A fascinating study from JAMA Internal Medicine shows that hospital mortality rates decline when hospitals are being inspected by The Joint Commission, a national accrediting agency. Here’s a picture showing the research findings: Which raises the question – is there a … Continue reading →
The post The Key to Surviving Your Hospital Stay? Get Admitted During Inspection Season appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
My colleagues and I just published a study in The Journal of Oncology Practice, showing what happens when the topic of healthcare costs comes up during oncology clinic appointments. Check out this nice news article discussing our findings: Even brief … Continue reading →
The post Talking about Healthcare Costs with Your Oncologist appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
Shutterstock Last spring and summer, the Republicans stumbled in their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. But they might try a new approach later this year. If they do, expect to hear more debates about what their replacement plans mean … Continue reading →
The post Repealing Obamacare Could Close Your Local Hospital appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
Great picture from a NEJM article showing a continuing reduction in American tobacco consumption, a decline that accelerated during the Obama years. (Irony – Obama was a smoker during much of that time!) My question – What would this look … Continue reading →
The post On Our Way to Being a Smoke-Free Nation appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, lots of companies are encouraging workers to get biometric screening. Here’s a picture of that: But is there evidence that this promotes healthier behavior? Would love someone to direct me to any relevant research.
The post Do We Know How to Promote Employee Health? appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) speaks with members of the media at Trump Tower December 12, 2016 in New York. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images) Back in May, an angry constituent asked Congressmen Raul … Continue reading →
The post A Surprising Way Health Insurance Might Save Your Life appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
I am currently on sabbatical (and enjoying some hiking in the Appalachian Mountains). Blog posts will resume in September!
The post Writing Sabbatical appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
Some medical services are unnecessary. Is it your first day of uncomplicated lower back pain? You don’t need an x-ray. But many patients continue to receive such services anyway, perhaps because they demand them or, perhaps, because their providers keep recommending … Continue reading →
The post Who Receives More Wasteful Care: Medicaid Enrollees or People with Private Insurance? appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
A study shows that a medication causes more harms than benefits, and physicians like me keep prescribing the pill anyway, either because we don’t learn about the study, don’t believe the study or are simply stuck in our ways. Even … Continue reading →
The post How to Stop Breast Cancer Surgeons from Overtreating Their Patients appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
Health insurance is not what it used to be. With increasing frequency, Americans who purchase private health insurance find themselves with plans that require them to fork over significant amounts of money every time they receive healthcare. That means if … Continue reading →
The post That Heart Attack Is Going to Cost You appeared first on PeterUbel.com.