Remembering Patients' Humanness

Remembering Patients’ Humanness

As Jada Bussey-Jones[1] talked with us yesterday, I found myself nodding with understanding when she mentioned that studies show that during their training, medical students…

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Medical Education, Medical practice, and the Government: a vital interface of health care

Medical Education, Medical practice, and the Government: a vital interface of health care

Last week, I was struck by a comment made during the panel of Electronic Health Records. After expanding upon the many positive changes that EHRs…

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Avoiding Errors and Reducing Waste:  Toyota’s Lean Production System in Healthcare Delivery

Avoiding Errors and Reducing Waste: Toyota’s Lean Production System in Healthcare Delivery

When dealing with national healthcare expenditures, a great part of the goal of controlling spending is curbing its increasing slope while improving patient outcomes. It…

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Care for a Dying Patient

Care for a Dying Patient

As our country tries to decrease the cost of healthcare, we must appreciate the extreme cost of dying in America. According to Atul Gawande,  “twenty-five…

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Improving Health Outcomes with Evidence-based Design

Improving Health Outcomes with Evidence-based Design

Last week while Ted Johnson was talking to us about care for the geriatric population he also shared a personal story with us about the…

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Medicine: Breeding Grounds for Narcissism

Medicine: Breeding Grounds for Narcissism

http://www.thehealthculture.com/tag/doctorpatient-relationship/ As I reviewed his publications, I came across a synopsis of Dr. John Banja’s book, Medical Errors and Medical Narcissism, and an interview in which…

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Reduction in Health Care Fraud to Reduce Healthcare Expenditure

Reduction in Health Care Fraud to Reduce Healthcare Expenditure

The United States is regularly criticized as having excessively high healthcare expenditure, accounting for 17.2% of the GDP (Markowitz, 2014). It is estimated that three…

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Primary Care: Suffering For Our Good

Primary Care: Suffering For Our Good

Medical costs now exceed 17% of gross domestic product. With the current fee-for-service healthcare model deemed financially unsustainable and with little control over quality and…

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Defensive Medicine

Defensive Medicine

In class last week, Dr. Sara Markowitz spoke to us about current economic issues in the US health care system. Within this context, she outlined…

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Why Value-Based Healthcare is Good for Physicians and Patients

Why Value-Based Healthcare is Good for Physicians and Patients

There have been many discussions on whether a value-based healthcare model is the right approach to fix our healthcare system. However, for the time being,…

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The Societal Origins of Healthcare Spending

The Societal Origins of Healthcare Spending

Each year, the United States spends approximately 17.2% of its gross domestic product (GDP) on health care. This rate, equaling nearly $2.7 trillion, is significantly…

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