Without a doubt, the death of American veterans as a result of the VA waitlist debacle is tragic and unacceptable. The Obama administration must move quickly and deliberately to fix the underlying problems and restore faith in the agency. If these issues were common throughout the VA network of hospitals and clinics, it might make sense to consider dramatic, earth-shaking alternatives like moving veterans to private providers and shuttering the ...

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Imagine you go to work one day and your boss says all employees will be evaluated based on the performance of a new set of job skills that require additional training and, perhaps, new computer hardware and software. The boss also announces that some employees will be reimbursed for the cost of acquiring these skills and tools. You aren’t among this privileged group. In government, this is called an unfunded ...

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Let me concede from the outset that I lean toward the negative -- dire predictions, worst-case scenarios, a bit of doom and gloom, etc. But I ask you, oh gentle, patient reader, how could I not? Let’s go to the satellite. You can see warm air from a low-pressure system (meaningful use stage 2, not changed dramatically by the one-year extension) collide with cool, dry air from a high-pressure area (the turmoil ...

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“No aspect of health IT entails as much uncertainty as the magnitude of its potential benefits.” A few years into the Meaningful Use program, it seems this quote from a 2008 Congressional Budget Office report entitled "Evidence on the Costs and Benefits of Health Information Technology" may have been written with the assistance of a crystal ball. Fast forward to 2013. “Just from reading a week’s worth of news, ...

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