Common Sense & HIPAA

This article discusses a HIPAA violation so obscene it is difficult to believe. A nurse took a picture of a patient’s private area while he was unconscious, and then sent the pictures to her coworkers via text message. Obviously this is a colossal mistake, and a violation of privacy, decency and common sense. These types

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An Observation – Deadly Healthcare Mistakes & Orlando’s Tragedy

I often find myself coming back to this issue because it is so troubling – the third leading cause of death in America is, in fact, our nation’s healthcare. Patients are dying from the medical treatment itself versus the actual health issue they sought care for in the first place. Whether it be inappropriate medications,

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CDC Reports a Record-Breaking Year for U.S. Overdose Deaths

While the mainstream media tends to focus on the latest hot-button issues, there are much larger issues quietly but significantly impacting our society. We’ve heard that: Shark attacks are up in the US (53 in 2013, vs. 42 in 2012). Terrorism and mass shootings (or “multi-party shooting incidents”) are responsible for 457 deaths in the US in

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Outcomes More Important than Time & Effort

If you’re undergoing a surgery, would you rather go to a provider who takes their time on the surgery, or one who does the surgery well? Strange question right? You want someone that takes their time and does it well. Maybe not. This Forbes article is about a study done to compare the skill of doctors performing

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NY Times Article on Implant Costs

​A recent New York Times article had some very interesting insight into healthcare tourism and the high costs associated with the US healthcare system, particularly implant costs.  The article spotlights a man in America who receives a quote for a hip replacement. The implant costs $350 to manufacture in the US and $150 overseas.  He negotiated

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US Healthcare: Consumes 80% of World’s Opioid Prescriptions

The US makes up 4.6% of the world’s population, yet we consume 80% of the world’s opioid prescriptions. That means Americans consume 83 pain killers for every one the average person worldwide takes. An opioid is a form of palliative treatment that addresses symptoms, not intended to heal the cause.  Basically, an opioid is synthetic heroin or opium.

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Task Management vs. Outcome Leadership

I am sure all of you heard about the “ban” on large sugary drinks in New York City.  I was very happy to see that a judge overruled it (Comrade Bloomberg will appeal that ruling).  It was nice to see the judicial system play its proper role in controlling the expansion of government. This to

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