newsweek-cover-michelle-rhee-education-reform I was watching Jon Stewart recently, and he had Michelle Rhee on.  For anyone who doesn’t know her, she’s the superintendent of schools in Washington D.C. who made a bunch of reforms that caused some controversy and resulted in her being one of the main spokespersons for education reform in this country.  Her conversation with Jon made me realize the similarities between ...

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ama_logoA guest column by the American Medical Association, exclusive to KevinMD.com. As American health care continues to transform, physicians in every state and specialty are attempting to comply with new rules, expectations and costs, and must evolve to meet new health care demands. The American Medical Association (AMA) is committed to helping physicians not only navigate the changing environment, but thrive in ...

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AP8702110449-jpg_230144 Mention the term "surgeon general" to anyone over 35 or so and they won't think of the doctor who currently holds that position (that's Regina Benjamin, who some have felt has not spoken or acted forcefully enough about threats to our nation's health). Nor will they think of the surgeon general who released the famous 1964 ...

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dreamliner The stories have now been relegated to the back pages: “Smoldering batteries forced safety regulators to ground Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner jets.” This is a glimpse into the challenges that this aircraft and company seem to have been besieged by. The recent grounding of the fleet comes on the heels of other safety related incidents that while “typical” with a new plane ...

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We all know about Medicare, the federal government health insurance program for Americans who are over the age of 65 and/or disabled. We know that as we have begun to live longer, the Medicare population has ballooned and the costs of the program are, by most estimates, “unsustainable.” We also know that Medicare, despite being a government program, is beloved by America’s seniors. If it was an unpopular program, Congress would ...

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An elderly doctor passes away, and he find himself standing before the Pearly Gates.  The Almighty greets him and says,  “In recognition of your stellar life of service to your patients, family and community,  I welcome you to paradise.  And because I know that doctors have a great sense of curiosity about all things, you can now ask me any question—any—and I will answer it.”   The doctor ponders for a ...

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Rapid change is engulfing health care across the United States, but the strategic responses of organizations to these changes are sharply divided. In the shift that has been broadly shorthanded “from volume to value,” many organizations across the country are deeply engaged in moving toward “value” by building new partnerships, affiliations, capacities and economic structures, striving to bring better health and health care to more people for less money. At the ...

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As a physician who is involved in educating medical students, I am often asked for career advice. Medical students are by nature smart and ask very good questions. "Will I be able to pay of my student loans if I choose primary care?" "Will I have a balanced lifestyle if I decide to go into primary care?" I try to be both encouraging and realistic.  However, far too often I have ...

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shutterstock_39558046 The weakest aspect to Obamacare is in its cost control strategies, or lack thereof.  The predicted savings from converting to electronic medical records (EMR) have failed to materialize.  And the Rube Goldberg-esque plan to save money by penalizing hospitals and doctors for having poor HCAHPS scores has reaped its own set of unforeseen complications. HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) is the Press-Ganey ...

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dreamliner If you think that medical errors are a thing of the past, you are mistaken. It has been 14 years since the Institute of Medicine's report "To Err Is Human" shattered the myth that most, if not all, physicians are all-knowing practitioners with flawless skills and infallible judgment. The story of what happened in the report's wake was predictable:

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