May 4, 2017
The New York Times
“Customer Service in Blue”
By Ginia Bellafante
Hospitals and police can learn from each other as both begin to acknowledge patients and communities as “customers” and engage with them accordingly to prevent misunderstandings and tragic errors.

April 19, 2017
The New York Times
“How Six Degrees Became a Forever Meme”
By Jennifer Schuessler
“… The article ([by Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker] popularized the idea of “connectors”: people who know unusually large numbers of people and are unusually given to making introductions, the rough equivalent of hubs in a computer network …”

April 18, 2017
Covering Health
“Is value-based pricing doomed?”
By Joseph Burns

April 13, 2017
Covering Health
“Preparing for the VA’s electronic health record system overhaul”
By Rebecca Vesely

April 12, 2017
NEJM Catalyst
“The Move to Value-Based Care in Navy Medicine”
By William Todd, Alyson Phillips, David Collins, and Jenny Tsao

April 2017
Medical Lab Management
“Bridging the Generation Gap for Better Patient Safety”
By Maria V. Langeslay, MT(ASCP), CLS

April 4, 2017
The New York Times Book Review
“Why an Open Market Won’t Repair American Health Care”
Jacob Hacker reviews Elisabeth Rosenthal’s new book, AN AMERICAN SICKNESS: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back.

March 20, 2017
Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality
“Hospital patient mortality drops during Joint Commission surveys, study finds”
By Heather Punke

March 21, 2017
Covering Health
“What Trump’s budget proposal may mean for health research agency”
By Rebecca Vesely

March 16, 2017
Modern Healthcare
“VA healthcare remains a high waste and management risk”
By Rachel Z. Arndt

March 13, 2017
RF Today
“FDA Considers Creating New ‘Office of Patient Affairs'”
By Zachary Brennan

March 7, 2017
Crain’s Chicago Business
“AMA head: Obamacare has a cold, not a terminal illness
By J. Duncan Moore Jr.

March 4, 2017
The New York Times
“Samsung Bribery Scandal Threatens South Korea Success Story”
By Choe Sang-Hun and Paul Mozur
“… Samsung executives rushed to get … the Galaxy Note 7 on the market before Apple introduced its new iPhone 7. The result was disaster. First, a few Note 7 phones caught fire. Then, after an embarrassing and costly recall, some new versions caught on fire too … Samsung pulled the phone from the market and canceled it. Kim Sang-jo, the Hansung University economist, and other outside experts blamed Mr. Lee and the corporate strategy office for the Note 7 debacle, saying they pushed big goals without listening to lower-level managers.”

March 4, 2017
The New York Times
Dorothy Rice, Pioneering Economist Who Made Case for Medicare, Dies at 94″
By Richard Sandomir
“In government service, where she rose to director of the National Center for Health Statistics, and in academia, at the University of California, San Francisco, Mrs. Rice created innovative methodologies to estimate the costs of treating people with heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, disabilities and strokes … Barbara Cooper … the director of Medicare’s office of strategic planning, said that early on Mrs. Rice developed a way to calculate the economic toll of illnesses on women working as homemakers—a measure that at first required that she put a value on what they earned.”

Feb. 28, 2017
Kaiser Health News
“Hospitals, Both Rural And Urban, Dread Losing Ground With Health Law Repeal”
By Sarah Varney
“If large numbers of people lose their insurance under the ACA’s replacement, hospitals’ finances—and those of its patients—would be at risk.”

Jan. 9, 2017
Healthcare IT News
“Precision Medicine: Vindell Washington to step down from ONC – exit interview”
The outgoing national coordinator discusses interoperability, the promise of innovation and … the learning health system.
By Tom Sullivan

Jan. 9, 2017
The New York Times
“To Improve Your Sense of Direction, Lose the Technology”
By Christopher Mele
“… Ms. Barry’s husband embedded compass circuitry into a sun hat … connected by a wire to a battery-powered motor … When she was pointing north, the motor would buzz. It offered a tactile sense of where north was, she said … She also began to use the position of the sun and her shadow to plot north. She now carries a compass … “You have to teach yourself,” she said. “You have to pay attention to make these changes, and it’s hard.”

April 7, 2016
Protecting Patient Information:
A Decision-Maker’s Guide to Risk, Prevention, and Damage Control
By Paul Cerrato

April 7, 2016
VAntage Point
“VA Innovators Network continues to make progress to improve the Veteran experience through innovation”

Dec. 14, 2015
The New Yorker
“Tough Medicine: A disturbing report from the front lines of the war on cancer.”
By Malcolm Gladwell

June 7, 2012
The New England Journal of Medicine
“Perspective: Two Hundred Years of Hospital Costs and Mortality — MGH and Four Eras of Value in Medicine”
By Gregg S. Meyer, MD, Akinluwa A. Demehin, MPH, Xiu Liu, MS, and Duncan Neuhauser, PhD

May 11, 2015
The New Yorker Annals of Health Care
An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?
By Atul Gawande, MD