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The World of Medical Necessity Turned Upside Down

Posted June 2017

The original concept of medical insurance did not differ much from other forms of insurance. One would purchase a policy that would help cover unexpected expenses. The relationship between the patient and the healthcare provider was an entirely separate entity. Over time, the insurance companies developed networks and contracted with providers directly and began the […]

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Changing Metrics, Changing Evidence: Atrial Fibrillation and Risk of Stroke

Posted January 2017

When Dr. Tom Price underwent the confirmation hearings this week as the nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, he was asked about the use of quality metrics by the Department of Health and Human Services to drive the quality of care in the US healthcare system. He responded by stating that he would […]

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Score One for the Rural Hospitals

Posted October 2016

There have been extensive evaluations of the differences between hospitals located in rural areas and their urban counterparts. As the national debt grew in recent years and focus on the high cost of healthcare was thrust into the spotlight, the value of rural hospitals was scrutinized closely. Some in the industry questioned their ability to […]

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Teamwork

Posted September 2016

A newly minted physician was serving in the military in Afghanistan soon after completing his residency in Family Practice. He assigned to a clinic to treat the locals a number of miles outside of the protected “green zone”. He was given all of the usual safety warnings. He was told that he would potentially be […]

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